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. humtake

    Obama finally crosses the line. Before this, he had already said he's not negotiating. Fine, he's allowed to do that as a President...although it has already proven to make him an ineffective President.

    Now, he has done everything in his power to stop Reps from getting any of their concerns in laws, and wants to throw it in their face by saying people are waiting for them to do something. THAT'S THE ENTIRE PROBLEM. Reps can't do anything because anytime a Rep says they don't agree with something, Obama just uses an Executive Order. Both sides are busy blocking each other, the only difference right now is Obama is abusing his powers to avoid having to follow the democratic oath he promised to follow when he took the job.

    The saddest part of all, above everything else, is that his followers will refuse to accept the reality of the situation just because they want to be right. They won't concede that Obama has abused his power far greater than any President should ever do just because they don't want to lose voters. So Dems will continue to believe Obama is doing a good job while everyone else waits for a President, Dem or Rep, that will go back to working with everyone to make things happen. It's not easy and nobody ever said it was. But just because it's not easy doesn't give anyone the right in America to completely ignore this country's checks and balances. I don't care if you want to sleep with Obama every night, you CAN NOT believe this is how a President is supposed to act unless you are either a toddler or you are a person who votes only on party lines. Either way, you are acting like a kid.

    July 2, 2014 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Problem is everything he does turn out bad.

    July 2, 2014 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  3. Ace

    About time, he should have been talking like this for 5 years.

    July 2, 2014 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  4. newshound

    He has done so much to hurt the middle class so far, it isn't funny. His next tactic: he wants to raise gas taxes!

    July 2, 2014 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. Barry

    IMPEACHMENT? Anyone there?

    July 2, 2014 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  6. Buckeye Pilot

    Well, at least the Dem's have finally drop this charade of working with the Pub's. The mask is off of our dictator. Let's open the borders and bring in a few million more welfare recipients/Dem voters. We can just ignore the immigration laws and the oath to uphold. Heil Obama!

    July 2, 2014 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  7. David

    I wish we as United States Citizens had the authority to sue the president for his law breaking, failure to enforce existing laws, directing DOJ NOT to enforce existing laws, and giving away our grandchildren's financial future to buy votes... I would be first in line

    July 2, 2014 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. opinion8it

    Republicans are afraid

    July 2, 2014 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  9. Stanton

    I don't blame him. I would do the same thing. Congress is useless. All they do is sit there and hate the President.

    July 2, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  10. sunburnt

    A reckoning is coming...

    July 2, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  11. Are you kidding me?

    The GOP is a joke and we could be better off if they spent the last 6 years working WITH the president but they instead act like immature spoiled arrogant brats. Vote them out in November.

    July 2, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  12. Dirk

    come on Congress if you want to make him( the President) look bad pass something! This sit on our hands and do nothing approach is just annoying the people who hired you to do a job! even worse is that your stuck on Obama care how many times have you tried to destroy it? 100, 200 get over it!!!!!

    July 2, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  13. mark

    he is so arrogant and stupid
    he has lost so many times in the Supreme Court you would think he would wise up

    July 2, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  14. JackNMeovslo

    If he doesn't know how long we've been building roads and bridges then how would he know how old our infrastructure is?

    July 2, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  15. Mdiggity

    This is what Obama needed to be doing 5 years ago. Sigh...

    July 2, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  16. Ima wright

    The problem is that whatever proposals are tabled by either party, the bills always have pork attached , many times unrelated to the subject at hand. If they could just focus like a laser on one problem at a time, and stop trying to be "comprehensive." You can't get everybody to agree on everything. So, keep it simple, stick with things most agree on.

    July 2, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  17. mcp123

    house republicans...useless warts on the back of freedom...

    July 2, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  18. jimmy

    President Obama has routed the GOP. Say what you will about the President but he has completely destroyed the GOP. I do not think the GOP knows whether they are coming or going.

    July 2, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  19. Snowleopard

    Did anybody out there get to vote on the Patriot Act? No? Me neither. Now let's talk about suing for abuse of power.

    July 2, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  20. Steve- Illinois

    Does he really wonder why they aren't rushing to work "with" him?

    July 2, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  21. george

    I don't think that the Pres. has noticed, but he has been sued numerous times now, and lost all of the 9-0.

    July 2, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  22. @RI_Roger

    ..... so sue me! To take a phrase from Home Depot...... "let's do it"

    July 2, 2014 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  23. Henry

    "So sue me?" Pretty childish comment for a POTUS.

    July 2, 2014 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Using roads and bridges as your example when you know what you are really after. America isn't stupid. At least not the folks in the south.

    July 2, 2014 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  25. Mike Smith

    "Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me," Obama said Tuesday at an event in Washington.
    LOL...Obama is out to lunch. The middle class can get on fine with out.

    July 2, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
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