July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama to Republicans: 'So sue me'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama dared Republicans to follow through on their threats to bring a lawsuit against his administration over his use of executive action.

"Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me," Obama said Tuesday at an event in Washington.

"As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something."

Obama’s defiant attitude comes as House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, plans to propose legislation that could bring a lawsuit against him for implementing executive actions that the GOP contends amounts to a breach of his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process.

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Recently, Obama has ramped up his use of executive authority as a way to bypass a deeply divided Congress, avoiding inaction on issues the White House has made hallmarks of the President's second term agenda.

On Monday, Obama said he would start "a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress."

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At Tuesday's event, Obama continued to harp on congressional Republicans to pass legislation - this time pushing them to invest in transportation.

Standing in front of Key Bridge, which connects the city's Georgetown-area to Virginia, Obama continued his stepped-up rhetoric hammering Republican for obstructing action in Washington.

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Obama proposed a long-term highway construction bill earlier this year that he says would spur job growth.

"It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism," Obama said of his transportation proposal. "It’s not the imperial presidency - no laws are broken. We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years. But so far, House Republicans have refused to act on this idea."

CNN's Mike Ahlers and Rene Marsh contributed to this report.

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soundoff (1,488 Responses)
  1. ItSoNlYmE

    YOU GO MR. PRESIDENT!!! Screw 'em if they don't want to do their jobs in Congress.

    July 2, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Jamal

    Republicans to Obama..... "Okay, we WILL!."

    July 2, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Tom

    Obviously somebody took his empty suit and pumped it full of arrogance.

    July 2, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. MSW

    This guy is awesome. Didn't vote for him the first time but he's been one of the best presidents ever. Even with a do nothing congress he's accomplished so much it's absolutely incredible.

    July 2, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Carol Harris says:
    July 2, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm
    BREAKING NEWS:
    “Obama walks on water.”
    GOP response – “Only because Kenyans can’t swim.”

    Can I get a warning next time Carol?!?! You made me spit Coke all over my monitor!!! That was great and I have to tell you, I'm going to use it!!😄😄😄😄

    July 2, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. george cook

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH....I'll bet John Boehner and the GOP is really Scared Mr. President...how about Impeachment...for overstepping your legal boundaries as President????/ HUH?????

    July 2, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. carolina corpus

    The sad part is that the black guy is not even trying to make our Nation and Economy better or I should say he's trying to make it worst.. I don't know who is trying to fool saying "I am trying to help the middle class" hes sure is not fooling me. Just look at all the unemployed who can't find a job and he wants to bring all those immigrants in, put restrictions on companies, etc., etc. You' all better wake up or we won't have a country...period!!

    July 2, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. george cook

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH....I'll bet John Boehner and the GOP is really Scared Mr. President...how about Impeachment...for overstepping your legal boundaries as President????/ HUH????? The DO NOTHING President you are....and Mr Reid is the Chief Obstructionist for you....240 bills have been forward to the Senate by the House and seemingly NONE of them have been discussed or brought to the floor for a vote ..thanks to Harry Scarry Reid.

    July 2, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. rein

    Do not expect him to accept the paperwork.

    July 2, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Garry Owen

    Obama got his mandate in 2012. Go to it Obama.

    July 2, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Steve

    Proceed, Boehner. Voters will reward your efforts in November, perhaps not in the way your think.

    July 2, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. AZLefty

    Oh, please GOPers please impeach the president and waist more time and taxpayer money. You people are so funny and so brave not to mention brainless. What precident do you have to sue. You don't sue the president. You impeach him. Then on what grounds? High crimes and misdemeanors? (definition: a crime less than a felony or misdeed). John Bohnner should be removed for having no balls to stand up to the tea bagers. A do-nothing, no -nothing repub house that is helping to bring down this country. Where are the jobs Mr Speaker....

    July 2, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. mmpadellan

    These foolish R trolls on this site have really NO IDEA what they are asking for...they keep chanting "IMPEACH HIM!!!" and really think that's what they want. I have news for you yokels: President Obama telling Boehner "So sue me" is the EXACT same kind of moment we all saw when Obama told Romney during debate #2 to "Proceed, Governor" - after which Romney proceeded to show how poorly he was prepared while trying to create a "Gotcha" moment with Benghazi. And that was the beginning of the end for Romney.

    If Repubs actually attempt to impeach Obama, the only thing they will succeed in doing is riling up the Dem base and ensuring a repeat of 1998, when the Repubs got clobbered. So go ahead, fools, yell as loudly as you can - I will even JOIN you, it will ensure a November result that WE will love, and you all will KICK yourselves for. I just can't wait until our congress is completely purged of this unproductive, immoral Republican-led Congress.

    Don't underestimate Obama's LONG game. These ridiculous stunts are frivolous distractions, meant to occupy the minds of the feeble-minded. Meanwhile, Obama's got his eye on the big picture and he WILL use that pen and phone. FINALLY - GO OBAMA!!!!!

    July 2, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Lolo

    Poor Poor GOP, they just love wasting taxpayers money. Boehner is putting this out there so that the Tea drinkers will keep him as speaker of the house. I sure hope his lover comes out and tell all on him and then see how many crickets you will here. Nothing but dog whistles to make the nuts nuttier. Bush and Cheney should be in jail. but no comment on those two liars. The House does nothing for the country and they are applauded for it. I guess if it ain't white it is not right?

    July 2, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. tstorm92

    I love President Obama! The Republicans are nothing but a "useless mess"! They stand for nothing, never have an original idea in their empty heads, and they do "nothing" and still want our tax dollars to pay for it. I applaud the president for taking charge as we intended when we voted for him!

    July 2, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. tstorm92

    I love President Obama! The Republicans are nothing but a "useless mess"! Conservatives stand for nothing, never have an original idea in their empty heads, and they do "nothing" and still want our tax dollars to pay for it. I applaud the president for taking charge as we intended when we voted him into office!

    July 2, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. sickntired

    I am alarmed at the number of people who still approve this president. I am also alarmed at the people who resort to simple insults to get their point across. Can we stick to the issue? This man is going to side step congress, to help people from OTHER countries. This isn't about us, it's about his continuing refusal to uphold FEDERAL law! If more people would stop playing party politics, and see the motives of ALL of those involved, maybe things in this country could start changing for the better. I'm so sick of hearing that this is the "far left" or "far right." Wake up people, they don't care about anything but maintaining the power they have. I have zero respect for any politician at this point.

    Now for the issue at hand, illegal immigration. Instead of returning these people to their countries immediately, he is allowing them to be bussed deeper into our country. Some of them are being released pending a deportation hearing. How many do you think will show up? How about our leaders standing up for it's citizens rather than taking on the problems of the world? This executive order about immigration has NOTHING to do with citizens. I have no problem with people coming to our country to start a new life. Entering it contrary to our laws makes you a criminal. In any other country it is treated as a crime. If Obama or any other politician wants my respect, stand up for US.

    July 2, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Zack

    "It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism," Obama said of his transportation proposal. "It’s not the imperial presidency – no laws are broken. – Obama

    Funny about hat no laws were broken comment. The Supreme Court disagrees..... 0 – 9 Obama... You're 0 – 9 on executive order cases before the court. So yea – laws HAVE been broken and the court found it necessary to rein you in.

    July 2, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Tschrny Wolf

    The radical republicans and their tea party gangs are digging their own grtave :))))))) With such a demented extreme right, President Obama answer was so courageous and noble :) I am glad I voted for him twice :))))))))))))

    If the gop, et al, get away with a trial, george walker bush will also be sued. Why? because the supreme court will get the evidence that walker bush started the policies that now the gopers blame President Obama for. I can hardly wait to seer boehner's angry face when bush is sent to prison :)

    July 2, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. fwlrcj

    the more the GOP does, the more stupid they look. They had no answers, too high horsed to work with the president and are trying to distract the public with more stupid stuff which should the public how stupid they think we are. The 1960s politics are over GOP and you haven't kept up. You are a old tired elephant that can't learn new tricks and can't perform the old ones anymore and nobody wants to see them anyway. And inciting the religious right is just creating more chaos.

    July 2, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. GOP FAIL

    If Boehner didn't spend so much time trying to be the same color as President Obama and smoking cigs like Obama used to, he'd realize he really wants to be just like Obama.

    July 2, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. phil box

    he acts like a spoiled little snot doesn't he?

    July 2, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Hillary 2016

    -–> I heard that the day John Boehner announced he was going to "sue" Obama, fundraising for The Democratic Party actually hit the highest day yet this year!!! It was the biggist fundraising day yet for the Dems in 2014! ....So, there you go!

    July 2, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Martin

    Not a huge fan of Obama, but I stand with him in his determination to get things done in the face of a Republican Party that doesn't care what happens to the country, how much people suffer, how much things deteriorate as long they can hold onto or increase the power they have. Disgusting.

    July 2, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. fwlrcj

    As for sick and tired. we are sick and tired of being ignore by policticians who are worried about companies and not the public. We lost jobs to oversea under the guiss of free trade. The public has nothing to lose anymore and the GOP wants us to 'stay the course' and who has it benefited up to now. Companies of course who put a little in a round about way into policticians pockets. At least they have a job. Are you saying that the GOP is not 'playing polictics' that is all their doing. If companies have their way, we will all be living like the russians did under czarist russia, living in the back of the place we work with barely enough food and clothing for our families. All this whoop de doo is not going to put a GOP back in the presidency.

    July 2, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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