January 2nd, 2013
10:09 AM ET
1 year ago

Boehner's White House F-bomb

(CNN) - For all the stalemate in the fiscal cliff negotiations, there were some heated moments, too.

A Democratic source familiar with one particular exchange told CNN that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were sitting on a sofa in the White House.

House Speaker John Boehner breezed in and his first words to Reid were "Go f*** yourself."

Boehner's comment came after Reid took to the Senate floor on Thursday and characterized the House speaker's handling of his chamber as a "dictatorship."

Reid responded to Boehner's confrontational tone by laughing, the Democratic source said, though a GOP source who was there said he didn't think Reid was all that happy.

"The exchange continued, and it didn't get any better for Reid," the GOP source said.

Boehner's office had no comment on the exchange when asked about it Wednesday.

Both men described the moment to members of their caucus.

The exchange happened at the White House on Friday - the day the four Capitol Hill leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

On Wednesday, after news of the comment emerged, Reid said on the Senate floor that "unlike others behind us in this Capitol, I'm not going to stoop to name calling. I just want people to work and do what they need to do." Politico first reported Boehner's comment.

Hours after the meeting on Friday, he described it as "constructive."

"There was not a lot of hilarity in the meeting, everyone knows how important it is," Reid said. "It was a very serious meeting and it took an extended period of time."

– CNN's Dana Bash and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: Harry Reid • John Boehner
soundoff (850 Responses)
  1. donna rochester

    Boehner typically exhibited a total lack of class and breeding, something missing in the entire Republican party. It is made up of bullies, ignorant, backward, self absorbed and arrogant old men or women who are too stupid to know they are being used. Boehner's overly tan?, actually orange face is the laughing stock of the country and now he has sunk to a new low with obscene language. Can't wait until the Democrats are in control again.

    January 2, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. steve

    Boehner was just drunk again. No offense should be taken.

    January 2, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Marc Florida

    Incidents like that are better left alone with no attention. I don't like Boehner but tensions are high and a lot of things get said. There are more important issues to be concerned about than name calling.

    January 2, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. floridamom1

    Democrats do the exact same thing. As much as I disagree with what Boehner did I actually think that Mr. Reid is not undeserving of the lashing. I just wish it had been done in a more gracious manner. Mr. Reid, who is also a Mormon, does not, in my opinion, exhibit the kind of behavior a Latter-day Saint should exhibit. He is most untrustworthy, unethical and, of all people in the Senate, should be an exemplary man showing wisdom, knowledge, and most importantly truthfulness and honesty. None of which I have seen him show as the leader of the Senate. His behavior is a bad mark on Mormons everywhere.

    January 2, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. That guy

    In ok with it. With as heated as these debates become it's not terribly unexpected that they would say things like that to each other occassinally. That said, I think that if boehner doesn't like nasty things said about him e should either a) stop doing whatever it was that led to those accusations, b) grow a thicker skin or c) get out of politics as there's no room for crybabies when national policy is on the line.

    January 2, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. RINO Bill

    This is nothing new for the family-friendly values of the GOP. Didn't then-VIce-President Dick Cheney make an identical comment either on the Senate or House floor while he was in office? Of ocurse he was talking to a Democrat.

    January 2, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Wilson

    If I may be so bold as to add a thought:

    "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." –German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

    As I used to advise my students: "Not choosing is a choice."

    The two million registered Republicans who didn't vote on November 6 made their choice.

    January 2, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Tom

    Well back at you Rep. Boehner. I love how these Republicans get soooo offended when the name-calling is aimed at them. Republicans, including Boehner, have been unbelievably disrespectful to President Obama, and Democrats in general, over the past four years. Republicans have called Obama a liar (during a State of the Union address no less). They've called him a Marxist, a socialist and a Kenyan. They've compared him to Hitler and Stalin. They've called him incompetent, dishonest and stupid. But Harry Reed calls Boehner's running of the House a dictatorship and OMG the world is about to end. Civility is just one more street the Republicans don't realize runs both ways.

    January 2, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. FFFFan

    In other news Boehner used his salad fork to eat his entree.

    January 2, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Wilson

    "The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation." Vladimir Lenin
    ---------------------------------
    Here comes the inflation.

    January 2, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    IMeanReally

    SUPER!! Finally Reid gets told what so reichwing radio and its useful idiots think of him.

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    FIFY.

    January 2, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. joe2sixpacks

    Classy Guy. It's sad and tragic that a so-called political leader would exhibibit such poor judgment. Boehner is doing the best that he can with his inter-personal skills, based on his upbringing. That's his best, accept it and understand it. He smokes, he drinks and he tan's. Not necesarily someone who is authentic, healthy, or exhibiting a positive outlook. He is the role model for Republican children.

    January 2, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Realityblowz

    That was totally inaccurate. He should have finished the statement by saying "And all of the scum that voted you into office too

    January 2, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. floridamom1

    I don't approve of how Boehner acted, but I believe that Mr. Reid was deserving of some kind of lashing. Reid's behavior puts a bad name to members of his faith, the Latter-day Saints. As the leader of the Senate and a member of the Mormon Church, his behavior should be above reproach. He should be trustworthy, honest, ethical, and kind. None of which have been exhibited by Mr. Reid in the years that he has been in office.

    January 2, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. semaj86

    Boehner is a sore loser, and a hypocrite. He's still a slave to the radical minority in his own caucus.

    January 2, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. So long, Boehner

    Boehner is on his way out....he's proven his uselessness during the last four years. Don't let the door hit ya where.....

    January 2, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. VEW2012

    Anyone from Ohio knows Boehner's true colors and his many unpleasant nicknames...not pretty.The GOP as a whole with its teapitty element will be an obsolete has-been by 2020. At least we can all hope that is the case before they destroy us.

    If we want to move forward in this century......It is the Civic duty of every citizen to vote out the Republican congress.

    January 2, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. NickAnast

    Boehner's legacy as Worst Speaker Ever is secure. His fellow Republicans will probably f-bomb him tomorrow by dumping this sorry excuse for a leader in favor of Eric Cantor. And Boehner didn't help his cause when he ignored the Sandy Disaster Relief bill.

    January 2, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    floridamom1

    Democrats do the exact same thing.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Care to provide an example? And I must warn you in advance: Comparing bonehead's comment to VP Biden's "this is a big f-ing deal" is a false equivalency and doesn't count so you'll have to come up with something different – and CREDIBLE.

    January 2, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. bayright

    And Harry's comment calling John a dictator (aka, Hitler, Hussein, Castro) is NOT offensive!
    We need term limits in Washington!

    January 2, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Lucas

    I like most American despise Harry Reid. He is an abomination as a person and a Senator. May he live a long terrible existence.

    January 2, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Now, now Gentlemen, no sense in resorting to foul language because actions speak louder than words and so far Boehner's actions prove he's in over his head as Speaker of the House.

    January 2, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. TedG

    Reid is a punk!! Go Boehner!!!!

    January 2, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Red Dog

    It is disheartening, to say the least, to see what has become of the people that we have elected to office. More and more I see our government, of both parties as well as the voters themselves, become polarized with no desire to find middle ground to come up with solutions to the many problems that face us. If Jefferson, Adams, Monroe and the other founding fathers were alive today they would demand that the American people take back their government from the special interest/elitist who have hijacked our democracy. God help us all.

    January 2, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. luke,az

    Boehner has no class or intelligence, sounds like the key traits of the Republican party.

    January 2, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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