Boehner says Obama's focus is to 'annihilate the Republican Party'
January 23rd, 2013
04:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner says Obama's focus is to 'annihilate the Republican Party'

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner told a group of Republicans the day after President Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony that the president's focus was to "annihilate the Republican Party."

In remarks to Republicans attending a closed luncheon sponsored by the Ripon Society, Boehner pointed to the president's speech as evidence Obama recognizes he can't achieve his agenda because of the GOP-led House of Representatives.

"Given what we heard yesterday about the president's vision for his second term, it's pretty clear to me that he knows he can't do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans. So we're expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party," the House speaker said.

Boehner underlined his point, adding, "And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal – to just shove us into the dustbin of history."

Boehner's spokesman said the transcript of Boehner's remarks posted by the Ripon Society was accurate, and noted that the speaker regularly attends the event held by the mainstream Republican group.

In his speech Boehner explained his strategy to move forward with a three month extension of the debt ceiling that includes a provision to force the Senate to vote on a budget.

The Ohio Republican also talked about how he's had to reassure fellow GOP members and donors who have expressed frustration in recent weeks about the political climate, including text he received from former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. He's a longtime Republican supporter and Boehner friend who the speaker has tapped to give motivational speeches to House members.

Boehner noted that he had asked Holtz to come talk to the House Republican freshmen recently to prepare them for the fights ahead, but ended up having to convince Holtz the party would sort things out.

"I said, 'Lou, would you stop it? We're Americans, we'll figure this out!' And I had to spend 15 minutes giving Lou Holtz a pep talk! I had to do it again last night!" Boehner said.

The speaker also noted that he and other House Republican leaders charted out a short term strategy at their retreat last week with all House Republicans, but the party needed to begin a broader discussion about the big policy debates ahead.

"And while a lot of the retreat unfortunately got focused on the next 90 days, there needs to be further work to talk about how we're going to navigate the next 20 months and what our goals are and how do we defend ourselves in what I do believe is going to be a very hostile environment. All I know is I'm up for the fight," he said.


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soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. joebob

    WOW Boehner the KING of De-nile.

    January 23, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. DingDong111

    Excellent. Do proceed.

    January 23, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Rosslaw

    The number one priority of the Democratic Party is to make tan man cry.

    January 23, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Centrist Voter.

    GOP conspiracy theories are no surprise at all.

    The fact is the causes for the failing of the GOP are completely self-inflicted.

    January 23, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    freedom

    @Suzanne

    Get used to the Repbulican "mantra" – it's called fighting back on the lies, bullying, and abuse from Obama and his cronies on the campaign trail and in this administration. The left rakes you through the coals and then stomps on you – that's their mantra. Well, enough is enough – this is just the beginning.

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

    Everyone if I may have your attention please: The above post is a prime example of projection. As I stated on the "weepy accuses President Obama of annihilating rethug party", when someone projects, they're accusing their adversaries of what they, themselves are/have been doing. The tighty righties are in full-blown projection mode as they wander aimlessly through the wilderness after swallowing the lies, hate and vitriol spewed by their radio/tv screaming heads for four long years, and blinded by their own ignorance and hatred, funneled their hard earned $$$ to fund a candidate they were duped into believing would win. They're still in the anger stage, and like confused children, lash out not at those who lied to them and used them, but those who refused to become victims themselves. And it's going to get much worse.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. xlntcat

    The GOP's wounds are self inflicted so if annihilation is the President's goal, he will not have to lift a finger to accomplish same.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Jon

    They need no help from Obama. They're doing a nice job of killing themselves shoving the economically disadvantaged under a bus while at the same time licking the boots of Koch and Goldman, the "rape guys" who apparently failed to learn the biological differences between men and women that 4th graders here in Michigan learn, catering to the bat-poop crazy "Christians" in the country and other such things. In a journey they started in 1964, Republicans have ended up completely divorced from reality.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Brian

    No. The GOP's platform is out to annihilate the GOP.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. t3chn0ph0b3

    Obama doesn't need to "annihilate the Republican Party". The GOP is doing that just fine on their own. They're just too blind to see it happening, so they keep on doing it.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. bill

    I am a life long Republican and I think Boehner is the one who is annihilating the Republican Party
    by bowing to the radicals within the party who want to have it their way by refusing to do the hard work
    of compromising to get things done for the people of the country.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. DJ Reality

    Boy oh boy and he is a leader of the republican party. They sure are in a lot of trouble.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Arbogast

    Boehner's paranoid. But the fact that he doesn't understand that Obama's philosophy is held by most Americans shows how out of touch Boehner and his GOP colleagues really are. But even if Obama were out to "annihilate the Republican Party," turnabout's fair play. After all, they were out to destroy Obama and were shocked when he was reelected.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. lance

    No, correction. The GOP is out to annihilate the GOP.

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Beck

    Boehner get over it and quit complaining! Get busy and get your House in order. If you can step down then we can really see who is running the House of Representatives. NO WAIT! We all know who except you. You condon the Tea Party to run your House quit crying we have no room in our government for those who obstruct and cause our rating to go down hill and cause problems for our country. The GOP shouldn't exists they are not the party they used to be years ago there is NO middle for anyone to be a "true" republican that is why the GOP lost so get over it!

    January 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Ray

    golly gee when the shoes on the other foot...

    January 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Luke,AZ

    I'm still waiting for the Republican party to explode into three groups; moderates,evangelicals and the tea partiers ,maybe a fourth group,the Ron Paulies.

    January 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. GOP = nothing

    I said it before...Mr. Speaker offers weekly entertainment as with the rest of the republicans. The GOP has been a dying breed since "jumbug" Bush Jr. But if his statement is correct, then I am part of the plan. I do want and will do anything as a voter to destroy the GOP COMPLETELY. I rather see an independent new party with fresh EDUCATED!!!!!!!! and DIVERSIFIED!!!!!!! team, so we can have a balance choice in leadership.

    GOPers WAKE UP. You no longer have a party.

    January 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. lance

    he has my blessings to proceed in that noble endeavor and free America of the plague.

    January 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Yeoomala

    Whine, Whine, Whine.... poor GOP. If you had ideas everyone wanted to embrace outside of the radicals, then you wouldn't be in the shape you're in. At one time, I was on your side. No more!

    January 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Patriot Awesome

    The Republicans are destroying themselves. They don't need any help from Obama on that.

    January 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. RCinMaryland

    Well who would blame him after their ridiculous behavior the last few years.

    January 23, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. t3chn0ph0b3

    Obama doesn't need to "annihilate the Republican Party". The GOP is doing that just fine all on their own. Thanks, GOP. Much obliged.

    January 23, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. sbul

    LOL. Boehner and the A Tea & Tea Party has done more to erode the GOP's image then any democrat. They have taken the low road so often that they no longer maintain the respect they once had. They used to have intellectuals in their party but now they just call the otherside "liberal intellectuals" forgetting that they lost their mojo when Wm F. Buckley died.

    January 23, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Sam

    Speaker Boehner we will be helping him. You and your tea party is destroying this nation, DON'T YOU GET IT BOEHNER. Since 2010, your only mission has been to defeat Obama, not to resolve our nations issues. Just defeat Obama.
    I hope Boehner you don't spend the next 4 years doing nothing.

    January 23, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Aezel

    I'd say the GOP is doing a good job of killing themselves off without any help from Obama.

    January 23, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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