WASHINGTON (AP) — Indiana GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman said wanted respect in the budget standoff. Instead, he got ridicule from President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.
Stutzman is being mocked for saying Republicans should get something from the budget standoff — but he doesn't know what that is. The tea party-backed lawmaker told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday: "We're not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."
The three-term congressman backtracked Thursday, saying in a statement he had "carelessly misrepresented the ongoing budget debate."
But Obama and the Democrats jumped on his original comments, calling him selfish while some 800,000 federal workers remain out of work, parks and museums remain shuttered and various government services are on hold.
At an event in Rockville, Md., Obama repeated Stutzman's quote as the audience laughed.
"Think about that. You have already gotten the opportunity to serve the American people. There's no higher honor than that," Obama said. "So the American people aren't in the mood to give you a goodie bag to go with it."
Riffing on the remark, Obama described a worker stopping in the middle of the day, saying he wanted something but didn't know what it was and shutting down the entire plant. Audience members yelled out that the employee would be fired, and Obama agreed.
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