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. luther

    Im an african-american and what has the president done for me and his people?

    April 9, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. RH

    This is an embarassedment to the US and our politics. We talk so much about bullying, yet the people who are suppose to be incharge are doing it on a daily basis. This comment shouldn't matter which side of the aisle you sit. This is just soo embarassing. Never in our politcal history has such immaturity been front and center. No wonder our citizens are finding homes in other countries.

    April 9, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. cameo

    ....................................................................... This is why i'm not a republican no more , because people like Grassley , is so stuck on getting Obama he forgets the whole big picture on solving our issues,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sad the say he not the only republican,,,,,,,,,My vote going to Obama..............

    April 9, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Maria

    I mean really?! So disrespectful. These people should be ashamed. No respect for the office of President,even if you don't agree with him...really??? What are you teaching the American people....I am disgusted.

    April 9, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. tumbleweed

    GOP=Racist white americans, a few true fiscally minded, tight fisted, selfish citizens and a few self hating, opportunistic minorities(Allen west, Alan Keys, Marco polo, 999 and ect., who see aligning themselves with the GOP as their best way to get ahead politically, since they couldn't make it as a DEM. Period

    April 9, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Jive Talkin Phil

    Why does no one understand this? Obama was referring to the party line regarding Activist Judges that Republicans use as their standard for anything that happens through SCOTUS that they don't like. So in reference to SCOTUS nullifying a law that was passed by Congress, Obama made reference to the party line of activist judges, not that he too believed that rhetoric. Senator Grassley, are you truly that obtuse that you don't see that? Frankly, anyone who does not see that Obama is the smarted guy in the room, no matter what room he is in, is not a very good judge of character. The Republican line of opposing anything that Obama supports only outs them as anti-American. Their failure to work on behalf of the American people is the true travesty of this presidency. Shame on you Chuck Grassley.

    April 9, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |

    Grassley is GROSSLEY over-rated and is living proof of the need for term limits.

    April 9, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. jimmy crow

    These white men need to calm down, shooting people calling the president everything but a human being.... President Obama is the best thing that has happened to good ole America, because his being in office has pulled the cover off of America's dirty little secret, (Racism is as bad as it's ever been and will not change)

    April 9, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. ohgran

    The Republican party has been out to attack the President since the day he won the election. They believe that, if they say it enough and often enough, it will be believed as truth. Many of the American people are wising up to them and are not as stupid as they think. Of course there are still those who will believe anything the GOP says is gospel.

    April 9, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Lewy

    I've long admired Senator Grassley. His words ring true to many Americans, including me.

    April 9, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Hollywood Guy

    If you look back in the public record, no sitting president of either party has received this kind of public insult from the congresspeople and senators with whom he works every day. Sure, every president has his detractors, but the legislative branch has traditionally treated the executive branch with mutual respect. The current administration has seen a level of disrespect from congress that is nothing short of a national disgrace.

    April 9, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Gerry

    Being called "stupid" by a Republican senator is like being called ugly by a toad.

    April 9, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |

    Grassley, the old folk's home is calling you!

    April 9, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Dean

    Axelrod responded appropriately and beautifully. Typical republican haters....

    April 9, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. CalmDog

    For all you First Amendment fans – "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech..."
    That's it. There can't be any FEDERAL LAW preventing free speech. That does NOT mean that any idiot can shoot their mouth off without dissenting opinion. If you say something dumb, you do it at your own risk. Simple as that.

    April 9, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Joe The Plumber

    Grasley, do you know how stupid it makes you look to call the President of the US "stupid/"

    April 9, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Kansan

    Wouldn't a Republican calling Obama "smart" be the "man bites dog" story? Calling him stupid is not news.

    April 9, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. MaryM

    Well. Senator Chuck Grassley, I think your time in office is about finished. Dont let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

    April 9, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. D. Richards

    No trouble determining who watches CNN. People supporting a so called genius who can't speak without a teleprompter.

    April 9, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. chapster

    What is unprecedented is that the president of the united states legally require its citizens to be consumers of a special interest groups products.

    The AMA is one of THE most powerful lobbies in Washington having many senators and obviously the president in its pockets.

    H-no I don't want what you are selling.


    Anyone who actually wants health insurance can buy it. No thanks to socialism.

    April 9, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. WachetAuf

    President Obama was making a political point, one which included elements of irony and sacrcasm. He was reminding the GOP of their own political attacks against "activist judges" over a fifty year period. He was not making a legal argument. At worse he made his point inarticulately, but that shows that he is only human. What it shows about political campaigns and the primitive and impulsive reaction to his remarks is far worse. After much time for reflection, Grassley is following an evil trend in American politics. These GOPers are ruining the good name of what once was an honest, humble and caring group of people. It has now been highjacked by a primitive bunch which has no passion for reasoned dialogue. I, too, have attempted to use irony and sarcasm in groups of three or four people. It is no suprise to know how at least one person among these groups reacts stupidly, incapable of perceiving the intended meaning and with no hope of understanding the irony. Their brains are much to small and their hearts are even smaller.

    April 9, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. airbornevet

    He never attacked The Supreme Court, or threatened it. That was TOTALLY taken out of context and just something the right-wing twisted for propaganda.

    April 9, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Lorem

    I am an Iowan and a Democrat. I have even appreciated Grassley's work sometimes. But this is too much. Stupid? Really? Republitard obstructionism is bad enough. But to be less than gracious about the Republican plan to destroy America and hand it over to Billionaire Chinese is too much.

    April 9, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Another twit on Twitter.

    April 9, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Blindersoff

    @ Dan "President Obama please releases your transcripts. So we can see if the senator is correct or not. I doubt President Obama is stupid but he hasn’t shown that he is close to as smart as many hink he is"
    You . . . are Stupid! Period.

    April 9, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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