Boehner: President Obama’s problem? He’s got no “guts”

posted at 4:01 pm on February 12, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Sitting down with reporters this morning, House Speaker John Boehner offered his pre-State of the Union thoughts on President Obama’s recent political maneuvers — and how. Via CNN:

“To do the kind of heavy lifting that needs to be done, I don’t think he’s got the guts to go do it,” Boehner told a group of television reporters and anchors in a breakfast ahead of the president’s State of the Union address. …

“He doesn’t have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party. I’m sorry but it’s just clear as a bell to me,” said Boehner. …

“I think he’d love to have Nancy Pelosi as speaker and Harry Reid as majority leader for his last two years in office. Go back to the inaugural address. He knows that all of that liberal agenda he laid out, he knows none of that is going to happen as long as we have a majority in the House,” said Boehner. …

“I’ve tried repeatedly to come to agreement with the president. Every time I’ve gotten burned,” said Boehner.

Really, though: Why spew all of those grandiose hyper-liberal agenda items on which you know you won’t be able to push through any major legislation as long as Republicans continue to control the House? And that, I suppose, is the ultimate goal: Make your own agenda more mainstream by constantly lamenting those extremist, hostage-taking Republicans’ do-nothing obstruction of it, eventually fever-pitch their unpopularity, and then get them all booted out of office in 2014 so you can buck all of modern history by convincing voters to elect the Democratic Congress you’ll need at your disposal to pass your legacy-building partisan wish list.

But President Obama’s highfalutin ambitions, which voters resoundingly agree are low-priority, are going to keep on taking a back seat as long as he keeps doubling down on top-heavy and expensive policies that perpetuate an economy that continues to struggle beneath sluggish growth and high unemployment; hence the now-annual tradition of “pivoting” back to jobs and the economy for the umpteenth time.

…House Speaker John Boehner said he doubted President Obama would deliver substantive policy prescriptions to jumpstart the sluggish economy and deal with a looming debt crisis in his State of the Union address tonight.

“I’m not real optimistic that the president will address those subjects in a way that the American people expect him to address them…but hope remains eternal,” Boehner said.

That makes two of us.


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That’s rich….Boehner saying someone else has no guts. Really, John?

search4truth on February 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

This is rich coming from one gutless wonder to another.

Mr. Arrogant on February 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

He [Pope Benedict] described how he initially regarded Marxism as a potential corrective to certain strains of modern thought. But he came to identify it with “terror.” He added: “I think that in those years, I learned where discussion must stop because it is turning into a lie and resistance must begin in order to maintain freedom.”

J_Crater on February 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM

That makes two of us.

Make that 3.

RickB on February 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Boehner: President Obama’s problem? He’s got no “guts”

Of all the people in all the world, John Boehner should not be lecturing anyone on courage.

sharrukin on February 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Wow… all I can say is wow…

SWalker on February 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I predict a strong troll presence in this thread.

stvnscott on February 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Boehner: President Obama’s problem? He’s got no “guts”

Wrong, crybaby. Barky’s an offensive anti-American criminal who violates the Constitution as a matter of course, almost as a monthly routine. You and your caucus are the gutless idiots who let him keep doing it. You haven’t done jack in the time you’ve been in power and if you had any integrity you’d resign your Weepership and your seat right now, you miserable, collaborating, cowardly, crybaby POS.

Barky has committed TENS OF CLEARLY IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES and you’ve just sat on your thumbs and helped him to continue along. You suck.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Kabuki.

sauldalinsky on February 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Boehner: President Obama’s problem? He’s got no “guts”

During jury trials, we routinely refer to this sort of thing as “expert testimony.”

Kent18 on February 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Your RDA of irony, right here.

Jeddite on February 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Show some real courage and don’t sit behind him tonight as he spews his crap.

catmman on February 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Boehner is the Thurston Howell III* of Congress.

*From Gilligan’s Island.

albill on February 12, 2013 at 4:12 PM

This is rich coming from one gutless wonder to another.

Mr. Arrogant on February 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

YES

Boehner is the Thurston Howell III* of Congress.

*From Gilligan’s Island.

albill on February 12, 2013 at 4:12 PM

YES YES

jake-the-goose on February 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

This is like Deputy Barney Fife ging advice at a shooting range.

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM


I’ve tried repeatedly to come to agreement with the president. Every time I’ve gotten burned,” said Boehner.

No Guts, No Glory.

Jabberwock on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Talk a big game, don’t you, weepy man?

ROCnPhilly on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

I think john has finally grown a pair.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

uring jury trials, we routinely refer to this sort of thing as “expert testimony.”

Kent18 on February 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Snort :)

katy the mean old lady on February 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM

He doesn’t have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party. I’m sorry but it’s just clear as a bell to me,” said Boehner. …

You dumass, Oboobi is the face of the liberal side. You think he’s actually trying to solve problems? He’s trying to ram his agenda thru in spite of reality and that takes more guts to stand there telling baldfaced lies trying to get the lofo voters to buy his crapsammich. Try saying he is misguided in believing his agenda can work and explain why in simple terms. But you can’t because if it was your guy in the WH, you’d be pushing the same agenda but at a slower pace. Idiot!

AH_C on February 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM

boehner, IF YOU had any ‘guts’ you would not give the ‘gutless’ wonder bho everything he wants!

We are not going to watch this dog/pony show tonight, but wonder how many times boehner springs up and claps with the lying worm bho every word?
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letget on February 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

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Resist We Much on February 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Really, is the pot calling the kettle black. Obama is worthless and Boehner is gutless, our problems continue to grow. A government run by fools only adds to our problems. How many times will Boehner be standing and clapping during the SOTU speech tonight, way to many. Photo ops are more important then truth, and the worthless politicians will be playing for the photo ops.

savage24 on February 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Boy is the lsm in a tizzy about this

Lol

Yet boehner will cave

cmsinaz on February 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

“I’ve tried repeatedly to come to agreement with the president. Every time I’ve gotten burned,” said Boehner.

You’re an idiot. You should have known what the Indonesian was all about years ago – that he never deals in anything in good faith. But, you’re too stupid to get that and too cowardly to do the right thing and stop his America-killing policies and CRIMES. You have aided and abetted Barky in destroying America, both intentionally and through your mind-numbing stupidity and historic cowardice. But, at least you “understood” the whack-job Occupoopers while you were always suspicious of the violent, vicious, criminal Tea Party …

Resign, dipsh!t.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

“He doesn’t have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party. I’m sorry but it’s just clear as a bell to me,” said Boehner. …

Have you finally lost your mind in that bottle, Johnny? Obama *is* the liberal side of his own party.

Archivarix on February 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Boehner, show us peons out in the nether regions exactly what guts are. Stand up and walk out on Barky tonight, come on Johnny Boy show us guts!

Didn’t think so.

D-fusit on February 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Boehner’s setting this up so that he can pretend to have “the courage to take on the conservative side of his own party” when he rolls on comprehensive normalization of undocumented Democrats.

sauldalinsky on February 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I think john has finally grown a pair.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Lindsey Graham too! Things are really looking up for the new Lions Of The GOP and pretty soon…Graham on Hagel: I’m not inclined to filibuster anyone forever…

…well…that didn’t last long.

I will believe Boehner has found a bottle of Dutch courage six months after it happens.

sharrukin on February 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Obama’s going to be a jerk tonight, anyway.

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Says the guy who was field dressed and attached to the roof rack of Obama’s bus.

Mr. D on February 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I think john has finally grown a pair.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

A pair of breasts, maybe…

ROCnPhilly on February 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Lol Boehner. Pot calling the kettle black. Try manning up a little bit, then we’ll talk.

Jackalope on February 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Boehner: “See the problem with squids and octopusses is they have NO SPINE.”

Boehner: “See the problem with Umpa Loompas is … they have too much of a tan.”

Boehner: “I think Obama CRIES too much … I mean seriously, guy is like a fire hydrant after it’s been by a semi!”

HondaV65 on February 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Boner is a pathetic poseur.

“Could’a, should’a, would’a”, eh John?

bofh on February 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Why is Boehner sitting down for breakfast with television reporters and anchors? I ask because I doubt there is a video capturing all his comments and I suspect they left all the good stuff on the cutting room floor.

Dusty on February 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Maybe Dr. Carson did his magic on boehners brain in the last few days to make him say this? Something happened?
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letget on February 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Speaking of guts Mr Speaker, do you have what it takes?

The President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or a chairman of any joint committee established by a joint or concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress, or of a committee of the whole, or of any committee of either House of Congress, is empowered to administer oaths to witnesses in any case under their examination.
Any member of either House of Congress may administer oaths to witnesses in any matter depending in either House of Congress of which he is a Member, or any committee thereof.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/2/191

meci on February 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Within the Beltway is a massive swamp that needs to be drained, and purified.

Another Drew on February 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Why spew all of those grandiose hyper-liberal agenda items on which you know you won’t be able to push through

You mean, Why the empty styrofoam columns?

John the Libertarian on February 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

“oh, let me feel around, there, I feel a testicle”…John B.

hillsoftx on February 12, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Resist We Much on February 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

YA !! Shoot out going on in Big Bear.

Listening to it live on your link.
Reporter right in the middle of it.

Looks like they found him.

Jabberwock on February 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Boehner: President Obama’s problem? He’s got no “guts”

No brains either.

UltimateBob on February 12, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I’m enjoying this as long as it lasts. Y’all catch Dick Durbin on Sunday?

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/02/10/dick-durbin-obama-sequestration-was-designed-as-a-budget-threat-not-a-budget-strategy-video/

Boehner is an old school pol that got rolled. He has learned these dems have no intention of acting in good faith and they are going to end up where the GOP was last year and that is negotiating with themselves. Durbin just pinned Obama to the wall with that deal about these last two years being a gimmick.

I’m not happy with the place our fellow parasites have taken us but let’s not eat our own over it. Let’s just hope the rules we grew up with (don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal) will finally catch up with Obama and his choomers.

DanMan on February 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Looks like they found him.

Jabberwock on February 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Excellent! Now gut shoot him and lave him for the buzzards.

katy the mean old lady on February 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

LA Times: Christopher Dorner in gun battle with authorities, source says

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/manhunt-christopher-dorner-big-bear.html

News reports are coming in that say that there is an ongoing shooting scene in Big Bear. Reservists are being called to report to the scene.

Resist We Much on February 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I think john has finally grown a pair.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Of what?

Solaratov on February 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Off Glass Road @ Hwy 38.

Resist We Much on February 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

…but hope remains eternal,

Yeah? Where’s that?
Hope is long gone that Obama actually cares about the economy or anyone that has been suffering because of it. If this man had one ounce of empathy for the millions of families that are counting on him… he would have long ago tried something new. All we’re going to hear about is more of his tried and failed ideas.

He is indifferent.

lynncgb on February 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Resist We Much on February 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Your CBS LA link has a live feed.
Their reporter was smack dab in the middle of it.
Lots of shooting.
Scanner reports say two cops hit.

Fish and Game folks found him in stolen truck.

Jabberwock on February 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I think john has finally grown a pair.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Of what?

Solaratov on February 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Tanning booths?

viking01 on February 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

You can bad mouth Boehner all you want, but that jump in the patrol taxes hit ALL workers, and opened some eyes.

It was well played.

WryTrvllr on February 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I predict a strong troll presence in this thread.

stvnscott on February 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Ohhh Yeah!

WryTrvllr on February 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Dear John, I like the rhetoric, now just put it into action.

Tater Salad on February 12, 2013 at 5:04 PM

..hmmmmmmmmm. Is this pot calling that kettle..um..you know..like..black or something?

The War Planner on February 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

He doesn’t have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party. I’m sorry but it’s just clear as a bell to me,” said Boehner. …

Guts is a secondary issue at this point. The larger problem is that Boehner is learning disabled. Without correcting that, without acquiting basic comprehension of his enemy, nothing else really matters. And this, I’m afraid, will never happen.

rrpjr on February 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Pot, meet kettle.

ritewhit on February 12, 2013 at 7:05 PM

This is what happens when a legislator is elected to an Executive office.

GoStags92 on February 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I think john has finally grown a pair.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Unfortunately, they’re hanging from his chin- or it looked like that tonight.

sartana on February 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

I think john has finally grown a pair.

phatfawzi on February 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Unfortunately, they’re hanging from his chin- or it looked like that tonight.

sartana on February 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Bwahahahahah

Panther on February 13, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Boehner’s setting this up so that he can pretend to have “the courage to take on the conservative side of his own party” when he rolls on comprehensive normalization of undocumented Democrats.

sauldalinsky on February 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Darn, you said it first.

At least I know someone else noticed.

David Blue on February 13, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Boehner needs to shut the h@ll up & do his job! President Obama can run his mouth & do whatever he wants, but he doesn’t write legislation. CONGRESS – the House and Senate – do that, & only THEY can do something about Sequestration. The problem is they are so busy demonizing each other, engaging in THEATRICS rather than substance. The GOP right now are saying ‘Sequestration is going to happen’ & demonizing Obama for it instead of working their collective @$$es off to ensure it doesn’t happen.

So, Mr. Speaker, SHUT THE H@LL UP AND DO YOUR JOB!

easyt65 on February 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM

I’ll tell ya who has no guts. . . the Republicans. They still don’t know or refuse to acknowledge who they are dealing with in the person of Obama for fear of charges of racism. It doesn’t matter what label you put on Obama; Democrat, progressive, socialist or marxist. The bottom line is that he doesn’t like America as founded and especially doesn’t like traditional white Americans. He is not trying to solve our problems, he is trying to accelerate our decline so that his ilk can start over with a new constitution and economic system. It’s called the “Cloward-Piven” strategy. There is simply no other rational reason for his actions. You say it can’t happen here? It can and is happening now. Open your eyes!

“It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.” ~ Patrick Henry

SpiderMike on February 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Pot. . . meet Kettle.

totherightofthem on February 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I thought only progressives, liberals, and Communists engaged in projection.

Barrack on February 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM