BET Wire: Is Congress' Motto "Just Say No?"

President Obama laments a do-nothing Congress.

In Case You Missed It - Republicans leave President Obama scratching his head; Ben Carson kind of blames the spread of measles on immigrants; one lawmaker thinks it's OK if your food service worker doesn't wash his hands after a bathroom break ? and more. ? Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick)

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In Case You Missed It - President Obama laments a do-nothing Congress; Sen. Jay Rockefeller says some lawmakers block bills because of the president's race; Marion Barry doesn't want white men writing about his Black experience — and more. —Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick)

Laughing to Keep From Crying - ?If you want to get paid while not working you should have to run for Congress just like everyone else," joked Obama during his White House Correspondents' Dinner remarks.(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)

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Laughing to Keep From Crying - “If you want to get paid while not working you should have to run for Congress just like everyone else," joked Obama during his White House Correspondents' Dinner remarks.(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)

Keeping It Real - According to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia), GOP lawmakers have persistently blocked legislation because the president is Black. "It?s an American characteristic that you don?t do anything which displeases the voters, because you always have to get reelected here,? he said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on transportation funding. ?I understand part of it. It has to do with ? for some, it?s just we don?t want anything good to happen under this president, because he?s the wrong color.?(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Keeping It Real - According to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia), GOP lawmakers have persistently blocked legislation because the president is Black. "It’s an American characteristic that you don’t do anything which displeases the voters, because you always have to get reelected here,” he said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on transportation funding. “I understand part of it. It has to do with — for some, it’s just we don’t want anything good to happen under this president, because he’s the wrong color.”(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Intolerable - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said in an interview with Fusion that he left the GOP because of racism. "I couldn't be consistent with myself, and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I'll just go there," Crist said, adding that anti-Obama "activists" were "intolerable."(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Nothing Works - ?[GOP lawmakers'] willingness to say no to everything ? the fact that since 2007 they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress ? has actually led to an increase in cynicism and discouragement among the people who were counting on us to fight for them,? said Obama at a May 7 fundraiser. "The conclusion is, well, nothing works."(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation)

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Nothing Works - “[GOP lawmakers'] willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007 they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress — has actually led to an increase in cynicism and discouragement among the people who were counting on us to fight for them,” said Obama at a May 7 fundraiser. "The conclusion is, well, nothing works."(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation)

Fundraising the Dead - As the House works to form a special committee to investigate what led to the death of four Americans at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Republicans are under fire for using the tragedy to raise campaign dollars. But when pressed, Speaker John Boehner repeatedly refused to denounce the effort. "Our focus is in getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones, period,? Boehner replied three times when asked if he thought the incident should be used as a fundraising tool.(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Fundraising the Dead - As the House works to form a special committee to investigate what led to the death of four Americans at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Republicans are under fire for using the tragedy to raise campaign dollars. But when pressed, Speaker John Boehner repeatedly refused to denounce the effort. "Our focus is in getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones, period,” Boehner replied three times when asked if he thought the incident should be used as a fundraising tool.(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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A Fair Shot - A battle now brewing in the Senate is over a bill that would enable borrowers to refinance student-load debt, which would be paid for with a tax on millionaires. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act is part of the Democrats' Fair Shot Agenda and would let borrowers with outstanding student loan debt refinance the loan at 3.86 percent.(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Sad - Washington, D.C.'s infamous former mayor Marion Barry is not happy with the writers HBO hired to script an upcoming biopic on him. His main beef is that Tom Sherwood, a local reporter, and crime novelist George Pelecanosto are white. ?Some white people really do think they should tell the history of black experiences. Sad paternalists. We can speak for ourselves,? Barry wrote in one of a series of tweets to express his dissatisfaction.(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

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Sad - Washington, D.C.'s infamous former mayor Marion Barry is not happy with the writers HBO hired to script an upcoming biopic on him. His main beef is that Tom Sherwood, a local reporter, and crime novelist George Pelecanosto are white. “Some white people really do think they should tell the history of black experiences. Sad paternalists. We can speak for ourselves,” Barry wrote in one of a series of tweets to express his dissatisfaction.(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

Lupita in the House! - It Girl Lupita Nyong'o was among a group of A-list stars who met with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama before the White House Correspondents' Dinner on May 3. The president reportedly spoke to Nyong'o in Swahili.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Photo)

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Lupita in the House! - It Girl Lupita Nyong'o was among a group of A-list stars who met with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama before the White House Correspondents' Dinner on May 3. The president reportedly spoke to Nyong'o in Swahili.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Photo)

In Contempt - After a spirited debate, the House, by 231 to 187, voted to hold former Internal Revenue official Lois Lerner in contempt. Six Democrats sided with Republicans on the vote. GOP lawmakers say that Lerner waived her right to plead the Fifth at a hearing on the IRS's targeting conservative political groups because she gave an opening speech. The matter will be heard by a federal judge. The House also voted to request that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special prosecutor for the case.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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In Contempt - After a spirited debate, the House, by 231 to 187, voted to hold former Internal Revenue official Lois Lerner in contempt. Six Democrats sided with Republicans on the vote. GOP lawmakers say that Lerner waived her right to plead the Fifth at a hearing on the IRS's targeting conservative political groups because she gave an opening speech. The matter will be heard by a federal judge. The House also voted to request that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special prosecutor for the case.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Not a Women's Libber - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) is one of several conservative lawmakers opposed to legislation to open a Women's History Museum on the National Mall. "I rise today in opposition to this bill, because I believe ultimately this museum that will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement and pro-traditional marriage movement," the former presidential candidate said on the House floor. But the bill passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 383-33.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Not a Women's Libber - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) is one of several conservative lawmakers opposed to legislation to open a Women's History Museum on the National Mall. "I rise today in opposition to this bill, because I believe ultimately this museum that will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement and pro-traditional marriage movement," the former presidential candidate said on the House floor. But the bill passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 383-33.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Equal Opportunity for All - The Justice and Education departments have instructed school districts to enroll immigrant children regardless of their immigration status. ?The Justice Department will do everything it can to make sure schools meet this obligation. We will vigilantly enforce the law to ensure the schoolhouse door remains open to all," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. (Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images)

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Equal Opportunity for All - The Justice and Education departments have instructed school districts to enroll immigrant children regardless of their immigration status. “The Justice Department will do everything it can to make sure schools meet this obligation. We will vigilantly enforce the law to ensure the schoolhouse door remains open to all," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. (Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images)

Under Pressure - The House Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously voted to issue a subpoena to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on May 8 in response to a scandal and possible cover-up related to medical care at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where up to 40 veterans may have died waiting for medical care.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Under Pressure - The House Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously voted to issue a subpoena to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on May 8 in response to a scandal and possible cover-up related to medical care at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where up to 40 veterans may have died waiting for medical care.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)