January 2nd, 2013
10:09 AM ET
10 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. ForGoodOfAll

    It is becoming extremely obvious that Boehner is unfit to remain Speaker of the House. Of course, tea-bagger Eric Cantor would be even worse if he took over Boehner's position should 'push come to shove'. The Republican Party is falling apart at the seams with no real direction and fighting within their own ranks. Interesting to see what is recorded in the history books years from now when the Democratic Party easily takes control of the Presidency, Senate and House!!

    January 2, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Dave

    This doesn't bother me. It's a tense time and situation. For all the John Boehner haters out there, I have two words for you: "Eric Cantor."

    January 2, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Steve

    John Boehner is as incompetent a buffoon as anyone ever to hold his position.

    January 2, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. BHP

    Well, they shoud be able to handle that request. These guys have been screwing up the country for years!

    January 2, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Chris

    When is the news media going to start acting like the news media not TMZ.

    January 2, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Southernsuga

    I think it was actually Cheney that was the trash mouth. It's sad that Boehner can't be a gentleman, rather than a swaggering orange man.

    January 2, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. greenaxe

    Either this guy is crying, boozing or being useless as always. Just think, he will get 250K as a pension plus all the other perks that go along with it.....more money well spent. Boehner represents all that is WRONG with the GOP.

    January 2, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Billy demarco

    Harry Reid needs to grow a set..........

    January 2, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Vince

    Stay classy tea party!

    January 2, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Branson

    This whole issue was created by our incompetent louse of a President in the first place.

    January 2, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Analystgirl

    Classy! Real Classy Boehner! Sadly I expect no more from him, clearly that is the best that he has to offer as speaker of the House......

    January 2, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. topfuel500

    Once again the Conservative Arm is showing the rest of us how respect and family values work....

    January 2, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Larry

    Ghost of Cheney past? The Republicans= no class and no ideas. I will be glad when the Republican party finally collapses under the weight of it's own ego.These guys are a disgrace to all who have previously worked under that banner for the good of the country.Is there anyone more pathetic than a guest that doesn't know when the party is over?

    January 2, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Lisa P.

    Anything to keep people from noticing that Speaker Boehner couldn't deliver his own caucus for the compromise deal. As a dictator he's certainly of the tinpot variety. But mainly he's just an enabler for the Tea Party extremists and their billionaire puppet masters. They hate democracy even more than they hate America. So does Boehner, except when he's having a good cry about it. Crocodile tears, naturally - he stopped caring about the effects of his political shenanigans on the little guy a long time ago.

    January 2, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. awshucks

    I think it's fitting. no apologies for either since Boehner only voiced what the others were likely thinking anyway:) About each other, that is.

    Reid's a big boy...he can take it

    January 2, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. topfuel500

    I was just wondering if Boehner uses that mouth to kiss his mother?

    January 2, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. therepublican

    What does Reid expect after calling him the Dictator of the House...If Harry wants to see a real dictator, he need look no further than his own mirror.

    January 2, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. gblackfoot2013

    here is bigger issue the second amendment and the pres and the rest of the gov trying to take our rights thats a bigger issue than go f ing urself

    January 2, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Liberatus

    Just unbelievable that the GOP picks this issue to stonewall. The people who they are "protecting" from taxes are a very, very small percentage of the population–the problem is, they just happen to be part of that populate...so it's all in self-interest.

    The taxes on the wealthy should be a no brainer. However, I will fault the Dems if they fail to compromise on spending cuts....they have to find ways to cut out some of the spending.

    January 2, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Robert

    I think it's amusing to see you folks talk about how the Republican party is "doomed". A couple of things you might want to try and realize, since a "pinch" to bring you back to reality doesn't work. First, almost exactly half of the country voted against Obama; he does NOT have a mandate and if you mistake electoral college results for the will of the American people, you're crazy. Second, it's now two days into 2013, and already we're uncovering some of the many many many charges, taxes and other costs that were hidden in Obamacare. Within the next year, the cost of Obamacare are going to be so shockingly high and it's going to be so obviously a failure (along with our even worse fiscal condition) that the public will absolutely vote Republican. But keep telling yourself the Republican party is dead...Obamacare is probably going to save a TON of money 🙂 How could it not? It's convoluted, nobody's read the whole thing, it's full of holes and special charges, and it's the product of the Congress. 🙂 In fact, I think it's going to be SUCH a success that Democrats ought to publicly and VOCALLY state their support of it right now, and put their reputations behind it!!

    January 2, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. dsangiovanni

    I still remember the lack of respect to the president with the Joe Wilson "you lie! " .. These GOP representatives are out of control. They represent the worst in politics in USA.

    January 2, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. CaliforniaBC

    LOL!! BOeNER is just mad 'cause it wasn't HE who figured out a deal. He couldn't do it so he resorts to immaturity. This is not the demeanor of a leader. He does need to lose his speakership but the only problem is who's next in line... Cantor. Given histea party extremism, that would be worse.

    January 2, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. gblackfoot2013

    bonner, he is the least of the issue what about our civil rights to the first second fourth amendment that the pres wants to strip us on? what about cps workers kidknapping kids and giving them ptsd or edd,? montana cps work kristie mannix is a kidknapper and im suing the state of montana for $200,000,000

    January 2, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Scott

    Like Democrats have never said anything remotely uncouth about Republicans...People are already crucifiying soon to be Senator Tim Scott. I suppose being called a dictator (you know, murders their own people) is worse than being told to pleasure yourself.

    January 2, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. glorydays

    What an clear example of our honorable political leaders.

    January 2, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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