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. Vincent

    If it wasnt Boehner as House Speaker, then who else might end up there?
    Sometimes its better to deal with the devil you know ...

    January 3, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  2. Marcia

    It wasn't just that Boehner said it -he then bragged about it to everyone he saw for the next hour-trying to prove himself a man by swearing at a senior citizen-and failiing

    January 3, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  3. Bob

    There's only one way to get rid of Boehner as Speaker: Defeat Eric "Cant"or in two years. If you think it's bad now with Boehner (which it is), just try to imagine a Speaker "Cant"or.

    January 3, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  4. haystupid

    harry doesnt n the differance between name calling and someone telling him what he can go do, simply go $&*@ your self isnt name calling. most in america would agree with that statement, i feel the same way about obama.

    January 3, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  5. AGeek

    The USS GOP is heading straight for its inevitable demise by its own hand. ...but only if the constituency has had enough of the last 40 years of lies and destruction of the US. Either We The People change the course the country is on, or we stand by and watch as our poorly-chosen elected officials drive us off the side of a mountain at high speed.

    January 3, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  6. Edward

    Can Americans not expect more from their leaders? This is not the way congressmen talk to each other. Such shameful and immature behavior from Mr. Boehner.

    January 3, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  7. Connie Cason

    I would have like to have been there to drop a few "F" bombs myself!

    January 3, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  8. Jim Sedberry

    It's about time someone called that little rat from NV something, because he hasn't done anything in 4 years, just like obama. Both losers!!

    January 3, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  9. Randy Hunter

    Mr. Boehner is an embarassment. It is obvious this guy has one agenda, himself! When are the American people going to wake up and stop voting these arrogent, self serving disrespectfull, immature loud mouths into leadership roles in our country? Lets just put and end to all this foolishness and vote these people out! Get educated America, its no longer about the party, its about our country, our childerns future and way of life. If these people were running your local school system would you put up with this mess?

    January 3, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. Kathy

    Well, he won't be the first and certainly not the last. However, this might be the reason Congress can't get anything done; to busy thinking up one-upmanships.

    January 3, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  11. Gordon Silliker

    So a couple of grown men had words with each other? This is news?

    January 3, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  12. Bill

    If I had the chance, I'd say the same thing to Reid. He's as useless as useless gets.

    January 3, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  13. cptpooppants

    This orange buffoon would have been fired at any other job! Why is this different? You're fired!

    January 3, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  14. foxglove

    Boehner is a walking disaster and Eric Cantor has some type of personality disorder She what people have to say in Richmond, VA.

    I think the GOP needs to clean house and get rid of these dysfunctional people.

    January 3, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  15. joe dokes

    This appears to be a favorite phase for Republicans. Remember when Vice President Dick Cheney hurled this exact same phrase at the opposition? (Actually, wasn't it directed at Reid as well?)

    Excellent way to lower the level of discourse in Congress to high school levels. Feel proud, Boehner.

    January 3, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  16. DJ in OH

    House Speaker John Boehner should not use that kind of language in any meeting. Given his performance and this latest incident, I think he should resign and let someone else take his place who can get things done without creating a disfunctional chamber and who would observe proper decorum in the White House and avoid vulgar profanity.

    January 3, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  17. Tired of CNN Old News

    CNN why are you still giving prominence to this story? What John said to Harry is probably the nicest thing any Republican has said to Harry in years...

    January 3, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  18. thom

    Being a longtime Republican I am disheartened that our party is being hijacked by guys like Boehner and cantor. They don't care about the people only the TV bite, and partisanship. The country needs debate and probem solving not all of this partisanship. It is time to solve problems. Gov. Christie said it all yesterday. This is why Americans hate Congress.

    January 3, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |

    Let them attach each other with words, maybe more. Can't stand any of them! Show me one politician that has served one full term and wasn't in the pocket of a lobbyist or special interest group? Come on just one.

    January 3, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  20. mary

    I am laughing out loud at these comments. The Dems have the worst toilet mouths around...whether it's obsceneties, lies, crude jokes they get the award for it. I think that Reid and Pelosi are just evil people who push push push their agenda until they get their way. I wouldn't expect anything less from the libs...no compromise, my way or the highway! Just going to sit back and watch the country slip into a deep dark hole with them at the helm.

    January 3, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. mm

    Reid made the ugly comment first by going on TV and calling JB a dictator. If pu–y Reid can't handle criticism, then he should keep his mouth shut. It's clear that the media in conjunction with the RINO's are after JB for their own benefit. JB is the only adult in DC at the current time.

    January 3, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  22. Jay

    Good for Boehner, Reid is the one who started it by calling him a dictator. The left has been calling names the whole time, not like I care for either side, but I'm tired of it all, and especially the media. Got a good question, gas just went up .10 last night, where's the media outrage? Gas is up and is only going to get higher, but no media reports to rile people up. Guess that there must be an EBT card for gas now.

    January 3, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  23. Mich_repub

    I have a new respect for Boehner. He should have told Obama to do the same. Reid responded by laughing. And after said, "no can do, to tired from giving it to all tax paying Americans."

    January 3, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. Tony in Maine

    Emotionally immature. There is a solution, John.

    January 3, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. Willy

    'F-Bomb' ? What exactly is that? Seems to me it is the most precise form of communication expressing ones feelings toward another or some situation. The kind of 'straight talk' we all claim to want. Honestly, I would rather a good rousing speech peppered with 'F-Bombs' than the slick, oily and sugary crap we get now. We claim we want emotion to know the heart and then we shrink from it and ask for kindness when we get wat we want. We get the sweet civil talk we state we want and then we rise up and complain there is not enough emotion and assertiveness. So we get what we get- waffling, flip-flopping, finger to the wind haphazard incomprehensible governing. Brilliant political move by Christie here, however. He has hit the nail of frustration directly on the head. He kinda has a Perotishness about him it appears.

    January 3, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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