Grassley calls Obama 'stupid' on Twitter
April 9th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
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Grassley calls Obama 'stupid' on Twitter

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has long been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama, used scathing language in a tweet Saturday to condemn the president's remarks about the Supreme Court last week.

"Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law," Grassley wrote, using typical shorthand for the social networking website.

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Responding to the message, Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod, himself a prolific tweeter who often engages critics of the president, blasted the Iowa senator.

"Heads up, Sen. Grassley. I think a 6-year-old hijacked your account and is sending out foolish Tweets just to embarrass you!" Axelrod wrote.

Obama last Monday was asked about measures his administration was taking in the event the United States Supreme Court determines his health care law is unconstitutional. The high court heard oral arguments on the law in late March. Obama said such a decision would be "unprecedented."

"I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress," the president said.

Filed under: Chuck Grassley • David Axelrod • President Obama
soundoff (690 Responses)
  1. Madtown

    "I'm shocked to hear this type of language used in our political discourse. Sen. Grassley should realized he'd be taken more seriously if he could maintain some professionalism and dignity in his response."

    – sincerely, $arah Palin

    April 9, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. john

    What Grassley doesn't want to admit is that Justice Thomas is sleeping with a Lobbyist that is against the Healthcare bill...until the Supreme Court upholds the common sense standard of 'conflict of interest rules', we should not even respect the Court ..... Think about it....Members of the Court do not even believe in non-bias objective opinion.. In other words, Scalia and Thomas should never have been at anti-healthcare rallies, as they are members of an objective (not anymore) court.....I hope Mrs. Thomas goes to Florida for the RNC Convention and then gets attacked by the Al Qaeda secret operatives (that are planning to attack the convention)..Would there be a better way of ending Jeb Bush's political career than having an Al Qaeda sleeper agent kill a Republican at the convention/claiming "stand your ground" and getting away from with it? - that is the law signed by Jeb Bush.

    April 9, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. darth cheney

    stupid is as stupid does. A US senator reducing himself to that, is, well,....

    April 9, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Libtard

    Another day, another angry republican yelling at Obama. It never ends...

    April 9, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. FedUp

    No, Obama isn't stupid. He knew exactly what he was doing. Too bad the court fought back. I would have requested the letter be 10 pages long, single spaced, small font.

    April 9, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. CJPA

    Sen. Grassley, like so many others, have outlived their usefulness. He is a prime candidate and reason for term limits!! The utter disrespect for the President, and the Office of the President, is disgusting. He should keep his mouth shut and stay off Twitter, lest he utter more STUPID remarks. Let's see if he backpedals on this one. Makes me sick!

    April 9, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. hannah

    I have lost all respect for the Supreme Court when they selected GWB as president. And then Citizens United was another straw. They have no credibility any more in my eyes and President Obama was justified in his remarks. The Supreme court is just another mouthpiece for the wealthy and the corporations. Sad, so sad. We the people have no voice in our country.

    April 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Darryn in VA

    I know I often hear STUDENTS let alone Harvard Professors get called stu...

    ...oh wait. No, I haven't.


    April 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Balls McGhee

    Its stupid to do nothing about health care during 2001-2006 with full power of all levels of government. its stupid to complain that health care is rising while doing nothing. its stupid to sit back and rake in millions of campaign dollars from insurance companies who deny treatment to american citizens. grassley, you are stupid.

    April 9, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. SCAtheist

    I have been watch Grassley for many years. He is truly stupid.

    April 9, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. atypical

    how one disagrees is a testament to their character, or–as in this case, the lack thereof.

    April 9, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Kajal

    Grassley calling Obama something doesn't matter. Bush really was stupid (it was self-evident). Obama is smart and dedicated (which other president tried to address healthcare, killed Osama, and has successfully dug out of a recession)? Calling Obama something is a reflection on Grassley, not on Obama. Frankly, I am reading this, and thinking, Grassley is an idiot.

    April 9, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Ryan wrote on page 11:

    Where was your righteous defense of the "Commander in Chief" when Harry Reid called President Bush a "loser" while speaking to a group of fourth grade students.
    You're talking about when Pres. Bush was in the Florida school reading to kids when someone whispered in his ear about 9/11....and he froze up....and he sat there...staring at the press and their cameras....and he kept reading....and he froze up....and he sat there...staring at the press and their cameras....until finally someone put Bush out of his misery and walked him out of the room.

    It was most unwise for the nation to be under attack and for his exact location to be known.

    April 9, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Smart Human

    Low tactics of the losing GOP.

    April 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. ted

    Grassley is just another rightwing wack job.

    April 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. J

    This man has no class.

    April 9, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. QS

    LOL! Axelrod cracks me up!

    April 9, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Jarod

    This is disgusting! Not because one man has an opinion of another man (Free speech baby!). No, it's disgusting because we elect LADIES and GENTLEMEN to office because the lot of us aren't as polished. And these Ladies and Gentlemen are supposed to be stewards of getting things done for the American people as a whole. They are supposed to RISE above ignorance, intolerance, and prejudice and act as a beacon of light, not just to the American public but to the world that looks to us as the Leader of all free nations (and no PresO has not screwed that up – the world stage loves him) that uses civil obedience and reason/laws to protect the meek/weak etc. Grassly, WIlson, the head noding Supreme Court Justice, Tea Partyers, FOX News, etc are tearing it to shreds in a matter of 3 shorts years. It was once said, "we must all hang together or most assuredly we will hang seperately." I may not have voted the man in but I'd be doggoned if I show my b u t t and ignorance because I disagree. RESPECT THE OFFICE!

    April 9, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. peggy

    This coming at a time when people are reflecting on the higher meaning of our existence, is another clear example why we should consider the character and hearts of those in elected office and/or power and to ensure that we do not elect such people to represent us and our country.

    April 9, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Detada

    Grassley needs to wake up and pull his head out of his.......

    April 9, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Jim

    I think its perfectly obvious who is "stupid" in this instance. Whoa.

    April 9, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Thinkstr8

    The Supreme Court deserves to be criticized a lot more that what has been said to date! They have shifted from determining what is and isn't constitutional to making judgements based on politics. Shame on them!!!

    April 9, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Joe

    I don't think Bush was stupid or Obama or any of our presidents were stupid,don't you love all the MEAN people on BOTH sides.No wonder not meany people like americans these days

    April 9, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Genius

    GOP = The low class part of America

    April 9, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Big Jilm

    That's really reflective of the American Education system (or more accurately it reflects the laziness of the GOP members); someone using leetspeak calling someone else stupid. Try forming a complete sentence, Mr. Government official, if you expect anyone to take you seriously.

    And it's one thing to disagree with a person's policies and quite another to call them stupid. Barack Obama has both the education and a very high IQ. Say what you will about his decisions, but the man is not stupid.

    April 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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