Whoops. President Obama thought he was making a friendly phone call to his erstwhile golf buddy Speaker John Boehner, but he landed right into a well-deserved political trap.
When Obama rang Boehner up Thursday afternoon to congratulate him on getting some trade deals passed, the normally easy going Boehner – who’s watching his back with the less-accommodating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lurking behind him – suddenly snarled and pounced.
Boehner informed Obama that his contention earlier in the day that Republicans had not shown him a jobs plan was - gosh, I hate to call anyone a liar but, you know – truth-challenged. The Boehner aides then released details of the call to show everyone Boehner’s cojones and to make sure reporters knew Obama wasn’t quite on the level.
From POLITICO, which reported the story.
“I want to make sure you have all the facts,” Boehner told Obama . . .
The speaker, who last spoke with the president three weeks ago, reminded Obama that the House GOP released a jobs plan in May and that his leadership team has spoken with Obama and his staff about the plan “on numerous occasions.”
“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 release stated. “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.”
A nice bit of press work by Boehner’s office. They didn’t just put out a statement rebutting Obama’s misleading claim. They staged a little event and then let reporters know about it, turning a routine rebuttal into an actual news story.