July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
2 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.


Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • House • John Boehner • President Obama • Republican • Sarah Palin • White House
soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. Silence DoGood

    @john
    This is a new low for the Dems...the word is out that the Obama Admin/Dems are scamming their own base of millions because of some imaginary impeachment that somehow took placed
    ------------–
    Shame on you for spreading this crap.
    Maybe you've heard of the tea Party – it is kind of a big deal with conservatives...
    The teaparty website has a impeach-obama-petition page in which they appeal want to "Impeach Obama Petition" and call for people to sign the petition to impeach since the Tea Party supports impeachment.

    July 30, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Gunderson

    Aw, Well,
    Obama came on like a Cowboy on a white horse, saving the Widder Jones form the Evil Banker from For Closing the Ranch. Whoppee!!! Well looks do Deceive, no? We have just another Snake Oil Salesman duping the public. Aw, but, at the time Obama didn't know he was selling Snake Oil. He actually believed what he was selling!!!! So now, the Bloom is off the Rose and winter is coming upon us, and the cold hard facts again come to the surface. Fooled again!!

    The American people are going to send the Liberal's and the Obama Administration to the Trash Heap of History, until the next time, and the Next "Savior" Arrives !!!

    July 30, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. sifto77

    Also, sara palin is not in govt at present..how come the libs hang on her every word! She is now a millionaire author and famous person only..

    July 30, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Eagle1

    This President is nothing but a socialist, muslim joke! He doesn't have a clue on how to run this country. All he knows is what to do is ruin this country! He has destroyed the morals and economy of this once great country! Christians are under attack and muslims are promoted! Everything that used to be wrong is now right under this administration!

    July 30, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. bmike

    Like your comment W....got a new name for repubs..the negative ones....going to push that name on here...lol

    July 30, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    Nick – I think congress has passed 142 bills, not 356, thus making them the least effective house in the history of the US. Never put a drunken republican in charge of governing.
    ---------------------------------
    I think you're both right, from a certain point of view.
    The House may have passed 356 bills, but only 142 of them have actually been signed into law.

    July 30, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Samson

    Obama is the not the worst president as some Repuk says he is. This is a man that won election decisively twice. Remember teh Foxxy says that Romney was going to win in a landslide, guess what this never happened. McConnell says his number one political goal was to deny the president a second term and gues what, the repuk party went on a mission to block every legislation from the president since they could not succed. Come November, the repuk party will have another surprise in their hand.

    July 30, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. CC333

    Suing is letting this President off easy for all the harm he has done since being in office. Impeachment is what needs to be done, but it hurts the country as a whole. This President should of fired himself after lying so egregiously. If he is such a great President as he thinks, then he would recognize that he deserves to be fired from his job and step down.

    July 30, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Smoke & Mirrors. Lawsuits, impeachment talk, Benghazi... all a distraction from the empty agenda of the Republicans. Where is their health care plan? Where is their jobs plan? What ideas are they proposing that would actually help regular Americans? Nothing. They did just give another unpaid for tax break to wealthy Americans, though. Nice.

    July 30, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. sly

    Last year they wanted to destroy the US by shutting down government.
    Now they will spend 2 years trying to impeach President Hillary Clinton's predecessor.

    Takes a lot of work to retain the title of 'The Party of Stupid'.

    July 30, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Aw, Well,
    Obama came on like a Cowboy on a white horse, saving the Widder Jones form the Evil Banker from For Closing the Ranch. Whoppee!!! Well looks do Deceive, no? We have just another Snake Oil Salesman duping the public. Aw, but, at the time Obama didn't know he was selling Snake Oil. He actually believed what he was selling!!!! So now, the Bloom is off the Rose and winter is coming upon us, and the cold hard facts again come to the surface. Fooled again!!

    The American people are going to send the Liberal's and the Obama Administration to the Trash Heap of History, until the next time, and the Next "Savior" Arrives !!!
    ------------------------–
    Hasn't anyone ever told you the truth?
    Hardly anyone reads your entire posts.
    The IQ factor is low, and the ignorance factor is high.

    July 30, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Denise

    The man does nothing but lie and community fundraising events, what part of any of this BS do you think is TRUE? He's probably stashing the so called funds he making for the DEMOCRATS..... BOY ARE THEY REALLY GONNA BE PISSED OFF! IN THE END they will convert to Republicans

    July 30, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    They hate us for our freedom- George W.

    July 30, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. yolanda

    @Tampa, I am by no means defending this Congress, but to rate any Congress by the number of bills passed is lame. All we need is more bureaucracy and mindless laws......not.

    July 30, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. You Can't Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes

    Republicans are feeling the heat now as they push farther on impeachment and the lawsuit against President Obama. They know they have not been working in the U.S. House due to not wanting to give the president the credit for anything and they are so against the Middle Class and in favor of the wealthy 1%, and on top of that they have no real plan for America to move it forward. So, they feel that by initiating impeachment hearings and a lawsuit they have worked and earned their pay and that Americans are happy. But we've got news for you, Republicans! We're gonna Vote You OUT!

    July 30, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. sifto77

    Nice to have some debate on CNN blogs today..usually is one sided libs slamming and insulting conservatives!

    July 30, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Sick of all of it

    "LAbelle

    Anyone feeling that Republican 'trickle-down money' yet? Is anyone seeing all those millions of new jobs that Republican tax-breaks to the rich was going to bring about? The devil is in the details. We're too busy fighting with each other and ignoring what these filthy politicians are doing to our country. Direct your anger where it belongs; only politicians get to legislate."

    How about those "shovel-ready" jobs the President promised? How many of those have changed the unemployment numbers a whit? Let's face it, both sides are playing us for fools and votes, and we just go along blindly, supporting whichever liar tells us better lies.

    July 30, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    2016 or bust!

    Golfing and eating bbq are his greatest accomplishments. The public trough is almost empty and he and Michele will actually have to work for a living soon.
    --------------------------–
    Prepare yourself for a bust. This sort of talk is why Romney lost in 2012. The Republican Party's current descent rate has them crashing and burning long before 2016 gets here, anyway.

    July 30, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Boo

    Sifto77 – the libs don't "hang on every word" of the cretin Palin. What color is the sky in your world?

    July 30, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Lily

    I have one advice to GOP though they didn't ask for it. You need to work as one Team otherwise you are heading to a failure. You can't allow one Group of Sarah Palin saying "Impeach the President", and the other Group of Boehner saying: "No there is no Impeachment". These two Messages conflict each other. This is not the way for any Party which intends to win should operate. I can assure you, with this path, you are heading to a flat failure come November.

    July 30, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Observer

    Isn't this the same guys that said to do it a couple weeks ago. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that he is slamming it now, he tells two stories on everything else.

    July 30, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Ian's Rushtache

    Eagle1 says:
    July 30, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am
    This President is nothing but a socialist, muslim joke! He doesn’t have a clue on how to run this country. All he knows is what to do is ruin this country! He has destroyed the morals and economy of this once great country! Christians are under attack and muslims are promoted! Everything that used to be wrong is now right under this administration!
    _____________________

    The real joke is your education, or lack thereof. And I say that as someone who did not vote for Obama in either election.

    July 30, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Dave

    Republicans should stop whining and blaming the president for all the problems in the world. I think he is doing a great job as president. I find it very interesting that the Republicans complain about everything but never have any rational solutions or ideas how to resolve the issues. The last republican president caused our country to go broke and lose credibility among our allies. President Obama has done a great job fixing the Republican mess they left behind.

    July 30, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Hap

    If I hear this President is a muslim, socialist one more time I'm going to puke. Some people refuse to believe their eyes rather they take thier sound bites from the knuckleheads on the way right. This Presidient is an American success story as was Clinton. Yet ordinary folks (sheep) somehow feel these rich guys like Romney and Bush are somehow better suited to represent them. Even worse they think they are part of the same club. Southerners are the worst, they keep putting these clowns in congress yet the south is leading in poverty, credit default, and last in eductation, labor protection, and pay. This not to mention they are a huge drain on the rest of the country, yet they keep voting republican. I propose that if your state takes more in federal dollars than they pay your representitives doesn't get to vote. Stop believeing the talking heads, and start believing your eyes especially when everything you see is the exact opposite of what they are being told.

    July 30, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. zaffa

    I say impeach the dictator! He should be, look at all the stuff he has done, and or has not been able to do. All he does is whine about the Reps and whine about how he was left a problem from Bush. Come on, lets get this ono-perfomer out and get someone who can like,Clinton…yeah right. "What does it matter now". /

    July 30, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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