July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama to Republicans: 'So sue me'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama dared Republicans to follow through on their threats to bring a lawsuit against his administration over his use of executive action.

"Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me," Obama said Tuesday at an event in Washington.

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"As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something."

Obama’s defiant attitude comes as House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, plans to propose legislation that could bring a lawsuit against him for implementing executive actions that the GOP contends amounts to a breach of his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process.

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Recently, Obama has ramped up his use of executive authority as a way to bypass a deeply divided Congress, avoiding inaction on issues the White House has made hallmarks of the President's second term agenda.

On Monday, Obama said he would start "a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress."

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At Tuesday's event, Obama continued to harp on congressional Republicans to pass legislation - this time pushing them to invest in transportation.

Standing in front of Key Bridge, which connects the city's Georgetown-area to Virginia, Obama continued his stepped-up rhetoric hammering Republican for obstructing action in Washington.

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Obama proposed a long-term highway construction bill earlier this year that he says would spur job growth.

"It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism," Obama said of his transportation proposal. "It’s not the imperial presidency - no laws are broken. We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years. But so far, House Republicans have refused to act on this idea."

CNN's Mike Ahlers and Rene Marsh contributed to this report.

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soundoff (1,488 Responses)
  1. JG

    WoooHooo!! Spank, Spank! Burn! President Obama slams Boehner like a Barbie Doll!

    July 1, 2014 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. NIK

    Obama built his career off of technicalities in Constitutional law, and now he makes a mockery of it. He's in for a surprise.

    July 1, 2014 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. henryk8675309

    Interesting political moves taking place. I don't think the GOP played this one very well. Obama is cracking is executive whip.

    July 1, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. mike

    According to Hillary Clinton "He is incompetent and feckless".

    July 1, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. InfamousRatman

    And so they will. And you will probably lose.

    July 1, 2014 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. Leo 818

    BO loves stunts and deflection, but the truth is that Harry Reid has done more to bottleneck Congress than the GOP has. For a community organizer who crowed about his ability to bring people together, he has clearly been in over his head. So, the best thing is to blame the other guy, play the pity card, and make more wonderful speeches that mean nothing.

    July 1, 2014 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. ja

    Bottom line the GOP is spineless, the tea party calling them out, they should be muted

    July 1, 2014 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. mpgunner

    Ok, we will. How are you "Phony scandal's" like missing emails, Vets ignored, .... the list goes on.

    Obama – America's first joke...

    July 1, 2014 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. sharon swope

    republican keep the pressure on Obama. get him out of office anyway you can. he is acting like a dictator and a second hitler. that is a really scary thought.

    July 1, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. Jon Doe Jr

    While I do not necessary agree with all of the presidents policies he is right on the money when the GOP is pretty much doing nothing for the middle class and does it show. I suspect when the November elections come the GOP will be looking in from the outside since the average voter is not going to be happy with the government shut down of last year. The Fact remains and the Tea Party can say what they the middle class needs help and we have seen nothing from Congress except in party fighting among themselves.

    July 1, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  11. mikewj

    I'm with you, Mr. President. Too many Americans have suffered under this Congress - too many. And for no reason other than spite, which is backed by haters with lots of money.

    July 1, 2014 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  12. hfdsf

    he's 100% right.

    July 1, 2014 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. Eileen

    Yes, thank you, President Obama! Couldn't have said it better.

    July 1, 2014 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  14. jeremiah

    Obama is such a worthless POTUS.

    July 1, 2014 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  15. militarymom777

    Wow, I am glad our government does not act like children......wait these people do work in government. Great this is not going away anytime soon. Does anyone out there know some educated adults that would like a government position. We have opening in all fields and positions.

    July 2, 2014 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. jtyates206

    This is exactly what we want to hear from you Mr President. And yeah I hope you right wingers and fake libertarians lose sleep over his words. Oh and "what difference does it make?" . I can feel the fake outrage reaching fever pitch. Or is that the high blood pressure?

    July 2, 2014 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. Bubba

    Ha! Ha, ha, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. Who knew our Two Term President had such a great sense of humor?
    Although I do think Obama is becoming something of a bully. Picking on today's GOP is like picking of mentally challenged turnips.

    July 2, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. stopterror

    impeach Obama, vote republicans 2014

    July 2, 2014 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  19. stopterror

    Impeach Obama as a corrupt criminal MOB

    July 2, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  20. Chris

    Divisive. He could learn a thing or two about leadership.

    July 2, 2014 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. jackson

    He is so out of touch he doesn't realize that arrogance has been a large part of what people don't like about him, his congressional allies and the IRS officials, Hillary – all with their noses in the air. They're just "folks" like us – give me a break.

    July 2, 2014 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  22. Titansidewinder

    And we will and you will lose.

    July 2, 2014 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. dewey cheatum

    forget the lawsuit. move to impeach this tin despot – and i was a moron who voted for him.

    July 2, 2014 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. Trixie

    Well I hope those will be shovel ready jobs...

    July 2, 2014 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. The dictator

    OZ HAS SPOKEN! YOU will do . I am your dictator.

    July 2, 2014 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
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