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. Thomas

    Join Twitter! @johnboehner Deregulate. Deregulate. Deregulate.

    Thanks to decades of financial deregulation, capped by President Bush's decision to appoint Wall Street regulators who believed their job was to help banks rather than curb banking abuses, financial giants were able to turn the mortgage market into a high-stakes casino. As investigative reporters and Congress' Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission have all shown, it was deregulation mixed with irresponsible and potentially illegal practices by private firms on Wall Street that caused both the bubble and the collapse.

    House Speaker John Boehner needs to GO !

    April 29, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Jerry – for a racist right wingnut, you are a hoot. I get a chuckle when you cannot even regurgitate the Fox foreign owned media talking points correctly. What is with D45 posting his IQ?

    April 29, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Everyone should read the Tampa Bay Times about the 500 promises that Obama made. He kept 179, 140 in the works, 66 were broken, 65 stalled by republicans, and 56 were reached through compromise. Does not sound like failure to me.

    April 29, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Ivan Bial

    John Boehner offers our President help?
    what an arrogant statement.
    John Boehner doesn't even have the ability to speak his own conventions from fear of offending the religious right.
    A message to John Boehner, get a pair..

    April 29, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. taylor

    show him how you can cry at the drop of the hat, boner. you are so talented.

    April 29, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Anonymous


    Bless your heart, I've already had my morning walk, and thanks to you, a good belly laugh too. Do try to have a nice day now. K?


    April 29, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Why would anyone want or need advice from the town drunk? Boehner trying to protray his ridicule of the President as giving advice is ludicrous. Boehner is a stupid fool that needs to shut up and control the lunatic fringe of his party.

    April 29, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Steven Colo

    Is Boehner implying that a kid from a poor single parent household who fought his way through Harvard Law School and became president of the United States is somehow a loser? The guy delivers comedy routines, plays basketball, gets to kill bin Laden, and is married to Michelle – I'd say he's livin' the dream.

    April 29, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP is smelling a lot like a dead skunk in the middle of a Florida highway in August.

    April 29, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. mdn

    Unfortunately Boner's only credible advice would be regarding the achievement of a good tan. Not helpful to the President.

    April 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. enuff

    Bohner was just regurgitating what he was told to say by Rove and his cronies when he was on the floor. He was given his marching orders, so to speak. since then, he received public feedback and needs to "explain" that he was just giving "advice". The difference is Bohner was preaching to the choir when he gave his "advice" while Obama was out talking to the people about things like hmmmmm... the very things that Bohner said he needed to talk about.

    April 29, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When I grew up, we had several town drunks too. They were just called republicans.

    April 29, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Jerry

    Wire Palladin, S. F.
    Jerry – for a racist right wingnut, you are a hoot. I get a chuckle when you cannot even regurgitate the Fox foreign owned media talking points correctly. What is with D45 posting his IQ?
    Though your ignoramus posting merits no REAL response, I just have one quick/simple question: What does the S.F. stand for?!

    I would think Stupid (S) F-(F). If I did not get it right, my sincere and humblest of apologies!

    Keep "chuckling" there ("guy/girl?). IT is supposed to be good for your health!!!

    April 29, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    "Boehner trying to protray his ridicule of the President as giving advice is ludicrous."

    Quite PATHIC of Boehner, isn't it?

    April 29, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. mjw

    I will repeat Boehner is the worst SOH in my lifetime, even worst than Newt, at least in some kind of hypocrital way he tried to work with President Clinton. On the othr hand Boehner is a loser over and over again, unable to stick with agreement he malkes with the Senate and President. He always get whipped by his deputy Eric Cantor and the TP/rightwingnuts. He has no credibility to speak to the President. Now we understand why he cries so much.

    April 29, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. NotFooledByDistractions

    Ah...Mr. Boehner, if the President did in fact need help, I seriously doubt he'd look to the most incompetent and least productive speaker (Boehner) this country has seen in decades. There are many much better resources than Boehner, he's been a complete failure.

    April 29, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Of course Boehner says lies like this; his party has NO RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS to run on.

    Tax cuts for the rich creating jobs here in the United States? FAIL
    Iraq invasion pays for itself with Iraqi oil? FAIL
    Iraq invasion lasting only 6 months/we're greeted like liberators? FAIL
    Deregulating the financial industry results in stable economic growth? FAIL
    Osama bin Laden "dead or alive" (like GW Bush said on September 17, 2001)? EPIC FAIL

    Boehner and the GOP have nothing to offer our country except lying to the American people, hurting our economy, filling people with fear and in general doing everything they can to make President Obama and our country fail.

    But, hey, given their track record, FAILURE is what Boehner and the GOP are all about.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 29, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    John Boehner might want to give some advice to his own party members first. Below is an except of quotes from Paul Ryan ( the fine Catholic who for some reason brought forth a budget based solely on his fixation of Ayn Rand ). It's the same budget each and every one of Boehner's House members voted to pass.

    "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," Ryan said during a 2005 event honoring Rand in Washington, D.C., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in April 2009.

    Ryan also said during a 2003 interview with the Weekly Standard, "I give out 'Atlas Shrugged' as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well ... I try to make my interns read it.” He noted that he "looked into" Rand's work when he was younger, but reiterated that he is a Christian and reads the Bible often.

    April 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Smeagel4T

    If the Founding Fathers had wanted a business person running the country, they would have said it in the Constitution. The Government is NOT a "business". As a business person, I know perfectly well that business serves a very important function in our country. HOWEVER business is also rapacious and will devour society and the commons owned by society in the name of profit if left unrestrained. A country does NOT want a Wall Street vampire like Romney because Romney has already demonstrated his willingness to pursue the WORST and most anti-society of business practices.

    Wall Street Mitt has already declared his support for DESTROYING Medicare so he can rain down the cash from it on his ultra-rich Wall Street buddies who already destroyed our economy.

    Wall Street Mitt, GOP, FauxNews vision of America is a return to the Robber Barons who created the massive widespread poverty and exploitation of human beings of the Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age. They worship the days of the Robber Barons partying on the wealth created by actual workers, while denying any of that wealth to those who created it.

    April 29, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    @Jerry: "I would think Stupid (S) F-(F). If I did not get it right, my sincere and humblest of apologies! "

    Oh, SNAP! (uh, not really, most sixth-graders could do better than that).

    BTW, I believe you're a "lifelong Democrat" as much as I believe I'm a lifelong Republican .... 🙂

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 29, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Tom

    Something wrong with the Buffet Rule? Fairness in taxation is the number one on my list. It may not be so on Boehners list but that is because he is in the hands of the wealthiest Americans or wammabies. They pay 13% on a tax rate of 34%; it's sickening and the repubs got to go.

    April 29, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. John N Florida

    "It's not my place to tell the American People what to think." – John Boehner on Meet the Press

    April 29, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Smeagel4T

    Hey Boehner, why don't you think about passing the student loan adjustment withOUT stealing from the friends and relatives of students. Or do you really think Big Oil is suffering under their profits and are really in dire need of more government welfare? How can you, with any kind of conscience at all, tell the next generation of Americans to get lost because you're too busy handing out welfare to Big Oil?

    There's nothing like having a Speaker of the House who used to hand out tobacco lobbyist checks right on the floor of the House. It's amazing how corrupt this guy is. Boehner is from Ohio and Ohio isn't exactly a "tobacco state". Given Boehner's constituency, he had NO legitimate reason to be involved with Big Tobacco but yet he was playing their lap dog passing out their lobbyist checks on the floor of the House. Boehner: bought and paid for even back then. What is your going bribery rate now that you're speaker, Boehner?

    April 29, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. steven harnack

    The least effective Speaker in my lifetime, and I just turned 60, deems that he should be giving advice to the President? As I said yesterday, the Republicans are more delusional with every day that passes and sure enough, another day, more delusional.

    April 29, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama lovers live in fantasy world. Non-Obama people aren't. They can live real world and realize who is Obama.

    April 29, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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