Obama compares his relationship with Republicans to a Scorsese movie

July 10, 2014

AUSTIN — President Obama continued to excoriate congressional Republicans, comparing his relationship with them to a scene from a movie about a gang in Boston and chuckling about House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against him.

Obama hammered away at Republicans during a speech Wednesday in Denver. But he deployed his heaviest fire toward them for an animated crowd here in Austin.

"Sue him. Impeach him. Really?" Obama said, referring to Boehner's lawsuit and a chorus of Republicans, including Sarah Palin, who have called for Obama's impeachment. "You’re going to sue me for doing my job?"

"You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job while you don’t do your job?" he asked.

President Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama compared Republicans to a scene from Martin Scorsese's movie "The Departed," in which the character played by Mark Walhberg is on a stakeout and said, "I'm the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy."

Boehner's lawsuit hinges on Obama's use of executive orders to circumvent Congress. Obama said he doesn't know which of those that Republicans "find more offensive," and he listed actions that the crowd cheered: trying to ease the burden of student loan debt and trying to guarantee equal pay for women (an area where the White House still lags).

Despite this, Obama said he has issued executive orders "at the lowest rate in 100 years" and that Republicans "didn't seem to mind" when George W. Bush used them.

Katie Zezima covers the White House for Post Politics and The Fix.
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