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.”

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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Boehner is not one of my favorites, but boy, HAMMER NAIL HEAD.

    Eat it OBOZO, your policies are failing all over the place.

    They may look good in UTOPIA and THEORY WORLD, but not in the real world where the people who have to pay for it think it stinks

    June 30, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. anotherGDlefty

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

    No Johnnie, we want you all to display leadership. No is not the way to govern.

    Let's play devils advocate Boehner.
    OK, Fannie & Freddie are gone, no more money.
    What is your plan now for recovery?

    June 30, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. and it is still Bush's fault

    At least they POTUS has put some ideas forth, ideas that can get us pass what you called a ant situation. You are a jerk.

    June 30, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. hobart

    What a bald faced liar.

    Mr. Boehner, the oil leak in the Gulf is your fault. Why don't you stop it? Why do you side with big oil over American jobs? Why do you side with the banks over Americans who lost their jobs, their life savings and their retirement plans. Why do you side with the health insurance industry who rates are so high no one can afford it any more?

    Mr. Boehner, why do you hate America?

    June 30, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "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"

    Aaaah, so Boehner drops his own WMD...weapon of mass distraction.

    Look over there...Freddie and Fannie!!! They created bad mortgages that, if left alone, would have resulted in a bunch of foreclosures...end of story. But noooooooo!!!! Don't look at the financial industry!!!! They're not at fault for playing horrifying risk-taking gambling games with bundled mortgage securities (and here's the important part) THAT THEY KNEW...KNEW...WERE MORE RISKY THAN THEY WERE RATED AND HAD THEREFORE BEEN OVERINSURED...all while also hedging their bets by betting against them through derivatives, engaging in credit-default swaps like a billion dollar game of hot potato AND telling people to invest in those bundled mortgage securities anyway. NO NO NO..DON'T LOOK AT THE ARSONIST WHO STOLE THE KINDLING...LOOK AT THE WOODCUTTER!!!

    June 30, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Jess M.

    This is laughable, considering the source! I can hardly believe it. I love how this Repub. nutcake can twist nearly every thing he cites as a Democratic issue when his party created the root cause of it all. Worse yet, no solutions, only obstruction! Shame on all of the GOP; a bunch of hot, old and stale air.

    June 30, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Dano

    Job killing agenda Mr. Boehner? Which job killing agenda would that be. You criticize the President because not as many jobs are being added as he had hoped, but you conveniently fail to mention the fact that during the last 4 years of the Bush administration jobs were being lost in ever greater numbers until the crescendo of the last year when everything went to hell. All of this happened while you and your cronies controlled the White House and the Senate and until 2006 the House of Representatives too. Just like the great economy we enjoyed in the 90's and early 2000's didn't spring up overnight, neither will the damage caused by you and your comrades be reversed overnight either.

    June 30, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Robert

    He is just protecting futures attacks. This guy should stopped responding back and present his ideas to the Amecian people. If the republicans has them, where are they?

    June 30, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Aaron

    The GOPers have been pit bulls on every single issue that doesn't fall into line with what they want since Gringrich developed the art. However, when the Dems finally get the hang of it and go on the offensive, they're told that they need to be bipartisan. Bonehead is a hypocrite at best.

    June 30, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Bob of Lompoc

    The Sun Tan Man responds. Just like a child – couldn't keep his mouth shut and just H A D to answer President Obama.

    June 30, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    GOP has BETTER solutions???? then why is it we NEVER hear them. Boehner is the BIGGEST crybaby in congress and if he does wind up being Speaker of the House the voters who put him in there will be geing just what they deserve.

    June 30, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. all of america

    Obama has no clue how to lead this country, he hasn't stopped campaining since the election, he is still harping about "The past eight years",He has kneejerk responses to everything.Now he's trying to cater to all of the illegals and their advocates to further his political ,radical, socialist ,agenda ! There has never been a president so incompetent as obama.

    June 30, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. carroll

    Boehner is a total joke! how in the world can anyone vote for this party? they don't have anything to offer to move this country into the future. i really believe that he and the others are jealous of President Obama's intellect and the powerful position he has. in other words, the good ole boy system as they know it is out of sync right now and they just can't take it. Well, get over it and learn to deal with it because the nation has spoken–we don't want the likes of McConnell, Boehner, Hatch, Cornyn, Corburn, McCain, and the rest of the republican misfits running this country into the ground with their cynical idealogy and hypocritcal principles. God help us if they ever get back into office.

    June 30, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Alex Caragonne

    Unsurpringly, Senator Boehner finds the President insufficiently sensitive to the difficulties with which,he, our president has been faced with in the instance with which he assumed the office approximately 1-1/2 years ago.
    Along with most Republicans (who were only to happy oblige Bush who drove up the deficit and the present financial crisis) he is unable to lay the blame where it properly resides on the backs of the Republican Party!

    June 30, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. JHA in Texas

    Difficult to believe that response statement accusing President Obama of "Partisanship" came from Republican Sen John Boehner aka "Mr. Reach Across The Aisle and Vote Hell No on Legislation that is good for America". Where does he find the time, in between slapping "Vote No!" stickers on car bumpers, stapling "Vote No" fake handwritten posters on beautiful cherry trees, and performing with Rush Limbaugh seven days a week (Rush lips never move?!!!).

    We the people are busy trying figure out how to pay our monthly bills and feed our families and deciding whether DIRECT TV is a luxury we can afford even though they have lousy response time to their customers – much like affluent senators to their voters..............

    June 30, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. welches, oregon

    ..."Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,"

    ...and the solution is?

    Oh yes, how could I forget – tax cuts for the rich and get the Republicans back in power.

    Quite a plan ya' got there Boehner

    June 30, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. welches, oregon

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

    Then quit acting childish Boehner.

    June 30, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. charles evans

    Boehner is a partisan moron

    June 30, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |

    "The President should be focused on solving the problems of the American people..."

    This coming from Rep. Boner??? He's the one who should be focused on solving the problems of the American people!! Instead he defends the insurance companies, the big banking concerns and the big oil companies. Imagine our country if Mr. Boner was as concerned about the American people as much as he is for his big buddies who have bought and paid for his support. Mr. Boner is nothing than lip service. He's also concerned about his privileged good ole white boy network that he thinks he's loosing. This guy is a disgrace to America because he wants the President to fail which means America fails. I don't know how un-American the GOP can but they keep proving it day, day in and day out.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 30, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. maf

    More childish partisanship than the Republicans???
    Get real Boehner! The Party of NO still is talking about their "better solution", when we all know that it would take the country back to what created this mess!

    Can't wait 'til Mr. Tan is up for re-election. Hope he has his resume in order, he's going to need it! Good luck finding work in this difficult economic time. Oh, I forgot, he will be using one of the chips that he inherited by creating the good times for some big corporation. Maybe he will still have to deal with a health care issue. . .

    June 30, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    We want work and discussions and solutions from the republicans, not more childish partisanship.

    NO to the Party of NO.

    June 30, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. silvertop

    It is obvious that the democrats' "reform" bills are selective. Can any one explain why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are exempt from regulation?
    What about the report of Chris Dodd's and Barnie Frank's involvement with these culprits and then they chair the committee to reform banking laws?

    June 30, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Donnatella

    Boner when are you guy going to come up with some new ideas, the Obama bashing is getting old, I'm not impressed. You will not win elections just by saying Obama is a socialist, it might work with the southern yorkies, but for the smart informed part of the country, it's getting old real fast.

    June 30, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Tommy Perkins

    You know why won't the republicans come up with one idea. I challenge you one Idea before Obamas 4 years are up. You say what there trying is not working. We sat there while Bush us with a straight face that nothing was wrong with the economy. One freakin idea. I'm tired of hearing what you don't like and what is not right. What do you propose to fix this mess. Stop worrying about being racist and write down an Idea.

    June 30, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Tommy

    The House Minority Leader wants to criticize Obama for responding to his childish almost sissy like remarks about democrats handling of financial reform, telling him to be focused on the oil spill and basically the economic mess that his party for 8 years derailed us in to. It was under the republican leadership that BP got regulations eased and it was then that all big oil companies racked in the profits, it was then that his president perhaps the worst in history would bankrupt us into two Wars. So my friends remember it will take a revolution to get us out of this and the question really is "are you willing to pay the price" and trust that the Democrats will deliver us from this crisis. Or will you just fall into the trap that Republicans have set and put those who brought us here back in the drivers seat.
    Please vote and give democrats the filibuster tight senate we need and an even stronger mandate in the house.

    June 30, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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