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. Obama Supporter

    Boehner is feeling the pressure. This dummy. He is still talking about 'Obamacare.' Enjoy your moment Repubs. You will pay a huge price during election time. lol

    October 4, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. BooHoo

    and a tantrum.

    October 4, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. gm

    The problem is not ACA, the problem is fear. The republicans do not want POTUS to implement the law so they can have something to run against in 2014. Samart for the Democrats, the republicans never expect the Demo's to stand their ground, poor guys they expected panic and got the opposite. When millions will be singing praises to ACA in 2014, the republican part will be in shutdown, and their rep and senators up for re-election will really have no jobs.

    October 4, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Walter

    Name calling. How typically libby.

    October 4, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Jeb

    keep going president obama. The public will see you for what you are with these childish attacks when you promised something totally different in Washington.

    October 4, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Bill

    I would like to ask Boehner, Cantor, Cruz, etc., do you know what they did with horse thieves 160 year ago?

    October 4, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. PJ

    Boehner is simply not strong enough to handle the Tea Party crazies in the House. He has lost control.

    October 4, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Profile Of A Typical Republican That Posts Here

    1. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
    2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
    3. Has a net worth less than $200,000.
    4. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
    5. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will the the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
    6. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
    7. Actually thinks republicans represent THEM!
    Profile of a typical democrat that posts here

    1. Thinks democrats really care about them
    2. Job? What's a job?
    3. Does not understand what it takes to build wealth
    4. Primary residence is section 8 housing.
    5. Probably unemployed and dependent upon government for EVERYTHING
    6. Doesn't realize that most of the Bible is the history book of the Jewish people
    7. Will continue to vote for democrats although liberal policies have advanced them ZERO in almost 50 years.
    Wow, Fair. I thought you had a thicker skin than that.

    October 4, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. AshRed at CNN

    Robert Calm

    GOP keeps saying people don;t want Obamacare. I WANT OBAMACARE, end this shutdown.

    I hope you can afford it. Wait what am i thinking, looking for a goverment assisted handout are we?

    Please inform me how it is a handout when someone pays for the thing they are receiving. Also its spelled "government" just like America is not spelled "murica"

    Instead of yelling handout give a/n option that would be better instead of saying "anything can be better than this". There was a recent poll that shows more people oppose Obama-care, however, more people like the affordable care act. Color me tickled... That's odd...

    October 4, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. The crying game

    " Boehner is a crying baby "

    I couldn't agree more!

    Actually he's more like a whing crying sniveling DRUNKARD!

    October 4, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Karina

    It is high time you bring some adult and mature leadership to Washington.
    Obama , Boehner , Reid , Pelosi...., is that the best you have.
    No wonder your country is crumbling from within and yes , this constant name calling from both sides is utterly childish and so unproductive

    October 4, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. GOP Hate America

    People pay real close attention. You are witnessing exactly the lengths the GOP will go when they do not get their way. The Democrats have finally put their foot down to them which should have come many years ago and here is the end result. This is just day 4 wait until 3 weeks go by and you will really see the anger and vitriol from these people all the while they shout out words like liberty and patriotism. They will nuke you if they could they do not care about the people of this country..

    October 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Jshave

    Great! Name calling. Now we are making progress.

    October 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. KenC

    This is all about damaging the legacy of this president. The president's re-election, despite the $100 millions spent to defeat him represents a defeat that the Tea party cannot swallow. These Tea party fanatics see this as war, and any carnage, collateral damage. They really don't care if they destroy the country because in there twisted view, the only people hurt will be Romney's 47% and when the smoke settles, they think they will still be standing and in a position to reshape America to their twisted vision. Now that it is clear that they cannot sabotage the affordable health care act, they realize that as the millions who, in the past, could not get healthcare, become insured, The Affordable Health Care Act will become as entrenched in the America's soil as Social Security and Medicare. And it will all be attributable to this president, His watch, and his vision. So now all they hope to achieve is a default of the United States on it's obligations that they hope will be associated with this presidency – All of this at the peril of their own party!

    October 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. brian

    So why is he making it a game. They are two separate issues. Stop this attachment bs and deal with each issue on its own merits.

    October 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. lunchbreaker

    If Boehner has his way, more discussion is recquiered before the shut down ends. If Obama gets his way it ends in the time it takes a few hundred folks to vote. Now which one is more efficient?

    October 4, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. scarf


    Name calling. How typically libby.
    So all the commenters using words like Odumba are libbies?

    October 4, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Willard's Hidden Tax Returns

    Nope, not a game. Nothing to negotiate. GOTP lost the presidential election. Law was passed, signed in, and upheld by the USSC. Nothing to negotiate. Open the govt.
    As for the GOTPers crying on here like Boehner, if the shoe fits....

    October 4, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. 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 Green Eggs and Ham games.

    October 4, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Fish

    This shutdown is cutting into his country club drinking time I suppose, the poor man can't even get a tan any longer to hide his yellow skin!!! What a shame!!!

    October 4, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. jj

    It's really not Boehner, it's the Tea Party idiots. They are frustrating everyone, including Boehner.

    October 4, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. blahlblahliberalmediablahdelusion

    liberals.. hypocrites... name callers... children that want their way... The tea party are the only "fanatics" demanding someone balance our budget and REDUCE the DEBT! You morons are so full of crap its rediculous – why arent you asking what that Obozo hasnt offered a single WORKABLE budget yet? its because most of your are either delusional or a bunch of lazy moochers – go get jobs – you have no sympathy from many that you claim voted for this crap law

    October 4, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Lardeau

    Where are the Gentlemen, the men of Wisdom, the clear thinkers, and the King Solomon's right now when we need them ?? They are better known as LEADERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's get going here !!!

    October 4, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. what?

    Democrat trash propoganda. This coming from the party that created "Obamacare" – that should have been aborted mid-term 2010, and thrown in the trash.....and neutered so it could never breed again.

    October 4, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "keep going president obama. The public will see you for what you are with these childish attacks "

    This isn't Obama's ad. READ. THE. ARTICLE. It's from House Majority PAC. Obama didn't tell them to do it either, so take off the tinfoil hat and let your scalp breathe.

    October 4, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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