Boehner: 'We can do better' than Obama
August 28th, 2012
06:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner: 'We can do better' than Obama

(CNN) - The office of House Speaker John Boehner released the following excerpts of his prepared remarks to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday evening.

He is slated to speak in the 7 p.m. ET hour of the convention.

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"The American people are still asking 'where are the jobs,' but President Obama only offers excuses instead of answers. His record is a shadow of his rhetoric. Yet he has the nerve to say that he's moving us forward, and the audacity to hope that we'll believe him....

"My dad and my uncles owned a bar outside of Cincinnati. I worked there growing up, mopping floors, waiting tables. Believe me when I say I learned how to deal with every character who walked in the door. So let's say right now, a guy walked into our bar and said, 'the private sector is doing fine.' Well, do you know what we'd do? That's right: we'd throw him out. … If a guy walked into our bar … and said, 'if you've got a business, you didn't build that,' do you know what we'd do? Throw him out. …. President Obama just doesn't get this. He can't fix the economy because he doesn't know how it was built. So in 70 days, when the American people walk into the voting booth, what should we do? Throw him out....

"We can do better. We can do a lot better. It starts with throwing out the politician who doesn't get it, and electing a new president who does. … President Romney will keep his word and his courage, too. He'll keep faith with the idea that government exists to serve the people, and the people build the economy....

"It's a big job, so we're fortunate that Mitt has chosen as his running mate a leader who is second to none when it comes to rooting out and fixing Washington's worst habits. When I met Paul Ryan 22 years ago, he was a student at Miami of Ohio volunteering on my campaign. Soon, he will be our party's nominee for Vice President of the United States. Who says this isn't the greatest country on Earth?"

– CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • John Boehner
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Cassie

    If Obama is bad then you Speaker ain't no better!!

    August 28, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Jane

    Their theme is Really "We Can Do Better"???? Heh. Wonder if he'll recognize the irony of this phrase, once he sobers up.

    August 28, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Yeah... I don't think so.

    August 28, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. California Gary

    What a joke. I have news for you Mr. Speaker........the GOP was elected to run the House of Representatives in 2010 on the mantra of jobs, jobs, jobs...........so Mr. Speaker, I ask you: where are the jobs? All you've accomplished is lowering our credit rating and pushing to outlaw abortion.......you have no standing to take the POTUS to task on anything. You want to see what failure looks like? Check out a mirror.

    August 28, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Af

    Yes Boehmer you can do better for the wealthy than Obama

    August 28, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Rooney

    Most third world countries have better leadership than Obama. Heck most US small companies have more competent middle managers than Obama. Unfortunately there are still those who want to give our failed President another four years.

    August 28, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    Boehner has become the master of understatement. Just tell it like it is John. Obama is incompetent. My German Shepard could have done better over the last four years.

    August 28, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    No Mr. Speaker, America isn't going to be fooled again by the GOP's lies and rhetoric. Your party won many seats in 2010 running on a "jobs,jobs,jobs" mantra, but have failed to produce a single, valid jobs bill, while also obstructing every single effort the President has made to lift the economy. Your party is the party of America-hating domestic terrorists, and America will vote (or retaliate) accordingly. Anyone that votes for the GOP has serious character and intelligence flaws.

    August 28, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Patriot Awesome

    Worst speaker of the house ever. Well, maybe except Newt. Okay it's a tie.

    August 28, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. rs

    Pretty bold statement from a man and a party that did nothing to assist the President and the American people in trying to fix the disaster of the Bush years. I must be fair, they did try to repeal the ACA 33 times, and they did pass a record number of anti-abortion and anti-birth control legislation. Anything relating to jobs- not so much.

    August 28, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. nash

    So Mr. Boehner, why shouldn't the American People bring yourself, Mcconnell and Cantor on the charge of treason.The three of you have from day one made a solemn oath to bring this president down. You have obstructed, fillurbusted, met behind closed doors and threatened your own constituents not 'To Play'.....Mcconnell is a traitor, plain and simple, his policy and only policy was to do everything in his power to to ruin this president and do nothing for our country, Cantor has used threats and Tea Party constituents to threaten men and women in his own party. You sir have bowed down to these people, not caring about our country, only your individual selves. No backbone, no pride, no guts, no nothing.

    August 28, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Suzanne

    Simply put, we could most assuredly "do better than" Boehner! He and his crowd of "Jobs! Job! Jobs!" cohorts elected in 2010 have done NOTHING! Zero! Zilch! NOthing! They've served no useful purpose because they refused to "participate" in government - just preferred and proud of being known as "The Party of NO" and the "Do Nothing Congress"! They should be so very proud of themselves - NOT!

    August 28, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. rs

    truth hurts-
    The GOP is delusional and living a rich fantasy life if they think the President is the problem.

    August 28, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Tn

    The House has worked hard to block many of the proposals that Obama has had to improve the economy. Jobs bills, etc. How can they blame him if they've "tied his hands". Republicans should have given him all he asked for. THEN the blame could have been his and only his. But of course, what if it had worked??? Their entire platform would be shattered. I wish I would have had the chance to see what would have happened. I would feel much better about my vote.

    August 28, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Merle

    we can certainly do better than Boehner!

    August 28, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    You sir, are the head of the institution that has a worse rating than any congress in history. Maybe, we – the REAL AMERICAN PEOPLE – would be better served to get rid of you and elect someone who can put our country ahead of their party politics. I can see that you have never gone into harms way to defend this country! You should be ashamed of yourself.

    August 28, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. TheAverageAmerican

    The GOP has had many opportunities to do something during the eight years of Bush presidency. Now, remember in what horrible conditions Bush/GOP had left our county as Bush left the White House? All of which President Obama had to clean up before he could concentrate on anything else? With the sleeping (at taxpayers money) Congress which has done absolutely nothing the last two years except whining and complaining, making SURE nothing meaningful would ever get done to improve the lives of the average Americans? And the GOP says President Obama has failed us and, in fac,t it has been the Congress that has subbotaged so much he could have done for us? What's wrong with this picture?

    August 28, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Bill

    Too bad that you and your gang or racist, elitist, arrogant, bible beating thugs will never get the chance to, because your nominee willl lose. We tried the GOP way for 8 long years and people remember that disasster. The voters will speak and you become a back-bencher Boehner.

    August 28, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. nash

    15 percent approval rating!! Way to lead John...........

    August 28, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Jersey Girl

    Note to Boehner: if your party can do better than Mr. Obama, then it's obvious you don't have the right person running! Your Willard is a terrible candidate, awkward, secretive, and lies like there is no tomorrow. Is that who you mean would be a better president? I think not!

    August 28, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. rs

    The GOP has this really strange and perverted notion that by "doing better" that they only have to work for those that support them. The 1 %. The other people (the people the President works for), the other problems they pretty much ignore or work to actually make worse. Helping the poor, educating children, seeing that sick people can get medical help- much too complex, and hey, they aren't us. So-the GOP wants to do away with Social Security Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, low-cost public education and on and on. THEIR constituants (the rich) don't need that stuff. In fact, according to the GOP, the rich just need more tax cuts. This is their solution. Think about it.

    August 28, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Ken

    The reason we have such a deficit is caus a million millionaires like romney pay next to 0 in Taxes. This election is the rich, richer & Richie Rich Romney against the Middle Class. Get out & Vote America!!!!

    August 28, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. truth hurts

    Allow me to remind the poor histroy challenged libtards in here that almost ALL of the months of jobs growth since Obama has been in office HAVE BEEN WHEN THE HOUSE WAS CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS. Had Obama and the Do-Nothing Senate Democrats passed the many bils the House sent them, unemployment would be far lower and Obama's re-election more probable. As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

    August 28, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. CBR

    Rep. Boehner, Rep. Cantor, and Sen. McConnell were the Republican leaders for the last three years. They all seemed to have made a pact to vote down every initiative of hte Obama White House. They fulfilled their promise to refrain from adding their support to any legislation that might allow Pres. Obama to be re-elected. Great way to run Congress and a huge waste of taxpayers dollars because in essence they did nothing. If they all returned their pay and the money it cost to run their offices, etc. we could definitely lower the inflation rate.

    The disrespect shown to the Office of the President is beyond belief. The sad part is they are proud of themselves even if it meant that the American people were short-changed for four years.

    It is time to elect people who will do the work, talk the talk and work together for the best outcome possible. They have done nothing that would warrant re-election.

    August 28, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. aaron

    If they can do better, why didn't they present something better than the cast of fanatical clowns that were the Repub presidential candidates?

    August 28, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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