Boehner: Obama administration displaying 'remarkable arrogance'
May 16th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
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Boehner: Obama administration displaying 'remarkable arrogance'

Washington (CNN) – The way President Barack Obama's administration is handling itself amid parallel points of outrage displays a "remarkable arrogance" that could decay public trust of government, House Speaker John Boehner asserted Thursday.

And he predicted that when all the facts emerge on the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, employees at higher levels than those in the field office where the targeting occurred will be implicated.

"Our system requires the bonds of trust between the American people and the government," Boehner said. "Those bonds, once broken, can be very hard to repair. Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and the government like the arrogance of power here in Washington. That's what the American people are seeing today from the Obama administration. Remarkable arrogance."

On Wednesday, Obama demanded the resignation of the acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller, and vowed to take further action once more in known about who knew the targeting of conservative groups was taking place.

Boehner continued to demand more information from the Obama administration Thursday, and said criminal penalties could be in the pipeline for those who conducted the extra scrutiny on tax exempt applications.

Earlier this week he asked "who's going to jail over this scandal?" and on Thursday he cited the law prohibiting "extortion or willful repression" by revenue officers.

"I want to see the facts," Boehner said. "I want to know how this happened, who was responsible…we need to know where the facts are. Somebody made a decision to do this, and I doubt it was low level employees in this Cincinnati field office."

On Wednesday, a congressional source told CNN that the IRS has identified two "rogue" employees in the agency's Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for the "overly aggressive" handling of requests by conservative groups for tax-exempt status.

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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. janice

    Thank you IOYAR. Do these posters really believe this is the only time IRS has targeted certain groups. Having worked as a revenue agent myself many years ago, I surprised at the IRS for apologizing and not fighting back on this thing, Something just doesn't smell right about this whole situation. There actually is justification in looking more closely at the Tea Party/Patriot groups. Why isn't anyone at IRS saying anything??? I really feel uneasy about the whole thing.

    May 16, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Vence

    If Remember well, Georgie silenced NASA scientists, and many other. He attacked viciously many groups specially the ones against his invasion. He killed thousands of Americans based on lies (WMD), and none of these Republicans complained. Obama is fixing the problem, and so far, It hasn't been a single prove that he's responsible. Seems to me that this Benghazi and this IRS is more politics as usual.

    May 16, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. TomTellTruth

    Partisans rationalize or seek revenge; Truthseekers investigate then judge or withhold judgment.

    May 16, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. RL

    I guess he was Ok with George "Mission Accomplished" Bush's "remarkable arrogance" when he was bullying his way into his war of revenege in Iraq.

    May 16, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. brasstacs

    Wait until the evils of Obama care becomes known...and the IRS is supposed to be trusted in their role in Obama care ?? Corruption followed by even more corruption...Pathetic.

    May 16, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Homer10

    Deal with it Boehner. Obama has had his way with you so many times, being arrogant with you is an easy mistake for him to make.

    May 16, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Spikemanlou

    Boehner needs to understand that we lost faith in our government along time ago, way before the Obama administration, it was when Bush sold us on WMD's that didn't exist and has continued with his faithful minnions in the House that are associated with the party of NO and their lackies the Tea Baggers.

    May 16, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Bob

    The remarkable arrogance would be the GOP voting to repeal Obamacare when 79% of the people want Obamacare or something even more extensive. Only 21% want Obamacare repealed (probably ignorant or rich folk who've never had to deal with health care issues). Just like the over 90% that the GOP ignored when bending to the whims of the NRA and gun manufacturers in blocking reasonable background checks. And let's not forget the IRS leadership was appointed by Bush because for over four years the GOP have blocked most of Obama nominations. If someone needs to be considered for impeachment or treason, it is the GOP.

    May 16, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Hillcrester

    The GOP obviously wanted politically-oriented groups to get tax exempt status with no investigation into their eligibility. Who is really arrogant? Who abuses the trust of the American people?

    May 16, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Steven

    Well, if anyone knows arrogance, it's"Cryin' John" Boehner. He will , of course, not mention the sneaky tactics and financial chicanery that the tea party and their fellow travelers indulged in during the election last year.

    May 16, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. cindy

    Wow ! That's the pot calling the kettle black !!

    May 16, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. rs


    Well the good news is we only have 3 more years of this incompetent administration and then we can start over
    Indeed, the Republican clown car of 2016 Presidential candidates is already filling. In an incredible twist, it looks worse than the last one. If I were you I'd concentrate on keeping the GOP alive through 2014. 2016 is a long way off.

    May 16, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Bob

    "Those bonds, once broken, can be very hard to repair. Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and the government like the arrogance of power here in Washington"
    I'd say deregulating the Mortgage Industry, collapsing the Economy and letting everyone walk away scot free dissolved the bond between people and the Government much more than the IRS scrutinizing Right Wing Hate Groups.

    May 16, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Vote them bums out!

    Boehner – you are a disgrace to the state of Ohio. You're such a lowlife, a slug seems arrogant to you. And to think you now represent me from Clark County Ohio. Can't wait to start campaining against you.

    May 16, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Michael

    Smoke and mirrors generated by the republicans to hide the fact that the only thing that they have accomplished in the last decade is increasing the deficit and fear mongering.

    May 16, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. David

    I think a full investigation is better than all this speculation and that is what Obama has called for. As far as arrogance mr. speaker, you are fine one to cast that stone.

    May 16, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. christy

    Here's what's arrogant; getting this country into a $6 trillion war over nonexistent WMDs. We could have paid doown almost half the national debt with that money. And how many innocent people including Americans died in Iraq? Of course conservatives' standards are so abysmal that kind of abuse of power is expected of them. As for the tea party crazies, they got exactly what they asked for. They need to stop acting like children.

    May 16, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. NameRolph

    The hyperbolic bs that the Repubs started has been brewing ever since Nixon was impeached. They keep trying to find minuscule items to throw in the presidents face in order to get even. Throw in Jerry Falwell , Newt Gingrich, the ultra conservative religious right Carl Rove, Reince Priebus and the Koch brothers and all you would need is marching boots and a goose step.
    The Repubs don't want to do anything to benefit Americans – they only want to overthrow Obama and everything he's done.
    BTW, who was the last Repub Pres of the US who did ANYTHING for the people of the US who weren't wealthy? Give up? No one – get it
    If its a revolt they are looking for they will get it but not the way they want it!
    History shows us that as societies age and the disparity between the rich and poor escalates the result is revolution. Well that would certainly end Obamacare and make gun manufacturers richer but is that what you want? Incidentally, in revolutions the rich NEVER WIN!!!

    May 16, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. So sick of this....

    this isn't the first time Boehner's used the word 'arrogant' to describe the President. So if you're confident, steady, poised and focused that makes you arrogant? Get a life...

    May 16, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Secret squirrel

    Boehner is a joke, the American people lost confidence in the Government when he became Speaker. The IRS was wrong for going only after Conservative groups, but those groups made themselves targets. The law states you can't be a political organization running ads for and against candidates, typical Rebublican's the law didn't apply to them. The fact is they also lacked originality and had Tea Party this or that to their name. If I worked at the IRS and I saw the ads on tv, "this add is sponsored by the Tea Party such and such" I would see how the groups are related. You had all of these Tea Party groups springing up all over the country and all of them filing for tax exempt status because they are none political, but you see political commercials sponsored by these groups locally on your tv. The workers should have been fired if they didn't scrutinize these applications. All of the groups were very political and if you go to google and type in one of the names of the so called hounded by the IRS groups you will see a political commercial sponsored by them. The Liberal groups probably didn't get the same treatment because Liberals don't use brand marketing. You don't have 100 Liberal groups with a common name. I guess that's why the right hates the left, Liberals really are smarter.

    May 16, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. alpg49

    Yes, John. Good governance begins and ends with symbolic votes to repeal Obamacare. If the democrats nominate 2 white men for their ticket in 2016, the Republican smear machine will evaporate.

    May 16, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Terence Gaffney

    "remarkable ARROGANCE" sums-up this present government of ours! AND not only for the IRS factor – but a LOT of other POLICIES being forced upon the American people! I ask the Republican Party to STOP all this nonsense as soon as possible – a new government would be nice. PLEASE HELP the American people and the USA!!!!!!

    May 16, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. Liber8me

    Dear John Boehner,
    Look in the mirror and say "remarkable arrogance" three times.

    May 16, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Guest

    Wow, look at all the apologists scrambling. You must really be worried that the President stepped in it this time.

    May 16, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Texas Patriot, You talk about THUG–think back to Cheney/Bush. That was the worst "appointment" of U.S. President in history. Just think if Cheney/Bush had not been APPOINTED President, 4,000 miliary members would be alive today s there would have been no Afghanistan/Iraq war, not to mention the thousands maimed for life. AND we would not be trillions in debt today. I have never seen such nastiness as the Republican party today. It makes me nauseous.

    May 16, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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