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. Chuk

    So much ironies here:
    1. why would republicans veto raising taxes on income of $1M or above but vote for raising taxes on income of $400k or above?
    2. why would republicans turn down a "grand bargain" that would have reduced deficits by about $4T, which is the only thing they say they care about, but vote for a deal that would barely touch the deficits?
    The only thing I can come up with is that Republicans are so ideologically driven, and so hell-bent on saying to "no" that they are totally lost. Losers!

    January 2, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Clyde

    The entire republican party has been saying "Go f*** yourself" to the American people for years so why should this come as a shock?

    January 2, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Larry in Houston

    from what Peter King (R) has been saying regarding the hurricane relief in N.J. & N.Y. – – To be perfectly honest, I find this appalling, to say the least – They've Turned Down funds for our own people in this country ??? wow !! We're talking about "disaster relief" for heavens sake . If this gets mentioned when the mid-terms rolls around, the republicans will be in trouble.

    January 2, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Catopower

    Boehner was just taking out his frustrations at Reid and his language doesn't surprise me. I have no doubt those words express his feelings toward the American middle class in general.

    January 2, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. paofpa

    This is the 21th century, not the 19th. And the world is getting bigger not smaller. Competition will be with the world not your neighbor. Your neighbor cannot build a bridge to make you more efficient but your government can. Now ask yourself, what type of scenario will lead to 90% of the people over 50 never to buy a new car or house again. Will its cure lead to a drop of 50 to 45? Are these scenarios good or bad?

    January 2, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. horseman14

    And that is a family values man who represents the religious right.

    January 2, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. jim

    I would'nt care what they called each other or what they said to each other if the end result would be that they did the jobs they were sent to Washington to do, for ALL the people of this country, that would be just f-- ducky with me.

    January 2, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Dino

    It's not a Dem or a Rep thing...it's ALL OF THEM!!! Only the totally blind on the far left and right can't seem to see it...After Reid had said that publicly, I'd have said the same thing or more...they are a bunch of overpaid, silver spoon in the mouth idiots who can't find their azzz in a room full of mirrors...They CAN NOT pass or balance a budget (At least not since 2007 or even before, I believe) These are BASIC things as a gov't they SHOULD be able to handle...and like wired is stating, off to ANOTHER vacation Obama goes...I wish I could do that!!! Oh yeah...I have to work in order to pay taxes so the dregs of society can get free everything...my bad...

    January 2, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Anthony Laurich

    The same people who have just screwed all tax paying citizens don't care...to offset any increases that they may to pay out of their own pockets...they will just vote themselves a large pay increase!!!!! Only in America!!!! 🙂

    January 2, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. karen

    The only reason Boehner finally gave in, as today is the new congress, many of which have had things to say about him and his handling of the situation. If they left it for today the results would have been better for the middle class. Another factor was the exiting congress would have said no repeatedly and accomplished nothing in it's 2 years

    January 2, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. AreYouKiddingMe

    The collective memory loss is staggering. Remember this quote from then VP Biden, "That's a big f***ing deal" as the president was signing the Affordable Care Act, and with a young impressionable mind within ear shot? Now are you going to hold Biden in the same contempt? I'll bet not (now here come the excuses and the justification).

    January 2, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Hogan's Goat

    Not surprised; that's what these huns are really like. Laughing at us while we try to fix Cheney's Mistake. They all need to leave office in 2013.

    January 2, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Smiley Girl

    Well, Boehner could have cried. At least using the "F" bomb shows he had his man pants on.

    January 2, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. GUY

    So much for mature intelligent conversation with Bohner!

    January 2, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Wilson wrote:

    What you on the left do not seem to get is that taxes do not need to go up. Plenty of money is collected in taxes. To much of it is handed out to the people that are capable of working, but to lazy to do so. In addition, to much is handed out to corporations making record profits. If .........
    Are you now suggesting that we need to raise taxes? Raise taxes on the corporations that pay little or no taxes, get rid of subsidies? I thought you were against raising taxes for any reason. You're as hypocritical ss the woman running the Tea Party Express.

    The truth is that the Tea Party for selective, targeted tax hikes, which is what the tax hike on the 2% amounts to. The truth is that all of the complaints the right makes about such and such not paying anything are a result of polices enacted by the right wing! You're all hypocrites and everyone can see it as plain as day.

    January 2, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. chopsteeks

    No surprise here, Boehner p-off that middle class will cost him his job.

    January 2, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. judy

    so much for family values from the republican party. sad that these are the people voted in to represent us. I guess we are no better that any other country when it comes to government. The man is a disgrace because these comments where directed at another person with malice. The repos are really sore loosers and hopefully we will vote some out mid term.

    January 2, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. nbgb

    Boehner should be careful. Reid used to be a boxer. He would really look stupid laid out on the whitehouse carpet.

    January 2, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are proven failures.

    You know, in high school Harry Reid was a boxer and played on the football team. He's still pretty spry and seems in good shape for a man his age. He's got too much class to deck Tanning Bed Swizzle Stick, but I'm sure it would have been an easy knock-out.

    January 2, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. twophad

    Boehner was probably pretty frustrated, as he was getting pressure from both parties at once. I think he's a twit, but I almost felt sorry for him in this round. Cantor, on the other hand...get that ugly face outta my sight, and fast! Talk about someone who needs to go sit in his room and do whatever he does when he's alone....

    January 2, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Mike

    2014 will be the demise of the GOP!

    January 2, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. rs

    Politicians as a whole can be pretty un-classed. Saying that though, Boehner's outburst is pretty emblematic of tat has happened to the GOP/TEA Party- they're now the "Deadend kids" who are more enamoured of destruction and vandalism than constructive government. They're losers, and they are behaving like it.

    January 2, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are proven failures.

    @Clyde: "The entire republican party has been saying "Go f*** yourself" to the American people for years so why should this come as a shock?"

    That pretty much sums it up. Now, to get that on a bumper sticker ... 🙂

    January 2, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. JD

    Senator Reid has been over the senate since jan '07.

    The entirety of disaster.

    Anyone supporting him is just a political hack.

    January 2, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. NotYoDaddy

    About time someone did.

    January 2, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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