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. willard

    I m make sick of ill that I mocked out of david poffle that obama have too much pproblems of his job
    I ask david poffle why alex aderod was left leave at white house so maybe he make afraiad of presdient obama.

    November 2, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Why does this article not point out the obvious nonsense of Boehner responding to something the President didn't say?"

    Because that would make Boehner look like a game-playing partisan hack who spews irrelevant, tangential, preprogrammed talking points instead of thoughtful responses and therefore doesn't deserve to be listened to. However, in order for CNN and the MSM to sell us he-said-she-said controversy on a daily basis, they need for Boehner and others like him to be perceived as people that should be listened to.

    November 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. blake

    Obama - what a joke! He can rightfully claim he has made the country a better place for those buying into a Marxist agenda. Not much else.

    November 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Let's just make sthis very freekin simple:

    2008/2009 – Impending depression, economic collapse and an economy bleeding 750K jobs per month.

    Now – None of that.

    Any questions?

    November 2, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Pedro

    And we didn't have the congress working against their own people but just for their parties.

    November 2, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Jo Jo

    And that's all Boehner's done since becoming speaker of the house is mock the president. Where are the jobs Mr. Speaker you and your kind promised before taking office? Boehner is the biggest joke of the all.

    November 2, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    hey John go ask the upper 1% if THEY are better off..tell us what answer you get then. And they are better off thanks to you and your cronies NOT Obama.

    November 2, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. carly

    Boehner and the rest of the GOP/Tea Party are the problem and have been for several years. vote them all out in 2012.

    November 2, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Mario Ochoa

    We are a lot better off now than we where when Bush was in office. It could be a lot better if the Republicans/Tea Party would stop taking $ out of our education system like the $4 Billion they took in Texas causing over 100,000 of our teachers to be fired. Now they blame HISPANICS and under privilege children for bad test scores

    November 2, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. United We Stood

    Where are the jobs John boy? Deregulations and tax cuts for the rich does not equate to a jobs plan. Go cry in a gin and tonic.

    November 2, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Kathy

    and for those of us that pay attention know that the previous administration 'tanked" our country and then left the barn on fire as they walked off.

    I DONT suffer from short term memory loss, so now I say "Boehner, are YOU kidding me? you think Obama put took us to war and oursourced our jobs? puhleeze.

    November 2, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. annie s

    Obama's actions, by every independent account, saved this nation from falling into a Depression. Almost all of the job losses in this country occurred during the last year of the Bush Presidency and the first 6 months of Mr. Obama's. Then, from the implementation of the Stimulus up until the day the Tea Party took control of the House, we were gaining jobs and seeing economic growth. Throw the Republicans out and we might just see a real recovery.

    November 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. kayla

    coming from the obstructionist weeping willow your words bonehead is laughable

    November 2, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Republican who supports this President

    Nice one Aaron – so true.

    People who are in office who do nothing except obstruct should be voted out or recalled. Period! The GOP insurgency has wrecked this country and until I see a mojor shify in their agenda I will make sure my vote will go towards removing them from office.

    America needs solutions – not inaction and posturing.

    November 2, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. United We Stood

    @ Goodbye Obama, you might want to save that for another 5 years. Wishful thinking on your part and only that.

    November 2, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. no1atall

    CNN: Multi-National, Billion Dollar, Globe-Straddling, Corporate Giant, doing everything it can to surruptiously help the right wing try to damage President Obama's image and candidacy.

    November 2, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Cuda60

    This country is by far worse off than we would have been without Obama in charge. Look at historical recession recoveries. By now we should be trending way up on most economic indicators. Instead we are flat or trending down. Unemployment numbers, GDP vs. Inflation, consumer confidence levels, etc are all indicative of this. Obummer is following FDR's path. FDR MADE the Great Depression. If it wasn't for him and his Marxist ilk that Depression wouldn't have lasted 17 years. It would just have been a bad recession.

    November 2, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. chuck weidemann

    As usual the speaker of the house is so busy flapping his gums he never hears the whole answer. Why would he want to give an informed response to a full intelligent real world answer by the President.? It might make him look like an adult with a brain! Hoping for to much I know. The tanning lights have baked his brain!! That or his ego is out of control. Either way we the people pay the price for "leaders of this caliber. No repubs not talking about guns.!!

    November 2, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. A conservative

    We are not better, and were are these so called jobs that the Obama administration created, why is the unemployement rate still over 9% , he has done NOTHING but waste tax payer money on fail stimulious, and raised our debt, somebody needs to take his check book away, I don't how all of you brain washed socialist (liberals) think Obama and his administration have done anything good for this county.

    November 2, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. FLIndependent

    Boehner is such a pompous idiot who can't even get his House together. Weren't they to be the country's saviors and get us jobs? Who does he think he is anyway? His time will end come 2013 anyway. This President has worked non-stop to dig us out of the ditch and all he & his party of "No' have done since Day 1 is sit back and collect their unearned pay. It's really quite unbelievable and sickening!!

    November 2, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. lioness7777

    Yawn!!!!! The Crying Speaker will ask the very same question in 2012 when they get their derrière kicked by the Dems! LOL

    November 2, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Boehner and the rest of the Teapublicans want ONLY ONE thing ...... to make sure "Obama fails" ..... these clowns do not care about America!

    The Teapublicans spent countless hours making sure that no Federal Funds pay for abortions....... which IS A LAW on the books since the 1970's!

    The Teapublicans spent countless hours yesterday re-affirming that our National motto is STILL "In God We Trust"..... more WASTED TIME!

    Where are the JOBS 112th Congress????????????????

    The Teapublicans also passed a bill that says "When Congress works for 2 weeks, they get a week OFF with pay"!!! How many of us, have this privilege???????????????

    112th Teapublican Congress....... approval rate 9%!

    November 2, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. CathyinMN

    The Speaker of the House and his counterparts in the Senate need a wake up call – which I hope the voters in their districts remember. They have done NOTHING, will continue to do NOTHING until they are voted out of office. The President is trying to undo 8 years of ^%& from the GOP, and while I do not always agree with his plan, he is at least attempting to address the issues. Can anyone honestly say the current field of GOP candidates can do better? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    Tan man is lost. McCain and the screeching e-bola Harpie would have made things worse than Duh Duh Duh-bya's dismal position

    November 2, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Sasha

    Here's a question for Boehner and his supporters: Are we better off than we were one year ago (before the GOP took over the House and 40+ seats in the Senate)?

    November 2, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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