August 31st, 2010
11:05 AM ET
11 years ago

President's critic powerful insider, little-known outside the Beltway

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Ohio Rep. John Boehner would become the Speaker of the House if Republicans take control the lower chamber in November."]Washington (CNN) - His beginnings are humble - he started out sweeping floors in his father's Cincinnati bar and met his wife working as a janitor - but if Republicans take control after November elections, Rep. John Boehner will likely become the next speaker of the House.

The 10-term Ohio Republican will make a speech on national security on Tuesday ahead of President Obama's prime-time address on the end of combat operations in Iraq. It will be the second time that Boehner directly takes on the president in two weeks.

Last week while the president was on vacation, Boehner grabbed headlines by urging the president to fire his economic team. In Tuesday's speech, Boehner is expected to deliver a preemptive attack on the president's prime-time address on Iraq.

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    Rep. Boner is hearing those voices again so here's some advice for John of Orange, The voices you hear in your head doesn't mean that there's a crowd behind you. You as well as the rest of the GOP should be getting ready for a November surprise that you can't even see is coming. You think that when people say congress is broke they are talking about the Dems, they're not, they are talking about the GOP blocking ever bill designed to help the American people. You believe the GOP is going to have huge gains in November, well here's the surprise, the GOP is actually going to loose seats, including yours Rep. Boner. Surprise!

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 31, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. roro

    And exactly what is it he's done in his 20 years in Congress that hasn't helped to bring us to the mess we're now in?

    August 31, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. beevee

    Sounds very much like Goerge Bush's preemptive strike on Iraq – baseless.

    August 31, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. katiec

    With Boehners record no intelligent American will give any creditibility to what he says.
    He strongly supports destroy our president, win at any cost, continuation of support and undying love for Wall St and the rich and is constantly spreading propganda, lies, and further destruction of our country and us with politics as usual. He and the republicans have deserted middle class American, the less fortunate, the unemployed which his party created, have no dedication to our country and us.
    They are all a disgrace to our political system and our country.
    And, the rest of the world is watching their dispicable behavior.
    I sure hope they do not believe they represent the true America.

    August 31, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    it's funny how outspoken you all are now when bush was in office you could't hear a pin drop

    August 31, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Buster Bloodvessel

    "Boehner grabbed headlines by urging the president to fire his economic team." First I've heard of it. Maybe he didn't grab his headlines hard enough.

    August 31, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. roro

    He has spent 20 YEARS in Congress helping to bring us to this recession and the wars we're in, and now he's screaming and complaining because Obama hasn't been able to fix everything in 20 MONTHS. We cannot go back to his policies.

    August 31, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Yeehaw,I can hear the Orange blossum special playing in the background now.

    August 31, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. BobH

    Ah, yes, just the kind of inclusive, unifying voice we need to reach across the aisle and bring Congress together!

    August 31, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. olivia60

    I would like for John to talk about himself. i would like to hear about all of the accomplishments he and the republican party has made. I would like to hear why he is so envious of Barack Obama and how it feels for the first time of his 10 year term not to be in control and the statis quo is no more..

    August 31, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Mesa Mick

    Boy, those obstructionist re-thug-lie-cants just love their "pre-emptive strikes" don't they.

    If memory serves that's the same kind of twisted, war-mongering mind think that got us into the Iraq cesspool in the first place.

    August 31, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Jesus Francisco

    This nutcase and others of his ilk would have us bombing countries all over the world ... the GOP cannot deny that this was a Bush/Cheney mistake and blight on our American history!

    August 31, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Dano

    Attack, Attack, Attack. That seems to be all Boner and the GOP has to offer. They had better hope they don't win a majority in the November elections, because then voters will expect them to provide some solutions rather than just attack the President and the Dems. Of course they were in change when the economic turmoil started, and their policies weren't able to prevent it from happening, so it may take more than additional tax cuts for the rich to get us out of the mess they caused.

    August 31, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. normajean

    I'd like to know what John Boehner can take pride in for the last two years.He has done NOTHING but complain and obstruct the president from day one. He appears on TV mumbles a few worthless complaints and disappears. What has he done that should make him Speaker of the House? He does not have what it takes to take charge and get anything done. He's like a mute statue. He says the Repubs
    have a plan for something and then we never hear of it again this man is useless.


    August 31, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Jim

    John Boehner a 10 term do nothing lush for the people of Ohio. Geeze Ohio how long does it take for you people to realize this clown is going to do nothing for you unless your rich! After 10 terms you would think the great state of Ohio would get it.
    He's great at sucking up the people's money and for saying No. 10 terms wow the air must be different in Ohio. Time to put the orange man out to pasture. Why on Earth do they keep putting this clown back in office to do nothing but get stewed and play golf. It's beyond me how American's moan and groan yet they go to the polls and relect the same old dinosaurs to office. Get some brains voters or has that bus came and went?

    August 31, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    They need a lot better speaker of the house, than this person. that I assure you.

    August 31, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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