President Obama has a message for Republicans who are focused on him instead of what’s best for the country.
Wednesday, the USA chief executive, so to speak, chided them for spending the final days of the current congressional session before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.
“Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said in a boisterous and sharply partisan speech in Kansas City.
Addressing about 1,500 supporters at the historic Uptown Theatre, Obama cast the stalemate in Washington as a personal reaction to his presidency, accusing Republicans of choosing political stunts to undermine him over taking action on issues like immigration, transportation spending and tax reform.
Obama’s tough talk came hours before Republicans were planning to push a bill through the House authorizing a lawsuit against Obama and accusing him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law. Obama dismissed the suit as a waste of time, noting he’d likely be out of office by the time it’s resolved and warning that taxpayers were on the hook for the legal expenses.
“I know they’re not that happy that I’m president,” Obama said. “I’ve only got a couple of years left. Come on, let’s get some work done. Then you can be mad at the next president.”
Meanwhile, the president reminded everyone that the economy is improving on the heels of new data showing strong growth in the second quarter of the year.
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