Republicans Whine Like Petulant Children After President Obama’s State of the Union Quip

ted_cruz_4While I’m not someone who gets overly excited when it’s time for the annual State of the Union speech (it’s essentially pointless most years), I do enjoy watching how members of Congress react differently to various things the president says during his speech.


And this year’s speech was no different. The look on John Boehner’s face for most of the speech was priceless. Watching him applaud in instances where he knew he had to was one of the highlights of my entertainment for the evening. It’s similar to the face a child makes when an adult is trying to make them eat broccoli.

Well another impromptu moment happened when President Obama said “I’ve run my last campaign” and some Republicans in attendance applauded this remark. This was clearly their attempt to let him know that they’re extremely happy that he can’t run again.

But the president didn’t let this applause go without a response. In what I think was the highlight of the evening, President Obama shot back at this applause.

“I know because I won both of them,” he said with a smirk on his face.

I absolutely loved it.

Who wouldn’t? Even if you’re not a fan of the president, it was still a great jab back at those who applauded his comment about not having anymore elections to run. Just laugh, say “good one, you got us” and move on, right?

Apparently not if you’re several members of the Republican party. It seems that some Republicans weren’t too thrilled with Obama’s impromptu comments and voiced their displeasure after his speech.

“Probably not helpful when you rub the other guy’s nose in the dirt a little bit,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called the joke “disappointing” and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said it didn’t make her feel “warm and fuzzy.” 


I’m sorry, but these people are absolutely ridiculous. The GOP has had two goals the entire time President Obama’s been in office:

  • Obstruct anything and everything he wants to do.
  • Push lies and misinformation about everything he’s done.

And after years and years of putting up with these relentless attacks from the GOP, some Republicans are pouting because he poked fun at those who clapped after he said he was done running for election.

This shows how petty and immature these people really are. These aren’t adults, they’re children. Heck, they couldn’t even give President Obama “props” for having a good, ad-libbed zinger because they’ve been so programmed to simply hate anything and everything he does.

Honestly though, I would expect nothing less from members of the Republican party. I’ve followed politics a lot in my life, but I’ve never seen politicians act like many from the GOP have acted these last few years. The total lack of respect they’ve shown toward President Obama has been disgusting. And nobody can convince me that a lot of this irrational hate isn’t largely because of the color of his skin. I see it all the time here in Texas. It’s people, especially many rural whites, who really don’t like that a black guy is in charge.

This is just more of the same childish behavior we’re all used to seeing from the GOP. It’s impossible to take these people seriously when they decide to act like petulant children instead of mature adults.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    What was truly disappointing was the classless clapping in the first place that prompted the response from our President. If those whiney Repubs want to throw stones about rubbing noses in something, why don’t they police up their own first. Rule of thumb; if you can’t take the retort, don’t throw the first insult. Cons seem to think they can lob insults all day but if someone insults them back, they get all depressed and lash out.

    • llcisyouandme

      A persecution complex is nothing new to their ilk, in fact, unfounded beliefs are one of their business requirements.

      • Eg Kbbs

        Llicisyouandme, and with that complex, may I add they consistently cry persecution when things happen that are their own doing.

        Blaming Obama for shutting down the govt last year (Including a hit of ?$30 billion? to the fledgling economic recovery, and the closing of National Monuments such as those honoring veterans) quickly comes to mind. The list is long.

    • Candice Staebell

      I think it would be interesting to know who the ones were that clapped. I’m sure there is a video of it somewhere.

  • Johns.Opinion

    If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.

  • sherry06053

    Yeah, but the majority of us really enjoyed it.

  • What’s everyone talking about? There was no clapping beforehand; there was just the President rubbing their noses in it.

    • Jillz

      What was he rubbing their noses in? Do you think he just randomly made that joke? Of course there was applauding – it happened right after he said he wouldn’t be campaigning for election anymore. He was trying to continue to speak, but had to stop because of the rude applause by a few Republicans in the chamber. That’s when he zinged ’em! And it was great! Can’t believe you missed the rude applause though – maybe FOX News edited it out?

      • Whoa! Easy there! I must have been too subtle on the sarcasm. Sorry.

      • PissedoffinAZ

        Yeah, you have to use the snark font. (Still waiting on that, lol!)

      • Jillz

        No, I’m sorry, Mitchell T. Harter. I must have read just one too many inane posts that day. It’s hard to tell sometimes. Cheers! 🙂

    • 503me

      Uhh- you missed the clapping?

    • PissedoffinAZ

      So, you had the sound off?

  • Steven78

    I especially loved Terdball Teddie’s post SOTU response in which he reminds us that the middle class is no better off than we were when the president was elected…of course we aren’t. Republican’ts have blocked EVERY program and proposed tax hike on the 1 percent that would make life for the middle class better.

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      and the republicans,,,,,,,starting with saint Ronnie headrest Reagan ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, are responsible for the atrophy of the middle class

  • jstsmlbrlcnsrvtvguy

    At least there wasn’t booing, catcalls, or “You lie!” type heckling.

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      not in public anyway,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      ,,,,,,,,but in white trash regressive churches:

  • Jillz

    Same here, Allen! I laughed out loud when he said it. I saw it again last night on the Nightly Show and it was STILL hilarious. I thought the same thing as Creeayshun Sighuntist, below: the real lack of decent behaviour was displayed by the Republicans who started applauding in the first place – THAT was rude and “disappointing” and certainly lacked the proper decorum for the occasion.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Suggest the title be slightly changed.

    “Like” implies a simile, a similarity. The GOP ****ARE***** Petulant Children.

  • Czarjak

    Teddy’s disappointed? Tom doesn’t think someone that deserves to have their nose “rubbed in it”, actually should have it done? Lisa thinks republicans can actually “feel”. We’re so sorry, cross our hearts and hope to die.

  • BkDodge42

    Anyone who thinks that the quip was spontaneous has no clue. Obama had the comment about having no more campaigns to run in his pre released transcript of his speech. He put that in to get the Republicans to applaud to something. He knew that he could then look at including his zinger. I just find it funny that he claimed that he won both of them, yet during his political career he ran for office six times. So in his mind he only won two of them?

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      Obama ran for P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T. twice,,,,,,,,,,,,
      ( see: “twice”)
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and; based upon what I have seen ; he has won–
      >>>>>>> ..T..W..I..C..E..<<<<<<<<<
      ==============================================
      unlike mitt romney

      • BkDodge42

        So if I owe you six dollars I can pay you back only two? Because two is twice, see “twice” based upon your answer twice is as good as six

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        allow me to place this at your disposal in the form on an inquiry:
        “how many times did barack Obama run for president?”
        ………………….and your answer is:

      • Kayla James

        Really? Really? Sorry, your feebleness is staggering…

      • BkDodge42

        You were only concerned with the last two campaigns of President Obama, but you are not only concerned with the last two dollars that you would have loaned out?

    • gschloff55

      He ran and won the Presidency two times.

      • BkDodge42

        Plus three times as Illinois State Senate and one time as US Senator from Illinois. Those don’t count?

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        no,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, he was referring to presidential campaigns
        ========================================
        white trash regressive crybaby scum even know this; seems U either are willfully ignorant or just another “patriotic” FOX “news” watching lemming crybaby

      • PissedoffinAZ

        Look, dumbass, it was the State of the UNION address, not the State of ILLINOIS. He was referencing hi Presidency. Guess you are a rightie, since you have trouble figuring out the obvious.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        hey!!!! that’s no fair!!! U slapped BkDodge42 better than I did!!!
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no fair!!!

      • PissedoffinAZ

        Jus’ doin’ my best, thank you sir/ma’am!

      • BkDodge42

        And you still believe that the President’s quip was spontaneous? Who has trouble figuring out the obvious?

      • PissedoffinAZ

        Yes, it was spontaneous, just like the rude applause, and “You Lie!” and “Not true.”

  • Dot

    The only sense of humor the right has includes mean, nasty jokes about people who are poorer than they are.

    • PissedoffinAZ

      And classless emails depicting the POTUS as a pimp or a witch doctor. What a classy party.

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      republicans believe that a manila folder is a Filipino contortionist
      ======================================================

  • anthonyadams

    Obama, ever the gentleman of intelligence and quick wit, had such a nice way of saying “Fuck You” to the rude Republicans.