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. Mike - Las Vegas

    Boehner, the man that voted against the stimulus, accepted the money anyways, and then tried to take all the credit for it. Your credibility is zero. You fail.

    January 27, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. CAW in MD

    It's long past time for Republicans to actually start working with the President rather than complaining about not being heard. He included Republican ideas in the stimulus - and no Republicans voted for it. He included Republican ideas in health care - and no Republicans voted for it.

    And it is not enough to reduce health-care *premiums* Mr. Boehner - it is reducing the overall cost of health care. When Republicans get that and start acting like adults, then maybe they can have a seat at the adult's table.

    January 27, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. cardog

    Here's another Republican hack that is standing on the pillar of judgement simply because he can, not because what he says has any basis of fact.
    The Republicans are standing with the American people?? Give me a break. It was the Party of "NO" that got the American people in the position we are today without jobs, housing market in shambles, health care no better today then it was under 8 years of Republican rule??? I simply do not understand why there are people in this country who listens to these do nothing, I know best nitwits?????
    Can someone please explain this stupidity?

    January 27, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. Michael from Ventura

    Hey Junior- get a CLUE. Or at least wait a month before spewing your NO's!

    January 27, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Prevaricator

    Boehner is an obstructionist and always will be if it isn't his idea or a Republican policy.

    January 27, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. m smith

    The peoples house ? what about the peoples health care ? The only thing the repos have been standing for is in the way. Health care reform will create jobs too but no one tells you that. The repos are the party of NO and have not changed Go tan yourself you dim wit

    January 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. jane

    One by one, Republicans shoot down anything positive this president is trying to do for our country. Amazing. If people do not see the true colors of this party, they're blind.

    January 28, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  8. Leon

    Coakleyd: A politician in a "safe" seat with lots of support from bigwig party members, or just historically safe, gets beat by an unknown in the last weeks of the campaign. i.e. Due to her extreme arrogance the first female Speaker of the House was Coakleyd in 2010.

    January 28, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. SF Serg

    Could anything else but the usual trash-talk, divisive and empty words be expected from John Boehner?

    January 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. MsDp

    I wish this jerk would put his money where his mouth is. I guess he forgets that he works in the senate too. i think he can CREATE JOBS. I wish BOEHNER could remember it is his responsibility TOO and Stop pointing fingers, stop complaining and GET TO WORK!!!

    January 28, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  11. sarah

    No matter what our President had said, you would have come up with the same lame response. Right, "enough is enough", and I have had enough of YOU. You really believe Obama would "Kill Jobs?"What is "killing" this great country is the fact that you put PARTY above COUNTRY. Since when did the GOP care about middle class Americans? Your statement itself speaks the truth; you are concerned with Democrats and Republicans and to hell with America. As long as you look good that's all that counts.

    January 28, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  12. JJ

    um, this statement was written before the speech was even given, wasn't it?

    January 28, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  13. Robert Whitman

    Republican foot-dragging and combating the President's every word and move is what is clogging the system.

    January 28, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  14. Nea

    You ask John Bohner Where are the Jobs i ask Where are the Solutions from your party?

    January 28, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  15. Sandy

    How about those exports? What are we exporting now?

    January 28, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  16. Todd E. Mashlan, a/BSG

    This is why the Republicans are the minority party. They claim to speak for all Americans, but barely 1 in 5 Americans self-identify as Republican.

    Boehner wants to know where all the jobs are? Halleburton sent them all overseas!

    That's why I'm moving to China! That's the only place that I could find a job!

    January 28, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  17. Accountability

    John Boner is an embarrasment to the Republic

    January 28, 2010 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  18. Larry

    Quite preposterous coming from one of the architects of the disastrous economic situation inherited by this administration! Nothing more than the political posturing that the President is calling on both parties to end. And like children, here we are again! With Congress at a 27% approval rating, it seems to me the only ones not listening to the American people are the partisans in Congress!

    January 28, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  19. Michael

    John, Mitch and Eric with all their smirks- I thought maybe George W was in the house. These "leaders" of the gop are arrogant at least and ignorant at best. No wonder the gop has fallen!

    January 28, 2010 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  20. Scott of Utah

    John, you did you really just throw "clean up the environment" in amongst the other daily GOP talking points? Laughable.

    January 28, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Thank god your not the president...lol

    January 28, 2010 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  22. wakiya

    You are still bickering?

    January 28, 2010 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  23. Independent

    well Mr. Boehner this is what i wrote your buddy in the senate and this applies to you in the house. i will be watching both dems and republicans and calling you both out on what you said. Soon enough their will be 3rd party. now this is what i said to Mr Mc Connell:

    Mitch i like what you said now i am going to sit back and wait & see if the pres will do his part. also i expect the rep to own up to their part, because you keep saying the pres needs to reach across party lines. I expect the GOP to give it a chance, because if you refuse then i might think the GOP really don't want to help the libs only because the amer ppl are favoring them now. why risk a chance to not win seats in 2010 and maybe 2012. remember the amer are not stupid, but can't speak for polticians.

    January 28, 2010 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  24. dbc1019

    Hey John, The President addressed your policies. We tried that for 8 years and it FAILED!!!

    January 28, 2010 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  25. normajean

    If this were'nt so pathetic, it would be funny. This man who has done nothing but complain for a year,saying his party was asking the president "Where are the jobs" He's asking? Wasn't he and his party supposed to be in there working too instead of standing back and watching?Just who is this sun-tanned big mouth anyway?I WANT TO SEE IN PRINT THE "BETTER SOLUTIONS" that the Repubs claim to have. We have all waited patiently to read about them, but they have never appeared .Mr. Boehner makes his grand appearance , says a few words against what is being done and then disappears. "THE PARTY OF NO" will NEVER live down that name.


    January 28, 2010 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
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