November 16th, 2012
06:11 PM ET
1 year 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. DogHaus

    Bottle of expensive whine???

    November 16, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. Alfred E. Neuman

    Not that pricey.

    November 16, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  3. blang1

    Does this mean that Boehner will vote for Obama now because he got a "gift" from him :-)

    November 17, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. Wilson K

    I like the humor!! Lets pray this will break the ice and talks succeed.

    November 17, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  5. Emmittkitty

    Good! I'm for everyone trying to get along and be civil. We need to get things done and it takes both sides and some ego stroking.

    November 17, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  6. PatiencePie

    After all the abuse the Republicans heaped on him, President Obama still gives Boehner a nice birthday gift and says nice things. Obama is a class act for sure.

    November 17, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  7. Joe public1

    I wonder when John McCain will be weighing in on this?

    November 17, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  8. LizardLance

    Gulp it down, John! Maybe you and your party will mellow out.

    November 17, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  9. Linus Rockford

    You call it a gift. Romney calls it a bribe.

    November 17, 2012 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  10. what class!

    Dear President Obama,
    Although we do not know one another, my birthday is April 14. Hope you'll think of me on my special day. Poggio Antico would suit me just fine.
    Cheers!

    November 17, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  11. Anonymous

    oh, that was just something Michelle picked up while on vacation... no worries, headed out again soon! advice to Boehner: beware!

    November 17, 2012 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  12. Spendlove

    That's class.

    November 17, 2012 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  13. Aztony

    How nice.

    November 17, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Wine for the whinny,perfect gift.

    November 17, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  15. FoodFight

    A nice gift. But why is POTUS giving a nice bottle of Italian wine instead of American wine? I like a really good Brunello di Montalcino as much as anyone, but I find in an aw kward gift from a United States President.

    November 17, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. corncop

    I suppose this will be next in the loser's tirade (Mr. Romney). The President itstead of alledgedly buying votes with federal money is buying Boehner's support with a bottle of wine! Come on Mitt! Spit it out! We know that is what you are thinking!

    November 17, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  17. Just Me

    The president is a a very intelligent, decent and classy man, among other qualities, and that is what galls some of his critics again among many other reasons only known to them. I hope the Speaker drinks the wine, get drunk, cry if he has to, and return to the negotiation table with compromise in his heart. Compromise is what the American people want, and was one of the reasons they voted the way they did this past election.

    November 17, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  18. Julio

    That's nice of OB, but did you see that push from the speaker?

    November 17, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F

    A bottle of wine may not cost as much as what Mittens promised Boehner with more tax cuts for the wealthy, but it is better than what the inept speaker deserves.

    November 17, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  20. werewolf1

    What Obama really said was,you pass this Bill or you won't see your next Birthday.

    November 17, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  21. Clarke

    Even the Speaker of the House got a gift!

    November 17, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  22. Smita

    I loved the President's remark and House Speaker John Boehner nudging the President. I sincerely wish that they (all of them in the Hill, White House) act like this (like good friends) and work together like this. Fighting is fine during election but once the elction is over-work together for the country. Do not wate time. I wish we could see more of such sweet gesture from these leaders whom we voted to the office to work for the country and for us.

    November 17, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  23. michael

    obamas a class act any way you slice it

    November 17, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  24. William

    Ahhh, yes. the trappings of Power.
    Anyone notice the price of food this Thanksgiving season?

    November 17, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  25. Dan

    A gift from one government official to another the cost of which will be borrowed from china to be paid by the American taxpayers.

    November 17, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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