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. Optimist5

    It is a sad thing to see the Speaker of the House saying the F-thing. Republicans need to clean up their act. Also, the upside down flag guy needs to find another country.

    January 3, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Dave

    Boehner tends to be drunk a lot.

    January 3, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. John

    Boehner is history. He's a whiny little puppy (or, is that puppet?) that has absolutely no control over the House, and is showing no leadership at all.

    January 3, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Dar

    At least Boehner knew what was in the bill. Unlike the last speaker who said, and I quote,"We just have to pass the bill to see what is in it" ???????????????????????????????
    Now that is what repesents what is wrong with the Democrats!!!
    No foresight, only what they see right in front of them at the moment!

    January 3, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. Chuck

    do we really want to start pointing fingers at politicians that drop the f-bomb
    look no further than our second in command

    January 3, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. AngryVoter

    Boehner has all the charm of a sticky doorknob.

    January 3, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Jim Markland

    If I recall correctly, Clint Eastwood while speaking at the Republican National Convention, told the invisible Preident Obama,
    "you can't do that to yourself"

    January 3, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. John

    The extreme right-wingnuts need to just create their own party. That way the GOP could purge themselves of all of this garbage, get people that are more moderate, and get something done in Congress. Also, in the coming negotiations, Obama and the Dems. in Congress need to do their part, and tighten up on spending. Including military. (And NOT soldier's pay or benefits. Maybe we could figure out a way to actually give a living wage and decent benefits during and after their service, to those people that risk the ultimate sacrifice? Ya think?)

    January 3, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Maryland Disgusted

    Harry Reid calling Boehner a dictator? How laughable. HE's the dictator. He got what he deserved. The Democrats can say anything they like, but if a Republican fires back, . . . oh my, he's being rude and crude. Democrats have a set of rules for themselves, and another set for everyone else, and they lie and twist things all the time. And, . . . their selective moral outrage is so pathetic, transparent, and disgusting. The President, though, is THE person responsible for dividing this Country. I put the blame squarely on HIM! He is a snake in the grass, and I don't care what color his skin is. I've never hated a president more. Actually, I've never HATED a president period until now. He is out to destroy this country.

    January 3, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. OvertaxedBK

    Boehner drops an F bomb in a back office conversation, everybody up in arms.

    Reid refers to Boehner as dictator, barely a story.

    I find it really funny that the conversation keeps coming down to taxes on the wealthy. I am in the top 1-2% and would be happy paying more taxes... IF and ONLY IF we get responsible about our spending. And this goes for defense, too.

    This is completely unsustainable. Our children are screwed. I just bought land in Costa Rica. Time to start preparing for the exodus.

    January 3, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. RobName

    Ed you cant be serious? Republicans are getting a taste of their own medicine. You aren't use to seeing Democrats fight, well get use to it. We are sick of the disrespect of our President. Like it or not he is your president too. If you dont like it planes leave tjis country daily to any where you would like to go

    January 3, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Razr

    What a way to show one's opinion of another. This Boehner guy wishes all the power was his no doubt, and if he ever became President he would be the worse President ever. I can see him using the F-bomb on all the leaders he dislikes which I am sure is every leader in the world. This Boehner guy just seems to be on some power trip and so if he can not hit a person without being thrown into jail then he will use his F-bomb whenever possible. I hope he sucker punch's Obama while on cc camera and then Obama beats the daylights out of him and causes him to go into a deep coma permanently. Obama will be exonerated seeing that the camera showed him being sucker punched by this guy Boehner.

    January 3, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. CJ

    Bohner mad....absolutely....what just got passed was tax increase across the board for everybody....and another 4.5 trillion in debt approved. Pushing the country to 20 trillion in debt. With no pull back from spending,and this is without all the tax increases already taking place in 2013.

    January 3, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Pam

    Uhm, cainthaler, " ...handling of his chamber as a 'dictatorship.'" That's not calling someone a name, it's using a term that describes a governmental style. Just thought I'd point out the obvious.

    January 3, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. Bobby in SC

    Thank you Mr. Speaker for saying what millions of Americans would love to have the chance to say to him! He is a political hack who should have been voted out of office long ago.The man has broken the law by not submitting a budget in over 1,300 days.He should be in jail and not in a leadership position.If I had the same job performance record as him on my job,I wouldn't have a job.

    January 3, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. sumguy2006

    "A Democratic source familiar with one particular exchange"
    What does that statement even mean?
    Was the "source" even there, or did the "source" hear it from another "source"?
    This is reporting???

    January 3, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. chet

    Appropriate words for Reid!

    January 3, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Tips

    CNN conveniently left out Reid's cowardice response to Boehner, as he lied and stated you know I don't communicate what isn't written for me. Reid's aid promptly spoke up rejecting Reid in sharing to Boehner that no such statements were written. Reid, you're a lier...and horrible leader!

    January 3, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. Political Agnostic

    This is just an example of how far the decorum in Congress has deteriorated these past few years. Whatever happened to civil discourse? Little wonder these discussion boards are covered with name calling and derogitory comments that do nothing to further the discussion on how to resolve the problems this country faces.

    January 3, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  20. Rudy NYC


    Forgoodofall you fail to remember that O had the House and Senate for his first 2 (failed) years and O did NOTHING!
    No. Democrats did not have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate during the first two years. At best, it lasted just a few months: until Ted Kennedy became ill; until Barack Obama's hand picked replacement became embroiled in scandal. Remember any of that? By January 2010, Republican replacements were being sworn into office. Please, let's not forget about Sen. Joe Leiberman who opposed Obama in the 2008 elections and has continued to do so ever since.

    January 3, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. hennyyoungman

    Go "F" yourself Boehner says to the little snit Harry Reid! Score one for Boehner!

    January 3, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. MilitaryAF

    Seems to me we should give Boner a reason to cry. His attempt to gain support for his 'Plan B' morning after pill failed and the only thing the GOP has managed to accomplish is completely inhibiting ANY progress from being made in congress. The obstructionist mindset of the GOP not only has to go, those with the mindset need to be permanently flushed from our system of government. Inducing a complete stalemate out of spite is NOT leadership, and not the type of individuals our country deserves.

    January 3, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. Nora E

    Congress in general and Boehner in particular have hit the top of unconscionable behavior. The United States no longer has any statesmen; we ARE Rome.

    January 3, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. learntoread

    Not a big deal–he was just telling Reid what he really thought ( but right outside the oval office? hmmmm, nice....)...Cheney used it on Pat Leahy as well on the floor....Biden drops the F bomb but not to a persons face–he uses it as an adjective as opposed to a noun....i'd suggest that all of congress go F themselves but then they would be at THAT for the next 6 months...a mere suggestion can sidetrack that group of idiots pretty quickly...right now we need them to FOCUS....that should be the new F word on the hill.... go FOCUS yourself...

    January 3, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. Jim

    But it's OK to call Romney a murderer on the Senate floor like Harry Reid did. Where was the outrage then?

    January 3, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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