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. shoos

    I'm not a fan of Boehner and it just typifies the dysfunction of the House. That comment was just typical of their poor leadership. However, Reid is not much better. They had to bring in Biden because he couldn't negotiate with his own Senate. They are both ideologues and when that is the leadership, nothing gets accomplished. They can't get past their hard line beliefs and egos and actually work together. They are poor leaders.

    January 3, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. rl

    Is anyone suprised that this right winger nut republicon/TBer behaves like a dictator and a spoiled little brat? I am not.

    January 3, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. kat

    Until now, Boehner is best known for breaking down and crying crocodile tears at the drop of a hat. The F-Bombs are just one more indication he is not a sufficiently stable person to be leading our country.

    We need honest, dependable, and stable representatives who put the country's best interests ahead of their personal interests. Boehnor is an example of who the USA does not need to lead us into the future.

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


    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. .....
    See that? This is why the right wing makes so mnay people shake their heads. They start talking before their brains catch up. In this example, it is pointed out that Reid started it. Boehner responds with overwhelming force.

    Now, Harry Reid has been silent since the Boehner remark. Yet, somehow this author accuses Reid of something or other, as if Reid had responded to Boehner...almost as if their roles in this affair were reversed. ???

    January 3, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Tom

    John Boehner is the worst Speaker of the House in the history of the USA, even worse than Newt Gingrich.

    January 3, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. lawless4u

    Boehner should be careful with Harry. Harry used to be a boxer and he choked Jack Gordon. He may be a bad mo-fo.

    January 3, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Ralph

    Once you take the oath of office, you should stop being a politician and become a statesman. In other words, vote for what is in the best interest of our country, and forget about political agendas. Gutter talk has no place in the sacred halls of democracy that so many of our patriotic citizens have died for.

    January 3, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Frank - FL

    I would say exactly the same thing to Harry Reid!

    January 3, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. OvertaxedBK

    The left won and got taxes raised on the wealthy.

    As a 1-2%er, I'm fine with higher taxes... but not without spending reductions (and this goes for defense, too).

    Our children are hosed if we stay on this path and raising taxes alone can't fix it.

    I just bought land in Costa Rica... preparing for the inevitable exodus....

    January 3, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Rosslaw

    Now if Tan Man could muster up sufficient testosterone to tell the teatards and Cantor to go f*** themselves something real and positive might get accomplished. Meanwhile, Peter King and Chris Christie might like to spend ten minutes in a locked room with Tan Man and discuss parliabmentary procedure with him. Tan Man better realize that people like Reid could end up being the best friends he has in Washington.

    January 3, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Boehner the Bummer

    This is what passes for witty repartee and statesmanship in Faux country. I heard some republicans also say Boehner was running the House like a dictatorship. He certainly is running it as a sinking ship.

    Boehner and Norquist may now take their official places in the dustpan of history. Perhaps the next speaker will be someone that is willing to work with the Senate and the President and we can start working on some problems.

    January 3, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. carlos

    Boehner has stooped way down, almost to the level of the Biden here.

    He must have been trying to appeal to dems by acting like a classless bufoon.

    January 3, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. kathy

    OK, the Republicans market themselves as the party of Christians, righteousness, all that is good??????? What hypocrisy...........

    January 3, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Phil

    Stop pretending to be upset about the F-bomb. You guys had nothing to say about Biden telling Obama "this is a big effing deal". Politics make people stupid.

    January 3, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. OvertaxedBK

    @ MilitaryAF

    If you believe that the GOP is the only party being the obstructionist, then you need to lay off the koolaid.

    January 3, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Stefan

    It's odd this is news. It's hillarious how many comments it has. An adult used a naughty word in a very tense situation. Who cares?

    January 3, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Pat in IL

    The worst one is the one who keeps it going...not the one who starts it. Boehner needs to grow up and get himself in check.

    January 3, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. rs

    Republicans should just put on brown shirts and get over having any remaining civility.

    January 3, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Dave B

    Oh come on. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi drop f-bombs about Republicans all the time, so does Joe Biden. When a Republican does it about a Democrap suddenly it's big news? Your sense or drama is unabashed!

    January 3, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Anonymous

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

    Reid refers to Boehner as dictator, barely a story.

    Cry me a river and grow up. All of you. The President of the United States has been called worse by your own party members. I have never read so much tripe from people living in what is supposed to be the greatest country in the world. If this is Christianity as it's best, I'm going to have to give Christianity a pass and consider myself fortunate to be living in a country where I am not forced to become exactly what all of you have become. A few years back, Boehner would have been called to task by his own party for uttering such profanity. What changed?

    January 3, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. TexaSAM

    Here's an idea: How about these grown men start putting in 8 hours a day and get to work finding solutions to some of our problems rather then whining & playing games like children. I care about my INVESTMENT in this country & these folks just need grow the heck up & start acting like responsible, professional hard working adults – you know, like the rest of us do every single day. Gee, hard work – what a concept. I sure hope the 113th is better then the 112th.

    January 3, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. James

    So the VP swears is cool, but the Speak swears is suddenly wrong? Liberal hypocrites.

    January 3, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. chuck

    its OK..let Boehner breath have his little tantrums...his political days are numbered while Mr Reid will be there long after he is gone.

    January 3, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. rs

    Buy land in Somalia- they have just the kind of Republican-brand government you like: diysfunctional, and non-existent.

    January 3, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. Jerry

    Mr. Boehner was TOO KIND on the old dictator (Reid) as well as to our clueless/bullying president. Obamalooney just GOT most of what he wanted. Now he's on the attack, AGAIN. Trying to extort more money from the American taxpayers! I am not a Republican, but are they starting to "Bend Forward" just like the Democrats and Obama ""Without Vaseline" supporters?!

    January 3, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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