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. felicia

    She can criticize President Obama all she want, but you can't deny the fact that he's fine.

    January 29, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. B

    Let’s face it, the Republicans need to be lectured and even yelled at after their do NOTHING attitude about everything put forth this last year.

    If those people were working in the real workforce, they would be fired for lack of contribution to anything productive!

    I challenge any Republican to offer up ONE thing that they have accomplished this last year !! They are like cattle on the railroad.

    Worthless people...

    January 29, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    for some reason President Obama just doesn't get it so maybe he needs to have a sit down with former President Clinton. The GOP does NOT want to work with you, they do NOT want your programs no matter what they may be to be successful and they could care less about being "buddy buddy" and getting along in Congress. This is obvious from day one Mister President. And right now most of them are hog heaven because you and the Dems have run into a rough patch at the moment. The best thing the President can do is hope the economy under his watch continues to improve, the jobs start coming, banks start lending again, and the housing market gets better. These are the things the GOP does NOT want to happen, at least not before November 2010. Maybe Ms. Foxx would tear up that autograph if the GDP coninues to improve.

    January 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    If Obama expected bipartisanship, he should have been working towards that, for the past year. now that he is in trouble......now he wants bipartanship, and he is unlikely.....now....to get it.

    January 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. geecee

    Virginia Foxx – what a great representative she makes. I hope the people who voted for her are proud of the job she is doing for them in Congress. Is she going to the teabaggers' convention or will she be dropping out like Palin and Bachman? Who is left – Joe The Plumber?

    January 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Ethan

    This woman - and her constituents who vote her in every 2 years - are certifiably insane. That's not just because of this, she has a long long record of totally insane statements, like one from the floor of the House that health care reform that will cover over 90% of the country will actually result in old people being "put to death by their government." Yeah. Like I said. Certifiably insane.

    January 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    The first word that comes to mind is "weasel"

    January 29, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. J

    Obama was an adult in a room of children crying talking points. He should do this more often. At minimum, it will get the idiots to stop with the teleprompter dribble.

    January 29, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. brian

    Rep. Foxx. You got schooled today. Try presenting an idea once in a while that does not begin with tax cuts. I can't wait to hear you this summer after 4 qtrs of GDP growth. HA!HA! Party of NO. Keep it up.

    January 29, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. average joe

    anyone else tired of people twittering?

    January 29, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. SayWhat

    This meeting is the type of action that our leaders must do more of.
    Get together and talk it out and keep the extremists and media people who make a living creating controversy rather than reporting news, out of it. It is the only way to get control of the process of government back on track and help people to regain faith that the sytsem can work to rectify this great country's problems.

    January 29, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. k

    Gee, she sounds like an idiot. Not only is she twittering (tweeting, whatever) and getting autographs...she is calling for fact checking on information SHE SHOULD BE READING.

    January 29, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Rickster

    Obama hasn't learned a thing even after piling up one defeat after another with no victories in his column. The amateur community organizer continues to lead his blind, mindless followers right off the cliff. What a bunch of losers.

    January 29, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Sure, he talks bipartisan, but then allows Pelosi and Reid to have ultimate control of all bills.

    January 29, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    The only way the Republicans will be satisfied is if President Obama does everything they way they want it done.

    News flash: Republicans, you LOST! President Obama was voted in to change the tried-and-failed policies of YOUR party.

    President Obama has done his best to create bipartisanship, but you guys just want your way or the highway.

    Well, your bone-headed, failed economic, military and foreign policies may fly with your ignorant, fearful, divisive "base," but it doesn't fly with anyone with half a brain and the ability to remember how GW Bush and your party took our country down the toilet.

    January 29, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    The "sour climate" on Capitol Hill is a direct result of the GOP's immature, stubborn, arrogant, divisive, fearful and downright hateful attitude of wanting to make our president and our country fail.

    January 29, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Ron in Asheville, NC

    She thinks it's NOT "CENTRIST"? C'mon. It's so middle-of-the-road that the progressive democrats in the House won't vote for it–which is why things are where they are today. Most math wonks, when they try to work out the implications of the Senate bill, end up showing it to be, in the words of many, a "gift to the insurance industry and big pharma." If she is being at all honest, then I would like her to propose something, anything that could realistically be called "health care reform" that is more "conservative" (whatever that might mean to her) than that bill. Some of the politicos with whom I talk daily, several of them dyed-in-the-wool fiscal conservatives, have taken to calling it the "anti-reform bill."

    January 29, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. notfooledbydistractions

    The republicans got SPANKED!!! Total annihilation by our President.

    Let's hear a few of those "he can't function without a teleprompter" comments now.

    This one is going to sting for a while! I'm so glad it was televised. The president smacked down every ridiculous republican talking point – on a national stage.

    I bet whoever approved the cameras in the room is really kicking themselves right about now.

    January 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Brian J

    I believe the President should take the House Republicans idea of a line item veto for the bills passed by congress. He could then eliminate much waste, including pork spending by Republican lawmakers. The President should remind the people and lawmakers, that the Democrats are the fiscally responsible party. Republicans took us from being the largest creditor nation in the world, to the largest debtor nation. They explode deficits when they have the White House and vastly increase the size of government. Democrats should be running as the fiscally responsible party.

    January 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. W l Jones

    We all love our founding fathers they were a band of liberal that came up with a system of govern never practice in the history of man. Don^t you like to here a liberal who can speak on any subject that face we the people of American without have to ponder what to say next. Bless.

    January 29, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Florida Joe

    So basically the Repubs are complaining that they are being treated like they treated the Dems when they were in power...........Payback hurts huh!!

    January 29, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. ann

    He held up well. I thought it was a good and positive step. I do believe that both sides have to be willing to give and take and be reminded that they work for the American people.

    January 29, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Mrs. S Callahan

    Progress IS being made...at least they are talking now....

    January 29, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Lynn

    Apparently the GOP doesn't listen. Mr. Obama wasn't lecturing (although they need it), but simplyexplaining issues and then answering their questions. Nothing he does will ever receive positive reviews from the closed minds of the GOP.

    January 29, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Preston

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

    Funny, I've been following the health care reform process pretty closely for the past several months and, other than pushing for tort reform, I wasn't aware that Republicans actually had any ideas. If somebody out there can provide some specifics, I stand ready to be corrected.

    January 29, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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