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. tkindsm

    Senator Chuck Grassley is a wise man. I have met him several times, he is a real down to earth guy.

    April 9, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. drc6212

    He has earned all the attacks.

    April 9, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. quousque

    Wow, wow, wow; this takes a top medal in the CNN world of misinformation. Nowhere, I repeat nowhere, in Senator Grassley tweet there is a statement that Pres Obama is stupid. There is a negative regarding Amerian people NOT being stupid, but that is not implication that president IS. CNN is a moronic organization devoted to spreading lies and half truths and that IS in line with the current occupant of the White House.

    April 9, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Wise men don't say stupid things publicly.

    April 9, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. jon

    Axlerod just burned Grassley big time! HAHA!

    April 9, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Olaf Big

    "Senator Chuck Grassley is a wise man. I have met him several times, he is a real down to earth guy." And that's the problem, as a down to Earth guy he should be tilling his farm in Iowa. He does not seem to meet a minimum intelligence or manners requirement to be a U.S. senator.

    April 9, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. David

    I know Grassley. I walked next to him as he toured a place called Lamont international in Burlington, Iowa. One stupid thing after another came out of his mouth. That was years ago. I can't believe he gets elected every six years. He couldn't even compare to Obama when it comes to intelligence.

    April 9, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. JohnRJohnson

    Anybody who has ever heard Chuck Grassley speak must see the irony in his remark. This is the same man who enthusiastically supported a national health care mandate, then did an abrupt 180 degree turn when he realized he was contradicting the leaders of his caucus. If the people he represents think they're getting their moneys-worth out of him, I feel sorry for them. The man is a walking cartoon of a politician.

    April 9, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Whatever

    LMBO anyone wanting to see his bith certificate or asking for his grades should be dismissed from any conversations on politics cause there is a bit of insanity in that bloodline. President Bush bragged about being a C student so what is the point?? P.S. No one with bad grades can be ELECTED to head the Harvard Law Review (just saying...).

    I DO WANT TO THANK THE GOP ... BECAUSE OF THE SCOTUS OVERTURNS THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE – – IT WILL IMMEDIATELY USHER IN THE SINGLE PAYER OPTION AND THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER LEGAL BATTLE TO FIGHT. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 🙂 🙂 Either way it is a WIN WIN for the American People!!!! Hmmm actually the single payer option woudl be a bigger win for us all!!!!!!!

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

    Wrong or Right, professionalism should be maintained. Politics are so polarizing right now, I have no respect for both parties. Let's get back to civil politic and express opinion respectfully.

    April 9, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Founders1791

    Fact is "...stupid is, as stupid does..." and Obama has performed "..rather stupidly.." for the past 3 1/2 years.

    April 9, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Frank

    Obama taught at University of Chicago Law, was offered a fully tenure track professorship but declined as he wanted to go into politics. He was also elected as Editor in Chief of the Harvard Law Review (the school's scholarly publication) by his fellow editors. The school did not elect him, only a fool would not know that. The GOP has criticized the Supreme Court hundreds of times. The President's comments are just fine and he is smarter by far than Grassley.

    April 9, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Cedar Rapids

    “Gimmeabreak! – OBAMA'S recent comments (Supreme Court/Florida shooting) are stupid. Furthermore, Obama was NOT a professor of constitutional law. He was an INSTRUCTOR – part-time, I believe (BIG difference between instructor and professor!)”

    Actually he was considered a professor, not an instructor, and certainly not part time. The university has responded on this argument many times in the past.

    April 9, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. John in Cal

    I'm sorry to see such hate being displayed by a man with so much power in the wheels of government. He is showing his true self and it belittles him to all that see his hatred for Obama.

    April 9, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Chris R

    I know it's pointless to really expect anything I say here can convince anyone but I'm going to try.
    What Obama said is *not* an attack on the court. What he is trying to do is set up a political fall back position. If the law is overturned he can point to the court and say "Activist Judges!" which is something the right really started. Obama knows he has no influence over the Court and the Court is aware of this. This is just politics on both sides. Like it or not this is how the game is played. Of course, if you don't like the game *you* have the power to change it. In fact you have the *obligation* to try and change it. Fundamentally *we* are responsible for the actions of the government *we* elect. We put them into power. We can take them out. We can elect people who will be principled, intelligent, flexible, and adaptable who are willing to work with each other to actually accomplish something. We don't do that though do we? We elect people who are philosophically rigid and unyielding. People who let the perfect be the enemy of the good. People who care more about their personal advancement than the progress of the country. That is our fault. We are to blame. Keep that in mind this fall.

    April 9, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Independent

    I wouldn't call him stupid. I would call him an arrogant, narcissistic, insensitive liar though. I would call him the worst war-mongering president we have had. I would call him an egomaniac who seems to have a grand scheme to rule this country as a dictator and destroy our constitutional freedoms. I would call the republican candidates abhorrent and a joke.

    April 9, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Grace

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle.. etc. With the popularity of the 112th Congress lower than anytime in our history, Grassly has the unmitigated gall to call the president STUPID? Whatever it is the Republican hierarchy has been drinking, it has poisoned their brains beyond repair. I have been a registered Republican moderate for 50 years.. Grew up during the Eisenhower years.. There is no doubt that those days of being a moderate Republican are gone forever. And with it, the last bastions of civility in politics. Just look at the pathetic line up of candidates this bunch of radical right wingers have spawned. I may never vote for another Republican.

    April 9, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Dave

    Grassley is an American embarassment!

    April 9, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. hotpatata

    So here we have a Senator of over 30 years and the former chair of the Senate Finance Committee bashing the President in language my semi-literate, unemployable cousin uses on Facebook every day. I guess the media aren't the only people responsible for drastically lowering the quality of political discourse anymore.

    April 9, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. skarphace

    If u askd why i am not outraged at SenG attack on PresO on stupidity. Bcause Am ppl no SenG is pndering to his base.

    April 9, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Niko_in_Richmond

    When politicians take to social media to hurl insults at each other, you know we have reached a new low in civil discourse in this country. Members of both parties are pretty bad with the name calling, but the Republicans seem to go out of their way to make things personal. Have a disagreement over policy is one thing, but, when you resort to insults on a personal level, it really just smells of desperation and ignorance. The sad part is that these people who make these ignorant comments will egt re-elected. Maybe, it's because the people who elected them in the first place are just as ignorant as they are.

    April 9, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Tony Z

    At what point will we begin to respect the Office of the President of the United States? For a Senator, Congressman, Governor or Judge to criticize the man and not his policy shows that it is personal. Looking at the post, I see folks responding in typical fashion without understanding that this is being communicated around the Globe. The world has opinion of America and its NOT that we have a stupid President.

    When Bush was President- he made remarks that seemed stupid. Please cite during a state of the Union or tweet that he was called a liar, a Supreme Court Justice shook his head in disagreement or premediated statement called stupid. Don't confuse jokes.

    April 9, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Gimmeabreak!

    Hey, Frank - how many states in the U.S.? And do you see dead people, too?

    April 9, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Chuck

    I like how his spelling and grammar gradually deteriorate as the post continues.

    April 9, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Anon-i-mouse

    President Obama has more intelligence in his toenail than Senator Grassley has in his whole body. Why to people keep voting in these people to be their senators?

    Obama 2012! I'm in!

    April 9, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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