June 30th, 2010
05:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Update: Boehner responds to Obama

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks in Wisconsin Wednesday.

“The President should be focused on solving the problems of the American people – stopping the leaking oil and cleaning up the Gulf, scrapping his job-killing agenda, repealing and replacing ObamaCare – instead of my choice of metaphors.

“Attacking Republicans is a lot easier than explaining to the citizens of Racine, who face 14 percent unemployment, why one in every 10 Americans in our workforce is unemployed nearly 18 months after the president’s trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ spending bill was enacted.”

“I wasn’t minimizing the crisis America faced – I was pointing out that Washington Democrats have produced a bill that will actually kill more jobs and make the situation worse. It does nothing to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government mortgage companies that caused the housing and financial crisis by giving risky loans to people who couldn’t possibly pay them back. Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,’ and reforms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.”

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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. John J, IN

    Sure look forward to actually SEEING these alleged "Republican solutions".

    We've all been waiting for them for the last 9 years.

    June 30, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    "childish partisanship"?
    PLEASE!
    The current republican stratigy is to "DEFEAT" the duly elected President by opposing EVERYTHING. That would be the exact definition of "Childish partisanship"!

    Once again, the republicans have proven to be the ultimate hypocrites.

    June 30, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. David in Houston

    Nice try, John.

    Keep trying to apply lipstick to that pig...

    June 30, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Slider

    Mr. Boehner, the American people elected a central planner because they believed that government is the solution before even knowing what the question was.

    Mr. Obama doesn't have a plan.

    We are screwed.

    June 30, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. JonDie

    From 2001 to 2009, John Boehner helped lead one of the greatest declines of our nation in history. The best thing John Boehner could do for his country is resign and disappear.

    June 30, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Marcus

    “The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.”

    POT CALLING THE KETTLE!!!
    THE POT IS REALLY CALLING THE KETTLE!!!!!
    Unbelievable...!

    June 30, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Paul

    Oh please John give us an idea, any idea at all will do. That's how you start one idea at a time! I know there's one in you somewhere. Reach deep within yourself and pull it out. Other ideas will follow once the first one comes out.

    June 30, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. New Age Independant

    It's quite simple really. Obama only knows how to campaign. He doesn't know how to lead, and since his policies are failing miserably, he can only go on the attack. The problem is that the American people are getting wise to the constant deflection of issues.

    June 30, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Enrique

    Boehner is such a hypocrite. He has the audacity to criticize President Obama for partisanship?! What a joke! Boehner has offereed no solutions to the problems we are facing. All he does is whine and criticize.

    June 30, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. JohninTampa

    Truer word was never said. The American people want less childish partisanship.

    So shut up, Boehner, and go back to work. Since you have no ideas of you own to start with, see if you can find some way to improve a Democratic initiative.

    Thanks.

    June 30, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. allkneese

    The only job killing Agenda is the Repubs intentional stalling of Bank Reform. Small Business which represents 95 % of the workforce cannot find financing because the 5% of the economy the Repubs represent is gambling with our money rather than lending to business. Without Bank Reform the banks won't lend to business, killing employemnt. The repubs know this perfectly well. Boehmer is totally for job destruction.

    June 30, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Brian

    “The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.”..
    Beohner should listen to his own words...he is a hypocrite

    June 30, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,’ and reforms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    ------------------

    IF you have solutions lying Boner, WHY THE HELL HAVEN'T YOU SHOWN US WHAT THEY ARE??!!! You're all political talk and grandstanding and THAT is why you are the minority party and will stay that way in November and in 2012.

    June 30, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. RB

    The citizens of Racine are not the idiots that Sen. Boehner would make them out to be. They do not need President Obama to explain to them the causes of the recession. It was caused by 8 years of republican ideology put forth by moronic, narrow-minded, microcephalic idealogues like Boehner, and the people of Racine understand this completely. As far as the so-called republican "solutions" are concerned, I would like to hear from Sen. Boehner exactly what those solutions are. Oddly enough, in spite of his constant bloviating, I have yet to hear anything that sounds like an actual idea.

    June 30, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. John J, IN

    "Republican Solutions" – that coming from the man other Conservatives call "a bar hopper" and "someone who doesn't really work very hard" at his job in Congress.

    Pot, meet Kettle.

    June 30, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Gary Lewien

    So where is the "Yes we can" attitiude that liberals voted for? All I see is "It's not my fault" attitude. Harry Truman always said, "The buck stops here!" meaning his desk. America is tired of politics as usual. Watch out, elections are coming, and America is not happy!

    June 30, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. RH

    "Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,’ and reforms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

    ============================

    And that is? .... What? What's the Republicans' plan? Tell us, Boehner. Anybody worth telling is ready to listen.

    June 30, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. grandma

    I want assurances that the GOP is gonna stop with the limp wrist political correct crap and man up, face up to this marxist regime and repeal and recind every solitary thing they have done to destroy our country and I want their promise before I vote.

    June 30, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Robert

    This man is by far oversimplifying how the financial crisis came to be.

    Odds are, if there was more to it that address everything HE wants, he would say it was too big of a bill, just to spite Obama.

    June 30, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. JR

    I often ask myself if John Boehner is always under influence when he talks, and I got answer this morning from MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

    June 30, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Jake

    "...not more childish partisanship," said Boehner. You mean like you yourself are doing? This guy has a serious IQ problem. Namely lack of IQ.

    June 30, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Barbara Caniff

    Since John Boehner knows so much about the oil spill, why dosen't the President put him in charge of cleaning up the mess.? He seems to be all talk and no work.

    June 30, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Ben in Texas

    “The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.”

    Leadership is exactly what the American people want from Congress, which has much higher negatives than the White House. Boehner is one of the architects of the Repugnant policy of obstruction, which is the most childish display of partisanship imaginable, yet he points his finger at the President.

    This from a man who collects his exorbitant salary and enjoys his "socialist" benefits while spending his time on the tanning bed, playing golf, and making blustery ironic speeches. The country would be much better off without him. Die, Boehner.

    June 30, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. PrettyAmiable

    “The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.”

    I appreciate that he's getting the hipster vote out. The irony in that statement is obscene.

    June 30, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Greg

    Boehner needs to step down. After telling us we need to work longer to get our SS so his war machine can continue to occupy nations he has no legitimacy anymore. Not everyone has a job where he sits at a desk and screws the American people daily. Let him tell a construction worker who's been doing physical labor for 45 years and has bad knees and a bad back he has to work an extra five years to get the money he has coming to him. Boehner needs to give up his government pension before he tells us what we have to give up.

    June 30, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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