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. Florida Joe


    For those condemning Grassley – where is the condemnation for Reid? He has called Bush both "a liar" and "a loser" in public...This has nothing to do with race as some would like you to think.

    Because Reid was telling the truth....................that's why

    April 9, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    let me see if I get this right! The same five conservative Justices appointed GWB to the Presidency and the end result was he and the GOP destroying this country with two deadly and costly wars along with the worst economic crisis in our nation's history and you don't think you and these five Supreme Court Justices are stupid?

    April 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @JOHN: "This is a prelude what we can expected if the Republicans win offices on the local and the federal level."

    I couldn't agree more. Why would anyone vote for a group of people that has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that their ideas are failures, that their attitude is hateful, disrespectful and divisive, and who claim to be Christian when they are the opposite of everything Christ tried to teach.

    One thing the Repubs do well, though: They've figured out how to manipulate people's fear, resentment, anger and feelings of victimization, leaving them with nothing except their pride (which they won't give up by admitting they've been duped) to get them to vote against their self-interest over and over and over again.


    April 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. tony

    Those who criticize should refuse to accept the socialist congressional health care and pension packages, we ordinary Americans don't

    April 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. keeth

    Grassley, keeping it classy and statesmanlike.

    April 9, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. jennifer in Houston

    Stipid is that politicians like Chuck Grasslel think they can hoodwink the American pople into voting for the party and econimic vision that sunk the economy.. Go home Chuck, time for you to retire. And by the way, I'd like to see you and your co-horts on Medicaire.. no more gold plated medical, you need to be like the rest of us.

    April 9, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. pausenews

    He said the American people are not stupid. He didn't say Obama was. Journalism sure has been misleading over the last few years...

    April 9, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. GySgtG

    the sen is a better man got his degrees while working as one of us in a real job.

    Education: B.A. 1955, M.A. 1956 Political Science, University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D. University of Iowa

    April 9, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Ironic that the party of religious family values have so many holier than thou politicians who never apologize for their bad behavior of personal attacks and fiery rhetoric.

    April 9, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Bill in VA

    I am not sure stupid is the right word, but close enough when it come to this President's ability to run a country. He may be intelligent from a pure academic perspective, but that doesn't always translate into wisdom as evidenced by his comments on the Supreme Court, the economy, energy and on and on.

    April 9, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. avoiceinmyhead

    Watch out! Normally moderate GOP incumbents up for re-election are coming out of the woodwork to attack the President.

    April 9, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "Sadly the worst is yet to come. The enormous debt that Obama and previous administrations have saddled us with is staggering. We are facing inflation like you have never seen. Unless we do something to address the massive debt we carry, the economy will be in the doldrums for decades. Obama didn't cause the entire mess – he just made it exponentially worse."
    The biggest problem is yet to come. Right now, interest rates are at all-time lows... yet even in the midst of near-zero rates, the US is still on the hook for an annual expenditure of about $1 Trillion to service the debt (that's interest only). When rates go up (and they MUST), we will be in an unrecoverable position.

    April 9, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    If I were Mr. Grassley, I'd probably think twice before I called someone else stupid, no matter their political affiliation.

    April 9, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Paula

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    April 9, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Maybe Ignorant is more like it. It is clear Obama is trying to browbeat the Supreme Court into violating the Constutition. Who knows how the vote will go. It should go 9 to 0 to repeal Obama Care but the more Liberal ones on the court will probably vote to violate the Constutition. The Supreme Court is one of the branches of the Government and is seated according to the Constutition. Jobs are on the line with this vote. Keeping Obama Care will effecially kill more jobs. There is no free lunch. You will pay here or there.

    April 9, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    Grassley is stupid for making a "dumb" remark like that!! Where is the respect?

    April 9, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Dan

    Mr. Grassley, do you remember when you floated a bill that was nearly identical to this one as an alternative to Hillary Care? Or are you too old, senile, and corrupt to remember your flip floppery?

    April 9, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. anagram_kid

    The ‘con’ in Sen. Grasley’s tweet was short for constitution not confidence, as in professor of constitutional law. As for seeing the president’s grades, not sure what you hope to prove. Just like the BC debacle if his grades do not match your delusion you will say they are forged or prove nothing.

    Obama 2012 – Because he still has so much to fix from the prior resident

    April 9, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that conservatives promote the individual mandate and then back away from it is laughable. A valid law was passed. How the court can't see that so much of the economy is either directly or in part funds health care is just absurd. I guess if we had people acting rationally, then there would be more people buying health insurance while they are healthy, but people aren't always rations and forward thinking.

    April 9, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Keeping it Real

    Why is the senator not fired like the Marine was fired for placing controversial stuff about the president on facebook... Sounds like hypocrisy.

    April 9, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. tabeth

    American leaders are expressing the decay and rottness of the country. Freedom of information or of expression does not mean to have a dirty and disrespectful mouth!

    April 9, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. hate and lies from the right

    Just some more of the same from gop's do nothing but insult congress can't fix it so degrade it

    April 9, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. snowdogg

    All I can say is "consider the source" of the tweet.

    April 9, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Mike Texoma

    Grassley's remark is a reflection of the frustration Grassley must feel at the failure of the aggressively greedy to gain power or traction thus far in the political debates. And this due to the American people's refusal to embrace the conservative philisophical mantra and due to some largely unforced errors which split the party.

    April 9, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Loren

    While I would not call the President "stupid", the President's comment on the case before the Supreme Court was. Overturning the statute on constitutional grounds would not be "an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress". There is lots of precedent for overturning laws of Congress, it wasn't a strong majority, and while Congress was democratically elected, the passage of the bill, the failure of the leaders of the House to allow the bill to be read, belies any claim to a democratic process in the passage of the bill. All in all, the President's comment was stupid.

    April 9, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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