April 29th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Boehner explains jabs at Obama as 'help'

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday described his amped-up rhetoric toward President Barack Obama in recent days as advice.

"The president is getting … some bad advice," Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Somebody needed to help him out, so I thought I would."

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In the past week the top Republican accused Obama of losing courage and decreasing the standing of the presidency.

Boehner reiterated the opinions to CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday, saying Obama is "diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights, going after straw men every day."

The Ohio Republican said political gimmicks recently employed by the White House include support for the so-called Buffett Rule, a plan to apply a minimum tax rate of 30% on higher income earners; the president's rhetoric surrounding manipulation of the oil markets; and the debate over the extension of low student loan rates.

Looking to the 2012 election, he made the case for Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, by pointing to his success in business and pushed back against the suggestion that Romney's privilege would be an obstacle in the November election.

"The American people don't want to vote for a loser. They don't want to vote for someone that hasn't been successful," Boehner said. "I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to show the American people that they too can succeed."

Boehner also indicated he is optimistic Republicans will hold onto the majority in the House.

He recently said Democrats have a "one in three chance" of regaining control of the lower chamber, after previously saying it was "nearly impossible."

But Boehner said nothing has changed.

"Listen, if the election were held today, I'm very optimistic that we will hold onto the majority," Boehner said. "But my job is to make sure that even under the worst-case scenario, we're able to hold onto our majority."

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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Boener is a clueless moron, and inept leader, and the comment last night that the reason he did not go to the dinner, was because he could not even ". . .pass the salt," pretty much sums up the weepy creep.

    April 29, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Mike S.

    I'm glad to see Mr. Boehner get through a session without crying.

    April 29, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Claire

    Loser... being the guy who lost his last presidential bid.

    April 29, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think that the crying spinner of the truth has almost destroyed government under his leadership. Boner's gimmicks have included a jobs, jobs, jobs promise that does not have anything to do with jobs. Under his tenure, the GOP has launched attacks women's rights, attacks on the poor, attacks on the unemployed, attacks on veterans, attacks on Hispanics, attacks on workers, attacks on seniors, attacks on college students, attacks on minorities, and more tax breaks for those who don't need them. Hell of a record, orange man.

    April 29, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Mike

    im sure he needs your help buddy..the worst house speaker EVER!

    April 29, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. FedUp

    Obama doesn't need any help. He is the media-proclaimed Messiah, adn he agrees. The Messiah knows all.

    April 29, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When the president is swimming with one hand, trying to keep our country from drowning, with no help from the GOP, it would seem that if Boner was a real leader, he would have followed the oath he swore to our country instead of the oath to Grover Norquist.

    April 29, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Thrower of Stones

    This guy seems ro enjoy saying two opposite things at once. He takes equivocation to a whole new level.

    April 29, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Toontje

    If the GOP thinks that a lower tax rate for rich folks is good for the economy, in extrapolation, a 0% tax rate for the rich must be THE solution to get the economy booming again.

    April 29, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Aeromechanic

    What bad advice is he getting? Lets see; stock market is doing good, car makers are doing good, the economy is getting better, bin Laden is dead, we are out of Iraq......

    Seems like a heck of job to me.

    April 29, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Poor little John-Boy. One day he's crying, the next day he's throwing temper tantrums on the chamber floor. Both are signs of emotional deficiency and Mr. John Boehner is as deficient as they come – emotionally and otherwise.

    April 29, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    "The president is getting … some bad advice," Boehner

    Oh boy
    Who received bad advice on “Debt ceiling” then we lost our credit rate
    Who received bad advice on “payroll tax cut extension” last December?

    April 29, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Slightly Left of Center

    They finally found a photo of Boehner where his eyes are less glassy and bloodshot.

    April 29, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. CyndyP

    Boehner is a mess, all he cares about is defeating Obama and making sure he fails. Doesn't care anything about how the American people are suffering. He has been in Washington too long and has completely lost touch with the everyday worker.

    April 29, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. sonnie3

    Lets vote for a leader in 2012/ A community organizer is the same as a rebel rouser and divider/ Enough of that already. Our potus is certainly not qualified to run a shoe store, much less the United States of America, We need to remain free and proud and faithfull to what got us here. It dammm well was not Government by liberals with the social adgenda we have in washinton today.
    2012 should flush the crap out of Washington. The stench coming from there needs to be put where it belongs.

    April 29, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP swore to make our Obama a one term president, and our president has responded by averting a Bush republican depression, overseeing the growth of 4.5 million private sector jobs after a loss of 8 million in Bush's last three years, saving the American auto industry, eliminating the master mind of 9-11, turning a negative 8.9%GDP into a positive 2.2% GDP, trimming $600 billion off the deficit compared to Bush's last deficit, and this is without any help from the GOP. Instead, the right wingnuts hate machine, fight him at every step.

    April 29, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. TM

    All of Romney's success has come from putting people out of work. In what universe is that a good example? And as for "picking fake fights, going after straw men every day", what does Speaker McWeepy call his ENTIRE term in Congress?

    April 29, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    I heard the word “Loser” on the interview

    Real Loser is Who walk out from “Debt ceiling” debate ,

    April 29, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. JustMe

    Sorry Boehner but your "help" is something Obama and the rest of us can do without.

    April 29, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I agree that the crap should be flushed out in 2012, but is the the right wing crap that has put us on a path to destruction that needs to be eliminated. That 'community organizer' was an instructor, professor, state senator, and US senator. His republican opponent is a money launderer, a tax evader, a flip flopper, a corporate raider, a job destroyer, and has promised more wars, more tax cuts to big oil, big banks, Wall Street, and billionaires.

    April 29, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. michael in houston

    I really hate it when some of these Republicans talk DOWN to the President. Some of them seem to forget who is President.

    April 29, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. Lisa C.

    FedUp, the Messiah was a name given to Obama by Republicans who felt that he overcame a lot of ridicule thrown at him. They called him our Messiah since the country was left in such a disarray by the last administration. It was supposed to be a slur.

    April 29, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Mag

    It is Boehner who is pathetic. Other than to whine like a little girl, it is painfully obvious that he doesn't have the ability to lead this group of his into a playground given the poorest approval ratings in recent memory. Boehner needs to look in the mirror before calling anyone else pathetic.

    April 29, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Jack V

    This man is nothing but a publicity seeking crybaby. Why anyone would put up with these GOP drama queens is beyond me.

    April 29, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. LaPlut

    Obama 2012!!!

    April 29, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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