Bachmann wants to 'spank' Obama
July 15th, 2013
05:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Bachmann wants to 'spank' Obama

(CNN) – She tried to run against President Barack Obama as last year's GOP nominee.

But with that dream dashed, Rep. Michele Bachmann has another idea.

"He has a perpetual magic wand, and nobody's given him a spanking yet and taken it out of his hand," the Minnesota Republican told WorldNetDaily. "That's what Congress needs to do. The way we spank the president is we do it through the checkbook."

She was speaking to the conservative website about the ongoing battle over comprehensive immigration reform. The "magic wand" she refers to is the power to implement executive actions, like the one taken by Obama last year to defer deportations of young undocumented immigrants who were brought here by their parents.

A bipartisan immigration reform bill passed the Senate last month that included a pathway to citizenship, which many Republicans, including Bachmann, regard as "amnesty."

As the push for immigration reform slows in the House, Bachmann warned fellow opponents of a pathway to citizenship that resistance in the lower chamber may not hold up under pressure from GOP leaders who she said were sold on an "amnesty bill."

"The only game in town is legalization, for President Obama and for Senate Democrats. They want that legalization status," Bachmann, who will not run for re-election in 2014, said.

She suggested using Congress' ability to allocate funds to reject Obama's priorities, including the Affordable Care Act.

"We have the power of the purse," she said. "The most powerful body in Washington D.C. is the House of Representatives, which I'm honored to be a part. We're the ones that say, 'No, you can't have the money.' What's wrong with us? What is wrong with us that we would give the president ten cents to fund Obamacare?"

Filed under: Michele Bachmann • President Obama
soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. paul

    Typical inflammatory CNN headline. I might as well be reading a comic book.

    July 16, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Jason

    obama has ensured that there will be no black president for the next century

    July 16, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Dee

    This lady is why we as a country can not move forward with her biases and disrepect for the President and the office of the President.

    This country is in a turmoil because of the hatred that exist that is generational. The people that took to the streets after the verdict were younger and of all races they do not see color they see right and wrong.

    For someone to make a statement that there will never be another black President in the next century just reinforces what is happening in the United States.

    This is a sad day

    July 16, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Vince

    He won Michele. Twice. A majority of Americans voted for him and his policies. Twice. You don't have to like it...but you need to accept it.

    July 16, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Ar45

    I hope democrats remember these statement of hers an other GOP leader and when time comes use fearlessly.

    July 16, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Freedom Storm

    "A Swedish sociology professor has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. He says the NSA whistleblower could help “save the prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision” to give the 2009 award to Barack Obama."

    July 16, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. DennisBTR

    The reason why the President has such powers, to which Congresswoman Bauchman to end, is because unfortunately, from time to time we have nut cases like Congresswoman Bauchman. I love it when CNN says she is factually challenged. Actually, she does not care if what she says is factual or not. In my world we call that person a liar.

    July 16, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Bobbi

    Wow, the martin family is already making money off their son's death. One million plus from home owners association. How much does Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson get. So much for mourning. Obama and trayvon could have been my son.

    July 16, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Wow

    I'm a republican but this woman is coo coo for coco puffs.

    July 16, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Country Girl

    Ah Michelle, why must you continue to cover your eyes and ignore the fact that you have become a public joke? Please, please start thinking before you speak. To Jason...please give the American public more credit. Skin color (and gender) is immaterial when it comes to the best person for the job. We are not all mindless idiots as some like to think!

    July 16, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. JL

    CNN should be embarrassed for putting this article on line. This is not the work of a respectable news organization.

    July 16, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. ritmocojo

    All of the work women have accomplished for them in the last 50 years is wiped off the slate when this woman appears.

    July 16, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. loyalright

    She is correct in her arguments. I wish there were more like her. She has more courage and common sense than most men in Congress.

    July 16, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Hogan's Goat

    Look out or she'll run for president again.

    July 16, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Mark

    I'll bet Marcus would just love to "discipline" the president

    July 16, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Jim

    ...and now you know what goes on in her bedroom with her "straight" husband.

    July 16, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. rs

    Remember everyone- this is the face of today's GOP, and they think they can run this great nation! Ack!

    July 16, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. c3pobud

    She is a saucy flirt!!!

    July 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. dwicjan

    Bachmann needs a large sock or something in her mouth to make her incapable of uttering another word. As with Palin, those two need to be put on a leaky boat, shoved out into the middle of the ocean and left there with no means of returning to land.

    July 16, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. dwicjan

    Wish se would dry up and blow away.

    July 16, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please, please start thinking before you speak.
    She caaaaaaan't!
    It is a physical impossiblity.
    No brain.
    So sorry.

    July 16, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    BTW do you think that Michelle used some of her campaign donations to bring her hair kicking and screaming into the new century?
    Well don't get angry at me. It appears that she's used her campaign donations for other unsuitable purposes currently under investigation.
    I was just asking...

    July 16, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. M.A.P.

    She's become a running joke now, it's a real disgrace. Crazy eye jesus lady is gonna keep trying to stay relevant just like her soul buddy Palin. It's inslting to real women in politics. Obama has been downgraded in the liberals minds because he has swung to the center too far (even to the right on issues of intelligence). Michelle's arguments about a socialist/communist racist angry black man running the country are truly pathetic. If people want to protest about racism in USA today- go protest a Republican fundraiser.

    July 17, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
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