April 29th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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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. BeverlyNC

    Boehner is a sad, ineffective non-leader who cannot even control the Republicans he is supposed to be in charge of directing. They ignore him and do not respect him. Boehner should have gotten out of his tanning bed, off the golf course, and learned how to lead. Instead the Republican Congress destroyed every effort to restore jobs and our economy and have a 9% approval rating. We the People will be cleaning House of ALL Republicans come November. We want leaders who take their oath to serve the People seriously and honorably and understand it is the job of Congress to create and pass bills – not obstruct and refuse to compromise and act like pouty children.

    April 29, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. waikikijohn

    Hello, you are a miserable leader, absolutely no backbone to stand up to your own. The tea party freshmen have walked all over you.

    April 29, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Chuk

    Shut up Boehner. You want to see progress in the country? Pledge not to stop EVERYTHING the president is trying to do no matter how noble! You and your party don't care about what's best for the country but what'd keep you in office.

    April 29, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Rick

    Lets see, its been since 2010 and the Republicans have done NOTHING. Nothing and they want the people to think they can fix the economy, guess G. Bush didn't know how. Look where he left this nation. Romney has no ideals, he has said nothing about jobs or the economy. This guy will certain follow in Bushes foot prints and trash this nation. Ryan Budget will do to the USA exactly as the UK finds themselves now. They did the same thing that Ryan proposes, it DOES NOT WORK. Ryan is all about helping the lobbyist and filling his bank account. Wonder how many millions he has gotten since being in Congress.

    April 29, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. buttermybuttandcallmeabiscuit

    From January 2001 through January 2009, the Republicans were in COMPLETE control of the government. We were hit with the worst terrorist attack on American soil, started two wars that were not paid for, and suffered the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression and Republicans claim Obama is a failure?

    April 29, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. mms55

    if you want to blame someone for failures in washington and you voted for the gop in 2010 blame your self.once again you people were hoodwinked by the gop.if you want to see more job growth and better economics in your state stop voting for the gop.all they got for you are tax cuts that don't work for anyone but the rich.we have had tax cuts for over 10 years allready and it has done nothing for job growth get that through your heads.austarity doesn't work in a down turn either just look at the uk they have had no growth since the conservitives took over in their country.conservitives are regressive to the economy.

    April 29, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. ORLY

    "my job is to make sure that even under the worst-case scenario, we're able to hold onto our majority."

    ...and all this time, I thought the job of a congressman was to represent the interests of his constituency. Maybe I should re-take poli sci

    April 29, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. greg

    I thought his ampeted up rhetoric looked like he was drunk. Man could hardly speak. I thought he would take off his shoe and bang on the podium. Repos are disrespectful and unpatriotic when it comes to the office of president. And don't start about the last president and who called him what thats something a child pulls to get their way. If anyone needs to see what is wrong with our politics today they need look no further than the republican congress and party.

    April 29, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. carly

    Love it. Boehner is offering Obama advice. The crying orange clown is trying to "advise" the President of the US after he and the other right wing nuts in Congress obstructed everything Obama tried to accomplish for several years now.. lol

    April 29, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Larry L

    Boner is like allof the Republicans – wanting our country to fail to discredit the President. List everything the Republican majority has done to help with jobs... short list... nothing. The Republicans in the Senate have filibustered over 105 times to b;lock every initiative – even those they previously approved in committee. The evidence is clear and Americans will throw them out this year!

    April 29, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. genebrady

    Boner is a totally non-essential wart on the face of the GOP.

    April 29, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. flopflipper

    The GOP's War on Women isn't a strawman social issue? The GOP isn't pandering to the religiuos conservatives rather than taking on fiscal issues?

    Seems like they are.

    April 29, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Mark

    What happened the last time we 'elected' a business man to the White House? Oh right that was Bush and where did that get us?

    April 29, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Richard

    This President has been treated with utter disrespect since Innauguration Day by the GOP. From saying that the GOP's goal in life is to make him fail, and be a 1 term president.....it's obvious they didnt focus on America doing good, but focused on Obama doing bad. And a rude comment during the State of the Union......You lie!......comments about the size of the First Ladiy's butt,, and the GOP spread rumors about a kenyan born, socialist, secret muslim, and the icing on the cake was McConnell saying last summer : No deals will be made, as long as THAT MAN is in the White House.......

    April 29, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. beachbum60

    Where to begin? The current GOP House has no intention of working to solve ANY problems. They have doubled down on spreading misery and frustration in the hope that we voters will blame our President. It will not work. They refuse to support any plan that will help our economy, even the infrastructure project, where we have (a) crumbling bridges and highways and (b) massive unemployment. Why not put thousands of Americans back to work in jobs that benefit our nation? And Boehner is having his neck jerker hard to the right by the extremists in his party, so he has to show more disdain, more disrespect, and absolutely NO willingness to work in a bipartisan way. As an American citizen with one vote, I have a serious responsibility: send the tea party juveniles back home and let them argue their positions in the local bars. Send back serious thinkers, Dems and GOPers that want to work together to get our nation back on its feet.

    April 29, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. rexdogcanadien

    And christ said unto boehner, " congressman heal thy self. first cast out the moat that is in your eye then shall you see more clearly the mole that is in your brother's eye. You forgot you refused to help Pres Obama deal with changing the 'me for me culture that permeates every instituation in America?.

    April 29, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. regertz

    Gee John, we all just figured you were plastered again.

    April 29, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. PJ

    This is from a man who is in charge of an organization that that almost 90% of the people hate...because the are voting a republicant agenda...remember...republicans can't.. ( republicants...)

    April 29, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. terry

    Talk about a looooooser!

    April 29, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner, if you and the GOP really want to help the President, get busy and help him create jobs for the American people which you have failed to do. If you can't do that then shut your face.

    April 29, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. lue blacke

    boehner is so desperate that he will say anything. I believe he is totally drunk when he starts speaking-because any other time-he will not say anything but "blah-blah-blah".

    April 29, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. LMC

    Advice from Republicans is like throwing a leaking life jacket to someone. The Republicans only care about their "majority," not the state of the country and the needs of the citizens.

    April 29, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Jerry, we understand your frustration, but place the blame where it belongs, at the feet of the worst Congess in US history. And, btw, do recall how many jobs were being wiped out in late '08? 750,000 per month as I recall? Did you think with 2 unfunded wars and tax breaks for the wealthy it was going to not have a terribly long road to recovery? I guess Obama doesn't have a magic wand handy.

    April 29, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    April 29, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Morning1Sun

    I watched Boehner this morning on CNN. He like all Repubs are talking but I don't relate. It is like, "where does this man get his information from? Nothing he says are true, make sense or totally off the wall. It is like Romney saying untruths about President Obama and think the American people will believe and follow. Propaganda! Romney, Boehner, wants to convince us that President Obama is a failure, but he is not. g They keep pressing it to brainwash us to believing them. Can't wait till the election. Wish the Democrats take over the Congress, Senate and Presidency so we can start working again.

    April 29, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. John

    John Boehner Is USELESS has a leader of Congress, and the Republican would only make America worst.

    April 29, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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