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Obama Calls Boehner; Boehner Calls OUT Obama

by Keith Koffler on October 14, 2011, 2:37 pm

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.


Just2old October 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Great job Mr. Speaker! This is another example of the administration’s lack of experience and Obama’s proclivity for blaming without checking his facts. Illustrates what a weasel he is!

langley barfly October 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

So how will the Obama sycophant ‘Main Stream Media’ “spin” this to blame Boehner…?

Robin October 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Well, by gosh, wasn’t that MEAN of him to pounce on the One like that. All he wanted was to ask him to a nice game of golf and he just ATTACKED him for NO REASON!

Something like that?

Star October 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Yeah–along those lines…innocent little president, mean Speaker…

Carl-Bear October 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I don’t think Obama himself (as opposed to staffers) is so much truth-challenged as he is _reality-challenged_. In his world, there probably is no Republican plan. But that’s the same alternate reality where the Obamacare “Louisiana Purchase” was going to help Hawaii recover from the earthquake.

There’s a reason his handlers generally don’t let him talk extemporaneously, without a Teleprompter.

Susan October 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Good to hear Boehner can talk. Doubt Obama cares one way or the other. He is beyond caring what Congress does or doesn’t do. Would be nice if Mr. Boehner would get in front of a microphone and react to Obama’s instructions to his czars to find administrative ways to bypass Congress. Nancy Pelosi would never let Bush get away with saying something like that to Karl Rove. She would be screaming bloody mercy to every media outlet in the country.

William October 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Susan October 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Wow, with all the breaks Obama has been given, he must be a hyper-racist.

srdem65 October 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

When the MSM sets the record straight on the jobs issue we’ll ALL know the truth. Until then, only those who follow conservative sites or news media will hear about it.

Susan October 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm

You are spot on srdem.

srdem65 October 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

OT: Uganda? what?

Star October 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Just “advisers”…you know–like Vietnam…

Susan October 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Not just Uganda srdem. They will also be deployed to South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. What does Mr. Boehner have to say about Obama deploying troops to Africa on his own?

Sadie October 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I remember…

In 1961, Kennedy agreed that America should finance an increase in the size of the South Vietnamese Army from 150,000 to 170,000. He also agreed that an extra 1000 US military advisers should be sent to South Vietnam to help train the South Vietnamese Army. Both of these decisions were not made public as they broke the agreements made at the 1954 Geneva Agreement.

anneinarkansas October 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Way to go Mr. Speaker.
Give him all the facts.
Tell him we do not need another Vietnam in Africa.
Tell him his Jobs Bill is killer.
Tell him he is destroying our lives.

Mike C October 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I hope Boehner is getting some backbone. finally.