Boehner to Obama: 'Are you kidding me?'
November 2nd, 2011
01:31 PM ET
7 years ago

Boehner to Obama: 'Are you kidding me?'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner mocked President Barack Obama's assertion that the country was "better off" now because of actions his administration took.

An incredulous Boehner, asked Wednesday about the president's answer to a question about the status of the economy, raised his voice and replied, "Are you kidding me?"

"Why don't you go ask the 14 million Americans who are out of work whether they're better off today than they were four years ago?" Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill.

During an interview on Tuesday with a reporter from Minnesota television station WCCO, Obama was asked if he believed the country was "better off" than it was four years ago, and he maintained it was because of policies he put in place.

"I think we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn't taken all the steps that we took," the president said.

But Obama also conceded there was much more work to do, adding "I don't think the country is stronger yet then it was when the economy was still booming and we didn't have the Wall Street crisis, and we didn't have the housing bubble burst. But, we've made steady progress; we just need to make more."

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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Justin

    Could you imagine the mess we would all be in if McCain had won with Sarah Palin as vp!? Boener a man who supported a tickett with the name Palin attached to it. You really used great judgement there Jhon. How dare you critize Obama how dare any of you critize Obama when you supported a McCain Palin ticket!

    November 2, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. dennis freeman

    No jobs legislation from the Speaker, no leadership in the House from the Speaker, but we have "In God We Trust." Are you kidding ME...give me a break Mr. Speaker.

    November 2, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I agree with Obama is correct. If Obama had more spine we would probably be in better shape than we are. That being said, he has done an amazing job in light of the deliberate opposition that he has received from the congress. The congress has done absolutely nothing to help the country, therefore everything that has been done that has actually helped the country, was done by the Obama administration. This congress would rather let the country go down the drain than to agree with anything that Obama wants to do. Just look at what has happened when he has tried to implement some of the things that they were for, until Obama wanted to do them. What this country needs is a fresh start. Everyone in office needs to be voted out. The sad thing is that there is no one to replace them.

    November 2, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No Bonehead, he's not, and neither are we.
    You'll find out how serious we are in 2012.

    Obama 2012. SERIOUSLY America.

    November 2, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. n

    It is because of you and your Republicans who has this country in this shape Democrats are trying to get people to get back to work while u Mr speaker don't care about American people. You are playing politics. Don't work Mr speaker enjoy the last year of being a speaker next year we will try our best to get you out of politics.

    November 2, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Ed DFWTX

    This administration has succeeded far beyond what any Republican one would have done. Even with the GOP Tea Bagging obstrucstionist in Congess It saved the economy from a depression and saw it begin to grow and add jobs every single month until the House fell to the Republicans. Boehner and his GOP gang is a disgrace.

    November 2, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Domingo

    He never said the country is better off now than four years ago. He said it is better off now than it WOULD HAVE BEEN if his policies were not put into place.

    He is saying look, where we were when markets crashed in the Fall of 2008 (time A) was terrible. And that while where we are at now (time B) is bad, it is not as bad as it could have been (time C) had our policies not gone into place.

    November 2, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. bcrunner

    Yesterday the House passed a bill that re-confirms "In God We Trust"... I assume they count that as a job's bill??

    November 2, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Dan5404

    Obama's positive actions to head off a depression, get positive jobs growth going after a disastrous Bush term, end the Iraq war as scheduled, kill the planner of 9/11, help remove despotic rulers and get many leaders of Al-Queda and the Taliban, act to make critical drugs more plentiful, help some of the people on their mortgages, and try to force action on his much-needed jobs bill, are pretty great accomplishments considering the terrible mess he inherited. People are realizing more and more just how bad the GOP policies are for America and that Obama will restore the economy when he gets cooperation from a new group of House and Senate members elected next year.

    November 2, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Bart

    The policies put in place by Boehner's party are part of the problem. Boehner is a hack trying to maintain power and it appears that he is well trained.

    November 2, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Four years ago would have been November, 2007. The Great Recession began in December 2007. A great number people were better off an actual four years ago ( in 2007 ) than they are today. Boehner is playing mind games with his words. You cannot accuse him of lying, but you can make a strong argument for being misleading.

    November 2, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Robert

    Dear GOP,

    Where are those jobs? More seriously, who was kidding whom? Exactly...


    The American Citizen (You know, the person you forgot about)

    November 2, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. RandyIA

    Looks like we need to Occupy Democratic Congress Offices. 7 of the top 10 richest congressmen are Democrats.

    November 2, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    george wrote:
    hey mr bone-head redface.....You are the worst politician ever... You are worst than a racist because you are traitor... You cater to the tea party not America...Your stupidity will be marveled in history books
    Don't forget. The winners are the ones who get to write the history. Republicans have waged war on the middle class for over 30 years, and have ony begun to fight back since the Obama administration began. So far, it looks like Boehner will go down in history as a hero.

    November 2, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Silly Baggers!

    Hey @Democrat Party – leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA why don't you tell us how the health care system will implode when the health care act goes into effect. We are looking for specifics here not just your typical outbursts.

    November 2, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Roger

    Corporate lap dog Boehner should be ashamed of himself to comment. Prior comments from Boehner that the tax cuts from trickle down economics produces U.S. jobs have been a lie. The cuts have been in effect for years and you can see how this benefit actually have brought the middle class to it's knees due to the rush to foreign manufacturing and developing foreign markets. With this in your face how can you keep preaching the same old line. Expiring the tax cuts will cost U.S. jobs. It's like being in a Fellini movie and a cast of idiots and the ignorant that elect people like Boehner. Can't wait to vote. Time to take the trash out of the House.

    November 2, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    We need to clean out the Oval Office, House of Representatives, and the US Senate and fill them with qualified people with true change in mind and not these career politicians. All politics have ever done is to divide the country into political groups that take hateful pot shots at each other. Just look at the hateful name calling banter on these blogs. Instead of constructive dialogue to civilly discuss philosophical differences, we resort to childish name calling. This is why we need leaders in our government who understand that they are supposedly elected to represent the entire citizenry and not just those who agree with them philosophically.

    November 2, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Russell Brown

    Though total agreement between the executive and the congress are
    impossible total respect is important we pray that we may be worthy of the
    unlimited opportunity that G-d has given us.

    November 2, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |

    Yes, I AM better off now because had Obama not became President after Bush and his minions sank this country into near Depression, we would all be standing in soup lines.

    November 2, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. John

    The GOP has done nothing to improve the economy. They only care about the 1%. All they do is complain,complain and complain. Obama does not have any cooperation and needs to do it alone. GOP you are not the solution but the problem. Stay on the sidelines and you can rot till HE_L freezes over. You are nothing but a bunch of whiners and you can continue to rot.......

    November 2, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. george

    The republiCANT party.. enough said

    November 2, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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