U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy while at the Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis, June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

President Obama took time during a speech in Minnesota to rail against House Republicans who threatened to sue him for using executive power, saying Republicans were “suing me for doing my job.”

The President lambasted Congressional Republicans for what he calls inaction and for refusing to work with him on major issues. Obama said Republican action in Congress “drives me nuts.”

“They don’t do anything except block me and call me names,” he said. “If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, why don’t you join me and we’ll do it together?”

"Sometimes I’m supposed to be, you know, politic about how I say things, but I’m finding lately that I just want to say what’s on my mind," Obama continued.

President Obama was referring to a proposed lawsuit started by House Speaker John Boehner, who alleges Obama has “declined to faithfully execute the laws of our country,” by using executive power to bypass a resistant Republican-controlled House.

He called the suit a “stunt” on Friday in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopolous.


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In a Congressional memo, Boehner calls Obama’s use of executive power a precedent to set up “king-like authority” for future presidents. He called on House Republicans to support the lawsuit legislation when he introduces it to the floor “in the coming weeks.”

“Everywhere I go in America outside of Washington, D.C., I’m asked: when will the House stand up on behalf of the people to stop the encroachment of executive power under President Obama? We elected a president, Americans note; we didn’t elect a monarch or king,” the memo reads.

The announcement of the suit had the unwanted consequence of prompting supporters to raise $584,000 for the Democratic Party on Wednesday, making it the biggest fundraising day of 2014 so far.

According to Reuters, President Obama signed 147 executive orders in his first term in office, compared with George W. Bush’s 173, Bill Clinton’s 200 and Ronald Reagan’s 213.