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. CLH

    And don't forget.....NO POLITICIAN IS WILLING T MAKE ANY SACRIFICES WITH THEIR PAY/BENEFITS ~ They want to dumpt that responsibility onto the middle/poor class.

    April 6, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Aaron

    There's the real truth, then there's Bohner's version of it. These liars keep on about the deficit hampering job creation, but the economic growth forecast, which include job creation, was downgraded due to potential budget cuts. Something has to be done, but the guys who got us in the mess in the first place aren't the ones to be doing it.

    April 6, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Pete

    Sounds as if Boehner wanted to get off the phone pretty quickly. Looks pretty obvious who isn't interested in reaching a deal.

    April 6, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. daystar

    Mr. Boehner, one thing is for sure with you and your party's actions, you will be taking yourself and your big gavel home with you in 2012. you do not deserve your place in authority with this government.

    April 6, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    When is the President going to realize these guys aren't going to play. And when do we, as Americans, figure out a way to fire these guys for not doing their jobs (and shutting down the government certainly qualifies). The Republicans campaigned last fall on shutting down the government, and we hired them anyway. We need to start paying attention. We keep voting against our own best interests, using our votes instead to lash out when we don't get our way.

    April 6, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Bill

    Look at the facts morons. Stop taking cheap shots at the House Speaker. The budget already passed the House....it's now stuck in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats. If the President really want to see the budget passed, he should tell his Democrats in the Senate to stop stalling. How the process work is that the bill goes through the House, then the Senate and then sign by the President. The House is controlled by the Republicans. The Senate is controlled by the Democrats. The President is a Democrat. So, if the budget has passed the House, and now is stalled in the Senate....then how is this the Republicans fault? Stop playing politics and lead. That starts with the President and his Democrats in the Senate.

    April 6, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. terry,va

    Obummie to Johnny....PLEASE, PLEASE,PLEASE help me get a budget like Newt did for Clinton. My dummies including myself flunked Econ 101. I might have a chance for re-election if you get me a budget. Johnny to Obummie......sorry Obummie you got to go !!!!!

    April 6, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. lstro

    What Bush did to this country during his 8 years in office and what the Republican/Tea Party have shown us since is absolutely despicable. What's even worst is people are defending the policies of these folks and continuing to vote them in office. I guess you can say, we're getting what we deserve.

    April 6, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Are Republicans really this inept at governing, or is it just Boehner? And just for the record, where are the jobs, Mr. Speaker? You campaign on jobs, and then legislate our bodies and our medical decisions. Nothing but deceipt and contempt for hard working Americans.

    April 6, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    The weeper had his office tell lies again, I'm sure.

    April 6, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Dave, Central Illinois

    Obama called instead of a face-to-face. That way, his puppeteers could tell him what to say....

    April 6, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Greg Smith

    Please Mr. Speaker, explain how cuts further than what have been proposed by the President and the democrats will create private sector jobs? Or for that matter how the cuts that have been agreed to will create private sector jobs?

    April 6, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. richard james

    Hey Don and Jake, thank your friends for putting my friends and I up on a beach during the shutdown. Another free vacation paid by you, the Dems. ;o)

    April 6, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. stayintrue

    Why didn't the president reach out to his own Democratic house and senate to get this budget done in October? NOW, he's "reaching across the aisle?" Don't make me laugh. All of a sudden the president cares? Oh, that's right.....in October, when the budget was supposed to be done, the cowards in the Democratic (DOMINATED) house and senate, along with the president, didn't want to take a chance on losing the mid-terms. That worked out for them NOT! What a bunch of coward, whiners and cry babies in the Dem party. Hang your heads in shame boys and girls. I FOR ONE REMEMBER YOU DIDN'T DO YOUR JOB. YOU COULD HAVE PASSED AND PADDED ANY BUDGET YOU WANTED. Get a grip people.

    April 6, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. California Conservative

    I notice how the democrats always try and make it appear they're reaching across while not negotiating but actually dictating.

    April 6, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Yep, President Obama continues to try to reach consensus with the Republicans.

    I hate to break it to you, Mr. President, but the Republicans care only about power and satisfying their wealthy sponsors. They couldn't care less about the average American.

    So please, Mr. President, time to start playing hard ball with Boehner and all the other yahoos. FDR and Johnson were pretty tough and at times, harsh characters, but they looked out for the Middle Class and moved our country forward.

    Now is your time to do the same.

    April 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. steven harnack

    The way that the Republicans treat our President is disgraceful and I am at a loss to understand it or explain it other than they just don't feel that they have to be respectful to a black man.

    April 6, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. True American

    Very true Jake!

    April 6, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Cory

    The president probably caught him at a bad time...tanning session or golf outing...one can only presume.?

    April 6, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. annette

    boner, if you had reached halfway when obama became president (instead of NO) we would not be in this position. now that we are in this position, obama has reached out to you and you still won't meet halfway. now you know what NO feels like.

    April 6, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Ruben

    What a shame. Here we have the country in need of leaders to get us out of the problems we face and two responsible (I believe), cannot come to an agreement. What is eight billion dollars going to do for the budget deficit, drop in the bucket, yet, we the people we be at the short end of the stick. Get serious, think of what you are doing for the country and the people that elected you to lead the country. Lets have an all out recall and perhaps start all over with new blood.

    April 6, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Duke

    What they didn't say is that Obama pleaded with John to reconsider spending trillions of dollards on uncessary pet projects and handout/entitlement programs so that Barack wouldn't get in trouble with the unions by shutting down the government.
    That's what happens when you sell your soul to get into political office.

    April 6, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Dave

    DId Obama have to get back to his Golf game ?

    April 6, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Mountaineer

    Let's hope the President doesn't give away the store to Boehner and Company. His compromises never is good for Democrats!

    April 6, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Rickster

    I'm sure that was only a 3 minute conversation because Boehner realized that Obama has no ideas and no clue what he should do.

    April 6, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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