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. Lee

    So this is an appropriate way for a US senator to speak about our president??? No wonder nothing ever gets done in Washington any more! Enough with these outrageous republicans. With any luck, they'll be booted out in November.

    April 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Amy

    Even as a child we are taught not to engage in such "name calling", but for some old senator from Iowa, of all places, to call our Commander in Chief 'stupid' is a total lack of respect for the United States. Not to mention, how embarrassing for Iowa. They can't even pretend to be bi-partisian!

    April 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. MA Citizen

    This is so typical – and has anyone EVER heard Grassley speak? He sounds like an idiot himself. I have lost all respect for the GOP, and I was raised in a GOP household! Can you IMAGINE how the GOP would POUNCE if a Dem had "tweeted" that about GW? or Reagan??? OMG.

    April 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. skarphace

    PaulSupporter: I really wish you hadn't stated that you were a Paul Supporter. You make me feel ashamed to be one too. By the way, it is "This topic is funny", not "This is topic funny". Learn english, please. You are in America.

    April 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Amazing

    We want to crucify Tiger Woods for his behavior or Lady Gaga for something they say because they are role models. Yet, we have our political leaders behaving like little school yard kids and no one holds them accountable for their inappropriate behavior. Sen. Grassley is being extreemly disrespectful and wil reap what he sows!

    April 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    No wonder the American people's poll number on Congress are so low. When a United States Senator publishes such thing on the www, the message is that our legislative body is sorely lacking in professionalism, decency and ethics. No wonder Olympia Snowe has decided that Congress is too entrenched in partisan politics to run again. Evidently no one is listening to this wise public servant from Maine.

    Maybe no one will listen to this self-panderer from Iowa.

    April 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Lou Lange

    EY is 100% correct. No matter who is the President and what his political beliefs are, you still have to have respect for the office itself. It is the same for those in Congress.

    April 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. geladius

    Tweeting, when poor spelling and lack of punctuation makes you look like a bigger idiot than the person you're accusing of stupidity.

    April 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Jeff in TX

    It's a shame. Grassley has his moments, but this is too bad. Let's hope Obama ignores it. So much for Republican attacks on "judicial activism."

    April 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Donut Burger

    And in tomorrow's news: Grassley said he is sorry and what he said has been taken out of context. or he had cramps in his fingure and he mistakenly typed the word stupid.

    You wants to bet me money that this will not happen tomorrow.

    April 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Gregg

    Actually, the American ppl are pretty stupid.


    an American

    April 9, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. leonid7

    @ quosque "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."

    Maybe you should read the tweet again. It refers to Americans not being stupid 'as' Obama. By any measure of the English language, this quite clearly indicates an implication that Obama is stupid, since one would not typically refer to a group of people not being as stupid as someone who isn't stupid. It appears that CNN is correct on this one, and you are the one who is proferring misinformation.

    April 9, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. funny

    It seems Grassley can't take his job seriously. What an unsurprising disappointment.

    April 9, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. skarphace

    SamP: I like your post and acronym, but I would replace 'Indignant' with 'Ignorant'.

    April 9, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Pam from Iowa

    I find such an utter lack of respect for the office of the President offensive and un-American!!
    Senator Grassley – if you and rest of the GOP cannot show respect for the current President, how can you possibly expect anyone to respect the next President???????

    April 9, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. jack cardwell

    I am ashamed to have serviced this country in Vietnam. In 1968 I went to serve against an oppressive and arrogant group of leaders who were trying to totally dominate the weak, ill, and poor of SVN. 44 YEARS later here I am witnessing a similiar parallel of a demanding oppressive group and arrogant people who are also devoted to dominating the ill, poor, and helpless and destroy the middle class by any means. When did this country totally forget self respect? When did it become acceptable to show disrespect for the office of President of the United States? When you serve your country you serve. You may be voted in by 54% of the people but you suppose to serve 100% of the people. Rome self destructed America is on the same road but much sooner, due to power hungry, self serving so called leaders. America is a joke and looks like fools around the world Thanks to the Rich and Powerful. I would love to see CNN do a poll in Hell to see who is a Democrat and who is a Republican.

    April 9, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Jimbob

    Sen. Grassley told a concerned constituent who couldn't get health insurance to, "Go down to john Deere and get a job." Perhaps, Sen. Grassley should give up his cushy, tax-paid health ins. and go down to John Deere and get a job.

    April 9, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. nathan

    I can't understand that Twitter post, so I'll just have to take CNN's word for it.

    April 9, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Emily

    There should be an inherent respect for the office of the president, regardless of who holds the position. It makes me cringe when people say "Obama" rather than "President Obama"...he is entitled to the respect of the office whether you like him or not. The Republicans can't even be civil anymore...they can't stand it that a black man is president. Regardless of how they cloak their comments, that is the bottom line.

    April 9, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Demorat

    The good news about Obamas inauguration was that of the two million people who showed up, only 10 of them had to call off work.

    April 9, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Charlie from the North

    Stupid is as stupid does. It is ironic, only 4 years away from the "Bush Error"having anyone with an "R" after their name call President Obama stupid.

    April 9, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. jim

    Typical – GOP's continued tactic of name-calling and fear-mongering in stead of policy proposals. Women are getting what these GOPers stand for. Now its time for the rest of the Nation to wake-up to the GOP lies and distortions. If the GOP continues down this path we will welcome the Democrats' landslide!!!

    April 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. aaron

    if this was a democrat saying this about a republican it would be the "news story of the century" on fox news. there would be unbelievable outrage, anti-american accusations that would eventually turn into anti-troops and would run in every negative campaign ad. the republicans would NEVER let this go. and maybe rightly so, since it would be way out of character, however justified, for a Dem to actually tweet (really, tweet?) this about a president. but since a republican, from a very religous and close minded state, did this, we are not surprised. if the GOP ever really thought about their actions maybe they wouldn't be headed towards absolute irrelevance.

    April 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. kim

    Senator who? Could he possibly be any more obscure or less important? I'm sure Iowan's are proud of this guy, since they elected him Senator to represent their state and promote it's image.

    April 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. JJ

    LOL! A mental midget calling Obama "stupid"? That's funny.

    April 9, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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