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. Buster

    Yep, he needs to fire his whole team and if he does not change his economic policies, then fire obama in 2012.

    August 24, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Lucullus

    Smart move numb nuts, bring back the Bush/Cheney/Republican economic plan and finish killing this country. The Republicans offer nothing, zip, zero, zilch in the way of anything new. All they can offer is the same tired, let's destroy the economy for the sack of the rich, ideas that put us in this position in the first place. The sad thing is though, there are too many uneducated, politically lazy, not to bright people in this country who will believe anything these lying SOS will say

    August 24, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. seriously?

    How about we fire YOU boehner! you nut job...obstructionist, liar!!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Whatever

    To bad he can't fire you Boehner BUT voters can in November!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. bernice

    Get back in the tanning bed,'re losing your orange glow...I'm sure our President wil listen to you, most definitely

    August 24, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Jaywing

    Well John, I think the voters in your district should fire you! Then you'd have more time to spend in your tanning bed and add to that marvelous orange glow.

    August 24, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Going from Pelosi to Boehner, as House Speaker, is absolutely no improvement.

    August 24, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    If President Obama's economic team is 'exhausted', it is because every attempt to fix the mess left by the last administration, except the stimulus bill, has been blocked by repugs like Boner. Even the stimulus bill, passed when JOB LOSSES were around 750,000 per month, was too little. A follow-up plan might (likely?) would have kept the economy moving ahead, but the repugs wouldn't have that. More debt can only be added for additional tax cuts, which helped get us into this mess.

    Maybe the repug party should ask for, and accept, the resignation of Boner and McConnell. Replace them with some AMERICANS who will work for the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    August 24, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. drr

    Let me see if I have this right. A total rightwing nut case is telling the Dems to stop obstructing. That's a hoot. Someone needs to tell Mr. Orange Crush to stay out of the sun (the tanning bed). He's fried his brain!

    August 24, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    You're absolutely correct, Boehner.

    I can't wait until November when you're called "Mr. Speaker"... there's going to be liberal heads exploding and mouths foaming a-plenty.

    August 24, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. JFS

    Lets just get rid of John B and we will have multitudes of problems solved. Especially getting a Congress that will work together. NO TO JOHN. He has done NOTHING but say NO !!! He has not Earned the right to return to Congress. He has done NOTHING to earn his pay.

    August 24, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. stephen

    Wasserman-Schultz said, back to 'the last eight years'?

    the last eight years did provide following:
    1. 52 consecutive months of job growth
    2. An average unemployment of 5.4
    3. A misery index of just below 7.1
    4. Record revenues (though earmark spending was a huge problem as proposed by both parties)

    All this despite an inherited (unsystemic) recession AND 9/11. Wow!

    Another note: The Dems had the majority from 2007 to the present and they neither shared with nor warned the American people of the impending financial meltdown of our monetary system.

    August 24, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Illinois 2

    Help the whole country and send John Boehner out to pasture along with all of those not working for the american people. Both republican and democrats need to wake up and the voters need to take their vote serious and not vote for party or the color of candidates skin....

    August 24, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. debra from georgia

    I am calling for the GOP to fire you

    August 24, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |

    Yes I'm sure Obama will get right on that, Boner.

    BOTH sides are guilty of telling the other what to do to make a point. So disingenious.

    August 24, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Dave

    Mr. Boehner, did you call for the resignation of anyone from the Bush administration when the economy was going down the toilet?

    Politics at its best!

    August 24, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    The Democrats are doing everything they can to try and steer the argument away from the complete failures of their bold, misguided actions since they have been in charge of Washington. That's their only hope. But their big promises have shown to be empty.

    August 24, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Liz the First

    And of course orange boy's constant obstruction and all-out war on Obama and his administration couldn't possibly have anything to do with anyone's 'exhaustion.' will these clowns ever grow up? i wonder if there is one single adult left in the rethug party.

    August 24, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Bill from GA

    As to repealing part of the new health care law's "job killing" mandate, good idea, if you replace it with a Public Option. Givie Americans a chance to purchase a buy-in plan based on Medicare. We want health care, not insurance.

    August 24, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Eric

    This is shocking, a Republican calls for the firing of an Obama official. Stop the presses!

    Why does CNN breathlessly report the common everyday Republican attacks without fair editorial rebuttal?

    Where are the common 'everyday' Democratic attacks on Republican incompetency? Seems to me that Republican talking points have become CNN's business model. Sure FNC has a built an 'empire' on it, but there are only a certain number of people who look for such bias, the rest (such as me) will go away.

    August 24, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Dave

    Every time this guy opens his mouth he subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge.

    August 24, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    Who is this guy anyways thinking he can tell the president what to do an how to run the country. Sarah must have him stuffed in her back pocket. Lets hope this clown doesn't become speaker of the house.

    August 24, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Scotty G man

    GET rid of the Federal Reserve in gerneral, they got nixon to move us off the gold standard, which has devalued the dollar, they deregulated the mortgage biz and than reregulated the mortgage biz at the wrong time, forcing people to sell, which in turn has devalued home values, than they get rid of the uptick rull from the 30's in August of 07 – 6 weeks before the stock market hit its all-time high, cuz they said it be good for the market, which in turn allowed oil to sky rocket while the market crashed. Simply put Your FIRED

    August 24, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Djinn

    Shameless poitical posturing from one of the architects of this country's current economic dilemma. Just STFU Orange Man, and let our President fix what you broke!!

    August 24, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Big Ed

    No constructive ideas, only more negative remarks. Mr. "Orange" has done absolutely nothing to aid the American people or address their concerns. It's always "NO"! Well, I suggest just say "NO" to the Oompa-Loompa!

    August 24, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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