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

Darwin's choice

Time to impeach the failure!

obama/time's up

JudgeMeNot

"you can keep your own doctor"

Licorice Schtick

Impeach him for what? Acting like a white guy?

JACKEL

No for continuing The Constitutional violations. I upheld my oath, did you ?

jazzbo

You don't know what you are talking about.

What Constitutional violations ?

Dr. Information

Libia for one. Immigration reform (soon to be) another.

DBD

So if you disagree you are a racist,right?

Contango

Obama: "(Republicans) said no to extending unemployment insurance for over 3 million Americans looking for a new job."

If one reads the SR lefty loonies, the economy is doin' GREAT under the Blamer-in-Chief.

So why the need for extended unemployment ins.?

holysee

NOTICE:
Lefty loonies meeting Friday at the LOYAL ORDER OF LEFTY LOONIES (upstairs behind the teabag paytreerots voter supression training school)
We will discuss the upcoming teabagger disruption campaign and loon hunt in Leftyloonyvale Canada.
We will also be signing a love letter to President Extraordinaire Barack Obama.
Remeber: Anytime a member is tempted to feel selfish, plesase do so. The republicans can't have that all to themselves. Please also remember our 9 trillion dollar pledge to Hillary for we know she is the only choice to help us continue our godless misguided loony weighs.

JudgeMeNot

Wheres the usual flock of brain dead Øbamabots?

jazzbo

I see some of the usual Right- wing puppet heads are here.

JACKEL

Naturally you would want another Lying, Murderer Clinton in office. They probably need to steal more White House furniture !

Contango

Obama: "We're not always going to be able to get things through Congress, at least not this Congress,"

I would never stake this jamoke in a poker game.

He's a poor bluffer. He goes ALL in ALL the time - loser!

The Incompetent-in-Chief better hope that the Dems don't lose the Senate or he'll be a true lame duck. lol

Dr. Information

..but first...lem me take a selfie........http://nypost.com/2013/12/10/mic...

Chirp

The arrogance of this guy is beyond comprehensible.

JudgeMeNot

Øbama has lowered the bar for all future presidents.

coasterfan

It would be impossible for any president to limbo under the bar set by George W. Bush.

Darwin's choice

"Sometimes, you have to admit you’re wrong. And, we were wrong. We said that things couldn’t get much worse after the sub par presidency of George W. Bush.

But, President Barack Obama’s administration has us yearning for the good ol’ days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq.

For us, though, it’s the number of bungled or blown policies in the Obama administration which [sic] lead us to believe Obama has earned every bit of an abysmal approval rating."

Last Friday, the editorial board of the Billings Gazette, the largest newspaper in Montana and northern Wyoming

Licorice Schtick

Hmm. Arrogant, huh. Doesn't know his place? Maybe if he was white, you'd be more comfortable with his assertiveness?

Maggdi

I'm going to set you straight right this second, the race card has been played.
I'm sure it was very effective in advancing a VERY critical agenda. But I WILL not stay silent a moment longer.
Painting an entire group of people as racist because they disagree with our President as a mechanism to try to shut them up or marginalize them is wrong.
Just as wrong as any other time a group of people were THREATENED to keep silent.

Chirp

To play the race card is RIDICULOUS. His arrogance has nothing to do with his external appearance. It has everything to do with his background. Get real and take your "schtick" to some MSNBC internet forum.

ladydye_5

PPpssstt....he is half white.

The General

PPpssstt and its just as incompetent as his black half

Contango

Re: "Maybe if he was white, you'd be more comfortable with his assertiveness?"

Nah, Sen. Reid is an *ss too. There's no accounting for skin color.

freespeech1

Ah the typical race card, only played by idiots who have nothing constructive to say.

DBD

Again you must make it about race.Why?

jazzbo

You and the other usual hostile idiots can't stand his composure.

Chirp

Composure? Not so much. Can't stand the "I don't need anyone" approach. Arrogance. That is all.

coasterfan

Uh....what about the arrogance of Boehner and House Republicans, who have refused to do their jobs for 6 years. I, for one, am glad that Obama is finally playing the game the same way the GOP always does. They had a chance to govern, and chose to not do so. I don't blame Obama one bit.

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