Obama talks immigration in South Korea and Boehner talks baby talk
Speaker Boehner and President Obama talk immigration reform on both sides of the globe
April 25th, 2014
05:11 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama talks immigration in South Korea and Boehner talks baby talk

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner talked like a baby Thursday to mock the way Republicans act towards immigration reform. President Obama, on the other side of the globe, said Friday immigrants are “who we are.”

The Republican was home at an event in Ohio when he spoke of the "attitude" of his fellow GOP congressmen.

“Ooooooh, don’t make me do this,” said Boehner, whining into the microphone at a brown bag luncheon. “Ooooooh, this is too hard."

Boehner mocked other Republicans for being afraid to reform immigration policy at the Middletown Rotary Club in his district, where he faces a May 6th primary against three local opponents.

He said congress should take action on immigration reform this year and that his colleagues lack an appetite to tackle the issue, according to WKRC and the Cincinnati Enquirer, which first reported Boehner theatrically mocking his fellow representatives in the House.

Meanwhile, Heritage Action for America, a 4-year-old conservative organization which advocates for “fact-based policy” on immigration, spoke out.

“John Boehner is more interested in advancing the agenda of high-powered D.C. special interests than inspiring Americans with a policy vision,” said chief executive officer Michael A. Needham in a statement Thursday.

Alluding to the primary Boehner faces against three local opponents, Needham said “It’s disappointing, but by now not surprising, that the Republican speaker is attacking conservatives looking to retake the Senate.”

In a time zone 13 hours ahead of Boehner, President Obama spoke in Seoul, South Korea.

“The value of our immigrants to our way of life is central to who we are. It’s part of our DNA; it’s part of our creed,” said the President.

Obama said that if the United States wants to attract, and to keep attracting, the “best and brightest” then “we have to fix our broken immigration system.”

“Pass common sense immigration reform,” he said at the National War Memorial in South Korea. “We don’t want to make it harder, we want to make it more sensible, more efficient.”

CNN's Lisa Desjardins and Chloe Sommers contributed to this report.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Conservatives are self serving children, with little concern about what is best for America.

    April 25, 2014 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  2. Harold Read

    They are on the country ILLEGALLY. Deport and enforce US Immigration Laws.

    April 25, 2014 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  3. Adesuyi Niyi

    Time will tell of the most beneficial of the comments made.

    April 25, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    -–no offense, these Republican garbage is fooling entire America. Throw these bums out.

    April 25, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    These spoiled babies work 99 half days a year, so don't expect them to vote on anything other than repealing the ACA, or restricting women's reproductive rights.

    April 25, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Boehner and his colleagues need to tackle a whole range of issues, instead of fiddling away in the corner as Rome burns. They could start with the infrastructure bill that the president proposed years ago. "Pass this bill." It would create jobs.

    April 25, 2014 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  7. TONE

    There you have it, right from the speakers mouth.

    April 25, 2014 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    “Pass common sense immigration reform,” he said at the National War Memorial in South Korea. “We don’t want to make it harder, we want to make it more sensible, more efficient.”
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    I think the President needs to keep his mouth shut on domestic issues when he is abroad.

    April 25, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  9. just saying

    “The value of our immigrants to our way of life is central to who we are. It’s part of our DNA; it’s part of our creed,” said the President.
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    legal immigrants fool! we are a nation of legal immigrants, not illegal immigrants. obama and the democrats continue to lie about what the problem is.

    Obama said that if the United States wants to attract, and to keep attracting, the “best and brightest” then “we have to fix our broken immigration system.”
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    the only thing broken with it is his refusal to enforce all of our current laws. they release 75% of the illegals they catch in this country. would we even be having this conversation if they did their job and deported all that they catch? no we would not because we wouldn't have 10-20 million illegals in this country now demanding rights.

    get rid of pandering democrats that support all this illegal activity and this problem will solve itself once enforcement is taken seriously.

    April 25, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. jesus f. christ

    Oooooh... This is good stuff.

    April 25, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  11. Norma Vessels

    Hi Mr. Clooney .. it may not have been the best way to handle the critics who don't realize they are on the wrong side, but I'm glad you stood up for our President Obama, and the Affordable Care Act, which is saving so many from so many hardships.

    On second thought, it may be the only way to penetrate those hard heads of the Republicans.

    April 25, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |