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'Stop Hatin' All The Time': Obama Chides GOP on Inaction, Lawsuit Talk

Image: 'Stop Hatin' All The Time': Obama Chides GOP on Inaction, Lawsuit Talk President Barack Obama delivers remarks to supporters as he talks about the economy and to rally support for his current economic policies in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ed Zurga/EPA/Landov)

By Newsmax Wires   |   Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 05:03 PM

President Obama chided Republican lawmakers Wednesday, telling them to "stop just hatin' all the time" and spend time on tackling economic issues instead of spending the last days before Congress' month-long summer break trying to sue him.

"Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hatin' all the time. Come on," Obama said in a boisterous and sharply partisan speech in Kansas City, The Associated Press reported.

Addressing about 1,500 supporters at the historic Uptown Theatre, the president 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.

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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."

At the same time, Obama offered an optimistic assessment of an improving U.S. economy on the heels of new data showing strong growth in the second quarter of the year. "We hold the best cards," he said. "Things are getting better. The decisions we make now cold make things even better than that."

Embracing the populist economic message that Democrats are promoting ahead of the midterm elections, Obama said he was glad that stock markets and corporate profits were booming, but said the country must ensure that the middle class has opportunities to take part in that prosperity. It was a theme the president underscored the night before over ribs and beer as he shared a barbecue dinner with four Kansas City residents in an effort to highlight the struggles of working Americans.

After his speech, Obama meandered along picturesque Main Street in nearby Parkville, Missouri, popping in shops and greeting folks with an iced tea in hand. He cajoled patrons of Parkview Coffee to let him pay for their drinks. "It's not that often the president buys you a cup of coffee," Obama said.

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