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10 times Obama made fun of Republicans in the past year

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President Obama is so over Republican lawmakers.

He has long lamented what he views as GOP obstructionism, but now he’s not even trying to hide his disdain, belittling them with a newfound fervor.

"They don't do anything,” an exasperated Obama said in Minnesota Friday, “except block me and call me names.”

Well, the president is also in a bit of name-calling mood.

Here are just a handful of times Obama has mocked conservative leaders in the last year:

1. On climate change

"They say, hey, I'm not a scientist, which really translates into, I accept that manmade climate change is real, but if I say so out loud, I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements that think climate science is a liberal plot so I'm going to just pretend like, I don't know, I can't read." — June 25, League of Conservation Voters dinner

2. On Republican attacks

“The debate we're having right now is about, what, Benghazi? Obamacare? And it becomes this endless loop. It's not serious. It's not speaking to the real concerns that people have." — May 19, dinner fundraiser in Potomac, Md.

3. On unemployment insurance

"You know what, I am beginning to think they have a point. If you don't want to get paid while not working, you should have to run for Congress just like everybody else." — May 3, White House Correspondents' Dinner

4. On Obamacare sign-ups

“I recognize that their party is going through, you know, the stages of grief, right? Anger and denial and all that stuff. And we’re not at acceptance yet.” — April 17, White House press conference

5. On voter ID efforts

"And just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is, but a lot of people don’t. A lot of people don't. I think it’s still up on a website somewhere. You remember that? That was crazy. That was some crazy stuff. I hadn’t thought about that in a while." — April 11, National Action Network convention

6. On the GOP budget

"It’s like that movie 'Groundhog Day' — except it’s not funny. If they tried to sell this sandwich at Zingerman’s, they’d have to call it the Stinkburger, or the Meanwich." — April 2, minimum wage speech at the University of Michigan

7. On his executive orders

"They say, how dare you fix the things we were complaining about. Have you noticed that? They'll complain about something, and then we take steps to fix it -- 'you're a tyrant,' 'you're overreaching.' You're laughing, but it's true. I'm not making this stuff up." — Feb. 28, Democratic National Committee winter meeting

8. On the government shutdown

"The American people don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their job. Neither does Congress. They don’t get to hold our democracy or our economy hostage over a settled law.” — Oct. 4, weekly radio address

9. On Republicans’ Obamacare warnings

"Think about that. [They say] affordable health care is worse than a law that let slave owners get their runaway slaves back … All this would be funny if it wasn't so crazy." — Sept. 26, speech in Largo, Md.

10. On the debt ceiling

"Threatening that you won’t pay the bills in this country when we've already racked up those bills, that's not an economic plan. That's just being a deadbeat." — July 25, economic speech in Jacksonville, Fla.

* At no point did Obama ever say, "I know you are but what am I," according to a Washington Examiner review of presidential transcripts.

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