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. PTNY

    Boehner, Tisk tisk. You are starting to look like a big fool.

    April 29, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. Smart Human

    99% of the posters on here think he is a liar and a criminal. That speaks volumes. The GOP is obsolete.

    April 29, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. Joe

    Banana republicas are scared.

    Their fix? Double down on lies!

    April 29, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  4. John

    The President getting "advice" from John Boehner is like chickens getting advice from a weasel. The GOP passes anti-women legislation, and then they complain when the Dems criticize them for it. "War on women?" Who, us?

    April 29, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. S.S

    The charlatans!! after three and a half years of congress obstructionism now Boehner shamelessly faces the camera and lies some more? Boehner and the party of values thinks "we the people" have very short memory!!! Did I just hear Boehner yelling HELL NO!!

    April 29, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. tonyl

    Actually "bone head Boehner" needs the same advice for himself. Look who is talking. GOP has not only clowns as presidential candidates but also as congressional leaders as well.

    April 30, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. tonyl

    Boehner and GOP blew it when they were offered the deal of four trillion by Obama with mostly budget cuts and a small increase in revenues from the rich who are playing dirty. It clearly proves GOP has lost it's viability as a representative party for an average American. They now only represent greedy millionaires who like to keep their money in offshore accounts and paying 12% taxes. Just like the Cayman Islander Romney.

    April 30, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    For me its a choice of
    Back to the future along with a very severe Republican.
    1) Repeal all Obama legislation
    Especially health care and Dodd frank or any social legislation = back to the future as it looked when BushII lost the election in 2008
    2) Our nation needs a "very severe Republican" to give the rich more tax breaks (keep big oil tax subsidies) and pay for them by reducing entitlements and a cutting government spending and regulatory agencies ( more job losses) Then claim they can control the pump price of oil when over 80 % is supplied ( and reserves)are from countries outside anyone in US control and is the archetypal market driven product plus Oh yes we have to maintain defense spending and staffing at War time levels.
    3) Trickle down economics again. The problem is a lot of us believe them, and that only results in a trickle down my leg that has nothing to do with money or my economic welfare.
    I am getting old and now have a weak bladder and the health care costs ( lack of affordable assistance) are making it worse not better..
    PS personally I do not want any of my federal laws based purely on a any theological set of rules of whatever that faith. EG I actually believe god intended us to invent infallible ( ha ha ) contraceptives,to avoid excessive poverty, and a population growth. Our earth has limitations on what can be done and also that ultimately via earth, win,d fire, and water, gods most powerful forces; he will bring them down upon us to save our souls when necessary, or as many as possible.

    April 30, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  9. Republican who supports President Obama

    The GOP in office are a disgrace. If things are so bad how can the Super PACs attain the amounts they have in their bank accounts? There is a vast amount of money not being used to support this economy. Instead there is a vast amount of money being spent on the GOP in order to get more tax breaks and less regulation.

    Anyone who believes the LIES from the GOP, Fox, or these negative ads needs to get a reality check.

    April 30, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  10. Cortanis

    Funny that this is comeing from the guy who earlier this year kept pushing agendas that even his party thought he was out of touch whithin his party on. Those got subsiquently driven into the ground when they were voted on. Wonder just how wrong he is on this.

    April 30, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  11. American Public

    When someone has to explain the joke then it's not funny. Obama is such a sad excuse for a president. We need to get this loser out and elect someone with more than two brain cells who actually knows a thing or two about being a leader. Obama can go run his koolaid stand in Chicago.

    April 30, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  12. Saber

    Point of Fact here folks, its not only the Republicans which put us into this current situation. This situation we are currently dealing with, BOTH parties share EQUAL responsibility! We are dealing with the fall-out of NAFTA. H. Ross Perot forsaw what the future of the US economy would hold if that law were enacted, (Thank you to the Clinton Administration). The Bush Administration could have repealed that law, and they did not. Instead they let it continue, and US Corporations were allowed to continue outsourcing US Jobs overseas. The Obama Administration could have repealed that law when they first got into the White House. They too did not do this. Now as H. Ross Perot predicted, the US is now in serious trouble. So what did NAFTA really do? By allowing US Corporations to out-source US Jobs, this effectively decreased the tax base for our Federal Government. This reduced the finds available to them for their general operating costs. Moreover, because the tax base has been effectively reduced, they do not have the overhead to increase spending when its necessary to do so. Hence why our deficit keeps climbing. They only make enough to maintain the cost of their debt, however soon they may not even have enough to cover that, then we are going to be in trouble like some of the European Countries. So why does this keep happening? Simple! Our politicians are into our Government for themselves. They are not into this for your benefit or the betterment of our country as a whole. If they were, NAFTA would have NEVER been enacted. So quit blaming one party or the other for the selfishness of our Congress. Nuff Said!

    April 30, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  13. Orwell seen it before

    John how is the war on women going? Elections coming, need some more strawman wars to rally around. Get the tea party working on their swift boat attacks and goose stepping. Get the Koch furnace fired up and Perry homes building bunkers.

    April 30, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  14. Observer91

    Whatever Boehner. You and the Republicans would rather see the President fail and our economy worsen as a result than to see him succeed and our economy to thrive. I pray to God that people can screw their heads on right and vote a lot of your Republican freshmen out of office come November. Obama isn't perfect, but I'd take him over anyone in the supposed "Grand Old Party".

    April 30, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  15. Orwell seen it before

    Bonehead, the bad advice is from you. Next time write his speech and order him around like you do for republican presidents.

    April 30, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  16. nightsong

    Well spoken Boehner! You are a gentleman, and we are proud of you.

    April 30, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  17. Wes

    Rep. Boehner has been completely focused on opposing the President and nothing else. There is a clear indication that nefarious forces are acting on behalf of the GOP and our nation will suffer from that influence. The American population is at risk of losing to the overreaching abuses of wealth and power. The balance of democracy is tilting toward the abuse of powerful and wealthy lobbyist.

    April 30, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  18. NoBama

    I'd rather have a rich President that knows how to make money instead of a spender. We won't have to pay for Mitt's Vaca's the way we do for the Obama's frequent Vaca's

    April 30, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Oh please bo ner. I think we can do without your advice. Your own party is a disaster. Nobody listens to you. Your boy cantor and the teapublikans have stabbed you in the back like the leeches they are and now you want to make nice.
    You have lost control of your own party. We don't need a businessman who likes to fire people (aka Americans) and send their jobs overseas. What's the flip flopper going to do? Send congress to China?

    April 30, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  20. Don

    How many JOBS has the GOP led congress helped create in 2011? Answer = 0

    April 30, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  21. Fair + Balanced

    With "HelP" like Bone Errs, why would Obama need enemies. If J.B. really wanted to help, he could get the GOP (Greedy One Percent) to stop trying to obstruct the Presidents excellent recovery plan. Note to John: Get on board or get out of the way!

    April 30, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  22. clarke

    I wish they would work as hard on helping the country and the people as do on hating President Obama. It is getting old. President Obama can't take a breathe and they have something negitive to say.

    April 30, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  23. RinosRwinos

    Lame excuses from a lame duck. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it is a duck. He has been hard at work passing nothing. Maybe he needs a vacation from doing nothing.

    April 30, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  24. Reddog9500

    Romney may be a successful businessman, but successful for whom? Romney?

    April 30, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  25. eunice

    we will vote out all republicans because they are there to help middle class and poor people they are there to help the billionaires and themselves obama/biden 2012

    April 30, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
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