April 23rd, 2009
04:00 PM ET
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GOP leader: Bipartisanship idea 'a ruse'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's an 'exciting time' as Congress moves ahead with President Obama's agenda.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's an 'exciting time' as Congress moves ahead with President Obama's agenda.

(CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she feels a "spirit of pride" thinking back over the new administration's first 100 days, but House Minority Leader John Boehner said it's become clear to him that the idea of bipartisanship "was a ruse."

"I think if you look at the first 100 days, you can sum it up pretty simply: spending, taxing, borrowing and ducking the hard choices," Boehner said at a news conference Thursday.

Democratic policies, he said, are "going to hurt our economy and hurt jobs in America."

The Ohio Republican said Americans are "fed up with this unprecedented level of spending and borrowing that'll imprison the future for our kids and their kids," and he said the Republican Party has offered up better solutions in recent months.

"And as we get into these next few months, you'll see us continue to work to be the party of better solutions," he said.

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  1. Kurt C.

    A spirit of pride over what? The worst partisanship this country has ever seen and congressional tricks to get through unamerican and unconstitutional legislation?

    April 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. idea of bipartisanship "was a ruse."

    Boehner, it has been that way for some time, didn't Bush promise to be the uniter?

    I'm from Ohio and you suck, here's hoping you get voted out

    GOP is the party of no, so does that leave room for bipartisanship?

    No.

    April 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. David

    10% unemployment is on the way folks. Does it matter if your guy won if you don't have a job?

    April 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. The Broker.

    Viet Nam.... Prisoners............... Reagan?????

    April 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. John in Ohio

    Yeah it's a ruse, none of the Republicans have been interested in anything that isn't more tax cuts and no new taxes. And even with new tax cuts, they're not happy. The Republicans know that success for the Democrats and for the country equals electoral failure for them.

    April 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Alfred E. Neumann

    I couldn't agree more.

    Bi-partisanship is a ruse employed by the far lefties to stifle desent.

    Democrats are no more interest in working with the GOP than the Republicans were with the Dems when they controlled the House.

    There is a term for far lefties who fail to recognize what is occuring – hypocrite.

    April 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Video Guy

    I'll tell you who I am upset with its John Boehner and his merry band of GOP No people.

    April 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Boehner sounds like a nut case. Once again Boehner it was the Republican party that created this mess over the past 8 years and you supported Bush's policies. Go fly a kite somewhere in lala land.

    April 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Only Nancy Pelosi could be proud of the first 100 days of this Congress and Administration. I will be very proud when she is removed from the Speaker's chair and even prouder when San Francisco boots her botoxed butt back to San Fran.

    April 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. jaye

    We could care less what the republicans think – they nearly ruined our countrt.
    They're a waste of taxpayer money.

    April 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Of course the Queen bee would think so – she's practically running the WH! Big spending, big government – that's what makes the democRATS happy all the while slamming the publicans for spending! Obama has spent more in his first 100 days that Bush did in 8 years!

    April 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Tracy M.

    The GOP has offered nothing. They've been obstreperous, cantankerous, and downright nasty obstructionists. They've done nothing but spew venom and attempt to spread their negativity all around the world. It only serves to make Obama look even classier than he is. I'm lovin' every minute of this! I've waited eight long years for them to finally show their true colors!

    April 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Lynn

    The Republicans looked at the poll numbers and now realize that their politics of no hasn't worked. Now they are going to pretend once again they will work with the president.

    However they continue to make outlandish claims as seen on this blog as well as hold up the president's cabinet. Cantor today sounded like the president again as he all of a sudden has great compassion for a single mother. All a big ruse as the Reps. try to fix their image and "try to find their voice'/

    Does Wolf Blitzer realize how silly he looks as he tries to get everyone to grade the president. Perhaps he shpold ask Cantor to grade his own party.

    April 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Fitz in Texas

    Gosh, Pelosi believes everything she says. The problem here Mrs. Pelosi, is 70% of Americans don't.

    April 23, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Has Boehner forgotten the one TRILLION dollar debt his party and The Decider imposed on this and future generations with their disasterous war of choice based on deceipt? No wonder millions of Americans equate the words "Republican" and "duplicity"! He needs to review the last eight catastrophic years, and the role that he and fellow Republicans played in damaging America on so many fundamental levels as their friends in oil and the weapons trade raked in hundreds of billions of easy money.

    April 23, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. The Broker.

    I am aqn Englishman, living in Canada. Still I know more about your Country, than you do mine. I thought you were the News...

    April 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Dave NYC

    Yet once again, he offers no new solutions!

    April 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. CJ

    John Boehner, where have you been for the past eight years? Record spending? Are you so engrossed in your political regime that you did not notice that the GOP plunged us into the middle of war that has cost trillions? As for our economy, did someone neglect to let you know how those with money have controlled every facet of our government for years and that is why we are in these terrible times. Just in case no one has brought it to your attention, in my opinion, GOP could mean "Group of Pathetic." After all, it surely has been that the GOP has contributed greatly to endangering our national security by the false pretenses with which they have led this country. Shame on you and your cohorts. Why not do something valuable and take care of those who have broken our laws and stood idly by why young men and women have been sentenced to prison, stripped of their benefits, and humiliated on the world stage all because they followed orders of the GOPs Commander in Chief.

    April 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. MaryanneAZ

    Talk about alternate universe. Bipartisanship would have some traction if BOTH sides came to the table with some willingness to be flexible. One cannot be totally inflexible and expect to make compromises and advance solutions to our problems. I am not totally convinced that the important thing at this time is bipartisanship in light of the refusal of the minority to yield on even the most noncontroversial matters. I suspect it is a good thing that there is a strong majority or we would be mired in this economic abyss with no hope of recovery entirely. The GOP has to remember that they drove through their agenda with simple majority votes on several issues when they were the majority. They, in fact, set up the rules that they are having to eat crow and live with now. It's time to be grown-ups and get back to serving this Nation as the only priority.

    April 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Donna from Colorado Springs

    John Boehner is the reason there is no bi-partisanship. He has poisoned his entire party and has ordered them to say NO to everything and anything that President Obama wants! He doesn't want change in Washington........just more of the same bull--! He says no to everything and then whines when the Democrats don't give into his demands. He acts like a little dictator who should always get his way by throwing childish tantrums. Well, no one is listening to you!

    April 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Chrissy, TX

    Nancy Pelosi is an embarassment. Just looking at her makes me sick...she needs to be thrown out. Come to think of it all of the people in Congress and House that have been there forever should be thrown out. It is because of those people that this country is where it is today. It's all about "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" and president Obama quickly learned the trick of the trade. There has been no change...only now it's a different pary in charge!

    April 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Justin

    "And as we get into these next few months, you'll see us continue to work to be the party of better solutions,"

    Read: ...the party of No with no solutions.

    Once again, all that's coming out of the GOP is criticism. I guess when you're irrelevant that's all you can do.

    April 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Lombardi

    John –

    Stop whining and get in the game. We hold you responsible for the lack of Bi-partisanship .... you are not powerless/blameless in all this you know.

    April 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Christine

    Why is more air time and print space given over to whining hypocritcal Republicans. As soon as Democrats say something, Republicans come back threefold and its always negative. That's why they lost .
    The Bush Administration did more damage to America than people realised at the time. Americans are not fed up – Republicans are!
    Enough.

    April 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Mark WI.

    I don't know, the first 100 days I think better sums up Boehner, NAG, COMPLAIN, about everybody and everything. Kind of like the schoolyard kid who does not get his way, but does nothing constructive to help! I for one am so tired of the GOP's BULL...., they just put everybody in such a bad mood; that even if you are a conservative you would distance yourself, or would not admit to it!

    April 23, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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