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. tmike

    DaBird (how ghetto is that name!) – if you can't tell the difference between "half-breed" as an insult and "is a color that doesn't occur in nature" as one, then clearly you are an idiot (and from the looks of several comments posted here, you have company).

    May 17, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. MikeH

    Apparently CNN needs to foment hatred and anger on this 1-week-old story, hence the `racist comment' verbage in the Ticker headline.

    Attention CNN Senior Editor in Charge: Fire the dweeb who composed this, or risk slipping lower down into the pandering propaganda cesspool currently inhabited by FOX Spews.

    May 17, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Thin skinned Repubs

    If you are ORANGE, people are going to notice.

    May 17, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Brent Quebman

    I live in Ohio, when does the sun shine enough for him to get a tan?

    May 17, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. hongli

    John Boehner has BAD BREATH.

    May 17, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Vance

    I don't see how this is offensive, unless saying someone looks black is offensive. and Being black myself, i don't see why anyone would take offense.

    May 17, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. John

    John Bohner is just another spoiled rich kid with a great tan because he has never had to work a day in his life.

    May 17, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Gus

    It's a joke. Get over yourselves. The only way to break down the barrier of racism is to joke about it. People are too sensitive. Laugh, it's funny.

    May 17, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. larry

    Why is CNN always trying to start some she it.

    May 17, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. jon

    I see. The president makes a racial joke andit is funny adn time to attack the butt of the joke, not address the leader of the free world practicing double standards. But isn't that normal behavior for any black person.

    May 17, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Denna

    Wow, and I thought that orange tan was real. But seriously, it was a good joke, delivered neatly and John was gracious and he finally came across as being human.

    May 17, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Tiff of lithia springs

    Slow news day I guess...

    May 17, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Darrie

    It seems the Repubs try their darn best to make something dark and evil out of every little peep that comes out of the mouths of Dems. I am pretty sure that America has had a bait of it too. Obama was kindly complimenting the man's tan. I'm sure Bohner would not work so hard to stay THAT tan if he didn't want the WORLD to notice and so apparently much of the world has noticed. If only a man could be judged by his tan...well Obama would still be the better man, eh?-LOL!

    May 17, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    After the racist bumpers stickers with RNC logos on them appeared here in Texas during the presidential campaign, no GOP has the right to even broach/cross the line on racism, in part or in whole!

    May 17, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Toole

    Someone please shut these nit-witted Republicans up. Enough already!

    May 17, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. Harvey for Obama

    Come on people. Learn how to take a joke. I have never seen so many thin skinned people. Get a life.

    May 17, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. MJHS1967

    I agree with you Gambi...a refreshing "change" indeed!!! 🙂

    May 17, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. To: Mary Clark

    Can we all stop with the very denigrating remarks?

    no, no, no

    I have put up with this garbage from the GOP since the 80's

    The GOP dishes out and the Democrats are expected to make nice

    screw them

    May 17, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. Susan

    God, if only the media would ignore're on more shows than Newt, and that's tough to manage when you're supposed to be working for the people of Ohio.

    May 17, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Kathy

    Good joke. Obama was accused of playing the race card when he made the remark that he doesn't look like the presidents on the dollar bills. I thought that was hilarious. Well, he doesn't look like any other president. His name is unusual – even Mrs. Obama said that when she first met him. He has black skin; that's plainly easy to see. So why do some people get so uptight when he alludes to his race. Puzzles me. It's great that he's able to make jokes about skin color, eases tensions and could lead to more relaxation between the races.

    May 17, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. anita

    O-slam-ya is so funny.
    Funny like a forest fire in a whirlwind and about as discplined – in presidential responsibilities

    May 17, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Extreme tan mom

    Good joke and good response! One of my sons loves those "permanent" tan looks. At some point, he may be dealing with skin cancer because of his nonsense, but he's an adult, and it's HIS nonsense. And, he IS a person of color. No, not in the natural realm, but in the kind that walks out of tanning salons all across the nation!

    May 17, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. mia

    JOKE. Need a definition??? Probably after dubwa and company.

    He is honest in his humor.

    ARE YOU????

    May 17, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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