Boehner: Most Americans would choose pigskin over politics

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      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Answering questions Thursday morning about the lack of a Republican response to President Obama’s jobs speech, House Speaker John Boehner said the American people should not be forced to watch politicians — and most of them would rather see tackling than spinning.

“Listen, this is not a State of the Union address,” said Boehner during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol. ”The American people shouldn’t be forced to watch some politician they don’t want to listen to and frankly, most of them would rather watch a football game.”

“Now we have opened up Statuary Hall so that all of our members can respond individually, and I think it’s a more appropriate and respectful way to go forward.”

Boehner was also asked if he is okay with some of his members skipping the president’s speech.

“I have encouraged my colleagues to come tonight and to listen to the president. He is the President of the United States and I believe that all members ought to be here and do this. It doesn’t mean they’re going to. If you remember, I’m just the Speaker,” he told reporters.

“I’ve got 434 colleagues who have their own opinions and they’re entitled to them but as an institution, the president’s coming at our invitation. We ought to be respectful and we ought to welcome him.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said that the Republicans should offer a formal rebuttal to President Obama’s speech.

“The Republicans’ refusal to respond to the president’s proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people,” Pelosi said.


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  • dwdiego

    Hell, I’d rather watch competitive needle point than watch that lying sack of sh!t. 

  • Irving Farnsworth


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irving-Farnsworth/100000292110459 Irving Farnsworth


  • mom

    reid forces vote to keep people around for speech

    well they will probably be the only audience

    too bad reid you can’t force the American people to watch a campaign speech
    you have tried to in every other case
    forcing everything down the American’s peoples throats
    reid your day is coming
    and so is ours

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  • loudog

    Yeah, jobs and the economy are no big deal, there’s football to watch. No wonder you have a 13% approval rating.

    • Anonymous

      So, now you’re going to  bitch because the republicans AREN’T on to critisize Obama?  That’s pretty damn immature.  Obviously, taking your talking points from Ms. Nancy?

      Unlike the left, we don’t need to sit enraptured with talking heads and spoonfed repeated talking points.  The world doesn’t stand still because Obama speaks — especially when he’s using taxpayers dollars for a damn campaign speech.  How much is the Obama campaign repaying the government for this fiasco?  

      • virginiagentleman1

        The world DOESN’T stand still when Obama speaks? GASP!!! Who knew! The left has told us over and over that it does! You’re saying they lied? Nooooooo! Say it ain’t so!……..That’s my poor attempt at humor for the day, RIDE…How can any one be on every side of an issue? The left seems to be trying to perfect this tactic. Of course, it’s not working but they keep trying!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irving-Farnsworth/100000292110459 Irving Farnsworth


  • http://twitter.com/1renoman Fred Smith

    Well, sure would be nice if he just resigned!!!  I can’t stand to watch his head go back n forth nor can I take his voice.  I’ve had it with this zero!!! 

    • loudog

      I feel the same, Boehner is most annoying.

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