President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner Friday evening to mess with him, since, as Obama said earlier in the day, the Republicans are messing with him.
The Ohio Republican’s office said the president called to say “he wouldn’t negotiate with him on the debt limit.”
“Given the long history of using debt limit increases to achieve bipartisan deficit reduction and economic reforms, the speaker was disappointed but told the president that the two chambers of Congress will chart the path ahead,” a Boehner aide said in an email. “It was a brief call.”
A White House official said Obama spoke to both Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“The President telephoned Speaker Boehner and told him again that the full faith and credit of the United States should not and will not be subject to negotiation,” the official said in a statement provided to POLITICO. “The President reiterated that it is the constitutional responsibility of the US Congress to pass the nation’s budget and pay the nation’s bills.”
My thinking is they wanted to get this phone call out of the way Friday night because both have tee times Saturday morning.