July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
3 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. terry b

    It sure is easy to see why certain elements of the GOP are referred to as the retarded right. Can't think of a better nickname for the nutcases that seem to make of the core of this party. Hopefully this will spur the nation to elect more democrats in November.

    July 30, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. Joe Pullman

    What a joke this empty suit is. The world is burning down, he's off on a party tour at 32000 dollar a plate parties. Playing golf and planning his 12 million tax payer funded vacation. And of course he has to spew his rhetoric and lies at the next function. By far the Worst President to ever sit in the White House, and ever elected. A lying Chicago thug.

    July 30, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Gee... If Boner and the GOP would stop playing games, and work with the President, they might get re elected.

    July 30, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. jim

    July 8th, 2014 - Palin calls for Obama's impeachment over border crisis

    July 30th 2014 - House GOP leaders, struggling for votes, unveil smaller border bill. – Republicans Struggling to come up with enough votes to pass a funding bill to address the southern border crisis, House Republican leaders further scaled-back their proposal on Tuesday, unveiling a $659 million measure aimed at bringing conservatives on board.

    Such a joke!!!!

    July 30, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. bassman

    At a White House press briefing on Tuesday, press secretary Josh Earnest read a list of GOP lawmakers that have suggested impeaching the president and said he wouldn’t call on Democrats to stop fundraising on the issue. This is embarrassing. Mr. Earnest lowers this White House to playground behavior.

    July 30, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. Umpire Sam

    The man likes his BBQ

    July 30, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. MIBigAl

    If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress.

    July 30, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. on streetwise

    Sue The "DO NOTHING" GOP/TP U.S. House of Representatives... Now that one has TEETH!

    July 30, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  9. Duffus Dingleberry

    It's not just from Republicans, Obama...... it's from all of us! Get back to work!

    July 30, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  10. Dave

    This guy loves his enablers in the Senate and is about to lose his bravado come November. Sorry Mr. President but the people see through your lies. Tell your friend Harry that we the people can easily see that the PROBLEM is in the Senate not the House.

    July 30, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    HEY GOP , THANKS FOR the INFERSTURTURE FAILURE in LA that you are TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR. YOU are the ones in the GOP controled House of Representatives THAT control the budget, NOT president Obama and your going to PAY in November for ALL your MASSIVE FAILURES over the last SIX YEARS and WASTING OUR tax money on YOUR FAIRY TAIL FAKE ISSA INVESTIGATIONS!!!!! How can anybody that CARES about America VOTE for these GOP IDIOTS and FOOLS?????

    July 30, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. JJR

    Obama....ever hear of talking to the house, almost 6 years of spewing hate it is not working?

    July 30, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  13. Gabbo

    Obama is such a arrogant fool ....as our his low-info supporters. Obama is the "illegal alien" president.

    July 30, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. The Truth Rules

    "President Barack Obama planned to use a Wednesday morning speech here to lambast Republicans who are preparing to sue him rather than taking action..." The best defense is a viral offense. He's scared because – he's guilty!!

    July 30, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  15. Michael, Chapel Hill

    Every autocrat said the same. Finding out and filing suit against their unlawful actions is" unpatriotic."
    Allowing illegals thru our borders seems rally patriotic.

    July 30, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  16. Gerry Daley

    Congress is taking a break? What for? They have done absolutely nothing.

    July 30, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. john.deatherage

    If this lawsuit is wrong, it will get dismissed quickly. Because President Obama and the Democrats are protesting it, I believe it has merit. Let the courts decide.

    July 30, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  18. bamabrasileira

    I am happy Obama will shed some light on this! I am also happy that the Democrats are putting these ridiculous Republicans on blast! There are major events happening in the world and many changes that need to happen at home, which can't get done because the Republicans do not like having a Black president! They STILL have not gotten over the fact that they lost in landslides....TWICE!! I hope that democrats around the county will go out and vote, despite the fact that white Republicans would like to usher all back to the "good old days" where brown and yellow people, women, gays, young people, middle class and poor people, and non-christians "knew their place"! VOTE IN NOVEMBER!! SUPPORT OBAMA VIA YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES!

    July 30, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. just someone

    The republicans won’t impeach Obama because it would mean Biden would be president. He would either be a mirror image of Obama, or even worse. It would also make him an incumbent in 2016.

    July 30, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. Klutch Cargo

    Problems, problems, all day long,
    Obama in innocent ! We had the Housing Explosion where our "Friends" Chris Dodd and Barney Frank decided everybody and his brother could get a housing loan and the government would back it up. That was before Obama got elected so we can't blame him. But now we have the severe drought affecting maybe 20 percent of the country so all the undocumented can't work in the fields. That combined with Obama Care that killed jobs is of course the liberal's fault for passing such a monstrosity and is on Obama's watch. So with all the problems created by the liberal's and the drought Obama wants to violate the law and give undocumented's work permits. For that Obama is at fault and needs to be brought to account.

    July 30, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. Joe M.

    It's OK, nobody listens to Obama anymore anyway.

    July 30, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  22. Nick

    Has anyone seen a headline in the last 6 years where Obama wasn't "blasting the GOP"? The hyperbole is simply out of control. Instead of "blasting", maybe he should try "speaking with" and at least attempt some cooperation and compromise.

    July 30, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. Joe The Plumber

    Sarah, any chance you see Teabagger as a synonym for Wingnut? I am sorry, do you understand the question?

    July 30, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. Lily

    If Dems have this thing wrapped up what's with all the fundraising? Shouldn't they just be sitting pretty at this point?

    July 30, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. Bill, Bloomington Il

    I thought the president wasnt worried over the lawsuit.

    July 30, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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