January 2nd, 2013
10:09 AM ET
2 years 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. sfduck

    I had no idea Politicians swore. Now I know, thanks.

    January 2, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    bayright

    And Harry's comment calling John a dictator (aka, Hitler, Hussein, Castro) is NOT offensive!

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

    Harry Reid's calling bohner a dictator is mild compared to the names the right has called President Obama. And it was bohener himself who said that he would no compromise with the Dems. If that doesn't fit the definition of dictatoresque, perhaps the meaning of the word has changed and you can provide clarification for those of us who didn't get the memo.

    January 2, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. John the Atheist

    One thing's for sure, Bo-ner can be a real tool.

    January 2, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Samuel

    A "crude" jab? Indeed, one reflecting the state of us politics via the electorate's mentality: crude.

    January 2, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Pete

    It has been an uncivil mentality of our so called leaders to stup so low. Hey ! Idea! How about we have a layoff in the house/congress/senate ? I am sure this would help all of us....and lower the deficit from red to green.

    January 2, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Kathleen Farrell

    kevin:
    Reid was correct re Romney taxes - he donated to the LDS church instead for several years, legal, but sketchy in my view. Check Politico in the days after the election. Reid being a Mormon had it figured out.
    And namecalling? OK. If that's what you think works.

    January 2, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Fsjunkie

    This is who sits in the path of the entire planet's economic survival, people. Calling Boehner incompetent would be a compliment at this point.

    January 2, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. ted

    Boner has the same low level of class that Cheney has when he dropped the F bomb at someone years ago. I don't hold any of these clowns up as leaders or ones to respect as they are all in it for themselves. There is something about being inside the beltway that makes these despicable human beings forget their constitutents and how to behave properly.

    January 2, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Wilson

    The Boehner House follows Blazing Saddles' Gov. William J. Lapetomaine rule of governance. Launch forth with some non-sensical platitude and demand a 'harumph' from those who would monitor your performance.
    Leaders? We have no leaders.

    January 2, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. DustyOnes

    I hope Boehner takes Reid out back and kicks his butt! Reid is just a pathetic little provocateur. He probably hide behind his Mama .

    January 2, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Seth Hill

    In the current cultural climate of self-discovery, what's wrong with encouraging Senator Reid to find himself?

    January 2, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Sheila

    OMG !!! Christie is speaking NOW – He's ripping the GOP Up 1 side & Down the OTHER !!! LOL -

    January 2, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Nodack

    Hate, animosity, distrust, loathing, disrespect. I think if you asked the average Republican who he hated more, Democrats or Al Queda terrorists, I thnk they would easily hate Democrats more. Al Queda attacks our embassy in Bengazi and who do Republicans blame? Democrats. They could care less about catching those responsible for the attack. To them it is just an opportunity to attack Democrats. When you like terrorists more than your fellow countrymen, there is a problem.

    January 2, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. oregongrown

    When Rahm Emanuel was in the White House he used the F- word in every other sentence. That was common knowledge.

    My total take on this "news" is so what? Who cares?

    January 2, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Linda

    I'd say the same thing to Reid if I had a chance. IDIOT!

    January 2, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. VEW2012

    You will know the mark of the man of the man by the company he keeps... look up Boehner and ALEC (he is bought by corporate America) and check out the Lizbeth Lyons affair.

    January 2, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. itsallaboutmoney

    it's all about money. there is no negotiations, majority rule when it comes to tax policy. now if you don't like the tax 'regime' here is you plane ticket and leave the country and go to cayman islands or burmuda, these countries don't have a 500 billion military and no public police force. everyone has private police. and they have no prison and no immigration from low income immigrants. those island only purpose is tax haven. like the old swiss bankers in europe used to be. there is nothing to discuss. majority make the rules on tax 'rates'

    January 2, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. CryBabies

    Good advice for Harry....Nancy, your next.

    January 2, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Joe

    Boehner has to be one of the worst excuses for a Speaker in many years. Pelosi was bad enough, but Boehner is so much worse. Isn't there anyone in the House capable of actually LEADING in the country's best interest?

    January 2, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Melissa

    I'm sure this is not the first nor the last time, this language has been used. I'm NOT trying to defend Boehner either. Trust me!

    January 2, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Stephen

    Boehner told Reid to go f himself as the respresentative of millions of Americans, myself among them, who could not do it personally.

    January 2, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. James

    It is just a start, just as we see other politicians fighting in other countries we shall soon see it more often here.

    The prosperity is gone from US what is left is this SHIT. Instead of working and striving to get to a better place these scavengers will fight to eat what is left off of the corpse.

    It is end of republicans the way it is and what they stand for or do not.

    A way for third political party which can infuse a practical ideals is required. Both schools from dems and reps is no more applicable but they have divided the country so much who are stupid enough not to recognize the problem. The problem is no party has a solution, they can just divide us and make us fight and WIN elections that is it.
    We need a third front which can push these two idiotic ideologies get some light from the present world order before it gets ugly in DC and uglier on streets with no solutions in sight.

    January 2, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. al

    Boehner is a very weak leader who really needs to just go ahead and retire. He has been behaving like a dictator and yet has not been able to accomplish anything. As for the F word I really don't care one way or the other.

    January 2, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. John the Historian

    Republicans the party of family values. What kind of family values are these ? Boehner should cry for not doing anything for the poor and hurricane victims. Hope he can live with his Christian Right conscience. Hope the Republicans goes the way of the American Whig party. The party of the Christian Right and the corporate elite and the military-industrial complex should be ashamed of themselves.

    January 2, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. W.

    I guess that Boehner is hitting the bottle again and didn't have time to sober up before going to work at his government job. He should be fired. What a disgraceful example of someone who is a symbol of American leadership.

    January 2, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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