August 24th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Boehner calls for Obama to fire Geithner

 Boehner is delivering an economic address Tuesday.
Boehner is delivering an economic address Tuesday.

(CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner is calling on President Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and other top economic officials, according to prepared remarks from a speech the top House Republican is giving Tuesday morning in Cleveland.

"We have been told that the president's economic team is 'exhausted' – already, his budget director and his chief economist have moved on or are about to. Clearly, they see the writing on the wall, and the president should too," says Boehner. "President Obama should ask for – and accept – the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council."

The ten-term Republican from southwestern Ohio, who would become House Speaker if the Republicans win back control of the chamber in the November midterm elections, is scheduled to speak at the City Club of Cleveland.

Boehner's call for Geithner and Summers resignations is the fifth of five actions he is calling on Obama to immediately take to help improve the economy and stimulate job growth. The other four include urging the president to announce "he will not carry out his plan to impose job-killing tax hikes on families and small businesses" and "that he will veto any job-killing bills sent to his desk by a lame-duck Congress – including 'card check,' a national energy tax, and any other tax increases on families and small businesses."

Boehner also asks Obama to urge Congressional Democratic leaders to stop obstructing GOP attempts to repeal what he calls the new health care law's "job killing" mandate and calls on the president to submit an "aggressive spending reduction package" to Congress.

Democrats offered a "prebuttal" on Monday to Boehner's address. On a conference call with reporters, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse and Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern pounded home the message that no matter what Boehner would say on Tuesday, his policies would bring America back to "the last eight years."

"More of the same," Wasserman-Schultz said. "Maybe repackaged into something shiny. But not that it's going to look or smell or taste like anything different."

The Democratic pushback continued Tuesday morning, with the DNC released a web video that charges that "it's John Boehner and Republicans who want to take us back to the Bush era economic policies that nearly sank our economy." LINK TO WEB AD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvwkdXNQfw4

CNN's Jeff Simon contributed to this report


Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. ghostwriter

    Look, this guy has had it out for Obama since day one. And let's not forget who we are talking about. Wasn't he the one who's plan consisted of republican talking points in a like a 6 page booklet? Don't worry, we will get rid of this guy as soon as possible.

    August 24, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    "We have been told that the president's economic team is 'exhausted' – already, his budget director and his chief economist have moved on or are about to. Clearly, they see the writing on the wall, and the president should too," says Boehner.

    Maybe they're just tired of YOU and your RepubliCAN'T partners saying NO, NO a thousand times NO – over, and over, and over again!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. independent minds want to know

    Geithner is an Obama stooge. Why would he fire him?

    Plus, what indications are there that Obama cares what happens to the economy anyway. He's already passed 3 stimulus packages without spending the first one.

    August 24, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. rs

    House Minority Leader John Boehner should resign- he is a prime example of failed leadership within the Republican Party. He has done nothing to advance a Republican agenda, and has instead chosen chaos as a Republican value and strategy. He adds nothing to the polictical climate in Congress, and does not represent the people in his district.

    August 24, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Mesa Mick

    Stick a sock in it Boneher...You and the rest of the re-thug-lie-cants in congress are simply clueless stooges for big business and the rich.

    Get out of the way and let the adult progressives fix this country for EVERYBODY, not just the rich....

    August 24, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Russ

    Does anyone really care what bonehead thinks?

    August 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. cando

    If anyone needs to be fired it's Boehner.

    August 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. John

    The republican need too try and help the President instead of saying NO too everything he try too do. The REPUBLICAN ARE THE PARTY OF NO>

    August 24, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Anonymous

    When you and the Republicans in Congress resign, then you can call for Tim's resignation.
    Mr Boehner, shut up.

    August 24, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Grog in Ohio

    And America calls on the GOP to fire Boehner...

    August 24, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. js

    Bonehead Boehner should resign. When Clinton left office there was a surplus.
    President Cheney and VP Bush created the mess we are in thanks to Boehner and the other conservatives who couldnt
    say no to funding a war of choice.

    August 24, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. joe

    what crediblity does this clown have? i have never heard one sound idea from this guy regarding the economy. in fact, the GOP has no new ideas for the economy. all you hear is the same old argument. if anybody out there thinks the answer is to put the republicans back in charge they should have thier heads examined. any sane, rational grown up knows that this mess started under president bush and the republican party. has any one forgotten the fact that our country was losing 600 thousand jobs a month under the GOP? how is that president obama's fault. if our country was so well off under the GOP why did we overwhelming elect president obama? for heaven's sake, give the guy a chance. no one is satisfied with how things are going but to say it is president obama's fault is simply delusional.

    August 24, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. spiffy

    what we really need is another "pamphlet" from the republican party on how to fix the economy. i mean the first one had so much detail i am surprised we are not in "the promised land" already. Boehner's the best.

    August 24, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. doug

    The problem is at the top, Obama is your typical Chicago Democrat thug.

    Because of Democrats, tens of thousands of people have died in our major cities since the great society plan was implimented in the 60s.

    All Democrats support holding people back, making them live in violent deadly areas of poverty all so that they are a sure shot Democrat vote each November.

    Needless to say, there is not one single republican in America who is half as evil as Democrats.

    August 24, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. kingsley jones

    fear fear fear how do you expect americans to spend money and stimulate this economy if fox news and republicans keep telling us the world is going to end tomorrow. all this hate mungering, racist views and trying to change the constitution to benefit themselves. why didnt they thought about this eight years ago when this same situation was going on with bush. We are damaging our image abroad and turning off investors who see that the republicans is going to take over congress and the senate with no clear idea of growth. We are in a free enterprise system which deals in supply and demand, how can you supply somthing if there is no demand the people need to have somthing in their hand to buy something from stores to get their demand up so they can start higher again we need money at both side of the fence. you talk about cutting jobs and cutting the deficit i dont see where thats logical. it to thought out process which could take some hard choices.

    August 24, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Angus McDugan

    Nobody tells Obama what to do! (Insert emoticon with me rolling my eyes here) Obama will ride this horse into the dirt no matter how badly it performs just to show us that he will not take our advice.

    August 24, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. John

    Boehner is the one who should resign along with all the other Republicans who have been obstructing everything Obama has tried to do since taking office.

    August 24, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. mike

    Geithner and Summers is doing a good job if the TAN MAN wants them fired look this idiot has been on the golf course with big business to long and now is there attack dog this man could care less about the average joe if the tax breaks to the wealthy are to create jobs were are they we gave GM and chrysler bailout money and workers are going back to work and our bailout money is being paid back thats a fact now if I am going to bailout the wealthy what am I going to get out of it THIS IS SIMULATES IN ANOTHER FORM AND THERE IS NO GETTING AROUND IT WELFARE FOR THE WEALTHY

    August 24, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Eric

    Honestly, putting a known tax cheat in charge of the treasury is like putting a known tax cheat in charge of writing tax laws... oh wait...

    August 24, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. ksurgenor

    Boehner needs to understand that the President will spend what Congress allows him to spend. If the Republicans want to cut spending submit bills that do just that. Congress controls the purse strings not the President. Now don't get me wrong. I am by no means an Obama fan. Obama promised change and instead brought more of the same old crap. 2006+ Bush policies might have gotten us into this mess but Obama policies have kept us there. To improve the economy do the following: cut all tax brackets in half, repeal Obamacare and replace it with a "double what you spend on healthcare" tax credit for employers (2 for 1), end the marriage tax, end the inheritance tax, end the capital gains tax for 5 years, raise retirement age for anyone born after 1965 to 75 for social security and Medicare.

    August 24, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Anonymous

    I agree with getting Geithner's resignation along with the other loosers who aren't getting the job done. Lets get someone who isn't just another crook.... Do the job or get out!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Bill

    Yes! Please get rid of Geithner. And get rid of Bernanke too while you are at it. These guys are doing everything wrong. The Fed buying mortgage securities and treasuries is just crazy. Stop trying to hold interest rates down! Stop trying to support home prices! Stop devaluing our currency!!

    August 24, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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