Boehner 'insulted' by Putin op ed
September 12th, 2013
12:22 PM ET
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Boehner 'insulted' by Putin op ed

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he was "insulted" after reading Russian President Vladimir Putin's editorial in the New York Times opposing military action in Syria and criticizing the notion of "American exceptionalism."

Boehner declined to elaborate why he felt insulted, telling reporters at his weekly Capitol Hill press conference Thursday, saying,"I think that the president does foreign policy, and I've always believed that while we have opinions, I've probably said more than I should have said. But you got the truth."

The speaker reiterated his support for President Obama's decision to use targeted military strikes against Syria for their use of chemical weapons, but also said he hoped a diplomatic solution could be worked out now that Russia was offering a plan to get Syria to turn over those weapons.

Vladimir Putin's comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause a fuss
But the speaker didn't hide his skepticism of that proposal panning out, saying, he has "real doubts of the motives of the Russians and President Assad in offering this current path."


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Is he gonna cry?

    September 12, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Do you consider that communist guy? Even bread is scant, scarcity. Know this.

    September 12, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan ‘you’re either with us or against us.’”
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    That was one of last sentences in Putin's op-ed piece. Sounds like he's still fighting his last fight. The one he had with Bush.

    September 12, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. anotherGDlefty

    Why are you surprised John, do you think Vlad doesn't see FOXPAC and the constant slamming coming from your party.
    Vlad is playing to YOUR base and he's winning them over because they are willing to swallow anything as long as it's anti-Obama.
    Reap what you sow, the propaganda network is working and Vlad knows it.

    September 12, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    Recalling my long-ago Little League days, we had a warning for letting an opponent (usually applied to the pitcher/batter battle): "don't let him get into your kitchen."

    From the mouths of babes. Perhaps Boehner wasn't in organized sports as a lad. In any case, it's now clear that we ARE going to obsess on this all day.

    Crying in the corner while we're on "timeout". Yeah. Exceptional.

    September 12, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    You do know Boehner, that maybe if your ilk showed the POTUS one iota of the respect you people think he owes you, maybe just maybe foreign dictators wouldn't think it's ok to offend the US. What happened to the mantra, you're either with us or against us?

    September 12, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. just saying

    putin is now calling the shots on the world stage thanks to our 120lb weakling in the white house. get used to it america. iran is getting ready to spit on obama as well. this is what happens when you put a weak leader in the white house that likes to shoot his mouth off. his mouth is writing checks he has no intention of cashing. this is why he has no allies lining up with him. they can still see all of our old allies that obama through under the bus. can you blame them?

    September 12, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Read More Carefully

    Rudy NYC
    "Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan ‘you’re either with us or against us.’”
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    That was one of last sentences in Putin's op-ed piece. Sounds like he's still fighting his last fight. The one he had with Bush.
    --–

    Wrong. He was saying that Obama is the same as Bush with his threats against Syria. Obama = Bush.

    September 12, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. ST

    Putin is a man living in a bubble. He thinks that sooner Russia will conquer the world and become the greatest nation on earth. That is not going to happen even with very few help from the rightwingers who has stuck with him without thinking first, and do it in opposing the current President. Putin will always remain behind US, Plain and simple.

    September 12, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    AnotherGDlefty...
    I couldn't agree more.

    September 12, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    tom l wrote

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's exactly what Obama's first intentions were. He was the one that said there would be ramifications for crossing the red line which meant that we would attack Syria. This was what he told us until he changed his mind. I know it has never happened but it certainly was Obama's initial instinct and plan.
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    Okay, you're wrong. Pres. Obama's "first intentions" regarding Syria was the same as Egypt, which was stay out of it. He only drew a red line when pressed by the right wing as to why the U.S. hadn't already begun taking military action. Judging from the body language of his Tuesday speech, his intentions regarding Syria seem pretty much unchanged.

    September 12, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    Read More Carefully

    Wrong. He was saying that Obama is the same as Bush with his threats against Syria. Obama = Bush.

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

    But he and the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were soul mates. Are you implying this is how KGB pooty-poot woos a suiter?

    September 12, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    That was one of last sentences in Putin's op-ed piece. Sounds like he's still fighting his last fight. The one he had with Bush.
    ––

    Wrong. He was saying that Obama is the same as Bush with his threats against Syria. Obama = Bush.
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    Read between the lines. Putin is still fighting the fight that he had with Bush. He's projecting it onto Pres. Obama.

    September 12, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. truth hurts but reality bites

    Why isn't Russia our friend like Obama said when he and Hillary Clinton pushed the magical Russian Reset button? But Obama was rubbing the leg of Russian PM Medvedev and promising them more 'flexibility" after the election. It appears Putin is cashing in on that promise and expecting Obama to bend over forwards, more, and more, so he can give him one. Obama spoke stupidly and not in our nations interest when he said that to the Russians. They have seen nothing from Obama in 5 years that indicates a strong leader and to the contrary, have seen numerous signs of Obama weakness. The Russian Bear loves wekness, eats weakness for lunch.

    September 12, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. wendel

    Putin is a short man with little man syndrome. To listen to this KGB thug is silly. Look at the Russian people. This guy needs to go back to kissing fish. The republican party has made it easier for these creeps by bashing the president at every turn.

    September 12, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    just saying

    putin is now calling the shots on the world stage thanks to our 120lb weakling in the white house.

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

    I've seen this exact sentence posted on several website message threads today, including the Tampa Bay Times! Must be the latest reichwing radio screaming head talking point. If only the dittoheads were capable of thinking for themselves – but they wouldn't be good little dittoheads then, would they?

    September 12, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. O'drama ya Mama

    just saying

    putin is now calling the shots on the world stage thanks to our 120lb weakling in the white house. get used to it america. iran is getting ready to spit on obama as well. this is what happens when you put a weak leader in the white house that likes to shoot his mouth off. his mouth is writing checks he has no intention of cashing. this is why he has no allies lining up with him. they can still see all of our old allies that obama through under the bus. can you blame them?
    September 12, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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    Yet again i see you "just sayin" things and not using your brain beforehand. There are 33 countries condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and are calling for a strong response and you say Obama has no allies. Putin is an instigator and is only complicating the situation. Quite frankly things would be going a lot smoother if he just didnt talk at all. Kerry and Lavrov are working this out in a responsible and respectable manor. What is crazy to me is the fact that you are willing to side with a communist nation over our President is completely ridiculous when for the last 5 years you have been calling our President everything from a dictator to a communist to a socialist. Maybe that is what you have wanted this whole time, our very own version of Putin running this country.

    September 12, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Read More Carefully

    Malory Archer
    Read More Carefully
    Wrong. He was saying that Obama is the same as Bush with his threats against Syria. Obama = Bush.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    But he and the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were soul mates. Are you implying this is how KGB pooty-poot woos a suiter?
    -–

    No. I'm saying that is how Putin slaps Obama in the face. He was essentially trying to insult him and call him George Bush. Maybe it was payback for Obama's insulting comments in public about Putin slouching at the back of the class?

    September 12, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. just saying

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    Yet again i see you "just sayin" things and not using your brain beforehand. There are 33 countries condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and are calling for a strong response and you say Obama has no allies.
    -–
    it seems you don't understand what an ally is. people blathering words are vocal supporters. countries standing next you and supplying troops when you go to war are allies. geeesh... please learn the language.

    Putin is an instigator and is only complicating the situation. Quite frankly things would be going a lot smoother if he just didnt talk at all.
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    a typical response from obama droids, and to the leader of a major country. we don't like what you say because it disagrees with our fantasy. yeah, it's worked so well with the republicans the last 5 years so now you want to try it on putin?!

    Kerry and Lavrov are working this out in a responsible and respectable manor. What is crazy to me is the fact that you are willing to side with a communist nation over our President is completely ridiculous when for the last 5 years you have been calling our President everything from a dictator to a communist to a socialist. Maybe that is what you have wanted this whole time, our very own version of Putin running this country.
    ---

    i'm siding with nobody. i'm siding with logic and reason, not the leftist emotional temper tantrum of we must act, look at all those dying children. will thousands or tens of thousands more dead children bring them back to life if assad let's loose on israel with gas weapons? no. please, i wish those on the left would learn how to use the rest of their brain and not just the part that deals with emotions.

    September 12, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. PKC

    Interesting that Putin claims all are equal. Does he include the members of Russia's gay community?

    September 12, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    "No. I'm saying that is how Putin slaps Obama in the face. He was essentially trying to insult him and call him George Bush. Maybe it was payback for Obama's insulting comments in public about Putin slouching at the back of the class?"
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    But, Puting has been treating Pres. Obama as if he were George W. Bush from the start. Bush pretty much ignored Putin, and only spoke to him when he absolutely had to do so.

    September 12, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. markens

    The rightwongers gave putin credit for caving to obama. Now he slaps them on the face.

    September 12, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Putin is a very smart mobster , he is taking the heat out of his own kitchen with all his posturing of diplomacy and hard stance towards the US. The Russians have a strong National pride , and they have throughout history disliked any foreign involvement . They have shown there policy with each UN veto , as has China .

    The hypocrisy of dictators such a Putin .
    1 day ago – ... On Wednesday, a senior Russian lawmaker said that Russia could expand arms sales to Iran .

    How many terms can Putin be in Office ?
    Is this a new proxy war of old ?

    September 12, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |