October 28, 2011 10:36 am ET
From the October 28, 2011, session of the U.S. House of Representatives:
REP. LOUIE GOHMERT: And it was so ironic to have a President of the United States who says he wants to work with members of congress but members of Congress won't work with him. And in his purported effort to work with members of Congress he doesn't ask to sit down with congress in a private meeting and talk about these issues. Oh, no. That would really show an intent to work with Congress. To sit down in a room where we can visit about the issues, that would be really working with Congress. Instead what we have from the President of the United States is a demand. Now I'm not sure historically, Mr. Speaker, how many times a President of the United States has just decided to just throw a little hissy fit and, 'I'm gonna come talk to Congress.' Well, we know that he was an instructor, he wasn't a professor but an instructor, you can be an instructor in law school if you practice law on the side or community organizer on the side or whatever, and they'll let you come teach a course or two.
So anybody who has been involved in a law school, you would think, even as a low instructor, would know that the Constitution makes very clear the President of the United States has no right nor moral authority to demand to come speak in the House. Now, the president would never give credit to the willingness of this Congress to vote unanimously to allow the president after his little hissy fit to come speak in the House, but we did. He demanded to come speak to the House. He has to have an invitation to do that. In social circles if somebody demanded to come to someone's house, 'I demand an invitation to come lecture you in your house,' most people would say, forget it.
But this House controlled by Republican members, majority here Republican, Democrat majority down in the Senate, we voted unanimously, there were no objections to inviting the president to come lecture us rather than sit down and try to work with us.
REP. JOE BARTON: Would the gentleman yield?
GOHMERT: I certainly will yield to my friend from Texas.
BARTON: I just wanted to thank you for taking this time to speak on this subject. I think it's commendable that you would do that and I think you are exactly right and I would encourage you to keep telling the truth as you know it and how proud we are of you and the Texas delegation and certainly in East Texas where you represent that part of the state so well. Keep up the good work.
GOHMERT: Well, that's so unexpected and unnecessary and it actually means a great deal. Thank you.
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