November 3rd, 2010
03:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Cue the 'Slurpee Summit' puns

(CNN) - President Obama and the likely House Speaker may be at odds on many fronts, but the two have at least one thing in common that may help bridge the divide - their taste for Slurpees.

During a mostly somber post-midterm election news conference, President Obama was asked if he planned to have Rep. John Boehner over to the White House for a Slurpee, a reference to his oft-used campaign trail metaphor in which he describes Democrats working to "dig the car out of the ditch" while Republicans sit back "sipping on a Slurpee."

Boehner's camp had a humorous response:

At the Wednesday news conference, Obama's face lit up when a reporter mentioned the sugary slush, replying, "I might serve a Slurpee. They're delicious drinks," amid laughter from the press corps.

CBS White House Correspondent Chip Reid then yelled out, "Slurpee Summit!" To which Obama laughed and replied, "I like that."

Boehner's spokesman responded afterward to the Slurpee remark.

"Let's hope the president will be willing to work with us to cut spending, stop the tax hikes, and get our economy working again," Michael Steel said. "Then we can all go get Slurpees together. The new 'Wicked Apple' flavor sounds awesome."

Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Danny Cali

    Americans never learn at all, will see what's GOP control the House.

    November 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Actually, what the Dems did was to dig the ditch even deeper while simultaneously trying to "nationalise"–i.e., steal–the car.

    November 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. President, invite Bonehead over for a Slurpee and then throw it in his face. The Mountain Code Red one will add some more color to Bonehead.

    November 3, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. maine liberal

    Boehner's camp had a humorous response

    Let's hope the president will be willing to work with us to cut spending, stop the tax hikes, and get our economy working again," ........ damn is that funny. Is the Daily show looking for material

    November 3, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Rickster

    Wow, that msnbc team last night was hilarious to watch. What a bunch of sour, bitter, unlikable and unwatchable idiots they are. No wonder nobody watches them. I was able to stomach them for about 5 minutes just to remind myself just how truly awful they are.

    November 3, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. stevegee

    The voters spoke loud and clear, “Obama, take your foot off the gas and turn to the Right.”

    November 3, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    So Obozo doesn't involve the Republicans for two years and just jams it down their throats, calls them every name in the book and now wants to play nice now that he has destroyed the healthcare system in this country??? Sorry Obozo, it is YOU that must now "sit in the back of the bus" and remember "we won". WE will pull the car out of the ravine you pushed it into. Take your socialist agenda some place else. You'll go down as the worse president in American history. Nobody ever thought Jimmy Carter would ever be surpassed for incompetence but you have done it spectacularly. Obozo needs to start palanning for your retirement in 2012.

    November 3, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Tony Z

    Did the voters really speak? Now the Republicans have to do some heavy lifting- Just saying NO will not work.

    November 3, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Terry from Butte, MT

    Obama still doesn't get it. The reason the Dems stayed home is because he continues to start his argument to the right. Mr. President, The Tax cuts for everyone except the rich IS the compromise. Stop sending olive branches to the right and govern from your principles.

    November 3, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP don't give a hoot about healthcare reform, jobs or the deficit which is making the rich richer. If they did, they would have no problem disclosing who their "secret donors" are which could be you or I taxpayers that bailed companies out. Remember companies that were bailed out held onto the money, didn't hire or do anything to stimulate the economy. People we're being cheated and then lied to on top of it all.

    November 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Obama's still standing

    The voters who thought they were serving poisoned "Tea" to the Democrats and President Obama will now have to drink it
    also. I will see you at the $5.00 a gallon gas pumps again, only I can afford my gas. They will now also have free "tea cups"
    at the cash register, courtesy of the Republicans.

    November 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Mikey

    I'm just happy that the "buy the election" crowd (McMahon, Whitman, Fiorina) and the "wacko" crowd (Angle, Tancredo, O'Donnell, Miller, Buck) didn't fair well. It's the silver lining on this dark crowd. This election was about much more than the Presidents lackluster approval ratings, unpopular health care, stimulus, and bailout legislation, and lingering high unemployment. It could also go down as the election of (irrational) reactionary fear and uncontrolled corporate money. While irrational fear cannot sustain itself – the impending hostile corporate takeover of our government must be stopped.

    November 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |

    The Koch Brothers and their pals are laughing to the bank.They duped the morons who voted twice for W to step into the waste again. Free rein once more for corporations. Puppets voting against their kids' best interest.

    November 3, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. keepstufingthis

    Dutch seems especially bitter today, Claudia in case you didn't notice the GOP is not made up of rich people, that is just part of the DNC class warfare strategy designed to suck in the drug addled. For all of you find what the Dow was and what the unemployement rate was on December 29, 2006 (the last day Republicans controlled Congress). Compare that to where these same figures were at the start of the day on November 2nd.

    November 3, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Monster Zero

    Here is a prime example of Obamaliberalnomics: Florida has one of the highest unemployment rates in the Nation something like 12% now on the reported, the actual is far higher. Additionally, Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the Nation. To assist it's citizenry Florida's State and local government decides to:
    Maintain a bevy of full government employee's at regulatory agencies in continued support of the growth and development industries that are no longer in existence. Raise County property taxes by 9% to give City workers a 4% raise and provide free dental care to the indigent and one of my favorites, double the cost of vehicular registration. Remember, they are looking out for YOU!

    November 3, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. David In Seattle

    What "Conservatives" do not understand is, Obama was not on the ballot last night nor was his agenda. The only people on the ballot were the members of Congress which isa separate but equal branch of our government.

    The real questions are; why are middle America Republicans so gullible when listening to the talking heads on conservative radio and television, why can't they see that the Limbaughs, Becks, Pand Palins simply lie about the state of the nation while holding uo an image of a black man in their "white" house that must be taken back, and finally, when will middle to lower class Reublicans realize that they do not and most likely never will make $250,000 dollars a year and like everyone else in America, sooner or later they too will rely on unemployment insurance, Social Security, and Medicare?

    Wake up and stop being shills for those who represent millionaires, billionaires, and corporations that do not pay any US taxes while shipping your jobs overseas.

    November 3, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. harvey 60

    funny that Beaner says voters repudiated Washington. he stands at the mic as a 10 term Congressman along with Twitch McConnell, who' been there forever, and Haley (Boss Hog) Barbour, who's an insider of insiders. the voters may think they repudiated Washington, but wait'll they get a look at the thugs agenda. Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Money, ig Guns, and No Jobs.

    November 3, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. George M

    I manage a 7-eleven, how come I never seen them get a Slurpee at my store.

    November 3, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. La Piovra

    All right, GOTea. You bought the nation, now you own it. You break it, you live with the pieces, because nobody's going to buy you another one.

    November 3, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |