November 16th, 2012
06:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama makes birthday joke to Boehner

(CNN) – Kicking off a meeting with congressional leaders Friday, President Barack Obama joked with House Speaker John Boehner about his birthday.

After a statement welcoming House and Senate party leaders to the White House, Obama said, "Excuse me, there is one other point I want to make."

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The president continued: "My understanding is tomorrow is Speaker Boehner's birthday so for those of you who want to wish him a happy birthday, we are not going to embarrass him with a cake because we didn't know how many candles were needed."

"Yeah right," said Boehner nudging the president.

Instead of a cake it appears Obama bought the House speaker, who will be 63 on Saturday, a rather pricey bottle of wine - Poggio Antico's 1997 vintage brunello.

Boehner's press secretary Brendan Buck tweeted a picture of the present Friday:

CNN's Dana Davidsen and Adam Aigner-Treworgy contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Here come the Friday afternoon moonshine haters. There must be no civility towards this president.

    November 16, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    My beloved President!
    A class act!
    Happy Birthday Boo-Hoo!! Try not to cry into the pricey wine.

    As a side note, I really believe that Boehner and President Obama get along, and could work well together if only the Teatardic extremists would get the hell out of the way.

    November 16, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    HAPPT BIRTHDAY–John, enjoy yor birthday!!!!

    November 16, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Romneyhood is Psycho

    LOL. Johnny boy's about to cry.....again. I wonder if he's thinking about how badly he FAILED in making the President a "one term president"???

    November 16, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Wine! The perfect gift for an alcoholic.

    November 16, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. retroactv

    I bet the fiscal cliff could be avoided if negotiations take place after sharing said bottle of wine.

    November 16, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Jamie From Riversde

    So is this one of the many gifts the Republicans are screaming/claiming that the President is giving out?

    November 16, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. empi

    The President is a class act

    November 16, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Centrist Voter.

    See, even the Republicans are getting gifts from Obama.

    November 16, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. geggyg

    Where is Romney complaining that Pres Obama is trying to buy Boehner with a gift , but then its an expensive bottle of wine so thats ok , plus we know repubs cant be bought , far too ethical , haha

    November 16, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. pegpundi

    Cute! You noticed Boehner was a little red-faced. Glad to see he has a lot more emotion that usually displays.

    November 16, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Poggio Antico's 1997

    So Romney is right , Obama is using gifts to turn the speaker into a socalist .

    Don't drink it Mr. Speaker !

    November 16, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. MakesSense

    The idea that cooperation and compromise can begin with a good bottle of wine is not an unheard of notion. Good move, Mister President... Your move, Mister Boehner...

    November 16, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. Tommy

    Another Gift from Obama, Romney can complain about!

    November 16, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. MDDD

    Nice story.

    November 16, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Honest John

    1997? Should have gone with the '47.

    November 16, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Dave Long

    Will Boehner have a gift for America on any day?

    November 16, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Chris

    They can agree that they both like fermented grapes.

    Well, it's a start.

    November 16, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. reply

    Oh, this is just too funny. Think I'll gag! Washington is just one big joke. As always, it is Bush's fault or the YouTube video.

    November 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. 47%

    Is obama trying to give him a gift for his vote?

    November 16, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  21. Kr55

    Boehner and the GOP – doing their best through their own actions to convince Americans that government is terrible and must be dismantled.

    November 16, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Gus

    Why can we not see more of this respect and humanity between politicians from opposing parties?
    After all, we are all Americans.

    November 16, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. DB

    While Rome burns, Nero continues to play his fiddle.

    November 16, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. ThinkDefyUnite

    Let them drink wine!

    November 16, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. PaulGadner

    Let's hope this leads to a friendship...that transcends their political differences. Nice overture by Obama.

    November 16, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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