Sources: Obama and Boehner spoke Wednesday
November 29th, 2012
08:51 AM ET
3 months ago

Sources: Obama and Boehner spoke Wednesday

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama spoke by phone Wednesday ahead of high-level fiscal cliff negotiations today on Capitol Hill, multiple sources told CNN.

Obama told Boehner that tax rates would go up on wealthy individuals in the new year and that there would be no deal regarding that aspect, a source familiar with the call said.

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Another source familiar with the phone call said "the call was 28 minutes long. Hardly short or curt."

The website Politico, which first reported the call, described the men's conversation as "curt."


Filed under: John Boehner • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. plain&simple

    For once when a picture is shown of these two men together.....it would be nice to see them both in purple ties!

    November 29, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. chilly g

    after if is said and done this guy will be remember as the worst speaker ever,even worst than newt.

    November 29, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "Curt"? I guess they had to agree on something, and they agreed to make one another look like "our guy didn't cave". If they're talking, instead of having a stare down, I guess that's progress.

    November 29, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Chupacabra

    I bet it was 'curt'....you can look a Boehners face in the picture and tell he is not going to do one thing for the people or the country. He was bought and paid for a long time ago. He 'Boehner' probaly signed the session pettition here in Texas just to keep the stink going, You don't have to be a Texan to sign the pettion, its an internet thing, most of the names on it are from out of stater gop types who aren't through crying waa waa waa yet.

    November 29, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Larry in Houston

    My gut feeling is this : Boehner isn't budging, period. He's not gong to let his "constituents" down . And don't forget that T party and the right wing evangelicals – LOL – IF Boehner is really seroius, he will compromise, and think it through. I guess I'm saying that IF I was Boehner, I would go with what the President wants to do, ( especially since his "party" won the election) This way, IF ( yes, I said IF ) everything Fails, then his "party" will do very well, not only in the mid-terms in 2014 – but their "party" will end up being a "winner" come 2016. BUT – ( I highly doubt it will turn out that way )
    Boehner will fight to the bitter end, hence losing the mid-terms to the Dems, and end up losing in 2016. If CNN prints this, I will be surprised)

    November 29, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Tan Man has no leverage whatsoever. He's only obstructing the POTUS to save his measly job as the head of a party that is quickly becoming irrelevant as they cling to ideas that were popular 50 years ago but have no place in modern America

    November 29, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    That's known as reaching an impasse. We have been there before, and we are there again.

    November 29, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. rs

    Seeing as Boehner loves the healthy tanned look, Mr. Obama should offer him some time in a tropical location- especially if their talks fail to produce a solution because of the continued radical GOP hostage-taking mentality. Gitmo comes to mind.10-20 years perhaps.I would gladly support that use of my tax dollars.

    November 29, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    CNN Headline: Obama and Boehner Spoke on Wednesday

    [ The End ]

    November 29, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't care what the pundits say,I get the feeling that these two actually like each other!
    Cool.

    November 29, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Boner better come through with higher taxes for the rich or he's out with the rest of the gop in the next mid terms in 2014 along with the gop pledged crook lobbyist rover nitwitquest the blubbering slob !!!!

    November 29, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. jpmichigan

    BUT, the question is are they both really listening to what each other has to say, or is the President telling Bohner what to do and doesn't care what comes from the Republicans. Obama has proven not to be trust worthy, pass experiences has shown this to be true. Obama want to raise taxes first, then later talk about cutting the deficit. This plan was presented in the past and no fallow through was taken. I feel they should just let us fall of the cliff, if Obama can't be trusted , then wait until next years and fix everything the right way, making any changes set back to the fisrt of January 2013.

    November 29, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Larry in Houston

    go off the cliff – then boner / mitch / & cantor and company can go home for Christmas – then start all over ( or shall I say "kick the can down the road" ) in January . If not much changes (other than the stock market might lose a cpl hundred points) the american voters will see that the GOP is really nothing but obstructionists.

    November 29, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. plain&simple

    Obama has put the republican party in a tuff spot....every way they may turn they are the bad guys to someone. Negotiate and compromise on taxes...their base will freak! Don't negotiate the country holds them accountable for any downside! Boehner knows The President has them and now It's all about saving face. Once they figure that out ...the deal is done. Notice we don't hear Cantor's squeaky little voice ....the big boys are now in charge and will clean up the pee party mess! Sorry tea party mess!

    November 29, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |