Speaker Boehner pushes back over the phone
Photographs of a phone call between President Obama and Speaker Boehner on April 8, 2011 (White House and Office of Speaker John Boehner)
October 13th, 2011
06:24 PM ET

Speaker Boehner pushes back over the phone

Sometime this afternoon President Obama made a phone call to House Speaker John Boehner to congratulate him on passing the three free trade agreements sent over to congress earlier this month. But according to a readout released by the speaker’s office, the call quickly became a bit more confrontational when Boehner challenged the president on some comments made earlier today at his press conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

When asked by CNN’s Jessica Yellin about his decision not to negotiate with Republicans on Capitol Hill over the details of his jobs plan, President Obama returned to some of the rhetoric he’s been using on the road in recent weeks, challenging Republicans to come up with their own proposals if they refuse to support his. Here’s what the president said:

Frankly, we have not seen a lot of ideas coming forward from Republicans that would indicate that same kind of commitment to job creation. If they do - if Senator McConnell or Speaker Boehner say to me, you know what, we want to get some infrastructure built-in this country, we think that putting construction workers back to work is important - I’ll be right there.  We’ll be ready to go.

I don’t think the problem here, Jessica, is that I have not been unwilling to negotiate with Republicans.  I've shown repeatedly my willingness to work overtime to try to get them to do something to deal with this high unemployment rate.  What we haven’t seen is a similar willingness on their part to try to get something done.  And we’re not going to wait around and play the usual political games here in Washington, because the American people are desperate for some relief right now.

Well, during the phone call this afternoon Boehner challenged the president’s characterization of Republican inaction. Here’s the speaker’s office readout of the call:

"I want to make sure you have all the facts,” the Speaker told the President.  The Speaker reminded the President that House Republicans put forth a ‘Plan for America’s Job Creators’ in May, and noted that he and other members of the GOP leadership team have spoken with the President and his staff about the plan and referenced it on numerous occasions, in letters and elsewhere.

The Speaker told the President that when he sent his jobs plan to the Hill, Republicans pledged to give it consideration, and have done so.  The President was reminded of a memo written by GOP leaders outlining the specific areas where they believe common ground can be found.  The Speaker also noted that a number of the President’s ideas have already been acted on in the House, including a veterans hiring bill, trade agreements, and a three percent withholding bill approved by the Ways & Means Committee today that will be considered on the House floor this month.  They also discussed transportation and infrastructure, and the Speaker expressed his desire to do something on the issue, but to do it in a fiscally-responsible way.

Asked to comment on the specifics of the phone call, a White House spokesman took a pass, saying only that the president called the speaker today to "thank him for his efforts to help pass the three trade agreements."  It's interesting that Boehner would leave the door open for more infrastructure spending, and it seems that the speaker's office wants to send a message to fellow Republicans that their leader in the House won't let the president get away with what it views as a distortion of their record.

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  1. MTATL67

    You know darn well Boehner could barely keep a straight face when he said “Republicans pledged to give it consideration, and have done so.” The Axis of “NO” (McConnell, Boehner, Cantor) did not give the Presidents Job bill consideration. Gentleman at this point why even bother to lie. The Republicans have been waging a campaign of no to any proposals. The Republicans submit their Jobs bill only, let me see how did McCain put it "In response to the president saying we don't have a proposal," McCain said at a press conference today. "We've got lots of proposals - and we've had lots of proposals. We've put them together now [in a bill], and that's our plan." In other world they had proposals but only now put them into a bill because of criticism. This is another monumental Republican failure.

    October 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • BobbaFett

      lol you don't get it do you

      October 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Get Real

      They only have the same old 2 failed ideas; cut federal spending (de-fund anything to do with Obama) and cut taxes (reduce revenue to de-fund Obama).

      October 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
      • Get Real

        It's called freedom of speech, Field1stSgt. Supposedly, that's one of our freedoms that you risk your life to protect. Thank you for your service.

        October 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      There is no use talking to brain dead followers of the lying Obama. He is called and what Boehnor said I believe. I have seen nothing else come from Obama worth a damn except in the total destruction of America. I only wish someone could do something to shut the jackals up who are so stupidily following the Liar into bankruptcy and oblivian.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
      • Ramesh Shrestha

        Behold, the hatemonger speaketh!

        October 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
      • Get Real

        Isn't the President your Commander in Chief? Haven't you pledged to follow his leadership? Don't you believe in the chain of command?

        October 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • Ken

        Sorry to inform yoy "GetReal" but this "Field1stSgt" is in a militia, not the military.

        October 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
      • Republicans Are The American Taliban

        You are a want a be military. None of your posts demonstrate a military perspective. I suspect you are a Marcus Bachmann clinic candidate.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:24 am |
      • J.V.Hodgson

        HI ,
        I am wondering who is brain dead and lying so lets see the GOP ideas.
        Cut taxes =deficit increase, and the Bush tax cuts unfunded cost this nation still $4 trillion over 10 years and generated less jobs than when Clinton increased taxes.
        Cut spending on Medicare, Medicaid and entitlement programs Ryan budget. The US citizens saw that as a lead balloon going nowhere.
        NO cuts to defense spending .. per Santorum we might need to go to war with Iran.never mind the debt cost of fighting the Afghan and Iraq wars. ( these latter Bush Kept out of the annual budget deficit numbers)
        Force a 60 majority vote on any and all legislation Health care, financial regulation etc etc and then promise to repeal everything passed by that majority!?
        Deny The recovery act saved and created any jobs= just ignore any economist, they all agree its positive employment wise GDP wise... so I say like Obama tell how you can pay for it if not by taxes so it does not affect the deficit.
        Watch Republicans freeze the debt commission and then try to blame it on Democrats, even the freeze plan cuts gets US another downgrade.
        You want some more examples of NO. Cantor refused to put the AJA on the house floor. McConnel said it was DOA
        and Boehner said it was same old same old, no it isnt it is paid for but you may not like how so find a way to pay for good ideas, that have the people support like taxing the rich check the polls.
        By the way Tarp was a bush bill rescuing the banks.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:47 am |
      • RN

        I think you should have included that for 20 years of Republican tax cuts (Reagan, Bush Sr and Bush Jr) we did not see any increase in jobs. The republicans campaigned in 2010 saying they would create jobs. Then, the GOP / TP says: "It's not up to government to create jobs".
        Trickle down economics was a huge failure. But, the wealthy liked it because they kept more of their money.
        The wealthiest 1% in this country pay 40% of the tax – so I have heard the GOP say they should get a tax break... Except that the the top 1% has over 40% of the nations wealth and 20% have 93% of the wealth in this country (2007 stat). If you want the people who are not paying income tax to pay – first ask why they do not pay: the majority of them are retired. Then you have all the people who have jobs that are so poorly paid that the standard deductions exempt them from income tax. I am sure you see this a lot in Texas where Perry has created so many low end jobs.
        Until people get jobs – and cutting taxes on the wealthy is not going to create jobs- they cannot spend money (create demand) or pay taxes (to reduce the deficit).
        We need an adult in the White House and Obama is the only adult I have seen in a long time.

        October 14, 2011 at 11:41 am |
      • jean

        Man, Either your a fake"SGT", or just dumb as hell????

        October 14, 2011 at 7:52 am |
      • lisa2010

        TOTAL DESTRUCTION,HEH!!!!! you're still alive, aren't you, you're still on this site, arent't you?????? quit griping, sit back, and eat your popcorn... the best part is yet to come!!!!!

        October 14, 2011 at 11:26 am |
      • Jill-IN

        Your hateful bigotry is not even thinly veiled. You have nothing to offer in these posts.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • mike proctor

        This is the reason why this Country is so screw up because people like you and others made unfounded statements in reference to what President Obama have done or have not done for this Country. Again I put this question to you and others that have written comments here base on piles and piles of BS WHAT HAVE THE REPUBLICANS/TEA-BAGGERS COME UP WITH THAT WILL GET AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK??? Everything I have seen so far more breaks for large Corporations and the Super Rich. I also watch the republicans/tea-baggers destory the middle-class in this Country. Also tell me what was wrong with the job plan President Obama present to the Congress and do not come up with BS but intelligence comments if that possible. There are people in this Country have their mind set to destroy this Country if they can not control the Government and the sad part of this picture is that they are using people just like you who mind set go no further then that of a bigot.

        October 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • JWR

        Wall Street Reform, Equal pay for women, Health Care so you and I shouldn't have to pay for those who use the emergency rooms for free as health care, tax cuts for the middle class which Boehner and his lackies are trying to stop, and lower social security rates from paychecks are a few of the things President Obama has accomplished, along with giving the go-ahead for the killing of Bin Laden, and saved or created jobs for millions with the stimulus with half of it going to middle class Americans as a tax cut.

        October 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • nate lindsey

        I am very surprise at the Field 1st Sgt attitude towards the President, and the language. He seems to have a short memory, or has a problem other than normal about politicians. Just a reminder, the one who created the mess the country is including war. I am a military vetran who fought for this country, and highly decorated for valor. Even though I didn't like the previous Administration because of the lives that my fellow soldiers died based on deceit. Through all of that I gave him respect. You used the term Field 1st Sgt which was never legitimate rank. but if you are genuine you are a disgrace to that title and to those who are in the Military. This probably won't be published but after reading yours, this
        is really gentle.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • WEEZIE

        You are such a jerk! It is congress (the Republican House members) that won't pass anything that will help Americans move pass this mess. If the Republicans win, I hope that you get all that you deserve. You wil not be happy I can assure you. What an A$$!

        October 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
      • John Dhu

        You seem to have your mind made up FLDSGT. What's your reaction to the world-wide Occupy movement? Are you part of the 99%?

        October 15, 2011 at 3:08 am |
      • Agnar

        boner needs to be in jail

        October 16, 2011 at 7:39 am |
      • rob

        It is so easy to spot those fools who get all their information from Fox.

        October 16, 2011 at 7:51 am |
      • teatimeover

        1stSGT calling us followers, ha. You get paid not to think, and you seem to be doing a good job.

        October 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
      • Green Collar Worker

        "Field1stSGT" as you didn't even abbreviate 1SG correctly, I'm guessing that you're either not actually military affiliated or that if you are, you're probably an oxygen stealing leg PV2, hanging out in the training room because you have a fat boy profile. Do the rest of us real military folks a favor, assume the position of parade rest and shut your ignorant pie-hole, you're an embarassment.
        If you want to troll and post ill-informed comments denigrating our Commander in Chief, do it under a screen name that doesn't suggest that you're military; you are neither authorized, nor qualified to speak for the rest of us. Carry on, leg.

        October 17, 2011 at 4:50 am |
      • R D RUmans

        idiot, you are brain dead for sure!

        October 17, 2011 at 8:09 am |
      • LiberalCSM

        Field1stSGT I would first tell you to you are clearly not very adept at the English language because you don't do a very good job writing it. Next, I would tell you to stop watching Faux News and you might see who is really lying. Lastly, I would tell you if your only a field 1SG and not simply a 1SG, then that tells me all I need to know about you. You clearly only teach the people service members one speed and that is why our younger troops can't seem figure out how to stay out of trouble.

        October 17, 2011 at 9:26 am |
      • Roger

        Do you have little toy soldiers you play with?

        October 17, 2011 at 9:45 am |
      • jimivy

        You are an idiot. Go back to your desk, I think the cookies and cool-aid are being served.

        October 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • Danny C

        Interesting. It seems you call Obama a liar not on the content of his statement, but that fact that it is Obama saying it. I'm curious if you regularly believed the last occupant of the White House. If so, please give me your view on the following.
        George W. Bush claimed he served at Dannelly Air National Guard Base in Montgomery Alabama from April-November 1972, though no one could recall seeing him there. Long after the story broke, a supporter of Bush's father suddenly remembered seeing him there several times and said just the two of them spent all their time in his office. What has always amazed me was during the time in question two things were happening,the Vietnam War (actually the Easter Offensive was occurring, including the Battles of Loc Nich and An Loc) and Bush's father, George H. Bush was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations (1971-1973). Now here comes the question.
        Is it even possible that during the VIETNAM WAR, the SON of the serving AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS could serve at a stateside military base for SEVEN MONTHS with no surviving records and NO ONE could remember him being there? Has a son of the serving Ambassador to the United Nation ever served under you? Or the son of a U.S. Senator? Or of a State Governor? Or do you not know because son's of high ranking government officials go unnoticed on U.S. Military bases?
        Careful with your answer. It could gain you credibility with a few Conservatives who have never served in the military, but brand you a liar with any veterans who read this.

        October 18, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • RN

      the republican proposals consist of "cut taxes" and of course "cut taxes".
      They want to spend on the military and defund any social program that might help someone other than the wealthy.
      In the past 30 years we have had 20 years of tax cuts from the republicans. We just finished 8 years of tax cuts from GWB. If tax cuts create jobs we should be needing to import workers for the jobs waiting for applicants.
      The republican's disregard for the middle class is only matched by their disregard for the truth.

      October 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
      • RNIgnoranceIsBliss

        RN- the government was not created for the sole purpose of people to live off them. Government workers produce nothing but a tax bill for the rest of us (excluding the lower 47% of Americans, that is)

        October 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
      • Marley


        If even there are people who do abuse the system and live off the gov't ... do you not realize that the economy is CYCLIC?

        The bums who live off the gov't still have to SPEND money in order to live. The money they spend goes back into the economy. And you can be certain, these bums will indeed spend their money! And this keeps the economy continually spinning.

        But what about some one rich or better off like you? Would you spend all your money if the gov't gave you a big tax break? NO!

        If you give $1 dollar to a million bums, it will be a GUARANTEE that will $1million in spending will occur in the economy.

        Give a $1million tax break to a rich person, and that rich person will save most of that money in the bank instead of spending it in the economy!

        See why the gov't under the Dems and GOP like helping the bums?

        October 14, 2011 at 1:13 am |
      • hmmm....

        The only people who get tax cuts are those who pay taxes. I know longer know what the middle class is. I am a middle class kid that grew up with a father who worked three jobs and we had one car, one television, one common phone, no stereo sound system, video games, etc. People who have multiple cars, personal cell phones, televisions in multiple rooms, ipods, stereos, etc. claim they are not middle class any more...heck...they are right! We used to consider them rich. We need a different way to measure class as simple income is misleading. The same income earned in different parts of the country grant different living standards.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:40 am |
      • model67a

        You are griping about "cut taxes'. If it went the other way and they raised taxes you would bitch about that!

        October 14, 2011 at 5:54 am |
    • ithastobmyfault

      Pledged to give it consideration... in republican talk that means we have no plan to actually do anything.. why should things change now?

      October 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • hmmm....

      Seriously...do you think only one side is playing the game? Both sides put up their plans with non-starters...which is really serious? Why do we not see our side does it AS WELL as the other side? Yeah, yeah, yeah...my guy is good, yours is a jerk. LOL

      October 14, 2011 at 1:54 am |
      • Vigla

        Problem is, 65% prefer the Presiden't bill. The Republican jobs plan as I recall called for vouchering medicare and cutting basically everything. Oh, and LOWERING taxes on the rich...like they need MORE money. Are they SERIOUS?

        October 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Bob

      Well said!

      October 14, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • GF

      "The Republicans have been waging a campaign of no to any proposals." ~ MTATL67
      Like many on here that share the same attitude, I guess you missed the very first paragraph. This article started off as the President congratulating the REPUBLICANS for passing the bill he has been pushing. Do you know who had the vast majority of the votes against this bill? Since i am certain you ignored that also, it was the Democrats.
      Sure the R's are against most of what he puts out, as to be expected, but it's just as bad as the Democrats blindly voting in favor of what he puts out.

      October 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

      REPUBLICAN SLOGAN... Just Don't Do It! (Then say you did)

      October 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • John Dhu


        October 15, 2011 at 3:09 am |
    • Daniel6

      The repubs have offered numerous bills for consideration-the real Party of "No" is Harry and Barry

      October 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  2. Frank

    The Plan for America’s Job Creators would be laughable if it weren't taken for a real plan by so many. While some of it's goals are laudable, its stimulative abilities are certainly meager at best.

    October 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    ... The Republicans have been waging a campaign of no to any proposals...
    Especially the ones that repeat past Obama mistakes at a cost of $450 billion to American Taxpayers. The Obama "Jobs" bill was created to fail. Obama is counting on people like you to swallow his political games hook, line and sinker.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • ithink122

      Obama's jobs bill is paid for. The only cost is to the people who should have been creating the jobs in the first place, as the GOP constantly refers to them as "job creators."

      "The GOP plan reads like a laundry list of GOP priorities. It would require a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution; reduce the highest personal income tax rate to 25% and require reform and simplification of the tax code. It would repeal so-called "Obamacare," reform malpractice laws, and scrap the Dodd-Frank reforms passed after the financial crisis. It would also curtail Washington's ability to regulate the private sector through a moratorium on new regulations and by requiring more input from Congress on the regulations issued by government agencies. "

      That's the GOP jobs bill. Tell me, what in there has anything to do with jobs? Obama's plan had concrete "spend this much money, hire this money construction workers" ideas. The GOP one includes a requirment to add a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. By the furthest stretch of the imagination, how does that relate to or create jobs?

      October 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
      • Ms. White

        thank you ...are you running for political office?

        October 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • needNewGov

      Name a realistic jobs bill the GOP has offered and then you can have a say. If not perhaps you should close your pie hole. Cutting taxes for the wealthiest isn't a jobs bill.

      October 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • four more anyway

      I guess if you're against failures, you should equally be against all the tax breaks given to the millionare "job creators" that obviously haven't worked...

      October 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • jean

      4 and the door, " You,ve got to be a backwoods southern idiot Evangelical Bigot??? Your words are "Lunatic"??? Go have another shot of "White Lightnen"!

      October 14, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • Lizzie43

      ithink122 posted "Obama's jobs bill is paid for. " right and then says we need a tax increase to pay for it. He knew from the beginning that it had no chance of passing the DEMOCRATIC senate, just more rhetoric from the Pres. Remember look it up, everytime the republicans bring forth a bill that would help us get out of the ditch, the democrats put the car in D and get us further stuck. Sen.Reid has blocked and killed EVERY bill in the senate from republicans but DEMANDS that his bills are voted on.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Ms. White

      as if the replubicans have YOU hook, line and stupid...their line was in 2010...we will create jobs....in 2011...we have no idea how to create jobs...you and others just can't see it

      October 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  4. jean2009

    Obama -Biden 2012

    October 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • NOBama

      obama/biden '12 doesn't stand a chance... FYI

      October 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
      • jean

        Nobama= "When was the last time you "Shot and killed an Animal at the Perry Ranch??? Or maybe your grandpa "Wrote on the Rock"??? Which one? LOL

        October 14, 2011 at 8:06 am |
      • Get Real

        That would only happen if the American public continues to allow the Republicans and SCOTUS to sell out our election system. Now that super PACS can make unlimited campaign donations, without disclosure, the populous majority means nothing.
        Rove is donating $240 million towards anti-Obama ads. The Koch brothers are donating $200 million. Kinda overshadows the $70 million from Obama's supporters.
        Think about it, folks. 3 people are capable of independently putting out propaganda ads that will influence the electorate in America's next Presidential election! In fact, it already happened in 2010 and hardly any one was the wiser.
        On top of that, add another layer of dishonesty in the Republican led changes to state voting registration laws, restricting new voters (Dem students), reducing early voting, refusing to send out ballots to minority neighborhoods and soldiers serving our country.
        The Republicans can't beat Obama, but they can steal his re-election.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
      • Ms. White

        as opposed to Perry/Cain 20never... two Southern bigots

        October 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      Well said...OBAMA-BIDEN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  5. david bidlack

    the republicans control 1 half of one house and the senate is run by mitch mcconnell's "just say no to anything minority control! the tail is wagging the dog and the voters will take care of the problem in the coming election buy voting in some full time working house members rather than the part time hours of the current house. do republicans think that the voting public wanted goverment by "NO" or a working goverment. "THE 99% PROTEST" is growing and it would seem they are against the ideology of the right wingers and the party that looks out for the greedy 1%!

    October 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Lizzie43

      For the past few month all we heard. from Sen.Reid, NO, NO, NO, only the democrats have anything to say.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      I think it's time old, white, down home boys, bigoted, and oh did I say OLD, Mitch McConnell to retire! He still thinks the same way they did in the 50's. It's time for him to go and crawl under some old rock.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  6. Linda

    Bonehead only cares about his butt- he will do nothing to help Americans unless they are wealthy and donating money to him. Let's move the demonstrations from Wall Street to his offices in DC and his home state. Vote him out! Recall all of them! They vote no on anything good for us.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • jean

      Amen!!! Linda, you could,nt have said it better! The "Tanman" will be gone in 2012!!

      October 14, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  7. GOP Bad For America

    Give em Hell Obama! Keep up the GOP do nothing Cogress rhetoric! Go to the American people with you proposal! BTW – Bush did not include the cost of his unfunded wars in his debt. Obama included the cost, giving Fox and the GOP/Tea Baggers something to rant about. We had an opportunity to cut far more than $1.5 trillion by ending the republican wars, stopping the unfunded Bush tax cuts, ending tax loopholes, and cutting out the big oil tax breaks. While Bush and the GOP added $6.5 trillion to our debt, the tea baggers are only upset with the $1.44 trillion President Obama has added.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Get Real

      Hmmm.... Tough choice. 6.5 Trillion for a misguided war or 1.44 Trillion to save the American economy and jobs.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
      • NOBama

        GetReal - this "jobs" bill by obama will produce nothing but seasonal, temporary, shovel-ready, government payroll, union-ista jobs... end of story

        October 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
      • Dixon

        Hey nobama, do you do any thinking for yourself? Try getting outside the box (foxnews) and do some investigating for yourself. The more people like you speak the more ignorant you sound. You are the one who will be suprised when this country finally figures out that the repubs only care for the rich.

        OBAMA/BIDEN '12

        October 14, 2011 at 1:20 am |
      • Get Real

        Nobama – Why is it that no matter what viable solutions the left proposes, the right portrays it as being insignificant? Pennys make dollars.
        Lowering taxes will do nothing but make the top 1% richer. That's a fact, Jack!

        October 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      From the Treasury's website, national debt to the penny. Give it a try, you will find out some very interesting facts.


      2001 Jan 19 .... 5,727,776,738,304
      2009 Jan 20 .... 10,626,877,048,913
      2011 Oct 12 .... 14,868,218,296,426

      October 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
      • Marley

        Just in case some folks don't get the numbers you are providing here.

        George W. Bush and the GOP inherited a yearly budget surplus of $200B from Clinton. If the $200B surplus had remained, Bush/GOP could have used the $200B surplus to pay off the federal debt each year.

        Instead, Bush/GOP caused a budget deficit of $1.2T yearly which was INHERITED by Obama's administration. There is no way you can eliminate this budget deficit without: 1) ending the wars, 2) re-pealing the GOP prescription drug plan bill, and 2) increasing taxes.

        So each year under Obama thus far, he has been stuck with Bush's $1.2T budget deficit. So when you the federal deficit increase during Obama's term, you must understand that the increase is due almost entirely to the Bush/GOP policies from the last decade.

        October 14, 2011 at 12:48 am |
      • J.V.Hodgson

        Jay in NC.
        Yes I saw the same numbers whats interesting is the analysis behind the numbers
        Annually Bush tax reductions unfunded cost $400bn p.a
        Defense is $40 bn expensive and in process of being cut thru Gates efforts and the wars are at least $100bn p.a some say it costs a lot more.
        Those two together take 50 % out of the budget deficit annually QED debt needs. Hopefully gang of 12 get real.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:56 am |
      • GF

        Marley, that all sounds pretty damning on Bush, but only to an uninformed moron. the budget is done YEARLY, not projected yearly. Also, feel free to just ignore the Clinton funny accounting and ignore that your surplus is wrong (Bush's first year in office was on a Clinton budget that was $128B), there's plenty of people out there have have no clue as well.

        October 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
      • GF

        one more thing Marley, why not bash Clinton for not paying off the the debt with his surplus?
        again, ignore that it is NOT possible to pay off TRILLIONS with BILLIONS, hell those numbers couldn't even pay off the INTEREST on the debt let alone the debt.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      The only hell this man can give is his anti-christ plan.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
      • arduck

        Sir, I see your ill-conceived hate dripping off your every word. Such a waste of precious energy. The Speaker is being very dis-ingenuous. First, he's upset because he feels dissed that the POTUS does not talk to him. Then, when the POTUS calls him to congratulate him on good legislation, he turns difficult and immediately runs to the press (like a sophmore in HS) to announce how he told the POTUS off. How political and unstatesman-like. I'm sure that will help the national debate. Then, he tries to paint himself, his party and their actions since taking control of the congress as consiliitory (sp!) in contrast to the POTUS', despite the fact that time and time again the POTUS has tried to compromise to get action, accepting GOP ideas that they then reject only because he offered it. Then all you offer to the conversation are ill and thoughtless words of no value. You talk about the POTUS lying, did not the Speaker and his party run 2010 campaigns on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS? Where is there legislation result.s Nothing has come out of the GOP controlled House except social engineering laws to control women's rights.

        October 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
      • Dixon

        When you don't have anything to offer you give us hate...Like most repubs you need to think for yourself. Do some research and find the facts. My guess is you could care less about facts. Keep the insults coming it only shows your ignorance and hate. You are a perfect repub.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:23 am |
      • jean

        Dumb-Dumb speaks again???? SGT Pepper!!! Your a "Fake"

        October 14, 2011 at 8:14 am |
      • WEEZIE

        I think you must mean the repubs are the Anti-Christ, what with the Mormon Cult, running the Republicans. You are not a real Sgt, I believe you dream you are one, just like the repubs dream they have a job's plan that will create jobs. SHOW ME THE PLAN! I don't believe the cult members can!

        October 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Ms. White

        you must be a Muslium with you anti christ talk

        October 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Lizzie43

      I like your math, read and weep, the Bush admin. spent 4 trillion in 8 years, Pres. Obama 4 trillion in 2 1/2 years. Plus a stimulus to pay off Unions and fundraisers.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Ms. White

        you need a hug don't you...because you just do not understand what you just post

        October 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  8. Jake

    do not stand down President Obama! The Republicans have done nothing, and continue to do nothing. No need to continue engaging them now. Continue to lead, and all of us who donated $70 million in SMALL DONATIONS stand behind you!

    October 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • WEEZIE


      October 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  9. GOP Bad For America

    GOP's solution to every-thing is as follows:
    1. Cut taxes
    2. Increase the Military and invade countries with rich resources
    3. Cut all gov't programs – Don't want no socialism EXCEPT Social Security, Medicare, good roads, highways, etc)
    4. Wait for the "rich" to create COMPANIES to take care of all of us – Trickle down/VooDoo Economics!
    5. If all else fails, PRAY TO "JESUS"

    October 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    Obama is counting on people like you to swallow his political games hook, line and sinker.
    But, it was the Republicans who took the bait.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Get Real

      Shhhh! (They haven't figured that out, yet.)

      October 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  11. kayla

    when i was a child i act like a child. when are you going to grow up weeping willow?

    October 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  12. GOP Bad For America

    Why is Boehner and the GOP/Tea Baggers debating Abortion/Woman's Care bills when they need to be focused on jobs?? Oh, I forgot the GOP/Tea Baggers want us to go into a depression so they can blame Obama! To the GOP/Tea Baggers- Party, Rich and Big Business first, country second!!! Vote The worthless GOP/Tea Baggers of Congress out in 2012!!!!

    October 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Get Real

      Because they weren't sure that their 5 previous anti-abortion bills would stop abortions. Besides, anti-abortion bills are the only legislation that Boneher is capable of passing through his House of Cards.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        September 9, 2009

        REP. WILSON: You lie! (Boos.)
        THE PRESIDENT: It's not true. And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up - under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place. (Applause.)

        Rep. Wilson was correct, the president did lie, Federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.


        October 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
      • Get Real

        Jay – Your response proves nothing except for Wilson's contempt and disrespect for our President.

        October 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
      • NeilSeattle

        @Jay Rep Wilson's comment was directed at the illegal immigrant issue, not abortion. If you're going to run around parroting Faux talking points, you'd at least have a shred of credibility if you actually matched the correct Faux talking point to the current topic under discussion.

        October 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • NOBama

      Hey, Moron, the government is not supposed to be the bank for the freeloading dirtbags that refuse to work or improve their way of life, rather, they prefer to pop out as many kids as the government will pay them for. Because of obama, reid, pelosi, dodd, and frank and their socialist policies, the US dollar is going to lose the status of the world reserve currency... then we're really going to be screwed... besides, the blame game rhetoric you speak of... odumbo beat that dead horse to a pulp... and biden still uses it to this day...

      October 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
      • Marley

        What? The US dollar tanked under Bush/GOP administration!

        October 14, 2011 at 12:51 am |
      • Dixon

        Good job nobama...you spelled moron. Now tell me how does your insults help the situation? It would be interesting to know what you do for a living...I bet you rely on the government as much as any other. When you start thinking for yourself and come out of your mother's basment to support yourself we can start to have a debate. Until then, ask mom what is for supper.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:27 am |
      • jean

        Nobama, "Witch "Fast food Dump" do you work for, Moron Hamburgers????? LOL

        October 14, 2011 at 8:16 am |
      • Jill-IN

        You are really an idiot. Thankfully, you have no meaningful input into this anyway.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
      • JWR

        NObama, Let me pull your coat to the fact that the republicans are the ones leading Americans to socialism. Just look at the disparity between the wealthy at the top and the middle class. If things keep going the way the republicans are pushing there will be no middle class. Open your eyes! Even now you and I are paying more for everything including fees to access your own money. The corporations are pimping the republicans and the republicans are pimping the country. They expect you and I to support and subsidize big busines and big oil. Doesn't Socialist China do the same thing? They are against the minimum wage just like China. They want no regulations just like China. Remember the Chinese drywall (sheet rock) and the toys made in China that are dangerous due to no regulations? Corporations and the republicans want to rewrite America into China, a socialist society, riches and wealth at the top, poor at the bottom and no middle class at all.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • WEEZIE

        Such a jerk! America we need to make sure that these jerks are voted out of office in 2012! What with the Mormon Cult running the show, we're all going to h3ll! And as for Wilson, let's make sure they give him an extra stiff kick in the butt right out the door!

        October 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • warmbody

        I constantly hear the term "freeloading dirtbags that refuse to work" from many posts to articles, blogs and personal conversations. From what I have gleaned from these comments is that the following groups fit into this freeloader category.

        Anyone that does not pay federal income taxes.
        Anyone that is unemployed.
        Anyone that is poor.
        Anyone that belongs to a union.
        Anyone that works for the government.
        Anyone that is retired.
        Should I add? Anyone that is a Democrat.

        In other words: All these freeloaders are worthless warm bodies. My simple answer is: Warm Bodies Unite

        October 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • Ms. White

        Hey NoBama
        I know you ...you were in the public assistance line trying to get some of thet socialist government food stamps and cheese

        October 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  13. Tony

    Speaker Boehner is by far the most useless speaker in generations, and the most disrespectful to the Office of the President.

    He should be ashamed of himself! No worries, when the Republicans are defeated in 2012 we won't have to listen to anything he has to say ever again!

    October 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      Boehner has no guts. He is a puppet and the Koch brothers, the Teaparty, and the Mormon Cult are all controlling his strings. But, how do they make it so that they can turn his tears on and off so much.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  14. Lisa P

    "A Plan for America’s Job Creators"? Well at least Speaker Boehner is being honest for once: his bill is for the "job creators", not for jobs. Where is the accountability for all that public largess and "freedom"? There is none, because jobs are not the actual goal. He might as well have called it "A Plan to Enrich the Wealthy" or "A Plan to Give the 1% What They Haven't Already Got". That should get plenty of support from the GOP, their major financiers and assorted hangers-on.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  15. Tony

    Obama-Clinton 2012, Clinton-Warner 2016...

    October 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • jean

      Tony, An education helps,does,nt it!!! Amen! Brother!!

      October 14, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  16. Tubby the Tuba

    The President has caved so many times to the Repuglicans that the pundits say he is a wussy. To get to that point would indicate that the man has tried to please the Repuglicans and be bi-partisan....now the Repuglicans spin that to he is contrary? I think the people of this nation understand that the Repuglicans, from the outset of this man's presidency, have tried to derail him at every turn to keep their stated goal of making this President fail....and to do so, the Repuglicans have taken down America. The news reports are trying in vain to manipulate the vote by underscoring anything negative this President has tried to do. No consideration for the state of affairs he inherited from the Repuglican Administration before him. The Repuglicans have been UN-American in this manner.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  17. Manny

    The losers talking. Hopefully Comrade Obama will be out next year after driving this country down the cliff with his policies. We have to vote this man out of office before it's too late. Four more years and there will be nothing left.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • jt

      Manny, I think that you need to look at the tea party and if you replace all of them, then we will get things moving. If you are unwilling to compromise to create jobs, then get rid of them. By the way, since they want to cut all taxes, I would like you to look and see how much is needed for federal pensions, military and basic governemt. They are clueless about what is needed to "keep our rodes", oh, we do not need to have food sent back east on rodes, we will zap it there.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Get Real

      Say what?! The Repugs put the ocuntry and economy into a downward spiral, losing 700,000 jobs per month. Obama made the right moves and has stabilized our economy. But, the job losses had a lot to do with automation, computerization, and outsourcing to 3rd world countries. These have long term consequences that will take a long time to recover from.
      Obama's only problem is obstruction from the misguided, inexperienced Tea Party right wing extremists who only want to bring down his government, even if they take the country down with it.
      It is not enough to re-elect President Obama. We must purge Congress of the obstructionists, so that Obama can do his job.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • arduck

      Manny, the country was already heading down the cliff in 2008. The POTUS hit the brakees despite right wing resistant.

      October 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Marley

      Because of Obama's economic policies the unemployment is at 9.1% instead of the trajectory unemployment rate of 25%+ he inherited from Bush/GOP.

      October 14, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • jean

      Many, "Go for your GED!! Its not as hard as you would believe??? Try it???

      October 14, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • WEEZIE

      Manny, shut the Hell up! you are a disgrace to America just like the rest of the republicans. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!

      October 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  18. Alina77

    Boehner finally talked to President? That what happens when you call them by names on EVERY town hall meeting. SAY THEIR NAMES MR. President, that's all that you need to do.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • arduck

      I wonder how often the Speaker and the minority leader use that bridge joining Kentucky and Ohio. Probably don' care, its not in the immediate neighborhood.

      October 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  19. Notfooled

    President Obama-fight for us -we have your back. The majority is on your side for raising taxes on millionaires and your Jobs bill. Also keep Social Security and Medicare. You will be re-elected.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  20. Notfooled

    Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnel you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Americans are watching you. You are traitors to this country and slaves to the rich. You only care about yourselves. Shame.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  21. ticktockKY

    For the past 40 years, the GOP has supported BIG business. They believe that if big companies get enough tax breaks they will start hiring. Instead over seven million American jobs have been sent overseas where they make millions by exploiting poorly paid people and they don't have to worry about polluting the environment. If the GOP wants to give tax breaks to big business, make them bring these jobs back to the US.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  22. max

    its not obama or boehner oad dems vs republicans. There isnt a right person or a right party on this matter. they dont give a damm about you. dont pretend that obama is your friend. he never invited you to dinner and asked your opinion. Boehner doesnt give a damm about your position on abortion or foreign policy. this is a war between pundits and campaign managers, pr folks and lobbyists. dont pretend one party is good and the other evil.

    as for this free trade agreement – this should never have happened. i think it was cnn reporting how flowers from columbia would no longer be taxed. im sure that the hawian florists were thrilled. i wonder how many hawian flowers will be sold to columbia. think it will balance out?? thats just one small example of the impact of some of these agreements.

    part of the free trade bill was an expansion of a worker retraining program (TAA) to help workers displaced by these trade agreements. our government costing us jobs – and knowing it before they voted on it.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  23. Jerry

    Oh, oh, the NObamamites are in full force tonight. God help America. President NObama and his spiked Kool Aid drinkers are unwilling, or worst, unable to do it.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • arduck

      Yes. Very thoughtful and articulated nothing of value. Get a hit of fresh air.

      October 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  24. GaryB

    What Boehner left out is that his party's ' Plan for America’s Job Creators’ is, at it's heart really just another attempt to transfer more of this country's wealth to the richest American's with the vague hope that at some time they might take pity on the rest of us and actually fill some open jobs (rather than forcing existing salaried workers to work 50 to 60 hour weeks). We've been trying that approach since 2003. It's a documented failure and it demonstrates how Republicans have no idea how most corporations or most businesses work.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    The Republicans refuse to even debate the American Jobs Act – even though millions of Americans are suffering.

    Republicans have no qualms harming our country, all in the name of defeating President Obama in 2012.

    If this is how Republicans act when they're out of power, can you imagine what they'll do to us should they (God forbid) ever regain power?

    Think about it, folks. Think about it long and hard ...

    October 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Over the past ~ 30 years, the unemployment rate has gone down with a Republican Senate.


      Think about that long and hard.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
      • Lisa P

        Hmmmm... and 30 years ago the Reagan Administration suddenly decided that the long-term unemployed don't count, and wouldn't be counted any more in the "unemployment" statistics. Interesting coincidence.

        October 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
      • Get Real

        But, not under Republican Presidents. Over the past year, Republicans have made every effort to obstruct job growth.
        Think about that one, folks.

        October 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
      • Get Real

        I checked out your ConservativeTeacher link, Jay. Here's what else I found:
        One could blame it on Bush- the last 1.9% drop did occur during his administration. Over the first 89 months of Bush's Presidency, the percentage of people employed in our nation dropped by 1.9%. Over his last 9 months, it dropped by another 1.9%.

        October 13, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  26. ThinkAgain

    @Manny: "We have to vote this man out of office before it's too late. Four more years and there will be nothing left."

    You're either a shill for the GOP or brain-damaged. The Republicans and their failed policies are what got our economy into trouble – and they have blocked every attempt to fix things. THAT IS FACT.

    But you know, the GOP counts on idiots like you who are more than willing to vote against your own self-interest. What a loser!

    October 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Did not know that U.S. Rep. Barney Frank is a Republican.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
      • Ken

        There seems to be a lot that you don't know. Did you know that Barney Franks and Chris Dodd were in the minority party from 1994 until 2006? How did the dumb ass Republicans allow them to sneak a bill past them? They didn't, so stop trying to shift the blame for the Republican disaster onto Democrats.

        October 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
      • Ms. White

        just stop it...you have reason to be on any blogs except Barney and Dora the Explorer

        October 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Get Real

      Are Frank & Dodds the only Dems that right wingers can make a case against? And, they hold Obama responsible?
      Only goes to prove that President Obama is doing a great job against incredible odds.

      October 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
      • Dixon

        I agree, Obama is making the Right wingnuts, sorry, Teabaggers angry so he must be doing a great job. They have only distorded facts and outright lies to use aginst Obama. When you have nothing to offer that is what you have, Repubs.

        October 14, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  27. Ron

    Goodbye GOP. You "misread the 2010 elections". Now, you are going to reap the wrath of the American people at the voting booths this fall and next! YOU BLEW IT!!!

    October 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  28. Thomas

    @Get Real
    Hmmm.... Tough choice. 6.5 Trillion for two misguided wars or 1.44 Trillion to save the American economy and jobs.

    Do think the TanMan Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnel care ?

    October 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Get Real

      Babyface Boneher, Eek Can'tor, and Missile-head McConhell only care about serving their puppet master Norquist.

      October 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  29. Tired of the whining

    It looks like Boehner is drunk again or maybe he has not sobered up since he was elected Weeper of the House. I'll pick the latter.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  30. Ryan

    You people are so blinded by partisanship that you can't possibly consider that President Obama has not been honest about Republican efforts regarding job creation because he has already drafted the narrative–"Republicans are obstructionists"–that you all accept hook, line and sinker. President Obama is playing politics (why else would he submit a new spending bill that he knew wouldn't pass) and his strategy for 2012 is going to follow this narrative. You people pathetically believe everything you are told to think by the White House press corps and far left media outlets. And for what, for you to all come on comment boards and regurgitate each other's messages? Read through the comments and you'll see how original you all are. Start thinking for yourselves, question the assumptions that are the basis for your opinions, and take some lessons in writing and civility. For being of the party that seems to believe they assume the hold the moral high ground on everything, you people seem to throw around insults and accusations with alarming ease.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • Get Real

      It wasn't the President's narrative, it has been the Republican's mantra ever since he took office. I've been paying close attention to the actions of the Republicans in Congress.
      You Repugs need to follow your own advice: "Start thinking for yourselves, question the assumptions that are the basis for your opinions, and take some lessons in writing and civility. For being of the party that seems to believe they assume the hold the moral high ground on everything, you people seem to throw around insults and accusations with alarming ease."

      October 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Ms. White

      you just did the same thing stupid

      October 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  31. DA

    The President should have hung up!!! Dial Tone!!!

    October 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      Boehner has to act like he's a man not a mouse. What a better way to do it than OVER THE PHONE! He's not even man enought to talk to President Obama face to face! What a piehole!

      October 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  32. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.


    October 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  33. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Boehner, who happens to look identical to the wooden puppet "Howdy Doody" and is only 4% as smart as the puppet, has sold his soul to Satan, the Tea Party and Grover Norquist, in a pledge to protect only the tax free wealthiest Americans and Corporations at any cost while flushing the other 99% of us down the toilet, is the biggest moron to ever fall from a 20 story building and land on his head and live. Thank God, that like Bush and Cheney, this idiot's reign of terror will someday end and he will be a public bone head with ZERO power on the hill. Oh, God, please hasten that day. In Jesus name, amen.

    October 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  34. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.


    October 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  35. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Obama will be overwhelmingly elected in 2012. Boehner's only friends are toothless, scared, Tea Party hicks. America would be better off if his mother would have had an abortion, so she is partially to blame for bringing this scum sucking retard into existence. I am a Christian but I hate this idiot and his pals so much because they would not even let Jesus be President because of his values and concern for the least of us.

    Go to hell, John Boner Bonehead Boehner, and do it now.

    In Jesus name, name.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  36. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Boehner is a moron who will die protecting the rich and suffocating the middle-class. He has sworn an oath to Grover Norquist, an unelected imbecile from the sewer.

    Hey Boehner, do the world a favor and go get a vascectomy TODAY! we cannot afford any more DNA genetic mutants with 15 extra chromsomes and tri-polar disorder running around the country telling us what's best for us.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  37. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Boehner, McConnel and Cantor are the un-holy GOP trinity and Paul Ryan is their prophet. Their followers are called the Tear Pity Tea Party Fascist Fox News Loser Brigade. They hate the middle-class and Obama more than Jesus hates sin and the anti-Christ.

    Hey Boehner, America can't wait to hear your "Congratulations President Obama on your re-election" speach in 2012. Did you start a draft speach yet? Time is running out so you'd better pen one soon.

    Yours and the Tea Party's values are not in synch with Jesus' values and most Americans.

    God bless President Obama and Vice President Obama and their families and their supporters.

    Dear God, thank you in advance for blessing our wonderful President and granting him a 2nd term in 2012 to carry out your values and plan for America. Republicans do not represent anything you teach in your Word, and no weapon formed against the Democrats and REAL CHRISTIANS and Obama will prosper.

    In Jesus name, AMEN!

    October 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Thomas

    @Get Real
    Hmmm.... Tough choice. 6.5 Trillion for two misguided wars or 1.44 Trillion to save the American economy and jobs.

    TanMan Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnel only care about defeating Obama , at any cost.

    The Three Kings of Chaos and Sloth !

    October 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  39. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Sorry, Vice President Biden. Here is a corected version.

    Boehner, McConnel and Cantor are the un-holy GOP trinity and Paul Ryan is their prophet. Their followers are called the Tear Pity Tea Party Fascist Fox News Loser Brigade. They hate the middle-class and Obama more than Jesus hates sin and the anti-Christ.

    Hey Boehner, America can't wait to hear your "Congratulations President Obama on your re-election" speach in 2012. Did you start a draft speach yet? Time is running out so you'd better pen one soon.

    Yours and the Tea Party's values are not in synch with Jesus' values and most Americans.

    God bless President Obama and Vice President Biden and their families and their supporters.

    Dear God, thank you in advance for blessing our wonderful President and granting him a 2nd term in 2012 to carry out your values and plan for America. Republicans do not represent anything you teach in your Word, and no weapon formed against the Democrats and REAL CHRISTIANS and Obama will prosper.

    In Jesus name, AMEN!

    October 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  40. Thomas

    The next time Boehner goes into his Cry Baby act . I'm going to Barf in his Golf Bag !

    October 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  41. Thomas

    @Jay in NC
    Sep 9, 2009 – Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) has apologized for breaking with protocol and calling the President a liar during his speech before Congress ! Why would Willson need to apologize if he was right ? Unless he is a coward !

    Hey Jay, Sep 6, 2011 – Gov. Nikki Haley's economic development trip to Paris and Germany in June cost taxpayers at least $127000.

    When you find those WMDs in Iraq , let us know !

    No need for people like yourself to Apologize , you don't know how !

    October 14, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Yes he "apologized for breaking with protocol" but he did not say that the president did not lie. Big difference.

      October 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Get Real

      Wilson shouted 'Liar!' because President Obama said that illegal immigrants would not receive medical treatment under the Heathcare Reform Act. It had nothing to do with abortions, which was his following sentence.
      Jay, your assertions are intentionally misleading.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  42. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world

    The "job creators" the Republicans keep referring to are an extinct species. The current crop of Republicans are hypocrites of the highest order. Their mantra of no new taxes is becoming so tiresome. Any American who votes for a Republican better be very wealthy because their sole aim is to destroy the middle class. The sainted Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his grave at what has become of the Republican Party.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  43. Marley

    Here's something to ponder:

    Even though there are people who do abuse the system and live off the gov't ... do you not realize that the economy is CYCLIC?

    The bums who live off the gov't still have to SPEND money in order to live. The money they spend goes back into the economy. And you can be certain, these bums will indeed spend their money – mostly domestically! And this keeps the economy continually spinning.

    But what about someone rich or better off like you? Would you spend all your money *DOMESTICALLY* if the gov't gave you a big tax break? NO!

    If you give $1 to a million bums, it will be a GUARANTEE that will $1million in *DOMESTIC* spending will occur in the economy.

    Give a $1million tax break to a rich person, and that rich person will save most of that money in the bank instead of spending it in the DOMESTIC economy!

    See why the gov't under the Dems and GOP like helping the bums?

    October 14, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  44. Rick McDaniel

    Obama's a fraud.......and it has become painfully obvious to anyone who has their eyes and ears open.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • Ms. White

      your are deaf and mute and can post a comment on a blog page...WOW

      October 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  45. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Four and The Door

    Especially the ones that repeat past Obama mistakes at a cost of $450 billion to American Taxpayers. The Obama "Jobs" bill was created to fail. Obama is counting on people like you to swallow his political games hook, line and sinker.

    Would you please cite where your $450 billion dollar "mistakes" number came from? Most Republicans swallow at airport restrooms...

    October 14, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  46. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    A lady came up to me at the airport and said that the American people , rhetorically speaking, want him to commit suicide...

    October 14, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  47. no to pork obama

    and obama stomped his feet and whined away the day just as he always does when we dont do as he commands, this is America and WE ARE FREE this is not a dictatorship and true American Patriots will fight for freedom and destroy the tyrant who wants to change this to a fascists and Marxists society, down with the wanna be anointed one, who is better known as Mr Zero.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:12 am |
    • Bob

      Bring it on, gutless.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  48. Joe

    Obama's a worthless idiot who is destroying this country
    get the son of a muslum out of here

    October 14, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • 1CentFree

      Why beat around the bush? Why not just say what you REALLY meant to say?

      October 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • WEEZIE


      October 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Ms. White

      joe the plummer ...pull your pants up ...you talking from the crack of your A$$

      October 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  49. Kweg Yung

    Corporate America's expansion into China was paid for by the American taxpayer. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy helped to fund this transition. That's why no American jobs were created but a lot of Chinese jobs were. Republican politicians represent the corporate rich, the 'job creators'. When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.? The rich don't pay tax in this country and their corporations are physically based in communist China; where, by the way, SOCIALIZED healthcare and SOCIALIZED education are the norm and ALL the banks are state owned. These former American companies only pay tax in China, supporting a growing communist government and military. Republican politicians sold us (U.S.) out. These guys aren't batting for us (U.S.) anymore.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  50. BLKMANnAmerica

    So.........................is what the President stated TRUE or not? It is very true, the repuks have NOT come up with any ideals on creating jobs in this country. What a bunch of decitful SOBs the House repuks are.

    October 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  51. Bob S Philadelphia , Pa

    There's no sense in not agreeing with everything NOBAMA says or does because if you do the NOBAMAITES will tag you as un american and racist ! !The NOBAMAITES refuse to hold NOBAMA accountable for anything he says or does !

    October 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  52. Roger

    One of the reasons these people are protesting all over America and beyond is to express their thanks to you for your thinking on not letting the tax cuts expire. You had said that will cost American jobs. Guess the proof is in your eyes and what you and previous individuals have preaching is a bald faced lie. Amazing you can still say those same words and see what you have helped create in the streets and growing from city to city. Can't wait to VOTE!

    October 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm |

    REPUBLICAN SLOGAN: Just Don't Do It! (Then say you did...)

    October 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  54. vic

    Bohner is a front man for the rich and corporations. He is a joke. Follow the GOP ....right to the soup kitchens and breadlines..forget about your kids future..they will be living at home as well as Grandma..no social security..it will be eliminated. Thanks GOP..

    October 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  55. vic

    I would be so sad if the Rich had to downgrade to a Lexus instead of a Mercedes. Can we just send them a check every month instead of filling out income tax?

    October 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Lizzie43

      Hey, I drive a Benz and Tim Geitner does my taxes.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  56. Jill-IN

    Mr. Boehner is NOT a patriot. He is a tea party pooper. He has no ideas, nothing to be proud of in the way he has led the Congress, and he does not deserve the job.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  57. vic

    The only jobs the GOP have created ,by giving tax cuts to the wealthy ,is more people are needed at the unemployment office processing all the claims.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Lizzie43

      If there were no rich people, how much do you think your taxes would increase to pay for all the social programs. Oh I forgot without rich people you would not have a job, nor social programs.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  58. Mikaz

    These Republican's only have one agenda....tax cuts and eliminate regulation for thier rich sponsors. Anyone who thinks the "consideration" of the Jobs Act was anything but a sham is delusional.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  59. working Mickey

    The Republicans are the Party that has stolen Christmas from the American people for years. If you want to put A Grinch in office again go ahead just don't bother to buy a tree he'll take that along with house. You have to learn from experience if you can't read between the lines. The Republicans are the Wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood Story. You know dressed in "Moral clothing", waiting to snatch , healthcare, collective bargaining, sick days , can't you see the Wolf in this forest is waiting to swallow you whole?. Rick Perry is that Grinch he is that Wolf. Stay tune for the New Version of The Three Little Pigs, Cain, Romney, and I want the VP spot Christie. They don’t want construction jobs they want to eat your hay. As for me I'm going with the Party of the Donkey. After all the Donkey was Jesus’ choice to ride through tough times so I’ll ride with the Democrats the Party of the Donkey.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Lizzie43

      What are you smocking, can you send me some.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  60. jh

    The White House is not going to get into a war of descriptions of a private telephone call, but they don't have to. Everybody knows this President is articulate and well-informed, so when the Speaker describes a call where he lams into the President and Obama has nothing smart, well phrased, or withering to respond, that call has obviously been mischaracterized by Mr. Boehner.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  61. Theo

    I am 19 years of age and i am a current student athlete in college. I fell that the republican party, since the day President Obama was elected to office, decided to act like little children and deny any chance to participate with our President to move this country in a better direction "faster" than what it is doing now, just to make him look like a failure. And it is clear what they are doing. Everyone can see it, but only the ignorant are influenced by it. Open your eyes, it's to clear not to see what is going on.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      Theo, the republicans think that all of you that are in college are blind and dumb too. They don't even think of you as people that is why they're going out of their way to try and block you'll from voting in the 2012 election. please don't let this happen, instead let the republicans know that you are more wiser and smarter than they are!

      October 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  62. JC

    The Republicans belief that cutting taxes on corporations will bring jobs back to this country will never work.
    Put yourself in a CEO’s shoes. You have a 14 year old girl in some South American country making shirts 12 hours a day for a $1.50. Even if the U.S. cut the tax rate to zero as a CEO you would have to be out of your mind to bring work back to this country, the investors would hang you. Now this might be a hypothetical extreme, but the U.S. will never be able to compete with the wages most of the countries offer these big corporations.
    To compete you could take up Michele Bachmann’s suggestion of getting rid of the minimum wage. The problem with that is you would end up living in the same conditions as the poor foreign worker and ALL government programs would come to an end due to underfunding, since we base our taxes on income.
    Corporate Tax cuts won’t work, incentives to get Americans to buy American products will. First step is to decide what percent of a product in parts and labor constitutes an American product these days.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  63. Kweg Yung

    With half of America aging (ready for retirement) and the other half being non-white, it was fairly easy for the Republican party to decide to sell out... In their eyes we're all just expensive liabilities. Communist China is the new place of opportunity! With few regulations and government underlings cheaply bought, it's the new Mecca for Corporate America to exploit ... But not to worry, ye lowly Americans: After the GOP finishes destroying us (U.S.), the rich will be back in droves buying up what's left for pennies on the dollar. When that time comes the GOP will be there again, arms outstretched again, fists filled with cash again...

    October 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  64. smithie12

    frankly, President Obama and boneher should debate publicly, then everyone would see how bereft of ideas and feckless the"tan man" really is !!!

    October 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  65. BLKMANnAmerica

    American public speicifically speaking of repuks/KKKers/teabaggers are a PITFULL lot of low-lives.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  66. sara

    Boehner took the bill and said "NO" then he passed it on to the Senate where the republicans filibustered it.

    October 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  67. SL 65 AMG

    Hey blkman, still pulling the race card! Got some advice for ya, get a life...and a job and stop whining.

    October 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  68. Rich, Texas

    "65% support the bill"

    You ask 65% of the public if someone else other than them should pay more taxes, and they say 'Yes'.

    DUH! Try asking them if they should pay more themselves and see how many support it.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  69. sonic10158

    there's only a couple of ways to please a Boner

    October 15, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  70. Don

    Good for Boehner in getting the facts straight. Too bad we have a such an incompetent president.

    October 16, 2011 at 3:24 am |
  71. Merlin

    Well, as a Republican, I'm fed up with my party's lack of willingness to work with or negotiate any legislation whether it will benefit the people or not. Has anyone actually attempted to write to their Representative or Senator regarding issues facing this country. Well, I have, and I'm totally dissatisfied with their responses. One senator and representative didn't bother to respond. Kay Baily Hutchison's response was an automated electronic "choose your own adventure" reply echoing the path of the Republican Party. Really scary, because I asked "how can foreign labor be allowed to bid and construct projects on American soil while American workers are out of a job?" The reply was obviously selected from a staff member who neither read my inquiry or cared to even select an appropriate answer. Folks, when we cannot gain access to our elected officials to voice our concerns on important issues, something is WRONG!! It's time to turn out these "lifetime achievers" and put someone in office who will listen to the people... in any party!

    October 16, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  72. Bill Schmoll

    The answer for both our economy and security are inder your noses there in Congress,AND the President. Answer my e-mail, any of you candidates and We can discuss it. And to top it off the plan can be implemented with probably about what you are trying to thow $447M at. The cost will vary as to the scheduling.

    October 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  73. Dontbow

    Boehner should tell obamya to get a job and leave the presidency to someone who acually gets it. Cut spending and quit whining like a little girl. Get a brain obamya and quit sacrificing the country for votes.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  74. Daniel6

    Obama has acted like an Immature partisan HACK-he has not even tried for anything partisan--that is his decision-so be it-the American public can see through his political speeches--he is the "Great Divider"-

    October 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  75. Nash

    Wow.. @Dontbow & Daniel6 only Republicans have the best interests of this country, even when Dubya spent over 3 trillion on the wars...money that the country borrowed from China. Republicans do not sacrifice the country for votes... They only vowed to make Obama a one term President at whatever cost, country be damned. Oh... and if we cannot back up our facts or tortured logic, we can make up stuff (Palin, Trump, Cain) and resort to name calling as the best means to get our ideas across. Come November 2012 all the bums who promised jobs to be elected and did nothing will be thrown out. We have work to do... to clean up the mess ideological punks created and are busy running away from.

    October 16, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  76. Roger

    Hey Boehner! Don't get yet do you? You are one of the reasons people are on the streets bringing real patriotism to your door. Your biggest lie hangs frpm who you really work for, the rich.
    Expire the tax cuts for the rich and it will cost U.S. jobs. Your most rediculous lie has taken our middle class to poverty with your obvious support only for the rich and is why people want you gone.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • TR

      Mr. Boehner...the only job you are trying to save is yours. If the GOP doesn't bring the Jobs Bill to a vote, they should lose their jobs. No Republicans should very hole a job in Congress again!!!!!!!! It's about the people not the party.

      October 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  77. NeilSeattle

    We need to get the extremists out of our legislative bodies by adopting either "nonpartisan blanket primaries" (like California, Washington, and Louisiana use for at least some races), and/or "instant-runoff voting", which is used in several US cities, but is more commonly used at various levels in current and former members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm |