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. Phatti D'Pozit

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

    June 30, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Phatti D'Pozit

    Where are they??????

    June 30, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Republicans is smart in the head area

    “The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.” Yeah, if we want childish partisanship we can always get it from Jay Boner and the Republicans.

    June 30, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Sherry

    Im so sick of the republican poloticians complaining about the democrats. The republicans have come up with no new or good solutions for bringing jobs to Americans. We are the perdicument now because of the way the republicans led America in the previous administrations mistakes

    June 30, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. A keen observer

    Well Boehner, where is the republican plan? Is it like the famous republican budget with NO numbers? You are great at criticizing others but you propose NO solutions because you have none. In fact, you and your republican cohorts are largely responsible for the financial meltdown. When are you going to take some responsibility for your actions? When are you going to stop lying and shut up? By the way, are you still taking bribes from big business? Oh, I forgot, you are a republican.

    June 30, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. stevegee

    They took over the auto industry, then healthcare, now financial services, energy is next, and then You.

    Wake up people! Obama and the Democrats are "changing" our country into a socialist nightmare. In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    June 30, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. American

    At the end of the day, John Boehner still looks silly, very idiotic and have nothing tangible to say.

    June 30, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Linda

    "Republicans have a better solution to end bailouts,...etc. " Well if that's true by all means tell the President, the democrats and the American people. We need to know. We're all in this together, right? Or are you saving all your "soultions" for a rainy day.

    June 30, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    boner just doesn't know when to give up does he? All talk nothing new from him and his cronies.
    "I think the people responsible in the oil spill–BP and the federal government–should take full responsibility for what's happening there". If you mean the shrub's administration and the MMS under his administration, then yes, you are correct.
    "The Speaker (speaking of the grinch man) is not a wealthy man. He doesn't have $300.000.00, in the checkbook." I guess he must, because
    how many of us do? After the wall street crash I bet a lot of the middle class doesn't have that amount in their 401k!
    And the latest – raise social security retirement age to 70 so that WE, THE SMALL PEOPLE, can pay for what he says it's the Afghan war but is he forgetting our other, we never should have started war, in Iraq?

    June 30, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. LOLOL!! Is he for REAL!?!?!

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

    ROTFLMAO!! ROTFLMAO!! I know I did NOT read 'childish' in this....response! Childish..........LMAO!!

    June 30, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. lucy

    The Republicans have a solution? Really? What is it, a secret? Cos I gotta say, all I've seen are the same tired old talking points and blind protection of wall street and big oil.
    Still at least they know how to fiscally responsible when it comes to stiffing the unemployed!

    June 30, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Donna A. Reuter

    Republicans are responsible for killing jobs, I meant stealing jobs from Americans by rewarding corporations who outsource jobs by giving them tax credits. They also said that outsoucing American's jobs was good for the economy.

    June 30, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. m.c. in l.v.

    Rushpublican-to-English Translation: We're obstructing everything and we only want tax cuts for the wealthy.

    June 30, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. Jon Clarke

    What Republican Bonner say's the people wants is what the people wanted when The Republican Bush was in office and I did not hear him say that during the bush years. Bonner speaks but has no ideas for solving Americans problems.

    June 30, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. kmp

    Hey Bonehead all I hear from you is yap yap yappity yap yap. Once you actually produce something of substance I will listen to you, but as of right now you and your other obstrucstionist pals have done nothing to help the situation.

    June 30, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Dave

    Childish campaigning is what we have had for the last three and so years from Obama; why do you think it will change: politics as usual wrapped in nice words and no actions!

    June 30, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Billy Pilgrim

    Gosh, I read his statement and didn't happen to see Boener's ideas for solving America's healthcare crisis, his plan for getting American's back to work or even his plan for stopping the oil leak. Am I missing something?

    For that matter, I didn't see anything about his record on regulating the oil, financial and health insurance industries.

    He did get one thing right though. Due to their voting record this last decade and their recent actions (or complete lack thereof), it is really easy to attack them.

    June 30, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Greg in Denver

    John Boehner should know all about "childish partisanship"! He's like just about every other Republican in office - party before country.

    June 30, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. KJ

    Rep. Boehner,

    Please practice what you preach!

    June 30, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Sally

    Sorry Tanboy, but it isn't washing in mid-America. Jobs are coming back, personal income ROSE, and spending is up. Is it as fast as anyone would like? No, but the stimulus IS creating jobs and helping the little guy, something you will never understand, as you are whining about everything while taking OUR tax dollars. One can hope the good citizens of Ohio will pull the plug on your House career, and soon. then you can go try to find a nice job.

    June 30, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Susie

    And Republicans have done NOTHING since Nov. 2008 but attack Obama. Every move he makes is criticized, analyzed for communist characteristics, and derided as socialism. Even now you refuse to admit that we need universal health care. Even now you vote against extending unemployment benefits. Even now you vote for more war dollars and then complain about the deficit. You and your party are through. Real Americans realize that any money spent on their state is THEIR money coming back to them, and we appreciate the help. Go sulk in your tanning bed for a while. Come back when you can discuss something like a grownup.

    June 30, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Jeff in Virginia

    Childish partisanship? And what does he think this statement and everything else that the Republicans have done for the past 10 years amounts to?

    June 30, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. John D

    Well said Mr Boehner! OBOZO is a proven LIAR! It is evident every time he reads his telprompter!

    June 30, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Boehner and Obama are one and the same, playing their partisan games and pushing their agenda rather than looking for real solutions. Guess what there is someone in Washington who knows exactly why these things happened and how to fix them. He even predicted the 2008 crash five years ahead with almost prophetic statements that are uncanny and chilling if you realize he was ignored. His name is Ron Paul and it's about time everyone in America at least take a look at what this man has been saying. Once you hear Ron Paul it is very easy to see through the baseless rhetoric and false left right paradigm that is pervasive in Washington D.C.! Wake up America this could be your last chance!

    June 30, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. Danny Cali

    Mr. "NO" what's about last 8 years that your GOP was President? So, that is not a better solution at all.

    June 30, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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