Boehner's biggest disappointment
August 28th, 2012
11:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner's biggest disappointment

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner revealed the "greatest disappointment" during his time as the country's top Republican, in an interview for an upcoming CNN documentary.

"If I look back over the year and a half or so that I've been speaker, my greatest disappointment was that the president and I couldn't come to an agreement in solving our debt crisis," Boehner told CNN White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin for "Obama Revealed: The man, the president," set to air Monday.
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President Barack Obama and the speaker worked together in an effort to negotiate a plan toward fiscal health in 2011, through a so-called "grand bargain," but the efforts ultimately ended in acrimony.

"I was willing to go down this path with him because it was the right thing to do for the country," Boehner said of their discussions that ended with both sides blaming the other for the deal's collapse.

Boehner, who is scheduled to address the Republican National Convention Tuesday, said he and the president "get along," but disagree about the role of government.

"While we like each other, there are times when we'd have, you know, a real disagreement," Boehner said.

At the time of the president's inauguration, the Ohio congressman said he was optimistic he could negotiate with Obama. And although the two have had little interaction since the well publicized breakdown of the debt deal, the speaker remains somewhat optimistic.

"Regardless of who's in the White House, I'm convinced that I can work with them and that I can find common ground to help move the country forward," Boehner said. "If that's the case, I'm ready, willing and able."

The impending fiscal cliff will be the first order of business facing the two men, should they both retain their positions. When asked if Boehner would place the first call to the president to launch a dialogue, Boehner said "He is president of the United States."

"Ah, we'll figure it out," he added.

– Watch more of House Speaker John Boehner's interview with CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin in "Obama Revealed: The man, the president" on CNN Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. ja

    boehner leads a party of obstructionist, is he surprised, most still can't stomach the president not being completely of the white race, known as hyprocrisy, , in my fifthysome years on earth, i've never seen some much utter disrespect for the office

    August 28, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Suzanne

    His biggest disappointment SHOULD be those JOBS, JOBS, JOBS they campaigned so strongly on and have yet to come up with.....?? Another Republican "joke", I guess.....

    August 28, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Coward fails to stand up to right wing extremists and blames the brown guy to deflect from his own failure. Story at 11.

    August 28, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Kevin

    Boehner's Biggest Disappoinment is HIMSELF. Well, all of America Biggest Disappointment is the REPUBLICAN party.

    August 28, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. tadesse

    I agree with you B, did he forgot when he said with lough "When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted." so what else he wanted? the president got only 2%. who compromized here?

    August 28, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hey, John Boehner. Where are those Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! your party promised to work with President Obama to create back during the 2010 campaign?

    Mr. Mittens is promising Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! too. Unfortunately, the Grand Old Party leadership choose to fire all those nasty goverment employees who were dragging the economy down. Mr. Mittens is known to fire folks too. He likes firing people. He said so himself.

    August 28, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. anagram_kid

    This is like Newt Gingrich stating that his biggest disappointment is that his bathroom scale never displays 160 lbs and then blaming the scale.

    August 28, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. BB

    Don't feel bad Boehner as members of the Presidents own party can't get him to waver from his extremist views. He has brought the Democratic Party from a moderate group back in the Clinton days to the party of Death and taxes. The celebrate abortion and higher taxes. The only plan out of Obama's campaign for the next four years is they want to give away free contraception. There are no other spoken plans other than him continuing to spend money wastefully – he excels in that area.

    August 28, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    I would think his biggest disappointment would be that the government continued to function at all. Wasn’t a full shut down their goal?

    August 28, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. independent, in Texas

    the biggest disappointment is Boehner and the GOP. They chose to fight Obama from the begining and slowly lost, now they are disappointed?......I think they are going to have four more years of disappointment...Obama 2012!

    August 28, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. dionysusBeer

    Not all Republicans are bad and some of them are good people and good leaders. Boehner though is a bad leader. You can't demand compromise and then hold rigid to your positions. That's not the way compromise works. If you ask someone to extend their hand across the aisle you can't cross your arms and then complain that the other person never shook your hand.

    August 28, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. anagram_kid

    BB wrote:
    Don't feel bad Boehner as members of the Presidents own party can't get him to waver from his extremist views. He has brought the Democratic Party from a moderate group back in the Clinton days to the party of Death and taxes. The celebrate abortion and higher taxes. The only plan out of Obama's campaign for the next four years is they want to give away free contraception. There are no other spoken plans other than him continuing to spend money wastefully – he excels in that area
    --
    Clinton raised taxes, and guess what it worked. As for your remarks about contraception and abortion; you need to accept one or the other. Even if you have no need for contraception, other people do.

    August 28, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. TomInRochNY

    Boehner can't deliver anything the TP doesn't like. That's why he and Obama aren't talking. He can work with Obama, but why bother if the TP won't work with either one of them.

    August 28, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Congress includes the Senate, Lynda... so I'll assume you hold the same amount of contempt for Harry Reid."

    Old Harry isn't my cup of Tea, Fair. But, if you're asking do I blame him for not working to pass bills redefining rape as forcible rape, or all those other 31 (or so) anti-abortion bills going back and forth now for two years, or Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand budget, or every other lame bill Boehner and Company has passed, the answer would be ... no, I don't. But then, you already knew that, didn't you? Neither do I vote strict party line ideology. It's a waste of time ... and, I think ... not always to the benefit of America.

    August 28, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    Obama has no intention of cutting spending. He's decided to put the pedal to the metal and bankrupt the country as fast as possible. $6 TRILLION in debt over 4 short years. Obama's future vision of the USA is what you now see in Greece.

    August 28, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Ferathka

    The Republicans in the House are the reason why our enconomy is at a roadblock now. It had some steam until these guys came in and did nothing for the past 2 years. These guys are to blame not Obama. There is a civics lesson I learned back in 3rd grade on how a bill becomes a law. It starts with these clowns....

    August 28, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Boehner, where are the JOBS JOBS JOBS??? Can you get your caucus to abide by your rules? "HELL NO YOU CAN'T!!!"

    August 28, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. gord

    his biggest disappointment will hit him in november

    August 28, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Dan

    We all have disappointments in life, one of mine is what Boner allowed to happen with the tea party taking over the house and him allowing them to obstruct any thing that was good for the country. John should be voted out of office on his next election cycle just for failure to lead and the promises of jobs.jobs and more jobs. One thing for sure the party of Lincoln is long gone and his now the party of limbaugh.

    August 28, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Mike Texoma

    The "debt crisis" is a smoke screen. The real issue is no/low taxes. if the Republicans gave a hoot about the debt crisis they would tell Grover Norquist to jump in the lake.

    August 28, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Mike Texoma

    The "debt crisis" is a smoke screen. If the Republicans gave a hoot about the debt crisis they would not have put Paul Ryan and his "starve the beast" budget plan on the ticket with Mr. Romney.

    August 28, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    Ferathka - The Republicans in the House are the reason why our enconomy is at a roadblock now. It had some steam until these guys came in and did nothing for the past 2 years.
    =============================================================================================
    And how the truth... There was virtually NO new job creation UNTIL the the 2010 election and a STOP was put to Obama/Reid/Pelosi insanity. The ONLY steam prior to their election was the insane spending levels and debt accumulation. Since being elected, they have passed bill after bill that Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats refuse to bring to a vote in order to protect Obama.

    Only when Senate Democrats are removed will a true economic recovery begin. What you see happening now is a pathetic joke of a "recovery". If Democrats take control of the House and Senate and Obama is re-elected, you can expect to see a full fledged economic disaster which will include the destruction of your healthcare system by Obamacare.

    August 28, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Hogan's Goat

    I suspect his biggest regret is making his party look weak and silly. He needs a job where he doesn't deal with the public so much.

    August 28, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Mike Texoma

    The "debt crisis" is a smoke screen. If the Republicans gave a hoot about the debt crisis they would understand that they cannot be anti-science and pro-business in the same breath, and that you have to grow the market if you want to grow business and grow jobs.

    August 28, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Dan

    Wow, he has been leader of the House for nearly 2 years and has introduced 0 jobs bills.

    He has repeatedly delayed bills that passed the Senate with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

    Transportation bill was passed by bipartisan support in the Senate and sat for months.
    Farm bill was passed by bipartisan support in the Senate and sat for months.
    Extending the small business tax credits (signed into law in 2010 with bipartisan support) was rejected by House Republicans.

    August 28, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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