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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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. felicia

    Poo-poo to mr boener, President Obama hit it right on the head the repigs are a bunch of washed up used to be's who needs to stand by their President. President Obama is doing a wonderful job. Obama2012!

    June 30, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Rob

    Boner is an idiot.

    June 30, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. CONNIE

    AMEN! Obama is a bully and no one is going to push him around.

    June 30, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. keeth in california

    Look in the mirror, Boehner. The American people want leadership from Congress and the GOP too, not more childish partisanship.

    June 30, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. rob

    Well said. The Republicans need to stay on the offensive because the Dems are desperate. They have nothing positive to run on; 9.7% unemployment and going higher, run-away spending, trillion dollar deficits, oil gushing in the gulf with a horrible Federal response, Europe debt crisis and a looming debt crisis here.

    The only answer the Dem leadership has is BLAME BUSH and the Republicans and then pretend that all we need to do is raise taxes and spend more.

    I can see November from my porch and its not pretty for the Democrat party.

    June 30, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Rob Johnson

    Boehner himself is nothing if not a childish partisan.

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    June 30, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Ben

    Boehner and the Republicans the american people need help now. What's your solutions? Let me guess, after November you'll tell us.

    June 30, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Marty, FL

    Sadly, there is so much wrong with what Rep. Boehner said:

    Boehner has hypocritically made a fallacy (again) of so-called "smaller government" nonsense by calling for more (i.e. "BIG") government involvement in the Gulf crisis instead of demanding more accountability from BP.

    Perhaps Boehner was not paying attention (again) when more Americans are supporting health care now as our fellow neighbors understand the actual benefits beyond the lies & rhetoric.

    And Boehner happens to be the minority lead of partisanship and absurd obstructionism instead of trying to find ways to work with his Democratic colleagues.

    June 30, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Beth60

    childish partisanship? Looks who's talking. I despise this man.

    June 30, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Val in MA

    I am sorry to say this, but this president makes me sick to my stomach for engaging himself in his pity pointing-the-finger partisan talk. GROW UP ALREADY! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD take charge, take leadership, take responsibility! Show the American people that you are at least willing to try to lead our beloved country! Stop accusing the minority party because it doesn't look presidential, in fact it turns people away from you. Is it 2012 yet?

    June 30, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Briana the college student

    What is the solution that Republicans have? Saying No to everything won't change unemployment.

    June 30, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Gasstationman

    "childish partisanship" sounds strange coming from Boehner.

    June 30, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Lately, Republican solutions to anything have been limited to tax cuts for the rich and wars. I assume Minority Leader means more of that?
    If the citizens of Racine want to know why the economy is in the shape it's in now I'm sure they can find out, and I doubt it is because of the policies of President Obama. This man needs to be sent packing to K Street.

    June 30, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Video Guy

    Ok Sunshine, What are the Republicans better solution?. Another handful of blank paper?

    June 30, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Ron

    This administration is pathetic. Since they have taken office (over 18 months ago!!) we have lost 3 million MORE jobs and unemployment at almost 10% (Reminder: Obama said if "Stimulus" was passed unemployment would not go above 8%). Blaming the Republicans when the Democrats have had a super majority for over a year (and the people realized what a mess Obama was doing and stopped this catastrophe from getting worse by electing Scott Brown to remove the Senate supermajority) is sooooo immature. Is Obama in the 2nd grade? I have never heard someone WHINE so much who is SUPPOSED to be a leader. Obama is pathetic and when you look at what he has done in the last 18 months it is difficult to find even ONE thing he has done that has been successful. What a pathetic president we have...........

    June 30, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Beverly - NYC

    Someone has his little boy pants in a bunch. Don't start none won't be none, ever hear that slogan inthe America you grew up in Mr. Boehner? For your information the country is getting on board with healthcare now that they are getting the benefits of it, despite your rhetoric and death panel nonsense. I bet some of those blue haired, don't tread on me, tea-baggers are quietly reaping benefits. Why don't you take your spray tanned butt down to the gulf and help clean up. It will probably be the most honest day's work you've done in a long time

    You say Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,’ and reforms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Okay we're listening what are the Republican ideas? Mr Bennett has found his conscience says Republicans have no ideas, just slogans is he lying or are you?
    .

    June 30, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. valwayne

    9.7% UNEMPLOYMENT and it looks like we are headed back into a 2nd recession. Obama and the Democrats have done everything wrong. Trillions and trillions of corrupt spending and debt to pay off the special interests while millions and millions of average working Americans suffer! Obama couldn't be bothered with jobs or the economy. He just had to add to the debt and pass the corrupt heathcare bill. Now we are headed back into the toilet. Thanks Obama! Thanks Democrats!

    June 30, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. elmizmo

    what an idiot! Boehner is just another obstructionist with no valid alternatives. he should just shutup.

    June 30, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Larry

    Boner, you're history.

    You have to backpedal from every statement you make anymore. You're a lying, corrupt politician.

    We're tired of you in Ohio, and you won't be reelected.

    June 30, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. Whatever

    Joe Scarbrough said everything that needs to be said about Boehner.......... he's lazy and spends too much time in the bar.

    I would hope that the good people of OH would allow him to spend all his time playing golf, tanning and hanging out in the bar.

    June 30, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. phoenix86

    Obama is so far out of his depth that he can only resort to self-congratulatory remarks and empty rhetoric.

    To bad that incompetence is not an impeachable offense.

    June 30, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Paul

    Mr. John Boehner your party is responsible for all of this mess, have you forgotten the GOP's slow response to Katrina? the financial meltdown? are you trying to ignore the fact that your party protects Wall Street above all things. Please do not even try to look concerned cause we know the facts and the blame is on greedy people like you and your party.

    June 30, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Dan A

    Hey Boehner-Go cook yourself in one of your tanning beds–what a hypocritical moron !!!!!!!

    June 30, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Dr. Sheila

    Love John Boehner. He is one of a few politicos with a backbone. Besides greed and graft, what compels most of these fools to go into Washington? Oh, the graft and greed. Do none of these people believe in karma, God, an after life, dues, just where do you all think the kennedy's are right now, for example. Pelosi, Reid, Obie- you cannot take it with you.

    June 30, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Jim

    definition of "childish partisanship": see John Boehner.

    June 30, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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