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. Grahame Rhodes

    The nicest thing is that this is just the beginning. Don't forget the Tea Party among several others tried to stop Sandy Relief from going through. So this latest is just the beginning. for myself it is my sincere wish that the GOP just disappear.Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish......

    January 2, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    Drunks usually have a problem with their mouth.

    January 2, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. JustMe

    Now, now... Give Boehner a break! Everyone throws F bombs when their drunk! LOL

    January 2, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. The Unsub

    I wish the Boehner's well, but its time to for him to go!

    January 2, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Bill Richardson

    So, Boehner now becomes the scapegoat for obama's incompetency. How very progressive liberal.

    January 2, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    amazing, isn't it ? after the 2014 mid-terms, he'll end up with all the perks, pensions & etc – go back to cinncinnati – and just "hang around" in his brother's bar business. nice life. especially after screwing the voters of this great country.

    January 2, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. byzzard

    You wouldn't guess it, but soft spoken Harry was a champion boxer and Boehner is lucky it was the White House and not someplace else.

    January 2, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. DarrellSF

    Oh, if I had just one minute with Boehner, I'd give him a litany even Samuel L Jackson would cringe over. An F-Bomb would be the least of Capital Hill's worries! The whole damned Republican Party is a bunch of traitors to the USA. They take us over a cliff so they can "cut" taxes. They held off raising the debt ceiling a while back, thereby lowering the US credit rating. And they've gerrymandered the districts of their House seats so they will always will.

    You just can get more traitorous than this!

    January 2, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Yosemite Sam

    Anger happens when your have lost control of a situation. John is clearly in over his head. Problem is he's the best option the GOP has. Eric Cantor would be a disaster, though the corporations and 1%ers would be thrilled to see Eric take over the House.

    January 2, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. judith

    Boehner is worthless and the tea-party clowns salivating for his job are even worse. Time to vote the buffoonish bunch out. We need to get rid of as many Republicans as possible in 2014. These clowns hate government and don't want to govern.

    January 2, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. steve

    Who hasn't!? They shouldn't but big deal. Forget about it. They're under A LOT of pressure. I'm not in any way saying that congress does not deserve A LOT of criticism, only that it does no good to get too close to the pulleys and paddles controlling our governmental engine. Okay. Not everyone but a lot of us have.

    January 2, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. calvin

    he trying to catch up with queen nancy for the worse leader of congress.

    January 2, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. ilrednk

    Why is Boehner any less competent than some of his predecessors on either side of the isle? I agree with BHP. Every election seems to be a choice between the lesser of two evils. One side is patting itself on their back for putting the country deeper in debt with no real solution in sight. The other side is in no position to push any agenda through, maybe a good thing. If anyone with real common sense looks at where we are at politically, economically and socially, they would be very concerned with where our country is. We need change all right, across the board house cleaning.

    January 2, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. wyominguys

    OF course it OK for Foul MOUTHED BIDEN TO SAY THE F WORD ON National tv.....and the media says..'Oh thats just Joe"

    January 2, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. steve

    Couldn't agree more with Dave,
    "Dave

    This doesn't bother me. It's a tense time and situation. For all the John Boehner haters out there, I have two words for you: "Eric Cantor."" It's about Eric Cantor not Boehner.

    January 2, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Margaret

    If only one f-bomb was hurled, I am amazed, they should hear the American peoples f-bombs concerning all of them. I believe much of the public have said at least once that the whole congress should go f*** themselves. A sentiment I heartily concur with.

    January 2, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Grwohio

    Not a good thing on Boehners part, but I can understand why he is angry. How much is he supposed to take from Reid? Dems talk about bipartisanship and then sling trash in front of the cameras. Would like to see Reid pass a budget before he throws any more of pious comments out.

    January 2, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. snowdogg

    Everybody is all tense and het up... bound to be an exchange of unkind/uncouth words – maybe more than one.

    January 2, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Frederick L. May Sr

    Thank you previous commenter's. You all have summed it up for me. John Boehner has been a problem since he entered the Congress. Its time for him to resign. The whole country will be better off. It does not seem Eric Cantor will be any better. Get rid of both of them.

    January 2, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. CNN--->Goverment-Cheerleader

    - Go Boehner !!!. Tell N. Pelosi + Reed how things are.
    - Hopefully CNN will become a true independant news media and not a cheer-leader of the goverment as it is including their poorly prepared (and frequenly unethical) reporters.
    - For those of you who have not lived it (or have not read it which I think is more common in this society), media control is one of the first measures by Fascist / Dictatorships goverments. READ, READ, READ as history will repeat for those who don't learn from previous experiences.

    January 2, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. John Chachas

    Pretty much anyone with a pulse in the State of Nevada feels precisely as Speaker Boehner described....Senator Reid has been one of the most divisive leaders contributing to dysfunctional behavior in the U.S. Senate in its long history. He is truly useless, otherwise why would it be necessary for Biden to show up to talk to people to get something done? Reid should go back to Searchlight.

    January 2, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. barbra k

    You can dress them up, but you can't make them respectful. Best thing then is to say, goodbye John.

    January 2, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Marc

    What a bunch of hypocrites you people libs are! If it was the other way around, you'd be singing Reid's praises and you know it, but I guess it's ok for a dem to say nasty things to a conservative or republican, right? Where's your rightous indignation when Ed Schultz or Bill Mahr call women terrible names? At least Boehner said it to Reid's face instead of behind his back. A wise man once said "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

    January 2, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. miklea supporter, but

    MR. BONHER absolute correct. To bad it's only twice. He need more.

    January 2, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. rrd

    I guess Biden is the only politician that cab use the F word.

    January 2, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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