Obama calls Boehner
April 6th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama calls Boehner

Washington (CNN) President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday morning to discuss the ongoing budget showdown and the looming government shutdown.

Here's what happened, according to a statement from Boehner's office:

Speaker Boehner spoke this morning with President Obama regarding ongoing negotiations on legislation to fund the government. The Speaker reiterated that the House's goal is to prevent a government shutdown and make real cuts in spending, which the Speaker has argued is necessary to support private-sector job creation and boost confidence in the nation's economy. He told the President he remains hopeful a deal can be reached and that talks would continue. The Speaker thanked the President for calling.

The discussion lasted approximately three minutes.

soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. carlos

    the republiCONServatives do not speak for me, why do they keep repeating their stupidity that the AMERICAN PEOPLE want this and that.......what we want is to throw these CONS out and into the dumpster of eternity.....bastards, evil and koch suckers

    April 6, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. amwa

    Boehner always looking for a way to get a vacation to play golf. Hasn't a clue what being bipartisan means. Always acting like the little school boy and thinking it is cute. Does he even know how to have a serious intelligent conversation, I don't think he has a clue what his job description is. I am sure the President feels like the grown up in any conversation with him.

    April 6, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Three minutes? I'm suprised Obama gave him that long before hanging up in his ear. He should know better than to bother trying to talk sense with these conservative ideologue extremist buffoons. They think they can "win" the shut down battle this time, so it's going to happen wheher we like it or not...and if it tanks the national and world economies further SO BE IT. They're out to prove to everyone who is not financiall free just how beholden they are to the same rich and corporate interests that control them and buy them their elections, and there's no better way to do that than to create a society of destitute, suffering people who are broken and forced to be willing to take what they can get after apologizing to the corporate masters of the universe with further tax cuts.

    April 6, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. John

    I don't understand. Last I knew there were 59 Tea Party members in the Congressional Caucus. This only makes a quarter of the Republicans. It could have been Republicans $61B and Democrats $0 if they really wanted to shut down the government but Democrats have come to @$33B. The Speaker needs to see if they can get any more out of the Democrats for the country sake such as some of the duplications in services identified by OMB and if not then go forward, pass what both sides can accept and fight for 2012 budget. Both sides win because it is in fact a decrease in government spending and size.

    April 6, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. WHOOSH

    Boehner and his cohorts has no intentions whatsoever, of honest dealings with the President and the American people. Their ultimate goal is to figure out a way to shut the government down and blame the President. Real Americans aren't fooled, we know
    the deal. wink, wink, nod, nod...

    April 6, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Joni

    Cut spending or shut it down

    April 6, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Republican Robber Baron

    Boener needs to get real. Stop trying to play Partisan games by making token cuts to appease your delusional wingnuts. Make some REAL cuts to things we do NOT need such as spare jet engines that nobody needed and nobody even asked for. Defense spending is more than the rest of the world military combined...that's out of control.

    April 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. the real ib

    This out of controll spending has got to stop and stop now. Obama and the democrats need to face up to the fact that the cookie jar is empty. I agree on this with the republicans. At least they have the guts to offer something that can be worked from; the demo's still want to spend; spend and then tax and more tax and then blame the republicans. the middle class and seniors will be hurt more by what the democrats are doing than what the republicans want. At least the republicans want to close the loopholes for business so they can't get by with 0 taxes like Obama's buddy GE did.

    April 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Jay Dee

    It's nice to see that Boehner cares enough about the people of the United States to spend three minutes of his precious time. The president extended his olive branch, so now he should sit back and let the tea party make the next move. Boehner is a piece of work.

    April 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Norma Vessels

    Jake – you couldn't have said it better!

    April 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Tulsa

    Once again, the Democrats led by our President reach across the aisle........ the Republicans renig on their original request and cry foul when the President calls them on it.
    Liars and weepers all the Repubs have.

    I'll stick with the party that stands up for the workers of this nation, thanks..... gotta go donate another 25 bucks to help keep the GOP from finishing the job they started under W..... destroying the nation, that is.

    April 6, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    If the government shuts down we should cut both of them off from their cigarettes.

    April 6, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Ed

    When will America wake up and see they made a big mistake when they elected a person that is full of hot air and doesn't have a clue of what they are doing.

    Obama time to get out of DC and let people with knowledge of how to lead come in and lead.

    April 6, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Video Guy

    The President needs to have a "come to Jesus" meeting with this clown. Don't ask him but tell him what he will do.

    April 6, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Gene Cole

    Wow. The democrats failed to pass a budget for 2011. Now, at the 11th hour, President Obama spends three minutes on the phone. Is the people's business interfering with his golf game? If he and his party had done their job, we would not have the issue of a shutdown.

    April 6, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. gg

    The Republican plan supports job creation in China and the destruction of the American middle class..

    April 6, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. John

    "notice the president is always reaching across the aisle" – What world are you living in? First of all, if his party would have done their job and did a budget when they were supposed to this wouldn't be an issue now. Now he is trying to collect those "political points" while he goes through the motions. He is suppose to be the leader of the free world – right. One wouldn't know it.

    April 6, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. annie s

    I'm happy the President is reaching out to Republicans – to a point. They've slapped him in the face throughout his entire term, lied about his policies and put up roadblock after roadblock to his being able to enact real change in America....maybe its time for him to grow a backbone and stand firm against their failed policies instead of always looking to compromise?

    April 6, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Well a deal has to be reached by midnight tonight or there will be a shutdown. Congress still has to inform the public 72 hours in advance of passing a bill. As far as Bonehead goes, he says one thing in private and says something else in public.

    April 6, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why don't yu give us the FULL transcript of the call ,CNN. To have you report this story one woul think that Boehner said balh, blah, blah, the President listened and they both ended the call. It seems to me that the other HALF of the conversation was conveniently oimitted in an effort to make it seem as if the Crier of the House was in charge of the call.

    Pathethically transparent and totally erroneous on your part CNN.

    April 6, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Lucky boy

    Why is it taking president obama so long to stomp a mudhole in this a~~hole and walk it dry i mean he is the potus it aint like he would go to jail or get impeached imagine that the president kicking a~~ on national t.v. Too bad he has people to do it for him yep america is so boring

    April 6, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. cgarcia

    this country will never come together, it is too many idiots in the world. It is soooooooooooo sad. Other countries are laughing theirs butts off.

    April 6, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. kate

    Leave it to the GOP to ruin the country. Pres. Obama is trying to reach across the aisle. Pres. Obama and team have already agreed to Boehners figure to trim gov. spending. Why doesn't Boehner hold to that?
    He and the rest of the GOP are just out to get Pres. Obama. Go home Boehner if you can't help the country. This is exactly why I don't vote republican anymore....

    April 6, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. skyhawk442

    >Well i can see our country is in good shape, NOT.
    >It doesn't matter if it's democrate or republican, we need to shape up as a country, we are drowning in debt.
    >The promises that have been made by our government.
    >The easy way to get out of debt, is quit worring about overseas, oil isn't worth one life, how many has it taken so far?
    >Now that all these countries are sturred up, there is no end, untill the end.
    >Thanks for sending our troops out there, they are sitting ducks.
    >We all new, once another president was elected, it would take decades to straighten out our debt.
    >It's not the presidents fault, once your in the whitehouse, things are different then it was running for president.
    >All the promises made can't be kept, there is to much on the plate for it to change in our time.
    >They talk about 2050, we won't have no fresh water, people will be affected then, so why clean up the debt, as the years go by, we are all going to suffer, as things keep going down hill.
    >I see so many foreign people, throwing trash along the highway, not respecting the laws here, and so on.
    >Is this the united states, or welfare for all?
    >I understand freedom, we lost alot of freedom through the years.
    >This isn't a freedom country, it's a greedy country.
    >Help others, don't help our own, what is this?
    >We as a country will never see the debt lower to a reasonable balance.
    >Now if you keep taking from the lower class, there will be more violence.
    >you take from the rich, they cry.
    >I think i would rather see them cry, then to let our lower class people go hungry.
    >If all billionaires, millionaires, would spend, then it could help stablize the country.
    >I have something to say to the rich, you can't take it with you.

    April 6, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. KABA1

    There is no way to govern if people in the congress play politics all the time and for every issue that comes on the table. Republicans have vowed to make things hard for this president to govern from the beginning. I hope things go well for the economy and Obama is reelected. Because, as far as I am concerned, I can't stand seeing soo bitterness, angry in faces like those of Mccain, Boehner. Americans are really, I should say many of them, are really a bunch of stupid people. I say it. Especially republican followers. STUPID.

    April 6, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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