Boehner's emotional thank you to Republicans
April 6th, 2011
07:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Boehner's emotional thank you to Republicans

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner became choked up during a meeting with House Republicans Wednesday, according to several GOP sources in the room.

Two Republican sources said he became emotional when he expressed gratitude for GOP conference support over his decision to move ahead on another stopgap bill that would fund the government for an additional week. Those in the meeting then applauded the Ohio congressman, praise that CNN could hear outside the room.

Boehner is under pressure from Republicans over ongoing negotiations to avoid a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires Friday. More conservative members of the caucus, particularly those aligned with the Tea Party movement have turned up the heat, urging Boehner not to renege on pledged spending cuts.

Still, several Republican lawmakers – even those urging the Speaker to stand firm and not compromise on spending cuts – have said they appreciate the way Boehner is trying.

"What a lot of us have been trying to do is to encourage him to be bold," Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Illinois told CNN. "The healthy pressure we've put out there is to remind him of that, to be bold. He's doing everything he can to work this out."


Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • House Republicans • John Boehner
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. The reality is...

    Good for him! Refreshing to hear there is still someone who has a heart in D.C., who cares enough for this country, our children, and grandchildren to take a stand to cut spending instead of laying the burden on the backs of those who come after us. Amazing so many people want to burden their own children and grandchildren with our debt. Oh, wait a minute, this is par for some of these de ad bea ts.

    April 6, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Did he cry again?

    April 6, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Henry

    This sorry excuse for a human being chokes up. Does he choke up when his minion Ryan strips away support for the elderly? Clown.

    April 6, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    A stopgap bill is nothing of which to be proud. It is sad that the GOP has set its sights THAT LOW!

    April 6, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Luke Brown

    Maybe Beohner wants to do the right thing, but the right-wing crazies in the GOP will never let him do it. The Tea Party Republicans are determined to destroy the government of our country. They are way to simple-minded to be in positions of power in these challenging times. Fortunately, they are such hypocrites that the voters are figuring this out.

    April 6, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. OneMoreTime

    Sorry, but he is just silly and ruly needs to get a grip, as they say. He will really have something to cry about when the
    tea party stabs him in the back.

    April 6, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. greyhackles

    Jeeze, this guy breaks into tears at the slightest provocation. How the heck did he end up being the figurehead for the Fascist Party, anyway?

    April 6, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Abe

    I think our political picture in our country is changing thanks to the Tea Party that has created divisions in our electoral vote painting a wrong picture of our Liberal, Conservative and Moderate political stance and trying to inject into our society the wrong assumption that our political system is gone awry. These is a party that has no respect for our president and called him every name in the book and they should be ashamed to call themselves Americans. Mr. Boehner should not buckle for the Tea Party's demand and should do what is good for the country and uphold his oath to work for the betterment of our country. It is not time to have party wrangle, its time for action. The Tea Party is like spring flowers and will disappear in due time and when there opposition to the betterment our country reaches to a boiling point when there supports open there minds/ eyes and see/ hear what they have been supporting. As a democrat I tell Mr. Boehner work with the Democrats and our president so we can come up with a budget deal. it is a shame it has to come to this point, the Tea Party threatening the House Speaker and will make him a target in the next election.

    April 6, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. KatR

    If Boehner continues to cave into the anarchist demands of the Tea Party we're going to witness Obama finally letting loose. I hope.

    April 6, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Bob Lees

    The news would be if he left a meeting dry eyed. This dude chokes up when he sees chicken on the menu.

    April 6, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. rusty155

    You Republican need to get a deal done , no more extension get It done Now. I'm trier Of going though this week after week, If you Republican would try too Compromise Instead of my way or the highway. because that don't work. I will tell you how I feel , It will be the Republican hitting the highway In2012. The first two year all you Republican did was to say NO. Now you won't Compromise and I'M getting real trying of you Republican and the so call TEA PARTY. Well you Republican had your second chance and you blow It. And you won't get a third one. I use to be a Republican but never again. I'M sick and trier Of you Republican all way going after the Middle Class ,the poor and the OLD. Why don't you try to live on want I make In a year, I bet you would Compromise than.

    April 6, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. CaliforniaBC

    "House Speaker John Boehner became choked up during a meeting with House Republicans"

    TRANSLATION: Boehner cried his little eyes out.

    April 6, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. lynn

    Somebody needs to keep a close eye on this guy. He honestly sounds unstable. How many men do you know who can easily cry like Boehner does, I certainly don't. The only time my husband cried was when his mother died.

    April 6, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. American

    A week? That's it?! What a pathetic excuse of a politician playing games with our economy.

    Good for Boehner that he's in tune with his emotional outbursts, but he is unbelievably incompetent in his position to actually run government with his continually piecemeal nonsense...
    Enough.

    April 6, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. Bigbear

    Ever notice that he only cries when its about him?

    April 6, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  16. CBR

    He probably needs all the backing he can get. The Tea Party now wants him out of office because he will not as they wish. They made their threat today. I hope Mr. Boehner is strong enough to be his own man. More importantly I hope the American people realize that the campaign by the Tea Party involves threats. Is this how we do things in this country?

    April 6, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. MOPHAN

    Boehner has got to be emotionally unstable. With all seriousness, I am not joking. Either that, or he needs to lay of the flask. There is no way he is repeatedly breaking down in public without some mental issues (due to the stress), or alcohol (to deal with the stress). Many of his episodes did not warrant his inability to control his composure. I am TRULY WORRIED for the man. I can understand now why he goes golfing so frequently... it's a stress reliever, but my GOD, he needs to add another stress reliever to his schedule or figure out something else to do for his mental well-being.

    April 6, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  18. Lay off all tea party

    I was there for one government shutdown caused by republican idiocy. If I have to witness another one I will personally lobby my workplace to lay off every person who even mentions that they support the tea party.

    Not paying our men and women in uniform just to play politics is just about the most stupid thing I have ever heard. Here are a few ways to reach the 60 billion:

    1. Cut all funds to the districts and states of the Congressmen and women and Senators that support the tea party. Don't fund anything. No funding for schools, roads, poor, rich, etc. This should get the ball rolling.
    2. Cut all farm subsidies. I know quite a few farmers who gripe all the time about how the government is constantly in their business but can't wait to receive their federal subsidies (ask a farmer what "Government Ground" is). Believe me, that will save a lot of money.
    3. Stop the subsidies to small businesses. All they do is gripe anyhow about how the government is regulating them to death while they can't wait to get all the subsidies and tax breaks they can get. End it all. Let them scream. I have been a CPA for years and I can tell you that not one small business has went under due to government regulation. They mostly have went under due to poor management and the owners treating their business like a hobby.
    4. Stop federal flood insurance. If you are stupid enough to build in a flood plain (let alone on the sea shore or on a river) and get flooded out it is not the taxpayer's responsibility to bail your idiot but out. Our founding fathers didn't do it (the tea party is sooo fond of saying that) so why should we.

    April 6, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Seattle Sue

    John, put your big girl panties on and quit crying. Man Up.

    April 6, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. Thatguy371

    More waterworks. And of course no solutions.

    April 6, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  21. shut it

    boo hoo what a little wimp

    April 6, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  22. ITALIAN NONNO

    The poor guy gonna have a heart attack,.. not very easy to say " HELL NO",.. now that you control the House,.. hey Signor Bohner?

    April 6, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. independen

    Honestly....If Boehner is the best that American Politics and American People can prooduce then its no wonder the US is getting their behinds kicked by people living in caves in Afghanistan.... Seriously greed makes people to stupid things and emotionally unstable-case in point Boehner emotional speeches with his Republican friends

    April 7, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. Danny Cali

    Here's we go again Mr. Cry baby.

    April 7, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  25. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Tell this baby to man up and stop crying. If he were president would he cry for peace or cry for war?

    April 7, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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