Irked Grassley Tweets Obama in France, 'You Got Nerve'
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said that President Obama has "nerve" to tell lawmakers that "it's time to deliver" on a health care overhaul while he spent Saturday in Paris.
Grassley, the top Republican on the Finance Committee -- a key panel as Congress considers Obama's demand -- issued two angry text messages on Twitter on Sunday morning as the president wrapped up an overseas tour
Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to call on Congress to enact legislation to reform the health-care system.
Grassley responded by texting, "Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us 'time to deliver' on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND."
A short time later, Grassley sent, "Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare' When you are a 'hammer' u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL."
A Grassley spokeswoman verified that the senator wrote the messages.
Asked to respond to Grassley, White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said: "President Obama is gratified that the Senate is working hard to bring a health reform bill to the floor on schedule. He looks forward to continuing his work with them upon his return from the commemoration of Allied heroism at D-Day."
The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Max Baucus (D-Mont.), has been laboring to come up with a health care bill that Democrats and Republicans can support.
Posted at 4:29 PM ET on Jun 7, 2009
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