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. D45

    One thing I can say....Not just the Reps but the Dems included and by a very large majority, passed HR 347..Signed into law by OMAMA....Alledgedly OMAMA is a constitutional lawyer....well he failed on this...Part of the law states that anyone who demonstrates against anyone, anyone. who has Secrest Service protection can be charged with a felony, a felony means a minimum of 1 year and 1 day in prison.....The law violates the first amendment. So vote all of Congress out and the Pres also.....

    April 29, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Jess C

    This coming from a cry baby Speaker with the worst rating in recent history. He must be proud. The faux outrage from the GOP is never-ending and started on day one when they lost in '08. Remember, back when we were losing over 750,000 jobs a month? No, most of you die-hard right wingers have collective (convenient) amnesia as to how we got into this situation with 2 unfunded wars, "temporary" tax breaks, etc. If you thought anyone, let along McCain/Palin could have done a better job your are fools. Obama is certainly not perfect and most far-lefts feel he's way too moderate, but he's a hell of a lot better and more experienced at this point than Romney. Romney does not have the backs of the middle class at all and he's a phony and a panderer to boot. Yes, "Those trees are the perfect height."

    April 29, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. D45

    Obama blames everyone else for his mistakes....he recently blamed construction, state and local governments for being a drag on the economy...He blames Bush for everything, but of course Bush was to blame for everything before he was Pres, while he was Pres and will be for the next 100years...Why? Because Omama can't stand to be wrong.

    April 29, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. jimatmadison

    The Tea Party/ GOP/ John Boehner/ Paul Ryan/ Scott Walker/ Mitt Romney economic policies were put in place full force here in Wisconsin a little over a year ago.

    Since then, we have become the WORST state in the country in terms of job creation.

    Trust me on this, Mr Boehner. Nobody needs your economic advice. Nobody.

    We've seen the results, and your ideas are 100% wrong.

    April 29, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Ray E. (Georgia)
    Question: Are you a blogger, Boehner staffer, or just a D.C. lobbyist troll?

    Judging by your comment, the only one "in way over their head" is you who actually thinks the old Soviet Union is still red meat fodder in 2012.

    April 29, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Sorry bo ner, but you have lost all control of your party and we don't need you to explain anything about the President when you can't explain yourself to the American public.
    You are a disgusting orange mutant who cries like a little girl in congress. Please take some time to look at yourself throwing tantrums. You let the teapublikans take over your party of hell no and you are all now paying the price.
    Grow a pair . . . . never mind, if you don't have them by now you are way too late.

    April 29, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. 2020

    Yes, House Speaker, when was the last time you talk to your tea begger like a man? a Leader? Sadly, you have a serious leadership deficit need immediate ER care. Don't blame anyone, look into yourself, Sir. You ain't act like a leader. You cost the country drop in credit rating, and a whole host of grief. Sad Sad Sad

    April 29, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. 2020

    Sadly, you have a serious leadership deficit need immediate ER care. Don't blame anyone, look into yourself, Sir. You ain't act like a leader. You cost the country drop in credit rating, and a whole host of grief. Sad Sad Sad

    April 29, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. 2020

    The most qualified VP pick? Dick Cheney, of course. he is smart to invade Iraq, he is quick in kick Bush from behind. He is now have a change of heart! knock, knock, is he a republican?

    April 29, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. ST

    With all the Speakers of the House I have known, Boehner has done a horrible job anyone could imagine. He doesn't deserve to carry on his job otherwise the country will fall far behind.

    April 29, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    The wino Orange Oracle is the last person to be giving advice.

    This recovery is the new "normal". No easy credit but only credit to those with scores of 700 or higher, right GOP? Too bad the average American consumer is around 650. We will never see the level of growth prior to the recession due to the new credit standards. College degrees will continue to fall as Mr, 1% suggest "borrowing from your parents" because the government is not going to help. As if the parents of America had not thought of loaning their kids the funds if the could. Mittens the moron, assumes all parents have 20 million dollars in trust funds per child!. Mittens the Mormon only wants President Obama out of office because he is "dark skinned" and therefore "inferior" as a human being.

    But on the bright side personal debt should continue to fall, but with Mr. 1% destroying companies and sending workers over seas to add to the bottom line for the stockholders, do not expect the new low debt for consumers to add to their consuming more to boost hiring.

    You got what you wanted when you voted the tea baggers in 2010, deal with it.

    April 29, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    Why care crying idiot? He lost in november. Obama12.

    April 29, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Boehner had said he got 98% of what he wanted in the last so-called negotiations between he and Obama. With odds like that I'm SURE he wants to help him. He sure wouldn't have had that result with Clinton, Hillary, nor Bill.

    April 29, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Viet.Vet

    Lets see Bohner want to give advise to the President even though he can get support or control in his own conference in addition to constanley looking over his shoulder to keep Eric (Thurst for Leadership) Cantor knife out of his back, The President accepting advise from Bohoner is like asking Half Govenor Pallen for advise. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing!!

    April 29, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. D45

    The best thing to do is vote all of congress and the pres out....Why? Check out Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, where it makes it a felony to demonstrate near anyone who has secret service protecton...a felony means a minimum time of 1 year and 1 day...your life is shot after that....This bill violates the 1st amendment....

    April 29, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. cardog

    It's the Speaker's job to throw everything negative he can at the President. What the TeapubliCANT party seems to forget over and over again is that it's been they themselves that have hindered, blocked, fought every possible plan to turn our economy around. Thats it. Thats all these right wing politicians have is to harp on the economy. What's so silly about their whole argument is this: It was the once called Republican party that got our nation into this fix in the first place. People like Beohner, Paul Ryan and Cantor can stand before the American people with a straight face and blame the President for this nation's predicament????

    April 29, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. clarke

    Why can't do they do something for the country and it's people. They spend all their time going after the President, he can take care of himself. What good is the house, a waste of taxpayers money.

    April 29, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Les

    President Obama, with no help from Boehner and his repug cohorts, has done his very best to bring us out of the quagmire of the George W. Bush fiasco. Boehner's only agenda is to dumb down and stomp down the 99%. We the people do not need and Obama does not need his advice. The only help we need is to put the repugs and their policies out of business.

    April 29, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Jill-IN

    Boehner is disgusting. Everytime my grandkids see him act up on the news they ask me what is wrong with him and if he is a bad man. If you were really serious about passing a bill to simply keep the student loan rate at the present rate (not really a give away here), then why did you tack on taking away important health screenings for women? Why not defund men's health research say for prostate cancer and screening.

    April 29, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    Some comments here proved again Jokers (Republicans) don’t understand jokes

    April 29, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. rubywyld

    Fake fights?.. fair tax rates and affordable higher education are fake fights? .. I guess he should engage in 'real' fights like making abortion illegal, making birth control harder and more expensive to get, and pushing bills that would equate single parent households as child abuse. What nonsense .. fake fights. Didn't the Republicans promise jobs when they rallied for all those votes? Instead of jobs we have this battle to implement their sense of morality on all women.

    April 29, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. fekt

    Romney is a winner and Obama is a loser so we should vote for him. Last time I checked Romney didn't even make it to the finals last time he tried and Obama won that election easily. Flash forward a few years later and unlimitied contributions from unnamed sources and Romney actually gets to be on the ballot in November. Yet the man who is president of the United States is a total loser. He's never accomplished anything in life. Not like Mitt. Hell Mitt was born rich, that's quite an accomplishment. Then he got alot of really rich people to help him win a primary that clearly not many in his party aside from it's leader wanted him to win. That's real win. All this from Mr. I'm gonna lower big government and careless spending Boehner who's spent more than Pelosi did during her last term in that same seat. Save it John, you need to worry about your own job soon.

    April 29, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. brian in denver

    So let me get this right...Mr. Boehner is giving helpful advice to the President.....LOL!

    April 29, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. chuck weidemann

    When the speaker gets his house in order and his own party follows him.....maybe then one would begin to listen to him! Right now he's a blow hard!!!

    April 29, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Jerry


    Give it a rest. Your whining is childish to a fault.

    April 29, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |

    Ha, ha! You made me laugh. Are you happy now.?! I REALLY hope so. You are a real GOOD JOKESTER, just like your clueless president.

    That's one of the major problems with you Obamamites, YOU and your president can dish it out , but you CAN"T take IT! All of America is wrong, but you and our MIA president are always right. Now, who taught who?! If I know your strategy and "OLD" talking points; NEXT you'll be calling me a racist. If that makes you happy, then I AM!

    You know what; you may be right. I may be childish. However, unlike you, I removed my blinders a long time ago. I'd rather deal with the truth and not all the lies, smoke and mirrors that are customarily used by YOU and YOUR beloved president.

    Don't forget: RESPECT COMMANDS RESPECT! If you want me to respect your opinions, you MUST learn to respect mine. Otherwise, NO DICE!

    Like some of you Mr. Obama supporters often say: Enough said!!!

    April 29, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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