Boehner: Obama is 'sorely mistaken'
June 29th, 2011
03:26 PM ET
7 years ago

Boehner: Obama is 'sorely mistaken'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner responded to President Obama's press conference Wednesday saying Republicans in the House will continue to "stand with the American people" while the president ignores the economic realities in the U.S.

His full statement:

"The President's remarks today ignore legislative and economic reality, and demonstrate remarkable irony. His administration has been burying our kids and grandkids in new debt and offered no plan to rein in spending. Republicans have been leading and offering solutions to put the brakes on this spending binge. The President has been AWOL from that debate.

"The President is sorely mistaken if he believes a bill to raise the debt ceiling and raise taxes would pass the House. The votes simply aren't there – and they aren't going to be there, because the American people know tax hikes destroy jobs. They also know Washington has been on a spending binge for many years, and they will only tolerate a debt limit increase if we stop it.

"The new majority in the House is going to stand with the American people. A debt limit increase can only pass the House if it includes spending cuts larger than the debt limit increase; includes reforms to hold down spending in the future; and is free from tax hikes. The longer the President denies these realities, the more difficult he makes this process. If the president embraces a measure that meets these tests, he has my word that the House will act on it. Anything less cannot pass the House."

- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Dub

    The "Washington spending binge" seemed to start sometime around 2001. Who controlled the Congress and White House at that time?

    It's time for the Republicans to own up to their mistakes before our country implodes under the weight of debts brought on by wars that aren't paid for and a financial crisis caused by banking deregulations they enacted.

    Any company that ships off jobs because they don't want to pay their fair share of the burden is, in the parlance of the Right, un-American.

    June 29, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. S. In California - Obama 2012

    May I be allowed to add this: Mr. Boehner (or whatever your REAL name was before you arrived from Ireland) you are "sorely mistaken" if you think the American people believe YOU are on their side. I for one am fed up with YOU and YOUR party trying to do everything possible to create controversy by way of stripping me of my hard earned dollars. YOU sir will not be around for another term as you YOU will see the American people have had ENOUGH.

    June 29, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Oregon Calling

    If we are ALL being asked to tighten our belts, can we at least request or demand that ALL members of Congress (House & Senate) as well as the White House give back at least $5,000 of their pay. This will raise well over $2 Million. I know, not much but it would send the signal that they are WILLING to SHARE our pain.

    Peace 🙂

    June 29, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. robert


    June 29, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. We ALL Know, Mami


    June 29, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. bcrunner

    Sooo, it's President Obama who is burrying our kids in debt. Forgot that you inherited a surplus from President Clinton?? How convenient of you... And, where are the jobs?? I want to know... Where are the jobs? isn't that what you promised us last November?? Again, where are the jobs Boehner??

    June 29, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. GI Joe


    Wouldn't you love a job with a schedule like that and with pay at over $174,000 per year – all health care, pension, transportation, free moey flowing in (in the bars) from lobbyists?

    June 29, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. GI Joe


    June 29, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Thank God I am a Democrat

    I am an American and I don't know that taxes destroy jobs. In fact history has proven otherwise. Stop the game Boehner and raise taxes!

    June 29, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. MultiPass

    They are just trying to pin an economic downturn on the prez. They don't give a flying &#%$ about the economy or jobs or the american people. More tx breaks for the rich and coporations????!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!! That is insanity. they are focused PURELY on taking down the president. If they think they can flippantly cause a global meltdown and somehow blame Obama, it is THEY who are sorely mistaken. These people are partisan hacks who don't deserve to live. Disgusting.

    June 29, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Name king

    What is this fool campaigned on, I thought it was jobs jobs jobs, as soon as they took office their focus switch from the very focus that the American people voted them in to do, and they focus on was budget, controlling a woman's productive system, a children broad casting network, tax cut for the rich, taking away old people Medicare and medicaid, and cutting money from our consumers in our economy. What planet is these guys living on. Where are the jobs jobs jobs, that you swore to the American people would be job one. Why haven't you guys written a job bill so the president can sign as yet. And why are you guys stopping the dems every time they write a job bill for the president to sign. Why are you keeping our economy hostage.

    June 29, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    When the stock market REALLY crashes in early August, it's the new House Majority's fault (read that REPUBLICANS). The rest of your 401K will be gone for good the next time.

    Do Debt limit and then discuss spending and taxes, idiots.

    June 29, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Bill

    Wrong Mr. Boehner. GOP policies have buried our kids and grandkids in debt and you pepole want to eviscerate the middle class. Nothing but obstruction, complaints and a paucity of ideas. And the notion that you stand with the American people is laughable. Let's see who the American people stand with in the next election. Thank goodness you will lose you gavel after the 2012 elections.

    June 29, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Busted2010

    I love how Boehner continues to attack Obama on spending, while he did nothing to reign in Bush's spending habits. Additionally, it's Boehner who is trying to keep a tank maintenance plant operating even though the war in Iraq no longer calls for new tanks and the military has a three year inventory for tanks, and he wants to build a jet engine for the Raptor jet in his district even though the Sec of Defense has called it wasteful spending. It is Boehner who doesn't seem to grasp the economic realities facing this nation, but then again his commitment to a special interest group run by Norquist is greater than that to the American people. The other reality, there are more people unemployed today then before Bush's tax cuts were passed. How's that for job-killing legislation?

    June 29, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. oh boy

    start saving your money people... do not spend.pull money out of stocks, get ready for an even bigger collapse of the economy. Hopefully this time when it happens some will wake up and realize Rethugs are to blame!

    June 29, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Gothaze

    I say again...if you elected and re-elected W. Who is responsible for at least 2 trillion of the current debt. Then rebubs its your debt. You want find a Dem anywhere who signed off on the invasion of Iraq. Therefore a middle class tax-cut should stay in place because the majority of the Middle are Dems and the rest are repubs. Then its time to pay back the piper. You cannot and should not expect to make money off the backs of the american people and refuse to give back in the form of taxation. Doesnt anyone realize what a billion dollars in profit mean. Wake the fnck up! There is only 360 million people in the U.S. There is 999.99 million in a billion! The taxation on trillions of dollars made by corporations is enought to put a chicken in every pot for every american for infinity. We just have different ideaoligy

    June 29, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. twmcn

    I just busts my hump that this man can stand in front of a camera and with a straight face blame all our economic woes on Mr. Obama. I believe that this "dung" sandwich is big enough for everybody to have a bite!
    Remember the War on Terror, Medicaid Part D, Iraq, Tax Cuts and other Unfunded government activities. Remember Dubya, Dick and the GOP controlled House and Senate of 1990's that spent money like "a drunken sailor on shore leave"
    Give me a break!

    June 29, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. T40G

    He always claims to be speaking for the "American people". I'm an American, and he's not speaking for me – so I wish he'd quit claiming he is. He's such a liar – isn't he?

    June 29, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    Boehner says "The votes simply aren't there – and they aren't going to be there, because the American people know tax hikes destroy jobs". This man thinks the American people are stupid. This country has to reduce it's spending by a lot but we also have to increase revenues because without it we would have years of pain aheadd of us. He thinks the American people want to pay no taxes and still have a fucntioning government. We all know that is not possible. We all know that if we over spend in our families we usually have to cut out some spending and get part time jobs to give us added income to help pay down our debt. Our government operation is no different. We need to cut our spending and increase our incoming revenues. Employees also know that ta cuts to businesses do not create jobs. Businesses simply add the tax savings into their profits to increase the dividends paid out to their share holders and to pay CEO's huge bonuses that working people do not get. Boehner is an "Airhead".

    June 29, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. bearced

    Mr. Boehner, the last time I checked the American people were in favor of a tax increase for the wealthiest 1%. Do you consider the wealthiest 1% to speak for all of us? The Bush years should prove taxes do not have that much influence on job creation, the most important thing for the economy!

    June 29, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. oh boy

    This coming from

    Mr. Boehner, who has said that failing to raise the debt limit would create a “financial disaster,”

    AND the G.O.P.’s designated budget hawk, Paul Ryan, who has remarked that the debt ceiling must be raised and will be raised.

    June 29, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Yikes!

    In November of 2012 the majority of the House will realize who the majority of the American people really are.

    June 29, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. DJ in TX

    Mr. Boehner. Let's take a look at your voting record. I'll bet it is NOT like the talk you have today. Remember, you VOTED FOR the bailouts before you were against it. You've also voted for the Medicare Plan that raised the debt. You voted for the tax cuts that cost about 4 trillion to the debt (over time). You also voted for the wars and to keep funding them. So you're part of the problem (like just about all of Congress – both Dem and GOP). You've voted for oil subsidies and I'd like to see if you voted for you own pay raise a few years back. So tell me, how you can claim to be against spending. Only when the GOP is not in control does it ever say ANYTHING about spending. The federal debt and deficit went UP every year the GOP had control of everything. Why now all of sudden are you so tough on spending?? The same goes for McConnell, Cantor, etc. All the policies you have voted for in the past RAISED the deficit and records don't lie........................................

    June 29, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. oh boy

    Every poll shows the american people agree that we need to RAISE TAXES as well as reduce spending.. Another flat out lie by John..

    June 29, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. lou

    Idiots Boner & Cantor, you should ask yourselves who put us in this chaos to begin with.
    Wasn't it the last Administration?
    Stop your political BS and get the job done properly, stop your whining, you acting like a dang fools

    June 29, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
1 2 3 4 5