Disappointed: Boehner says if Obama won’t lead, ‘we will’

Winning the future? Try imprisoning the future says Speaker of the House John Boehner.

In an appearance on Thursday’s Laura Ingraham radio show, Boehner expressed his displeasure in President Barack Obama’s so-called budget address at George Washington University yesterday. However, he did point out that at least the debate had changed from stimulus spending to budget cutting.

“Look at how the debate has changed dramatically in Washington, away from more stimulus spending to the fact that we have to cut spending and get our fiscal house in order,” Boehner said. “The debate has moved dramatically and it would not have happened if we had not won the majority last November. The debate is going to continue to shift in the direction of taking on our long-term fiscal calendar.”

But just shifting the debate alone according to Boehner wasn’t enough and the president isn’t demonstrating much interest in participating.

“We have a plan,” he said. “We went to the White House, had a nice meeting with the president and while we had our differences, at least at the White House it seemed that the president understood that we had these challenges. And then he goes out and gives the most partisan speech that I can imagine. Eighteen months before an election, he’s out giving an Election Day speech where frankly he has no plan to deal with our long-term challenges and apparently has no interest.”

Host Laura Ingraham pressed him on his working relationship with the president after that admission and asked that if in the wake of the recent budget deal which $38.5 billion was said to be cut, where does he go from here on negotiating? Boehner explained he wasn’t going to get in a back-and-forth with Obama, but did express his frustration.

“[I] can tell you, I was very disappointed in the president’s speech yesterday,” Boehner said. “He clearly is not ready to grapple with the long-term debt that is staring us down and is going to imprison the future for our kids and our grandkids and if he won’t lead, we will.”


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  • DC55

    Mr. Boehner: Obama is playing you like a fiddle and you don’t even realize it. You and your colleagues at the GOP must get some courage and begin leading with uncompromising principles. You are clueless as to how to begin leading. The best thing you can do is step down and let someone with the true courage of his/her convictions take over and charge forward. You have been a total wimp and a big mistake as leader.

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  • FormerDemocrat

    It is time for John Boehner and House Republicans to simply pass good spending bills and send them to the Senate. Stop negotiating. The Senate Democrats and Obama are determined to ruin America with runaway spending and borrowing. Republicans in the House must simply so no to national economic suicide.

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com apollospeaks


    In a pervious piece I wrote that 13, the number of American colonies that declared independence in 1776 and defeated British tyranny, is a numeric symbol of liberty in US history. Being such it is an inauspicious number for Leftist ideologues who wanting to undo our revolution and spread the poison of state dependency and control-that soft tyranny which hardens over time-rob us of our rights and dignity and economic freedoms. And such has been the case of Barack Obama throughout his deceitful, ill-starred, freedom destroying presidency. For since the Senate passage of the stimulus recovery bill on February 13, 2009 the number 13 has been signaling the failing of Obama’s reckless agenda to remake and transform America. And yesterday’s terrible, unpresidential, duplicitous speech was no exception.

    Indeed, coming just nine days after he launched his reelection campaign on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, Obama gives a speech on the looming debt and deficit crisis on a profoundly inauspicious day……..

    Click my name to continue reading this widely linked piece which one commenter called: “the most interesting, out of the box article that I’ve read on the speech.”

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  • baal

    John…are you trying to be McCain part deux?

    Stop playing patty cake with the democrats. No deals. Shut it down, make Obama the face of corruption and profligacy. The debt crisis will destroy us, if Obama wants this country destroyed, you have to stop him.

  • Joe Steel

    “[I] can tell you, I was very disappointed in the president’s speech yesterday,” Boehner said. “He clearly is not ready to grapple with the long-term debt that is staring us down and is going to imprison the future for our kids and our grandkids and if he won’t lead, we will.”

    That’s why you get no respect, John. You’re an idiot. The only way to “deal” with the long term debt is revenue enhancements and cuts to tax code spending. The President dealt with those quite well.

    • JeffClark

      I think either Obama’s speechwriters are self-identified clever 19 years olds, or they are idiots.

      Only a socialist or communist would call the government’s decision not to take people’s money “spending”. They, and apparently you, Joe, start from the presumption that all money and property is the government’s, so when the government decides to “allow” people to have (i.e., keep) some of it, they view that as spending the government’s money. Before the doublespeak* of this administration (which Joe has joined in on), people’s money was theirs and if the government wanted some of it, it was recognized that the government was taking money from those people.

      In other words, if I make X and the government takes 0.4X from me in taxes, before socialist/Obama times, that was considered to involve taking 0.4X from me. With the socialist doublespeak, the only reason I have 0.6X is because the government generously “spent” it in giving it to me. It is scary that such supposedly intelligent people (Obama in particular) think they can avoid common sense by using clever language.

      *Doublespeak is “language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.”