Boehner: 'We can do better' than Obama
August 28th, 2012
06:35 PM ET
9 years ago

Boehner: 'We can do better' than Obama

(CNN) - The office of House Speaker John Boehner released the following excerpts of his prepared remarks to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday evening.

He is slated to speak in the 7 p.m. ET hour of the convention.

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"The American people are still asking 'where are the jobs,' but President Obama only offers excuses instead of answers. His record is a shadow of his rhetoric. Yet he has the nerve to say that he's moving us forward, and the audacity to hope that we'll believe him....

"My dad and my uncles owned a bar outside of Cincinnati. I worked there growing up, mopping floors, waiting tables. Believe me when I say I learned how to deal with every character who walked in the door. So let's say right now, a guy walked into our bar and said, 'the private sector is doing fine.' Well, do you know what we'd do? That's right: we'd throw him out. … If a guy walked into our bar … and said, 'if you've got a business, you didn't build that,' do you know what we'd do? Throw him out. …. President Obama just doesn't get this. He can't fix the economy because he doesn't know how it was built. So in 70 days, when the American people walk into the voting booth, what should we do? Throw him out....

"We can do better. We can do a lot better. It starts with throwing out the politician who doesn't get it, and electing a new president who does. … President Romney will keep his word and his courage, too. He'll keep faith with the idea that government exists to serve the people, and the people build the economy....

"It's a big job, so we're fortunate that Mitt has chosen as his running mate a leader who is second to none when it comes to rooting out and fixing Washington's worst habits. When I met Paul Ryan 22 years ago, he was a student at Miami of Ohio volunteering on my campaign. Soon, he will be our party's nominee for Vice President of the United States. Who says this isn't the greatest country on Earth?"

- CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • John Boehner
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    >rs - The GOP is delusional and living a rich fantasy life if they think the President is the problem.

    Not just Obama, but ALL of the leftist/"progressive"/socialist/communist Democrats are the problem. The Democrat Party has been hijacked by George Soros. JFK would be a Republican if he were alive today. He would have been hounded out of the Democrat Party as a useless blue dog Democrat.

    August 28, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. We can do better

    GOP can do better.... Remember GeeDubya's last month in office? Over 800,000 jobs lost! Yep.... The GOP can do better than Obama alright!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Boehner has no crediblity since he can't deliver votes from members of his own party. Compromise deals failed because he could not control the just say NO Tea Party members of his own caucus. He is the perfect example of failed leadership.

    August 28, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. so

    boehner a tool, too much time in those bars he refers to

    August 28, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. The Unsub

    nobody is listening to Baynore! Incredible!

    August 28, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |

    The thing is ,they can't do better then Obama ,he brought us back from the brink with no help from the Gop bafoons party so what are we suppose to do now , reward the Gop for puting the economy in the toilet and trying to keep it there so they can blame it on president Obama to get in the white house ,no no no,the same words the Gop has been saying in congress for four years ,the Gop will pay in Nov landslide loss.

    August 28, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Arthur

    GOP doesn't want the president to tax the so called " Job Creators" but the keep asking him (Obama) Where are the jobs? Ask Bain, ask Romneys friends where are the jobs.

    August 28, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. cali girl

    truth wrote:
    Allow me to remind the poor histroy challenged libtards in here that almost ALL of the months of jobs growth since Obama has been in office HAVE BEEN WHEN THE HOUSE WAS CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS. Had Obama and the Do-Nothing Senate Democrats passed the many bils the House sent them, unemployment would be far lower and Obama's re-election more probable. As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

    What are you ON??
    It is the stupid congress and their approval ratings in the 18% range that is controlling what is NOT GETTING DONE for Americans. It is the first two years that Obama got things done that went into play in the last 2 years.
    REPUGS hold all the cards. Jobs Bills, Infrastructure, tell me truthy, when did they come out last? Congress in a tight leash from Turtle boy McConnel to say NO to everything on Obama which in turns lets the GOP hold up their middle finger to Americans in need.

    August 28, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Pander Bear

    We did better with Pelosi leading the House that's for dang sure.

    August 28, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. TheTraveler

    We can do better than Boehner ... and the rest of the GOP as well. Remember these days when the next round of Congressional elections come due. Voters placed these people in office, we can take them out ...

    August 28, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    A fish with a baseball bat could do better than YOU did Boehner. YOU did NOTHING! You "lead" a Congress that should have to sneak up on their paychecks to collect them. You're an embarrassment to the people of Ohio and should resign.

    August 28, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Craig

    It is no surprise why Congressman Boehner's family OWNED a bar instead of OWN a bar if they regularly threw out patrons who had different opinions than their own. You cannot be successful without ideas from both sides. I don't know for sure if it works that way across the rest of the country, but here in Nebraska we never kick someone out just for saying things that don't fit our views perfectly. There should be a seat at the bar for everyone, after all, we're all in this together.

    August 28, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    > Pander Bear – We did better with Pelosi leading the House that's for dang sure.

    Yeah, the queen of "you have to pass the bill before you can see what is in it" Obamacare!! She did such a good job the American people FIRED HER and a record number of her Democrat members. Andnow we are finding out what was in it and most Americans want it repealed. The cost of it is already TRIPLE what the Democrats said it would be and the full disaster is yet to arrive.

    August 28, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Larry L

    @truth hurts

    Allow me to remind the poor histroy challenged libtards in here that almost ALL of the months of jobs growth since Obama has been in office HAVE BEEN WHEN THE HOUSE WAS CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS.
    Do you ever say anything that's honest or truthful? Over 8 million jobs were lost before the President took office! He got the economy moving again in spite of Republican obstructionism. Your statement is like a person saying "we fixed most of the damage after the fire department left". The hostage-taking House caused our bond rating to fall. They voted 33 times to repeal our healthcare law! 33 times! They sent 13 bills to the Senate with political "personhood" riders. They are Tea Party extremists who actually want America's Federal Government to fail.

    August 28, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. joan

    Who would want to listen that crying man. They are full of lies and hate. They never help obama to pass any of the bills to
    create jobs and maike life better for people. They want to economy to be bad because they want to win back the power so badly. I pray that people will not give these people reward for their hateful behaviour. Please go out and vote for Obama. He really tried hard for us the middle class with no help from the otherside.

    August 28, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. 200 ton hammer

    Breaking news Republican house speaker
    replaced by common sense thinking Democrat leader.

    August 28, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. baser13

    Wow he's right we can do better than Obama with a Republican House, want to argue that Obama had two years with a Democrat House then at least do the math right 2009-2010 is 1 year and thats even though some "Democrats" abruptly switched parties in order to finalize the House coup d etat. You remember every time Boehner was there with open arms, add that malicious event to the declaration of boycotting the POTUS and your result is the finger being pointed at Mr Obama accusing themselves of stalling the economic recovery.
    In conclusion we do deserve better that is why I will vote OBAMA/BIDEN and push for a true Democrat controlled Congress

    August 28, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. TheAverageAmerican

    If I recall correctly, the Obama White House inherited the debts, wars, Wall Street near-collapse, Auto industry bankruptcy, rising unemployment, massive housing foreclosures, increasing personal bankruptcies, etc. etc. So many Americans are suffering – Thanks very much to the eight years of the GOP-led, super-righ-twing Washington.
    President Obama saved Detroit (which Romney opposed to do) and prevented million jobs from being destroyed forever from the American economy; worked so quickly and efficiently to eliminate Osama Bin Ladden and his top men (which Bush could not do in many years); saved Wall Street firms/banks from bankruptcies which could have wiped out much of our wealth, let alone employment, and put more control in place; worked hard for the suffering American families by way of extending unemployment benefits and financial assistance to those families facing foreclosures, etc. etc

    August 28, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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