April 29th, 2012
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Boehner explains jabs at Obama as 'help'

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday described his amped-up rhetoric toward President Barack Obama in recent days as advice.

"The president is getting … some bad advice," Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Somebody needed to help him out, so I thought I would."

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In the past week the top Republican accused Obama of losing courage and decreasing the standing of the presidency.

Boehner reiterated the opinions to CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday, saying Obama is "diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights, going after straw men every day."

The Ohio Republican said political gimmicks recently employed by the White House include support for the so-called Buffett Rule, a plan to apply a minimum tax rate of 30% on higher income earners; the president's rhetoric surrounding manipulation of the oil markets; and the debate over the extension of low student loan rates.

Looking to the 2012 election, he made the case for Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, by pointing to his success in business and pushed back against the suggestion that Romney's privilege would be an obstacle in the November election.

"The American people don't want to vote for a loser. They don't want to vote for someone that hasn't been successful," Boehner said. "I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to show the American people that they too can succeed."

Boehner also indicated he is optimistic Republicans will hold onto the majority in the House.

He recently said Democrats have a "one in three chance" of regaining control of the lower chamber, after previously saying it was "nearly impossible."

But Boehner said nothing has changed.

"Listen, if the election were held today, I'm very optimistic that we will hold onto the majority," Boehner said. "But my job is to make sure that even under the worst-case scenario, we're able to hold onto our majority."

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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. steven harnack

    He thinks that his job is to ensure Republican control of the House. I thought that his job was to pass legislation that benefits all Americans. I guess that we will have to agree to disagree about what his "job" is.

    April 29, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The best help Mr. President can give Boehner is "get his own House in order" because he has failed at that and please don't cry over the truth. Boehner has no control over the House and thinks he's qualified to give the President of the entire U.S. advice, you got to be kidding me.

    April 29, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. LoLo

    The Republicans see the writing on the wall, they have stepped in it and are now trying to get out of it anyway they can. No matter how much they lie, cheat or steal it is not going to work. The Amrican people are fed up with there ignorance and come November we will be walking with a big stick. Their only concern was letting the country fail to get President Obama out of the white house. The American people do not need your respect, but after November you will be begging for us to accept it. We as Americans need to make sure that these imbeciles do not try to steal the vote, which they are working on diligently to keep people from voting. Romney is nothing but a rich man who thinks that he is entitled to be president because of his money. I really hope that the republican voters who think that Romney is going to save them better be making one million dollars or more or they will be truly disappointed of the outcome if they vote this job destroyer in. Don't you think it is strange that this man has two degrees from Harvard which I doubt seriously that he earned because of his grades (no transcript seen yet) doesn't think that education is important for the little people? He wants to keep America stupid so that he can continue lining his and his rich buddies pockets and destroying America along the way. You people had better wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Jerry – Like I said, for a racist right wingut, you are a hoot. It appears you are getting a tad testy. Be careful, not good for your heart, and I hate to have my health insurance premiums raised because you show up at an emergency room with no insurance.

    April 29, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Little – Non Obama people are usually found living with the Taliban.

    April 29, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. AKsteve

    what a liar. We have produced more gas than ever. We exported more than we imported. What a liar.

    Also, to say that drilling oil will reduce prices at the pump is just what GOP dumbo's believe and say. IF you drill today, it will take 10 years before it effects the price of gas.

    Fear, fear, fear. Blame, blame, blame, Typical GOP LIARS

    April 29, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Dee

    Boehner thinks he is the President and has no respect for the President or the Office of the President. He would be the last person he would ask for help.

    Boehner led a Party of NO and he new what they were going to do to this President the day he was sworn in.
    So if I was him I would continue to cry because his Party is in for a rude awakening.

    April 29, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Dee

    Sorry for typographical error knew instead of new

    April 29, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. B

    The more that Boehner opens his mouth and shows us his temper tantrums the more he discloses how -over his head -he is displaying his incompetence for his position.

    Americans can see the steady hand on the tiller with Oama with slow, but -consistent growth in the economy going in the right direction.
    The totally inconsistent behavior of Romney should be the contrast anyone needs to understand what a Disaster Romney would be trying to sort-out the strongest wind direction for the moment..

    April 29, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Folks,
    There is an Election coming in November. You have a deicision to make when you walk into that Voting Booth, if you are Registered to Vote.If you are one that takes Personal Responsibilty for your life Romney is the one you will want to vote for. If you need a Baby-Sitter then Obama is your man.

    But why are you picking on Jerry. If I read correctly Jerry is a Life Long Democrat but isn't buying the Snake Oil Obama and the mouthpieces are selling. The Country has huge problems. The Talking Heads would have you belive it is the Republicians that are at fault. However the fact that the Democrats had Power for 40 years are the ones that brought us to where we are today. 16 Trillion in Debt. 47 Million on Food Stamps, High unemployment. Milklions of Morgages in Forclosure. Taking Cheap Shots will get you nowhere. Sticking your head in the Sand isn't the answer. Keeping the Liberals in Power isn't the answer. You have to "Book" your own life if you want to succeed. The Liberals have left me and you "Holding" the bag. All those Politicians are dead. The Huge Debt is still here. Figured it out yet??

    April 29, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. BRCLMTY

    The Republicans actually hoped to crash the economy by blocking the President's attempts to revive it – in hopes of getting the Presidency back. They even went to the brink of ruining the US's perfect credit rating! Now we have a Speaker who thinks it's OK to publicly call the President of the United States a "loser." You can't buy this kind of incompetence.

    April 29, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. MarkO

    Beohner is a JERK. ANYTHING for the Republican party because that's who he works for. He doesn't work for the taxpayers or the voters; that's why he doesn't care about them.

    April 29, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. rude

    For all the vilifying of Obamacare, websites devoted to its destruction, Fox spending hours trampling it and what is the end result? Romneycare is the repub nominee. Don't those neocons listen to their own hateful rhetoric???

    April 29, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    People from red nanny states should not absolve Bush handing over $12 trillion of our national debt to President Obama. They should not absolve Bush from losing 8 million jobs in his last three years (800,000 in his last month alone), Please do not absolve Bush from two unfunded unnecessary wars, unfunded tax cuts and Tarp, and his unfunded drug program. Even McCain acknowledged that the economy was "cratering" before Bush left office.

    April 29, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    These GOBP wingnuts have broken the delusional scale. Richard Nixon wasn't as delusional as these people,and he was way out there. Obama/Biden 2012!

    April 29, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. PJ Wylie

    If the American People don't want to vote for a loser, why is Boehner the Speaker of the House? I guess his Congressional Colleagues who voted for him aren't "American People".

    April 29, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. mcskadittle

    If he really wants to "help" the President he and Eddie Munster could go back to the drawing board and come up with a budget that both the republicans and the democrats could agree to

    April 29, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. fernace

    Seems Obama has done a pretty decent job getting us off the cliff & up & running again WITHOUT the help of Bohner or Any1 from the GOTP! Look, it's simple; the budget put forth by the Repubs/T-P is aggressively unfriendly to Middleclass American workers & excessively friendly to the wealthy & big biz! How can you expect the Average, yet the Majority to vote in something so lopsided & decidedly not in our interest! I'm not hating on rich people, am not trying to become a millionaire! I just want an honest pay for an honest days work, education for our kids, affordable healthcare for our families & maybe to be able to take a vacation once in a while! We're the people working in the service jobs, grocery stores, mechanic shop, school cafeteria, always w/a smile & our own piece of this nation resting on our shoulders! We need politicans who understands, w/out a solid foundation the house crumbles! Obama Again!!

    April 29, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Common sense grandma

    Hahahahahaha! HELP - that is the funniest thing ever. also,DIMINISHING THE PRESIDENCY from someone that mostly gets publicity from people trying to figure out his strange skin tone - orange or burnt umber? As funny as Romney's people saying he would never slow jam. Who says the GOP isn't funny? Right up there with Gingrich dropping out - who knew he was doing anything except touring zoos? Good sitcom.

    April 29, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. helenecha

    No political gimmick in the House, no worst-case scenario there. I wish Boehner means that matter.

    April 29, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Jeetu

    I think the speaker should use his own advice before giving it to the President. I have come to a stage that anything that the speaker or his party member says will not be trusted. Mitt Romeny will amke sure hat America goes back at least 20 years in its progress and he will surely ensure a great depression, muchm ore severe than the one in 1930s. There is no way we can elect Mitt to the WH. Look at Obama's record, he has created more jobs in the private sector than Bush II did in his time. The reason the jobs numbers are not as good is due to the republicans bent upon cutting the federal jobs by ensuring that there rich friends become richer at the cost of government workers (federal and states) losing their jobs.

    Let us change the landscape in Washington by getting these republicans out in November!!!!

    April 29, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Squigman

    If all of the verbal outrage translates into votes this fall, Boehner is history. The history of his tenure wont be looked upon with fond regard, but he'll be history and good riddance.

    April 29, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Karl Jonas

    Boehner's just trying to sound tough to prevent Mad Dog Cantor from knifing him in the back.

    April 29, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Obama lovers live in fantasy world. Non-Obama people aren't. They can live real world and realize who is Obama."

    Actually, little jimmy liar, you and ray from georgia would do well to join the real world. President Obama did not create $5 trillion in new debt. Nor has he destroyed the capitalist system. He did not cause the housing meltdown or the increase in gas prices. However, in your Fairytale Fantasy-Land of Make-Believe, you apparently believe all those things are true.

    April 29, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    The Weepy Orange Dude should be offering help that rotting corpse of a decaying cult that he calls a "party." Here's some more "help" for him and his GOBP cult:

    Your cult needs to admit is wrong about tax cuts for the wealthy paying for themselves or creating jobs.

    In fact, your cult needs to formally renounce Ayn Rand's disproven ideas. You tried them and they failed. They always will fail.

    Call on the wealthy to share some of the sacrifices the rest of us are making.

    April 29, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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