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. Tarzan

    "New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter. That was even better than the forecast of 3% growth, according to a consensus of economists surveyed by CNNMoney." I can't wait for the republicans to try to downplay this.

    July 30, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Borderless

    The last thing we need is for Obama to be distracted by a lawsuit. The man can't hardly manage his job as it is. Of course he also doesn't need the distraction of incessant fund raising but that doesn't stop him.

    July 30, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Scrappyike

    Instead of going around raising funds by doing improv comedy, how about doing YOUR job!

    July 30, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    -I think USA needs education. Ever since this president came to power this hate, race, color nonsense is so huge, prevalent conspicuous. Let me ask, what other presidents did do for this nation? Country was robbed by insurance thugs, did they care? At least you have health insurance now. Quit your republican trash. Did congress cooperate with president? Put your hand on your chest, answer to me. Why did shut down occur? What made Mitch McConnel sat Obama one term president? This nation is not just whites' nation. It is an immigrant nation. One came before the other later. Quit this color based opinion and progress. Even India, China are progressing. God bless!!!

    July 30, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Srcactus

    Is it time for leadership; YET?
    Is it time for governance; YET?
    Can we quit the politics and get down to business,; the business of the taxpayers?

    July 30, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Uh, the president's job is to sign bills into law. When there no bills coming to him, then there is not much for him to do. Well he could write executive orders, but he's being sued for doing that. And there's the impeachment fever,... .... for trying to do his job, despite the obstruction, procrastination, and misinformation from the Republicans.

    July 30, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. wrm

    Awww, big bad meanie Republicans aren't addressing his agenda. Boo. Hoo.

    July 30, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. ART

    KLC I've got news for you Obama does not have to make the GOP look like fools they are a bunch of do nothing bigoted incompetent fools and have nothing to offer

    July 30, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    R-oh

    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.
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    Yes, Obama delayed the deadline. Curiously, Republicans supported Bush when he completely eliminated the deadline.for signing up to Medicare. Remember? He had forced EVERYONE to re-enroll.

    July 30, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Nick

    The House has passed 356 bills. 98 percent of those are with bipartisan votes. Two-thirds of them have had a two-thirds or higher majority in the House. Why won't Harry Reid put these to a vote? Why does Obama shout "obstructionists" while seemingly ignoring his own party's role in that obstruction? What are they afraid of – that something might pass and they wouldn't be able to demonize the other side?

    July 30, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Proposing to reward Criminal Immigrants with work visas"

    Once again: illegally entering the country is not a crime and the whole deportation process is not a criminal proceeding.

    July 30, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. excuse my rant

    I just loved how Boehner claimed the Republicans were not calling for Obama's impeachment and that it was all a ploy by the Democrats to fund raise. I wonder if he will do the same thing about trying to sue Obama.

    July 30, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. aaron

    Glad Obama has learned some tricks from all the Repub treachery. Anyone who questioned Bush's and Cheney's tactics in Iraq was labelled as unpatriotic, like either one of their rich butts had ever seen combat. So, let's call companies that use our infrastructure to make money but avoid paying taxes unpatriotic. And, if Palin's big fat mouth results in Dem contribution increases and getting Dems to the polls, well then she has finally accomplished something useful rather just wasting space and airwaves with dribble that a first grader would make up.

    July 30, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "He has spent seven years trying to get Americans to hate each other for his own political gain."

    The only thing Obama ever did to make anyone grow hateful was win the election in 2008 while having the audacity to be a black Democrat.

    July 30, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Can we quit the politics and get down to business,; the business of the taxpayers?"

    Sorry, it is firmly etched in stone that the GOP/Teatrolls will refuse any efforts to govern responsibly while a Dem is in the WH and therefore might get the credit for things working and helping people.

    July 30, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. yogi

    Look at all the Republiparrots out here, all repeating the same old that all the other Republiparrots have been repeating, they are so original and eloquent aren't they? Projection and no ideas, no solutions, no vision, no contributions to the welfare of this country, all they have is pure hatred for a colored president. The GOP is a very sad bunch.

    July 30, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. heyjoe1

    Blast away Obama. You are not a good President.

    July 30, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Sniffit

    ""New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter. That was even better than the forecast of 3% growth, according to a consensus of economists surveyed by CNNMoney." I can't wait for the republicans to try to downplay this."

    They don't have to. The MSM will do it for them. You just quoted the one and only time CNN will ever refer to that data.

    July 30, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. furianxo

    LOL at "unpatriotic" remarks... we all know Obama likes this word, even though he describes himself when using it.

    July 30, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. rs

    The Republican party has become a sad joke given its once great and lofty ideologies and goals. It has been reduced from a party of leaders to a party trying to prevent anyone from leading- at all. What's that old line" "Lead, follow, or get out of the way"?

    Get out of the way GOP- you're only making things worse with your petty radicalism, do-nothing-ism, and talk of lawsuits and impeachment. Worse for our leadership, worse for the government, worse for Americans and mostly worse for yourself. America doesn't much like people that tear down our nation- get it?

    July 30, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    Plan A- I WANT Obama to Fail(Rush).Plan B-Obamacare will be his Waterloo(DeMint). Plan C-Our No. 1 Goal is to make Obama a One Term President. Plan C-IMPEACHMENT(Palin). Plan D- Sue Obama for NOT enforcing parts of Obamacare which we tried to repeal FORTY-FIVE times(Boehnor).

    July 30, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Joe The Plumber

    You got to love how the GOP keeps giving Obama these gifts. For a party that hates Obama, it is paradoxical how they continue to over reach and thus help his support outside the GOP. Love it!.

    July 30, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. LAbelle

    Republicans make remarks about a lawsuit and impeachment in public and then try to claim that it's the Democrats that are making this up. Unbelievable ignorance. Why don't we as taxpayers just give all our tax dollars to the rich, instead of paying Republicans their salaries, since that seems to be all they ever try to legislate on in Congress anyway.

    July 30, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. S.B. Stein

    Why are they suing the president? Have they done everything they can to work with him? I think not. Where were they when George W. Bush put in the warrantless wiretapping program? What is their major malfunction with Obama other than he isn't one of them (in more ways than one)?

    July 30, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. OldSchool

    Lambast these do-nothing hacks Mr. President. I'm sure their low-information contributors will eat this charade of their up, regardless of the fact that they don't actually have the guts to impeach you. I'd love to see them try actually, remember how well that worked with Clinton? He actually GAINED popularity...

    July 30, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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