July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama lambasts Republicans for ‘hatin’ all the time’

Updated 1:31 p.m. ET, 7/30/2014

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Days before Congress' summer break begins, President Barack Obama used a Wednesday morning speech here to lambast Republicans who are preparing to sue him rather than take action on some of his agenda items.

“Stop being mad all the time,” Obama chided Republicans during rowdy, campaign-style remarks. “Stop just hatin’ all the time.”

Democrats think they've struck fundraising gold with the Republican threat of a lawsuit against the White House, as well as the specter of impeachment some members of the party have raised. Since Friday, Democratic electoral committees sent more than a dozen e-mails using the issues to stir their supporters into donating money.

Top House Democrat: 'you bet we're going to run' on lawsuit and impeachment

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, tasked with electing Democrats to the House, said they'd raised more than a million dollars in online donations using the tactic.

House Speaker John Boehner announced plans earlier this summer to file suit against Obama for circumventing Congress on changes to his health care law, which some Republicans said was unconstitutional.

Obama has slammed the move as a political stunt, egging Republicans on with the quip "so sue me" during a speech in early July.

“They’re mad because I’m doing my job,” Obama said on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to instead take action on closing tax loopholes and pass new laws he said will spur job creation.

“We can do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit,” he said. “Just come on. Come on and help out a little bit.”

Separately, some Republicans have suggested Obama could be impeached for exceeding his authority as president, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and others in the conservative wing of the GOP.

Boehner wrote off any talk of impeachment as a Democratic fundraising ploy on Tuesday.

"They're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's elections," he said.

The White House was quick to cite a list of Republicans who have floated impeaching Obama, saying Boehner's description of the idea as simply a Democratic talking point ignored the statements of some of his members.

"If that's the case, then I suspect that there may be members of the Republican conference that didn't receive the memo," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

During his remarks on Wednesday at a historic theater, Obama cast the Republican lawsuit as a distraction from the real work he wants Congress to be doing, including closing a legal loophole that allows big corporations to incorporate overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

Obama cast such tactics as unpatriotic.

“They've always been American companies. They took advantage of all the benefits of being an American company but now their accountant has convinced them maybe they can get out of paying some taxes,” he said.

“It ain't right. Not only is it not right, it ain't right.”

While he was in Missouri Obama met with four people who'd written him letters detailing their struggles and successes in the uncertain economy. The President met the Kansas Citians over ribs and pulled pork at Arthur Bryant's restaurant, which has served the city’s signature barbecue to former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Its vinegar-based sauce is labeled "The President's Choice."

Obama hopes to highlight the issues facing the middle class by scheduling meetings with Americans who have written him. This summer he's shared meals with people in Minnesota, Colorado, Texas and elsewhere.

At Arthur Bryant's on Tuesday, Obama ordered a half slab of ribs and a Bud Light, though when he asked for cole slaw the restaurant's staff told him they had run out.

"You didn't save me some?" he joked.


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soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Republicans are wasting taxpayer money on this lawsuit. I hope they personally pay us all back.

    July 30, 2014 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  2. Sandvichmancer

    I love how Boehner suggests that getting people to vote is a bad thing.

    July 30, 2014 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  3. Put America First

    Maybe Obama could learn to work with the opposition, the lawsuit wouldn't be necessary. Yes, it is political theater, but no more political theater than Obama's speeches.

    July 30, 2014 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  4. anthony78

    Hey Republicans... you see that huge plane with the Presidential seal in the background... well for the many of you who can't walk and chew gum at the same time (or obstruct and blame), I'll help you out... its one huge mobile White House with wings... you know.. where the President gets more work done then the good for nothing Republican House members... yeah.. really hurts seeing him fundraise AND handle his business at 30,000 feet...

    July 30, 2014 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  5. sjones581

    John Boehner- the Republican gift to Democrats that keeps on giving.

    July 30, 2014 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  6. airjackie

    Well it is funny and it shows Boehner thinks Americans are idiots. Boehner said he never talked about Impeaching the President it was made up by the Democrats. Boehner press conference May 2014 as he said Obama has over reached his authority and we are researching possible action. June 24, 2014 Boehner said he is forming a committee to see if charges can be brought against Obama for Benghazi. June 27 2014 the press asked if Impeachment was discussed as many law makers are calling for one as Boehner said everything is on the table. Well now Americans are to believe that was never said and no Tea Party or Republican has ever mentioned Impeaching the President. Lying seems to be accepted after the WMD lied worked so well. One thing we are learning is most Americans have no idea what the procedure is for an Impeachment of a US President. One blogger said he would not lose his job well it is sad people don't read.

    July 30, 2014 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  7. Bill

    By "congressional inaction," the President means, "They won't do what I tell them." It doesn't work that way. There is a reason we have separation of powers. To pass a law, no matter what the people or Congress wants, then we are no longer a democracy.
    By the way, the Democrats have blocked over 20 GOP bills in two years, so it's not just a 'blame the GOP' issue. The fighting and lack of interest in the American people is a cross-party problem.

    July 30, 2014 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  8. CarrierSailor

    A GOP big win In November even Mooch can feel It.

    July 30, 2014 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  9. JB

    Huh. So a 2nd term president who is busy fundraising and campaigning for his buddies is accusing the opposition of playing politics? Heck of a strategy. If anything it just shows the disgusting hypocrisy of both parties. The elections are just a few months away. Absolutely I believe some of the GOP's actions are politically motivated. Just as I believe the president deciding to fundraise instead of doing his job is political. So the people have to decide what is worse. A president who is too busy fundraising or campaigning to do his job, or the leadership of a party launching a lawsuit because of the potentially illegal actions of a president? I ask that as an independent who holds both Obama and the GOP leadership in contempt.

    July 30, 2014 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  10. Matt

    I think it's a sad situation when any member of our political system abuses the power of their office, ignores the checks and balances in place, and disregards the Constitution because they think it will help them in elections.

    July 30, 2014 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  11. Premal D.Shah

    Republicans, George Bush spent 223 days at camp David, took us into a wrong war, killed 4500 UStroops in that war with Iraq, went hunting too frequently, allowed Cheney to almost kill his friend during one hunt, never answered to reporters and totally destroyed the American economy in just eight years. He was not impeached as the democrats do not stoop as low as republicans. Now you tell the American nation whether Obama should be impeached. Lewinsky screwed Clinton so he was impeached. Your boss screwed AMERICA. Impeach him first, the scheming mouse. I still wonder why Laura Bush is not kicking him out!

    July 30, 2014 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  12. Obama's Friend

    Give me money and I'll take a picture with you. I'm the guy pretending to be the President right now.

    July 30, 2014 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  13. Sandra

    I just LOVE that the donations for Dems have poured in after yet another failed Rethuglican stunt! Keep 'em coming!

    July 30, 2014 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  14. Kman

    It seems that all this guy ever does is "FUNDRAISE".

    July 30, 2014 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  15. J. Mason Emerson

    Arthur Bryant is a great steak place but your article smells less of steak than being way too pro-Tea Partyish. Might Charles Koch (pronounced Cook) who lives in Kansas be a big advertiser for your news service? CNN viewers know for a fact the Koch brothers' business has been advertised on CNN a lot recently. To CNN's credit but not yours they have also become centers of attention due to big bucks shelled out by the Kochs and their partner to keep the Tea Party around. The Kochs are also said to be anti-minimum wage. Please stop writing baloney like this, and just go eat out at one of KC's great steakhouses including the one the President ate at. The food might help you to see and write better. Your last line was a deliberate dig which will make some thing he was trying to be better than others at the restaurant than to simply be teasing. Shame on you for that one in particular.

    July 30, 2014 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  16. andy

    Funny– He can 'lambast' Americans, but does he doesn't do the same to the people in Syria, Russia, Africa, Afghanistan etc.. etc.. I guess its his style to 'beat on Americans' while giving dictators and tyrants a pass...

    July 30, 2014 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  17. SmartPotato

    I want SOMEONE to actually prove what the GOP has actually accomplished the last 6 years, besides blocking bills and suing.

    July 30, 2014 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  18. Obama and the Divine Right of Kings

    "In his divine innocence, he was taken aback by the degradation and temerity of the Republicans."

    July 30, 2014 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  19. It's obvious

    But to be entirely fair, it's not like the GOP has grounds for an actual suit. The term "wholly without merit" applies here.

    July 30, 2014 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  20. John

    Why do we Americans pay our elected officials to do fundraisers when they aren't even running for office themselves? Don't they have REAL jobs to do?

    July 30, 2014 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  21. SixDegrees

    Maybe he should issue sanctions against the GOP.

    July 30, 2014 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  22. Observer974

    Populism is what the voters "...thought they were getting with Obama . In 2008 Obama said he’d bail out homeowners, not just banks. He vowed to fight for a public option, raise the minimum wage and clean up Washington. He called whistle-blowers heroes and said he’d bar lobbyists from his staff. He was critical of drones and wary of the use of force to advance American interests. He spoke eloquently of the threats posed to individual privacy by a runaway national security state.

    He turned out to be something else altogether. To blame Republicans ignores a glaring truth: Obama’s record is worst where they had little or no role to play. It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners. It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama."

    – From Bill Curry’s article in Salon, My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats.

    July 30, 2014 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  23. Davin

    And here people on the right are always complaining about frivolous lawsuits, and here they are in the middle of one. If conservative voters can't see this is as the blatant political stunt it is, then it's obvious that my grandfather's Republican party is truly gone.

    July 30, 2014 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  24. PeterD

    President Obama is a Lame Duck President through out His Second Term. Americans Elect a Wrong Man and Then Whine.

    July 30, 2014 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  25. James V.

    Worst. Pr*sident. Ever.

    July 30, 2014 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
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