Boehner to Obama: 'Are you kidding me?'
November 2nd, 2011
01:31 PM ET
2 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. lloyd roberts

    Boehner is just that, a Boehner

    November 2, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. nyc dem

    Hi bone head boehner

    Where are the jobs

    November 2, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Debra from Georgia

    No Boner, the question is to you, are you kidding.

    President Obama, killed Bin Laden, brought down Kadaffey, will end the war in IRAQ. He gave us universal Health care, and yes the Stimulus plan worked. It created 5.3 millions jobs, and if it was not for that do nothing congress he would have created more jobs. We are better off than we were 4 years ago. Four years ago, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. For the last 19 months we have been seen job growth. Take that to your rich friends on Wall Street.

    November 2, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    All democrat liberals are pretty delusional, but Obama is even more so.

    November 2, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. NoTags

    The Country would be much better off without Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, et. al. lurking around the Capitol building.

    November 2, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Laverne

    Since Boehner constantly refer himself as Obama equal because he is speaker of the house, what in the hell has he done to make things better for the American people. Boehner is the worst speaker of all time (9%) to be exact. He is the cheerleader of being an obstructionist and is an ineffective leader, except to carry the NO banner. Nancy Pelosi at least got stuff done. Boehner is a LOSER on every level and he wishes he could be Obama!

    November 2, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. ted

    Boehner looks like he is about to cry. He forgets it was George W Bush's administration that drove us into the recession ditch with no plan to get us out, GWB invaded Afghanistan with no plan on how to get us out, GWB invaded Iraq with no plan on how to get us out. Everyone see the obvious theme here? GOP Repukelicans get the country into trouble, but never have a plan to get us out of wars, recessions, create jobs, work on deficits and debt, and their only plan is to make Obama a one term president. That is their only plan and it is not helping America at all. They are obstructing real progress on creating jobs and ending the deficits and debt. I am tired of Boner, McClownell, CANTor and the rest of the idiots in the GOP clown car. They are out of touch with the 99% who are the working stiffs in this county.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Maybe Obama was not talking about the economy or our standing among nations in the world or our downgraded debt load. In fact, he couldn't even have been talking about the status of the NBA. What the hell was Obama talking about, "...better off because of the things his administration has done."?!?!?

    But what does this tell us all? Obama has not learned a thing from his mistakes. He has to go. Soon.

    November 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Ron

    We'd be even further along if Boehner and his boys didn't block every single piece of legislation coming down the pike. And from the report just out, it seems that even Boehner himself is better off now than 4 years ago. Him and alll those millionaire congressmen. What a joke.

    November 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. stevetall@msn.com

    You might try helping the process, John. You and your Republican cohorts are the main reason that so little progress has been made in any arena. Except for making the rich richer, you Republicans are complete failures. Try representing Americans once in awhile instead of the treasonous corporations.

    November 2, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Xponential

    Obama was poised to hand Boehner trillions in entitlement cuts in exchange for relatively modest tax loophole closings and increases which could have spared us a credit downgrade and a dumpy market outlook and Boehner walked away from it. Are you kidding me??

    November 2, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. rs

    No, Boehner, I don't think he is. Meanwhile, I think it is you (and McConnell, and the rest of the GOP/TP) who live a rich fantasy life if you believe that you or your party have done ONE thing to improve the lives of Americans over the last two years.
    If your behavior doesn't reach to being treasonous, it certainly is disfunctional and useless. You (all) should be turned out on your ears!

    November 2, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Fact Check

    Boner was busy preparing to vote to reaffirm "In God we Trust."

    November 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Independent Voters

    I guess we going to be kidding Boehner when we vote you out of the office 2012.
    I dont think this a kidding matter when people losen jobs, homes, healthcare so we going to vote you out of
    the office with the other republicans/teaparty.

    November 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Goodbye Obama

    Only Obama could think America, the American people are better off than four yeasrs ago.

    November 2, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    House Speaker John Boehner

    Past 10 months congress is dividing the nation , we would have better if we had democratic congress

    November 2, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Rosslaw

    I sure hope Eric Cantor gave tan man permission to say that.

    November 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Obama is correct

    As spineless as he has been, Obama should get credit for keeping the bad situation he inherited from becoming even worse, as GOP policies would have done. Middle-class people stupid enough to vote for a GOP in 2012 deserve to become extinct.

    November 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. jf

    The obamination is delusional!
    Employment is in the toilet.
    Companies are holding onto their funds due to the regulatory uncertainty.
    Health cost are rising BECAUSE of his obamycare.
    Inflation is kicking in due to him and his printing money.
    AND he keeps wanting to raise taxes.
    IMPEACH HIM!

    November 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Goodbye Obama

    as for the House Speaker John Boehner mocking Barack Obama, that's not hard to do given the Obama record of failures.

    November 2, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. GreenLake

    Seriously, Deidre, you write: " 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." but the quote from Obama DOES NOT say the country is better off than it was, but better off than it WOULD HAVE been without the policies they put in place, which is not the same thing at all. You're free to disagree with the President on that point, but you're not free to distort the truth as you do here. Fail.

    November 2, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. daniel savane

    Typical rightwinger with a selectively short memory. I guess he does not remember the collapse of the stock market and resulting devaluation of millions of retirement savings invested in the market, the and banking financial industry crisis, housing crisis, the unemployment (they have risen sight) the sense that the entire world was on brink of .recession/depression because of the all of the above industry run amok because of the lack of oversight that neocons invariably expouse. Its the old addage that if you say it often enough, the faux (Fox) news watcher and Hanity/Limbaugh listeners will believe it.

    November 2, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Jon in Rochester

    I think the same question needs to be asked to Mr. Boehner. He's done nothing to make conditions better for anybody but the top 1%. Where are all of those jobs that the Republicans promised back in 2009 when they were campaigning for congress? Hmmmm..... seems like jobs just aren't priority number 1 anymore. Rolling back bank regulations, busting unions, giving tax breaks to the rich, , defunding healthcare, and making sure that gays can't marry have risen to the top of the priority list above job creation.

    November 2, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Charlie from the North

    Well lets just take a peak at the math. When Obama took over our economy was losing 800K jobs a month. Now it is gaining. If that's no the very definition of improvement then what is?

    Is it all better? Hell no. But that has more to do with the party of "no" being in charge of the Supreme Court and the House than anything Obama could control.

    November 2, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Len

    Actually if you really understand what happened in 2007 and 2008 (before President Obama took office) we are better off. We were in the worst recession in our history, we were lossing jobs at a tremendous rate. We have gained jobs (granted slower than we would like) but we are gaining jobs since President Obama took office. Deregulation caused alot of this, no controls on banks, wall street etc. Now we have regulations to help consumers and the GOP says we are hurting job creators. NOT TRUE, tax cuts for the wealthy in the last ten years has caused the wealthiest among us to have gained over 270% of the nations wealth. Why others (99%) gained 20% if we were lucky. They did not create jobs with all their tax cuts.....Big oil recieves 6 billion dollars in tax subsides (WHY)! Ever since the American people made a terrible decision in 2010, the GOP/Tea Party folks donot want to work with the President and have admitted their only goal is to make President Obama a one term president.
    In ten years since 911 we hailed our first responders(Firefighters, police officers) as heros. Yet, last week the GOP defeated a bill that would help communities to hire more police and firefighters because they did not want to raise taxes by .5% on millionaires and billionaires. So, now firefighters and police officers are bad people because they are employed by the GOVERNMENT.......I could go on......Study the facts folks...Please wake up America! Do not make the same mistake in 2012!!! Please.

    November 2, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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