Boehner: Obama is 'sorely mistaken'
June 29th, 2011
03:26 PM ET
3 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.


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Wes

    Idiot is the House Speaker

    June 29, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Dan, Tx

    And with those blustery words, the US gave up its role as the world's leading nation, and slowly settled into its new role as a dreamer about past glories and complainer of how things used to be.

    June 29, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. paul

    He means that the House Republicans will "stand with the wealthiest American People"

    June 29, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Shari from Madison WI

    Boehner is the one who is mistaken. I don't want higher taxes, but all the spending cuts the Republicans want don't affect the rich at all but balance the budget on the backs of the shrinking middle class, the working poor( really they are the same group these days) and the disabled and elderly. Boehner and the Republican's only want one thing: More money to the rich who have bought and paid for the Republican Party. The rest of us can go to hell as far as the Republicans are concerned.

    June 29, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Jim

    Mr. Speaker, when was the last time you worked, negotiated, or even tried to accomplish anything? Be the statesman that I know you are and be an example to the millions of Americans that are looking for leadership, or at least be an example to members of the ramble that you call the U.S. House of Representitives.

    June 29, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. DumbasRocks [R]s

    "Republicans in the House will continue to "stand with the American people"" Excuse me? This neo-moron continues to think that he talks for me and knows what I "think". He doesn't. This slap-happy, rightwing drama queen doesn't have the intellect to even comprehend my lower brain fucntions.

    The American people stand with the president. What Obama has done is save our kids and grand-kids from a trerrible [R] economic depression. Go ahead, measure the insecurities and deprivations our kids would be faced with from that economic mess. Go ahead and measure what the national debt would have been had that [R] ABYSS been entered.

    The only people Boehner stands for are the Teatards, who apparently relish continued FAILURE and economic disaster.

    June 29, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Ed Texas

    Who does Boehner think he and his party trying to fool? First of all, the GOP is not speaking for all the American people, only the rich and their wanna-be followers. Poll after poll of the American people want the Bush tax cuts to end and the wealthy (making over 250K a year) pay their fair share. The Repubs need to stop trying to fool the American people.

    June 29, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. ryanrory

    Shut it down Bonehead........

    June 29, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. C. Howe Yulikit

    "The new majority in the House is going to stand with the American people" who make over a Billion dollars a year. Everyone else can get bent.

    June 29, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "People...THERE IS NO MONEY!!!!!. WAKE UP!!!"

    Load of crap. The money is there...we just gave it ALL to the already uber-wealthy and corporations. They knew the risks when they bought our politicians' loyalty: if it screws everything up, we might just come looking for the money back.

    June 29, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Speaker Boehner is showing steady leadership on exactly the mandate Republicans were given in the mid-term elections. Cut spending. Do not raise taxes. They are already among the highest in the world. American companies are already carrying the burden of a bloated, heavy regulating government. The more competitive they can be, the more they will be able to create jobs. As much as some people profess their hate for private companies, these companies are the key for improving the economy and getting people back to work. We need to encourage their success.

    June 29, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. seriously???

    Obama should call Republican's bluff and drastically slash social security, medicare, veterans benefits with the clear message that if the American public wants to restore these benefits (and sanity in this country) to vote Democrat in 2012. Republican's, having ostracized seniors, veterans, and the majority f the working class and middle class, would be lucky to have any elected representatives in either house of congress. Debt and reform are necessary, but we don't need a Republican gun pointed at our heads saying it's now or never. Nor is it very smart to default on our loans making it impossible to ever pay off our debt.

    June 29, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Charles

    What is ironic here is how many times Bonehead Boehner refers to a deal's inability to pass the House unless the president gives in to all Republican demands. This cannot be a one-sided deal, and like the president said, neither side should expect to get everything it wants.
    Yes, Washington spends too much. Some programs, including defense, do need to be cut back. But further tax cuts at this point, especially to businesses, should be impeachable offenses. Businesses aren't failing to hire now because they're short of cash. On the contrary, businesses and corporations are making near-record profits. Businesses are holding out for better tax cuts and as a result are holding this nation and its working people hostage. Theodore Roosevelt would not have stood for this, nor the Republican party's recalcitrant stonewalling of progress.
    One question that I haven't seen asked concerns recent gains in job growth. What percentage of people recently hired were once salaried employees but are now in hourly jobs? Numbers don't tell the whole story.
    I think we should all pray that cooler heads prevail in this, but I'm not holding my breath. I used to vote Republican, but that ended when I realized that the god they claim to be the party of only extends to where we see "In God We Trust" printed the most.

    June 29, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Wow I thought tax cuts CREATED jobs.....at least that is what you guys have been telling the American people. Enough is ENOUGH...even some wealthy folks say they don't mind paying more.

    June 29, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Ruth

    Republicans only know to talk about cutting and giving tax breaks to the rich. is there anything else they would like to do for america like create jobs and give health care to all.

    June 29, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    "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"

    Since the House is going to "stand with the American people" and polls show 75% of those American people want to tax the top 2%, may we assume that the House will be raising their taxes?

    It is way past time for the GOP to stop adding to the deficit for tax cuts to the rich and unpaid wars, and then trying to halt "spending" when it comes to help for those less fortunate among us.

    June 29, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Peggy in Iowa

    Repubs and those who vote for them are extremely dangerous to our great country. President Obama is more intelligent than any of those clowns and only wants them to really stand w/the people and do the right things. Stop the obstructionist lunatics. Republicans have never stood with the American people and never will..even to the collapse of our country. The only ones they are fooling besides themselves are the fools who vote for them.

    June 29, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. michaelam

    Boehner-Get it through your thick orange skull! You do not stand with ALL of the American people. In fact, YOU, your party of lies, and the Teahadists stand AGAINST the majority of us! You only speak for the wealthiest 2% in our nation. 2% is a far cry from being the majority! Get real and work WITH the President!

    Oh, never mind…you clowns will get kicked so hard to the curb in 2012!

    June 29, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Kwesoe

    No, Boehner, you are actually standing with your fat cat corporations. It's the president who is standing with the American people. You just misspoke.

    June 29, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I believe John Bohner is going to find that the President is standing with the real American people and that the current day neo-cons of the republican party are sorely mistaken.

    June 29, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    "The new majority in the House is going to stand with the American people”. House Speaker John Boehner

    Americans support raise tax above 60 %

    Americans oppose Medicare cut above 60%

    So Boehner his party not stand with majority of Americans

    June 29, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Clwyd

    The Republican'ts are sorely mistaken at the outrage that American people will vent on them if they rick putting the economic gains we have had after the 8 years of bush's messing around.

    June 29, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Red Cloud

    "Republicans have been leading and offering solutions..." Duh... W's Republican administration got us into this mess and now they say they are leading. White man speaks with forked tongue.

    June 29, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    the president ignores the economic realities in the U.S.
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    I beg to disagree John. I doesn't ignore them. He is completely CLUELESS about them. He doesn't understand the first thing about the economy or capitalism. He understands he hates capitalism and wants to "share the wealth", aka socialism. He has brought to the USA what Europe has and which is collapsing their governments from the weight of their debt. Their European Socialist system has simply run out of everybody elses money to steal or borrow.

    Until this country removes anti-capitalists Democrats like Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Schumer, etc. we will be doomed to European levels of taxes, debt and failure.

    June 29, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Tony in Maine

    Up is down. Blue is red. In is out. Boehner's Newspeak.

    The trouble is Boehner's BS will get "equal time" on the evening news so that the MSM seems to be neutral.

    June 29, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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