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.”
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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.
Our POTUS has used his Executive Privilege less than any other President. Why exactly are Republicans spending my tax dollars to sue the President? oh yeah thats right.. they don't want to do their job.. I forgot, Silly me.
if he's scared, they must be onto something
It's pretty clear to me that President Obama has violated the law set forth in the Affordable Care Act. He should be held accountable for his violations. This requirement holds true for any politician, Democrat or Republican.
EVERYTHING this President and his party touches is criminal or turns to garbage. I cannot wait to get a new group of responsible people in the White House and DC who actually lead and take responsibility rather than travel around the country and partying. What a travesty the American people have to put up with this for 8 long years. We can't afford any more clowns in DC.
"Amid Fundraising onslaught"
That is really all you need to read. Just like Obama and Democrats are pushing the "Impeachment" talks far more than the Republicans are. This is all partisanship on the part of the Democrats. Obama, enforce the laws that you championed and signed and the lawsuit wouldn't be an issue. As far as impeachment, the ones talking about that the most are your own people... So maybe you should be concerned that everyone around you sees your impeachment as a "serious threat".
Deflect, deflect, deflect Obama--that's what you do best, that and play golf. Each day that goes by you show just how incompetent you really are.
Just a ploy to raise more cash. One day ALL the children in DC will quit fighting and get something done. I just hope they do it in my lifetime.
In other words, Obama to campaign.
I agree this lawsuit is unprecedented and foolish. The GOP should use the actual devices laid out in the Constitution – like the power of the purse and impeachment.
This president is lawless, and brazenly so. No president in US history has openly and proudly circumvented the Constitution more that Barack Obama, and those facts are quite literally undeniable.
Say what you will about Congressional GOP members, their motivations, and their shortcomings, but like I said – it is undeniable that this president has behaved in an impeachable manner.
Barry has never cared what the American people think, but he will eat bbq with a handful of people as an blatant political stunt.
This guy COULD NOT be more repulsive.
Our political system system worked so well for so very many years, but now it seems that it has been taken over by people from both sides of the isle that feel that they are the most important people in the world and that everyone should bow down to their beliefs! We need to clean our political house from top to bottom and start all over again!
This is exactly why the GOP & Tea Party will not win another election for years to come... If anyone needs impeachment it is the existing Congress and all House Republicans who's only JOB is to stall or block anything pro Obama & to smear his presidency at all costs. What happened to prioritizing and putting nation before self?
Let me get this straight. First gop asks to delay employee mandate, obama says no. Then obama delays mandate without congress. Gop has every reason to be angry. How can you work with somone like that? Democrat voters are either collecting welfare bribes or brain dead. No other reason to vote for a democrat.
Probably the easiest way to prevent a lawsuit would be to follow the law.
No slaw for the King?
Lets face it...all Obama does is blame the GOP for pretty much all of his failures. Of course he does not mention Harry Reid sitting on over 300 Bills proposed by the GOP!
I don't know what's sadder...Obama and his Administration or the clueless people that keep supporting him.
Put America First wrote on page 1:
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.
Just above is a textbook example transference. Transference is a more succinct word than projection, anyway.
The opposition are the ones that need to learn how to work with Pres. Obama, instead of blocking all efforts to govern, trying to smear his legacy by marginalizing him, putting politics first in an effort to make him a one-term president, filing lawsuits against him for doing his job, and grumbling ever more loudly about impeachment.
Failure in Chief. But still 41% of his sheep seem to continue to support him.
Obama is putting down Republicans again? How is this news? Since he's taken office he has either blamed Bush or the Republican's for any of is failures even if they had no involvement. This story is as tired of Obama's inability to take responsibility for his actions and to make peace with Republicans, Democrats, or anyone else he's wronged/belittled since taking office. Obama has truly taught me how NOT to lead. Man up Obama and show some respect for others. Maybe, just maybe they'll be willing to work with you. Also, just because a person/group doesn't agree with you doesn't make them wrong, hateful, or ignorant. All we ever see you do is stir partisan ship and hate.
"“Obama has slammed the move as a political stunt”
So you think that this is a political stunt? You are not as well informed as I thought you were. "
Sure he is. He was a constitutional law professor and has no doubt read the line of cases that acknowledge the POTUS and executive branch agencies have some discretion in issuing waivers and delays in order to assure that laws that have been passed are implemented and functional. The problem the GOP/Teatrolls are having is that it's implicit in their position that they recognize that's helping the law be implemented and function is precisely what he was doing. What they wanted was for the law not to work, and they're angry that he helped it work by exercising executive discretion. They would much rather have seen problems get caused by a blind and foolish rote adherence to the law as if there was no such thing as executive discretion. That's not how the government works though, and taking the position that the executive can never do what Obama did would have collapsed myriad laws throughout the country's history...even laws the GOP/Teatrolls like.
The Obama presidency is historic in the sense that he is the first anti-American president.
GOP on a loosing path – again their priority is backwards and we love it!.
"Yeah funny funny.wait til you've lost the senate and repubs have a veto proof majority"
You think the GOP/Teatrolls are going to take the senate and have a 2/3s majority? Bwahahahahaha!!!!! Bath salts are not part of a healthy breakfast, Jethro.
Legal experts say the Republicans have zero chance of winning this lawsuit. They continue to waste money. They continue to waste time. They continue to look weak and foolish.
This man is a disgrace. He has spent seven years trying to get Americans to hate each other for his own political gain.