October 4th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Boehner likened to crying baby in new ad

(CNN) - Critics have long poked fun at House Speaker John Boehner's teary-eyed tendency. But now Democrats are comparing the speaker to a baby throwing an all-out temper tantrum.

During the commercial breaks of Sunday's game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots, viewers in Boehner's district will catch a 30-second ad with a close up of a wailing baby.

"Speaker John Boehner didn't get his way on shutting down health care reform," the ad's narrator says. "So, he's shut down the government and hurt the economy."

House Majority PAC, a group that backs Democratic candidates, released the ad on Friday.

"Speaker Boehner didn't get his way and so, like a child, he threw a Tea Party-inspired temper tantrum and shut down the federal government," Andy Stone, the group's communications director, said in a statement.

The new ad is one of many campaigns launched by groups on both sides of the aisle in recent days to fault Democrats or Republicans for the government shutdown.

House Republicans have been trying to attach anti-Obamacare provisions to a spending bill that funds the government, but Senate Democrats refuse to take up anything except a bill with no strings attached. The White House has also threatened to veto any bill that tries to change Obamacare.

Boehner grew agitated Friday morning over a Wall Street Journal article that quoted a senior administration official as saying, "we are winning" and "it doesn't really matter to us" how long the shutdown lasts "because what matters is the end result."

Throwing down the newspaper on the podium at a press conference, Boehner said: "This isn't some damn game!"

"The American people don't want their government shut down and neither do I," he continued. "All we are asking for is to sit down and to have a discussion and to bring fairness – re-open the government and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It is as simple as that, and it all has to begin with a simple discussion."

White House spokesman Jay Carney disavowed the comment in the Wall Street Journal.

The House is scheduled to vote on measures Saturday that will start funding certain parts of the government, but Senate Democrats demand a bill that funds the government all at once.

Filed under: Ads • Government Shutdown • John Boehner
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. DRJJJ

    We're more divided than ever-the President sets the tone!!

    October 4, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    He is a cry baby. And he is also very weak. I respect the Speaker as a person(his house is only like 20min away from my home) but as a leader he has been pushed around by Obama and the tea party. I nolonger know what that man stands for!

    October 4, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. The fact of the matter

    "Boehner is a crying baby", eh? When the argument is lost, slander becomes a tool of the loser.

    October 4, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    We're more divided than ever-the President sets the tone!!
    No! We're divided because a coup has taken place in the republican party and is holding the country hostage. The Cry Baby must live up to their demands or else they'll take away his Jack Daniels bottle.

    October 4, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. TO DRJJ

    Wrong. We more united than ever. A minority aka tea party wants to set the tone.

    October 4, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Boehner has allowed underlings to take control of the House. He is not a leader in any way, shape or form.

    October 4, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Scott

    The games politicians play,Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. Shame on him and the Democrats.

    October 4, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We're more divided than ever-the President sets the tone!!
    No. People like the Tea Party, and the Sarah Palins, and the cowardice of Boehners, and agitators and instigators on threads like these have divided us along with the constant spread of fear and misinformation by the media and the GOP.

    The President does indeed set the tone....he's kept the lid on a powder keg by his calm demeanor and superior display of intellect.
    You all need to thank him.

    October 4, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. casey swanson

    The republicans have compromised.
    They continue to put out bills to fund the government.
    Under 12 sutdowns under Reagon he continued the funding of much that has shut down.
    Under the 22 day shutdown under Clinton, so much that Obamma shut down was kept open.
    Food and programs for children and low income are already funded, why are they shut down. Clinton did not shut down these programs.
    Self-funded memorials are close why. Clinton did not shut these down The national park system was not shut down by Reagon nor Clinton. Why has this president.
    Obamma is acting like a spoiled schoolyard bully trying to do the most harm to the most people.

    October 4, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. blkpower

    The tone was set when Mitch McConnell proclaimed to make President Obama an "1 term President"

    October 4, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Jesus....just move on and pass the spending bill, our lives is on YOU, Boehner!

    October 4, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Sue

    Nanny, nanny, boo boo,
    Does Johnny go boo hoo.

    This is the American political system. name calling and money printing leading to devalution. So proud.

    October 4, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. markfromdover

    No The Republicans set the tone the day Obama was elected!

    October 4, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. yankquest

    Sorry DRJJJ but the petulant children of the republican party set the tone this time. You DO NOT negotiate with terrorists, ever!!! Case closed.

    October 4, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Ragatang

    This is a "Damn Game" at the expense of American people.

    October 4, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Sue

    The only person I have seen actually quoted was Michele Bachmann "this is about the happiest I've seen members in a long time." The Republicans are very happy about this. They have shut down the most amazing government in the world over something they dislike. Shame on them.

    October 4, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Lionel

    Republicans like Ted Cruz caused this. Boehner caved in to the Tea Party. The tea party is holding the country hostage.

    Don't give in to their threats Mr. President. You won the election and over 60 million people voted for you.

    October 4, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. CA Independent

    An overwhelming majority of Americans want the individual mandate either delayed or repealed. 77% from the reports I have read. Obama needs to understand that while we dont want a shutdown, we also dont want the mandate. He needs to work it out with the house, end of story.

    October 4, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. frank

    DRJJ well said.

    October 4, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Blueman101

    This shows how low the Democratic party has sunk under Obama and their total lack of class.

    No wonder the rest of the world looks at t he US as the laughing stock of the world.

    October 4, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Michael Cliff

    Amen to that DRJJJ!!!....The LEADER isn't supposed to be finger pointing and out campaigning....pretty sad. Pretty sad this great country elected a community organizer from the down trotted state of Illinois....look at the crisis this state is having financially....I live in it. Shame on us for electing such a polarizing figure.

    October 4, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. J man

    The shutdown is working great. Let's keep it shut down until we save enough to balance the budget! Who cares about silly parks, kids medicine, and worthless federal programs? We're good to go!

    October 4, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. w1nluv

    I don't care what your political affiliation is. This is funny.

    October 4, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. jinx9to88

    It just hasnt sunk in the Obama won back to back presidencies. Some GOP will never accept it and thats unfortunate. Obama should have said he wanted a government shutdown then the GOP would have kept it open. GOP does the opposite of what Obama wants.

    October 4, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. jb1963

    John doesn't cry anymore. He is to drunk all the time and it killed his emotion and the last two brain cells.

    October 4, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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