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. ObaWendon

    Boehner is useless. He and the rest of his idiotic lemmings will live well for the rest of their lives, while we average hard working Americans suffer. Eric Cantor is worse. I wonder when their Karma will hit?

    January 3, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  2. Dan A

    Stop trying to create news. The F bomb is not news. Iran almost having the A bomb is news.

    January 3, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. bribarian

    Reid isnt going to stoop to namecalling, but he was ok calling Boehner a dictator.

    January 3, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  4. Plopped

    McDonald's is always in need of diligent shift supervisors..,,

    January 3, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. Hexnut

    Forgoodofall you fail to remember that O had the House and Senate for his first 2 (failed) years and O did NOTHING! He is an empty suit. Reid deserves a foot in the mouth, he has been an obstructionist for far too long. Actually, I would like to see this end in a duel, 10 paces, turn and fire. Just like to good old days.

    January 3, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. Mark

    Crude jab? What would you call Reid's calling Boehner a dictator?

    January 3, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. Mark

    Wasn't it Clueless Joe who said to Obama, "this is a big f***ing deal?" But that was ok?

    January 3, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  8. Mark

    Hey, Boehner haters, how do you support Reid and Pelosi with a clear conscience?

    January 3, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  9. Loathstheright

    Well they are the party of "family values" after all....and party of "hypocrites"....and party of "bigots".....and party of "racists"....etc. etc. etc.

    January 3, 2013 01:03 am at 1:03 am |

    First of all, to speak to a colleague in the Congress using the "f-word" is quite indicative of Speaker Boehners upbringing as a bar brat. Guess he got used to thowing those "f....n" drunks out his family bar.

    Secondly, this is just another instance of a total lack of leadship on the part of the Republican party and the GOP majority in the House. You lead by example Mr. Speaker. Now that i think about it I guess your doing a pretty good job because your Republican colleagues in the House certainly have to the American people to go "f..k themselves" unless of course they are wealthy.

    Mr. Speaker did you attend Vice President Cheney's Congressional School of Etiquette. As I recall he told Chairman Leahy to "go f..k" yourself" also.

    January 3, 2013 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. USER-301

    I managed to recruit over 2000 republicans to switch ranks and join us on the democratic side. As I predicted, we are victorious and will continue to keep it going in 2016. Our Dem. door is always open for the confused and unstable to cross the line and come get a real taste of victory. This is just another example of the republicans doing what they do best – FALL APART!

    January 3, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  12. MDKat

    Remember the days when members of both parties could do their jobs on the Hill but outside work, just agree to disagree but still share meals, be courteous, their respective spouses and children were friends, and no one would even think of cursing at a colleague much less do it. Makes me want to watch a Frank Capra moviel to get that Boehner story out of my mind.

    January 3, 2013 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Woody Stiff

    Going through school with the name Boehner Must have been hell. But who's getting the last laugh now....

    January 3, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  14. Chirs

    Liberals really are mentally challenged. All you wanted were tax increases that barely scratched the surface of our deficit and have larger repercussions in business expansion. All the while allowing the democrats in congress (not repubs) because you like to blame them for nothing.... added an extra 400 billion in new spending....NEW SPENDING, i actually want this country to collapse now because i want to see your children starve for your incompetence.

    January 3, 2013 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  15. Chirs

    Liberals really are mentally challenged. All you wanted were tax increases that barely scratched the surface of our deficit and have larger repercussions in business expansion. All the while allowing the democrats in congress (not repubs) because you like to blame them for nothing.... added an extra 400 billion in new spending....NEW SPENDING

    January 3, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  16. Jeff

    So Reid calls Boehner a "Dictator" and then gets told to Go "F" himself, and Reid responds with, "I won't stoop to name calling". What does the think calling a guy "dictator" is? To me this is one guy who called someone a name around his friends, then when the other guy found out he confronted him and told him to get bent. Reid should stop crying.

    January 3, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  17. Steve in Seattle

    I'm glad Boehner put Reid in his place. Someone needed to. Referring to Boehner as a "dictator", really? Whether you agree with Boehner or not, I've never heard him resort to name calling. Reid needs to go back and listen to Obama's speech after the Tucson shooting. If I recall, our fearless leader asked for the name calling to stop. I'm proud of you Mr. Boehner, way to stand up for yourself and attack that name calling crap head-on!!!!!

    January 3, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  18. jake

    Not suprised..it's the gop way of doing things...once a bully always a bully. Sad and pathetic.

    January 3, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  19. gar

    Boehner was just quoting Cheney. It's a standard Republican greeting.

    January 3, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  20. jk

    Have to agree with whoever said when we think we don't like Boehner and his dictatorship, to think Eric Cantor... One must hope that after this entire mess, the Americans who unfortunately for them, are registered Republicans, will wake up ( this includes the ever delightful Mr. Christie) and drop what has become of the Republican party and start electing some actual HUMANS to the house of Representatives. They need to get on track as to what is needed by ALL Americans and not be led by the nose by the Tea Party, or Wealthy KOOK brothers, et al. I hope Christie holds to what he is saying and doesn't cave as soon as he gets them moving as did one Republican representative from NY. He flipped his position as soon as it looked like they had talked Boehner into a fast vote. NO BACKBONE. Hope Christie does better than that!

    January 3, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  21. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    It was just the booze talking.

    January 3, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  22. Dave

    As a Republican, I am ashamed of Boehner. Self-control is always required of those who would lead others.

    January 3, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  23. t3chn0ph0b3

    These are the people who hold the future of our nation in their hands. We're pretty screwed, aren't we?

    January 3, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  24. Texas Anne

    Mr. Reid was WAY nicer than I would have been if that nitwit Boehner had said something like that to me. After I had slapped his smarmy face, I would have given him a knee where he would have remembered it for a long time. And I'm a 65 year old woman. But Boehner's kind of disgraceful foul behavior is pathetic and deserves an appropriate response– and I'm thinking a knee to the family jewels would be a good start.

    January 3, 2013 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  25. wiseup

    Boehner has no room to speak to any one like that. He had to pass his responsibility to the senate because he couldn,t get his house to come to a reasonable offer. I am sure the basic repubs deeply regret selling their souls to the T-devils for the sake of a short term benefits of taking control of house. Now the T-party has one goal , to shut down government byrefusing to appropriate any money for any thing. Boeghner can't get anything past the T-Party.

    January 3, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
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