July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
7 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. mike

    here we go, obama reforming taxes, with the most uncooperative house in history, obama sure gets a lot done

    July 30, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Marty

    I don't often agree with Chaney but this time I do. It would be better for the Republicans if they just left this clown alone the decisions he makes are the best thing for the Republican party. Let him grant a free pass to the illegal immigrants, we can't educate our own children so bring in more that won't survive our education system they'll cause problems. The older ones are already into a life of crime and ignoring our laws that won't stop and will only get worse wait until they riot it'll make the 60's look like a pot party. It's going to be fun.

    July 30, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Debbie

    I have no faith in Obama nor any Democrat that follows in his footsteps. They do things that hurt everyone and then twist the truth to blame the other party. Obama's Hope and Change sermon has changed the US into a nation of people against my beliefs. Democrats take from us to give to lazy people and now we are being smothered with illegals to support. I feel sorry for the kids but they aren't our responsibility. Impeachment is a scam used by him to milk people and the lawsuit he asked for. I think if any changes are made it should be that the magical pen to pass his own laws should be eliminated. He screwed up his law and should grin and bear it. All men are created equal and all those suckers in the WH should have to give up the good insurance and buy his crap.

    July 30, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. robert

    Where, in the Constitution, are the House and Senate "RULES" legitimized? We no longer have a democracy if all of the voting on bills is controlled by the same four people.

    July 30, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |

    Obama is the most contentious and incompetent President ever to hold office. Everything is political chicanery and he never accomplishes anything of merit except for his left wing fringe through executive fiat.

    July 30, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Kieran

    The Republicans are giving Obama exactly what he wants. Taking about impeachment and lawsuits just drives people towards the Democrats. When Clinton was actually impeached his approval ratings skyrocketed.

    July 30, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Dean

    Obama hasn't been on the correct (common sense) side of an issue since the day he took office. Arrogant and ignorant.

    July 30, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Shaking my head

    Ok, so let me get this straight. We know the House isn't helping the President get anything done, and the Senate can't act alone, if if it was being all that helpful. Republicans need to pick a complaint though. Either he abuses his power and does things he shouldn't be able to do, or he's lazy and all he does is fund raise and he needs to get back to his job. You know those things are kind of mutually exclusive, right. Either he has the power to act alone so you sue him for doing so, or you lambast him for being lazy even though you say he can't use the power he has without being accused of overreaching. I love how the president has the sole power to fix everything that goes wrong with every person's daily life, but when he tries to fix anything he gets in trouble for doing stuff, cause presidents shouldn't have the power to act alone.

    July 30, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Sick of all of it


    Anyone feeling that Republican 'trickle-down money' yet? ...... .... ....

    How about those "shovel-ready" jobs the President promised? .......
    The whole idea of "trickle down" would by definition amount to a transfer of wealth, which conservatives oppose.

    Most of the stimulus went towards tax cuts of one form or another, which conservatives claim should have stimulated economic growth.

    July 30, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. obozzzzooo

    Obama is an incompetent president. His legacy will be that of polarizing the United States and further of making more enemies globally than any other president in history.

    July 30, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. LAbelle

    Geeze, people. Get a grip. This is exactly what politicians want is for us to be distracted from the important issues that they should be legislating on to fix our country. If people don't like what's happening, or not happening, cast your vote in Nov, 2014, 2016, and let that be your voice. Hate and bitterness in comments on this blog will not change things in the least; so, take it up with the person you elected instead.

    July 30, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Yakobi

    It's amusing because the democrats can't point to any successes they've had, only failures at home and abroad as the nation's debt continues to skyrocket at an unsustainable rate.

    Once Christie is in the White House, he can undo all of Obama's executive orders.

    July 30, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Dave

    Maybe a little less fund raising and house hunting on the part of Obama would be a good thing for the country. I guess you can't expect much from a President that spends tax payer dollars to take his family and friends on vacation, play golf and fund raise while the country goes to hell in a bread basket. Shame on us for letting this happen.

    July 30, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Hoppy4704

    I can't believe I voted for this man. He has failed on every major issue and hire made since becoming our commander and chief. What bothers me the most is how our country has embraced hatred and racism across all races. Should he be sued or impeached, no but quit blaming congress or anyone who disagrees as racists- that card is a joke esp from him or Holder.

    July 30, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Grego

    Obama = socialism

    July 30, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Papa

    Obama speech transcript: Blame, blame, blame...etc

    July 30, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. denny

    How can we get this guy to make decisions that are best for AMERICANS? Enforce the laws in our country – send illegals back. Go to the top of the list of people waiting to come here legally and welcome them at a reasonable pace. Obama is on a mission to change the demographics of a country he abhors, and ironically, he's the leader of it! How did this happen?

    July 30, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. You Got It

    I voted for Obama on the first election, and obviously I was fooled just like the majority of Americans regarding this man's true qualities.

    If anyone is curious, go search on 2008 & 2012 campaign promises – it'll floor you: he used the EXACT same lines regarding hiring teachers, jobs, economy, etc. over and over – it was all lies to make him sound/look good. None of it has happened.
    Worst President ever.

    July 30, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Jack

    I think we should sue the Republicans in Congress for failure to do their job and work with the White House on compromises and being obstructionists. They should pay every American for their failure to act responsibly. Sue the GOP!

    July 30, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Today on the Sarah Palin / Ted Cruz network

    Sarah is going to talk to a moose about climate change , afterwards she will share some Summer cooking secrets , and promote the new BassOmatic 2016 .

    July 30, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Anonymous


    Smoke & Mirrors. Lawsuits, impeachment talk, Benghazi... all a distraction from the empty agenda of the Republicans. Where is their health care plan? Where is their jobs plan? What ideas are they proposing that would actually help regular Americans? Nothing. They did just give another unpaid for tax break to wealthy Americans, though. Nice.
    Their idea of a jobs bill is more corporate tax cuts
    Their idea of healthcare reform is everyone buy their own from a state that allows policies that don't meet your state's minimum standard and if you can't afford insurance, go to the emergency room for your next physical or the next time you've got a cold.
    Their plan to help Americans have more money? Same as it's been since 1981 when Reagan introduced voodoo economics; trickle down. In other words, give all the money to the top and is will magically trickle down onto the heads of the 99% (in the form of a warm yellow liquid that often smells pretty bad).

    July 30, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. bmike

    I agree with Jack we should be suing the republican congress they've done nothing period but focus on Obama..well let's see let's make his last years in office miserable. Their simple worthless all of what's going on in the world and these clowns are always up to no good. Really you need your heads checked for voting those clowns in office..they could care less if this country went into a hole.

    July 30, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Go to the top of the list of people waiting to come here legally and welcome them at a reasonable pace."

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "Reasonable pace" = "as long as it's slower than the reproduction rate of white citizens."

    July 30, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Kathak

    Since Obama took over presidency and achieve the peacetime prosperity ( look at stocks; health care, medicare improvements, withdrawal from Iraq, Afghanistan), the radio talk show hosts owed that we will not let Obama to succeed. Look at GOP Congress, intolerant members, lacked respect for president just because of his color and they paralyzed federal government since he took over.

    July 30, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Sick of all of it


    Anyone feeling that Republican 'trickle-down money' yet? ...... .... ....

    How about those "shovel-ready" jobs the President promised? .......
    The whole idea of "trickle down" would by definition amount to a transfer of wealth, which conservatives oppose.

    Most of the stimulus went towards tax cuts of one form or another, which conservatives claim should have stimulated economic growth.
    Conservatives oppose the FORCED transfer of wealth (usually via punitive taxation), a.k.a. Robin Hood redistribution. When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have a friend in Paul, eh?

    And you clamor that the stimulus was such a grand success and at the same time say that most of the stimulus was tax cuts, you're saying that tax cuts arte stimulative. Thanks for pointing that out.

    July 30, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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