September 16th, 2010
12:12 PM ET
8 years ago

Brianna Keilar: Boehner as Bogeyman? 'Comes with the territory'

11:30 a.m. - With the Obama administration trying to paint House Minority Leader John Boehner as the face of Republican opposition in the run-up to the November midterms, I asked him at his weekly press conference how it feels to be the GOP bogeyman.

"You all know me, I'm such a scary guy," Boehner joked. "I just say it the way it is. I'm the most open, transparent person in this town. I've got good attributes, I've got some that probably people don't like, but I say it the way it is. It comes with the territory."

Should Republicans take control of the House of Representatives Boehner would likely become Speaker of the House. Boehner has remained relatively unknown until now but as Democrats try to convince voters not to put Republicans in control of Congress, President Obama and top administration officials have persistently criticized the GOP leader.

Filed under: Hill Hallways • John Boehner
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. katiec

    Oh, wow. How many cocktails had Boehner drank?
    To try and convince people that he holds any of these merits is hilarious.
    Oh, well, typical republican, can't believe a word he says, although with his ego probably has even hisself fooled.

    September 16, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "I just say it the way it is"

    Ummmm...the fact checks do not support this, which makes it yet another instance of him not saying it the way it is. Death panels with a side of trickle-down deregulatory BS, anyone?

    It's funny that CNN spends so much time talking about the Dems pointing fingers at Orangina though. There hasn't been a single article with this slant regarding how the GOP has spent the past 21 months demonizing Obama, Reid and Pelosi....yet when the Dems take the offensive against a corporatist wh-re, suddenly the giant corporations know as the MSM gets all bent out of shape. Funny how that works.

    September 16, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. robertJ

    It would be very refreshing if boehner did say things as they are instaed of twisting them (to the point of lying) to meet his selfish, self centered, greedy, bigoted republican ideologies ! keep talking Bonehead. You and Mcconnell are great for the Democrats (Oh I forgot Palin too)

    September 16, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "I just say it the way it is."
    Boehner: Hell no you can't!

    The American people: Yes We Can!!

    September 16, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. bkbf

    That is all Obama does is attack and blame someone. He says one thing and does another. He is bankrupting this country on purpose. Obama hates our country.

    September 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Saw this on another post – I mean if it wasn't so comical, it would be downright peculiar. And they say conservatives are the purveyors of fear:

    "Liberals, wake up!! The Mutants from the Right want to control our country. They are looking to set up a totalitarian government that will force Americans to comply with their vision of a "United Christian States of America". Muslims and non-Christians will be Gas Chambered!! Jews will be tolerated as p[rt of a grand plan to herd them back to Israel – to fulfill the Extremist Christian belief that "God" will return to Earth when the Jews are returned to Israel. Folks, science has proven that Conservatism is a GENETIC DEVIANCE . Conservatives are against scientific research because they truly have something to hide! They are like the "Visitors" of V, or like the Mutants of "28 Days". They want to take over the world and they have organized their communications by taking over FOX networks! Stand up and fight the mutant takeover!!"

    September 16, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Minnesotan

    Transparent? Maybe. Delusional? Probably. Lying? Definitely.

    September 16, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Keep on laughing Boehner – all the way to the bank. Handing out any checks from your cigar-smoking lobbyist pals on the House floor lately? Or what 100 flights on corporate leer jets with your Big $ crony stooges just in the past few years alone?

    September 16, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Broom

    A a good portion of Democrats running for re-election are trashing Obamacare & Obama's policies so based on that Boehner is mild. All this Boehner stuff is just a distraction from the failed policies of Obama. Democrats can't run on their own record – its horrendous.

    September 16, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Fenarkleman

    How is Boehner unknown? He's probably the most famous Agent Orange, Oompah Loompah Cremesicle American in history.

    September 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. gg

    Boehner's reactionary policies spell disaster for America. He's Newt Gingrich revisited.

    September 16, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Vote Dem Please

    This does not have an ounce of substance?
    What can anyone learn from this report? This goes to prove that all republicans and their followers are soooooooooo dumb. Please Boehner is a loser and not very bright. These are the people that ran our country into the ground becaue of their ignorance for 8 years. This man believe that you can run a counrtry without spending money? LOL.... He presents budgets without a cost beside it? Hello wake up America. This party is a joke? Wise up American don't give them thekey? They will reverse all the progress. You have been warned::::::::::::;;;;;;;;;

    September 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Blkman

    He's just the GOP orange-faced yes man. And ugle too.

    September 16, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    He'll never be as smart and as strong as Nancy Pelosi. He wets his bed too much.

    Too much blood in his alcohol stream?

    September 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Boner is the booger-man. He has tried to booger-up everything that could possibly help the US move toward economic recovery and social justice.
    Personally Boner's not scary, in fact he's an orange-colored joke – but his efforts for national and Presidential failure, and the results of his efforts, are scary.
    Just ask someone who doesn't have a job or is at risk of loosing their family's home ...... how scary that is.

    September 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    If he is such a "transparent guy" how come we don't see his bones? Only that unnatural orange tint! Is is spray-on or bed tanning? Does he text Snookie to get tanning tips?
    Also, after his coming out with the statement that he may support letting the Bush Tax breaks expire, he got jumped by the rest of the Republican Leadership. So it is possible that he may not be a shoo-in for the Speaker's job.

    September 16, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Gary Jaussaud

    My Comment is: If the Republican's retake the House and John Boehner becomes Speaker of the House, the American People will
    be watching very carefully to see just how they plan to run the country
    in a different way, and just what are they going to do. Its one thing to get voted into office, its another to really do the job and make change.
    We will see.

    September 16, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. jeff

    Anybody tired of these mafia-esqe parties? It seems it is better to do what is best for your party than for the country. Its getting pretty tiresome.

    September 16, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    No, no, he's not the bogeyman. Boehner's the "orange man".

    September 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I think Sarah Palin should endorse John Boehner. I think he needs her help. As for him being a bogeyman? Naw...he's just a disruptive playground bully, the kind that needs a 'sucker punch' brought from the ground up to straighten him around. He brought on all this bad press upon himself.

    September 16, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Snow

    Never in our history has the President or in this case the current occupant of the White House attacked a minority leader by name. The moron must think minority leader Boehner is the leader of the Republican Party.Oh well, he thought there were 58 states so I guess it makes sense and least to him. I guess nobummer is confused but he has been confused since he joined the Senate and the same is true since he has been in the White House.

    September 16, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. wweeks

    He must be doing something right to have obama and the left after his butt.

    September 16, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Ben in Texas

    I haven't liked Pelosi since she refused to impeach Bush. I haven't liked Boehner since he was born. Of the two, I'd take Pelosi.

    September 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |