March 20th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
1 year ago

What would President Boehner do?

(CNN) – When President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were in flight on separate airplanes Tuesday night, House Speaker John Boehner was the highest-ranking elected official on American soil for about half an hour.

Should something have gone terribly wrong in that short span of time, Boehner, who's behind only the vice president in the presidential line of succession, could have potentially become president.

But the House speaker brushed off the hypothetical talk during in an interview with CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper on "The Lead."

"That's why I say prayers for President Obama and Vice President Biden every day," he continued.

"You don't want to be the president?" Tapper asked.

"I don't want to be president. This is not anything I've ever thought about," Boehner responded.

Tapper then asked if Boehner did anything in those 20 minutes when the officials were in the air. Like, require everyone to listen to polka, for example.

"No, nothing," Boehner said, with a slight smile. "Just kept my eyes focused on the job."


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  1. mk1

    Oh what a total disaster that would be. It is enough to make one sick.

    March 20, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Tea Party Thomas

    John Boehner should crawl back into the bottle and let Rand Paul be speaker of the house.

    March 20, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't even want to imagine this hypothetical. That is a real scary notion. We just got rid of a recovering alcoholic in the White House. Having a functional alcoholic in the White House is scary!!

    March 20, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Blinded by the republican lie

    That is a seriously dangerous scenario..

    March 20, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    I am fine now. Just fainted by that headline. Another reason to get rid of this drunken fool.
    Can you imagine him meeting with world leaders and crying?
    I don't pray but if that is what it takes to keep this bo ner from ever being close to the presidency I will start right now.
    Weeper says . . . . ."No, nothing," bo ner said, with a slight smile. "Just kept my eyes focused on the job." Unfortunately you are not even doing the job you were elected to do so why don't you just quit! BTW – do you smoke ini your office (there's a rumor that you do which is against DC and federal laws) but then you don't follow the any laws, right!?

    March 20, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I don't want to be president. This is not anything I've ever thought about," Boehner responded"

    You know. I'm gonna tip my hat to Boehner today. Twice he was asked foolish questions by Tapper. And twice he actually spoke with honesty.

    What I will say is if this is any indication of the new and improved CNN, I'm going to have to continue to give it a pass.

    March 20, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    "That's why I say prayers for President Obama and Vice President Biden every day," he continued.
    --

    Didn't you mean prEyers town drunk?

    Please CNN this article was too much for me (and I've been on the Ticker for four + years). I get terrified thinking of this drunken crybaby getting anywhere near the Oval Office. His first order of business would be drinks on the House, followed by crying, more crying, lying and finally more dead Americans in senseless wars.
    Please, please don't get me this upset again, I have a business to run.

    March 20, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. The Elephant in the Room

    John Boehner is wholely unfit to be 2nd in line for the Presidency should a tragedy befall both Obama & Biden.

    We can thank Truman [I believe] for the Constitutional CHANGE that brought this about. You see TeaPublicans, the holy Constitution is not holy at all: its SUBSTANCE does get changed.

    It seems to me that the elected political party [in this case the Democrats] should continue to hold the Presidency in the event of a calamity. 3rd in line should be the Secretary of State followed by Secretary of Homeland Security.

    Boehner should not be ANYWHERE in the line of succession. It might give the nuts some crazy ideas.

    March 20, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "That's why I say prayers for President Obama and Vice President Biden every day," he continued. "

    In other words, he has no solutions, doesn't have the slightest clue what he would do differently while he shrieks that Obama isn't leading, Jake Tapper is a tool for letting him give this fluff answer without pressing him for something substantive and CNN is outrageously ridiculous for even reporting this fluff as though it matters. Of course, if the MSM stopped reporting on Boehner, Cantor, McCOnnell and oh so many other GOPers/Teatrolls unless and until they had something substantive to offer in terms of solutions and proposals, instead of ideological nonsense, reality-denial historical rewrites and wish-think, then we'd never even hear about these people...EVER.

    March 20, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    So, essentially, Tapper the Tool sat down with Captain Orangeglow and they shared mutual erection time over their conservative white daydreams that both Obama and Biden were killed in plane accidents?

    March 20, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Twice he was asked foolish questions by Tapper. And twice he actually spoke with honesty."

    Unfortuantely for him, honest answers are stupid answers.

    March 20, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "It seems to me that the elected political party [in this case the Democrats] should continue to hold the Presidency in the event of a calamity. 3rd in line should be the Secretary of State followed by Secretary of Homeland Security."

    Founding Fathers made Speaker 3rd in line because he was, theoretically, the person "elected" by the majority of the House, which was in turn elected by the majority of the populace...and that would, again theoretically, make him the closest to having been "elected" by the country and most subject to the majority's needs and views, etc. etc. Too bad GOP/Teatroll gerrrymandering and winning the the House despite getting 1.3M less votes than the House Dems completely unravels that theory.

    March 20, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    What would Boehner do? Crack open a fifth of Johnnie Walker Red, smoke a couple packs of ciggies and call the Koch Brothers for daily instructions.

    March 20, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "It seems to me that the elected political party [in this case the Democrats] should continue to hold the Presidency in the event of a calamity. 3rd in line should be the Secretary of State followed by Secretary of Homeland Security."

    Founding Fathers made Speaker 3rd in line because he was, theoretically, the person "elected" by the majority of the House, which was in turn elected by the majority of the populace...and that would, again theoretically, make him the closest to having been "elected" by the country and most subject to the majority's needs and views, etc. etc. Too bad GOP/Teatroll gerrrymandering and winning the the House despite getting 1.3M less votes than the House Dems completely unravels that theory about the Speaker's responsiveness to most voters views...and we see the proof every day that he and the House GOP/Teatrolls screw around with symbolic legislation, refuse to pass job-oriented legislation, insist on an almost universally rejected budget plan that they are regurgitating for a 3rd time this year and a whole host of other evidence that, when the chamber of congress that's supposed to be most responsive to the voting majority is actually controlled and responsive to the minority of voters, you get a complete breakdown in the Founding Father's vision and the system of gov't they created.

    March 20, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Very little. Boehner can't even depend on Tea Partiers and conservtive extremists in his own party. Democrats would repay him for the lack of cooperation and civility he showed to President Obama.

    March 20, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Jake Tapper is a tool for letting him give this fluff answer without pressing him for something substantive and CNN is outrageously ridiculous for even reporting this fluff as though it matters."

    Sniffit. This entire interview was a waste to begin with. There has been nothing substantive coming from CNN for years now. And, oh, yes, I DO agree that none of these Republicans ... none of them ... should be given air time if the reporter isn't prepared to confront the issues thus allowing the fluff and lies to continue unabated. I've seen enough of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell et. al. to last a life time ... and then some.

    March 20, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Bill

    Boehner needs to stop bellying up to the bar at The Monocle and lay off the booze.

    March 20, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Getoverit

    @Sniffit
    In other words, he has no solutions, doesn’t have the slightest clue what he would do differently while he shrieks that Obama isn’t leading,
    -----------
    I am truly amazed how you always know what other people are thinking.

    March 20, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Unfortuantely for him, honest answers are stupid answers."

    Yes. It was the stupid question AND the stupid answer I gave him credit for.

    March 20, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. don in albuquerque

    And Boehners reply-"When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout" I'll have another glass of merlot with a Jack Daniels chaser now.

    March 20, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    No, thank you – we don't need a Inept, Orange, Drunk-in-Chief. We have a great president, and I pray for his safety and health continually.

    March 20, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "This entire interview was a waste to begin with."

    Ha, true enough. Ridiculing CNN on their own website is just so fun tho.

    March 20, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. Alex in Wisconsin

    There goes CNN planting dangerous ideas in Teabilly Terrorists minds.

    March 20, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Boner would institute happy hour and open bar at all dc bars for the gop and increase all congressional pay and perks on the taxpayers dime and sell Texas to Mexico to decrease the defict ,go boner!!!!

    March 20, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Pete

    Boehner plain and simpleton would have to sober up and get rid of his tanning booth but that'll never happen so quit fantasizing about it republicans we the American people aren't that ignorent,gullible,at least not as much as you!!

    March 20, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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