May 17th, 2009
05:37 PM ET
9 years ago

Boehner responds to Obama's 'person of color' joke

WASHINGTON (CNN) – GOP congressional leader John Boehner is brushing off President Obama’s recent joke about Boehner’s famously permanent tan.

At the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner a week ago, the country’s first African-American president said he had “a lot in common” with Boehner who is Caucasian. “He is a person of color,” Obama joked before a massive ballroom of celebrities and Washington journalists. “Although not a color that appears in the natural world,” Obama added, barely able to keep his composure as he delivered the dig.

“As I tell my friends, you only tease the ones you love,” Boehner said responding to Obama Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“Yeah, I enjoy being outside,” Boehner added, trying to explain his persistently tanned appearance.

“I’d rather be heckled than ignored,” the Ohio Republican told CNN’s John King.

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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. kcl

    What a great response. Take note America.

    May 17, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Geri N Y

    So what ! Still the party of No. No one cares, The Repubs have nothing new;always The SOS

    May 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Mike in VA

    What's the matter kid? Don't ya like liberals? Aren't they funny? Don't they make ya freakin' laugh?

    May 17, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    What?? Bohner actually took the joke with a smile? He's not as uptight and humorless as I thought.

    Ms. Palin gets her panties in a wad by the slightest criticism. She has thin skin.

    Funny joke about Boehner being a man of color.

    May 17, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. P from CA

    Tan in a Tube Boehner actually has a sense of humor?

    May 17, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. John Okon

    The press is looking for something to ignite race topic, which every is scared to talk abt but rather report.

    May 17, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Rita, MD

    Good response. I'm glad the Senator can take a joke.

    Obama 2012

    May 17, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. DaBird

    What if Boehner had said "Obama, the first half breed President". Obama is applying the rule of Jesse and Al where only white people can be racist.

    May 17, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Angie

    that is the only thing you can do is make fun of ANYONE in the gop. they are all a joke.

    May 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Yeah, Geri, the party that says no to the destruction of the US economy and the value of the dollar. You got something against that?

    I'm not a big fan of the Republicans anymore–not since they gave up common sense and replaced it with idiotic bible-thumping–but at least they're trying to keep Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the Dems from saddling our kids with debt they'll never be able to pay off, and inflating the money supply into worthlessness.

    May 17, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Dale

    Yeah, Boehner enjoys being outdoors....once he's finished his daily tanning booth regimen.
    That 'tan' is about as authentic as his words.

    May 17, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Paul

    I have been a user of Clinique tan products for many years. And let me tell you John Bohner should be the poster guy for the product, or maybe it's those excess nicotine stains from those cigirates he so loves and cherishes.

    May 17, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Dave

    Keep using the tanning booth, Mr. Boehner. Melanoma can't be that far away

    May 17, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. carlos

    he doesn't use water.....the beener washes with coke, hehehehe

    May 17, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. TCM

    obama shouldn't joke about anyone; he's the biggest joke to occupy the white house.

    May 17, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. GenTwelve

    I'm wondering if the President has a problem with white folks?

    May 17, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Comradio

    Well, Dem's, if you can't read between the lines of the last handful of articles the Libertarians(the young)will be what becomes our real opponent in the future. And they are a REAL opponent. AND AM inciter Glen Beck is trying to hijack their movement. All signs point to that future folks, for gods sake, remember on thing, we may be here now but it took 8 years and BUSH to get here. The other side is almost always more organized, it's a fact now. Without Obama we've got nothing...

    May 17, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. proud army navy mom

    while i despise bone, that was a good comeback for him

    May 17, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Mary

    He had to take the joke, because otherwise, people would comment on those elitist froufrou English cigarettes he smokes constantly. He uses the man tan to cover up the wrinkles caused by all that smoking he does.

    May 17, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. German,Irish American

    Ambrose Smith Borrego Springs, California- Ms. Palin gets her panties in a wad by the slightest criticism. She has thin skin. Palin was not even mentioned, but you libs feel the need to try to slam her. How about if the shoe was on the other foot, and Palin had joked that Michelle Obama married a man of color since Barrack is half white? Would you be rolling on the floor laughing over the color remark, or calling Palin a bigoted racist?

    May 17, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Tony

    Wow politicians with a sense of humor and not on the defensive. Kudos to the prez for making a joke about skin color and people not getting their panties in a wad. Lets meet in the middle people this is our country. Give a little-get a little, even if it was a joke, it was a step

    May 17, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Amazing Boehner didn't condem Obama for making a racist comment:)

    May 17, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. George

    If John Boehner would act like this day to day, he could be an asset to our country. Seems he can handle being kidded anyway. Now is time for all on both side to lighten up and do some good for America.

    May 17, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    You have a tanning booth outside, do ya?

    Most the time he looks a gross orange. Does anybody ever tell him?

    May 17, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Nice to see that some in Washington still have a sense of humor. Lately it has appeared to be very tense.

    May 17, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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