Obama vows to act alone, taunts Republicans

"So sue me. I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something."
Associated Press
Jul 1, 2014

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.

"So sue me," he taunted on a sweltering day, as he pushed lawmakers to pay for road and bridge repairs. "I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something."

Obama struck an aggressive tone in the face of a lawsuit threat from House Speaker John Boehner and in the wake of two defeats before the Supreme Court, including a unanimous decision from the court that he overreached when he appointed members of the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was in recess.

His remarks came a day after Obama declared that he would act on his own to address weaknesses in the nation's immigration system after Boehner informed him that the House would not take up an immigration overhaul this year.

He has already taken a series of executive actions, including an order requiring federal contractors to pay a higher minimum wage and initiating steps to to lower carbon emissions in coal-fired power plants.

"So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class — not ideas that are unique to me," he said. "But the Republicans have said no to raising the minimum wage, have said no to fair pay. They've said no to extending unemployment insurance for over 3 million Americans looking for a new job."

Earlier Tuesday, Obama met with his Cabinet secretaries and urged them to "be creative about how we can make real progress" on issues where Congress won't act.

Obama said he would prefer that Congress act on issues such as immigration and infrastructure because laws are more sweeping than his own administrative actions.

"We're not always going to be able to get things through Congress, at least not this Congress," Obama said. "I want to make sure we emphasize not what we can't do, but what we can do in the coming months."

Speaking at Washington's Key Bridge, Obama in shirt sleeves and his tie undone made a pitch to fix the nation's bridges and highways.

He called on Congress to close tax loopholes and use the money on infrastructure projects, a long shot idea that has little if any support among congressional Republicans.

"It's not crazy. It's not socialism," he said, mocking the criticism from some conservative quarters. "You know, it's not, you know, the imperial presidency or no laws are broken."

Comments

Chirp

Almost all politicians are arrogant. Comes with the trade. Obama takes it to a whole different level. He talks down to people. As POTUS, that's a bad look.

Darwin's choice

"Obama: Stop Trying to “Outmaneuver” the Constitution and Do Your JOB !!"

The South Carolina congressman recently released a statement sharing his thoughts on the unanimous Supreme Court decision that labeled President Obama’s recess appointments as unconstitutional.
As has come to be expected from the passionate speaker, he nails the president to the wall for attempting to redefine the plain language of the Constitution, stating that since Obama taught constitutional law, he ought to know better.
The scathing rebuke also defined the president’s prime responsibility as making sure that the Constitution is followed, not “outmaneuvered.”
via TPNN:
Congressman Trey Gowdy commented on the Supreme Court’s unanimous 9-0 decision to strike down Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) when the Senate was actually in session. Congressman Gowdy says that it’s Obama’s job to follow the Constitution, not outmaneuver it for political expediency.
Gowdy said that Obama doesn’t get to change the definition of the word “recess,” just to fit his political whims, and that Obama should know better, since he claims to be a constitutional expert.

Here’s Gowdy’s full statement released on his website:
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the President’s NLRB “recess” appointments as unconstitutional:
“These ‘recess’ appointments were void ab initio. Even a cursory understanding of the Constitution dictates the conclusion that the definition of ‘recess’ does not change depending upon which political party is in power, which is why the Supreme Court ruled 9-0.”
“For the President, who once taught constitutional law, to force the Supreme Court to do what the plain language of the Constitution makes clear is not leadership. In the process, he has left the NLRB in a state of legal flux and compromised litigants, employees, and employers. “
“The Constitution is not a tool to be wielded for political expediency. It is the supreme law of the land and the President’s responsibility is to take care that it is followed, not outmaneuvered.”

Trey Gowdy knocked this one out of the park. The role of the president is to ensure that the Constitution is followed, the laws of the land are enforced, and the country is safe from threats. He has no right or authority to bypass Congress or redefine the Constitution to suit his agenda.
Unfortunately, it appears that despite all of the resistance from both conservatives and liberals regarding his abuse of power, Obama still wants to “go it alone” and try forcing his agenda through without the consent of Congress, and as a result, the American people.
It’s time for this shenanigans to be brought to an end, and it appears the only way for that to happen is impeachment."

obama/failed

Chirp

Wait, so the role of the prez isn't to condescend those who disagree with him?

freespeech1

Toaster, numerous bills have been sent to the "BlackHole" known as the US Senate, but the troll Harry Reid has blocked all, although Im not a fan of Boehner you cant put all the blame on him.

jazzbo

Chirp-

" Can't stand the "I don't need anyone" approach."

- Why then is he always asking Congress for help?

coasterfan

Well, that's a very good point, Jazzbo. Conservatives? Any answer to that one?

Contango

Re: "asking,"

Taunting is "asking"?

DBD

In our foreign policy,can you name one country we have a better relationship with since he took office?Is there more division now in our own country than before he took office?Forget about Bush.He is no longer President.We need to deal with the man in office now and things don't look good.

JMOP

I feel like slapping him with a copy of the constitution across his hands, hoping he gets paper cut, then him using hand sanitizer to get the germs out of his cut. Yeah, I'll turn to violence when it comes to his pompous attitude!

jazzbo

Maintaining his composure in the face of hostile idiots like you probably appears as pompous.

coasterfan

Perfect comment, Jazzbo.

Darwin's choice

Coastertracker???

obama/failed

freespeech1

You made that connection too huh? Toaster and deerpacker are the same person.

jazzbo

Apparently , two heads AREN'T better than one.

JMOP

Composure? Haha... He's not getting his way, but declaring he WILL get his way. He's hostile, don't get it twisted sweetie.

To a president acting like an unruly child, that's the treatment he deserves.

Contango

Re: "unruly child,"

"I won" - Pres. Obama, Jan. 2009

For a supposed Constitutional scholar, he doesn't appear to understand how 'compromise' works.

JMOP

"Constitutional scholar"? How many times has the SCOTUS ruled against this so called "Constitutional Scholar"?

They kept the ACA, but Obama only got it to pass because it is a tax, but he swore it wasn't a tax! Is he just an idiot, or a deceiver? He sure does have some of the idiots fooled on here like Jazzbo!

jazzbo

Insults from you don't hurt me , dumpling.

JMOP

Nor do yours, but since you insulted first you should already know that brainiac.

jazzbo

It was idiotic.

JMOP

It was idiotic of you to insult me first. Is that what you're saying?

jazzbo

You have it twisted , sweetie.

JMOP

My violence is hoping he gets a paper cut, so you called me a hostile idiot. Obama kills a 16 year old American boy and justifies it by who is father is.

Yep, you got it twisted pookie bear!

jazzbo

You sound very clueless. What is your age ?

JMOP

You would like me to answer your question when you insult me? A juvenile insult at best.
You're gonna have to do a lot better on your sweet talking sugar, to get a number out of me.

I don't pretend to have/know all the answers. I'm an honest person. Wish our president had the a little bit of this integrity.

jazzbo

"I don't pretend to have/know all the answers. I'm an honest person."

--You sound like a young clueless person or another simple minded idiot who has jumped on the bandwagon with the other Right-wing idiots that enjoy bashing the President and anyone who supports him.

No apologies coming.

JMOP

Who wants an apology from you? That was a random statement. What is going on in that head of yours?

Jumping on the republican bandwagon huh? I was conservative, before conservatism was cool my friend.

I bash Obama, you're correct, but did I bash anyone that supports him before you got all up in my comment. NO! Funny thing is, you "bashed" me first. The very same thing you're accusing me of. That says more about you than me.
I give ALL people respect, until they take it away.

Try to have a nice day, and don't take people who can't stand Obama's policy's to heart. Let Obama worry about Obama, ok. :)

jazzbo

Grow up and have a nice day.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

obama has ruined the chance for there to ever be another african american president and that is sad because i know there would be qualified people to do the job. maybe he wants to go down as the only black president ever. EGO

JudgeMeNot

Øbama is so persuasive! Talking like that will surely win Republicans over to his side. What a sad state of existence this administration has brought us to.

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