April 2nd, 2009
05:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Reporters' hair irks Boehner

Boehner took time Thursday to critique reporters' hair styles.
Boehner took time Thursday to critique reporters' hair styles.

(CNN) - House Republican Leader John Boehner is known for regularly poking fun at reporters about their hairstyles. But at his weekly press conference on Thursday he couldn't contain himself.

As he launched into his regular refrain about the Democrats' budget, saying it "spends too much, it taxes too much, and it borrows too much", he stopped himself - trying to hold back laughter during his own opening comments.

He quickly singled out a young print reporter, telling him, "You really do need to do something with that hair of yours." As reporters laughed, he joked, "I couldn't wait any longer."

He went on to finish his opening comments, but before calling on the same reporter, he teased, "Get a brush, would ya?"

The reporter had good sense of humor about the crack from the Ohio Republican, and shot back, "I'll get a haircut if you pay for it."

When Boehner called on the next reporter, he referred to him as "the bald guy."

But Boehner didn't confine his critique to male members of the Capitol press corps. When a female reporter, wearing her long hair pulled back, prefaced her question by joking that she hoped her hair was ok, Boehner couldn't resist: "You mean what's wadded up in the back of your head?"

Some reporters chuckled, but others thought the GOP leader was being a little harsh.

Boehner continued his hair assessment, saying, "It looks so nice hanging down. It looks like you got up a little late and decided that, you know, I just wadded up the back. For those of you that don't know about me and ponytails, males get it - males get it just as bad as females."

He then apologized to the reporter, joking "you started it," and let her ask her question on the budget.

With Congress about to start a two week recess, Boehner blamed the long stretch of six straight weeks in Washington for his punchy mood and attempt to have some fun with reporters. "That's why I'm trying to be humorous today to my friend who needs a brush and a friend who needs some hair," Boehner said.

As reporters walked out of the press conference, one asked Boehner's press secretary what she put in the Republican leader's coffee this morning.


Filed under: John Boehner
soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Objective Thinking

    His own hair looks like a comb-over...

    April 2, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    The reporter should have fired back at him about his orange skin color. He's the only politican in Washington who keeps a tan like it's summertime all year round. He's such a BONEHEAD.

    April 2, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How can a guy whose name is so easily and humorously mispronounced have any credibility to critique hair?

    April 2, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Jamie

    Who is this guy to make fun of anybody's appearance.
    Has he never had anyone tell him anything about his phony, orange tan?

    April 2, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. cara

    It's always funny when stupid people make comments about other people's appearance. "Dude, they can change their hairdo's - can you stop being stupid?"

    April 2, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Dylan from MN

    Wow, I've never seen that man smile much less crack a joke.

    April 2, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. please

    Like anyone needed any more reasons to know Boehner is a jerk. (said politely)

    April 2, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. John

    Says the senator with the plastic hair.

    April 2, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. MOJerry

    Boner ought to look in the mirror. Hs "coif" looks outrageous and fake. Is that what a $400 haircut looks like?

    April 2, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Tom

    "I'm sorry, that's not a hair question..."

    April 2, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Bob Lees

    All in good fun eh John? Perhaps reporters should ask about the condition of his lungs or how bad all that tanning is for the skin. It's nice to know that there is someone "poking fun" at other people now that George Bush has slunk back to Texas and it had to be a Republican.

    April 2, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Robert Crowley

    Just another Republican jerk who is still living in the past. The Republicans have just not learned. They continue to make fools of themselves every time they open there mouths.

    April 2, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Brian

    That's about all this guy's got.

    April 2, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Fredi

    When was the last time Boehner looked in the mirror?

    April 2, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Tim

    Buttner, I mean Boehner has some nerve!!! He looks like he's wearing a cheep hair piece.

    April 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. me

    These are some funny republicans... Boner here tans until is an oompalumpa, and he has a near fetish with hail.

    Cantor...going to Brintney spears' concert, and that tale-tell lisp of his....

    April 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Doug, New Jersey

    Boehner is being too hard on them.

    April 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Enlightened Voter

    Although I can't stand the man or his policies its nice to know he has a sense of humor.

    April 2, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Simmy

    When you can't score on policies why not try slap stick, huh? Someone probably told him his face looks like it's set in stone when he appears before the media. P.S. Their budget is a joke too.

    London has gone Gaa-Gaa @ the G-20 for The Obamas!

    April 2, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. CNN Ed Henry Bu$t Was Handed To Him In A Platter of Doodoo

    Arrrrgh, this coming from a guy who spends all day in a tan machine!!!!

    April 2, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. MICK in MESA

    Just like Boneher, always cracking jokes.
    Whether it's the GOP budget proposals, anti-union laws, health care, tax cuts for the rich only or whatever, he and the other rethugs always seem to offer nothing but a gag line.
    Maybe they should start getting serious for a change, don't ya think?

    April 2, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Such comments are beneath the dignity of a US Member of Congress. Mr. Boehner should simply know better....and perform better. "The bald guy...???" Shame on him!

    April 2, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Mari

    What is Boner..... I mean Boehner doing?? Talk about arrogance! And the GOP wonders why their approval ratings are so ...........LOW.

    April 2, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Kevin

    What a jerk. Who crowned him King of Hairstyles?

    April 2, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Roger

    If Obama or Biden said it, this report would be saying how outgoing and free-wheeling they are. Interesting double standard.

    April 2, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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