May 17th, 2009
05:37 PM ET
6 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. Gimee A. Breyk

    Hey...racism is racism no matter who says it. All typical white women know this and now those who are tanned do too.
    Just because he is black and president does not mean he is immune from human traits- good and bad.

    May 17, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Poor Ellis. It's got to be hard being born a white man in America. Especially one that has no sense of humor. I'm sure there's a support group you can attend. You are in my prayers.

    May 17, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. xddy4u

    When is the Media going to stop digging in week old manure?

    May 17, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Biff

    I think Obama's comment was funny ! And John took it well. To bad Mr Boehner's politics are not as funny. In fact, he is one sick puppy.

    May 17, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. obama08

    Oompa..Loompa...Doopity...Doo...I've got another puzzle for you...

    May 17, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Marcus Tate

    Boehner, pronounced BONER.

    May 17, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. mary

    That smile is an angry fake smile, how can I trust John Boehner. He frightens me.

    May 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. P. Mathew

    I really don't care too much for Boehner...but I have to give him credit for brushing aside an obvious joke instead of the scrunching up his face, crossing his arms, and refusing the breathe (which lately has been what I expect from the GOP).

    May 17, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. HEIDI

    Why would the Media comment on this now, The White House Corrospondence Dinner was last week. Is This CNN'S weak attempt to start BS?

    May 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Dee, NJ

    Tan hsir, green tie's, is this for the "Rainbow Vote" or th "Gray Vote"?

    May 17, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. S M R

    The fake tan goes hand in hand with the fake promises that the GOP will do great things for our Country. PATHETIC

    May 17, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Frankie the Demo

    Mary Clark:
    You are obviously one of the good demos unlike too many others that make me cringe. They complain about the far right when the far left is just as bad. idiots all!

    May 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. fdr

    everyone is a person of color - this is a fact and not a joke.

    May 17, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. vic

    If a white politician made a comment about color how would that play...?

    We ALL lost the election.

    May 17, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. nites

    seems way too harmless to warrant 158 responses

    May 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. naygie

    His "tan" is not from beeing in the sun "cutting his grass" or fixing his "beds", more like the tanning bed at home. We people of color know!

    May 17, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. steve

    Maybe the GOP would like a wah-burger and some french cries.

    May 17, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. dolphin

    Obama needs to be careful of the things that he says...Let's not forget that he is also half white himself....

    May 17, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. sngeorgia

    He's as "Fake" as his tan. He "threw" yard work and golf so you can assume his tan came from that. Tanning Bed, Humorless Jokester.

    May 17, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. nites

    outlander need to get a dictionary.first he can;t even speel fascist correctly,and secondly, "liberal fascist" is real close to being an oxymoron.Maybe rush could help you with these issues

    May 17, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. David in San Diego

    Anything to keep "The Undertaker" in the public eye, although Mitch McConnell is strong competition for "dourest looking" GOPher. Boehner=Palin=Cheney=Rove=Limbaugh=the "face" of the Republican't party only a Democrat could love.

    May 17, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. mary

    Is John Boehner running for President. He will not win, John Boehner is too prejudiced. He has to like black people and the democrats. People have to like you and John Boehner does not have the charissma to be liked. He is too angry. I do not like him. People are not blind they can read between the lines.

    May 17, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. dementedcrats

    If a Republican had made a joke like that CNN and it sycophants would be doing headlines about it for six months blasting his insensitivity.

    May 17, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Daniel

    Boo Hoo Republicans, we gotta have a sense of humor sometimes...

    May 17, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. dementedcrats

    Barry Obama is a two pack a day cigarette smoker so I have heard. Must really ruin his 60% white complexion.

    May 17, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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