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.

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. bk

    Obama should have been smart enough to know from the first day not to release the photos it would harm are troops, but no he was trying to pay the left wing radicals back for voting for him. He paid Chrysler and GM our tax dollars and they still are going into bankruptsy. Its all about politics. 30 million dollars they gave his campaign and all of you Obamabots think he is not in bed with special interest groups. Grow up. The government is all about power and could care less about you.

    May 17, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. sharper

    Another whining repug eh. He knows better than you how to govern. Just look at your own miserable buddies. democratonly dot com.

    May 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. AP in Illinois

    Willy Brown May 17th, 2009 12:34 pm ET – #44 is no leader but a cheer leader.

    Comments like this seem quite hypocritical. Can you imagine if your candidate Sarah Palin were President of the United States?

    May 17, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. DaBird

    TO: Republicans are the American Taliban

    We are all Americans, you idiot. As an Independent, you are either brainwashed or just plain dumb. Please don't vote.

    May 17, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |


    I myself have NEVER said anything derogatory about our current President. I will say I totally disagree with his spend-thrift ways and at the rate he's going we'll all be government employees by 2012. Yes I'm resigned to the fact that he'll be re-elected in 2012 unless we all go to hell quicker than I'd think.

    Best president's ever? Do you realize how stupid that sounds? he's been in office about 130 days? Once again I now lump you in with the laundry list of democratic followers that will blindly follow Obama over a cliff. I understand and agree that George W Bush had many deficencies. That doesn't mean that Obama does not.

    May 17, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Ed

    Every sane individual knew that Obama would have to reverse himself
    repeatedly once he actually had to govern - rather than make pie-in-the-sky promises, aka LIES.

    May 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Claudia in Houson

    Boehner admitted he spends most of his day on the golf course which gives him the tan. It looks like the rest of his day is spent in the media pretending like he's doing something. Republicans need to wakeup, these House republicans aren't doing anything for you, but a lot for themselves and families while you pay. Wakeup out there.

    May 17, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. John McCain

    I tried to tell him.

    May 17, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Mike in Texas

    I guess it is a backhanded compliment. Either way, he is being pragmatic unlike you and the rest of your cronies. I haven't seen any of you change one view on anything. Your tunnel vision is going to get you blindsided.

    May 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Buddy Gilmour

    Not like winning the presidential election, which was easy. Actually, I guess it was, considering the circus that passes for the GOP of today.

    May 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Georgia Gal

    There always seems to be at least one crazy person who brings up the whole birth certificate thing. Give it up. The state of Hawaii has an original and it has been authenticated and is even available on the web for you to see.

    May 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. kamenwati

    Jess said: 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"???

    I haven't had such a good laugh in days. It geniuses like Jess who will guarantee the continuing decline of the republican party. The inbreeding of congenital idiots with fundamentalist wingnuts is finally taking its toll on the GOP.

    May 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Coherent1

    Paula, I mean Jess, are you still trying to sneak this nonsense in on another blog. Let it go girl. There are more issues to deal with than a mute point like the president's birth certificate. We know your ignorance when we see it: ***Paula, I mean Jess says: "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 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Leah

    Boehner had the audacity to suggest that the Rep's no numbers stimulous package and budget were "options"...and of course John KIng let him blither on without any challenge/

    May 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Bill in Austin

    I guess it would be difficult to govern when you have to deal with a party that is ran by a talk show host and a bunch of politicians who are afraid to stand up to him.

    May 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Vancouver, BC

    Thank you Joan in Ontario. Dr Day tried unsuccessfully to start a private medical system in BC while wanting the medical system to pay for a great portion of his fees. However, right wing fear mongers always criticize other countries without facts and the US media goes right along with them without any investigative reporting.

    These false accusations and the gridlocked American political system reaffirms that I live in one of the most democratic, advanced countires in the world and reaffirms my pride in my fellow Canadians who have developed systems that protect one another.

    May 17, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Lynn

    CNN is again using shortcuts to avoid telling the truth and creating false controversy. President Obama when he was Senator SUPPORTED military commissions but NOT under the illegal rules that Bush put on them.

    President Obama halted these bizarre commissions and has now initiated rules that correct these Bush problems. Always key facts ommitted in whatever CNN reports.

    Boehner seems to be falsely assuming that he has the intelligence and leadership skills to criticize someone else.

    May 17, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Billy J

    It IS difficult to govern, when the rest of the congress is in the tank for that top 1 %. (like the tan man)

    May 17, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. bk

    Wait until you see what the results of Obama's war in Afganistan is before you speak.

    May 17, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. bk

    renee- We could not have gone to war without the Dems voting for it. Its both Dems and Republicans are at fault. Obama made the statement if he had been in the Senate at the time he probably would have voted for it. The media wanted Obama to win so they didn't tell it on all channels.

    May 17, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    President Obama is not learning how hard it is to govern. He is learning how hard it is to get anything done when the party of NO is throwing a "Temper Tantrum" everyday because it no longer has the power.

    May 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. No Incumbents in 2010

    Boner's high partisan obstructionism isn't making it any easier for Obama to govern.
    A smart GOP leader would go to the negotiating table in good faith with a set of proposals and actually try to influence the outcome, instead of just vote "no" to everything and spend all his time criticizing.

    May 17, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Seriously Obama needs to get some new advisors to help him govern more effectively. if he's smart he'll go to the top people in the Early Childhood education field. these people have tons of techniques for dealing with squabbling children.

    May 17, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Chad

    Why do people on this site have so much hate?? The Dems have the house, senate, and White House and you still throw barbs and complain like you lost every election. Your arrogance is doing nothing to help you for 2010. Many Republicans that voted for Obama have seen the error of their ways and will not be making the same mistake again. Couple that and the emminent demise of the true cult, not the Catholic Church, of ACORN and the dems will be out in 2010. I just hope it's before our deficit is 5 trillion and a socialist country.

    May 17, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Dan

    spending all his life learning to read speeches to impress us with his charisma, was president Obama's vocation, now it is not enough. Hopefully, learning on the job won't hurt America.

    May 17, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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