October 10th, 2013
11:07 AM ET
6 years ago

GOP congressman: Obama is 'spiteful'

(CNN) - Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, reiterated his stance Thursday that President Barack Obama is "spiteful" and blamed him for the closure of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"This is a spiteful president...and the American people need to understand that," King said on CNN's "Newsroom."

Referring to the government's increasing debt, he argued that Obama was "borrowing money from the Chinese to rent barricades" for the open-air memorial.

"The president has no controlling legal authority to lock people out, but we know that he's spiteful, he's trying to teach America a lesson," he told CNN's Carol Costello.

The six-term conservative congressman who represents the northwest part of Iowa has long been a vocal critic of the president.

While the National Mall and monuments are officially closed, the Department of Interior and the National Park Service pledged to work with elderly Honor Flight veterans to ensure they can visit the memorial, citing First Amendment rights.

The National Park Service also said groups can apply for permits for protests, like one group did on Tuesday in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.

"Under the same First Amendment rights that are allowing Honor Flight veterans and their families to visit the veterans memorials on the National Mall, other groups will be granted access to the park for First Amendment activities," National Park Service spokesman Michael Litterst said.

Asked last week whether the White House had any say in the closure of the memorial, spokesman Jay Carney said Republicans were at fault.

"Every House Republican who has decried any impact from this shutdown as if they were surprised that it would happen clearly didn't pay attention when every agency of the federal government posted on their websites...what would happen if the government were shut down, including the closing of national memorials and national parks," he said at a press briefing.

"If any member of Congress who got in front of a television camera to try to get some attention on this issue spent half that time on the floor of the House voting to open the government, we wouldn't have a problem," he added.

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  1. S. B. Stein

    Saying Obama is "spiteful" is a matter of perspective. Is Mr. King from Iowa hoping that Obama caves to the desires of the teapublicans? I think that Mr. King from Iowa believes that Obama is a coward and doesn't want to say it. If the Republicans and conservatives really want to repeal Obamacare, then there are two things that they need to do; first is to change little bits at a time; other part is to have a realistic alternative written up and ready for hearings.

    October 10, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I guess that Rep. King has received the latest talkling points memo from the Koch brothers. "Cut the crap, Tea Party." The Kochs are onboard with the business community. Blowing off on rasing the debt ceiling would be catastrophic for the markets and businesses alike. Contrary to Sen. Coburn, the catastrophe will not be manageable because there will be too many factors beyond anyone's direct control. Can you say freefall?

    October 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |

    The GOP the Kings and Queens of Psychological Projection!

    October 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Silence DoGood

    Remember anytime a tin foil hat guy calls the president names or says "Benghazi" or "Creationism" it is like a new liberal vote because middle-of-the-road voters can see the "scary-crazy" better and it shifts their vote to the left. And after sky does NOT fall because of ObamaCare, we'll be pushing for real socialized medicine. Thanks for the push Tea Party!

    October 10, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    Thank you Dominican Mama!!

    Apparently Fox-lite didn't like my response. But what's new?!?!?

    October 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "This is a news blog, not an op-ed blog. Many media outlets blur that significant distinction."

    Indeed. And doing so is a feature of contemporary "journalism," not a bug.

    October 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    You gotta be kidding me! Steve King – one of the architects of the shutdown – blaming it on President Obama?

    October 10, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Mikey


    Rick McDaniel
    Obama is far worse than spiteful........he goes after ANY and ALL reporters who cross him, or write anything remotely negative about him. He is narcissist, who will not tolerate any criticism of his overreaches, his squanderous spending, or his dictatorial behaviors.
    Obama is a truly bad person.........who has deceived half of the country, with what he is all about.
    why are you talking about Duh Duh Duh-bya??? The article is about some T-T who thinks all immigrants have melon-sized calves because they're toting weed across the border and his hatred for anything Obama
    The only reason to waste time on the ignorant and hateful is because their vile rhetoric makes them useful foils to contrast factual, logical arguments against. President Obama is a great man who is doing an excellent job in more difficult circumstances than any president has faced since FDR. I feel sorry for those who harbor some much anger and hatred. It must just totally suck to be Rick McDaniel. We can be thankful we are not him.

    October 10, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Vince

    What about 14th amendment rights? You know...the one that does not allow for the questioning of the full faith and credit of U.S. debts?

    October 10, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Mikey

    Takes a lot of brass to be part of the primary cause for the shutdown and then decry its impacts. Who other than a teatroll would believe such garbage. However, I don't think anything he said today will make the Steve King top 10 stupid comment list. His motto must be, "So little time, so much nonsense to peddle."

    October 10, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "What about 14th amendment rights? You know...the one that does not allow for the questioning of the full faith and credit of U.S. debts?"

    While I think Obama knows that he could constitutionally use the 14th to deal with this, he's being smart by saying the opposite...that he can't and that he doesn't consider it an option...because if he said it was an option, the immediate response from the GOP/Teatrolls would be "oh yeah? dare ya." You can bet your left nu...thumb...that they have the impeachment charges all but drafted already for that scenario.

    October 10, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. smith

    Not spiteful, just stupid. AP reports Obama`s approval rating is at 37% and falling. He is the one paying the price for this shutdown.

    October 10, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. West Coast

    When it comes down to it this GOP/Tea is on the wrong side of history and democracy. A hundred years from now this GOP will be chronicled for its racist,extremist ideology and their attempts to usurp democracy.

    Any informed individual watching the "manufactured crisis" by the GOP/Tea/Koch unfold is simultaneously alarmed and abhorred.

    I live in a red state and hear lifelong conservatives now ashamed to affiliate themselves with the GOP. The strategy is all wrong if you look at the demographics of the US in 20 yrs, if they want to survive there has to be a shift closer to the center in the GOP not this extremism.

    Who wants to be affiliated with a party who threatens to destroy US and the world economy because they don't like a law, this could be a talking point for the Republicans or Democrats LOL!

    October 10, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!

    Thank you Dominican Mama!!

    Apparently Fox-lite didn't like my response. But what's new?!?!?
    Yes they take turn shutting us down in order to make room for the resident cray-crays.
    "Fair and balanced" dontchaknow! wink
    Fortunately they won't shut down Sniffit because if they did we'd have to go elsewhere to find out what's REALLY going on!

    October 10, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    AP reports Obama`s approval rating is at 37% and falling.
    Add $2 to that and you can get a cup of coffee at 7-11.....and he'll still be your President when you come out.

    October 10, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. luke,az

    President Obama is the smartest president our country has ever elected. He's tried to negotiate with Republicans from day one. There is a small faction of nuts in the house that is ruining our country. President Obama has ended a war in Iraq , ending the war in Afghanistan in 2014, saved the auto industry , killed Osama bin Laden and put our country back on a path to prosperity. We are wasting time dealing with the tea party Taliban. They have infected the Republican party. Where are you Colin Powell and other like minded moderate Republicans ?

    October 10, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Isn't King on his last term? Yeah, I know. He thinks he's going to be the next President of the United States. Apparently CNN agrees. There can be no other reason why folks at CNN would otherwise give this guy so much of their valuable air time. That he is a waste of time is an understatement.

    October 10, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why would you talk thusly about the President of the United States right before he meets with the leaders of your Party to try and resolve a national crisis?
    Does Mr. King perhaps think that his unfounded name-calling would establish rapport and be conducive to productive negotiations.
    What a classless turd this guy is.

    October 10, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Mikey

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    AP reports Obama`s approval rating is at 37% and falling.
    Add $2 to that and you can get a cup of coffee at 7-11.....and he'll still be your President when you come out.
    Don't worry mama, the Economist has him at 48% and rising. Anyone can cherry pick a single poll.

    October 10, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    This GOP hick rep is to stupid to be in congress and proves how dumb GOP voters really are. We should cut off all federal funds to these teaparty infested districts. Let them starve like their trying to do to the federal government !!!!

    October 10, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Arun

    Another pathetic puppet of the right wing nuts run by billionaire's like the Koch bro's. My 4 year old daughter is smarter than this fool!!!

    October 10, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. TONE

    Cnn the news organisation of no spine.

    October 10, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Daniel Bosh

    Obama is a great man ,are you nuts he's in favor of murdering children aiding the enemy ,leaving four to die at Benghazi while making up a lie about a video ,I don't get you people ,give me a answer why did the president lie about a video saying it caused the raid,he knew immediately what was going on ,don't dispute it's a fact ,give me a answer ,you can't. Also explain why he gives billions of dollars to the Muslim brotherhood,you have no answer again do you,how do you sleep at night defending this stuff ,if it was one of your family you wouldn't be kissing his Islamic ass ,yea Islamic by his own admission, once again no answer for that either,remember when the political winds blow he will side with Islam, or didn't you hear him say that on msnbc or any other Obama run channel,Its a shame our military members died just so you could stab them in the back,your not worthy.

    October 10, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Not spiteful, just stupid. AP reports Obama`s approval rating is at 37% and falling. He is the one paying the price for this shutdown."

    Silly you. Doesn't that same poll have the GOPers polling at 5%? Guess who WON'T be running for re-election in 2016?

    October 10, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Arun

    Mr. King you say that the president is borrowing money from China to pay for the barriers to the WW II memorial. Why is that Mr. King? Because you and other idiots like you believe we the United States shouldn't raise taxes on corporation or the wealthy while at the same time cutting everything else. Well Mr. King, you can't have it both ways, it's because of your parties stupidity the WW II memorial is closed and it's because of your parties stupidity the US government has to borrow money from foreign countries. The repubes are great at talking, but they never have anything substantial to backup their words!!

    October 10, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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