In this June 13, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
In this June 13, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
In this June 13, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(The Washington Post) – President Obama’s displeasure with gridlock in Washington — and with the Republicans he blames for it — has been rising for months. This week it has boiled over.

From the Rose Garden to the Cabinet Room to near the Key Bridge in Georgetown, the president has signaled more than mere annoyance at the state of affairs at the halfway point of this year. His disdain for congressional Republicans has steadily increased; his disrespect for their tactics has hardened into contempt.

With immigration reform dead for this year, if not for the remainder of Obama’s presidency; with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) threatening to sue him for alleged misuse of presidential power; and with other important legislation stalled in the House, the president has given voice to his frustrations with a series of partisan blasts.

It culminated Tuesday with a mock dare to the speaker and his followers in the House: “So sue me!”

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