January 2nd, 2013
10:09 AM ET
9 years ago

Boehner's White House F-bomb

(CNN) - For all the stalemate in the fiscal cliff negotiations, there were some heated moments, too.

A Democratic source familiar with one particular exchange told CNN that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were sitting on a sofa in the White House.

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House Speaker John Boehner breezed in and his first words to Reid were "Go f*** yourself."

Boehner's comment came after Reid took to the Senate floor on Thursday and characterized the House speaker's handling of his chamber as a "dictatorship."

Reid responded to Boehner's confrontational tone by laughing, the Democratic source said, though a GOP source who was there said he didn't think Reid was all that happy.

"The exchange continued, and it didn't get any better for Reid," the GOP source said.

Boehner's office had no comment on the exchange when asked about it Wednesday.

Both men described the moment to members of their caucus.

The exchange happened at the White House on Friday - the day the four Capitol Hill leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

On Wednesday, after news of the comment emerged, Reid said on the Senate floor that "unlike others behind us in this Capitol, I'm not going to stoop to name calling. I just want people to work and do what they need to do." Politico first reported Boehner's comment.

Hours after the meeting on Friday, he described it as "constructive."

"There was not a lot of hilarity in the meeting, everyone knows how important it is," Reid said. "It was a very serious meeting and it took an extended period of time."

- CNN's Dana Bash and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: Harry Reid • John Boehner
soundoff (850 Responses)
  1. John

    I predict unemployment is going to go up January 2015 for...... Cantor, Boehner, McConnel, .......

    January 2, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Lucas

    If you don't recognize Reid as pond scum then you might take offense to the remark. On the other hand, if you have read and listened the arrogant and belittling Reid for years you know it should be the standard response to him at all times. Treating that dirt bag with any kind of respect is a dishonor to all of the other Senators.

    January 2, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Sheepleherder

    The American people should have told all of them to do that years ago. The really sad part of it is, the obscenity is in their performance not their words.

    January 2, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC


    Democrats do the exact same thing. As much as I disagree with what Boehner did I actually think that Mr. Reid is not undeserving of the lashing.
    Democrats did "the exact same thing" when? When?

    January 2, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. John Henson

    Ah, yes. The great defender of Christianity in the U.S. Capitol expresses himself. Yes, sir. The speaker thinks he's pretty good at fooling many gullible people with his stands on "right-to-life," and other right-wing denominational ideology, but he just can't miss the opportunity to open his mouth and put his foot in it.

    January 2, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. gladiatorgrl

    Boehner is NO LEADER he's a crying drunk and an embarrassment to this nation.

    January 2, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. DocHollywood

    Another childish thing the speaker has done. He's either crying or name calling. If he really had cajones, he'd tell the house tea partiers go "go f*ck themselves", but he lacks the moxie to actually take on a problem. He is most likely the weakest speaker of the house in the history of the US government. He should not be re-elected speaker.

    January 2, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. cappy

    Liberals jumping to the defense of our illustrious America hero, Harry Reid. HA! If you can't grasp the offensive nature of Reid's veiled insults to republicans over the years, you obviously can't grasp much.

    January 2, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Pat

    Boehner or should I say boner after all the things he has handled needs to be fired

    January 2, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. michaelw777

    I'm no real fan of Boehner, but lately, trying to lead the GOP is worse than herding cats. We got what we elected, folks. We elected people who PROMISED us they wouldn't work with the other side – and we're surprised now, when we find they can't work together. We're as responsible as they are for the mess we're in. Maybe next time, we'll elect people who know how to balance pragmatism with ideals. But I'm not holding my breath.

    January 2, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. CryBabies

    These people (R's and D's alike) are Buffoons. Their interests come first and then the people they represent. Too bad we can't put term limits into play.

    January 2, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. TMRN51

    I find it entertaining that the Dems are crying because the Republicans are being "mean" to Reid. Maybe they should reach into the archives of nasty politics and review some of the truly hateful things Reid and his gang of misfits have said over the past few years. The dem party is the party of hate and class warfare.

    January 2, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Nopnuts

    So let me get this straight. On the floor of the senate, Reid said publicly that Boehner was running things like a dicatatorship. Then, privately, Boehner told Reid to go f*@k himself. It sounds like Reid had it coming.

    January 2, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Fsjunkie

    Wonder why Boehner can't work up the nerve to utter these same words to Grover Norquist or Rush Limbaugh....

    January 2, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    I wish I was there when Harry Reid – on the Senate floor for the world to hear – said (referring to the Iraq war), "The war is lost"... as the mother of a soldier, telling Reid to go eff himself would have been the mildest thing I would have uttered.

    January 2, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Ferret out the BS

    Ha, they're all probably having drinks together right now. Oh and Wilson, maybe you should think about leaving the country since we're moving away from faschism.

    January 2, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. jeanni

    GOP should be ashamed of themselves. What happened to the old GOP that was willing to work together for the people. This group of imbeciles are too full of themselves to see past their noses. Shame, shame on them. Why do people (tea party) elect these morons???

    January 2, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. michaelw777

    I'm no fan of Boehner, but trying to lead the GOP right now is worse than herding cats. Reid baited him, what did he expect? I don't even care. As to Congressional gridlock – we're as responsible as they are for the mess we're in. We elected politicians who PROMISED they wouldn't work with the other side – what did we expect would happen? Why are we surprised? When we elect politicians who know how to balance pragmatism with idealism, things will change for us. But I'm not holding my breath. Roughly half the country doesn't agree with the other half. It's not going to change, folks, so we better get over it and find a way to work together. Clearly, this confrontational mode isn't working, and isn't going to start working. Stop demonizing the other side – no matter what side you're on.

    January 2, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Anonymous


    It is just a start, just as we see other politicians fighting in other countries we shall soon see it more often here.

    Apparently this is what CNN decided as well. Why give what is essentially a non story top billing on a "two for" scale of coverage? This is one of two similar articles. Judging from the right wing comments, John Boehner represents his party fairly well when it comes to immature actions and words.

    January 2, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. 'Where is the real DEAL'...

    where............? The Country is swimming in red ink...and the White house together with Congress think that they avoided
    "The Fiscal Cliff"....the worsed is yet to come....if Americans don't rally to wake-up ....them-people in Washington....!

    January 2, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    cappy wrote:

    Liberals jumping to the defense of our illustrious America hero, Harry Reid. HA! .....
    Lotsa' more folks around here defending Boehner than Reid, cappy. When you're on the defenseive in politics, doesn't that mean that you're losing the argument? And continuing to defend means you've lost the battle?

    January 2, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. CryBabies

    @ RudyNY...During the campaign this year, President Obama referred to MR as a "Bullsh____er_."

    January 2, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Sue

    John Boehner – a real class-act. He deserves every single thing that is being said about him – particularly by his own party. He is totally unfit to be majority leader of the house, along with a few others, oh, like Eric Cantor. I say, good riddance to bad rubbish, when they finally disappear!

    January 2, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Patrick

    If we followed mr Boehner's advice the republicans would start passing state laws against it and requiring women to get a doctor's permission before doing so.

    January 2, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. MrHighMighty

    What else do you expect? Everyone knows Boehner's party is filled with spoiled little crybabies.
    And I'm not name-calling, just observing the facts proven by their behavior.

    January 2, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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