Boehner says Obama should 'lead, not cast blame'
December 30th, 2012
12:49 PM ET
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Boehner says Obama should 'lead, not cast blame'

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner hit back at President Barack Obama's appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, where the president faulted Republicans for the ongoing stalemate in the fiscal cliff battle.

Read Boehner's full statement after the jump.

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“Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame. The president’s comments today are ironic, as a recurring theme of our negotiations was his unwillingness to agree to anything that would require him to stand up to his own party. Needed cuts and reforms that the president agreed to just last year were no longer on the table, as he cited an inability to sell them to Democrats.

“In an effort to get the president to agree to cut spending - which is the problem - I put revenues on the table last year, and I put them on the table again last month. Republicans made every effort to reach the ‘balanced’ deficit agreement that the president promised the American people, while the president has continued to insist on a package skewed dramatically in favor of higher taxes that would destroy jobs. We’ve been reasonable and responsible. The president is the one who has never been able to get to ‘yes.’

“The House has passed legislation to avert the entire fiscal cliff, and the president has never called for the Senate to act on those bills in any way. He instead has simply allowed the Democratic-controlled Senate to sit on them and lead our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff. I am pleased Senators from both parties are currently working to find a bipartisan solution that can finally pass that chamber. That is the type of leadership America needs, not what they saw from the president this morning.”

Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Steve - Dallas

    And by "lead", Boehner means "Do what I want".

    December 30, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. blkpwr817

    The GOP is in total diaarray. They've lost. And instead of shaking hands mid-field, they want to play on after the clock hits 0:00. The game is over. The American people voted to move forward. And we will. Boehner has done nothing but dig his own whole to jump in. Good will always prevail over evil. President Obama is more than just a one term president. The battle has been lost. Time to give it up GOP...

    December 30, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Paul

    No, John you should lead. You won't even bring a bill to the floor that gives tax breaks to 98 per cent. It is time for you to step up and lead. Tell the tea party that this needs to get done now. You can argue over the 2 per cent later.

    December 30, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. leon

    Republicans have it right.
    No sufficient cuts, no tax increases for Dems.
    Do we spend more in our households than we take in?
    Wait many households do do this in this country no wonder so many people find the Dems attractive.
    USA headed in same direction as Europe.

    December 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. amf140

    Sorry John. Leadership is not in his DNA. I don't think that there are any leadership classes at Harvard Law and definitely not in the Community Organizing world. He might learn a bit more about leadership if he hung around the troops a little more. The only time he visits them is for photo ops. His lack of leadership is very evident to them. Sorry state of affairs.

    December 30, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. TexMan

    More disingenuous pandering by Boehner and McConnell. Have they already forgot that Boehner would not call a vote on his own Plan B .... and before that McConnell filibustered his own bill.

    Put Obama's last offer on the table. Take a straight up and down majority vote and then proceed. Too much democracy for the GOTP and Norquist?

    December 30, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Evergreen

    Bohoener is the leader of the House. It is his responsibility to lead as well. What was he thinking when created that Plan B mess?

    December 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. DorisV

    Boehner needs to get out of the way. Corporations and the wealthy are not paying their fair share. They are and have not created jobs while paying their executives big money and hurting their workers. Obama just needs to tell Boehner that it is my way or the highway. The president needs to use executive power and tell congress that he'll just do it.

    December 30, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. myr

    Stop congress pay checks until the budget deal is complete.Why do U.S. people for their unwillingness to do THEIR job!?

    December 30, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. sick of republican phonies

    Yeah! Leave the casting of blame to the republicans! It's one of the only things they know how to do!

    December 30, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. R1983

    Mr. Boehner you have not lead your party since you became Speaker in 2009, You are so afraid of the Tea Party. You should never mention the word LEAD. You will go down as the worst Speaker in History, it's a shame because the
    people of Ohio deserve better. A lots of people feel sorry for you, but I don't because my dad always tell us that if
    you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

    December 30, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. jbs

    LEADERSHIP for Republicans means that President Obama and Democrats must bend to GOP’s wishes.........they are self-center egotistical self-serving morons. Don’t trust GOP!!!!!!!! If they want to cut things to CPI let them tell Americans what they want to cut.

    December 30, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Expecting somethnig different to happen whenthere is no evidence that learning has taken place is an unrealistic expectation from our current President. Having never been trained to lead, had any experience leading, only campaigning and strategzing and collecting money for his causes establishes no basis for leadership. THe shame is not his alone either. THis political manuvering is a pox on all of us.

    December 30, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. dc

    Ok, Boneher, how's this for leading? You leave the country and we're all better off - exceopt for wherever you would go! Take Mitch McConnell with you since he admittedly and by design proclaimed himself the leader of the Party of No. That would be a start. Next, get it through your tick skulls that the greatest tax cuts in history to the wealthy came under King Bush II who no longer is in power although you act like he is or you want to inherit his throne that was destroyed in the last two elections, The GOP needs to run and hide after the last election!!!! You never gave Obama any opposition of reputable report. If you had offered anything whatsoever, I and many others would have voted for you. Instead, you gave us more of your sad, sorry lip and cowtowed the ultra-rich tea partiers who are on the outside of ever realistic issue in the country today., Now, go drink your mare's milk that you milked for the reach. The poor and middle classes cannot afford your style of living much less your tongues. We'll take our chances with Obama since he did get the votes and you did not because you offered nothing useful.

    December 30, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Don

    This man should shut up and get out of the way so he can lead. Unbelievable!

    December 30, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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