July 10th, 2014
04:50 PM ET
8 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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  1. Tommy G

    Yup... that's how you get people to work with you and get things accomplished. Lie, insult them and call them names. 5.5 YEARS of this divisive Obama insanity. He simply REFUSES to get off the campaign trail, out of campaign mode and into GOVERNING and LEADING mode. Expect his poll numbers to start hitting the low 30s very soon. This clueless dolt simply refuses to be a President.

    July 10, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Smitty

    I guess Obambi considers being a failure doing his job??? 6 years of nothing but lameo excuses. Sorry Mr pres you have been caught in too many lies to be trusted. Not enough space to list them all, how about the border is secure, keep your doctor, it was video, well you get the point.

    July 10, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Tom

    I'm glad to see Obama finally standing up for himself. Perhaps he has finally realized no matter what he does the Republicans are going to whine and demand he do something else. Then they'll try to spin the story around to why Obama isn't doing what Republicans want. It's long past time Obama started calling out Republicans and force them to either come up with some workable ideas of their own (hint: cutting taxes and eliminating social programs is not a universal solution to every problem).

    July 10, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. chrissy

    Boehner must be personal friends with Sarah Palin, since he thinks its ok to sound as dumb as her publicly! Does he think the rest of the US is as stupid...like we dont know WHO has really been obstructing immigration reform?

    July 10, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    --very pathetic part is these Republicans aim is Obama to one term president and fail. This has been their notion for the last six years. I bet they realize this at least during election, so only passing Job-training. If I have power–I world remove all these congress republican thugs. USA needs infrastructure, education, Green-energy. Why not we produce more energy efficient light bulbs at home–instead importing from China. Why not we raise minimum wage to 14/ an hour. Tighten on immigration. Congress idiots better wake up and pass. Pathetic idiots. Very bad. While poorer nations wake up–we bicker on sheer color, shame.

    July 10, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has NEVER started doing his job..........all he has DONE since he was elected is campaign, campaign, campaign.........all the while using our tax dollars to do his political campaigning. He is a criminal.........in many ways.

    July 10, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Ali

    That simple. But Fax channel will have you believe something else, because their viewers are missing few common sense. Keep helping the people Mr. President while they tried to score few political points

    July 10, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Smitty

    @Ali, according to ratings fox is the only news that is trusted, cnn is coming up some and NOBODY watches msnbc

    July 10, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Couldn't agree with Tom Moe when he said, "I'm glad to see Obama finally standing up for himself.". He was in my hometown of Austin today and let these right wing clowns have it. He is always the smartest guy in the room and the current polls notwithstanding, he'll rank in the top 10 presidents within ten years of leaving office. He, unlike Clinton who I greatly respect, spent more political capital on trying and more often than not succeeding in doing big things. Can you imagine what we'd be hearing from the jokers if Regan had reduced unemployment to 6% within 5 years of economic meltdown. President Obama UDAMON!

    July 10, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. yolanda

    @Kurt, the president does have the power to call up the National Guard. The law that specifies special treatment for those minors only becomes effective once the immigrants cross into the US. If they are turned away at the border, the law does not come into play. Btw, why isn't anyone (from either side of the aisle) demanding that Mexico do something to stem the tide? Politics as usual from both camps.......

    July 10, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    @rick McDaniel, I bet you a nonsense to this nation, worst than traitor. Don't you give minimum respect to the elected president twice in a largest democracy? What kind of animal you are–stink melting up to here. Grow up. Bush was worst, where are WMD.

    July 10, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm glad to see Obama finally standing up for himself. Perhaps he has finally realized no matter what he does the Republicans are going to whine and demand he do something else.
    If he keeps this up the next 2 1/2 years will be sheer joy for me.

    July 10, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    The ONE man that could get Immigration Reform to become Law TOMORROW is John Boehner.

    July 10, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Chris..E.al

    If he 0bama would spend less time memorizing those zingers and movie scripts and follow laws and the constitution we might give him some credit ? But he didnt write that speech or memorize it he didnt build that plane he flew into Texas on . Hes Just trying to lie to folks and raise some cash to advance the dems destrution to america agenda ? Im glad he didnt do the border he prob make it worse anyway with all the high fives and knuckle bumps with the illegals ?

    July 10, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 10, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm
    I’m glad to see Obama finally standing up for himself. Perhaps he has finally realized no matter what he does the Republicans are going to whine and demand he do something else.
    If he keeps this up the next 2 1/2 years will be sheer joy for me.


    July 10, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Not buying it anymore.

    Obama says today, a direct quote, “I’m just telling the truth now. I don’t have to run for office again, so I can just, you know, let her rip.”
    So he WAS LYING all along!!!!!

    July 10, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Smitty says:
    July 10, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm
    @Ali, according to ratings fox is the only news that is trusted, cnn is coming up some and NOBODY watches msnbc

    What a scary thought. No wonder so many people think he was born in Kenya, has horns and a tail. Stupid is as stupid does. GOP I think you might have overplayed your hand with your NO to everything for 5-1/2 years. All you had to do was work with the man somewhat but you didn't. You've done everything except spit in his face. Just remember the world is watching. Other countries see your disrespect and hate very well. President Obama will go down in history as one of the BEST!

    July 10, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Lizzie

    Still being a President in training, he has to blame the opposition,
    sonny cha... Of course, give the 11 million amnesty and wait fir the next 11 million to show up snd want the same

    July 10, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Mike in Texas

    @ Smitty,

    How many people watch Fox News? 5 million? Out of what 330 million? So that means 325 million people aren't tuned into Fox News at any given time. Just because your the highest rated doesn't mean you're the best. McDonald's sells the most burgers but is far from being the best. Hell I remember when two of the top rated shows in the early 80's was The Dukes of Hazzard and That's Incredible. So they must have been the best. You do also remember when it was reported that Fox News viewers are the most misinformed people since they are given half truths and sometimes flat out lies.

    July 10, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Karina

    Border security comes under federal jurisdiction. So where is Holder in all this mess .?? As usual not doing anything.
    This President is destroying the country from within and nobody is taking note , no , Americans are too busy with partisan bickering and name calling.
    You got exactly what you voted for , CHANGE..., but not the one you were hoping for.

    July 10, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. bf

    Obama can stop the flow of illegals tomorrow but he is not going to. All he has to do is tell Mexico and the other countries no more aid money until they stop the illegals. He won't because the votes are more important. Obama is the worst president we have ever had, even worse than Carter. He could care less about the American people all he cares about is politics. He never stops campaining.

    July 10, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. J Anthoy

    If FOX is the most trusted news station, that doesn't say anything good about Americans. Its owned by an Australian guy,a far-rightwing globalist parasite that likes to buy up media companies and throw his weight around. The only America him and his TV marionettes care about is the one where you get to suck wealth out of the system for doing nothing. Working your way to the top from zero as some do is fantastic, being a greedy bastard when you get there is something else entirely.

    July 10, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. DZ

    The House has submitted bills to The Senate. Reid will not allow debate on the floor (surely at the direction of Obama). All orchestrated for the benefit of the idiots that support them. He's like a five year old, spoiled brat ho keeps flunking in school and blames all the teachers. His supporters are like the five year old's parents. The kid doesn't haven a chance in the real world.

    July 10, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. Pander Bear

    The GOP retorted with a movie quote befitting their maturity, level of respect and overall appreciation for the arts: "I know you are but what am I?" from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

    July 10, 2014 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. jeff

    Republican'ts put immigration on the back burner and then complain nothing is being done. I guess that's why they're called republican'ts. It took four years for republican'ts to see Obama's birth certificate. They were positive he didn't have one and they were wrong on that issue too.

    July 10, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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