July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
6 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.”

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. rs


    Liberals on this blog are living in an alternate universe..last I heard, obama was the president..not the republicans..it is his fault as the so.called leader the mess the country is in..
    Yeah that makes sense because you think Obama is a "King". There are three branches to the federal government. The Republicans won't fund one, and they won't pass any bills in the other. That leaves pretty much just the President looking out for Americans. get it?

    July 30, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Anonymous

    we don't fundraiser while americans are being killed

    July 30, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. EMcK

    I love that people criticize Obama for playing a round of golf, but never once said a word when Bush interrupted a question about finding bin Laden with "Now, watch this drive" and continued his golf game rather than address the issue of finding Bin Laden (a task Obama completed).

    July 30, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Tone

    2016 or bust!

    Golfing and eating bbq are his greatest accomplishments. The public trough is almost empty and he and Michele will actually have to work for a living soon.

    Wow here goes another Racist.

    July 30, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. mobinertia

    Actually, even when he's not on the campaign trail he's not in touch. IRS, Bengahzi, Iraq, VA, ACA failure. He's probably the most "out of touch" president ever. Every time something happens, it's a complete surprise to him or they just found out about it. The problem isn't the GOP and it's not Obama. It's the American people drinking the koolaide on a 2 party government.

    July 30, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. notahistorianbut

    I don't sign online petitions; but if anyone started a class action suit against the House majority – I WOULD. They're the ones who should be sued – maybe to the tune of $4 billion (about what they cost the country during the shutdown last year). Suit charges could include: Dereliction of duty (they're definitely NOT doing their jobs – but they keep their pay); malfeasence (wasting taxpayer $$ to hold multiple showboat hearings); incompetence; hypocrisy; lying.

    July 30, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. moerumm

    If the House votes to sue, wouldn't that cost be a tax upon the American People? How do Republicans plan to pay for or offset that tax? And, wouldn't such a suit require approval by the Senate, too?

    July 30, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. PuzzledInPeoria

    What's next for the GOP, throwing a tantrum and holding their breath until Obama resigns?

    From the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower, they have devolved into a gaggle of nincompoops and finger-pointers. Fox News and the Sarah Palin Channel are button-pushing at their best, whipping the nonthinking believers into foaming-mouth radicals who actually swallow this nonsense.

    July 30, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. emskadittle

    what about tort reform?

    July 30, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. theeightiesruled1

    Well obama! We will LAMBAST YOU and your fellow democrats in November! What an utter embarrassment and FAILURE! All he does is further divide the country and FUNDRAISE! Pathetic!

    July 30, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Bolivar Shagnasty

    Ebola is out of control and now is at the border to the US,....50,000+ immigrants are at the border of the US...and Obama is running in front of the cameras complaining, trying to raise cash....instead of doing his job; No wonder the GOP want to sue him.

    July 30, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Silence DoGood

    "Yeah...all a "scam" by the Dems...."
    Ah the crazy to counter the crazy.
    Maybe you've heard of the tea Party – it is kind of a big deal with conservatives...
    The teaparty website has a impeach-obama-petition page in which they appeal want to "Impeach Obama Petition" and call for people to sign the petition to impeach since the Tea Party supports impeachment.

    July 30, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. john

    This is a new low for the Dems...the word is out that the Obama Admin/Dems are scamming their own base of millions because of some imaginary impeachment that somehow took placed

    July 30, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Paul

    When Americans are forced to buy health insurance, however, ILLEGALS are allowed to stay in the U.S. and benefit from our medical, education, judicial system, something is wrong. Really, really wrong.

    Americans can't get on a plane without an I.D.... but ILLEGALS are allowed to stay in the U.S.

    ILLEGALS are already protesting and making demands at the White House, too! Yes. ILLEGALS.
    They're not immigrants, they're criminals.

    July 30, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. The Eloquent Volenteer

    I told you first . The Liberal Media is hostile to the Conservative cause , and Conservatives are building their own infrastructure to get its message out for the 2014-2016 election cycle . Do not be surprised if the Republican debates and Convention are only on media formats that are friendly to Conservatives , and MS(NBC) , ABC , NBC ,CBS , CNN , will have no access even to broadcast the debates and the convention . No unfriendly media will be allowed to broadcast the Republican convention and debates . Look at all that lost revenue , and lost opportunities for Pro -Paleoliberal Propaganda .

    July 30, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Tone


    Liberals on this blog are living in an alternate universe..last I heard, obama was the president..not the republicans..it is his fault as the so.called leader the mess the country is in..

    You seem quite uninformed the Republicans are the ones holding this country back with their obstruction at everything the president try to do for the American people even screw you over who voted for them.They are a useless bunch of racist whose hemroids have flared up the minute Obama was elected President, to them, and their base his color is not the right color for an American President.

    July 30, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    Mr. boarderless, you are also brainless, Mr. Wes, learn a new word each day. I am getting tired of the same four word sentence.

    July 30, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. larry

    Confusing.....Obama said, go ahead and sue me. Now he gets what he ask for and is mad?

    July 30, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. w

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

    OH! you mean like you, Boehner, are doing with the "lawsuit" in order to rile up your base of ultra-right-wing-conservative-GOP-Tea-Party-"christian"-holier-than-thou-family-values-radical-fanatical-extremists!? I WISH I could say I am still surprised by their hypocrisy but, sadly, I am MORE surprised when they are NOT anymore! SMH

    July 30, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Roy

    Who in their right mind would ever vote for a Republican??? Evangelicals? – maybe.

    July 30, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Wonder Woman

    Obama should relax and let them go ahead. The GOP was actually ahead in eyes of many due to the Obama's whitehouse scandals coupled with foreign policy blunders. Even if impeached, like we saw with Clinton it really didn't mean anything except Congress saying bad boy. So what if he's impeached, it will help the Dems in 2016 so he should relax and let the GOP self destruct.

    July 30, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. sly

    Best President in 50 years, so 'bring it on'.

    The Party of Stupid:

    2009: "Where is his birth certificate? Squawk. Where is it? I need to touch it"
    2010: "The President asked us in 3 bills to increase embassy security at Benghazi. We Wont Spend a Dime there!"
    2011: "Shut down the Government. Destroy it. Do not fund any programs. Close the Pentagon".
    2013: "What, spend money on illegal immigration? $4 billion? No way, us Republicans wont spend a dime there".
    2014: "Sue the President. He gave 50 million Americans health care. Boo. Sue sue sue"

    2016: "Welcome, President Clinton".

    July 30, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Thom

    SERGIO........ You pick any President to stack up against him for accomplishments, and you'd lose.......in every single category. You are one of the brain washed who probably doesn't read much......are you are a partisan blind fool. You pick any president in the last 100 years who did a single thing better than this one. Especially with the RIGHT obstructing EVERY SINGLE thing he tries to do.....and still, he manage to have the best Stock Market ever, Housing bounce back to normal ( along with saving 9M families from losing their homes) saved the auto industry in the USA, unemployment lower than Bush ever had it, and 16M more people have health insurance now so taxpayers no longer have to pay 100% of their healthcare anymore. He has also done more than any other president for civil and gay rights, he's been the toughest president on the border, and his administration has caught almost every terrorist that use to be on the top 50 list after 9-11. Bush didn't catch a single one. So would you like to explain yourself, or are you just another one of those partisan sheep? BTW.....I voted for Reagan both times and George H the first time......then Perot, then Clinton the 2nd time.......I voted for Hillary to beat him also......I vote for the man, not the party....like we all should. Bush bailed out Wall St, not Obama....and Obama bailed out the Auto Industry.....and it was one of the best things a president ever did.

    July 30, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Thom

    ADD ON.....Obama also cut the deficit in half since taking office and no president has even come close to that except Clinton.

    July 30, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Melba Isom

    So does this mean I get to sue Bush jr and Cheney for spending money like drunken sailors in port for the first time in 6 months?

    July 30, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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