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. jgoose

    wake up people; intelligent white people, intelligent people of any color would not be supporting Obama.

    April 9, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Moi

    For Sen. Grassley to call the president of the United States "stupid" in private, behind closed doors, is one thing. For a senator to do so in public via Twitter shows incredible lack of class, manners, and most of all respect for the presidency. But unfortunately, this is what we've come to in America.

    April 9, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. MP in VA

    When did disrespect become a family value in this country?

    April 9, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. david esmay

    As a native of Iowa, I'm ashamed that Assley represents my home state.

    April 9, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Suman

    Would you expect a pig to know manners or swine to know what is respect?

    April 9, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. So shoot me

    Rather have a Mitt in the White House, than a mutt.

    April 9, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Mike, Albany

    This is why the government is broken and dysfunctional. Members of Congress might disagree with the President, but there simply is no reason for the unbridled hatred that has been directed against him from Congressional Republicans. It's time for everyone to grow up and start solving this country's VERY SERIOUS problems.

    April 9, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. royboy

    What's stupid is a nation fighting against prosperity!!!!

    April 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. tstorm92

    The more Republicans open their mouth the more anti-American rehtoric they spew...............

    April 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. CitizenJP

    The stupidity of Mr. Grassley is incredible. First of Grassley should understand that the President did not say exactly what Grassley and his party thinks he said. Secondly and most importantly, Grassley could not be more stupid to think that our nation's problems will simply go away by stuffing the pockets of the rich and turning the middle class into beggars waiting for $ to trickle down to their begging bowl. The middle class, poor, and the seniors should be made aware of this hidden agenda of Grassley and his kronies.

    April 9, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Another Day in the Idiot Mines (not the whiny rightwing liar)

    Wow, did Stormfront send its racist members over to post today? Some of you rightwing crazies are posting vilely racist manure. You should be ashamed.

    April 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. d risch

    forest gump always said "stupid is as stupid does"......well this president does stupid and wears it well.....(IE. when he said "I traveled all throughout this country to all 56 states"......HAHAHA!!

    April 9, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. starman

    Obama stupid? Put Obama in a line next to Bush and lets do a comparison.

    April 9, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. mark

    And yet, STILL the Left believes this imbicile was a Professor of Law
    That would be IMBECILE, have the courtesy of spelling an insult properly or risk looking like the very thing you say.

    April 9, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Taran

    Reading these posts demonstrates how divided this country is. Unfortunately it takes a sneak attack on pearl harbor or an event like 9/11 to bring the country together. Doesn't say much for our "advanced" society.

    April 9, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Suman

    When you wear a green glass, everything looks green to you. If you look at our President for who he is, but look at him with racial hatred, he will look just as he looks to Grassley. I remember an incident narrated to me by Mr. C. Subramaniam, brother of the famous Astrophysicist C. Chandrasekhar. Mr. Subramaniam was in the Louvre looking at the painting of Mona Lisa, when a guy like Grassley walked in, looked at the painting from different angles and exclaimed to Mr. Subramaniam "I don't see anything great in this painting!". Mr. Subramaniam responded to him by saying, "My dear fellow, it is not you are judging the painting; it is you who is being judged by your comments." But calling Grassley a fool will be a compliment to him!

    April 9, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. susan

    Such disrespect for a president coming from a Republican is down right pathetic! We had to endure Bush for 8 years and the downfall of this country.When Bush Left office we were in big debt and we owe China millions of Dollars. When will people see that the republicans only care about the rich not you Or I the middle class.Soon there won't be middle class.

    April 9, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. mark

    I may not agree with everything the President does, I thought he might have factually correct but could have handled this more gracefully. HOWEVER, I can say that without insulting a man and take opposition to his arguments where I think a man is wrong. Calling him stupid was an insult not only to him but to the Office of the President.

    Insulting the person on makes a person look far less than the person they insult. If you cannot use a man's proper name or argue intelligently then why bother?

    April 9, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Steeler

    what a bunch of low life liars, for years I heard newscasters, cnn, msnbc, abc and most likely 90% of you people call Bush,the republican party and tea party every nasty name imagineable and now to hear all this crying is pathetic. what Grassly said was wrong but you libs are scary. you hear 1 person say something about your savior and you label every Republican with some nasty name. you people are parasites.

    April 9, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Founders1791

    I'll tell you what is truly stupid.....

    Never allow a ardent Socialist Democrat, like Obama, run a Free Market Capitalist Organization.....NEVER DO IT....because '..they (Obama) don't know how...'

    ...the EVIDENCE tells us this true.

    April 9, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. James Mason

    I wasn't aware that President Obama had attacked independence of the Supreme Court. Then again, I'm unaware of how Health Reform was supposed to create Death Panels – but the GOP claimed that too. I guess if you're a Republican, you need someone in your party to translate. If you're a Democrat – you just listen to what the man says.

    April 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. allens

    classless. these are the people we put in office? name callers? no respect for anyone who has a opposing point of view. these republicans are getting worse anbd worse. what is wrong with them?

    April 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Gunny – I guess you missed your republican buddies' attempt to nail the president with an old video of him at HARVARD. Lot's of imbiciles go to school there. you were probably too busy riding around in your pickup looking for black people to shoot. Oh, that wasn't you? hard to tell the difference.

    April 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. coolbreeze

    The bickering and childish games between repubs vs. dems have hurt the us ecomony and divided the country than 9/11. At least with 9/11 we supported each other and cared about one another. This childish back/forth has ruined and stalled the health of the u.s.a economy. Get all of them OUT THE OFFICE ALL OF THEM and start over!

    April 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. LaPlut

    It's funny how Grassley calls Obama stupid because of Obama's comments on activist judges, but he (Grassley) has said the same thing about activist judges in the past. Hypocrisy at its finest.


    April 9, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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