January 29th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Foxx slams Obama, gets autograph

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/29/art.virginiafoxx.twitter.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Virginia Foxx tweeted that President Obama gave House Republicans 'another lecture' Friday."](CNN) - North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx criticized President Obama after his address to House Republicans but had no qualms about walking away with a souvenir.

"Pres gave us another lecture. Our guys asked great questions. Need independent fact checker for his comments. Got autograph," the Republican congresswoman tweeted Friday afternoon at the House Republican retreat.

A follow up tweet she sent shortly after read, "Am concerned that Pres thinks health care bill is centrist. He did not accept the scalpel and it is a great tool."

Her remarks followed a rare question-and-answer session with the president and the GOP caucus.

About 300 lawmakers, family members and aides attended the meeting, which was broadcast live. The event was for the most part civil, with a few moments of heated discussion.

Obama accused Republicans of frequently mischaracterizing his policy proposals, particularly in the health care debate. Republicans, in turn, complained that the White House and congressional Democrats had ignored their ideas, locked them out of the policy-making process, and unfairly labeled them as obstructionists.

"Both sides can take some blame for a sour climate on Capitol Hill," Obama sai, adding that Democrats and Republicans "need to be careful" in choosing their rhetoric. "A tone of civility instead of slash and burn would be helpful."

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Ryan, Denver

    When Congressional Republicans stop acting like spoiled children who throw temper tantrums at not getting thier way all the time perhapes then the President will need not lecture them.

    January 29, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Albert K. L.A., CA

    A scalpel can be a great tool but not when you kill the wounded by removing his heart.

    January 29, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Ha ha ha ha

    She can't stand african americans – she's another one of those palin wannabe's. Hope NC gets rid of her in November. She belongs in SC with all her lies and hypocricy.

    January 29, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Too True For You

    "A tone of civility instead of slash and burn would be helpful."

    So what he's really advocating muzzling republicans? That doggone Obama, trampling on their right to free (hateful, mendacious, divisive, sectarian) speech.

    January 29, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. kay

    It is truly about time that you Republicans act as a bipartisan part of Congress. The same applies to the Dems. None of us voted for you disgraceful toads to lead us into gridlock. I do believe that y'all are MORE interested in feathering your own retirements than the voters'. Girl, you'll probably try to flog the autograph off on eBay. If you're an example of "NC Today", I'm glad I'm a former North Carolinian although born and bred.

    January 29, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. johnrj08

    An idiot. Probably doesn't even know what's in the bill. These people....

    January 29, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. greg

    So they were locked out. ow they klnow how it feels. They did the same thing whne they were in control. It is amazing how short memories are. If they offered more than the status quo, they would be listened to.

    January 29, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. hadelaide

    This nut should be on the tree and not in congress. She is a certifiable fool who should be in a mental institution.

    January 29, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. John B. From New Hampshire

    ok so let me get this straight.... if Obama creates a Bi-partisan commission on deficit spending he's doing it for his OWN gain? what planet are these Fox people on???? He could say the sky is blue and they would say.."keep your hands off my sky, socialist!" lmao i mean WTH does he have to do?!?! I think a year is plenty of time to out-stretch your hand in friendship only to get it slapped away every time! Let's go it alone from here on out Mr. President... the MAJORITY of the country is with you!! Let the VA's, SC's and TX's secede... they'll soon see how important government TRULY is to their daily lives!!!!!!

    January 29, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. T.Brown

    The U.S. Government should be ashamed for displaying the obvious dissention within our government. Why must the republicans rebuttal or respond to President Obama's address to our country. To me that is a sign of disrespect to the president and it shows that we are not united on anything. I don't remember the Demoncrats responding to President Bush when he was in office. Lets work together for the people, not your personal feelings or agenda.

    President Barack Obama needs to stick to his agenda regardless of the personal feelings or opinions of a few.

    January 29, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Stop the Nonsense

    So a Republican finds the healthcare bill "Centrist" but STILL badmouths the President and disrespects the office enough to refer to him as the "pres". At what point is this sort of thing going to stop.
    Disagree, but follow social respect for our President and his office.
    I have several things I could say about a woman like this, but while I don't care for her approach, I still respect her office.
    Congresswoman Foxx- class up your act.

    January 29, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Kate

    For the first time for a long time, we have a Pres. who wants to work with Congress, but the republicans won't work with him.

    January 29, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. NC

    I am so glad Foxx does not represent the area I live in. What an embarrassment she is to our state. She represents an area that has high unemployment, people have no health care and so many other problems. She does nothing to help the people that voted for her. She is from another era and would not be elected in our larger cities. Thank goodness everyone in NC does not act like her. And yes I have lived in NC my entire life (a lot of years).

    January 29, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. stormerF

    How can Obama say the republlicans are Obstructionists? when the Democrats have the Majority in both the House and the Senate? It is his inability to get his party on his side to get things done. He just does not get it,even his democrtas are not in favor of his socialistic agendas.

    January 29, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    i thought they didn't like O being a celebrity.

    January 29, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. montag24

    "Republicans, in turn, complained that the White House and congressional Democrats had ignored their ideas..."

    What ideas?!?

    Oh, that's right. Cut taxes on the richest 2% and drill, baby, drill!

    January 29, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Lemonton

    "A tone of civility instead of slash and burn would be helpful.”

    But didn't GOP decided from day 1 that just saying NO! to Obama and Dems was their winning formula?

    But didn't GOP labeled any Dems proposal as socialism regardless?

    But didn't GOP target since day 1 to defeat healthcare reform because that would be Obama's Waterloo?

    Etc, etc, etc

    January 29, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Rep. Foxx, "another lecture"?? Perhaps you need to listen up, perhaps you will learn something!

    As President Obama said, "Saying NO to everything is not leadership!"

    True! GOP needs to be careful only 24% of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

    January 29, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Felonious Monk

    Republicans are obstructionists. If this had happened while bush was in office the republicans would be calling anyone not in step with the president "against us."
    Republicans have offered nothing, NOTHING but OBSTRUCTION.

    January 29, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Felonious Monk

    Name one specific item the republicans have offered.

    January 29, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Future expat

    This is the lady that said Matthew Shepard wasn't the victim of a hate crime, but rather a simple mugging. I have an idea for their state motto:

    "South Carolina: more embarrassing than ever."

    January 29, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    The President still doesn't "get it" and will never get it, because politicians, especially liberal politicians, are just naturally superior and smarter than the run of the mill average American. They, because of their vast supply of knowledge, know what is better for us than we the people that elected and sent them there to represent us.

    January 29, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Charlie in Maine

    Talk about a bridge to nowhere. It is not Obama's fault that he became president at a time when the national GOP is at it's absolute stupidest. Imagine what bi-partisan things he could have accomplished if the GOP still had a moderate wing. Maybe this new guy Brown can start one....but I'm not holding my breath.

    January 29, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. juliet hartford ct

    The president went to the retreat because he really want to work with the GOP ...if you keep going to someone and they keep complaining about the same old story they lock us out what are you 3 start doing the business of the american people and stop acting out ...one of these days the american people is going to wake up and said they are tired of the GOP rhertoric and the Dems lack of back bone and vote out all of them.

    January 29, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Some gall calling for independent fact checkers when it was her party that got us into the Iraqi war with apparently no reliable facts whatsoever!

    January 29, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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