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. hun43

    Have we forgotten that the sensitive Reid lied when he stated without proof of any type that Romney had not paid ANY taxes during some years of the last decade. Cursing may be inappropriate but lying is indicative of moral turpitude. Finally, why did McConnell make an end run around Reid and go to Biden. The answer is clear. it is impossible to negotiate with a deceitful,arrogant, narcissist.

    January 2, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Expat American

    Boehner will never be able to appease the Nazi Tea Klan...and that will be his downfall next cycle.

    January 2, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. H-K

    Are you people serious...that is freakin awesome...best phrase in the english speaking world...GO F**** YOURSELF...wish more politicians would say that to eachother...LOL

    January 2, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Paul

    Dana Bash should go back to grazing grass..

    January 2, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. treatise22

    BAWHAWHAW!!!! Boehner's lost control. But then he never was to begin with, it's just taken this long to shake his ego up.

    January 2, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Larry L

    @janelle

    While I generally don't agree that the way to state your arguement is in that language, I myself am so fed up with and sickened by Mr. Reid that I would probably say the same thing to Mr. Reid if I found myself within 10 feet of him!
    ============================================================================================== You should spend less time watching Fox News and more time thinking. Harry Reid runs a Senate where Republicans filibustered over 140 times – triple the previous record. They even blocked things they agreed upon in committee. Mitch McConnell filibustered HIS OWN PROPOSAL! Harry Reid approved the requested vote and McConnell filibustered – the first time in Senate history. Remember – McConnell gathered Republicans on the first day of the President's tern in office to get them to agree to obstruct all progress. It's in the public record – look it up. Does that make you want to curse? Why not?

    January 2, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Mr Reid is a tired old limelight-loving man. Name calling and accusations are his bread and butter. He all but called Mitt Romney a tax cheat and a lousy mormon.

    Frankly I'm sick of hearing Reid and Boehners names in the news. Surely we can do better than these two fools.

    January 2, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. VT_Citizen

    This is the state of statesmanship in this country now.

    January 2, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Al Gill

    All these comments because Boehner drops an F-bomb... What about all of the F-bombs from Obama himself? Or Joe Biden? Nice double-standards, libtards.

    January 2, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Laurie in Spokane

    What a pathetic creature. Can't think of somethng constructive, or intelligent to say, has to resort to crude name-calling. Horribly unfortunate that he's the Speaker of the House – 3rd in line for the presidency. Sounds like it's time for HIM to go since he doesn't represent the GOP all that well.

    January 2, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Jen

    Boehner is a good man. I know him personally. Is there a person on the planet who doesn't make mistakes? I cannot believe this very insignificant moment gets any air time.

    January 2, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. enuftrashtalk

    Well, that's a telling sign that the Speaker is in over his head. Way to go Ohio.

    January 2, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. David

    These are our so-called "leaders". This is how low it's gotten in Washington, and will go lower still.

    January 2, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. RvG

    Oh come on people...nobody ever died of a little tough/rough language (it was not name calling, just the F-word). Sometimes it is necessary to be blunt because let's face it...there is too much talk and not enough action in this government.
    BOTH parties do incorrect things so lets not point fingers, instead, lets make this f-ing thing work :)

    January 2, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. enuftrashtalk

    Well, that's a telling sign that the Speaker is in over his head. Way to go Ohio.

    "Washington doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a legislative malfunction problem."

    Perhaps they should issue canes next, so everyone can defend themselves on the House floor.

    January 2, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. John

    As Speaker of the House of Representatives for the last two years I have to hand it to John Boehner that at least he consistently practices what he preaches :)

    January 2, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Dennis

    I've never liked John Boehner but I can understand that tempers flare in hard negotiations and don't see it as such a big deal. What does amaze me is that CNN – in its drive to become to journalism what the WWE is to sports – would make an issue of it when your editorial board never seems to mind the classless, boorish comments Harry Reid makes about the opposition on an almost daily basis. Even the warmed-over socialists at MSNBC have more journalistic integrity on this score than Mr. Turner's minions.

    January 2, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. v_mag

    ...meanwhile, all the real news in the world floats by under the radar, and CNN gets people riled up with non-stories like this. Have we all forgotten about Sandy Hook already? Has the NRA already won that one because John Boehner said a dirty word? Is our collective memory so short that we can't recall 20 innocent children cut down by an AR-15 in the hands of a crazy person?

    January 2, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Deni

    No surprise. Boehner has neither class nor intellect. The GOP and their teabagger compatriots must go. They serve corporate overlords and an ideology that celebrates discrimination. They do not care one iota about the people who pay their salaries and their healthcare which are "The People". I am not aware of anyone in the US who voted for anyone by the name of Norquist, LaPierre, Keene, Koch, Murdoch, Trump, DIamond, etc etc etc. So why on earth is this bs dished out by the GOP and their 'bagger baggage tolerated? Since these elected officials cannot do their jobs, refuse to do their jobs, and thumb their noses at the average American citizen, it's time to hand them their walking papers. Vote them all out. It can be done.

    January 2, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Meese

    Larry L

    @janelle

    While I generally don't agree that the way to state your arguement is in that language, I myself am so fed up with and sickened by Mr. Reid that I would probably say the same thing to Mr. Reid if I found myself within 10 feet of him!
    ============================================================================================== You should spend less time watching Fox News and more time thinking. Harry Reid runs a Senate where Republicans filibustered over 140 times – triple the previous record. They even blocked things they agreed upon in committee. Mitch McConnell filibustered HIS OWN PROPOSAL! Harry Reid approved the requested vote and McConnell filibustered – the first time in Senate history. Remember – McConnell gathered Republicans on the first day of the President's tern in office to get them to agree to obstruct all progress. It's in the public record – look it up. Does that make you want to curse? Why not?
    _________________
    And you should spend less time with the Hitler youth on MSNBC. Democrats blocked almost every legal appointee during the Bush administration so cry me a river. No one and I mean bar none is as obnoxious, insulting, and demeaning as Reid so being told to f off is standard fare in his lectern.

    January 2, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. JohnS

    @hun43: Then you're a liar too! Where's your proof that Reid lied? Show us Romney's tax returns that he paid taxes every year! Even if Reid had been provided with off-the-record information, he could not release it – - only a taxpayer can release his own return. Romney's refusal to release his returns – - even if recognizing it would cost him votes (certainly cost him my vote) – - was an indication that he had something to hide... I suspect it was taking advantage of the IRS amnesty program for taxpayers that had hidden assets overseas.

    January 2, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Objectively Moderate

    You can't blame Rep Boehner for his frustration as anyone under the pressure he is might not be able to control themselves. However, the hardened words that Sen Reid used to describe Rep Boehner is nothing worse than what has been said about President Obama including out of Rep Boehner's own mouth. Both sides are comprised of petulant children. Rep Boehner cannot control his own members and President Obama and Democrats are overplaying their hand. This deal should have been the grand bargain that President Obama and Rep Boehner were going to sign off on last year until the Tea Party activists rebelled. How to you govern when no one in either party is ready to be the adult.

    January 2, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. pflatman

    Al Gill: Go eff yourself.

    January 2, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Kr55

    Swears, cries, spends hours in tanning beds. He is the most interesting man in the world.

    January 2, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Pete/Ark

    The Tan Man continues a long tradition of foul mouthed Republicans who go to the gutter when they don't get thier way...

    January 2, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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