June 30th, 2010
05:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Update: Boehner responds to Obama

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks in Wisconsin Wednesday.

“The President should be focused on solving the problems of the American people – stopping the leaking oil and cleaning up the Gulf, scrapping his job-killing agenda, repealing and replacing ObamaCare – instead of my choice of metaphors.

“Attacking Republicans is a lot easier than explaining to the citizens of Racine, who face 14 percent unemployment, why one in every 10 Americans in our workforce is unemployed nearly 18 months after the president’s trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ spending bill was enacted.”

“I wasn’t minimizing the crisis America faced – I was pointing out that Washington Democrats have produced a bill that will actually kill more jobs and make the situation worse. It does nothing to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government mortgage companies that caused the housing and financial crisis by giving risky loans to people who couldn’t possibly pay them back. Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,’ and reforms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.”

Related: Obama weighs in on Boehner, Barton controversies

Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Martha

    It appears to me that Mr. Boehner likes to hear his own voice. Why are your Republican counterparts not coming up with any suggestions of your own.
    Blaming Obama for the oil spill is obsured. Let's see--I think our financial crisis was done under a Republican administration.

    Let's stop the blaming and get something done in Washington before it is too late. GET OVER IT

    June 30, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. DIANA

    Hey Bonehead, where's your solution. Instead of taking offense, you could have defended yourself by offering solutions. Oh, I forgot, that's not the Republican way.

    Maybe he's angry because critizing is for Republican's only.

    June 30, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. kimberly

    ah yes, this idiot and his followers LOVE this disrespect and complete lack of civility. This orange HAG needs to be put out to pasture. I am SO tired of the loons on the right just throwing mud and not offering ONE solution. they are pathetic, and the loons that follow them are pathetic too!

    June 30, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. discounted

    "Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,’ and reforms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac." A better one!? Awesome! What is it?

    June 30, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Unfortunately the Republicans just don't get it. They drove this country into a deep recession and have no interest in getting it back on track, their main agenda at this time is to try a make President Obama fail and they could care less about the countless number of unemployeed Americans, now they want to block their extended benefits.

    June 30, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Sue

    Really, Sen. Boehner, childish? You should know about that right?

    June 30, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Rick

    Republicans caused this mess.

    June 30, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Ron

    Really Mr. Boehner? The republicans have a plan? The administration has been asking for input but all the republican leadership does is whine. Mr. Boehner, be the bigger man snd actually put partisianship aside and have a conversation WITH the administration instead of name calling!!!!

    June 30, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Hall for Obama

    "Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,’ and reforms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac." Show me! Talk is cheap.

    June 30, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. william proctor

    Mr Boehner is so full of it, where was Mr Boehner and the republicans party over the last twenty years ???? these problems with wall street,Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the big oil commpanies just pop up when President Obama taken office. The republican was in control of both houses and did nothing to control the spending and/or look out for the American people welfare. The President came into office with a hellu mess and the country was headed to hell in a hand basket and yet the republicans and the American people blame this President for not sovling these problems within twenty-four hours after taking office. No Mr Boehner!!! you childish in your thinking if you think everyone have forgotten the last ten years.

    June 30, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Sandy

    John Boehner states the Republicans have better solutions? What are they? I haven't seen any solutions provided, just vote no is all I have seen.

    June 30, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I knew it, Boehner just said it, it's not his job to help solve the Americans people problems. WHY IS BOEHNER IN WASHINGTON?

    June 30, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. xavier

    That's it? That's all he has to say? No fire and brimestone? Boehner is an idiot?

    June 30, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. xavier

    Yes, Boehner is an idiot.

    June 30, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. jason


    You are the pot calling the kettle black. Your party has NO ideas on how to fix anything. Hell one of your own said "sorry" for the rough treatment of the BP CEO by congress. Talk about out of touch. Instead of NO, blaming the Democrats for changing the fabric of America, look at your own Republican party John "Bone-r" your party is the party that wants to run on God, Guns and Hate! You think this country was born on CONservative ideas, just the opposite Republicants! This country was built by men who wanted to get away from oppressive religious involvement in their daily lives, just what you stand for today.

    Men wanting to start a new country are NOT conservative!

    John 2010 needs bold ideas, plans and action. The Republicant party has none of that to offer America. Come to the table with real ideas. Sarah "I QUIT" Palin will only further divide America, by those devout to the Republicant chant of religious fear mongering and those who can actually think for themselves! The Republicant party wants to live in the 1880s not the 2010s!

    June 30, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Superhiro

    Uhhh, no you weren't Boehner. No you weren't.

    June 30, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Hendrik

    Listen, Boner, you used the wrong words. When they are turned on you, you get all petulant (sp). So not you are getting all snippy. Tough luck, Mr. Orange Man.

    Go drink some tea.

    Republicans stink. All of them. No exception.

    June 30, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Big Ed

    "Childish parisanship"? That's rich. We, as voters are looking for leadership from Congress as well. What have you proposed, Mr. Boehner? What have you done? When you have done nothing but complain, that gives you the right to be critical of others? If you are not part of the solution, sir, you are most definately part of the problem. I can't see how you sleep at night.

    June 30, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Jacob

    why do Boner and Palin always sound like two little brats on a playground? their words are consistently childish!

    June 30, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Desmond

    And this Boehner should stop being a pain!

    June 30, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Justin

    He's right, we do need less "childish partisanship." Unfortunately, he won't take his own advice. What's worse is he himself minimized our country's crisis. Typical Repug behavior and talking points. What he's doing here is backpeddaling. Hard.

    Boehner and the Party of No love to say they have better plans and solutions, but they are nowhere to be found.

    June 30, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. anon

    “The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.” Easy answer, get all the Republicans out of office..

    June 30, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. mother and sister of soldiers

    Unfortunately, the average person does not understand the truth in the above statements. Obama's policy is affecting the ability of the private sector to create jobs, fill opened position or even give raises. If the WH stated (as reported by CNN) that they "dummied down" the president's speech on the gulf crisis to a 10th grade level and the public still did not comprehend this, the average person is misguided to believe this president's economic agenda or the consequences of the big government empire he is building.

    June 30, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Obama takes 30 seconds to answer a question about Boehner and Barton and yet, if this comment from Boehner was all you read on the subject, he'd have you believe that Obama spent the past 36 hours coming up with his comments and doing absolutely nothing else. What a pantwetter. Got secks up your closet-buddy Cantor, you buffoon.

    June 30, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Angy

    WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, instead of bashing ALL ideas.

    June 30, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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