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Boehner Sticks it Back to Obama

With President Obama about to finish what will no doubt be a dangerous new deal with Iran, House Speaker John Boehner today announced that he has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington to speak next month to Congress directly, bypassing the White House.

Obama, who mostly stuck it to Congress with a State of the Union speech that was long on flowery rhetoric about unity and cooperation and short on proposals that might unite, now finds himself on the receiving end of an insult. Boehner didn’t even consult the White House about the invitation.

It’s highly unusual for Congress to assume diplomatic powers for itself. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today whined that it was a “breach of protocol” because foreign leaders are first supposed to reach out to the White House before making plans to come to America. But with Obama writing his own legislation in the form of executive orders, the White House can hardly complain about protocols.

Everyone knows that Obama has no stomach for war with Iran. And everyone knows that the deal he will strike with Iran is likely to set Iran up to become a nuclear power on a moment’s notice. What better way to outline the dangers an Iranian bomb represents to all then to have Netanyahu come by and talk about it to the nation?

Obama has ignored Democrats and Republicans alike and treated the latter with disdain, even outright contempt. Same goes, pretty much, for his treatment of Netanyahu. What’s more, he’s on his third deadline with the Iran deal. He should not be surprised that the Republicans and the Israelis are taking matters into their own hands.

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who backs immediate new sanctions on Iran, accused the administration of placating the Iranians by worrying about how they would react to sanctions. “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Iran,” Menendez said during a hearing at which administration officials appeared. “And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization, when they’re the ones with original sin.”

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62 Responses to Boehner Sticks it Back to Obama

  1. Protocol was mentioned. Does anyone know if by law Boehner HAD to ask? If you would have asked me that question yesterday, I would have said no. Am I wrong? Keith did note that Foreign leaders are suppose to (reach out) to the WH before making plans to come to America. However with Josh, he can turn anything around.
    Protocol!

    • Not sure, but my drive by read on the situation is that the Speaker of the House (or the Senate Majority Leader) has the right to invite whomever he wishes to invite to address the Congress. There is no Constitutional prohibition on the issue.

      The Congress is a, independent, equal and separate branch of government, and the Executive branch has no say in how it conducts its business.

      It may well be that traditional protocol suggests that POTUS be made aware or approve or whatever. Obama has thrown the Constitution, tradition and protocol out the window when he wants something. So, now it’s his time to simmer.

      • No doubt the White House has ordered the hand puppets in the MSM to raise merry old hell about the visit, mock Boehner, ridicule the idea, call for an investigation, etc. And they will do it. It’s already happening.

        • Actually some of the drive-by, so called MSM have expressed confusion today on Obama’s take on terrorism…wonder if he lives in the real world.

          • The United States of America we live in is not the same United States of America Obama has constructed in his head. That’s the core of the problem.

    • @Lee, by law Boehner did not have to ask anyone about a guest he invite’s to speak. Out of respect yes, but this man Obama has repeatedly spit in the face of the Republican Party. I think Boehner ask Netanyahu because of the agreement Iran and Russia just signed and because of the sanctions Obama does not want applied to Iran. Some Democrats are joining Boehner on this. I don’t think Boehner did it to fight with Obama, he just did not need to ask him.

  2. This was the best news of the day! Netanyahu will tell it like it is, and people will pay attention to what he says. It helps that he has enormous natural skills as a speaker, unlike what’s his name in the White House.

    • He does have natural skills as a speaker. I love to hear him. I can’t stand Obama’s annoying lecturing type of speaking. I have to turn him off all the time. Its boring, he sounds angry all the time and truthfully, he sound like he’s high on something, not natural at all. He gets whiny and mean when he talks, has to stick it to people — A nut job most of us can do without.

      • I gather you don’t like Obama’s style of public speaking? ;+}. Just kidding. He always presents himself as though he were permanently running for sophomore class president. It really gets annoying.

        • Yesterday on The Five Greg Gutfeld, one of my favorite on Fox, did a great monologue about Obama’s style and his ability to use his tone of voice and mannerisms when speaking to the “sheeple” (my word, not Greg’s).
          My stomach turns when his voice alters saying such inanities as “It’s the right thing to do.” His voice inflection sickens me.
          And then when he rubs his nose or earl or mouth…yuck.
          I will never in my life understood why anyone ever could consider him handsome.
          And don’t forget the, what he probably thinks is subtle, use of his middle finger.
          So childish and unpresidential …..”I won twice.”

          • It’s all political theater, of course, and you’d think the ‘Bam would have been trained and coached better than he already has been trained to be more believable in his public appearances. His voice, tone and inflections are basically out of control and synch, and they communicate more about Obama than he would want to reveal about himself.

  3. This sounds almost hopeful. I will wait to see if the MSM covers the event of Netanyahu speaking to Congress, or chooses to ignore it since it’s not Obama-sanctioned. In any case, he will bring a message this country needs to hear and heed, despite what fantasy land our Dear Leader may continue to inhabit.

  4. This is a test for the Democrats too. Will they be told not to show up for the joint session with Netanyahu ? And if they don’t what will be the reprecussions at home?

    I think this is awesome, I’m such an admirer of Bibi and his leadership.

    • Actually some of the drive-by, so called MSM have expressed confusion today on Obama’s take on terrorism…wonder if he lives in the real world.

  5. This is the first thing that Boehner has ever done that made me smile. I am praying that nothing prevents this from happening.
    I wish Netanyahu was our president. He is a very brave and intelligent man. He was picked by God to lead Israel for such a time as this.

  6. this is really a win-win. Bibi gets to speak to Congress, they may be able to override Obama’s veto on sanctions, but best of all, Obama’s p*ssed.

    • I think we will all be watching to see if Obama knows how to be gracious.
      He surely was not last night in his choice to not congratulate Senator McConnell on becoming Senate Majority Leader.
      South Side Chicago does not teach manners and grace.

      • Good manners start at home. Maybe his parents were too busy doing the Commie mating dance to be bothered molding their little angel into a gentlemen. More likely they were coaching him in that Muslim thing where it is your holy duty to lie to your enemies. He sure mastered that duty. In Ye Olden Days we would have only one word for him: Trash!

      • The most immature, and childishly jealous, no class, no manners, no honor, so called “president” ever.
        I don’t even think the second election was “real”.

        • haha. I was looking for Hollis from Scandal to be sitting in the wookie’s box for SOTU. (if you watch Scandal you know what hollis did to get his guy elected. Obama?)

    • Even if he DID invite him to the WH, it would only be to castigate him more for settlements and to double down on his ignornce of history and bid him back to the ’67 borders again.

      Most folks would have stopped putting up with The Angry Caliph after his little tantrum in 2010 where he walked out on Bibi over his refusal to surrender all Israel to Islam…

      “But Mr Obama was less inclined to be so conciliatory. He immediately presented Mr Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed both to the end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. Key among those demands was a previously-made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem.

      When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.”

      As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. “I’m still around,” Mr Obama is quoted by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. “Let me know if there is anything new.”

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/7521220/Obama-snubbed-Netanyahu-for-dinner-with-Michelle-and-the-girls-Israelis-claim.html

      Mr. Netanyahu is pure class, though. He actually still treats Obama like an adult; that’s more than I could do.

      Of course, that’s one of the many reasons for Barry’s antipathy for him. Mr. Netanyahu is everything that Obama is not; wise, learned, brave, classy, statesmanlike, truly loves his Country, obedient to G*d, and other things that Obama wouldn’t know about if they bit him. It just makes him look small to stand next to this great man.

      Even putting his closet Islamist tendencies aside, he hates him as much for these reasons as shadows would hate the Sun for unknowingly demonstrating their lack of substance by its mere presence…

  7. Menendez is my Senator and we have traditionally agreed on almost nothing, but between this and his anti-administration stand on Cuba, I’m becoming almost a little fond of the guy.

    • I think Sen. Menendez may have started some trouble for himself. We may suddenly see some new accusations involving sex with underage girls being revealed – – all thanks to the 0 administration. But good for him calling for increased sanctions on Iran.

  8. The last time PMNetanyahu addressed Congress his words and feelings about us brought tears to my eyes and restored pride for all of us.
    After years of being told we were the worst, the most awful, the reason for all of the world’s ills, he thanked us for our friendship, and it was like balm on an open wound caused by the liberal, hateful Dems.

    He is a masterful speaker, a man of convictions, and I’m looking forward to hearing him again. Thankyou, Speaker, thank you.

  9. I wish the Israeli Prime Minister was our President rather than the viscious one we have now who is paranoid and always trying “to get even” for absolutely no reason except that he gets great joy being sadistic, He should never be in a position of authority, he acts like a rebelious high school teenager with failing grades.

  10. I do not recall who said it on TV but their thoughts were Obama would take 3 months with talks with Iran and if it did not work and sanctions were imposed it would take another 6 month for the Iran to feel the pinch.
    They also thought Obama would even make a bad deal just so he could say he made a deal.

  11. Breach of protocol is the White House’s reaction? It was a breach of protocol; beach of security and a breach of the law, when the illegal aliens were invited to the WH.

  12. The West Chester Weeper gets one right this time. Kudos for that, but a RINO can’t change his hide so easily. Still, even a stopped (pre-digital) clock is right twice a day…

  13. Boehner did not have to ask Obama. America loves Netanyahu. I really would like to hear what he has to say about Iran and Russia’s new agreement they just signed. Obama knows Netanyahu will tell it like it is with no sugar coating and that makes Obama very nervous.

  14. Obama would not invite Netanyahu to Congress to speak against Iran, Obama is just a puppet to Valerie Jarrett, born in Iran to parents who were members of the Iranian Communist Party. The US just gave Iran over $400 billion under the table plus more time to get their nuclear power perfected. Thank you Boehner for standing up to Obama and Valerie and her ugly pro-Iran and pro-communist agenda….

  15. It is no fun to keep the Tea Party in line, I think John Boehner has done a good job. Reagan would have kicked them out or formed his own Republican party. Like Romney could not sack the guy over the rape comments. He was the Republican Presidential nominee. Get in line or get out of the way.