Obama Delivers a Middle Finger To Boehner and His Lawsuit By Acting Alone on Immigration

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President Obama delivered a one-fingered salute to John Boehner and his lawsuit today by announcing that he is going to act without Congress to reform as much of the immigration system as his legal authority allows.


The president said:

Some in the House Republican caucus are using the situation with unaccompanied children as their newest excuse to do nothing. Now I want everybody to think about that. Their argument seems to be that because they system’s broken, we shouldn’t make an effort to fix it. It makes no sense. It’s not on the level. It’s just politics, plain and simple.

Now there are others in the Republican caucus in the House who are arguing that they can’t act because they’re mad at me about using my executive authority too broadly. This also makes no sense. I don’t prefer taking administrative action. I’d rather see permanent fixes to the issue we face. Certainly, that’s true on immigration. Multiple times I’ve said that I would love nothing more than bipartisan legislation to pass the House, the Senate, land on my desk so I can sign it. That’s true about immigration. It’s true about the minimum wage. It’s true about equal pay. There are a whole bunch of things where I would greatly prefer Congress actually do something.

I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing. And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, is bad for our economy, and is bad for our future.

So while I will continue to push House Republicans to drop the excuses and act, and I hope their constituents will too, America can not wait forever for them to act. That’s why today I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.


If Congress won’t do their job, at least we can do ours.


I want to repeat what I said earlier. If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill. Solve a problem. Don’t just say no on something that everybody agrees needs to be done. Because if we pass a bill, that will supplant whatever I’ve done administratively.

This was nothing less than a giant middle finger to John Boehner and his lawsuit. It is clear that Republicans think it is good politics to run against “Obama the dictator,” but what they don’t understand is that their lawsuit has opened the door for the president to highlight why he has to take so many executive actions. By pursuing a lawsuit, House Republicans have made themselves the issue in 2014 election.

The president announced that he is moving resources to the border to keep them secure, and he is looking to use his executive powers to fix as much of the immigration system as he can. He also stressed that his action doesn’t replace legislation, and he is willing to work with Congress on a bill.

Obama isn’t intimidated by the lawsuit. He is seizing the opportunity that it presents. What better way to get Hispanic voters engaged in the midterm than to make immigration a central issue? President Obama is baiting the House Republicans into pursuing this lawsuit. The president made it clear that he isn’t acting alone because he loves executive action. If House and Senate Republicans stopped obstructing everything, the president wouldn’t need to take administrative action.

The problem isn’t Obama taking too many executive actions. The real problem is that congressional Republicans refuse to do anything.

It turns out that John Boehner’s lawsuit isn’t even a good intimidation tactic. Instead of slowing down the president is doubling his efforts to do what is right for the country, with or without Congress.

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19 Replies to “Obama Delivers a Middle Finger To Boehner and His Lawsuit By Acting Alone on Immigration”

  1. I think we should all use whatever photo/video media and send photos of us flying the bird to all Repub/Conserv/Teabag members of Congress And Senate. Also flip off the Reich Wingers whenever you see them and tell them it’s from our POTUS Mr. Obama!!

  2. He should also bend over and tell them to kiss his : You know what too. After all they do it on a daily basis to their Koch Brothers and all his merry men. I bet if Romney was the President, they would all fall in line to kiss it, because he was part of the 1% and any crumb he tossed at them they would have appreciated sooooo much. Groveling comes to mind.

  3. Time to hit em where it hurts..boycott boycott, put knobby lobby out of business. Dem women should stop having sex with anyone who votes red. Bet hobby lobby covers boner meds..hypocrites. Michaels is a way better store FYI.

  4. The POTUS is gonna run circles around the baggers, as he holds up his middle finger. I have to laugh at the ignorance the right exposes us to on a daily basis. They will never understand how a brilliant mind works, or even a simple mind…they lack the main component, a mind!

  5. This action by #44 is historical and groundbreaking. It’s about time a President used Executive Order to stop the gridlock and get things done. BRAVO!

  6. Check the record- The house passed an immigration bill with a vote of 386 yea and 15 no votes and sent it to the Senate where Dumocrate Harry Reed would not bring the bill up for discussion. Don’t blame republicans.

  7. Boehner: Dayum, boyah. I’m suing you! Why you lookin’ so smug?

    Obama: Because I’m a constitutional lawyer and you’re an idiot.

    Credit: Some meme I saw floating around … paraphrased.

  8. I am behind our USA President 100% on everything. I wish I could politely give my middle finger to the current GOP and to our conservative Supreme Court judges who voted, going against our very Constitution about mixing Religion with Politics. This ruling is scary as it could open up things even worse. I am wondering if Koch brothers are involved in any sort with the resent Court decision that openly shows a mixture of religion and the government.

  9. Forward my beloved President Obama, You are doing the best action after the inaction of the naysayer, the bigots, right winger and the envious let them sue themselves instead for not doing any good in all aspect to reform all the necessary things needed by their constituents,you are doing all the brain works and all they did was say “NO” Republican, deserves a verdict of guilty ! for not doing their job and the jury is the american people, to whisked them out of congress comes election God is with you Mr. President he is your guiding light.Even people from far away places like Brazil, love you very much, like Mrs.Belle Werre and hate Republican so much !

  10. I am not a Liberal or Conservative but my family have always supported Republican Party except the past elections. After today I think the Republican Party will cease to exist if they continue down this path. FIRE the Tea Party and don’t let them caucus or be in your primary.

    Mr. President it is Time we show them we mean business and don’t ever underestimate the power of the office.

  11. I agree with you 100% and it is something I have been doing since the second Reagan Election in 1984 – the god damned republiCONs have been doing what they are doing today since that rat bastard was elected the 1st time and have really ramped up the derp since Obama was elected – I wish I could get away with running them off the road but alas we aren’t allowed to do that.

  12. The Koch brothers are involved, because of the other two major companies that are affected by this, one of them is Koch Industries, which is solely owned by the Koch Brothers!

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