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. Mk

    He will lead. Are you willing to follow Mr Boener????

    December 30, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Jules

    From the guy who had to pull his Plan B because he couldn't get the GOP members to support him, you have to take anything this guy says about leadership as pretty lame.

    December 30, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. ajw

    Give me a break, Boehner. You couldn't' even lead your caucus. Shame on you!!!

    December 30, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. PTR

    I am glad someone is talking about spending cuts. Let them raise the tax if that is the price some meaningful spending cut. If there is not meaningful cut then the fight is a complete waste of everybody's time and energy.
    Please cut spending, if we don't want a Greek style crisis. If Obama loves the middle class so much please don't spend them to a crisis where 25% of them become unemployed.

    December 30, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. John

    Good for you, John Boehner. It's about time someone spoke out loudly about the lack of leadership that this president has exhibited throughout this entire escapade. Mr. President..Lead or get out of the way so that others can resolve this matter!!!

    December 30, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Irma in North Carolina

    What a jerk the speaker of the house is and the rest of his gang. They need to get voted out so we can get rid of them. They stil cant except the fact that the president won reelection. They thought they had Mitt in there for sure. I guess the American people showed them

    December 30, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Gregory Newbold

    I find Speaker Boehner's comments to be DELUSIONAL. You can't lead people that refuse to be led. Who refuse to accept the will of the people; the vote. Who refuse to accept the FACTS and instead convince themselves of an ALTERNATE REALITY. They can fool themselves but they can not fool those of us.

    The GOP is opposed to President Obama's leadership on primarily UNPRINCIPLED REASONS. This is not an indictment on President Obama, it does not reflect on his managerial abilities even though the GOP HOPES that we will see it that way.

    Boehner, your side lost the election. You didn't "PUT REVENUE ON THE TABLE" as a compromise. By voting for Obama, the public TOLD YOU that taxes were going up on incomes of $250K and higher so stop ACTING like you are in charge or that you are the President's equal. You are not. Respect the President and the election results.

    December 30, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Candice Taylor

    I am so sick of people trying to play word games. If you are a racist who openly discriminates against people, you think accusing people of playing the "race card" somehow gets you off the hook for your outrageous behavior! The GOP likewise, thinks that if anyone calls attention to the fact their party with their trickle down failure, unpaid wars, lack of oversight of the banks and wall street caused the financial mess we are in is playing the "blame game" Wow so I guess the Nurenburg Trials were just the blame game? Why take anyone to court for war crimes? Or treason? Isn't that playing the "blame game"? We need to vote these traitors out! Anyone who pledges alegience to Grover Norquist and not the USA should NEVER hold a political office and should be tried for TREASON!

    December 30, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well we certainy have made a lot of progress these last 4 years haven'r we? Obama doesn't want to get his hands dirty with such mudane tasks. He want's someone to do all the dirty work and he take the credit. I don't know why he ran in the first place. There will probably be no progress to speak of the next 4 years either. The Republician's are trying but the democrats are absent. No budget, no responsibility, no nothing.

    December 30, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Jerubbaal

    Boehner put cuts on the table but did not have the clout to deliver in the repub controlled HOUSE.

    December 30, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. RINO Bill

    Yeah, John, lead the way like you did when you told Republican House members to go home for Christmas without completing your job and then telling the president that it was his resposnsibility now. Congratulations on winning "The Worst Speaker of the House Ever!" You've set a very low mark for your successor, Eric Cantor.

    December 30, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. MarineWill

    Really, John Boehner? You are really bad at your job! You couldn't deliver a vote if your life depended on it. You're the worst speaker in the history of the house. Where's Newt when you need him?

    December 30, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. rs

    Mr. Boehner wouldn't know leadership (much like "personal responsibility") if it bit him in the backside. Stop the lies, sir! The GOP has but one goal- to take the American economy down again.

    December 30, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. FlaGuy

    He IS leading. Take a look behind him. See those millions of people? That's us. You and your so-called party haven't come to Washington to govern but to obstruct. You are single-handedly making the GOP irrelevant. We can see right through all your BS ... so get it together or you'll be out n the street in 2014.

    December 30, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Joannie

    Boehner has got to resign or be fired. He has no abillity
    to lead and therefore has no credibility. He is loser-

    December 30, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Rory

    Political children playing in a sandbox full of fiscal quicksand.

    December 30, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Ted McD

    No John you have it backwards and you know full well you have it backwards. Put your big boy panties on,put the needs of your country ahead of your speakership and do what you know you need to do.

    December 30, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. VEW2012

    Nonsense the problem is the GOP doesn't move from protecting those who can afford to pay more taxes. A good 1/2 or better of the current federal deficit is due to the overall cost for the Bush tax cuts, and the loss of revenue from those higher rates; which would have kept us from borrowing to pay for Bush's unnecessary war.

    As the old saying goes follow the money...or in this case..... the lack of tax revenue money which would have been in the treasury to pay for the wars being bought.

    It is estimated that the Bush era tax cuts will be responsible for $9 Trillion in federal deficits between 2009 and 2019. or roughly 1/2 of the $16 Trillion Federal deficit.

    December 30, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Greyman

    Projection, they name is Republican.

    Any credit the GOP could take for the balanced budgets of the Clinton years was dashed when President W Bush got into office, resulting in holes blown in the budget thanks to lavish tax giveaways to the uber-rich and unfunded wars kept off the books. Did Boehner or any of the old House GOP crowd have a problem with raising the debt ceiling then? In fact, growth of federal spending was much greater during the Reagan and Bush years than during the Clinton and Obama administrations. And looking at just W Bush and Obama...spending on new policies under Bush was over 5 trillion, while new policies under Obama (including stimulus and Obamacare) will total about 1.4 trillion.

    In other words, Mr. Boehner, the spending problems and the debt, THE REPUBLICANS BUILT THAT. And don't rpoject your inability to lead after you couldn't even get your own caucus in line for your 'Plan B'.

    December 30, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. steve harnack

    Yeah! Geezuz, Obama's acting like the people need to know what's happening. Doesn't he know that we have well paid spin doctors to tell the people why holding the country hostage on behalf of the 1% is good for the party, oops! I mean country?

    December 30, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Independent

    Boehner thinks it's wrong for the President to cast blame... but apparently it's OK when he does it. Graham thinks the President has won a hallow political victory. These guys are in denial and the Republican party is in disarray. Boehner was close to getting a decent deal but decided to abandon it and go for Plan B. Apparently he was unable or unwilling to bring his caucus to support the deal he abandoned or his cobbled together Plan B. Republican leadership is feckless – and increasingly irrelevant. There is no credible Republican leadership for the Dems to work with... that is the essence of the problem.

    December 30, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. jinx88

    This is coming from a guy that couldnt pass his own bill in the House in which the Repubs control. Boehner is a joke!!

    December 30, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. keeth

    And what has Boehner been saying? No.

    December 30, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    How irate and irresponsible these GOP idiots–they do not take the blame nevertheless it congress in majority–are people stupid to follow these nathional thugs in USA. Sad. Raise the tax on filthy rich that make more than 300 k or more at least. Sad.

    December 30, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. chesterbaloneyjr

    Boehner is the mouthpiece of a bunch of clowns trying to hijack America's progress, the most unpatriotic people in the country, hoping for disaster and collapse so they can say "we told you so".

    December 30, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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