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. Craig

    Disgusting behavior on the part of the Speaker of the House inside the People's House.

    January 3, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Puddin

    Well, all I know is that it will never happen 'cuz Clint Eastwood said "you couldn't do that to yourself."

    January 3, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Harry Reid is a complete embarrassment to this country, whatever one's beliefs or ideology. Dumber than a big city ward boss, completely corrupt, and utterly lacking in integrity. How is this guy Senate leader? Even the Dems can do better than that. Come on.

    January 3, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. TJeff1776

    Boehner was reared in the gutter- ONLY language he knows.

    January 3, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Rev. HENRY WESTER

    Mr boehner, a program that has helped many people says you should pray for those you have resentment and that in that pray, all the things you want for yourself, you should pray for mr. reid

    January 3, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Rick

    After Boehner said "Go F yourself". He laughed. Would you expect anything else? He laughed because he thought of what it might feel like. :-)

    January 3, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Anonymous

    proves once again Boehner is not a serious player vote them all out now!

    January 3, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    There's a dictatorship in the House and its creepy like a mouse. Senator Reid is just calling it as he sees it.

    January 3, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Mike

    Mr. Speaker, go tell that to Gov. Christie as well since he really really exposed your toxic ways and disregard even for the victims of Sandy. America is largely made up of God fearing good Christians still but they are not sheep that some think will just follow blindly! To be sure, arrogance is not a virtue despite your high position.

    January 3, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Papa

    This from the speaker of the house. You would think a person in his position would have more upbringing than use gutter language to another. If Speaker Boehner can't handle the pressure maybe he should give it up and let someone with a more controled tongue have the job. It's a sad day for America when our elected officials result to name calling when they don't get their way.

    January 3, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. William

    Atleast Boehner had the guts to say It to Reids face. Man to man. Rather than spew hatred on the podium like Reid .

    January 3, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. ya rights

    So where in today's world can one find a statesman and not part of some mindless political machine?

    January 3, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. John

    I have come to expect abuse, exaggerations, and hyperbole from the Republicans. The president is a "dictator", conspiracies abound, and the congress who does nothing helpful is re-elected. Democrats are "bullies" but Republicans are doing God's work (taking care of the wealthy). Their losses mean nothing to them and they will continue to act without regard for the Ameican people. The rest of the world sees our government for the sad joke the Republicans have made it.

    January 3, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Screaming In Digital

    I do not believe this. Boehner is too much of a clean cut Christian Republican. He would never use foul language! Doh!

    January 3, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Benjamin Johnson

    Why don't they just grab a musket, take 10 steps back and have a gentlemens dual. Maybe they will both win lmao

    January 3, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. A Shame

    What's next physical fighting in the House or Senate? Other countries are watching us shaking their heads seeing our " dignitaries" if the word should still be used acting like high school kids. The sad thing is people in our country are suffering because of it. Between the Katrina mess and now hurricane Sandy everyone can see these people everyone voted for do not give a damn about their own citizens. It's all about power, ego's and greed.

    January 3, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Grahame Rhodes

    I am really enjoying this watching the GOP self-destruct. This is still the party of 'NO' and they will continue to screw themselves into the ground anyway. Big Belly Laugh and Bronx Cheer whenever Boehner or Cantor does something like this. Even the rank and file of the GOP don't like them at all and if there was anyone else they would have booted both of them out years ago...Keep up the good work GOP....I just love a train wreck........Where is Sarah Palin by the way? Losers all.

    January 3, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    (G)ENOCIDE

    (O)R

    (P)ROPAGANDA

    There's a dictatorship in the House and its as creepy as a mouse. Who's in the House? There's a dictatorship in the House and its as creepy as a mouse.

    January 3, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. tom

    The Weeper of the House is nothing more than a no-class bully.

    January 3, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Stephen

    While I admit that Speaker Boehner has lost a lot of my respect due to his poor choice of words, he is not the only politician to have spurted out this language. I do not remember this prevalent a backlash when Vice President Biden dropped the F-bomb into the President's microphone on national television after Obamacare passed.

    January 3, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Realityblowz

    If that little toad of a so called man "Reid" can't handle the heat, then he should not call someone a dictator on the floor of the House.

    January 3, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Data Driven

    Psychiatrists have documented that heavy drinking leads to erratic behavior.

    January 3, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Wilson

    At no time since FDR's regime has our republic's Constitution, and the Liberty it enshrines, been at greater risk of evisceration by political "enemies domestic."

    January 3, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Joe

    Boehner showed his true colors. A rigid punk emotionally underdeveloped. Most people outgrow that kind of behavior when they leave their teens. A person with that temperament has no business representing the needs of others. Whether or not you are a fan of Reid is irrelevant. This isn't about Reid. After all, grown-ups don't base their behavior on others. It's about Boehner.

    January 3, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. ggram

    Despicable display of bullying tactics from a no class politician.

    January 3, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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