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

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. Middle America

    TERRORIST!!! Haha what a joke, pretty sure that Bush was called much worse by his Democratic Colleagues. Toughen Up Obama! No wonder this nation is going down the drain, We are too worried about our President being called stupid.

    April 9, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. jdun

    Pretty stupid story. Grassly obviously didn't read text of Obama's speech. If he had he would have read that Obama was saying that the supreme court would be undoing 75 years of precedents if they recind the health care law. They probalby will, which will be alot like the Dred Scott decision. Social security, medicare, medicaid will all be vulnerable in that scenario. Back to 1929 we go!

    April 9, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. EY

    It renews my faith in the America I was raised to believe I lived in to read some of the comments on here where people are just as outraged at this behavior as I am.

    April 9, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. FLIndependent

    "The president is both stupid and incredibly dishonest. Deceptive and dishonest folks are always stupid."
    How so? You haters always throw stuff lilke this out about President Obama but never give any FACTS to substantiate your accusations. President Obama is far from stupid. He would have never won the White House if that was the case. He is smart and knows what this country needs to move into the 21st Century but unfortunately for all of us there is this other anti-progressive party that he has to deal with every day. He is not a dictator as many of you would accuse him of being, so most of his ideas/policies haven't had a chance to become reality due to the Repubs/Tea Partiers filibustering, obstruction and greed.

    April 9, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. OBG

    As I recall, the pres said "I think the police acted stupidly" regarding an incident in Mass.

    April 9, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Paul1st

    The comment is 100% a measure of the character of Grassley and 0% a measure of the character of Obama.

    April 9, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Laurie in Spokane

    Another incredible moronic comment by a not-so-intelligent republican. They have provided SoooO much amusement this primary season. You'd think they'd learn to think before opening their mouths or writing something down. Oh, I forgot, they're Republicans, and they can't SEEM to think.

    April 9, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. YellowJournalismLives

    Maybe the potus should choose his words better. Maybe he knows exactly how divicive he is and he wants it that way. Maybe the GOP and the DEMS bothe like the polarization of our current political atmosphere. Keeps them employed.

    April 9, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. DeeNYC

    GOP is just getting so desperate they just don't know what to do with themselves. I mean, the middle class and women all standing up for themselves, the GOP is so outraged.

    April 9, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. mike

    Chuck Grassley Proves that a college education and a good job does not prevent a person from being an idiot.

    April 9, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Stoli from ny

    I have noted that sengrassley did not graduate from a top 100 school, let alone a top 3, so calling POTUS "stupid" is patently immature let alone argumentative. That said, the rep nominated justices have: donated the 2000 election to GWB (surprisingly, a rep), overturned decades of bi-partisan legislation for campaign finance reform by a single rep justice vote, and are now positioning themselves to overturn healthcare LEGISLATION for 100 million Americans by a single rep justice. And Obama is supposed to trust the integrity of the Supreme Court? Good time for a high inside pitch to move them away from the plate. We need to give Obama a chance to change the balance of the court. Just don't let the repubs disenfranchise minority, old, young, immigrant voters. Remember the 2004 "minders" the repubs placed in each district? They will stop at nothing to subvert the law. 4 more years!

    April 9, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. DENNA

    The election of President Obama showed two things about America: (1) we have progressed greatly when white people have no problem with voting for a black man for president; (2) some white people are so insecure with themselves, they behave as though they have been cheated or somehow tricked. America, for the most part is awesome and we can afford to let a few bigots vent their spleen without too much damage! God Bless this great country!!!

    April 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Peri P Laneta

    This is more sad than anything else. It's a pretty good indicator of the level to which political discourse has fallen in this country. Good legislating used to be thought of as the art of compromise. Today, any politician, especially a politician of the far religious right, who is accused of being willing to compromise on any issue, is viewed as a heretic who has to be voted out of office (a small price to pay in the theocratic scheme of things, since heretics can no longer be burned at the stake in this country . . . at least not yet).

    April 9, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    It's one thing for you or I to call any President "stupid"; it's another thing when a U.S. Senator says it. Grassley's comment is typical of other comments from government officials, including Joe Wilson's from a few years back. McConnell's comment about throwing out Obama after one term is yet another example. This unending stream of disrespect shown to Obama - who is President of the United States - coming from other representatives of our government is dancing dangerously close to the edge of treason.

    April 9, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Ken

    We pay Mr. Grassley and many others hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to be leaders of this great nation... and this is what we get. Why am I not outraged at President Obama's attack on supreme court independence... because there was none. He said he thought they would rule the ACA to be constitutional. If he tries to stack the court FDR-style, then I'll be the first to line up against him, but Grassley's comment is just demonstrative of how even the "statesmen" in the GOP are now just reflexively against anything the President says, no matter how innocuous.

    April 9, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Rod in Dallas TX

    The republican party is so disrespectful. Even if you don't like what President Obama is doing or what he has done, you still respect him. He is the President of this country! I read somewhere where a republican will only call him Mr. Obama. That republican should be banned from politics since they obviously don't know who the Commander in Chief is. As much as I HATED Bush, I still called him President Bush when he was in office.

    April 9, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Bill

    If your opponent is 'stupid', and you lose to them, what does that make you?

    April 9, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Founders1791

    Liberals.....the disconnect is appalling......with but few exceptions we have nearly 'all' Liberal Democrats attack in the most vicious, vulgar, and hurtful name calling to a distinguished Conservative Woman, Sarah Palin.

    Vulgarities and Insults towards a Mother of Five Children, Governor of a State, Mayor of City, and nearly all of you some how defend it as ok......they are not......they are appalling.

    April 9, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. TonyK

    After enduring the Republican primary season - The Spectacle of the Morons– hearing the GOPers calling anyone stupid is amazing.

    April 9, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Moron Obama

    If you lose to a stupid President it just means he has stupid supporters. As for disrespect, the jerk doesn't deserve respect. He's stupid.

    April 9, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. bill

    He isn't stupid, just incompetent.

    April 9, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Tim

    You LIBS try to make something out of nothing especially CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS & worst of all MSNBC. Where in that article did he CALL OBOZO stupid? He said the American people are not as stupid as this president. And I for one completely disagree 100% not because this president is not an ABSOLUTE MORON. But the American people were stupid enough to vote this one term wonder into office in the first place. What can be more stupid then that. Would love to see his College records. Guarantee BUSH had a higher GPA then this loser.

    April 9, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Unfortunate

    This is an elected official calling another elected official of public office "stupid." No professionalism or tact, just vapidity and no constructive solutions to very serious problems...

    April 9, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. gg

    It's sound like Mr. Grassley just so MAD because of Obama's comment on supreme court.

    April 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Lucky18

    Is there anyone dumber than Mr. Grassley? And, to have no respect for the office of President of the United States and being a Senator to boot!
    Should be tarred and feathered in a public square!

    April 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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