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.

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soundoff (690 Responses)
  1. zbigkid

    Grassley is 100% correct. He just didnt explain stupid. What he meant was obama was stupid in as cleverly devious. First of all, obamacare did not pass with a majority. If folks recall, they couldnt get a majority, so they had to back door it, using highly illegal protocol. Additionally, if you add up the cost, what obama fails to tell you is there is a $17 trillion tab for obamacare. Oh you didnt catch that part ? Well its because obama tinks all voters are stupid and wont ever read the 2500 pages of corruption. He says it will save the country money. Explain how after he forces upon each citizen this $17 trillion, we save money ? So what grassley is inferring is correct. The president is incomprehensively stupid for suggesting that a) all americans are too stupid to figure out the corruption in the obamacare legislation, and b) the judges are stupid for voting against it because it supposedly passed by congress with a majority. It didnt folks, as we all know that is a lie. See obama knew it would come to this. So now having failed to coerce the justices, he now resorts to chicago style thuggery, to make an issue of this so he can campaign as if he was fighting for the middle class. Folks he wasnt ding that. Read the legislation, please, to see all the unrelated new taxes it contained, totally unrelated to health care, and totally not lowering costs. Go ahead. Agree with obama rhetoric. It will cost you, your children, their children and so on for generations of indebtedness.

    April 9, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. monkeyman

    Media Interviewer to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa:

    "Senator, can you tell us if you know who is buried in Grant's tomb?"

    Senator Grassley responding (with a Sara Palin moment of truth):

    "I'm sorry but I'm not sure. Is this a trick question?"

    Made up...sure. Same meaningless bet but the sad part is there are folks foaming at the mouth who actually buy into the Senator's comments and thoughts.

    If Obama is re-elected I wonder how/if the Right will spend/choose the next four years being obstructionists and believe they can keep it going (successfully) until 2016 without public opinion saying enough and throwing all out (on both sides) who refuse to reach a middle ground so that we, as a Country, can move forward.

    April 9, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. dave

    Once again people trying to prove if you disagree with this President you must be a bigot and racist. Just thinking about what's going to happen in Nov makes me laugh.

    April 10, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  4. sonnie3

    Seems as obama has done something stupid here. No President should mess with the Supreme Court, and this is not a race issue either.

    April 10, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  5. bill

    Another liberal bias report. The paragraph states that the American people are not stupid. Nowhere does it mention that Obama is. Blind liberals reading what they want to believe.

    April 10, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  6. gordyb

    This is just another insult by the GOP to our black President. They continue to demean the office of the president that they want so bad. They disgust me and they will pay the price this November when they get voted out of office.

    April 10, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  7. todd in DC

    Remember when the GOP said it was unAmerican and perhaps traitorous to disagree with the President?

    The GOP, keeping it classy. For all their hero worship, Ronald Reagan wouldn't make it past the primaries in today's GOP.

    April 10, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  8. mms55

    the whole damn republican party has lost their minds,it's embarassing.

    April 10, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  9. Balls McGhee

    GOP is all about class these days!

    April 10, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Balls McGhee

    Chuck Classless is just doing what all the other gop bitter haters are doing – resorting to name calling because they lost the election fair and square!

    April 10, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. yeahriiight

    Calm down folks I think he was looking at the mirror while tweeting or his sitting in the toilet bowl trying to eject his crap
    because he's constipated. I think he was trying to reached for his castor oil but fingered his blackberry instead.

    April 10, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  12. fandancy

    Decorum and civility in politics is long gone. Most of these people in office now are just puffed up thugs making fools of themselves. Thanks to the Supremes, the political positions are clearly up for sale. They don't even attempt to hide it or disguise it anymore.

    April 10, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  13. DoubeW

    Classic example of "it takes one to know one?" Actually, I'd sooner trust the intelligence of the President than the combined intelligence (?) of all these big-mouthed zealots who confuse insult with debate, name-calling with wit, and "patriotism" with hewing to the party line, no matter how tangled and aimless.

    April 10, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  14. Eric

    It is an insult to this nation that Iowa sent a senator of IQ 50 to take on the President. Well what can we say, when they and the GOP dabble with Newt, Santorum and Mitt to be three wise men who are upto the challenge. Case rested!

    April 10, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  15. Orwell highlights activist judges

    When a country puts extremist activist federal judges, under the pretext they are fair and balanced, expect hypocrite psycho judges like scotus and appellate, who work for fox ideals

    April 10, 2012 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  16. jon

    When I hear someone say this President has failed in leading back this country I wonder by whos standards. Now I was't here in the 30's but if this second only to the Great Depression I think 22 months of job growth when he took offic we were loosing 750,000 jobs a month. Now 22 months of job growth is good right, And whe the aoto industry was about to be a memery he steped in saved it and a 1,000,000.00 jobs that would have been lost. Now that's a good thin right? And when Bush said he did'nt really think about where Bin Laden was anymore, this President hunted him down and brought justice for the lives lost on 9-11 Another good thing right? How about don't ask don't tell or the Lilly leadbetter Act equle pay for women , started the Womens Council . Now he trying to make sure we all play on a level playing field. Another good thing, reduced taxes for smal business 17 times ..good thing and Health Care bill the frist to pass in 30 years of tryiing. So the Question REPUBLICANS what does a BLACK MAN need to do?

    April 10, 2012 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  17. inthemiddlebill

    This is what you get from Reps. nowadays, if Pres. Obama says it's day out, they say it's night, if he says left, they say it's right, if he says it's up, they say it's down. They should change their name to Anti-Obama Party. They have gone so far to the right, to please the wingnuts that control the party, the middle is now call anti-Americans. I might not agree with some of Pres. Obama's policities, but to think of a GOP pres. scares me. I hope it scares enough of the voters this Nov. and he gets a chance to try and lead us without the obstruction that has plagued his first four years.

    April 10, 2012 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  18. cj

    Does anyone else feel depressed that these two showed a maturity and dictation a nine year old could master?

    April 10, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  19. Ramrod

    Actually the President was quoting a Republican Senator who said that during the Reagan years: "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".

    April 10, 2012 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  20. TJ

    Per Wikipedia (Senator Grassley): "At Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa), he earned a B.A. in 1955 and an M.A. in 1956. He also completed some doctoral studies in political science at the University of Iowa."

    That being the case, you would think that 78 year-old Senator Grassley could formulate a few coherent sentences when posting to Twitter.

    April 10, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  21. Td

    He's the president. I want to know his opinions on things. Especially supreme court rulings. Just goes to show by this neo-cons statements, they will lie an never truly express themselves in order to command their flock. Bah sheep bah for Shepard grassley

    April 10, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  22. KBuch

    It was not a mistake from this President to call out the Supreme Court. It was to point out that most of those judges better not follow suit with what their party tells them to decide on.

    April 10, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  23. mdn7779

    eyedoc; Well said! It still bothers me that the Republican party thinks we the people have low intelligence. I can't say the Democratic party are not the same, they are just less so. As part of the people, we must take the lesser of two evils!

    April 10, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  24. setnommarih

    Finally someone who is not afraid to tell it like it is.

    April 10, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  25. jon

    Just stating a well known fact

    April 10, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
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