Obama calls Boehner
April 6th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
7 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. The reality is...

    Jake, you CAN'T be serious– "notice the President is the guy ALWAYS reaching across the aisle." I don't remember the President reaching across the aisle when his liberal comrades, behind closed doors, were bribing the rest of the Democrats to vote for Obamacare and shove it down our throats. If he really wants to reach across the aisle he knows how. Boehner needs to just stand firm and remember what happened in November or he may be the one to get " shellacked " next time around.

    April 6, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    "The Speaker reiterated that the House's goal is to prevent a government shutdown and make real cuts in spending, "

    Sorry Weepy Man from Tan but I believe your T-P contingent is itching for a shutdown and you have no control over them. As for making "real cuts..." to you that means slash and burn everything, including programs that are tenths of a percent of spending (PParenthood, NPR) while leaving your corporate buddies to wallow in the bathtub full of $1000 bills in their mansions. The all or nothing gag does not work Weepy. You'd better reign in the baggers or you and the GOP are gonna be held primarily responsible for a shutdown

    April 6, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    All Obama has to do is agree to give up a little more of the debt financed spending. It doesn't look like he is serious about bringing spending under control. That's what this is about.

    April 6, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Ferret out the B.S.

    The Republicans will standfast while the recovery, people in need, and essential programs go down the tubes. But they will have the confidence that they stood by their guns and didn't sway. I guess it's better not to compromise but be rigid and unbending as long as you stand by the constituents. They seem to forget that there is a whole bunch of people in ths country that they don't speak for.

    April 6, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Jim

    What ever happened to congress’ responsibility to have appropriations in place by October 1st, the beginning of the fiscal year? The budget process for FY2011 started years ago. Congress, regardless of which party is in the leadership role, is just plain pathetic. I used to vote down one particular party line, but next time, I think I will vote for the person not currently holding office despite party affiliation. I don’t think we could do any worse.

    April 6, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Rex Raptor

    Man up Boehner! Don't let those crazy tea baggers push you around!

    April 6, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Consider This...

    Let's face it America, you've brought this mess on yourself. You voted in these lunitics in November 2010. America has been so dumbed down that the majority voted in the ones who screamed the loudest. Now the House of Representatives are hostages to the tea party and their radical agenda. Sorry you brought it on yourself. If the Republicans achieve what they want America will be a third world country. Good-bye to the middle class who built, fought and died for this country.

    April 6, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Mark

    Republicans are going to pay big time for using the Tea Baggers' agenda to shut down the government. They would rather run this country into the ground than pay their fair share like everyone else. Their methodic campaign using "moral" principles to push the less educated into voting aginst their own self interests will backfire sooner rather than later. Minimal government, except where it comes to workers' and womens' rights. This is waking up the silent majority so keep it coming!!

    April 6, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Marley

    Is Boehner getting his TAN back? Looks like it! Tax payer dollars being wasted clearly!

    Here is why Boehner opposes Obama's health care plan: the plan taxes TANNING SALONS!

    April 6, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. James

    It was so important it lasted 3 minutes. 3 minutes? Here's how it went down. Obama wanted to negociate. Boehner said NO! Obama wants to avoid government shut down. Boehner says' "Me too, so do what we say or else." Obama thanks Boehner and the call ends. At least they're predictable if not incompetent.

    April 6, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. james Miller

    Here we go again--- the party of NO is at it again. All of the cuts are targeted toward the Democrat base issues. No reinstituting old tax rates on the rich. They get a free ride - again.

    April 6, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Joe

    The way I see it ... during the last election, America demanded that the Federal government tighten its belt. The Left simply wants to ignore that and continue spending. The Right wants to make cuts, but in my opinion ... the 2011 budget doesn't go far enough. The Left abdicated it responsibility to form a 2011 budget when it decided not to pass one prior to the last election. They didn't care then. Why do they care now?

    April 6, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Florida Joe

    These Repubs are really something.....Obama is the only grown up in the room..........The Boner needs to stop listening to the marginal tea baggers and do his job.......................

    April 6, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Vicki

    If any other Federal employe failed in their job, they would be fired. Maybe their paychecks should come from the same budget, there would never be a late budget; they would pass a budget so fast our heads would spin. They should be ashamed of themselves, this is the same budget our service men & women who put their ass on the line for their freedom.

    April 6, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. James

    They would have spoken longer but Boehner was late for a tanning session.

    April 6, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Dave

    ...and reports have indicated that the president offered 60 billion in cuts, the amount that the tan man originally wanted. The problem? The tea party will not sign off on this!!! Repeat, the TEA PARTY will not sign off on this!!! Hey Tan Man, get your house in order and show the USA what kind of whack jobs the tea party actually is.

    April 6, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Wow they are working hard! Are they going to pay our house payments and car payments if we do not get paid!

    April 6, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Joseph Agunbiade

    John Boehner and his gangs are more stubborn than Gadhafi and Gbagbo. They would love to shut down the government.
    Suffice to say, they hate Obama and are determined to short cut the amiable but calculative president for any reason and opportunity.

    April 6, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Jeff from Va

    The sad thing that no one is talking about is that, this is carried over from last year, when the Dem's had control of everything, so now it all the Rep's fault. I would love to know how that happened!!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. RiffRaff

    3 Shared minutes to discuss the biggest issue of the moment affecting 300+ million people. It probably took longer to type up the press release.

    April 6, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Martha in CF

    Boehner is hopeless as speaker. Remember all the Redumblicans can say is NO. So, I am sure that is all that Obama heard......

    April 6, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. CLH

    Hey, let's give MORE HUGE TAX CUTS TO THE BIG CORPORATIONS!! That should balance everything for the Republicans.

    April 6, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Sooz

    Boehner is not a good leader, if he doesn't know how to compromise, and work to get a solution for the good of the Nation. If is not about just the GOP. It is about our Nation's future.
    One term and crying all the way home...... for Boehner.
    He is has spent way to much time in the tanning booth and it has fried his brain. That's why he crys like a cut onion.
    SAD SAD SAD SAD that our Nation has such an idiot of a leader in the House.

    April 6, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. MIke

    Obama waits 'til the last minute to get involved in this and then makes a show of it to distract from his failure to lead. He had control of the entire government in 2010 when the 2011 budget was porposed. Why didn't he get it passed then. Youcan only blame the democrats for the lack of a 2011 budget.

    April 6, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Mark

    Boehner –

    Don't try to work the words "JOB CREATION" into this discussion now that you see that the PRESIDENT's policies are resulting in a lowering of the unemployment rate. You and your GOP friends haven't done ANYTHING to promote job creation. But let's not digress.

    As the Congress, you owe the President a budget bill for him to veto or sign. Deliver one please! It is that simple. Do your job!

    April 6, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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