July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
4 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. Charlie

    There was a fellow who fiddled while Rome burned.
    Now we have a clown who fundraises while the world burns. Oddly, this chap complains about the big money in Politics.

    July 30, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  2. guest

    when are we going to stop letting money run the government ? Why are we still fundraising ? run campains on a budget – and use your time on the job for that – not raising money (unless if it is for the federal budget). They always seem overflowing with the campaign money, but are always short in Fed reserve.

    July 30, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  3. Someone

    Sarah Palin should have just kept her mouth shut if they actually wanted to impeach him. Lol what a joke.

    July 30, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. Beth

    Obama has this backwards. AMERICA is taking him to court, we've had enough. Maybe Obama doesn't care about America but the rest of us do. We want our country back.

    July 30, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  5. brownbuttonglutton

    Yeah funny funny.wait til you've lost the senate and repubs have a veto proof majority. You won't be laughing then.

    July 30, 2014 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    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.
    -----------------------------------
    Gee, it wasn't unconstitutional when George W. Bush completely eliminated the deadlines for his Medicare changes.

    July 30, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  7. it must be said

    More campaign speeches, more campaign fund raising, more political attacks from somebody that is supposed to be governing, more photo ops, more of the faux Obama presidency, 5.5 years and counting. Good thing there is nothing going on in this country and around the world that Obama needs to be engaged with and spending his time working on.

    Hillary Clinton used her position at the State Dept. to take a 4 year vacation jetting around the globe on the taxpayer dime to accomplish absolutely nothing. Obama is essentially doing the very same thing. The USA taxpayers are paying for all of these campaign trips, campaign fund raisers (over 400 and climbing fast) and photo ops. Obama truly thinks his job is to be the leader of only some Americans, not the entire country. He has repeatedly pitted one group against another and attacked and demonized others. He has truly earned his titles, Liar of the Year and Worse President Since WWII.

    July 30, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  8. RJ

    When are these people going to grow up and do what is right?

    July 30, 2014 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  9. Scott in Michigan

    This guy is a crock. Always pointing the finger at somebody else, always trying to stir the pot like some immature little kid. Our country yearns for leadership and all he does is constantly divide. I am embarrassed that he is our President.

    July 30, 2014 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. The Annoyed Elephant

    Obama was further quoted as saying, "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!" before wiping snot off his nose with the lower half of his long, gangly arm.

    July 30, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  11. Srcactus

    So How many congressmen/women will away from chambers during a law suit brought by lawyers in a courtroom? NONE – 2 – 5 -10. Certainly to few to effect discussion or action on legislation. More political speak from the Teleprompter.

    July 30, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  12. Mason

    World is in Crisis, while he plays Golf & Fund Raises. As he uses the Law Suit & Impeachment as a means to raise more money. NOT just the GOP that's upset. <---America needs Leadership badly, and has NONE! <----

    July 30, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  13. Oliver Dyer

    Why not,... with much more serious matters that deserving our attention. The Pubs are spending time on something that is not worthy of our time nor attention just to please a fringe element of their political base. I would applaud efforts to work out compromises to move ahead on improving the AHC, infrastructure, immigration. We can do this if we put what's best for the country ahead of what's best for our particular political party.

    July 30, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  14. Bologna

    The president only has himself to blame for the divide between parties. I know, I know we can't actually blame Barack Obama because he is African-American and it would only be because of race if we did, not because some of his policy really sucks. What was Bush' excuse, he is white and some of his policies really sucked...

    July 30, 2014 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    During his remarks on Wednesday at a historic theater, Obama will 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.
    ---------------------------
    If companies wish to incorporate overseas, then make the products that they sell subject to tariffs just like any other imported product.

    July 30, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  16. Absopt

    Obama spends far too much time publicly bashing the GOP. Granted the GOP has been extremely obstructionist, but that in part was caused by Obama. Right from the start, it was “my way or the highway”. A key quality of great leaders has been the ability to unify and work across the aisles. Both sides have let the party battle hurt the country, but Obama is the one who should above the pettiness and not be one of most divisive forces. For me, Obama has unfortunately acted much more like the president of the Democratic Party, not the country.

    July 30, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  17. boz238

    Obama is all show and no go. He is pompous, and has done nothing to improve the critical issues our country faces. He would rather drink beer, play golf, and host parties in the white house with the latest pop idols. He is on an ego trip and is all about promoting SELF!

    July 30, 2014 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  18. Rutheford B. Hayes

    Thank goodness someone is opposing Obama's agenda.
    – Constantly raising the debt ceiling
    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is ‘‘trillion’’ with a ‘‘T.’’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion." – BHO 2006

    – Demanding $4 Billion for Criminal Immigrants

    – Allowing thousands of Criminal Immigrants enter the country and not enforcing the law

    – Demanding $500 million to train terrorists in Syria

    – Allowing millions of Americans to languish for years without jobs

    – Proposing to reward Criminal Immigrants with work visas

    – Etc., Etc., Etc.

    July 30, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  19. lauradet

    That's right Obama, tell the GOP if they got off their lazy-do-nothing behinds then maybe, just maybe things would get done. Now they are going on a one month vacation and after that they will only work 27 days until 2015. Can anyone tell me what the heck has the GOP done to progress the country forward in five years? NOTHING!

    July 30, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  20. Dave

    The tactic is not to talk about a lawsuit but to talk about impeachment as a way to raise money. Anyone else noticed the only people talking about impeachment are Democrats, and Sarah Palin. No Republican in power, not even Ted Cruz, wants to impeach the President.

    It is simply a scare tactic being used by the left to raise money from the uninformed.

    July 30, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  21. Wardo22

    Impeachment is nothing more than a fundraising topic for Obama and the Dems.

    July 30, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  22. Patti

    Dear Fearless Leader- Dems did the same thing to Bush in 2006. Perhaps you should put half as much energy into dealing with the problems in this country and the world as you put into fundraising and golf.

    July 30, 2014 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  23. Walter

    Wow. So there IS a lawsuit that a Democrat doesn't embrace? Imagine that.

    July 30, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  24. Rosslaw

    Suing Obama for delaying for one year the individual mandate on corporations, a proposal which the House republicans voted for at the same time, is just about the norm for House republicans. I can see a judge asking Speaker Tan Man, "so you want me to rule against the President for doing exactly what you voted to do, right???" Only in right-wing world does that make perfect sense.

    July 30, 2014 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  25. noly972

    "...including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and others in the conservative wing of the GOP." Is the writer inferring that there is a liberal wing of the GOP? If there is, I'll bet its empty.

    July 30, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
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