January 27th, 2010
10:45 PM ET
12 years ago

John Boehner statement on State of the Union address

After the jump, read the full statement issued by House Minority Leader John Boehner in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:

“We were pleased to welcome the President to the People’s House tonight for his annual address to the nation. We had hoped to hear a new commitment to keep his promises to govern from the center, change the tone in Washington, and work with both parties in a bipartisan way to help small businesses create jobs and get our economy moving again. Unfortunately, the President and the Democrats in charge of Congress still aren’t listening to the American people.

“The American people were looking for President Obama to change course tonight, and they got more of the same job-killing policies instead. If the President and the Democratic leaders of Congress are serious about helping the middle class, they will abandon their job-killing agenda, which is making it harder for middle-class families and small businesses to save, invest, and hire. That includes a trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ that isn’t working, a fiscally-irresponsible budget that doubles our debt in five years and triples it in 10, a costly government takeover of health care, and a massive national energy tax. The President’s message isn’t the problem, it’s his job-killing policies. The American people don’t want them, and that’s why they are saying ‘Enough is enough.’

“For the last year, Republicans have been standing with the American people in asking the question: ‘where are the jobs?’ But all we have seen from Washington Democrats is more reckless spending and more unsustainable debt. Republicans have offered better solutions to help small businesses create jobs, lower health care premiums by up to 10 percent, and an ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy to clean up the environment, increase American energy production, and promote clean energy alternatives. It’s long past time for Democrats to start working with Republicans on common-sense solutions on behalf of middle-class families and small businesses struggling in this economy.”


soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Carole


    At least they were not acting like grade school kids with their signs, blackberry texting by Cantor or 'You Lie Boy' Wilson acting out.

    The Governor was lame in mentioning the Underpants Bomber getting the treatment he did, when Richard Reid the Shoe Bomber got the same and his party thought that was way kewl.

    January 27, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. Jennifer

    Did he even watch the same speech as th rest of us? Is he even on the same planet?

    January 27, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  3. Robin from Ohio

    *SIGH* More finger pointing?!
    As a small business owner, this is the first year I've not groaned after doing my tax returns. I'm trying to understand what you're talking about when you comment on "job-killing agenda". Great sound bite; Not so great on details of what you mean.
    Please stop talking for me, a member of the American People, because you are not speaking for me with the comments above.

    January 27, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. Pamela

    Boehner is nothing but an obstructionist. It is a Mockery and Joke that he puts his efforts in not trying the underwear bomber in our courts. How ridiculous!

    January 27, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. celestine

    I am sorry to tell the republican leader that with his party is not listerning and that while it might look all rosy now by november it will be bloody on the republicans again.I read the health care proposal of the GOP, simply coping some of the provisions of the House bill and alterning some and yet not able to vote for what you agree is just so disenginious to me and when people get to know thers just at it will be bloody.I am starting an online campaign in support of this presidents efforts and i have an indication of a millio0n people to support this efort as from this month.We will form an action group and the Teaparty for change we can believe in is just about to start.So GOP get your belts ready.To all supporters keep posted and be ready for the fight."YES WE CAN".

    January 27, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. Shelly

    Mr. Boehner.....your response will not earn you any brownie points. Is it not clear to you that we , the american folk who elect you, want things done. NO MORE "NO"!!!! Give solutions , not this baloney!!! We are not stupid....we really know that your party caused the downfall of the economy. Remember the reckless spending during the Bush years; gave the rich tax cuts and turned your back to us middle class folks.

    January 27, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Albert K. L.A., CA

    The whole nation should thank Boehner for telling his kids to wash-up, put on their Sunday best, behave and act respectful for the House guest. Not one offended or embarrassed the nation by opening their mouth this time. Keep up the good work Boehner. Maybe soon you can teach them to earn their keep.

    January 27, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Get Serious

    Wow, that's not what I heard. The President called for Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve the problems of the U.S. and if the Republicans had any solutions he was willing to listen, Once again Republicans twist the message. The party of "NO" is still standing tall.

    January 27, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. TS

    "The American people don’t want them, and that’s why they are saying ‘Enough is enough.’" – Who are the American people you speak of? Are you only considered American if you are a Republican? Are you only considered American if you agree with Mr. Boehner? Can you say for certain that 100% of the American people agree with you? If not then please quit using all-inclusive terms. A better way is to say some of the American people. I haven't said Enough is Enough.

    January 27, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. I am Newt Limebaugh

    Hey Boner....nobody was a better job killer than Bush who you voted with 90% of the time.....you alcoholic loudmouth

    January 27, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Yea, yea, yea, have a nice vacation in Hawaii. We will be here when you all get back.

    January 27, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Send Boehner back to school, 5th grade, so he can learn the difference between the Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Independence. Until then, Boehner needs to sit down and shut up and further he should be embarrassed.

    January 27, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. Jeepers

    You know, I thought the President's speech was pretty positive. I had hoped the Republicans would be positive as well, but it's just more sniping. I for one am sick of all the negativity. I'm sick of the bickering and the back and forth. Why don't they just learn how to work together like big boys and girls and actually get something done that isn't for lobbyists?

    January 27, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Mike Miller, PhD

    How disengenuous! The reason that the only word the right knows is"no" is because they didn't use it for 8 hrs.
    If they have all of these ideas, why weren't they passed in the 6 years that they had majority in both houses? The answer is they feel that nothing needs to happen.

    January 27, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. Jesse

    Boehner, I want to ask you where the jobs are. It is because of your party that our country nearly dove into a depression, and now you have the gall to blame Obama for it.

    January 27, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    No wonder people are cynical after reading this!

    January 27, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. JP

    Boehner is just distorting what Obama said. There is no honor in these deceptive actions.

    January 27, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. isaac

    John you don't get it. You are ignorant as usual

    January 27, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. JLM

    He's going to say, keep saying no to everything.

    January 27, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  20. Kathryn

    Yes, Americans are saying enough is enough. Enough with the republican's obstruction on every single issue. All you do is say no to everything but offer no alternatives. We are sick of it!! President Obama has bent over backwards to work with you, and many think he should just push through health care and other changes without any input from you.

    January 27, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. BJ

    Nice try! You are out of touch. The previous administration's eight years created the conditions, Obama is spot on. He listens to us-it isn't about his political ego. He cares about us. He reaches out to Republicans to come forward with alternative ideas. To date that hasn't happened. I'm still waiting. . . but more importantly families without resources can't wait.

    January 27, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. Taylor

    Are you going to help Mr. Behner or continue this path of NO

    January 27, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  23. tmart

    See. You have proven you don't wish to work with Obama one whit. There is not one positive thing you said about a single solitary point of agreement.

    January 27, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  24. Taylor

    Are you going to help Mr. Boehner or continue this path of NO

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  25. Don in Delaware

    Spoken like a true finger-pointing, idealess Republican who didn't get the point. Thanks for being a roadblock.

    January 27, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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