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. Anonymous

    Hurry up, and do something because he has an agenda and plans to get it done!!!! We can not have a dictator for a president!!! This style of governing is why every other country gets money from the U.S. I hate to break it to ya but NO country will send the U.S. money when Obama has us bottomed out!!!!!!

    July 2, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  2. dudley

    Congress is congress. Senate controlled by Democrats and House controlled by Republicans. Bottom line is that we need a President that get both parties to work "together". Bill Clinton was excellent in second term in getting both parties to work "together". Obama has always been my way or the highway President. He is about as lame duck as you can get and it is too late for him. Hillary Clinton will be much better as the next President in finding ways to compromise and get our country working "together" again..

    July 2, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  3. Charlie

    Mr. Obama is a funny man. Stand up comedian. I bet he is pissed he did not get Barbara Walters seat on the View. he loves gabbing with the girls.

    July 2, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  4. bwag999

    Compromise is a virtue to be cultivated, not a weakness to be despised

    July 2, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  5. wildone

    The use of executive orders by US Presidents is nothing new. In recent history former Presidents have used this method as follows: Carter-320, Reagan-381, George H.W.Bush-166,Clinton-364,George W.Bush-291,Obama-180. By number of times used, Obama has used executive orders much less than almost all the others cited above. If the Congress insist on doing nothing, than who can blame a President for using his authority to do the People's business. This obstructionist Congress needs to start working with the President on providing the American People with important legislation or get the hell out of the way.

    July 2, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  6. Joe

    He acts like the child that he is. What an embarrassment. No wonder Hillary and Bill can't stand him and Jesse wants to cut off his nads.

    July 2, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  7. Marcus

    "We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years."

    And you were just trying to provide healthcare for everyone too in that 2500 page document.. If you have to tell people it's not socialism, it likely is.

    Tyranny at it's finest..

    July 2, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  8. MikeC

    Obama wants the Republicans to engage him in silly arguments and battles to distract the public from his failures in the economy, international policy, energy, you name it.

    July 2, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  9. guest

    president barack obama is doing something, alright, he's serving satan and weakening america

    sometimes it's better to do nothing rather than do something...

    that is evil


    July 2, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  10. Another Texas

    Instead of "My way or the highway," now it's "My way is the highway." Obviously this entire form of government cannot get along – those voted in as well as the entrenched bureaucracy surrounding them. It isn't as though they were children and the adults could stand them in a corner until they could shake hands and work together. That's assuming there are any adults, even in the voting public. Please – next time choose leaders instead of rhetorical orators.

    July 2, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  11. Gus

    This is the worst, most inefficient Congress I can recall in my 70 years on this planet. Thank God we still have one branch of government with a brain!

    July 2, 2014 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  12. woodie

    The Republican's are shamefully useless. I can't think of anything good they have done in the last 30 years.

    July 2, 2014 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  13. AW

    A half-decent leader wouldn't need to side step congress to get things done – he would do his job and work with both side to get them to work together... at least to as much as possible. This childish approach is the opposite of leadership. I'm not what you would call a fan of the guy, but I think BO could take some notes from Bill Clinton.

    July 2, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  14. Gordo

    How presidential.

    July 2, 2014 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  15. Mistro

    Is it any more clear now that this empty-suit president has no clue how to manage and run a country?!?!

    July 2, 2014 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  16. croaton

    Ok Mr. (King) Obama, we will.

    July 2, 2014 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  17. Gary

    Obama has to be the BEST CAR SALESMAN I have ever seen ! He will lie and smile at the same time then blame anyone that he can. We all should be ashamed of taking the bait and then doing nothing to get his ass out of office. He has made the highest office in the land a trading post for the rich and famous. He is not for the working man and he should be sued .

    July 2, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  18. RA

    vote the do-nothing republicans out this November!

    July 2, 2014 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  19. Bob Straight

    President Obama is doing what's best for the nation. If the Congress is in gridlock, he must exercise his executive authority to the maximum extent possible in order to address pressing national issues. Immigration reform is a pressing national issue.

    July 2, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  20. pws1121

    So Obama will go down into the history books as the "So sue me" President. Famous last words of a lame duck President.

    July 2, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  21. howard

    i still say we need to get obama out it doesnt matter who runs this country. Corruption and laziness will always exist in the white house and on capitol hill. All there good for is take take take and screw the real working class and low wage income earners. Not a one of them is worth what there paid.

    July 2, 2014 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  22. joe

    Middle class can't wait for a tax increase? Oh, I'm pretty sure I can wait for that oh exulted one.

    July 2, 2014 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  23. MarieEricksson

    While I can certainly understand the Presidennt’s frustration in getting anything done by the current “do-nothing” Congress, he really needs to take a step back and recognize what kind of precedent he is setting. He might consider the actions he has taken in defiance of law and Congress to be “benign” in nature, but what happens if the next President doesn’t have that kind of agenda? The law stands for a darn good reason….to ensure that checks and balances are maintained, EVEN when those checks and balances sometimes stand in the way of progress.

    July 2, 2014 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  24. caitiesnanny

    This statement is being arrogant.

    July 2, 2014 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  25. Yes

    mr boehner, you are there to do the stuffs for the betterment of the country first then ur party. You have to think what is better for the country first, then ur party, not other way. So, you can not sit quite doing nothing and false blaiming to the president shows your poor attitude.

    July 2, 2014 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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