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. MacInBlack1970

    On Friday, after
    Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Boehner of holding a
    "dictatorship" in his chamber, the House speaker responded with a

    "Go f— yourself," Boehner said to Reid, according to a source with knowledge of the exchange in a White House lobby.

    Hahahahahaha. What's the matter bhoener? The truth hurts huh?!

    January 2, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Thomas S

    Seems that Cheney taught him well...

    January 2, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Beverly - NYC

    Wow that Boehner is mean when he missescocktail hour. Maybe if you hadn't wasted 4 days on plan B, you could have gotten a better deal. Don't blame Mr. Reid and the Senate for your failure to lead the do nothing Congress.

    January 2, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Liberal and Proud

    I've always said John Boehner is a BONEHEAD !!

    January 2, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. CNN Loud Mouth

    The Republican strategy to win the White House in 2012 was to spend four years launching torpedoes at the economy. Now, for 2016, the Republican strategy to win the White House is to continue launching torpedoes at the economy. The only way Republicans can win the White House is to destroy the economy and stymie growth, otherwise, they will never win again. Republicans do not represent their constituents. Republicans represent themselves and the rich. Period.

    January 2, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. David

    So if Reid calld Boehner a 'dictator' on the floor of the Senate, its ok.But in the confines, off camra, in the White House, Broehner drops the F-bomb then its how dare he. Interesting logic Mr Reid uses. Fits with how he runs the Senate.

    January 2, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. markfromdover

    My money's on Harry- ex boxer. Besides, that was the booze talkin'

    January 2, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Lee

    I would have expected this from Biden, but not from Boehner!

    January 2, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Blue

    John your true character is showing. You need to have respect for others that are looking out for the best for the Americian citizens. Your gun-tooting days are old and need to be revised. You and the other GOP need to work with our President. HE IS OUR PRESIDENT, THANK GOD1

    January 2, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. JLO

    Boehner has had a total meltdown. He has no business being in any position of power. Shame on the people of his district for hoisting him on the rest of the country.

    January 2, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Will Kautz

    Children acting like children. The problem isn't liberalism or conservatism. It is the social immaturity in both parties that makes Congress look like a collection of dry drunks who are incapable of examining themselves honestly or accepting responsibility for their mistakes. Both parties have squandered our wealth and both parties spend most of their time looking for scapegoats. If a true leader ever emerges who has the humility to acknowledge the failings of his/her own party, I predict our divided country will come together in overwhelming numbers to support that person.

    January 2, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Russ in Md

    You and the other GOP need to work with our President. HE IS OUR PRESIDENT, THANK GOD1

    He may be your President but he will never be mine. Given the opertunity I would tell Obozo to "Go f*** yourself."

    January 2, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Independent in Illinois

    The people in his district are either completely snowed or just plain stupid. They re-elected this goof! He should be exiled to the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, & left to deal with the victims there after he screwed them over by not bothering to call a vote on the Sandy Relief Bill. He slipped out the back door to hide instead!!!!

    January 2, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. XB

    What a shame, so unprofessional of him.

    January 2, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. pat

    Boehner shows his true self. When a spoiled adolescent can't handle it anymore, he turns to vulgarity. This is the leader of the GOP? All he does is 1.) Say NO 2.) Cries and 3.) Swears.

    January 2, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Paul

    Boehner is totally frustrated by the tea party caucus in the House. How would you feel if you were speaker of the House but didn't have control of it? I'll make the right mad but Pelosi could get things passed. This House is the least productive ever and Boehner can't control them.

    January 2, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Nomad

    So they have Clint Eastwood as their star speaker at the convention and yet they do not follow his advice. Remember, he can't do that to himself. Lovely!

    January 2, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. harvey_conn

    If memory serves, Clint Eastwood's empty chair said the same thing about the president, so apparently Boehner is using Clints chair as his media advisor. Or perhaps republicans and their chairs have a thing for this sort of discourse when they don't get their way 100%.

    January 2, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Ruff

    No way, I mean Boehner is a born-again Christian-morally good, and all that. Must be a BIIIGGG mistake there.

    January 2, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. mary

    "As the stomach churns"...
    That Boehner makes my stomach turn.

    January 2, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Richard P

    How could Reid go F... himself when he's busy doing it to the American people?

    January 2, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Mark from IN

    What a world class bum that boehner. He fires duly elected GOP representatives from committees because they dare vote their own way, he refused to bring to a vote, billions of dollars in aid to Super Storm Sandy victims, now he uses profane language against a sitting U.S. Senator. Boehner is out of control at best, out of his ever loving mind at least. The world does not revolve around him and his cronies with their circus act of arrogance. This guy represents all that is wrong with Washington today.

    January 2, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. slippery

    Boehner deserves no respect from anyone. What a piece of non-functional stuff.

    January 2, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. denis r desmond

    boehner should have spit in his face when he had the chance .

    January 2, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Walter

    Harry "The Cadaver" Reid has proven himself to be completely irrelevant. He dragged his emaciated corpse out to call Boehner a dictator, then went back to his lair to let Biden do all the work. Boehner shouldn't have wasted his breathe on such a pathetic individual.

    January 2, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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