August 24th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
12 years ago

Boehner calls for Obama to fire Geithner

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Boehner is delivering an economic address Tuesday."](CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner is calling on President Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and other top economic officials, according to prepared remarks from a speech the top House Republican is giving Tuesday morning in Cleveland.

"We have been told that the president's economic team is 'exhausted' – already, his budget director and his chief economist have moved on or are about to. Clearly, they see the writing on the wall, and the president should too," says Boehner. "President Obama should ask for – and accept – the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council."

The ten-term Republican from southwestern Ohio, who would become House Speaker if the Republicans win back control of the chamber in the November midterm elections, is scheduled to speak at the City Club of Cleveland.

Boehner's call for Geithner and Summers resignations is the fifth of five actions he is calling on Obama to immediately take to help improve the economy and stimulate job growth. The other four include urging the president to announce "he will not carry out his plan to impose job-killing tax hikes on families and small businesses" and "that he will veto any job-killing bills sent to his desk by a lame-duck Congress – including 'card check,' a national energy tax, and any other tax increases on families and small businesses."

Boehner also asks Obama to urge Congressional Democratic leaders to stop obstructing GOP attempts to repeal what he calls the new health care law's "job killing" mandate and calls on the president to submit an "aggressive spending reduction package" to Congress.

Democrats offered a "prebuttal" on Monday to Boehner's address. On a conference call with reporters, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse and Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern pounded home the message that no matter what Boehner would say on Tuesday, his policies would bring America back to "the last eight years."

"More of the same," Wasserman-Schultz said. "Maybe repackaged into something shiny. But not that it's going to look or smell or taste like anything different."

The Democratic pushback continued Tuesday morning, with the DNC released a web video that charges that "it's John Boehner and Republicans who want to take us back to the Bush era economic policies that nearly sank our economy." LINK TO WEB AD:

CNN's Jeff Simon contributed to this report

Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. petey

    Makes sense. The results and performance are awful and there needs to be direct accountability. Geithner is a smart guy, but intellectual theory and worldly business reality have collided violently. Need more of a pragmatic business type in the role versus a theory based egg-head. This is a common blind spot for Obama (also a theory based egg head and idealogue).

    August 24, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Does House Minority Leader John Boner remember his 19 page triple spaced outline for the economy, that they were going to follow up with a comprehensive budget for America...yet never produced it? Maybe he should call for the resignation of those he assigned to complete that task yet never did. Lies....Hate ....Fear....Taliban tactics....

    August 24, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Sally

    Hey, John, your pointy little finger reminds me of Sarah Palin. She thinks that lecturing people makes them listen too. How about if you tend to the business of the House, and let the President do what he was elected to do? It is not up to you who advises him. It is not up to you to tell the American people that the world is coming to an end because Obama is black. It IS up to you to work for Ohio, and right now, you are doing nothing for anyone. You will not be Speaker. With any luck, you will be unemployed come November.

    August 24, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Ana

    I didnt see the "concern" when ALL OF THIS MESS BEGAN during Bush's administration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Francis Marion

    It is time for these nullifiers of the union and the same republican mobocracy to realize they are committing treason. We have lived through this before, and, in the long run, republicans will become insignificant.

    August 24, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. HJA

    I wish nthe GOP would fire you Boner.

    August 24, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. jack

    And I as a citizen,tax paying registered voter am formally not asking for,but insisting on the resignations of all members of congress who voted for the policies that put us in this economic sunami. You got us into it and the evidence is clear that you have no idea on how to get us out. You have all failed this nation.

    August 24, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. stevegee

    Obama and his economic team will soon be a lame duck mistake. We The People are going to fire all the Democrats.

    In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    August 24, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "We have been told that the president's economic team is 'exhausted' –

    You're calling for the President to either fire or accept the resignation of his entire economic team because RUMOR HAS IT that they are tired.

    Further proof, as if more were needed, that the GOP formulates theories and courses of actions that impact the ENTIRE country based on nothing but 'he said, she said' input.

    The realm of FACTS, and cognitive reasoning is as much foreign soil to the GOP as Russia is to Sarah Palin.

    I don't think the President is going to accept your "call" Bonehead.

    August 24, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Justin

    Whatever Boehner "calls for" – do the opposite. Then you know you're on the right track.

    August 24, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Julia- Idaho Native American

    too bad he can't fire this bone head. The mouth for the party of no, or to hell with the working class that support this country. Boehner is only interested in making sure the most wealthy in this country get massive tax breaks so they can get richer

    August 24, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. GL

    What a clown. Where the hell is you plan Bonehead? We have for over the pass 2 years heard all this before. Stop all these insults and start producing a plan or shut the hell up.

    August 24, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Bob(Illinois)

    Mr. Boehner: Has a positive comment EVER come out of your mouth? All you do is complain, complain, complain without EVER offering a constructive thought. You are always looking for political points.

    The voters in your district must not be paying attention to the trash-talk that comes out of your mouth.

    August 24, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. kmp

    While I am no fan of Geithner I wish that the state of Ohio would fire you Bohner. You are a worthless do nothing whose own career aspirations are fueling your actions, not the need of us everyday Americans.

    August 24, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Tony in Maine

    I was wondering what happened to Palm Beach John. I thought he might have gotten himself locked in a tanning bed.

    August 24, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Okay, if the president does fire these people, who do you suggest be put in their place? Do you have a guarantee that the Senate will take of the nominations and pass them quickly? There is so much wrong with firing people just because you don't like their policies.

    Boehner really doesn't give me a whole lot of confidence because he isn't saying anything that is new. It seems like a lot of the same old Republican material. I guess the upside is that they are recycling.

    August 24, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. malabar

    I was better off economically during the Bush years. fact

    August 24, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    Someone should tell Boner that pink and orange don't go good together.

    August 24, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Granny Griper

    What right does this man have to ask that Obama fire anyone, this is not his job. don't really know what this orange mans job is. Haven't seen him do anything except keep his foot in his mouth.
    Some of these people have no common sense, I sure hope he is booted out of office like a bunch of the rest of them when his turn comes to run again. Often wonder how these people get elected with some of the idiotic ideas they have. This is not his congress nor his presidency so he needs to keep his mouth SHUT!!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Oh. Orange Oracle, just who would you replace Geinther with, "the foundaton of the economy is sound" McCrypt?

    We said no 53% to 46% why would we want a even older McSenile in the driver seat now?

    Just more proof you lead a party of whiners with no solutions.

    August 24, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. joehnunya

    How about Sen. Boner quitting? Had Geithner, Summers and Bernankie not taken the steps they had when we crashed, all of us would be using beads and trinkets to trade for food now. Like them or not, they are responsible for us having a chance to recover from a deep recession, and not the 2nd great depression.
    Boner and the party of no? Be quiet. You are the idiots that helped put us there in the first place.

    August 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Sgt. Joe

    What pompous grand-standing. "Spending reduction" is a popular mantra for the GOP, however most of us remember who got us into this mess and help incur this huge debt. Of course the GOP is masterful at washing their hands of their culpability. Have they forgotten "unfunded wars" cost a lot of money? Nice try! Who dresses this clown?

    August 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Mid American Independent

    Boehner you should quit. Once again nothing but whining, complaints, pointing the finger and no solutions.

    Go join the cast of Jersey Shore; you'd get along swimmingly with your man tan, elitist attitude and total absence of intelligence.

    August 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Jeff in Virginia

    Boehner should have no say in this matter. He did not call for the resignation of the "economic team" that got us into this mess. In fact, Boehner wants to bring back the very people that tanked our economy.

    Lying disingenuous scum, that's all he is.

    August 24, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    John Boner is an idiot!

    August 24, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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