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. John

    Reid had it coming given comments he has made. Lastly maybe Reid should do his job for a change and actually allow a budget to be voted on in the senate something that has not happened in over 3 years. He has an obligation to allow votes on the floor of the senate and yet he fails to do his damn job. Mr Reid is dragging his feet and the public puts it on the republicans, last time I checked Reid was a liberal Democrat and is not doing the job the constitution require him to do.

    January 3, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Phyllis G Williams

    "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation" (1st Peter 1: 15)

    January 3, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Hairball

    Wow, Mr. Speaker, what an original and witty comeback!

    January 3, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. neo

    What a shame,we all used to look up to America,but i have not seen this degree of animosity among the developed nations of the world,America is falling because her people don't appreciate the good thing they have got going.Unimportant things have become importan,while the really important things are neglected.IF America,the great US of A perishes,The WORLD WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU HER PEOPLE .

    January 3, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. MacInBlack1970


    What's the matter Bonehead Bhoener????!! Feeling the pressure ??!! Gonna cry for us some more????

    January 3, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Amused

    Oh, poor little Harry... how much lying crap has come out of his mouth, but CNN doesn't put that in the headlines. I still can't believe he said that nothing was wrong with Social Security or Medicare... no cuts needed. Oh, Harry, please tell me what drug you are on and let me know when it is available over the counter... I want to live in La La Land, too. If anyone is a dictator, it is Reid. He blocks bills from coming to the floor for consideration, his Senate hasn't put out a budget in over 3 years... but he gets away with it. What a complete crook.

    January 3, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Gal

    All I know is if most people used those words agnist another co-worker at their job, they would be fired and no longer coming to work Monday morning.

    January 3, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. rs


    Hey, Boehner haters, how do you support Reid and Pelosi with a clear conscience?
    Simple- they work for us, not Grover Norquist, or Crazy Wayne of the NRA.

    January 3, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Jim

    Reid deserved it.

    January 3, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Bob

    Boehner is obviously a mentally unstable, vicious man who cannot stand the truth being said about his "leadership"... oh, wait , that makes him the Republican ideal !!! He will be worshipped by the far right wing for decades. Probably just became the frontrunner for the Republican presidentail nomination in 2016!

    January 3, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Adonis

    a No-Boehner vote as Speaker is a No-Brainer!

    January 3, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Larry in Houston

    I guess when he's OUT come mid-terms in 2014 – he'll go back to cincinnati – maybe he'll "oversee" his brother's sports BAR Business . ( the benglas are coming here this saturday Jan 5th to play the texans) (I'm not a big fan of the texans, but in this case, I hope they win)
    Good Luck, Mr. Baynor

    January 3, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. oldowl

    I am writing this to the "blog patrol" here on this CNN board, b/c they seldom let any of my comments appear on the board, not b/c of obscenity, etc., but b/c they are very "selective" on which side of the political aisle they allow any freedom of speech.

    That said: I wish you would quit referring the Boehners improper and unacceptable conduct with regard to Sen Harry Ried, as a cute little matter of "dropping the F bomb." He should immediately be impeached by Congress, and at minimum should receive a censure for this unbecoming conduct which impedes the work of the Congress–as though they did any meaningful work anyway–and be compelled to offer Sen Ried a public apology as a condition of maintaining his role in government.

    It compounds the dire and unacceptable conduct when a mainstream media propagandizes this extremist behavior by presenting it to the public as a cuddly little "f bomb." Is this the kind of nation you want, CNN? B/c you are sure doing your part by slanting the "news" to the far right. Whatsamatter? You scared?

    January 3, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. JFK

    This is the same Boehner who called middle class tax cuts, "a bunch of chicken crap". What an eloquent speaker. Maybe when he's done taking Time Management/Project Management classes, he can take a course on civility. We pay him enough, he should start acting the part. Time to put the big boy pants on........

    January 3, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. John

    Washington does not have a revenue problem they have a spending problem and until democrats are willing to deal with spending this country is in big trouble. Obama called former President Bush unpatriotic for 4 trillion in debt? Well what do you call over 16 trillion in debt that we have under Obama?

    January 3, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. David

    See. I told you but no, nobody believes me. They aren't Angels sent from God. They are greddy old foul mouthed men who only want all your money. But, then again, we probably deserved it being played like we are.

    January 3, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Jean

    CNN are you kidding – this was not news when it happened never mind a day later – talk about milking this so every liberal idiot out there can continue frothing at the mouth and acting as if democrats are perfect.

    January 3, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. MBW

    OK...*now* what is being done to solve the *SPENDING* side of this country's huge deficit problem ??? And I hope BO and senate-majority is not trying to sneak in provisions to fund projects like, oh, say, Solyndra.

    January 3, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Bob

    Crybaby Boner needs to shut his yap.

    He should be censured by both houses of Congress for his crude insult.

    January 3, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. S.R.

    President Obama, President for the working class American. Ball baby Boehner, boy for the rich and corporation's.

    January 3, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. S Hills

    These lawyers are generally speaking, "wonderful people", aren't they? I'm amazed what great leadership they've provided with laws, laws, and more laws and of course their continuing litigation which they love for them and theirs, that provide comfy living off our sorrows, pain, oppression, and sweat of our brows. (Yes, I'm being sarcastic and blunt) Remember this well, WHAT THEY SAY YOU HAVE TO OBEY!

    January 3, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. r3

    Boo Boo Boehner had it about right. Horrible Harry is a vulgar disgrace, totally lacking in leadership and people skills. HH is a lying hypocrite who has enriched himself, family members and those within his loop at taxpayer expense. Frankly, the F word is too good for him.

    January 3, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Brad

    Boehner was upset that Reid and the Democrats did not let him hold the country hostage and raise taxes on all American's so he could protect his clients, the rich!!! Boehner's behavior and lack of class demonstrates he and his ilk should not be governing in any form as they cannot control their behavior and be civilized in addition that they do not know how to run the country!!!

    January 3, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Library Lady

    I worked in a state hospital. Any comments like that were considered contributing to a hostile work environment and any employee who did that, was immediately disciplined.

    January 3, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. janer52

    both of them should go by-bye. enough already

    January 3, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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