July 10th, 2014
04:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama uses film reference to criticize GOP

Austin, Texas (CNN) - President Barack Obama is using a famous movie line to express his frustration with congressional Republicans.

During a speech in Austin, Texas on Thursday, the President compared himself to Mark Wahlberg's character in Martin Scorsese's film "The Departed," as he criticized GOP lawmakers for inaction and for threatening to sue him for his use of executive authority.

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"There's a great movie called 'The Departed' - a little violent for kids. But there's a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg - they're on a stakeout and somehow the guy loses the guy that they're tracking. And Wahlberg is all upset and yelling at the guy. And the guy looks up and he says, 'Well, who are you?' And Wahlberg says, 'I'm the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.' Sometimes, I feel like saying to these guys, I'm the guy doing my job, you must be the other guy," Obama said to applause.

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"So rather than wage another political stunt that wastes time, wastes taxpayers' money, I've got a better idea: Do something. If you're mad at me for helping people on my own, let's team up. Let's pass some bills. Let's help America together," urged the President.

CNN White House Producer Matthew Hoye contributed to this report.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Liz the First

    Obama's problem is he didn't have King George the Lesser and his henchmen frogmarched off the podium and onto a plane to the Hague at his first inauguration. that would have put the fear of God into the rest of that traitorous party and maybe they would have grudgingly respected him a bit. he's been way too nice and tried way to hard to compromise with people whose only purpose in life is to make him a failed president, and the consequences to the country don't matter to them. if the American people don't wise up soon and see the repugs for the traitors they are, this country will go totally down the drain.

    July 10, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. alex

    Boehner won't allow votes on immigration reform. When do we get to sue him for fraud and infringing on our rights to be represented in congress?

    July 10, 2014 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. alex

    Tommy g: What part of "we are going to make sure he is a one term president," do you not get? Would you like some obstructionism with your hypocrisy?

    July 10, 2014 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. rs

    Perhaps he should have paraphrased the GOP's hero "Dirty Harry": "Do you feel lucky, punk?".

    July 10, 2014 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. Danny

    The Prez seems to forget, the way it works is the House passes a bill sends it to the Senate, they either vote on it or revise it and send it back to the House. Currently there are well over a 100 bills (over 30 written by DEms) passed by the House waiting for the Senate to act. Harry Reid has yet to introduce them. The Senate deserves at least the same amount of blame as the House, if not more. Just remember Mr Prez. when you point a finger, there are 3 more pointing right back at you.

    July 10, 2014 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. YoonYoungJo

    It's really sad that the GOP's constant blocking of anything Democrate while Obama's in office has really squandered a chance to fix some issue with this country and it's been wasted. The GOP needs to learn it needs to adapt as the world changes as America changes or this country will be left behind. It's like old people and their aversion to anything tech. How many years did I hear old people complain, well when I was toung we used a typewriter and it never had crashes. Perhaps that typewriter didn't ever crash but it could only do one thing, type. There have been throughout history examples of empires at the height if their power. The thing that crashed all those empires was the inability to change or adapt. The constant return to old methods that used to work that no longer work, constantly used hoping they would work again, out of magic or a miracle.

    July 11, 2014 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  7. neal may

    Being called a liar by a focused group of professional liars ...funny...

    July 11, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
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