October 4th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
1 year 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. ARMYCSM

    @DRJJJ – We are divided and the President has nothing to do with it! The terroracistic GOTP has, for six years, 6 years, done every dogged gone thing they could to undermined, belittle, lie, this president. How dared you to speak of a nation being divided is the fault of President Obama. You can drop that lie like it's hot!

    October 4, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. J man

    If the president had a different skin color there would be a budget today

    October 4, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. dan

    nonsense. We are talking about a Continuing Resolution, which allows serious people who are actually willing to negotiate get a couple more months to put the issues to a vote without closing the government. Boehner wants to appoint a committee to discuss a CR? he is not serious. When a congressman campaigns on a plan to shut down the US government and then is proud that he succeeded, it is treason pure and simple

    October 4, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Dave

    The GOP should just cave and give Obama EVERYTHING he wants. America deserves it...... and the economic collapse to follow.

    October 4, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Mr. Padron

    The POTUS has tried civility in the past and that has not worked. Every time he tries to meet them in the middle, they move further to the right. The Republicans must pay for the bills they have accrued.

    There is a misconception about the power of the purse. It is correct for Congress to use the power of the purse against Executive Orders or similar unilateral actions (use of military force contrary to the War Powers Resolution, etc). However, for Congress to use the power of the purse to check its OWN actions is ridiculous.

    Congress passed ACA. SC held up ACA. They are using the bills they have accrued to check a previous Congress' actions. This is insanity.

    October 4, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Clyde

    Suicide is the best thing that Boehner could do for the nation!

    October 4, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. korkea aika

    if Bone head Boehner does not have any influence with his own Tea Party rebels, why should he even dream that he could have influence with Barak Obama, who won 2 -----not 1 but 2----- Presidential elections running on health care reform? Why should the Pres even talk to Boehner? He needs to do the right thing and fund the government and quit trying to sabotage our 2012 election results. Come on! We want to move on to Immigration Reform

    October 4, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Bryan

    I'm so tired of the name-calling by the Democrats. They are acting like bullies and playground punks. I've lost all respect for our government officials (in both parties) and I think there should be a recall election to get them all out of there! They need to stop assigning blame and start talking about how to open our government again.

    October 4, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. John

    There, there , John. Don't cry. You're still a greedy, rich, self-serving, corrupt SOB. You'll be okay.

    October 4, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. UPGRAYEDD

    Imagine the outcry from Republicans had the Democrats refused to sign off on a budget unless we ceased funding their never-ending war machine. When the circle is complete, it's certainly a strategy for the Dems to keep in their back pocket.

    October 4, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Amiee

    John Boehner is a disgusting liar. He has a bill from the senate that he refuses to bring up for a vote. He talks about "negotiations", but what he is not saying is that he and Reid DID negotiate long before the deadline and actually came to an agreement. An agreement that cut $70 million dollars out of the budget. This was a huge sticking point for the democratic party, but they compromised and were told by Boehner that it would be accepted. THEN, right at deadline time, Boehner renigged. How can you negotiate in good faith, with a liar with no credibility. If anyone has not seen copies of the leaked emails from Reid's office, I suggest you find them online. Boehner is a lying snake looking out for his job as speaker. Nothing else (including the 52,000 federal works on furlough in his own district).

    October 4, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. 333maxwell

    Speaker Boenher, put a clean CR to the floor for your party to vote on, and stop the games.

    Congress has a fiduciary and legal responsibility to fund the laws that THEY passed. Stop the damn games.

    October 4, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Hogan's Goat

    I agree, he's a whiny baby. And as soon as the folks back home catch on that he's sneering at the 800,000 "non-essentials" while crying that they aren't there to run the parks and monuments, he won't be Speaker any more. Next!

    October 4, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. davecu

    “Tonight, I say to the American people, to Democrats and Republicans and Independents across this great land — enough,” he said at one point. ”The challenges we face require tough choices, and Democrats as well as Republicans will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past,” he said at another. – Obama's acceptance speech @ DNC 2008

    What has changed if 5 years. This country is probably the most divided we have ever been in our brief history.
    Unless the politicians grow up and stop the, "I know you are but what am I" our country is lost to the Chinese.

    October 4, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Gerard

    What is up with everyone name calling from the President all the way down to the people on the streets? I do not understand how that is helping the situation. People are saying its the law of the land, however, not everyone has to follow it at this point. I don't get it. If in the pledge of allegiance we say, "with liberty and justice for all" If certain people are given a waver or others previsions, How can that be justice for all? It sounds more like discrimination.

    October 4, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Mike

    The only think that the republicans want to negotiate is Obamacare and the only acceptable outcome from the negotiation for them would be Obama's agreement to repeal the law. Why would Obama negotiate this. More annoyingly, why is Bonehead keep saying that's what the American people want. I thought the last election was pretty clearly a mandate on Obamacare. That's all I heard from every republican candidate. Repeal Obamacare. Well the lost the presidency and the senate. Seems to me pretty clear that the American public didn't want to repeal Obamacare.

    October 4, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. daveinla

    Oh, and yes, as a taxpayer I remember those expensive Vegas professional development seminars that federal employees had. No tears here for your pink-slip.

    October 4, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. AFVet

    After spending some time in Afghanistan, and 20 years in the military, this is what we get from our government? This is sad. Why can't the Tea-Pubs respect the elected President, supreme court's decision, & the election results last year? Just be a sport as it's time to move on folks! Stop whining, stop wasting our tax dollars, and stop this non-sense! It's time to let the hard working Americans back to work!

    October 4, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. RC

    Boehner is such a waste of breath and space!! The Republicans need to just lick their wounds and fund the government and the ACA. This is the most insane think I've ever seen, one small group of people holding the American government hostage.

    American please vote the GOP out of every office, everywhere!!

    October 4, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Amarjeet

    He cried and shed tears when he elected as Speaker of House. He cried that he had to struggle hard from janitor to Speaker. Off course a great effort and super energy charged with emotional thrust like rocket power. But he should not revenge on poor whose community he had been but those who exploited him who are extreme capitalists. Now he professes himself a great supporter of capitalists when he shed tears due to suffering in their hands. He should not make middle class shed tears and people of America as a means of vengeance.

    October 4, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Dave

    Its amazing that he can keep a straight face after saying that they don't want the government shut down and following it with "All we are asking for is to sit down and have discussions". The time for discussions is long gone. Present a clean budget bill and the vote would carry in 30 minutes.

    What he really needs to do is smack the so called Tea Party down and regain control of his party.

    October 4, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Jakes_Momma

    truebluedetroiter

    What all you lemmings don't understand is that Boehner is fighting for ALL of us, not just conservatives. Start looking at what this is going to cost you and what type of services you are going to get for that premium.
    – – – – – – – – – –

    We received an email yesterday from our HR dept. Our rates have actually dropped since the first information was shared with us at the beginning of our open enrollment and we were encouraged to go back to have a second look. We actually had a drop in cost by $55 a month and the individual deduction dropped from $1500 to $1000. We get to keep the same doctors – this was important to us, we have a special needs child who has seen the same neurologist for 10 years. Additionally, my son because of his disability will never have to leave our individual policy. We still have to see if there will be changes in what his prescriptions will cost us. But, right now we're looking better off. We also received a refund check earlier in the year for over charges in administration fees. It wasn't huge, $130 – but still.

    I realize that every case will be different. But, before you take such a negative view why not wait to see how it really plays out and not give over to fear of the unknown.

    October 4, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. jim

    I think Thomas Friedman's article, Democracy is at Stake in the NY Times, gives the only sensible
    framework for analyzing what the minority Republicans in the House are doing. They are attempting
    to use a power play to get what they want, even though the majority have spoken- our legilature passed the bill
    and the Supreme Court upheld the law. They are undermining the Democratic process by threatening and actually harming the citizens of this country. I believe CNN should call them out for what it is – extortion. If allowed to use this power play a terrible precedent would be set. The minority could always overturn the majority wishes with threats.I don't think the ACA is a good bill (Single payer is a much bettter plan), but this is not how to change it.

    October 4, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Momma G

    truebluedetroiter

    What all you lemmings don't understand is that Boehner is fighting for ALL of us, not just conservatives. Start looking at what this is going to cost you and what type of services you are going to get for that premium.
    – – – – – – – – – –

    We received an email yesterday from our HR dept. Our rates have actually dropped since the first information was shared with us at the beginning of our open enrollment and we were encouraged to go back to have a second look. We actually had a drop in cost by $55 a month and the individual deduction dropped from $1500 to $1000. We get to keep the same doctors – this was important to us, we have a special needs child who has seen the same neurologist for 10 years. Additionally, my son because of his disability will never have to leave our individual policy. We still have to see if there will be changes in what his prescriptions will cost us. But, right now we're looking better off. We also received a refund check earlier in the year for over charges in administration fees. It wasn't huge, $130 – but still.

    I realize that every case will be different. But, before you take such a negative view why not wait to see how it really plays out and not give over to fear of the unknown.

    October 4, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Justme

    Give cry baby Boehner a barb wired enema!!

    October 4, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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