May 17th, 2009
11:03 AM ET
14 years ago

Boehner: Obama beginning to learn how difficult it is to govern

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The president has a tough job to do, House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As President Barack Obama’s young administration settles in after marking its first 100 days, House Minority Leader John Boehner said the popular Democrat is seeing the difference between life on the campaign trail and life in the Oval Office as the nation’s commander in chief.

“The president has a tough job to do,” the Ohio Republican said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think he’s beginning to learn how difficult it is to govern. It’s one thing to campaign and to make statements. But when it comes to governing there’ve got to be much more pragmatic decisions. We’ve seen the president make several of those lately.”

Boehner’s remarks came just days after the Obama administration reversed its position about the release of pictures allegedly showing abuse of detainees in U.S. military custody and announced its plans to reinstitute a system of military commissions to try detainees that Obama suspended soon after taking office.

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  1. Ruty

    Boehner is a bone head. All he does is talk talk talk. He has no idea what he is saying. Poor thing needs a rest, I guess. Go away stupid.

    May 17, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. KirksNoseHair

    The massive overwhelming hypocrisy of the Republicans just keeps on trucking.......I wonder what it's like to be a member of the party that completely ruined this country. Disgusting, shameful, embarrassing, same old same old......

    May 17, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Robert

    Again this is why the Republican Party will not get elected again. They are clueless to world problems and use fear to get votes. Also their Catholic chuch should loose it's tax exempt status for being a cult. This church owns so many corporations it would make your head spin.

    May 17, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Pragmatic

    Candidates campaign in "poetry" and those who govern, govern in prose.

    President Obama is the President of America – that's all of us.

    Remember when you were a kid and Daddy said "no!" You pouted and swore never to be mean to your kids. Now, as the parent, you have to say "no" – because you're the adult...

    May 17, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Shawn - Ga

    Of course he needs to reverse some of his promises, he promised everything to everyone. The prblem is that uneducated people heard the promise they wanted and had no idea of what everything else meant. They then voted for the guy who will give them whatever hand out they wanted. Now he has to actully run the country and will do they things he can and not do the things that were never possible to start with.

    This is not his fault, he knew that people with little education would flock and they did, he knew that people would get star eyed with pretty words. It is the fault of the sheep who followed in line.

    May 17, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Franky

    You know, I would argue that he probably learned through that very first stimulis bill when he signed. What was it?? Only 3 GOP signed it?? I think he realized how difficult and complicated the hurdle can be. But you guys know what? People wanna talk about how they can't work together or should my boy really try to reach a hand or should he do something different and blah, blah, blah. You know, there are some bills where they got bipartisan support, like the Children's Health Care, that one happened like about 2 months or so, right? And other ones as well, you could actually see for yourself...

    I think the issues will depend greatly on what will be govern or not, is a tough business. If its something social like abortion, then you have no chance BUT like the Credit Card Bill of Rights, that one seemed to have momentum, heck, even Health Care is getting on it. But to tell you the truth guys, my boy has been consistent on Health Care, even if you look at his videos past and even press conferences he believes Health Care need both GOP and Dems, I think if you look at his FIRST news conference as Prez, he actually said that so health Care ain't nothing new about this Prez and what he wanted to do, as a matter of fact, if you look deep and at the primaries it was actually Hillary's thang, it wasn't until the elections where he adapted and used that for the Dems strength.

    Is a tough business, sometimes maybe you can work and most of the time it'll get complicated, is a lot of work...

    May 17, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. DaBird

    Why do most of these comments reflect so much hate toward Republicans? It is difficult to be President. Maybe you should direct your hate toward the worthless members of Congress and we ALL will benefit.

    May 17, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Kathy

    And Republicans in Congress are part of the problem not the solution, by creating distractions and refusing to participate in governance. I don't think Obama is having a rough time at all. As for his "reversals", as president, he now has access to any information from any source. If you remember, he ordered a full review of the file of each detainee – maybe he learned something. Second, I don't want to see the photographs of torture. It sickens me and deeply embarrasses me as a citizen of the U.S. and the world.

    May 17, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Terry

    Boehner and others of his generation, particularly conservative Republicans, are the most incredibly patronizing, self-centered, backwards, idiotic people. If he were to express such patronization of me in front of my face with that long, snobbish expression I would be inclined to punch him in the nose. These statements of his are useless jabber by someone who has nothing useful to say.

    May 17, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. A Republican Turned Democrat

    Republicans still could NOT admit that they have lost their leadership on America. All they are doing now is to criticize and disapprove anything this intelligent President is trying to do for the country. Why don't you Republicans spend your times and efforts thinking of ways and means to improve our nation, instead of spending taxpayers' monies (your wages) coming up with any issues to discredit Obama and his administration. Your attitude only makes the American people dislike you more. Too bad, you'll be miserable and frustrated for the next eight years!!!!

    May 17, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Rickymo

    It is only difficult when you have people in the GOP who refused to support Obama. Obama is not Bush (thank goodness) or even Clinton. The best President we have ever had...

    May 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. kimberly

    He didnt REVERSE his decision! He is closing gitmo, he is just changing the way hes holding the trials. As far as the pictures go, him NOT releasing them has NOTHING to do with the repukes calling him a terrorist. THEY WILL BE put out there for the world to see what SCUM the soldiers are that did these unreal acts! He is just waiting for everthing to come together and do it all at the same time. He has made that clear! The boner guy is a joke!!!!

    May 17, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Georgia Gal

    Well at least President Obama had no qualms with admitting he was wrong about something ... unlike someone else I could name.


    May 17, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. hongli

    John Boehner will never rise beyond the position he now holds.NFG

    May 17, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. js -----santee

    Robert....maybe ALL churches should lose their tax exempt status if they want to play politics. BUT the Catholic Church is not a cult and that is quite a broad statement filled with hate. Not nice to hear when you are a Catholic that voted for Obama. A lot of Catholics voted for Obama.

    May 17, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Mario

    I'm a conservative...but I will give Obuma some credit, he is trying to deal with long overdue issues, I don't agree with most of what he is doing like spending this country into debt for decades to come, but he's dealing with the issues that have needed to be delt with for a long time. He has a long road ahead of him still, I don wish him luck. I also wish Rush Limbaugh would just shut up! he speaks out of his butt to much negative things about this administration and always likes to make himself the living legend in his own mind.

    May 17, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. kimberly

    hey MIKE, we are misspelling his LAST name because he is a boner! To use YOUR presidents middle name in a derogitory way is because you want to call him a terrorist, or try to warp the minds of the idiots that are republicans and dont know any better. This is NOT the same. Barack HUSSEIN OBAMA is one of the best presidents EVER!!!!! DEAL WITH IT!! He will be YOUR president for 8 LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG YEARS!

    May 17, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. js -----santee

    ROBERT….maybe ALL churches should lose their tax exempt status if they want to play politics. BUT the Catholic Church is not a cult and that is quite a broad statement filled with hate. Not nice to hear when you are a Catholic that voted for Obama. A lot of Catholics voted for Obama.

    May 17, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Beejay

    The Republican Party seems to be really full of boneheads. Who are they to talk about other people lying. They are always doing that, along with their fearmongering. It is so obvious that they are just setting up to try and win the next election, rather than concentrating on, and trying to help this President, doing what is needed to improve things in the country. This is a party of Party and me first, rather than country first. They are always trying to pull the wool over people's eyes. Where were they when Bush was sending the country down the toilet. Now they want it to appear that they have all the answers to help the U.S.?

    Another thing to learn...if a person plans on doing something, and then gets advice that it is not the right thing, isn't it wise to listen to those who have more experience and who have better ideas? It is a fool, like we know who, who never admits to mistakes and just goes ahead to do what they want, especially if it's the wrong thing to do.

    May 17, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Rose

    In my opinion, if Pelosi lied, and I am sure she did, and she did not question the issue or raise any red flags then she condoned the type of torture she is now against. She will do and say anything to mentioned the Bush Adm. in a negative way but this time she agreed with them by ignorning the issue.
    Poor Pelosi what is she going to do when the Dems have to take ownership of the way this country is headed, who can she blame then, they are calling the shots.

    May 17, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. nickster

    In response to "Republican turned democrat" Maybe you should do the math on Mr. Obama's economic plan. Then we'll see who's spending our money.

    Did your brain melt?

    May 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Jess

    Obama is paying lawyers to hide his birth certificate and his college records. We know that fact because his lawyers answers to suits all over the country are public record. There’s nothing crazier than a President hiding his birth certificate and college records. People need to know that fact.. What is the reason for this? What happened to "transparent"???
    Sheeple: why don't you ask your King about this?

    May 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Joan , Ontario

    John Boehner just said on John King's right wing show that you have the best run medical system in the world. Try telling that to the over 45 million people in your country who have no health insurance. Some right wing swift boaters are running ads in your country using people from here in Canada who are bad mouthing our system. The doctor on that tape has never been heard of in my area of the country. Who is he anyway? Maybe our system isn't perfect all the time but at least we are not leaving millions of people out in the cold and we don't have to go into bankruptcy if someone in our family gets a critical disease.

    May 17, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Gordon Shumway

    In the words of Patrick Henry, “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” If freedom-loving Americans do not take a stand, our precious liberties may be lost forever.

    May 17, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Dan, TX

    I think Obama is doing just fine. Congress is being stupid, as usual.

    May 17, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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