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.


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

    Yes, he should continue to criticize the "do-nothing" Congress while he....does nothing. What happened to his pen and his phone? It must be a land-line and he can only use it when he's at the office. Too bad he doesn't like to actually be there.

    July 30, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. USCanuck

    So President Obama is going to continue to be divisive, and make public arguements against the GOP. So glad after 6 years he's learned how to cross the aisle and get things done.

    July 30, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. truindep

    Obama has always demonized or blasted " the GOP nothing new there

    July 30, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Tom

    Blast away. I guess more of his usual immature, vindictive punishments are on the way.

    July 30, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. nunya

    this arrogant a555 popping on on anyone is laughable. do your job. secure the border. where are the `shovel ready jobs`? your foreign poolicy has made the entire world east and south of europe a friggin war zone

    July 30, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. Anonymous

    If Obama would stop overreaching there would be no suit – someone has to stop this man

    July 30, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Gus

    Let the chips fall where they may.

    July 30, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    No one gave any president the right to break our nation's laws...........and Obama is breaking them every DAY!

    July 30, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. KLC

    Obama will make the Republicans look like fools. The GOP has been losing every battle they have tried fighting. The best thing for their party was Ron Paul. NOT Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin

    July 30, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. TxGran

    I wouldn't count on the Repubs doing anything against big corporations; otherwise, who would pay their campaigning bills

    July 30, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Gyrogearloose

    Obama is already a lame duck. I doubt many are listening.

    July 30, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. love344

    during the Bush years... CNN articles always addressed him with the title of President...but since 2008 they address our current presdient throughout their articles as just "Obama"... its so telling..

    July 30, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. we see your bias

    oh, obama, why is it that you are such a joke, you cannot control the true patriots of freedom so maybe you should just try to crawl in a hole whine some more, ohhhh you are bashing me, want some cheese with your whine,, and yes you should be impeached and tried for treason.

    July 30, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Bob

    Maybe he can draw a red line.

    July 30, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. Thaddius

    As well he should.

    July 30, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. pyusmc66

    Boehner seems to have conveniently forgotten all of the members of his party who have been clamoring for Impeachment..

    July 30, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. bobo

    Obama... Shut your Hole! Go play some more Golf..... the more you play Golf the less damage you do to the country!

    July 30, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Frank

    Half Slab of Ribs, Jokes, Golf, and Fundraisers. Nice.

    July 30, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Tired of this guy

    I'm tired of this guy. Everytime I watch the news he's ALWAYS doing something that leads me to believe we're heading in the wrong direction. With so MANY issues in the world that threaten our country, why does this guy assume projecting apathy is the best way to lead. I can't really think of a worse person to have leading our country. Maybe Nancy Pelosi....I'm I wrong? Anyone that pays attention see the same thing?

    July 30, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "some Republicans have suggested Obama could be impeached for exceeding his authority as president, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin "

    How cute. It's totally damaging to Republicans to say it truthfully so CNN has to soften it. They didn't "suggest" and they didn't talk about "could." Jabberwocky Barbie and numerous others DEMANDED that he actually be impeached.

    July 30, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. mutantsubhuman

    This needs to be filed as an emergency writ.

    July 30, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Lizzie

    Obama has slammed the move as a political stunt, egging Republicans on with the quip "so sue me" during a speech in early July.
    I am KING, bow before me, I can do as I want, everything you say is a farce, made up, or a lie. I can do no wrong.

    July 30, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. J Braford

    Go get them President Obama. They have it coming to them. Lamblast away!

    July 30, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. O'drama ya Mama

    Anyone want to start a petition revoking Congress' privilege to go on summer vacation? Does anyone think they've earned that privilege? I come to work every day, perform to the best of my ability and I dont get rewarded with a summer vacation. My reward is a weekend off and then its back to the grind on Monday morning. I think I deserve that vacation more than they do. I at least did real work.

    July 30, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. kws11

    Oh boy! Another epic finger-wagging and tongue-lashing! Certain to be just as effective in solving problems and building bridges as it has been since he was first elected. Way to lead!

    July 30, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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