Scalise: Republicans “Never Disrespected The Office” When Obama Was President


“We had disagreements with a lot of Barack Obama’s policies, but we never disrespected the office.” - Rep. Steve Scalise

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise has said that Republicans “never disrespected the office” when Obama was president, according to The Washington Post.

“We had disagreements with a lot of Barack Obama’s policies, but we never disrespected the office,” Scalise said. This comment came a day after Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) sad that Trump was the “occupant of the White House.”

“I called him president of the United States, as we all did,” Scalise said. “If he asked us to go meet with him at the White House, we went. We expressed our disagreements in a respectful way, but what they continue to do to go after him personally, to call for impeachment of the president from day one ...”

In fact, Republicans did not always respect President Obama. In 2011, the New York Times reported: “Congressional Republicans have turned down requests for White House meetings, refused to return the president’s call and walked out of budget talks. [And] Speaker John A. Boehner became what historians say was the first ever to tell a sitting president that no, he could not deliver an address to a joint session of Congress on the date of his choice.”

Also in 2011, Representative Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) called President Obama a “tar baby.” He later apologized.

In 2012, Representative Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Obama should be sent “home to Kenya.”

In 2016, Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) prayed that Obama’s “days [in the White House] be few, and let another have his office.”

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Comments (2)
No. 1-2

"You Lie!" I will never forget that most disrespectful cry from a congressman. Does the RNC think everyone is stupid? They keep getting money via Citizens United and the they do the bidding of anyone willing to pay.

Greg M
Greg M

Utter gaslighting. What exactly were they doing when they said he wasn't an American, when they yelled, "You lie!" during the SotU address, when they made racist comments about him, when they attacked his wife and children, when they lied about him in innumerable ways from the word go, when they met even before the inauguration to pledge to obstruct him no matter what Obama did (even when he was trying to lead us out of the Great Recession), when they committed more filibusters than all other presidents combined, when they obstructed a legitimately nominated SCOTUS justice, had to face?

And we're not disrespecting the office of the POTUS, we're disrespecting the occupant. Just like, I'm sure, you'll claim you did with Obama.

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