November 1st, 2010
08:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Boehner vs. Obama

(CNN) - He is poised to become the most powerful Republican in Congress if the GOP takes control of the House Tuesday.

And Rep. John Boehner's ramping up the rhetoric in anticipation, going after the president.

"We have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as 'our enemies,'" Boehner said Monday. "When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush used the word 'enemy,' they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators – enemies of the United States."

Boehner was commenting on a radio interview Obama conducted last Monday on the Spanish-language radio station where he said "If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'We're gonna punish our enemies, and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us' – if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election – then I think it's going to be harder."

But on Monday Obama walked the comments back. In an interview with radio host Michael Baisden he said he probably should have used the word "opponent" instead of enemy.

However, that didn't stop Boehner from continuing his criticism of the president's word choice at a rally in Ohio for Rep. Rob Portman and Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich.

"He uses it for people who disagree with his agenda of bigger government," Boehner said. "Mr. President, there's a word for people who have the audacity to speak up in defense of freedom, the Constitution, and the values of limited government that made our country great. We don't call them 'enemies.' We call them patriots."

He also took the time to encourage voter turnout, which was accompanied with another little dig at the president.

"The president has been here a dozen times in the past year," Boehner said. "This is about President Obama trying to get reelected in two years. So if you want to send President Obama a big loud message, vote for John Kasich tomorrow."

–CNN's Xuan Thai and Dana Bash contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. KatR

    Limited government did NOT make america great. Limited government = plutocracy and/or facism.

    November 1, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. kate

    Boehner...the big NO to everything. Too bad he didn't use the word NO on George Bush.

    November 1, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. darla

    American voters are programmed by the corporate media that the Republicans are going to win. If they become successful they should pray that this republican can really deliver their own version of change because if not the backlash and the paybacks will be so great that the corporate media, the republicans the American voters who put this bunch of power grabbing politician all equally share it. But then again they and not the democrat should clean up their own mess that they help create during the Bush administration. they have two years to do it or else the future Republican president will inherit the same bush mess that was passed to Obama and because of the Republican obstruction power will continue to the next. I will not wish for another term for Obama. he doesn't deserve this kind of punishment. he did his job to clean this mess as much he could he will retire with clean conscience knowing it he was treated more like a slave than a President he was degraded disrespected in every possible way. American voters are fickle they will believed every rhetoric they hear from the extreme rights. May God help them all.

    November 1, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Tina

    Yes, Obama was an idiot who stumbled on the 'hope' and 'change' falling from his lips.

    November 1, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Bill

    Boehner is way too much of a drama queen to be trustworthy.

    November 1, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. deborah park

    I agree with Paul Begala that if the Republicans take over the House and want to repeal health care they should start by repealing all of their own government funded health care benefits first. Also, how exactly will they create jobs (except for extending the Bush tax cuts). Why can't someone be honest and talk candidly about why the corporations will continue to ship jobs to China (or the lowest bidder), and address the complex nature of this issue.

    November 1, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. Jd

    President Obama also said Republicans did nothing for Global AIDS, even though President Bush spent record amounts. It's not that he has no shame, he has no character.

    November 1, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. Jon

    Didn't McConnell last week admit that the GOP's primary goal – above jobs, the economy, health care, the interests of the nation? – is making sure Obama is a one-term president?

    Guess what, Boehner? You guys just proved yourself not just Obama's enemies – but the enemies of the entire country.

    November 1, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. thomas

    By the final out, Boehner sat there glumly as did his team's No. 1 fan, former President George W. Bush.
    Giants go all the way !

    November 2, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  10. arduck

    Congressman John doth protest too much. HELl YES he does. He had an agenda from the beginning of the 111th Congress that did not promote the best interests of the nation and its citizens; but only the vested interests of a well off and partisan few. Shame on him.

    November 2, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  11. Tim

    I'm so tired of this rhetoric, taunting and name-calling. Is this guy a member of congress, or a member of the local playground?

    November 2, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  12. willard bullock

    Im belived that boehner is great than obama
    Boehner are keep strong than obama cause obama have too much weak for last 2 year

    November 2, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  13. barry

    Obama is so immature. He needs to go quickly. Boehner took the abuse and will win. Speaker Boehner has a great sound to it. Bye Bye Dems.

    November 2, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  14. Sgt Joe

    Oh man, please spare us from having to look at this orange man; he's a troll and corporate puppet.

    November 2, 2010 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  15. Aaron

    Too bad that old lying crook Boehner is not just guilty of only bad word choice.

    November 2, 2010 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Mr. Boehner- at least the President did not directly name call an elected officail. you sir, have been down right unpatriotic in your decription of OUR President.
    Don;t get too comfortable with your soon to be roll- no matter how many seat you win, he still holds the final sword.

    November 2, 2010 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  17. always a demorat

    go OBAMA... i a strong, hispanic female voted for u & will always do so!.. this lies & bunch of BS only make me stronger in my belief that democrats r the ones that will work for me & my fellow citizens! please don't get distracted by the lies that the rightwingers & teabaggers spread about democrats & most importaly our PRESIDENT on adaily basis! democrat all the way!! OBAMA 2012!

    November 2, 2010 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  18. willie flpyd

    Can anyone really believe that someone with Bs' $ can connect with the middle class?? What else should the Pres. have called him when he's fought him tooth and nail???

    November 2, 2010 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Boehner will do a great job!

    November 2, 2010 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    OMG we are now going to try and decide an election on the use of a single word by whoever.
    How about our "sole objective is to defeat Obama in 2012"
    You know what I want the Republicans ( I'm actually being sarcastic) to win big House and Senate and then watch them fail to reduce the deficit, cancel stimulus, repeal health care no effect other than to piss off 30M+ Americans ( between 2010/2012) and actually increase it, increase unfunded Tax reductions, increase defense spending , and then, fight the lobbyists who would oppose them and watch unemployment rise because of ineffective policy.
    The real tsunami is in 2012... they have not got a clue how to fix this recession, thier model assumes global growth and it ain't going to happen.
    Thank god for checks and balances! Republicans may win the House but not the Senate, if they win the latter with Angle and O'Donnell and Paul in there I fear greatly for our American political system as what the founding fathers intended will have been totally usurped.

    November 2, 2010 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  21. Nonie Williams

    Hey John for the past two years you have been hanging onto every word the President Obama says so you can have something to say since it appear you do not have a single original thought in your head. If and I say If you do become Speaker of the House you will be where you belong standing behind the Great Man, never along side or in front of him ALWAYS BEHIND him.

    November 2, 2010 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  22. jacksays

    anything John Boehner says to do, I do exactly the opposite. As a proud Ohioan I am embarrassed this man calls us "home."

    November 2, 2010 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  23. Dave

    That's funny. The GOP has been using this rhetoric for years and it was no problem for them. Then again, most of these people are the "do as I say, not as I do" types. These people tear down anyone who disagrees with them and the reason is that they simply don't have the brains to debate policy, so they go after this. Boehner's and the rest of the GOP's hypocrisy is stunning if not totally amusing.

    November 2, 2010 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  24. jules sand-perkins

    I just voted.
    Liberation is wonderful!

    November 2, 2010 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  25. King

    Boner you said it out of your own mouth that it was your job to see that the president fails. Stop playing political games as you repugs love to say, and answer what will you do to get us out of this crap hole your repug policies jam us in for the past 10 years and if you say lower taxes again for the rich im going to scream. Main street dont have any demand power as it is so how the rich going to creat jobs without any customers in mainstreet you leave them no choice but to seek customers in china taking the few jobs that left here on mainstreet and leave us out the loop as the rich keep stocking trillions on the side, now who the sellout. Atleast obama is fighting like hell for mainstreet but he need help, vote people to keep our union safe.

    November 2, 2010 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
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