Boehner's emotional thank you to Republicans
April 6th, 2011
07:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Boehner's emotional thank you to Republicans

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner became choked up during a meeting with House Republicans Wednesday, according to several GOP sources in the room.

Two Republican sources said he became emotional when he expressed gratitude for GOP conference support over his decision to move ahead on another stopgap bill that would fund the government for an additional week. Those in the meeting then applauded the Ohio congressman, praise that CNN could hear outside the room.

Boehner is under pressure from Republicans over ongoing negotiations to avoid a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires Friday. More conservative members of the caucus, particularly those aligned with the Tea Party movement have turned up the heat, urging Boehner not to renege on pledged spending cuts.

Still, several Republican lawmakers – even those urging the Speaker to stand firm and not compromise on spending cuts – have said they appreciate the way Boehner is trying.

"What a lot of us have been trying to do is to encourage him to be bold," Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Illinois told CNN. "The healthy pressure we've put out there is to remind him of that, to be bold. He's doing everything he can to work this out."

Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • House Republicans • John Boehner
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Georgia Girl

    Wow, a republican that is not a cowboy. If Nancy Pelosi or Pres. Obama had shedded a tear, they would have been considered weak by the republicans. It is nice to know that someone in their party has feelings. Nancy Pelosi was such a strong woman that if she was a republican, she would be their canidate for president in 2012 because she possesses everything they like, but unfortunately she is a democarat.

    April 7, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  2. Lisa Mitchell

    "emotional thank you" Awwwwww..........what a....... GAG! He best be suckin up to his co-bullies, when they get him back to their fort, he is gonna get his throat cut, cuz that, is how they roll!

    April 7, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  3. vanessa

    Nancy pelosi represented class, intelligence & composure! Something this speaker lacks!

    April 7, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  4. smtwnguy

    Booo Hooo Boehner got emotional–what an act–give him an academy award !

    April 7, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  5. Republican's are fraud's !

    That's it if this man does that fake cry again , I'm going to buy him a dress to wear ! This man is as fake as they come ! These GOP fools are about to cause major damage to this country because they can't figure out how to do their job's ! If they let the Government shut down each of them that made it happen need to be sent packing !

    April 7, 2011 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  6. Andrew

    OMG! This guy cries at the drop of a hat. To think that he is 3rd in line for the Oval Office. What a complete wimp!

    April 7, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  7. DJ

    "Be bold" = we demand we get everything our way. If Boehner is feeling the pressure perhaps someone should show him the video of him on the balcony last year, waving at the hoards of tea party idiots, egging them on. You made your bed, John Boehner. You whipped up and used those frothy dimwits to get power. If they're too demanding to handle now, well, suck it up. You did this to yourself – and to us. We won't forget in 2012.

    April 7, 2011 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  8. Mickey, NY

    The Weeper of the House should really pull up his panties and wipe the spittle from his chin, and get to work...more jobs Johnnie-boi, and less eyeliner. It's freightening to think this weakling is third in line for the presidency.

    April 7, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  9. willie floyd

    Did he cry more of his crocodile tears??

    April 7, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  10. Ryan NC

    Good graciousness! Does this man have a spine? No wonder the tea partiers dhold him hostage!

    April 7, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
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