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John Boehner Pens CNN Op-Ed: 'Why We Must Sue The President'


House Speaker John Boehner has written a column for CNN attempting to justify the House Republicans' latest waste of time and taxpayer money.

Writes Boehner:

...later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.

The President's response: "So sue me."

What's disappointing is the President's flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend. It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the President is frustrated. I'm frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too.

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  1. What a joke.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 6, 2014 12:08:47 PM

  2. He knows he is going nowhere. All presidents use EO's. This is within his authority. Don't know what he wants to accomplish.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 6, 2014 12:11:36 PM

  3. "I have nothing to offer the American people, so I'm going to waste more time and money by doing something that will not pay off but will utterly whip-up the fury of the stupidest people in the nation. Meaning the GOP base."

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 6, 2014 12:14:22 PM

  4. Well Boehner, before you start out on your litigation why don't you just give us all a list of your legislative accomplishments this Congress.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 6, 2014 12:40:05 PM

  5. What a hopeless waste of breathable air he is. Not to say also taxpayer money. These "fiscal conservatives" are OK wasting money on fruitless nonsense like this because they don't have any real ideas for governing, nor want the President to actually accomplish something.

    Nancy Pelosi should have kicked the repubs in the nuts when she had the chance to investigate the war crimes. It might have made a little more difference than passing legislation that was doomed to die in the Senate. It would have at least highlighted to the wider public what corrupt people these guys are.

    Posted by: kdknyc | Jul 6, 2014 12:42:58 PM

  6. Whatever...

    Posted by: Gerry | Jul 6, 2014 12:46:10 PM

  7. "First the sentence then the verdict!"

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 6, 2014 12:50:22 PM

  8. It's revealing that he did this on CN instead of legitimate news outlet.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jul 6, 2014 12:55:10 PM

  9. There is no statute of limitations for war crimes.

    Hopefully, our next Democratic President will grow a pair and have Cheney, Condi & Rummy prosecuted.

    But if it's Hillary, I wouldn't hold my breath.

    Posted by: chasmader | Jul 6, 2014 12:57:27 PM

  10. JASON: like FOX News??

    Posted by: HAHAHA | Jul 6, 2014 1:05:36 PM

  11. The man is a disgrace to his office. He's not fit to polish President Obama's shoes.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Jul 6, 2014 1:08:48 PM

  12. You know, I'm not a giant fan of everything President Obama has done, not by a long shot; but whenever Boehner opens his mouth, I thank all the stars we have Obama as president. The GOP have become sick little jokes. *Do* something, and then complain if you're circumvented.

    Posted by: Pitt90 | Jul 6, 2014 1:23:11 PM

  13. This is nothing more than an effort to get the hard right all souped up for the November elections. Nothing more. Pathethic, just like Boner.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 6, 2014 1:28:23 PM

  14. small people small ideas. The GOP/tea pissers are so consumed with hate that they can't focus on anything relevant to the country's real needs. Instead they circle their little wagon to raise noise and dust while the nation suffers for lack of a functional government.

    Posted by: Steve H | Jul 6, 2014 2:04:55 PM

  15. Stupid orange clown

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 6, 2014 2:18:59 PM

  16. Yeah, sure, John. It all makes sense. Mr. Obama has issued less EO's than the previous four presidents, your Tea Batty reprobates in The House won't do their jobs, your the most ineffectual Speaker of The House in U.S. history and the economy is surging, problems caused by the previous idiot, G.W. Bush, are being resolved one-by-one, so what else can a red-eyed, gin-blossomed lush like yourself do to keep your name in the papers? Sue the President!!! Go ahead, John. Whatever floats your ice cubes. But, your lawsuit will fail, just in time for the November elections, and the Democrats will increase their control of the Senate, increase their numbers in The House and you and your ridiculous GOP will be exposed for the seditious fools you are. So, yeah, John. Sue away.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 6, 2014 2:31:34 PM

  17. this man continues to prove his lack of leadership ability . the president is only doing what he has to since the house seems to abdicated its responsibility to help run the country . people need to remember how many taxpayer dollars the republicans have wasted 23 billion for their shutdown , 60 million on useless votes to repeal obamacare , 50 million on issa's witch hunts .

    Posted by: walter | Jul 6, 2014 2:42:21 PM

  18. Another proof how weak and afraid gop is.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jul 6, 2014 2:46:12 PM

  19. Not surprised by the comments from the left supporting the president on here. I do however resent the fact that everyone assumes that because I'm gay I must be a liberal democrat, I'm not. After over 20 years as a USMC O-5 officer combat veteran, I am first an American, a Marine and a gay man 3rd. I do not think my partner and I are alone in supporting Boehner's move to rein in the president. We are also aware that we'll get a lot of heat and hateful comments from others on here. But we are used to it, it has been our experience that we have gotten more hateful comments from gay people during our 30 years together because of our military careers than from civilians.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Jul 6, 2014 3:10:28 PM

  20. YES the American people are frustrated. But the issue is NOT the President, the issue is the Boehner and his cronies unacceptable and blatant attitude of not being willing to cooperate in any way, shape, or form with the office. It's time to CLEAN HOUSE and get rid of this Jim Crow legislature.

    Posted by: Kenny C | Jul 6, 2014 3:11:24 PM

  21. This is nothing more than an effort to get the hard right all souped up for the November elections. Nothing more. Pathethic, just like Boner.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 6, 2014 1:28:23 PM


    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 6, 2014 3:12:32 PM

  22. Key Republicans publicly stated that their ONE goal during Obama's first term was to make him look bad by obstructing everything he tried to do. The result was Obama's second term.

    Now they are continuing with that same program. The result will probably be Hillary's first term.

    They just don't learn. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.

    Posted by: james street james | Jul 6, 2014 3:32:04 PM

  23. From day one of the Obama presidency, the GOP pledged to obstruct EVERYTHING. Whatever the President was for, they were against. They had no interest in finding pragmatic solutions to our nation's many problems, most of which were handed over by the Bush Administration.

    Nothing gums up the works better than a law suit, so it doesn't surprise me that is their new tactic.

    If the Republicans actually move forward with this, I hope the Democrats launch a full-scale attack on the airwaves explaining to the American public the obvious... the GOP will stoop down to no limits to regain power & they don't care if the very voters they seek are collateral damage.

    Hillary may be a shoe-in for 2016, but I fear the Teabaggers have the momentum for 2014. Just think of the damage the GOP can do with both Houses of Congress & the Supreme Court in the next two years.

    The Democrats must fight back NOW & get their people to the polls.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jul 6, 2014 3:43:26 PM

  24. Can someone please show this idiotic excuse for a speaker the facts. Obama has issued less EO's than any other President. What a waste of time and money.

    No matter how unpopular Obama becomes, he'll still poll better than House Republicants and the GOP.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Jul 6, 2014 4:06:22 PM

  25. So, he's planning on introducing legislation that, if it manages to be passed by the House, will almost certainly be killed by the Senate, and if it somehow passes in both the House and the Senate, it would
    obviously be vetoed by the president.

    Earth to Boehner : don't try to sue someone when the rules allow the target of your lawsuit to veto it.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 6, 2014 4:27:18 PM

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