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. dax

    How that Grand Old Party working for you John Boehner ?

    January 2, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. mjh

    Admittedly, I am not in favor of profanity in general, With that confession, I am extremely disappointed that a high-ranking leader of our nation would lash out in such an unprofessional and unbecoming way to another high-ranking leader. If Mr. Boehner cannot be more dignified and control his temper, which obviously he cannot, he should not be in a leadership position. He has represented his constituents, and the United States badly. What must other nations think of us. BTW, I am an independent voter.

    January 2, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Name

    That is why there is so much hatred in this country. A politician using the f-bomb in talking with other politicians. This is what all our children sees and understand; someone that has power and is so insensitive to their needs.

    January 2, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Colorado Voter

    Mr. speaker.....Sometimes it sucks to do the right thing doesen't it.......Sorry your party is forced to do the right thing:)

    January 2, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. The Truth

    Wouldn't we all like to tell Congress that?

    January 2, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Wilberforce

    Have any of you seen the pictures of Reid flipping off his opponents ON THE SENATE FLOOR? This guy is so abrasive and confrontational that he had to be replaced by old Smilin' Joe. Reid's NO angel, and NO leader. He brings out the worst in all around him.

    January 2, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. SeeThruIt2

    To Larry in Houston:

    Don't kid yourself. The "Diasater Relief" funds would never make it to the pockets of the people affected by the hurricane. About 60% of those funds were earmarks for areas well outside of the disaster zones. And the remaining funds were primarily to replenish other government agencies (ie. FEMA) who already spent their money.

    January 2, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Gee. No kidding! You suppose. I suspect a lot more people will be saying those exact words about the Libs when they see their paycheck this year, if they even get a paycheck. I say all the Libs needs to take a Vacation. Even tho it's wintewr go to Nigara Falls. Take a Barrel. Try it out.

    January 2, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. zzyzxtom

    Boehner is unqualified to be the Speaker of the House and was safely re-elected ONLY because his district has been gerrymandered to protect him from losing his house seat. Time for Ohio-ans in his district to replace him with someone better suited to be their representative.

    January 2, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. rbnlegend101

    "Thats a big effing deal" is very different from walking into a room and starting with "go eff yourself". In the first sentence, the four letter word adds emphasis, in the second, it expresses hostility. Sorry Boehner, no matter how loudly you shout, how angry you feel, you can't force the world to match your little pipe dream. There's no way the government can give more to the rich, and balance the budget by cutting only the programs you have always opposed.

    January 2, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. christopher burnett

    It no right for the speaker the house the way he treaed. The people in the storm in new york and new jeresey it wrong he need to step down people are suffing

    January 2, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Reid deserved that.

    January 2, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Facts don't Lie

    truth is many of these Republicans that claim to be SO religious from Sarah Palin to Rick Santorum CUSS just like everybody else ...He and Harry probably went out and had a beer hours later.

    January 2, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. GOP= Greed Over People (Party)

    Blame the tea party

    January 2, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Pat in IL

    Reid was absolutely right. Boehner does think he is a dictator. He gets away with it though, because the rest of them act like uneducated party puppets instead of statesmen.

    January 2, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Jo Ann

    AreYouKiddingMe – Yes, Biden used colorful language which was not appropriate for a television audience. However, he didn't curse anyone. While the word usage was inappropriate in both settings, it was Boehner (not Biden) who used it to show disrespect/contemp.

    January 2, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. cedaly1968

    I am seriously thinking anyone over the age of 50 should stand up and resign from the U.S. Congress and let's get some fresh thinking in place. This behavior is ridiculous and the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate should be doing the work of the people rather than the work of the lobbyists. I also believe the U.S. Census Bureau should define Congressional districts rather than the parties themselves. The gridlock in D.C. is a direct outcome of both parties creating congressional districts that all but assure a partisan outcome in each district.

    January 2, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    AreYouKiddingMe
    "Now are you going to hold Biden in the same contempt?"
    ----------------–

    "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."

    Based on the above, I'm not sure where you're going with your Biden reference point. Did Biden also tell someone to go f*** themself?

    Sounds as if you are trying to make this story into more of a big f**ing deal than it actually is.

    January 2, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Larry L

    @WiredweirdinSF

    After raising taxes on those who actually pay them and seeing that the Affordable Health Care Act kicks in (the onlyl ones who actually benefits are the dope smokers, welfare frauds and corrupt unions)
    ===============================================================================================
    Taxes were raised on those very, very few individuals who make over $400K! We'll all have an increased deduction for Social Security to keep the program solvent. You of course haven't actually read the provisions of the AHC. We will benefit when people who chose not to do the responsible thing (and get health insurance) are forced to quit using the E.R. and stiffing the hospitals for the bill. Who do you think has been paying that bill? Additionally, the preventive medicine and "best practices" portions of the bill will ultimately lower medical expenses by reducing chronic disease and preventing the inefficiency of unnecessary tests and procedures. You might look at the votes and you see both parties supported the bill.

    January 2, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Mike in NH

    Given Senator Reid's prior comments concerning Rep Boehner; Boehner's response seemed spot on.

    January 2, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Bill

    Reid, Boehner, Pelosi. We get what we deserve because these people keep getting reelected.

    January 2, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. John

    I know Boehner must be proud of himself.

    January 2, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. @Name

    The media doesn't have to report about non-issues like this –and you don't have to let your kids read articles with profanity in it. Just sayin.

    January 2, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Mike

    Typical GOP bullying. No news here . . .

    January 2, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Thomas

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

    Reid responded to Boehner's confrontational tone by laughing.

    I'm starting to respect Reid .
    Boehner's ether crying or throwing a tantrum .
    Please Vote out Cantor , he's a weasel too.

    January 2, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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