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Congress Doesn't Do Anything 'Except Block Me And Call Me Names'

Posted by on Jun. 29, 2014 at 3:04 AM
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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Faced with the threat of legal action over his use of executive power, President Barack Obama pointed his finger squarely back at congressional Republicans on Friday, stating that their historic inaction prompted him to go it alone to address the nation's problems.

"They don't do anything except block me and call me names," Obama said in a speech on the economy at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Without citing which specific executive actions he intended to challenge, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced this week that he would bring legislation to the floor authorizing the House to file a lawsuit against the president to "compel" him to enforce existing law. "We elected a president, Americans note; we didn’t elect a monarch or king," he wrote in a memo to his colleagues.

That set the president off on Friday. In an interview with "Good Morning America," he dismissed the suit as nothing more than a "stunt." And in his remarks in Minnesota, he argued that he was forced to take action on immigration, the federal minimum wage and pay discrimination because this Congress, which has been called the least productive Congress in history, refused to compromise on legislative priorities.

"They've decided to sue me for doing my job," Obama said.

"If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own then join me and we’ll do it together," he added. "I want to work with you, but you gotta give me something. You gotta try to deliver something. Anything."

Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), responded on Twitter by suggesting a few areas where the Republican Party would like to see the White House oblige.

"President says he's happy to work w/ Congress on bipartisan job creation," he said. "Cool, let's start with #KeystoneXL and medical device tax repeal."

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by Platinum Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 3:05 AM
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Republicans are really pathetic at this point. They have been reduced to name callers, who have been totally unable to beat this President at ANYTHING. Latino vote - GONE, African-American vote - GONE, 58% of the women vote - GONE, Gay vote - GONE, and other minorities - GONE. By 2016, 2020.......gerrymandering, cheating, stealing, and outright lying will not help the republican party. I love their delusional character

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