July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama lambasts Republicans for ‘hatin’ all the time’

Updated 1:31 p.m. ET, 7/30/2014

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Days before Congress' summer break begins, President Barack Obama used a Wednesday morning speech here to lambast Republicans who are preparing to sue him rather than take action on some of his agenda items.

“Stop being mad all the time,” Obama chided Republicans during rowdy, campaign-style remarks. “Stop just hatin’ all the time.”
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Democrats think they've struck fundraising gold with the Republican threat of a lawsuit against the White House, as well as the specter of impeachment some members of the party have raised. Since Friday, Democratic electoral committees sent more than a dozen e-mails using the issues to stir their supporters into donating money.

Top House Democrat: 'you bet we're going to run' on lawsuit and impeachment

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, tasked with electing Democrats to the House, said they'd raised more than a million dollars in online donations using the tactic.

House Speaker John Boehner announced plans earlier this summer to file suit against Obama for circumventing Congress on changes to his health care law, which some Republicans said was unconstitutional.

Obama has slammed the move as a political stunt, egging Republicans on with the quip "so sue me" during a speech in early July.

“They’re mad because I’m doing my job,” Obama said on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to instead take action on closing tax loopholes and pass new laws he said will spur job creation.

“We can do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit,” he said. “Just come on. Come on and help out a little bit.”

Separately, some Republicans have suggested Obama could be impeached for exceeding his authority as president, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and others in the conservative wing of the GOP.

Boehner wrote off any talk of impeachment as a Democratic fundraising ploy on Tuesday.

"They're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's elections," he said.

The White House was quick to cite a list of Republicans who have floated impeaching Obama, saying Boehner's description of the idea as simply a Democratic talking point ignored the statements of some of his members.

"If that's the case, then I suspect that there may be members of the Republican conference that didn't receive the memo," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

During his remarks on Wednesday at a historic theater, Obama cast the Republican lawsuit as a distraction from the real work he wants Congress to be doing, including closing a legal loophole that allows big corporations to incorporate overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

Obama cast such tactics as unpatriotic.

“They've always been American companies. They took advantage of all the benefits of being an American company but now their accountant has convinced them maybe they can get out of paying some taxes,” he said.

“It ain't right. Not only is it not right, it ain't right.”

While he was in Missouri Obama met with four people who'd written him letters detailing their struggles and successes in the uncertain economy. The President met the Kansas Citians over ribs and pulled pork at Arthur Bryant's restaurant, which has served the city’s signature barbecue to former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Its vinegar-based sauce is labeled "The President's Choice."

Obama hopes to highlight the issues facing the middle class by scheduling meetings with Americans who have written him. This summer he's shared meals with people in Minnesota, Colorado, Texas and elsewhere.

At Arthur Bryant's on Tuesday, Obama ordered a half slab of ribs and a Bud Light, though when he asked for cole slaw the restaurant's staff told him they had run out.

"You didn't save me some?" he joked.

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soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. bobo

    Not on CN N........ "Emails show ex-IRS official Lerner using derogatory terms for Republicans."

    July 30, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. HUH?

    The traveling DNC circus. Starring in the freak show section...the lying 0bama.

    July 30, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. just someone


    There's only one house of one branch of gvt. that is holding everything back while focusing on their very small, very narrow agenda. And we all know who that is.
    You are correct – Harry and his Senate that has not put any of the bills sent up from ther house to vote.

    July 30, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. FLIndy

    @Andrew – "This is also a man who leads an administration whose incompetence has led to the deaths of many Americans,"
    Winner of the most insane post of the day! I swear all of you haters have had your memories wiped out of all the years prior to Obama becoming President. THIS president led to deaths of many Americans – are you KIDDING???? Or maybe 4500 of our soldiers don't count to you.

    July 30, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. PaulCat

    It's ok Mr. Obama
    Just remember, GOD doesn't sleep
    HE see and hear it all

    July 30, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Jerry

    This was the 1,127th flight of air force one during king obamas rein, who is running Washington ????

    July 30, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I am a Obama supporter y name clement g Morris from Boston Massachusetts.o made a couple of donations to the Obama administration. Everything he is doing is right I stayed. Homeless on the street on beach st and Hudson st in Chinatown on 70-72 beach st next to Wong family benevolent association, next to realty inc. Building. To lease when you came to Boston I use to stand on front of hot pot buffet listening to your time on tv so listening to your word o was brainstorming thinking. If I leave my stamp collection. Book with my college. Business. Note book I would have some different. Type of friends so I did also my friend world financial. Texas tipping. Group book was their in the alley in China right between the hot pot buffet and 70-72 beach st my professor David. Grayer business 101book was in their to congratulations on winning every thing and they still made me stay Republican this term keep directing me talk to you all later and will make another donation

    July 30, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Janet Nappylotto

    Hmmmm... Hatin' the fact that thousands of illegal immigrants are flooding the border and Obama is encouraging it.
    Hatin' the fact Obama has gotten US debt beyond $17 Trillion.
    Hatin' the fact millions of US citizens are out if work.
    Hatin' the fact that the NSA is spying on everyone
    Hatin' the fact the IRS can blatantly destroy evidence and get away with it
    Hatin' Obama wants to reward millions of illegal immigrants with work visas
    Hatin' Obama traded 5 terrorists for a deserter

    Etc., etc.,etc.

    July 30, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Jared

    I feel like I just watched a video of some teen going for senior class president

    July 30, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Me


    "Proposing to reward Criminal Immigrants with work visas"

    Once again: illegally entering the country is not a crime and the whole deportation process is not a criminal proceeding.
    Sooooo doing something illegal or illegally is not a crime????? LMFAO Talk about an oxymoron....

    July 30, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Bolivar Shagnasty

    Does he do anything anymore except cry at ANY camera?

    July 30, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. SJAJR

    These Obama haters are from the party that gave us Sarah Palin. Enough said.

    July 30, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. LpRouse

    I dont usually look at the comment section when I read my news but I have to now after reading some of these comments. Venemous comments about our President ... I am 50 something years old and I have never heard of such things. It is one thing to disagree with our President but it is another to just spew hate and lies. You discount your views when you express them with obvious disdain and disrespect for the office. You must remeber the facts of the matter. The Congress was set up to make the laws by our founding fathers. But when they did not do so the President by executive order actually got things done. If you would care to check facts first you would realize that The President has actually used Executive order less than any modern president. THIS IS A FACT. Ignoring it only makes you seem silly to people who may agree with you otherwise. I have friends who are Very conservative .. We have vigorous debates, but we show RESPECT to each other. Even if this decency is lost with our Politicians why should we follow. Our Moms were right. Its not what you say but HOW you say it that Tells the Most about You. We should have LISTENED. Hate Anger and Lies NEVER CHANGES MINDS.

    July 30, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. moderatethis

    Obamas ACA mouthpiece caught on tape in 2012 saying fed subsidies are not for states that do not set up exchanges. Now they claim its a typo 2 years later. The dems didnt go with it in their home states it was so bad and now they are trying to lie their way out of it. Not gonna work. Oh and 12 unamious SC decisions against Obama.

    July 30, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. FLIndy

    @wrm – Awww, big bad meanie Republicans aren't addressing his agenda. Boo. Hoo.
    What is it you people don't understand about majority rules in a democracy and about our Presidential elections? President Obama won TWICE because the MAJORITY of Americans want HIS agenda – get it???

    July 30, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. geopolitical perspective

    Republicans seem to believe criticism of the President is solution to solving problems but they're seriously mistaken.

    July 30, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. NameFrank Deery

    While Obama shams and preens, and does nothing as the world goes further into chaos,
    let me remind liberals, who support this man, that Nancy Pelosi, my rep in San Francisco, said to CNN's Candy Crowley over the weekend that Hamas was a "humanitarian
    organization!" This is outrageous, but liberal media ignores it. This idiot represents me, and, believe me, Hamas is not what she is peddling. They are terrorists! Period! Funded by Qatar, her info source!

    San Francisco, my home, wake up! Pelosi is an old woman mired in the 70's, like Sec Kerry. She has a mansion in Pacific Heights and vinyards in Napa. Maryland(oh, what a corrupt place!) born, she came here and sold herself as the "peoples' candidate". No mansions or vineyards then! How did she prosper? Maybe a Candy Crowley investigation-to save her credibility?? She just listened. Had anyone Republican
    said such nonsense, Candy would get indignant, then petulant, then end it all with an annoying
    Tena Commercial.

    No wonder Fox trumps CNN, once impartial, now liberal. Obama Sucks. Deal with it. Republicans rule in Both Novembers.

    July 30, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. moderatethis

    LpRouse all Obama does is sprout hate and lies. He was even awarded biggest lie of the year. Open your eyes and read please. This class doesnt grade on a curve. Catch up soon.

    July 30, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. moderatethis

    lol now hes using ebonics????? Isnt he from Hawaii?

    July 30, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. rob c

    Hating "all the time" ...kind of like fundraising "all the time", isn't it ?

    July 30, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Verimius

    For some people, everything President Obama does is wrong. Always. Everywhere. Since these peoples' opinion is entirely predictable, why should anyone pay attention to them?

    July 30, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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