DENVER - President Obama acknowledges that Republicans aren't happy with him right now. The reason, Obama believes, is because he gets stuff done.
"I gather some of the Republicans in Congress are mad at me for going ahead and doing things," Obama told an enthusiastic crowd at Cheesman Park here Wednesday morning. "Don’t be mad at me for doing something."
Obama has long been frustrated with Congress and the Republican party, a displeasure that boiled over last week. But he took the blame game to a new level here.
Flanked by towering pines on a sparkling summer morning, Obama ticked off what he said he's had to do through executive action because Congress hasn't acted: increasing the minimum wage, speeding up construction projects and capping student loan payments for certain borrowers.
"They have a plan to sue me for taking executive actions that are within my authority while they do nothing," Obama said, referring to the lawsuit initiated by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over Obama's executive orders.
"I have a better idea: they should do something," Obama said, "rather than engage in political stunts."
Obama told the crowd he understands that they are frustrated with how things work - or don't work - in Washington. He is similarly exasperated, he said.
“There are some things I have to mutter under my breath sometimes,” he said.