May 17th, 2009
11:03 AM ET
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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.

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Chris Brignole

    Pelosi is a walking Ponzi scheme and would not understand the constitution if it was in cartoon illustrations. One down and one to go in congress because Harry is the next one to overstep for political purposes. Nancy would be a great council woman for San Francisco and she might as well begin the campaign because her time is short in congress.
    In the future it might be best if we require anyone running for office to read city charters, state constitutions or the US constitution & then pass a test before being placed on the ballot. The most powerful government should be local & it's time for 'want-to-be" office holders understand the rules of the office(s) they aspire too. This is not a one party problem & it is time for us to wake these clowns up.

    May 17, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    NCParalegal – very well put.

    Different opinions working toward the best outcome for all is how democracy works. I believe we need to seperate issues to deal with each issue on it's own merits. Lumping gun sales with religious freedom is bound to have stagnant results.
    Not too long ago the political party's moderates used to keep the radicals of their own party in check. I believe it will balance back to that, but until then we will continue to have difficult times, some more than others.

    May 17, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. ED FL

    Hey Boner he hasn't yet killed 4000 plus, maimed 20000 plus that you goper's did . We hope he never learns to do that, it will also help to keep you and your goper,s in the minority and save the lives of potential many more Americans where they could be tortured and waterboarded due to the REPUBLICN POLICIES OF THE LAST GOP ADMINISTRATION. Get back in your tanning booth wih howdy doodie Jindal.

    May 17, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. James, Ho. TX

    John Boehner what experience have you had as, "PRESIDENT", so as to raddle your sabers ? Same goes for Cheney, Newt, Steele and the rest of you phonies !

    May 17, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Fitz in Texas

    Words I've noticed Libs use the most when you don't agree with them....."""""Troll" "pathetic soul" "racist" "idiots" "hypocrites" "moron" "boneheads" "repiglican" "backwards" "losers" "fools"......and the list could go on forever. Yet the Libs would like us to believe they are "progressives" and bill themselves as "diverse and tolerant" Hmmmmmmmm, after reading many of their comments, "diverse and tolerant" I don't think so.

    May 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Denise

    That is with any new position. Yo ave a learning curve. Just ask Steele, who I ssect won't be RNC Chair much longer

    May 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    #44 is no leader but a cheer leader.

    May 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Tis Tis People

    @ Jess (Jess You Are A HOT Mess) take a hike

    Is this the Bone Head Man that said he came up with a better budget cut to hell, listening to the Great Old Phart is like listening to a finger nail going across a chalk board...........

    May 17, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. The Party of NO stood by calmly as the shrub raped and pillaged America, why should we listen to you now?

    A republican giving President Obama advice on how to govern, now that is rich!

    President Obama is doing fine with out the help of Boehner, if he had two brains, he would be twice as stupid!

    May 17, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    Boehner is a Republican? What is that? I thought those types went the way of the dodo and T. rex?

    May 17, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. S Callahan

    Heavenly Father, we come beforeyou today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know You Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good:, but that is exactly what we have done. We hae lost our spiritual equilibrium and reveresed our values. We hae exploited the poor and called it the lottery. we have rewarded laziness and called it welfare..We hae killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem. We have abused power and called it politics..We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, adn know our hearts today cleanse us from every sin and Set us Free.

    May 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. S Callahan

    Those were the words spoken years ago by Rev. Billy Graham.....have we not learned anything?

    May 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Charles

    ROBERT: The Catholic Church is not a cult. Maybe you should look up the definition of "cult" in the dictionary. But judging by the way you spelled the word "lose," you don't really know how to use a dictionary, right?

    May 17, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Tis Tis People

    Hey TEA BAGGERS, LEMON DROPPERS, Whatever you are calling yourselves these days, how come you can't think on your own you have Faux News thinking for you, it's funny how you listen to Bill O Sorry and you programm everything in your tiny pea brain and you repeat it over and over and over untill you actually believe it well here is a FIST BUMP TO YOU.................

    May 17, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. gobama

    hey boner even when obama changes position on an issue he does it better than u and ur pack of idiots

    May 17, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Susan

    At least he's trying, unlike you, who can't seem to keep your face off TV for more than 20 minutes between such 'inciteful' and helpful comments! Get to work!

    May 17, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Kate in SW Fla

    They are trying to stir up the protests from the left, thinking that will dull the popularity of the prez. Actually, they are helping to make his point that he is a moderate and pragmatist. Those of us who actually listened to what Obama said during the campaign, then voted for him, are very pleased with how he is doing. For instance, if there is a way to close Gitmo and work out a way to try these terror suspects, he will do it. If he can't, he won't. It was only when he called for closing it that the logistics, consequences and possibilities could seriously be analyzed. If it turns out to not be pssible, he will not do it. As much as that lunatic Palin and the Republican party tried to paint Obama as some kind of supporter of terrorists, he is not. Nor is he a socialist, fascist, communist, murderer of infants, or muslim extremeist. And JOhn Boehner knows it too.

    May 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Liberal Democrats are Pathetic

    I like it when you liberal dumbocrats get all hot and bothered over what a Republican says. It means they are saying the right things. Keep it up Republicans!

    May 17, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. independent Jim

    Once again, the drivel of debate between the liberal lemmings and the right wing radicals sounds so childish on these blogs.

    May 17, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Proud American

    When was the last time that Boehner President of the United States? THis Moron can't even lead a party of Idiots let alone the country.

    May 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. P from CA

    Boehner who is nothing more than a House of Rep makes the statement about Obama: “I think he’s beginning to learn how difficult it is to govern." This is not a credible statement because Boehner neither has the experience or scope of governing to make this statement. He cannot state that someone else is learning how difficult it is to govern or not when he has never been in those shoes. Propaganda statement by Boehner.

    May 17, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. bk

    I just can't wait untill all the Obamabots have to pay double for their electric bills and everything else they buy and then lets hear them say. "well 95% of us got a tax cut." Obama puts it in one hand and takes it out of the other. Think about it.

    May 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. JR

    How nice, Boehner, you admit that the GOP is doing everything in it's power to make it difficult for Obama. Isn't it a shame that you jackals don't feel any desire to HELP the country rather than yourselves.

    May 17, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. MC

    It is far more important that we acknowledge our mistakes and determine how we got so far away from our beliefs that prisoners were waterboarded over 250 times. If Nancy Pelosi was involved in making those decisions, then so be it. She won't be able to hide from the truth. If folks want Pelosi so badly, then they will have to accept that the trail starts with the Republicans.

    May 17, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. annie s

    It IS hard to govern....that's why I'm glad we have a man in office with such great intelligence, pragmatism and empathy for his fellow citizens. I will not agree with all of our President's decisions (I am adamantly opposed to military tribunals, for example), but every day he is in office I am more convinced that my vote was well cast. Barack Obama is an exceptional leader.

    May 17, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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