White House Says Emboldened Obama Wears Republican Criticism As A Badge Of Honor

According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, President Obama wears Republican claims that he is lawless as a badge of honor.


White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded to Republican cries that Obama is behaving like a lawless emperor by saying, “We’ve heard this kind of rhetoric about lawlessness from the House Republicans for some time. I think their most recent statement referred to Emperor Obama. You know the fact of the matter is the president is somebody who is willing to examine the law, review the law and use every element of that law to make progress for the American people. If that is something that Republicans are critical of, then that’s, you know, maybe a criticism that the president wears with a badge of honor.”

The White House is taking the fight to congressional Republicans in a way that they never expected after their midterm election victory. One of the strategies that Republicans are kicking around as a potential way to stop the president’s immigration executive orders is to split the bill to fund the government into two parts. The first would fund the government, and the second would deny funding for the executive orders.

The administration’s position has been consistent. They aren’t going to back down. The government shutdown last year was caused by a Republican refusal to pass a clean funding bill. If Republicans try the same stunt again, Obama will likely veto the government funding bill, and Republicans will be left with a choice to either pass a clean funding bill or shutdown the government.

In other words, the country is zooming towards another government shutdown standoff. The president is being forced to take action on his own because John Boehner refuses to bring the bipartisan Senate passed immigration bill to the floor for a vote. Boehner could defuse the entire situation by allowing a vote.

Boehner and McConnell are swearing that they don’t want a government shutdown, but they are getting themselves into a battle with the president that they won’t win. Obama isn’t intimidated by the incoming Republican majority. In fact, the president seems emboldened by it.

If a president doing his job is “lawless,” Obama should wear the Republican howls of lawlessness as a badge of honor.

46 Replies to “White House Says Emboldened Obama Wears Republican Criticism As A Badge Of Honor”

  1. John Boehner and McConnell are an embarrassment to every person who has ever walked the halls of our Congress. A public embarrassment to the world as they represent America. A personal affront to everyone who considers the character in which this country grew. The characteristics of helping each other, and of the congress working for America.

  2. That’s our President. As much as the GOP tries to obliterate him and break his spirit, POTUS is stronger than they ever expected. He has them stumped, because he will not cower and submit.

    We love you POTUS..keep on keepin’ on!

  3. Conciliatory gestures have all been spurned by republicans for purely selfish reasons. They wanted more power. They got it. But they seem to have forgotten that with added power comes added responsibility. They are about to relearn a very valuable political lesson and it will come at great cost, as Obama rips away the veil, and reveals the naked political opportunism that has been the lodestone of conservative governance for over a decade. They will come away from this battle with fewer media allies, as the American people turn away from those who continue to carry the dysfunctional GOP message, and towards more sane, and more truthful messengers. It won’t happen all at once, or in unanimous fashion, but the will of the people will be restored.

  4. Only the 30 or less people who respond here love this president. The rest of us, not so much. Oh, I guess that makes me a racist. I’m sure that will be your argument. WINK

  5. Can you even add bagger? 18 people like the article none didn’t, 7 people responded and only you typed idiocy. Do you know your left from right?

  6. You seem to forget all the issues that have plagued the President as he entered the 2nd term. All the so-called scandals may not be anything (although I highly doubt it)but the fact there have been so many makes people stop and pause. People do not trust him. So the 2nd term begins and we have the “Red line”, the Bergdhal trade, Central American children flooding the border with their diseases. Who could forget the Obamacare website? It goes on and on.He is incompetent and history will not look kindly on him, or should I say HIM. WINK

  7. LOL, great RWNJ cliche speech.

    The scandals are not scandals. They are scandals only to the degree that the people you listen to made them scandals so you would make a fool of yourself.

    The central American children and their diseases? What diseases? Another scandal made up for you to look stupid over.

    Obamacare is working big time. Millions are insured and you hate that. In fact you hate people dont you? You fell for every scandal they threw in front of you.

    BTW, Obama didnt program the website, no matter what Cruz, breithbarts brain or Fox told you

  8. bqhatevwr. Be gone. They love to keep you fearful, angry and ignorant of facts. What a perfect specimen they found.

  9. Jak, I adore and support our twice elected President. He beat McCain and nut bag Palin in 2008 in a landslide, and then still recovering and digging out of Bush’s economic mess he still beat Romney in 2012 by a landslide. The people of America adore him. You are in a echo chamber only listening to faux news or RW hate radio. The world loves our President. Sit back, we’re about to roar!

  10. Shiva,you’re one of the most hilarious people on here. Only the few people on here feel the way you do. Go to a complete neutral website, like AP or Yahoo or MSN and see what other people think WINK

  11. President Obama Took Office
    (January 2009)   Today
    7,949 The Dow Jones Index 17,573
    7.8% Unemployment 5.8%
    -5.4% GDP Growth 3.5%
    9.8% Deficit GDP % 2.8%
    37.7 Consumer Confidence 94.5

    Yes, this is REALLY incompetence, isn’t it?

  12. Your inability to understand a concept is not an argument against it.

    Do you know that every single GOP Senator voted against an Equal Pay for Women Bill? That House and Senate republicans watered down the up-until-now unanimous bipartisan Violence Against Women Act? That the House GOP cut funding for our Embassies the year before Benghazi and after the State Dept requested more due to global hot spots? That the House GOP cut funding for Ebola research? That Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would end tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas? They also blocked a move to reduce the interest on Student Loans, tax credits for the Wind and Solar industries, an effort to have big donors disclose what political ads they paid for. House GOP cut Education funding for your kids and grandkids, won’t vote on an Infrastructure Bill that would help with thousands of construction jobs. And there’s more.

  13. Here’s more “incompetence” for you:

    1. We’ve Now Had 63 Straight Months Of Economic Expansion.

    That’s right, for 63 consecutive months the US economy has gotten progressively better. That includes 54 consecutive months of private sector job growth. Forbes magazine, no fan of President Obama, crunched the numbers and demonstrated how the economic recovery under President Obama has been better in just about every measurable way than the recovery under President Reagan.

    2. We Are Currently Enjoying The Longest Period Of Private Sector Job Creation In American History.

    Again, this statistic comes from the Forbes Magazine article listed above. In fact, we have now had 54 straight months of private sector job creation. That is the longest period of job creation since the Department of Labor has been keeping statistics. See the link below.


  14. 3. Unemployment Has Dropped From 10.1% In October Of 2009 To 5.9% And Projected To Reach 5.4% By Summer Of 2015.

    Not only has the unemployment rate dropped significantly, but since the recession ended, our economy as added over ten million new jobs. You can refer to the Forbes article above or check this article on PoliticsUSA.

    4. The Stock Market Continues To Set New Records Since President Obama Has Been In Office.

    5. The Federal Budget Deficit Is Shrinking. It’s Been Reduced By Two-Thirds Since 2009.

    The $1.4 trillion federal budget deficit that Obama inherited in 2009 was in a large part due to the high rate of unemployment. When millions of people were put out of work in 2008 and 2009, it resulted in far less income taxes and less economic activity to generate federal revenue. As ten million people have been put back to work, there have been billions more tax dollars generated. As a result, the deficit has been…

  15. 6. Under President Obama, Spending Has Increased Only 1.4% Annually, The Lowest Rate Since Eisenhower Was President.

    7. For 95% Of American Taxpayers, Income Taxes Are Lower Now Than Just About Any Time In The Previous 50 Years.

    8. Our Dependence On Foreign Oil Has Shrunk Due To Record Domestic Oil Production And Improved Fuel Efficiency Standards.

    9. At Least 7 Million More Americans Now Have Health Insurance Than Before.

    10. The Affordable Care Act Has Added Years To The Life Of Medicare.

    The Medicare trust fund had been on course to run out of money by the end of 2016. But due to cost savings from the Affordable Care Act and lower healthcare expenses, Medicare’s trust fund is now stable until the year 2030 without cutting benefits.

  16. 11. Since Passage Of The Affordable Care Act, We Are Seeing The Slowest Rate Of Increase In Healthcare Costs Since 1960.

    12. We Currently Have Fewer Soldiers, Sailors And Airmen In War Zones Than Any Time In Over 10 Years.

    13. There Have Been Zero Successful Attacks By Al Qaeda On US Soil Since Obama Became President.

    14. We Now Successfully Catch And Deport More Illegal Immigrants Than Ever Before.

  17. You are the one that is the minority here. As far as you saying that Yahoo is a “neutral” website is a joke in itself! Yahoo is not a “neutral” website, never has been, never will be!!

  18. Well, then, I guess you are. Most Republicans are indeed racists, aren’t they? Heaven knows the hatred and racist talk towards this president is off the wall
    You want to see Repub racists talk! I have saved all racists emails I have received for the past 6 years or more towards this president. All have been reported to authorities. You would not believe what rose emails say.

  19. Jak, find something useful to comment on like Politico. You are stirring the pot, that’s all. Furthermore, I never asked you if you liked the president. Funny how you feel you can speak for so many people.

    Go find a RW site so you can spew your toxin and have company doing it.

  20. Must of caught that rodent friend of yours already, hm?

    You do realize that the utter and total bull dung you’re peddling isn’t welcome here, right? So just… go away. Take a long walk off of a really short pier and spend some time where your idiotic viewpoints are welcome, like Fox News or Breitbart or whatever right wing ass kissing website that you like to visit.

  21. I stand with Shiva here.

    Also, Yahoo is the most conservative website around. I am on that site much of time and read all the hate and lies commenters spew about the president. You really can’t say Yahoo is bi partisian now really.

  22. Now it couldn’t be about all the lies , hate, and smears the Rs have spewed from day one now could it!!
    There are simply no scandals. Just a myth the Righties have spewed from day one. On night of presidents inauguration the nasties plotted to bring down the president. It couldn’t be that now could it!!

  23. Poor Jak. He can only follow verbal instructions from his masters Rush, Hannity and Beck, etc. He can’t follow written instructions. Example: WINK, he types it at the end of every post, then posts again without realizing that it isn’t working because he is leaving out the [ ] symbols. An idiot robot if I ever saw one. [WINK].

  24. President Obama you are doing an outstanding job, the republican and media with so much hate for you is a shame. It is okay that is why they cheated and won the midterm In due time it will catch up and they will have to answer. Paul stated POTUS accomplishment and the Democrat need to do the same.

  25. Folks, it is obvious Jak is a juvenile and silly prankster, trying to wind people up with snippets of lies from FOX et al. He really is not worth the time it takes to give him a reply!

  26. If, the rethugs push this to the Pres. desk and he veto’s, I do hope very much the Dem’s get out there on every information media possible, every day, to shut the thugs up. We all know the thugs will use this once again to blame slam, insult, and destroy. That’s what they do best and, the media helps them. For once please make them do the job media is supposed to do. Inform not, inform with lies.

  27. outstanding posts, Paul! Thank you for such a fantastic list of PBOs accomplishments and for taking the time to share it.

  28. No JAK it makes you a Jack-A$$ !
    You wear the Republican’s tinted glasses, so you don’t see too well to know that Obama has done more under duress than any other President. The history books will be clear on this, after the dust settles and all the members of the Republican Party during this tumultuous period are dispersed into oblivion they will be remembered with just an asterisk next to their names with this: “OBSTRUCTIONISTS. THE PRESIDENT’S WORST ENEMIES, AND UNDER THEM–NOTHING WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN THE EIGHT YEARS OBAMA WAS PRESIDENT. EXCEPT FOR GNASHING OF THEIR TEETHS AND WAILING AND COMPLAINING INCESSANTLY.”

  29. The GOP is enjoying a very false sense of security. When 34% of the voters actually vote, I wouldn’t call that a mandate. The “whiplash” the GOP will receive in the next cycle, 2016, will be comical. Obama is playing them like a fiddle. They will line up like lemmings with their talking points and jump off the cliff.

  30. JAK:

    Your stupid, ignorant comments does not fit in with the thoughtful, intelligent commentaries being posted on this site. So why don’t you go post your nonsense somewhere else? If only you had something really factual or thoughtful to say….maybe we could stomach your bile, but no….we can’t. Your FOXIES might though, that’s what they live on:
    CHIT (lins) ;)

  31. Maybe not, but the next 2 years are going to be disgusting. I hope they get all into impeachment because I don’t want them to do more harm than good.

  32. It’s about time Pres. Obama took the gloves off. Give it to them Mr. President, and give it to them GOOD!
    I support you 100%.

  33. Fox “News” is just a republican paid for station.Murdoch..the owner..is a sickening cancer just like that other well paid beacon of misinformation Rush Limbaugh. I don’t blame them or the other repub/baggers as you don’t blame cancer, you just destroy it anyway you can.Dems not speaking up, college kids..amongst others..staying home on vote day, half of all college kids not knowing who the VP is or who won the civil war.Until dems organize, until we all become mini Sanders and Warrens, until we grow some balls and use the media to attack repubs preemptively , these MF’s will hurt and anchor our country to hatred, ignorance, racism and corporately controlled lower working class economy.It’s past time to gut the cancer!

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