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. Lynn

    What has happened to manners and all those things our mothers taught us. You do not swear or call people swear words. You should expect our Representatives to act in a professional way and when you are going into a meeting where the Country is expecting you to compromise and get something done, you DO NOT enter a room and tell someone you need to work with to 'go F yourself". That does not bring about working together or a productive meeting. John needs to grow up.
    He is mad because he had a better deal and walked away from it and tried his own deal that even his own party would not accept so instead of working it out, he walked away and told the Country Merry Christmas. That is unexcusable.

    January 2, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Sandy

    so what's news about this...we expect there will be a few @#$% words exchanged...aren't these grown men? Oh, sorry about that, these are merely boys playing politics and keep us hostage.

    January 2, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Zeibodique

    I see the connection....John is the slang term for toilet....toilets are pottys....John is a potty mouth. You're doin' a heck of a job Boehner!

    January 2, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. wobbles

    we are all calling Reid a few choice words since he screwed all of us on the payroll tax.

    January 2, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Alex

    It's not clear from the article that Boehner was saying that to Reid. It's likley he was actually saying it to the American people.

    January 2, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Natalie

    We've always said they're like a bunch of children. My hope for 2013 is that Mr. Boehner loses his job and has to eat hot dogs and Ramen noodles. Maybe, just maybe, he will then understand what it's like for the real people of this country.

    January 2, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. bobcat2u

    Awwww, poor, poor Boehner couldn't get his way this time, so he responds like a child. That's the problem with our so called leaders. They act like children on a playground. If I can't have my way, I'll curse at you and sit in the corner and pout. Oh, and you can't play with my ball anymore either.

    January 2, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Steve

    Oh yeah, here's what we have come to in the21rst century. Boehner is such an embarrasment to Ohio and the nation. This is how he handles a stressful situation? And he's third in line of succession for the presidency. There's a scary thought!
    The teapublicans are strangling on their own bile, so filled with pointless hate. Two more years of this crap and the midterm elections should be interesting....

    January 2, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Jason

    This is just another example of why our government is dysfunctional and why I doubt anything meaningful will get done, just more can kicking. The simple truth is that these people HATE each other at a visceral level. There is ZERO trust, and very little respect. Public statements from both sides stink of petty, personal bickering. They are almost ALL behaving like petulant children. So many of these so-called "leaders" lack the simple ability to show respect and negotiate in good faith. They take their petty nonsense to the public like some sort of playground popularity contest. It's sad and pathetic.

    January 2, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. waheid

    Boehner has no class, no brains, and no ability. And yet this man, a paragon of incompetence, is elected to be next-in-line to the Presidency after the Vice President. Is it any wonder the House of Representatives and Congress, in general, is so dysfunctional. Has it occurred to anyone that our system isn't working? And it's our fault; we elected these people.

    January 2, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Larry in Houston

    lol – guess he gets that sort of language from his brother's Bar – in Cincinnati – he's only got til 2014 – he's out when mid-terms rolls around. Maybe he can get a spot on the Jerry Springer show.

    January 2, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Nevis Mn

    He learned that from Clint Eastwood.

    January 2, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Rick 7809

    So the incivility toward each other extends in their private meetings and not just their statements to the press. Gee who would have thought that. Maybe they all need to be armed to defend themselves from such an outburst. People have been killed on the streets for such a comment. Nobody "deserves" to be treated with such disrespect, if we could figure out how to stop that the world may be just a little bit better.

    January 2, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Jens Jensen

    Prince Harry Reid is a pathalogical liar. Everyone knows this. He spins and twists everything and anything to gain political favor.

    January 2, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Pritka

    I really don't care if they turn the air blue with swear words, just do your jobs and do them right and on time. On the other hand, how could Boehner hope to have a productive meeting after insulting the person you are supposed to negotiate with right at the beginning?

    January 2, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Frank

    Boehner better watch himself. Reid may not look like much, but he was a pretty good boxer in his youth. Still looks reasonably fit. Im sure he could put Boehner down in 10 seconds or less.

    January 2, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Grinning Libber

    Message to GOP regressives: "You lost"

    January 2, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. rs

    The Democrats have agreed to more than a $1trillion in spending cuts- what has the GOP offered but more tax cuts for the rich? They even bragged this was they biggest tax cut ever! What about the GOP spending under Bush? That was cut taxes and spend dude! When you want to see stupid government in action, I present you with the GOP.

    January 2, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Don DaMiddle

    I have 1 question for the GOP Dictator.
    Hey Boehner – How did Grover Norquist's dictate...
    when you signed his "PAC Pledge"?

    January 2, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Grinning Libber

    GOP: "You lost"

    January 2, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Dave

    Boehner's comment does not surprise me that much. He has shown in the past he has no class, and is in this thing for what benefits HIM the most. He doesn't care about America or Americans...he cares about Boehner and the rest of his rich friends. If he was run out of DC on a rail it would probably be the best thing to happen to DC in quite a while.

    January 2, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Jeff Guthrie

    Good for him. I despise and loathe the men that run this country. But I have more respect for Boehner now!! This country has a tremendous spending problem. We all pay plenty of taxes. Even the President probably spent a couple of million dollars getting to and from Hawaii over this fiasco. Enough is Enough!!

    January 2, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. chet griffin

    Come the next election I'm voting all encumbents out no matter who they are, I think most people think this way the only problem is that they want everybody else senator and representative out but not their's. I can't believe they are getting a raise in these troubling times. Just goes to show they are only concerned about themselves and the power they hold. I think a good fix would be term limits.j

    January 2, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. JD

    i've actually met Reid, briefly, in the course of business (healthcare) in his state – his first words, literally, were, "i don't care about your problems, I want to know how you can help get me votes when I need them." this guy, like most politicians, is a self-serving thug.

    January 2, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. 2cents4free

    Isn't verbal abuse a form of harassment? Someone needs to talk to HR.

    January 2, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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