May 17th, 2009
05:37 PM ET
5 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. glen

    You let Geri N Y say the Repubs have nothing but the SOS and my very respectful comment –needs moderation! What a joke! Are you so stupid that you don't know what SOS stands for? But very typical
    of LIBERAL CNN. I had you in my morning coffee cup but no more.
    If it weren't for Lou Dobbs no one would watch CNN!

    May 17, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. GOPer

    A horrible leader for our party. We are in dire need of new leadership!!!

    May 17, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. LouAz

    One interview gets four individual stories ? Do you get paid by the inch ? Is Boehner so profound that each statement warrants it's own distinct story ? This smells like FOX Noise.

    May 17, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Marge

    Now I would have asked him if he had a bulldog with that face he would certainly be mistaken for one.....not kidding boehner.

    May 17, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Bethie

    Ohhhhhh............SLAMMER! John Boehner is a complete idiot who has spouted off about everybody and everything. President Obama just hammered him home! Nice!

    May 17, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. David

    Well Well

    Where are the Catholics when the Pope says it is sinful to ware condoms to stop the spread of AIDS? Hey Catholics lets do something about Priest RAPING young boys. Lets adopt all the children with no homes. Let help the ones dieing of AIDS. No you are not a christen group. You are rapist and murders. Help the world. Clean up you own yard.

    May 17, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Rotor

    America has become such a self defeating country. Any other country can throw a rock in the middle of America and someone would pick it up and throw it at another American. It seems no one hates us as much as we hate ourselves. A Frenchman could stand in a bucket of poop and if he was told it was French poop he would tell you it was the best poop in the world. What has become of Americans? Basically, the influx on immigrants flooding our country causing an out of balance of the once safe and hard working America.

    May 17, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Quarterback

    Bonehead may be a narsissitic personality disorder. At least he didn't blame eating too many carrots as the culprit for his strange coloration.

    I grew up in Ohio. There's no sun there. There's been no sun since 1956. Thank god I'm 1200 miles away from this lunatic.

    May 17, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Mike FROM CALGARY

    John Boehner and barck Obama just exude dignity and class. Kudos to both of them!

    May 17, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Ed

    At least this president has a sense of humor AND knows how to deliver a joke. Agree with him or not, you have to admit he can be funny.

    May 17, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. normajean

    At least Boehner responded to the presidents "tan" joke, He is so stone faced most of the time that you wonder if he is real or a waxed dummy.I don't think I've ever seen him even smile.

    May 17, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Lynn

    You don't get that color of skin from any sun I have been under!!!

    May 17, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Had It

    The Boner's tan is not from sun or sun lamps. That color is produced ONLY by the "rub on lotions" that are used for "quick tans".

    Does he think we're all stupid?

    May 17, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Uerdnaglibmimobnip

    I think Boehner is just glad no one is calling him "Boner".

    May 17, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. kimberly

    OK this is TOO funny!!! He is running on about lies and thinks ANYONE believes this SPRAY ON TAN is REAL???? HAHAHAHA, him and donald trump are ORANGE, someone should fire the moron that sprays them to look like umpa loompas!

    May 17, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. alvino

    Woody finally acted human.

    May 17, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. PQ

    He enjoys being outside? Are there tanning salons outside?

    May 17, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. sharvey62

    Enjoy being outside? Please. Most lifeguards don't even get that tanned. That's definitely a spray-on.

    May 17, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Mk.

    ich! YuuuK!
    Do you walk around the golf course spraying on Bronzer?

    May 17, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. usnuzuluze

    Hey Ambrose, at least Ms. Pailn wears panties, if it is up to Obama and his push for homosexuality even you may be wearing panties soon.

    May 17, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Get on with the problems at hand.

    Outside my foot.... I know a tanning bed tan when I see one.... And he has one.

    May 17, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. ObamaGirl

    I may not agree with you or your party, Mr. Boehner, but it was refreshing to see this side of you.

    May 17, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. wakeupamerica

    At least Mr. Perpetually Tan can take a joke!

    May 17, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Bethie

    If the GOP has any chance for survivial, they need to over-haul the nut jobs they have now. Period.

    May 17, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. outlander

    only white males can be ridiculed...apparently they are fair game...so sorry, time to stand up and be counted – great response to a "racist" comment as only those of color can make those comments without being called "racist". double standard typical of liberal facists.

    May 17, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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