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.

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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Allen Hussein

    I love it. Maybe after a nap and a diaper change, the teabaggers will let the moderate Republicans and Democrats reopen the government. Either that or the grown ups in the Republican Party (if there are any) can put the baggers on permanent time out.

    October 4, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Randy

    Boehner could end this if he would just call for the house to vote on the senate bill that has no attachments regarding healthcare reform. It's on his shoulders. The majority of house members support the 'clean' bill to fund the government, which is why Boehner will not let it go for a vote. We cannot allow Ted Cruz and his ilk to pick and choose their pet projects to fund and leave other parts of the government unfunded because they are against Americans having affordable health care.

    October 4, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Mancee Grayce

    Boehner is a criminal and should be prosecuted for treason.

    October 4, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Hopeless Fool

    Democrats need to buy a mirror.

    October 4, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. krounded

    You didn't think Obama would continue to wus out and let the Repubs keep behaving like terrorists – did you DTJJJ?

    October 4, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Alice

    Boehner and his fellow Teapublicans need to stop using government workers and our economy as pawns. End government shutdown now!! People are suffering. Enough is Enough!!!! The president didn't put ACA on the table, Teapublicans did. One has nothing to do with the other!!!!!!!

    October 4, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. zaphed

    throw them out in 2014.. get rid of the nazis.

    October 4, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. bumnsun

    Luv it. but we should call him a BFB – Big Fat Baby hahahaha

    October 4, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. What planet is this?

    This President has done much to appease the Republican party even to point of alienating his own base. Many in this party still refuse to acknowledge Obama as the legitimate President and as a result, feel emboldened to disrespect him in any way they choose. Psalm 7:15-16...they dig a hole to trap others but they will fall into it themselves; they will get themselves into trouble; the violence they cause will hurt only themselves.

    October 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. freedom

    Boehner is fighting for the rights of the American people. Reid and Obama are ruthless- and most Americans see this.

    October 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Tom

    So true!

    October 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Yvon Vachon

    Isn't the US a Democracy. How can one man hold up a vote when the majority wants to vote. Sounds more like those Arab nations that are now fighting for freedom to vote. Tell the House leader to go back to his harrem ( the Tea Party ).

    October 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Dave

    Boehner cries.
    Obama lies.

    October 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Sad Republican

    That's crap. Negotiations take place when a bill is being crafted, not after the bill has become law.

    October 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. oneWayfarer

    IF – During the Civil War there were a Caucus of CONFEDERATES in the U.S. Congress – People who consider the Federal Government 'The Enemy' which they want to DESTROY – It would NOT have been Appropriate to allow THEM to Dictate the Actions of Congress and thereby the NATION.
    TODAY we have the Unholy Spawn of Confederate ZOMBIES and Al Qaeda who have AMERICA under Attack. The GOP needs to Recognize that the Tea Party – which has its OWN caucus are NOT Republicans. Boehner should KICK them out of his caucus. He would NOT lose his SPEAKERSHIP because DEMS would be so glad to see the TERRORISTS rendered – Irrelevant.

    October 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Bob

    The US should not negotiate with terrorists.

    October 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Simple

    argument: The ACA is law, not a fulcrum for leverage to get your way. Quit your whining and pass a budget!

    October 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The biggest problem we face is everybody in Washington wants to be President therefore they make as much attention getting noise as possible. They don't care about political party, the job they have and the only thing they care about from Americans is a damn vote.

    October 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Sue

    Usually you are on the wrong side of the argument when you have to resort to name calling. So sad!

    October 4, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    GOP is very pathetic. They defy every damn dirty stuff. Sad. Remove all in 2014.

    October 4, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Bregsman

    DRJJJ, how can the President set the tone, when the tone of "We'll opposed everything the president wants" is set by the GOP/Tea Party the minute he takes the POUTS oath? Does he then set the tone, "Do what the GOP want"? That's just silly. It falls on both sides.
    I like how Boehner says it not a game, but submits the same stupid legislation over and over all while saying the Dems won't negotiate. Why are we negotiating on legislation, that was already made law, in a budget bill? Not a game, huh, Boehner?

    October 4, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Steve

    Stay classy Democrats.

    October 4, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. bestgram3

    I think they should negotiate again....Affordable Care Act or Single Payer! All they would have to do to implement Single Payer or remove the income restrictions on Medicaid or remove the age limits on Medicare...that simple.

    October 4, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Bethany

    This is ridiculous. How mean spirited can everyone be?! Wow, heaven forbid someone disagree with a democrat and take a stand so because they are extreme and shut down the government the democrats are going to behave even worse and refuse to open anything for the public just so the republicans don't get their way! They should all be ashamed, but most of all the Democrats and the President for refusing to negotiate with the republicans that support half of America!?

    October 4, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Pinkie

    We are "One nation Under God" thus, we will not fund some and forget about the rest. GOP open our government.!!!!!! NO ONE LEFT BEHIND !!!!! RETURN OUR GOVERNMENT STATUS !!!!!.

    October 4, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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