Boehner: Obama administration displaying 'remarkable arrogance'
May 16th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
11 months ago

Boehner: Obama administration displaying 'remarkable arrogance'

Washington (CNN) - The way President Barack Obama's administration is handling itself amid parallel points of outrage displays a "remarkable arrogance" that could decay public trust of government, House Speaker John Boehner asserted Thursday.

And he predicted that when all the facts emerge on the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, employees at higher levels than those in the field office where the targeting occurred will be implicated.

"Our system requires the bonds of trust between the American people and the government," Boehner said. "Those bonds, once broken, can be very hard to repair. Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and the government like the arrogance of power here in Washington. That's what the American people are seeing today from the Obama administration. Remarkable arrogance."

On Wednesday, Obama demanded the resignation of the acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller, and vowed to take further action once more in known about who knew the targeting of conservative groups was taking place.

Boehner continued to demand more information from the Obama administration Thursday, and said criminal penalties could be in the pipeline for those who conducted the extra scrutiny on tax exempt applications.

Earlier this week he asked "who's going to jail over this scandal?" and on Thursday he cited the law prohibiting "extortion or willful repression" by revenue officers.

"I want to see the facts," Boehner said. "I want to know how this happened, who was responsible…we need to know where the facts are. Somebody made a decision to do this, and I doubt it was low level employees in this Cincinnati field office."

On Wednesday, a congressional source told CNN that the IRS has identified two "rogue" employees in the agency's Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for the "overly aggressive" handling of requests by conservative groups for tax-exempt status.


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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. AZ Girl

    Mr Speaker, it can't decay something that isn't there (trust). I for one would WANT all applicants screened closely for any non-profit categorization. But non-profit status isn't what this about, it's about the TYPE of status. One status has to report their contributors, one doesn't. These organizations wanted the latter. I think a full audit should be done to assure that the groups are indeed "social" and not "political". If they aren't, make them give up the donor lists since their inception. That means ALL groups under that category. Boy wildn't

    May 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. PaulC

    Obviously der Boehner doesn't have a clue as to what the EXECUTIVE Branch is charged with.
    Boehner should concentrate on legislative duties and pass laws and let the Pres. do his.

    May 16, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. The Other Bob

    I think the main reason these "charitable" organizations are exploiting these statutes is not to avoid taxes (that's just some extra gravy), but to not be required to disclose the names of their fat-cat donors. Another win for the corporatocracy! These laws need to be overhauled to prevent these blatantly political groups to attain tax-exempt status, regardless of whether they are conservative or liberal.

    May 16, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. AZ Girl

    Sorry! Little buttons! I meant in closing for my previous post, wouldn't a full scare the Beejezus out of people in BOTH parties?

    May 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. The Other Bob

    Moochelle Sotero

    He is absolutely right. The Peevish President was able to go more than 4 years on a total lack of substance, and now the wheels are coming off his Tricycle so he will cry like a baby but the second term Socialist agenda is dead thank God
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    Welcome to Planet Earth! How are things over on your home world? You appear to be mixing up events between the two. Or perhaps you define words like "Socialist" and "lack of substance" differently.

    May 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. The Other Bob

    Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs was Obama's little battle cry in his SOTU address.

    Dems trying to change history as usual.
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    Change what history? Looked at the economy lately? Didn't think so.

    May 16, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. DustyOnes

    Jail time for Bonzo....hopefully Biden goes too! He has sure been quiet....wonder how deep in the poo he is.

    May 16, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. hawk0024

    '. . . "remarkable arrogance" that could decay public trust of government, House Speaker John Boehner asserted Thursday.' What an elitist fool. There is no public trust of government. Thanks to idiots on both sides of the aisle there hasn't been any public trust for years . . .

    May 16, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. rs

    Absolutely right! How could the President be so arrogant as to do anything but what the crazies in the House want!

    May 16, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Bob

    This coming from Boerner, I am trying not to start laughing because I won't be able to stop. Perhaps Boerner whould join Palin on the porch keeping a watch on Russia.

    May 16, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. The Other Bob

    Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Worst president in history (Obama) can't even get his stories (lies) straight.

    Pathetic is the best I can describe him.
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    Is that you, Rush? How's the job hunt going?

    May 16, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Ronald Hicks

    Arrogant!... is this not the Arrogance! of the bronzed almost black teakettle of the tea-partiers calling the pot black or what?
    John Boehner as speaker of the house is the epitome of Republican hypocrisy still playing the American people stupid.
    And John Boehner! has the audacity to say... "Our system requires the bonds of trust between the American people and the government. Those bonds, once broken, can be very hard to repair. Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and the government like the arrogance of power here in Washington. That's what the American people are seeing today from the Obama administration. Remarkable arrogance."
    The epitome of hypocrisy!... Given today's instant internet communication technology... there's no reason for anyone to be so naive about the Republican Party's shunning the will of the majority of the people; while racially blatantly and disrespectfully trying to make a mockery of the office of the Presidency; solely because its held by a Black Man.
    America's Democracy and reputation during the Bush administration imploded, Republican greed ran rampant, thousands of lives lost domestically as well as abroad. Having had the worst arrogant mentally challenged aloof Republican President in George Bush, and the worst arrogant dictator of a Vic President in Dick Cheney, John Boehner covetingly embraced the tyranny.
    There were a million lies told and millions of bonds broken by the Republicans during the Bush administration, and John Boehner has the gull to say... "Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and the government like the arrogance of power here in Washington" and he's still wondering why there's a twice elected Democratic (and not an arrogant Republican) President.

    May 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. ST

    At the level of power Boehner is holding now, he needs to respect others so that he can be respected as well. This kind of name calling, doesn't make him look like as a person people can rely on!

    May 16, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. KrjMc

    If Boehner is so interested in criminal prosecution why has he not gone after the criminals on wall street that stole the retirement funds of millions. Why did he not demand an inquiry into the crooked stuff Bush was doing for 8 years. This is just another way for him to obtain his goal of "1 term for this president". So now he will lead any off the cuff reason to make it so.
    President Obama said he would get to the bottom of the issue, publicly stated he did not support such behaviors, fired the head of the division, and is having an investigation done. Thing is nothing will satisfy the GOP as they are out for blood and have been all along.

    May 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    @liberal sense and you ain't got any.
    JOBS, JOBS! JOBS was the battle cry of your band of cretins in 2010. All they have done is to make sure the President can't get anything done while the country, not the rich, vut the poor, seniors, veterans, disabled veterans and others less "privileged" can't eat a single decent meal a day.
    While your rethus continue to beat a dead hose with repealing, for the 30+ time, Obamacare and not doing their jobs or,losing money by being furloughed the rest of the country is suffering.
    Wait, they did make sure they can travel home with no problem.

    May 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Rollabear

    Boehner have a drink

    May 16, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. TBone

    To "The other Bob": The facts of this arguement are way over your head (probably as well as 6th grade was) Just jump to and type your conclusions as soon as you can pull yourself away from Fox Comedy News .Worse yet and not to be left out "Dusty", get your mom to confess which year it was she dropped you on your head.

    May 16, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. DANA

    I guess he is okay with arrogance only when it comes from a Republican. Bush 43 comes to mind when I think of arrogance. Incompetence also comes to mind when I think of Bush. Come to think of it...moron also comes to mind. Hypocrisy comes to mind when I think of Boehner and some other words I would probably get moderated on. I think I have conveyed enough to get my point across.

    May 16, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Steve

    Wow, can we all agree that there is enough going on with these issues to take a closer look at the Administration? Or do we just rely on what we are all being told. We were promised transparency! So there should not be an issue.

    May 16, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. PeterD

    How long Liberal Media is going to Protect president Obama for his failure to act as World Leader. Obviously Headlines like "Obama Punches Back on Scandals" is not going to solve country's problems.

    May 16, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    The delusional liberals here are quite pathetic at best.

    May 16, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Iggy

    Shut up Boehner what did YOU do??

    May 16, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Tim

    I Hate Obama with a passion. He will be humiliated in his current term with everything that is going to go wrong with this country. I hope Boehner and the conservatives stick it to him at every opportunity

    May 16, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Shay

    I have given up. I will let the republicans win. Idiots that don't save for retirement, save for an emergency, or expect any natural "events", to just look too the republican government to help you. I hope they strip all off you off your Social Security, Medicare, and everything else. I simply have given up trying to defend America. The republican party has shown its colors, and yet, you abide by going down that pretty, "golden brick road". Good luck, and vote republican. I saved, I conserved, don't blame me.

    May 16, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. TBone

    To "PeterD" ,Think hard, the "punches back"quote can safely be attributed to the CNN writer / editor and not the President himself. Hurry on now, you're probably getting ready to miss the daily "Five" brain cells show on Faux News!

    May 16, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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