The White House Rips John Boehner’s Taxpayer Funded Lawsuit Against President Obama

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The White House has already caused John Boehner’s political stunt of a lawsuit against President Obama to backfire by pointing out that taxpayers will be paying for this latest Republican temper tantrum.

Here is what Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during his briefing yesterday:

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Q And on Boehner, if I could ask one more on the Boehner law suit — is the President re-thinking his kind of in-your-face I’ve got a pen and a phone and I’m going to use it? (Laughter.)

MR. EARNEST: No.

Q Well, let me follow up on that — because any lawsuit, obviously, could lead to a very protracted court battle with wide-ranging implications. And is that something —

MR. EARNEST: And a significant expense to taxpayers, I assume. I’m not an attorney, but I don’t think they come cheap.

Q Well, is that something that the White House is gearing up for, or do you think that John Boehner is bluffing?

MR. EARNEST: Well, I am not sure what the strategy is behind the House Republican announcement today. Quite frankly, I’m not sure that, again, an announcement that House Republicans are preparing a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the President for doing his job is going to be very warmly received by the American public.

I think what they would like to see is they would like to see their elected leaders in Washington, D.C., focused on the kinds of issues that are having an impact on their communities. That’s why you see the President — just to cite one example — host a Working Families Summit here in Washington earlier this week to talk about many of the issues that working families all across the country are talking about: having access to paid leave; having access to the kinds of flexible workplace policies that will allow families to better balance work obligations and family obligations; raising the minimum wage so that the head of a household who is trying to raise — working full-time and trying to raise a family of four doesn’t have to do it below the poverty line.

So there are a range of issues where there should be an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to work together. It’s unfortunate that Republicans have opted for what might be described as a more litigious strategy.

Q Well, without ascribing motives to the Speaker or to the Republicans, is it something that the White House is taking seriously enough to gear up for?

MR. EARNEST: Well, I guess I’ll say this. In terms of the kinds of executive actions that Speaker Boehner objects to and the House Republicans object to, they haven’t been very specific about that. It’s unclear if what they object to are actions that are taken to protect the public health of Americans all across the country by making sure that our air and water is clean. It’s not clear to me if they object to protections that ensures that individuals aren’t discriminated against based on who they love. It’s unclear to me if they object specifically to the President using his executive authority to make sure that every worker in America has access to some kind of retirement program. The President, using his pen, announced the MyRA proposal in the State of the Union address. It’s something that is going to make it easier for workers to save for retirement.

So we feel completely confident that the President was operating within his authority as the President of the United States to take these steps on behalf of the American people. But I’ll be interested to hear what kind of objection Republicans have to those specific steps.

The White House should feel confident. They only have centuries of legal precedent on their side, while Boehner won’t list the specific executive actions that he is suing the president over. This lawsuit is Boehner and the House Republicans wasting more taxpayer money in an attempt to misuse the judicial system to manufacture an Obama scandal.

Speaker Boehner is giving in to those on the right who have been clamoring for years for Obama impeachment. If the court ruled that Obama overstepped his constitutional authority, Boehner would have a built in case for impeachment without having to dream up impeachable offenses.

The memo that Boehner released about the lawsuit yesterday was a piece of fluffy propaganda that read more like a Republican get out the vote effort than a legal justification. This is what passed for a legal rationale in the memo, “On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce – at times even boasting about his willingness to do it as if daring the America people to stop him.”

In other words, Boehner and the House GOP don’t like the fact that Obama won’t let them obstruct his entire agenda, so they are going to sue. What is most ironic about this course of action is that Republicans have spent the few decades campaigning against “frivolous lawsuits.” It’s difficult to find a more frivolous lawsuit than one that can’t even explain specifically why the plaintiffs are suing.

Instead of firing up the Republican base, Boehner’s lawsuit should inspire Democrats to vote in November. House Republicans prefer to waste taxpayer money suing Obama over doing their jobs.

Boehner has once again shown that he is playing checkers while the White House is playing chess.

45 Replies to “The White House Rips John Boehner’s Taxpayer Funded Lawsuit Against President Obama”

  1. I wouldn’t give the idiots in the GOP credit for being able to play checkers. They’re still trying to round up all their lost Tiddlywinks. Fools.

  2. Please Proceed your high drunkenness. In the thirty or so districts that Obama won or came within a couple points the American Taliban incumbent should be ask point blank does he/she support this lawsuit and if they say we have to see then that’s a yes because they do not break ranks and the people of those districts should know this is how their money is being spent instead of services for the people

  3. And then you have the useless WHPC asking asinine questions such as “Well, without ascribing motives to the Speaker or to the Republicans, is it something that the White House is taking seriously enough to gear up for?”

    Without ascribing to motives?? Everyone knows the motive is to have grounds for impeachment!! So why should The Administration waste time or energy focusing on this BS?!

    My money it was Chuck Todd or Jonathan Karl who asked it.

  4. How much must we the people have to put up with before the rethugs are finished?
    First we have two wars unpaid for, and the rethugs don’t or won’t raise taxes on the wealthy, instead they cut funding for the poor the unemployed,the working poor, and even the children,the schools,then we have the rethugs shut down the gov. that cost us another what 24,000,000,000. Now the rethugs wish to sue the President, ( a president that won two elections with a great %),and charge the tax payers? If the rethugs want to sue this president, they should pay for it!!!!!NOT US!!! There party should pay. Let Koch brothers pay.

  5. Can the American people sue Congress or the GOP, since they aren’t doing their job, and haven’t been for almost 8 years. Shouldn’t they be fired or disciplined or something? Anyone is the corporate or even working world would be fired immediately if they didn’t perform their job, wasted company money, etc…
    Obama is the president. He is working FOR the people while the GOP are working for corporations and money which are not living breathing people.

  6. The inmates just keep trying to get the keys to the asylum. They are just devolving into lunacy.

    They already get butt hurt when black people vote. What do they think is going to happen when they sue or try to impeach Obama? Not to mention all vets, women, minorities, LGBT, long term unemployed, seniors with social security and every body else they alienated.

    We need to turn out like we did in 2008 and 2012. Shown these clowns once and for all who is really in charge.

  7. I say that America should counter sue the GOP for Obstruction of Justice for the American People!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has more than been proven that they are a do nothing bunch of jerks and could care less about the well being of the common folk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are running scared of a President that will stand for the people!!!! Watch out assholes…we are coming for YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vote BLUE in 2014 and 2016….remove these do nothing obstructionist from office and wasting OUR money on stupid bullshit!!!!! We are sick of it!!!!!!!!!

  8. I was just thinking. Now suppose they get their wish and get Obama removed from office. Then they have Biden to deal with as president. Do they think he is going to lay down and roll over? They might want to think about what they are wishing for as I don’t see Biden taking an Obama impeachment lightly.

  9. A Dem politician mentioned a class action suit against Boehner & the do nothing GOP Congress. He’s a lawyer & seemed to be only half kidding. This really cannot stand. Something has to give. The level of hatred for this President is sinister & irrational. I think it’s rooted in racism. That’s when the tea party scum popped up all over the country. Right after he was elected President.

  10. Between listening to that serpent Chris McDaniel spew his white supremacist hatred & Rush Limbaugh’s word vomit about “uncle Tom’s” the sight of any Repub is viscerally disgusting to me. What is the threshold for advertisers to finally say enough with that rancid tub of lard on the radio? How long before we fight back against the do nothing GOP cretins in congress & their hysterical shills in media?

  11. I wonder if the rethugs ever think that every time they try to stop Obama from doing his job
    they get people like most of us who are totally behind this president fight harder for him, they are not only insulting him but
    they make right thinking americans hate them more.

  12. The GOP is only thinking in terms of the here and now, of one election at a time. What they don’t realize is that if they actually DO bring a lawsuit against the Executive Branch, they could potentially be hampering the actions of a FUTURE Republican president.

    Also, the Republicans in Congress know that they have nothing to campaign on for the mid-terms. What are they going to tout as their legislative achievements FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS? They have nothing – but they can point to this threat to sue as an accomplishment and their base will eat it up.

    It’s just red meat for them to throw at their constituents and quite frankly, if I was one of their constituents, I’d be pretty pissed off at the job these guys are NOT doing.

    You send them there to legislate. They are not legislating.

    So why in hell would anyone keep voting for them? Because they’re going after Pres. Obama – and that seems to be all they care about.

    It’s a sad state of affairs.

  13. As I’ve been saying to my most stubborn conservative acquaintences the past few years. If the Republicans had any chargeable evidence for impeachment, he would have already been impeached, convicted, sentenced, and pardoned by President Biden!

  14. Yes, think real hard about President Biden, republicans.

    It is not uncommon for presidents and vice-presidents to despise each other, but I believe the Bidens and Obamas really do like and respect each other.

    They might also want to think back to VP Biden’s debate with Ryan and that shark-like smile he wore every time he prepared to laugh in Ryan’s face or scoop out his entrails with a spoon. He is a smart and tenacious man. Don’t mess with Handsome Old Joe Biden, republiderps.

  15. First if all bonehead sue Bush and impeach him. You state Obama is lying well your precious repuke bush lied about Iraq causing the deaths of over 4,000 men, women and civilians. I called that being a war criminal. Produce those weapons. You can’t. November us coming and your out.

  16. The GOP “leaders” actually believe that because the corporate media gives them the mic the majority of the time that the American people are on their side.

    Keep it up, Cons. You are guaranteeing your own extinction.

  17. “Instead of firing up the Republican base, Boehner’s lawsuit should inspire Democrats to vote in November. House Republicans prefer to waste taxpayer money suing Obama over doing their jobs.”

    My thoughts exactly!! And if Dems stay home this November they have no one to blame but themselves!

  18. The Speaker of the House, the GOP, the Tea Party: and the rest of the Grover Norquist fascists can play this one all the way into the grave; Eric cantor is gone, Mitch McConnell is trailing behind his Democratic opponent in Kentucky: and the US Citizenry is starting to stand up and vote the tea party out of existence: they realize they have to put a stop to this GOP / Tea Party Reign of Terror, it’s now finally come down to trying to make up something to impeach Barack Obama for: which will cost millions, end nowhere: and will end by getting even more GOPers thrown out of office: I assure one and all….

  19. Once again John Boehner is proving he runs a ship of fools in the House. Republican side of course. The crew wants to sue the captain (i.e. President) for doing his job, while they moan and groan at his successes and their failures to produce anything worthwhile to and for the ship of State. Time to make Boehner walk the plank, and throw his crew members overboard. They are worthless and a waste of time and money (taxes) having on board. The DO NOTHING crew has the nerve to want to “SUE” their captain. Ironic. Another wrecking crew stunt.

  20. What is BOEHNER going Sue the PRESIDENT FOR doing his JOB, BECAUSE he is afraid of TED CRUZ, and that HIS NEW BOSSES are FORCING HIM (THE KOCH BROTHERS), HE IS DOING THEY DIRTY WORK, THIS ALSO HAVE TO DO WITH RACE THE COLOR THIS PRESIDENT SKIN, JEALOUS, ENVY,HATRED and RACIST, they can’t stand IT BECAUSE HE IS SMART, INTELLIGENCE AND BRILLIANT, AND HE IS NOT AFRAID TO MAKE HARD Decision he is a great LEADER, the best.

    What Boehner is doing is a distraction, BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T DON’T THEY JOB, SO THEY USE PRESIDENT OBAMA AS RED MEAT, TO DISTRACT FROM THEY FAILURE, now IT’S ELECTION TIME THEY ARE TRYING TO GET BACK IN THE GRACE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHO THEY WIPED THE FEET ON NOW THEY NEED THE VOTES, as the AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE STUPID.

    THE WORLD IS WATCHING THE UNITED STATES. A LOT OF COUNTRIES WISHING FOR A PRESIDENT LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE SWORD THE REPUBLICANS/RIGHT WING CONSERVATIVES TRYING TO USE ON PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE WILL FALL ON THEY OWN SWORD. SWORD OF HATRED.

  21. OH! GrammaRae, I enjoyed your comment so much, BUT these people may not know how to pick up tiddlywinks they are very dangerous however.

  22. I guess I am just dume or don’t understand they say there not suing him just the whitehouse and reading all this I thank most or Dems now if all this stuff going on and a Reb was in office this would be different We have seen all this stuff before all the bashing and all the bad words form both sides before you say vote them out you can but will you there or true hard Dems and Reps all they will do is vote for there great party

  23. To sue Obama, Boehner would have to show how he has been personally and particularly injured by illegal actions taken by Obama. Litigants have to show they’ve got standing to complain because they’ve been been particularly aggrieved so as to warrant a court’s grant of relief.

    And, what relief would he get even if he surmounted the legal standing requirement of being particularly aggrieved? A court of law would not have the authority to remove Obama from office anyway nor to command him to act or prohibit him from acting according to the terms of a judicial injunction because of the doctrine of separation of powers and “political question” doctrine. Courts of law wouldn’t dare become involved in this hate campaign.

    Impeachment proceedings must be conducted in the House of Representatives, not in a court of law, according to Article II, section 4 of our Constitution. If Boehner really wanted to impeach Obama, he’d bring articles of impeachment. This is just more Obama…

  24. With our country facing so many problems, we don’t have the time or effort to deal with idiotic issues such a suing the president. Grow up. He is our President. We voted for him and he is doing his best to get us out of the mess that the GOP left us.

  25. We the people should sue Congress for punitive damages, especially those that were thrown to the curb by having unemployment benefits cut off. I don’t know if we the people can sue Congress, but if we could, it would serve them right. Let Big Daddy Koch pay the legal fees with their deep pockets.

  26. To sue Obama, Boehner would have to show how he has been personally and particularly injured by illegal actions taken by Obama. Litigants have to show they’ve got standing to complain because they’ve been been particularly aggrieved so as to warrant a court’s grant of relief.

    And, what relief would he get even if he surmounted the legal standing requirement of being particularly aggrieved? A court of law would not have the authority to remove Obama from office anyway nor to command him to act or prohibit him from acting according to the terms of a judicial injunction because of the doctrine of separation of powers and “political question” doctrine. Courts of law wouldn’t dare become involved in this hate campaign.

    Impeachment proceedings must be conducted in the House of Representatives, not in a court of law, according to Article II, section 4 of our Constitution. If Boehner really wanted to impeach Obama, he’d bring articles of impeachment. Just more Obama bashing. . . .

  27. The orange drunk does not even have standing. See Raines v. Bird. It took me all of 2 seconds to find that and I am not even getting paid. It must be nice to be a grifting ass lawyer when you know you have a mark. The sad thing is the taxpayers will be paying the fees. Now about unemployment benefits? Crickets

  28. Bring it Own so we can nail the Republican Party Coffin Shut!
    President Obama is a constitutional lawyer who understands which executive orders are within his authority. I guarantee Bush1, Bush2, and Reagan have many E.O.s that would not hold up in court cases.
    (2009 – Present) Barack H. Obama – 167 Total Executive orders Issued
    (2001 – 2009) George W. Bush – 291 Total Executive orders Issued
    (1993 – 2001) William J. Clinton – 364 Total Executive Orders Issued
    (1989 – 1993) George Bush – 166 Total Executive Orders Issued
    (1981 – 1989) Ronald Reagan – 381 Total Executive Orders Issued
    (1977 – 1981) Jimmy Carter – 320 Total Executive Orders Issued
    (1974 – 1977) Gerald R. Ford – 169 Total Executive Orders Issued
    (1969 – 1974) Richard Nixon – 346 Total Executive Orders Issued

  29. Why can’t the Dems do something simple, like instituting recall movements in all of the districts that the recalcitrant Repubs are from? They would then be faced with two elections which wold be self contradictory: the recall, and he re-election.

  30. NO BUT WE CAN SUE YHJE HOUSE FOR DERELICTION OF DUTY! NAME FIVE THINGS THE HOUSE HAVE COME UP WITH IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS BUT TO FIGHT THE PRESIDENT? NOW WE KNOW WHO WAS SLEEPING IN CIVICS CLASS.

  31. Ooh…now there’s an idea for a sound bite/political ad: “[GOP incumbent], your constituents sent you to Congress to legislate, not litigate.” That needs to blanket the airwaves in October, really it does.

  32. Unless the individual plaintiffs can show how the action particularly hurt them, no standing to sue and whether the suit would nevertheless be barred by the “political question” doctrine. Bottom line: neither Presidents nor Congressmembers are subject to suit for their votes or their decisions. Try to imagine what would happen if they were–who would want to serve if all their legislative acts were subject to court scrutiny? Our political disagreements would become subjects of litigation on a scale that would choke the courts so much business.

    And even if there were an infinite number of courts, it still wouldn’t matter as our days as a representative democracy are done. Corrupt politicians have made our democracy an oligarchy since at least 1981. “Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy,” http://www.businessinsider.com/major-study-finds-that-the-us-is-an-oligarchy-2014-4#ixzz32QG9rK9d. Yes, since Ronald Reagan’s time. That’s why we’re going to become a third world….

  33. I notice how poorly and vaguely worded this is. Almost all those questions were answered by the first article about the lawsuit threat by politcususa, and by the speaker in the speech he mentioned the lawsuit. Theyre suing over illegal/unconstitutional actions, primarily the appointments and then Obamas actions to keep his appointments. Its not tax payer funded in the sense we are getting it out of the budget, but out of the wages of those suing combined with the remaining budget of the committee that investigated it. So effectively that money was already spent. Theyve directly addressed whatbissues theyre upset over and rewording it as trying to hurt health care or same-sex marriage is just a prejudiced, and bigoted. Just cause they dont agree with you doesnt make them evil. It takes all types, not just the types who say “it takes all kinds” as an attack against any kind who dont support their own (hint hint mozilla people). This whole article is lies… bipartisanship is the way.

  34. I saw we the people should stand up, and sue Boehner & the like. We need to stand up to these school yard bullys as a group and oust them.

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