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. Sniffit

    "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."

    Filed under "thinks people believe it when he pretends to be a Dem who voted for Obama but then spews GOP/Teatroll talking points as if Hannity or Erickson has his hand up his backside using him as a puppet.."

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

    You republicans make me wanna throw up the lines you put up on these comment sections...call you the worthless ones.

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

    Republicans: worthless

    July 30, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Matt

    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.

    July 30, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. IvoteDemocrat

    One of the best Presidents we have had and the righties still refuse to give him any credit. Where were they when Bush was doing all his dirt? They have no credibility with me whatsoever.

    July 30, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Jim Rome

    It's becoming painfully clear. Republicans are corporate backed obstructionists. The cost to America is immeasurable.

    July 30, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Lil

    Most of these commenters seem to be the same person.

    July 30, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Nobody ever sued GW Bush .

    House Republicans sue Obama for doing something ?

    July 30, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. sly

    Republicans – hating all the time.

    The Party of Stupid, who's only stated goal in the past 6 years is to "Shut Down American Government".

    Losers – way to go President Obama! Best President in 50+ years.

    July 30, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Where were they when Bush was doing all his dirt?"

    Holding the wheelbarrow.

    July 30, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Gunderson

    Whazzat Rudy, NYC,
    Hardly anyone reads your posts. Well you did Rudy. Now why you read old Gunderson's posts Rudy? To learn something? Education is a wonderful thing Rudy. Even black people are seeing the light Rudy. Now if they could see a job Rudy. your Liberal buddies took care of that Rudy. 29 Hour Work week the new Normal, Rudy??

    July 30, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. jsmoulder

    He will be known as the worst president in history once everyone gets past their love of him and see what he has actually done to this country.

    July 30, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    ‘hatin’ all the time’
    The only thing of note here is Obama's use of the street vernacular to ingratiate himself with his black audience. A real uniter!

    July 30, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Lily

    In politics one has to master the power of talking first like Pres. Obama, and later comes performance. If one can't, at the first place, am sorry there is no way to jump to the next step which is performance. I hope Hillary is learning all this. Without selling ideas first to people, there is no way of being accepted and being vote in.

    July 30, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    The GOP hates America and Americans, and as we all know, haters gonna hate.

    July 30, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    @Gunderson, there is no educational content in your posts. When you deliberately spew out false narratives and facts in an effort to excuse the bad decisions the Right has made over decades, then you are engaging in distortion. No one takes you seriously, except as a benchmark for lying.

    July 30, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. rs


    Isn't Obama the same guy who sued AZ over immigration laws?
    Yes, because they made "driving while Hispanic" and "being on the street while Hispanic" stop and question tactics. Hint- Hispanics have been here for 400 years.

    July 30, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "‘hatin’ all the time’
    The only thing of note here is Obama's use of the street vernacular to ingratiate himself with his black audience. A real uniter!"

    So I suppose, using your clearly flawless logic, that means we can assume that when Jabberwocky Barbie and Dubya were making up non-words, they were trying to ingratiate themselves with the populace of the GOP/Teatrolls' alternate reality fantasyland?

    July 30, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Common Cent

    If Sarah Palin says...anything...it's a good idea to not take heed.

    July 30, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Republicans: worthless"

    Now now...they have value...they are a constant reminder of how bad things could be if we're not vigilant.

    July 30, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Abbey

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaa Obama loses another SCOTUS case!

    July 30, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. The other guy

    And lovers gonna love. Regardless of what he does. Doesn't it get boring to read the same BS all of the time?
    He's campaigning. That's the only thing he does well.

    July 30, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Isn't Obama the same guy who sued AZ over immigration laws?"

    Isn't the Supremacy Clause entirely irrelevant to questions of the separation of powers and executive and legislative authority within the federal gov't? Why yes, yes it is. Kudos on your non-sequitur.

    July 30, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. FLIndy

    Some people just can't handle the truth! President Obama did all that he could during his 1st term to get the Repub/Tea Partiers to work with him. Remember when Boehner gleemed he got "98% of what he wanted" out of the budget negotiations. What more does THIS President have to do to get THIS Congress to work with him? He has had enough and so have the majority of Americans that truly can see the light of what's going on. It is actually about time he tells it like it is. We know what this president has been up against since Day 1 and it is truly disgusting. Go get em Prez!

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

    talking points for the Dems: Republicans do nothing. Funny they have passed over 300 bills and Harry Reid in the senate won't take a vote on any of them. Harry won't even let his own Dems have amendants on bills. Harry is the problem!

    July 30, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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