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.
That was a good comeback. I enjoyed both – the President's joke and
Obama calls for common ground on abortion. Well, that is like nothing we have never heard of before. Did his teleprompter make him say it?
Funny joke by Obama, but not sure how this is political news.
I note that CNN has changed its front-page headline for this article from
"person of color" to "racial".
What's that about?
This type of exchange could go a long way in helping to eliminate the racial discomfort to which Eric Holder refers. A good lighthearted job on both guys' parts!
The press is stirring up stuff again.
Hey, Mary. I am so glad you can read minds and know just what Boehner is thinking. Fake smile, I don't think so. Why is it so difficult to give the guy credit for being a good sport on this issue. You Dems have become such haters. I can't figure out why. Can you read my mind right now????
Can't we all just get along?
Let's put this in perspective. If government workers cannot say "white board" or "black board" because it could possible be deemed racist, why should their leaders be allowed to make skin color statements? (Racism charges within the government really did include the color of boards.)
Ok...here's a non-story. Why should anyone take offense...everyone jokes about Boehner's "tan". It was all in good fun and for once Boehner sounds like a "normal" person.
If Boehner thinks that that is natural than maybe it explains his whole political philosophy. DENIAL.
I must strenuously object to the CNN headline depicting the Boehner comments as "racial" in nature. There was nothing racial about it. It was a joke. The same as Boehner has heard a hundred times. If your looking for an insult to perpetrate on someone try "liar." It's a no brainer. Just look in the mirror first.
If you want to understand liberals, read their comments.
A few are reasonable, too few.
I feel like I have to take a shower to clean off the filth after I make the mistake and again visit sites like this.
He'd rather be heckler than ignored? Well that is certainly what he is doing to OBAMA! So I guess he must LIVE OBAMA since he is heckling him so much! Perhaps it is a case of tan-envy.
Do not tell you know who a tan look good he will run to the desert and fall in a Coyote hole an call "RL" and :BOY" two tan the Repub will be in real trouble.
If a white person had said that instead of Obama they would be in a lot of trouble.
Does he own a tanning salon on the side, or just have a tanning bed to keep his golden tan in shape?
I think the joke was funny and I also think the John Boehner took it very well!
1. This was not a "race" joke. Just because a joke mentions skin color does not automatically make it a race joke. What's wrong with joking about a fake tan?
2. Dear CNN–Just because someone appears on youyr Sunday morning show does not mean they are the main newsmaker for that day. I know news channels have to promote themselves, but don't mix it in with the "news."
White is a 'color' too, last time I checked; but I prefer the term Caucasian.
Gee CNN, Do you think you could get 1 more story concerning Boehner on this ticker today? You people need to get a life! Seriously!
"I’d rather be heckled than ignored,” Boehner, the Ohio Republican told CNN’s John King." Lets see if I remember it correctily, 80% of Americans are now ignoring the NO Party and the politicians without an apparent creative idea in their thick skulls.
The only "friends" they have are the right-wing extremists who are leading the GOP into oblivion. It is sad to watch and listen to.
This afternoon it was "republican reacts to ribbing". Now it's "republican reacts to racial joke". Sounds like the night editor at CNN has an agenda.
I'll make a deal with Rep. Boehner about global warming: I'll stop farting if he stops breathing.
So, what do you call that color?