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Boehner: Obama Is Brilliant, But Insulting

From CBS’s 60 Minutes:

Meet The Next House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner

(CBS)  John Boehner is about to replace Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House, and become the most powerful Republican in the country – and third in line to the presidency. He was swept in with the biggest Republican landslide in the house since 1938.

As "60 Minutes" and correspondent Lesley Stahl set off to meet him, we had two questions: Which John Boehner will show up as speaker? The compromiser that he’s been in the past, or the more hard-line conservative of late, who’s aligned himself with the Tea Party that helped bring him and his party back into power.

They sure are subtle, aren’t they? Remember all the questions from the news media about whether Nancy Pelosi would compromise, when she became Speaker? We don’t either.

And what kind of a relationship will he develop with Mr. Obama?

Remember all the questions about what kind of relationship Ms. Pelosi would have with George Bush? Remember how important it was that they got along? Again, we don’t either.

We met at the Capitol the day after the president announced the new tax deal. When Stahl asked him about the president, he dwelt on their differences.

Lesley Stahl: What do you think of him?

Rep. John Boehner: I think he’s engaging. Certainly smart. Brilliant. But, you know, we come from different backgrounds. And I think our view of the economy is also very different.

Notice that 60 Minutes felt obligated to put this first. We must always and at all times agree that Mr. Obama is brilliant. Although there has been absolutely no evidence of his brilliance – ever.

That’s for sure: Stahl asked him about the president saying that the Republicans are holding the American people hostage to get tax cuts for the wealthy.

Stahl: He basically called you a hostage-taker.

Boehner: Excuse me, Mr. President. I thought the election was over. You know, you get a lot of that heated rhetoric during an election. But now it’s time to govern.

Stahl: Do you think that his tone will make it more difficult for you to come together as we move forward on issues? Or are you just flicking it off?

Boehner: I listen. I’ve got thick skin. And a lot of words get said here in Washington. You just have to let ’em run off your back. The president was having a tough day.

Stahl: You’re so understanding.

Boehner: I have a tough day from time to time myself.

But later in the interview, it became clear that the president’s jab about hostage takers had bothered him.

Stahl: There have been moments of disrespect shown to President Obama.

Boehner: Well, there was some disrespect, I would suggest, that was shown to me yesterday by the president

In actuality, Mr. Obama didn’t just insult Mr. Boehner or even the Republicans. He insulted the two thirds of the country that believes the Bush tax rates should be extended for all. 

He should apologize to America. But of course he won’t.

Still, notice how in Ms. Stahl’s mind all roads lead to Mr. Obama. He is the Sun and the rest of us are just dust circling around his brilliant magnificence.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Boehner: Obama Is Brilliant, But Insulting”

  1. untrainable says:

    Dictionary.com defines the word brilliant 5 different ways. I wonder to which one Mr. Boehner is referring.

    1. shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous: the brilliant lights of the city.
    2. distinguished; illustrious: a brilliant performance by a young pianist.
    3. having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality, etc.: a brilliant technician.
    4. strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright: brilliant blues and greens; the brilliant sound of the trumpets.
    5. splendid or magnificent: a brilliant social event.

    I’m going to have to go with sparkling and glittering. He’s kind of like one of those sparkly glittery vampires from Twilight. Fun to look at for pre-teen girls (and those of similar education, intelligence, and maturity levels), but with absolutely no functional connection to the world in which we live.

    • JohnMG says:

      Steve: …..”We must always and at all times agree that Mr. Obama is brilliant. Although there has been absolutely no evidence of his brilliance – ever……”

      Well, sure he’s brilliant, in the loosest meaning of the term. Sort of like a CFL is brilliant when compared to the glow of a firefly. He’s intelligent when compared to a garden slug. He’s even articulate when compared to Joe (bite me) Biden. He even makes more sense than, say, Nancy Pelosi.

      All this goes to show that affirmative action a “brilliant” idea?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Actually Untrainable your analogy hit the nail square on the head and I don’t even think you realized.

      Twilight – indeed the whole manufactured nu vampire fad – is quite a symbolic ploy to sanctify evil as brilliant, holy, and most importantly: misunderstood.

      The comparisons to what is happening in the real world with Obama are so stark that I’ve come to believe that cultural fads are as orchestrated and tailored for the Professional Left as the Subprime Crisis and Global Warming were.

      How he was basically angelically heralded and deified, how he’s so narcissistic he basically plays the role genuinely. How his rise to power has come to confirm everyone’s worst nightmares about American Progressives. They basically are vampires and Truth really is a like a Cross to them. Hell, they aren’t even subtle with their anti-Christianity. They know what their weakness is and who there enemies are. US!

      And Boehner just sounds like the teenage girl lead character that just wishes she could be bitten and abandon the real world to whisk off in the fantasy with her undead lover as one of the Immortal Ruling Class.

  2. oldpuppydixie says:

    My question is, why didn’t Boehner make the very comments put forward by S&L?? Given the limp-wristed aisle-crossers and devout weaseling moderates appointed to head a number of committees, it looks as though Boehner and the rest of the republican leadership will play the same game that got them thrown out in 2006….”bend over and declare bipartisanship!”

  3. proreason says:

    “there has been absolutely no evidence of his brilliance – ever. ”

    Only if you refer to Obamy, the person, rather than Obamy Inc.

    Obamy Inc has been brilliant in many respects:
    – realizing that a half-black half-wit could get elected to the highest office with zero experience
    – hiding his radical past in plain sight
    – finding hundreds of ways to play the race card without playing the race card overtly
    – realizing the public didn’t know what telepromters are
    – having the Fannie Mae bubble at the ready to be popped starting Sept 9, 2008

    And that doesn’t count the brilliance of the commie architects who set the strategy in the 40’s and 50’s.

  4. Mae says:

    The poor Republicans. Just cannot bring themselves to say what they really think. Cautious pussyfooters afraid of being the “bad guy.” Where are our men and women in power who can zing a response and hit their mark with such force that the Leslie Stahl’s of the world will shut up their blather for one bleeping second?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Exactly. The media doesn’t like them anyway, so where, exactly, is the loss? The only thing left to do is to charge ahead with conservative ideas and practices and to hell with what the media thinks. The republicans seem to incorrectly hinge the media with the swing of public opinion when the last election demonstrated this is patently untrue. The American People were able, somehow to work past what the media has been spewing and voted for republicans, overwhelmingly. So, to all republicans in power now I say, “Screw the newsies, they’re being ignored more than a car alarm these days”.

  5. Right of the People says:

    Barry’s about as brilliant as a slug of lead.

    I had a Labrador Retriever that had more common sense than him and was much more friendly too.

  6. Mae says:

    Right of the People, Labs are dedicated, smart, loyal, beautiful, make great seeing eye dogs and helpers of the disabled–all attributes which you rightly express do not apply to Pathetic B. Hussein. If Labs could speak English (they already know it, of course, but don’t have the vocals to express their knowledge), they would denounce Barry for the fraud he is.

    • Right of the People says:


      I agree with you completely. I have had 5 Labs and love them. They are in my mind the best breed there is for the reasons you stated plus they are excellent with children. Our chocolate Lab we had when my daughter was born would protect her with her life if she thought my daughter was in danger but was the friendliest you’ve ever seen.

      None of my Labs would give Barry the Weak the time of day, they all were excellent judges of character.

  7. BigOil says:

    Brilliant…really? The obvious follow-up question would have been give us one example.

    Which of the following achievements, Mr. Boehner, would you say best demonstrates Barry’s brilliance: 18% unemployment, two straight years of trillion dollar plus record deficits, Obamacare, taking over half of the private sector, bowing to our enemies…?

    I still plan to reserve judgement on Boehner until January. It would be a good strategy to stroke the ego of the worlds biggest narcissist, just prior to blindsiding him. After the tax deal, however, I’m not holding my breath.

    • artboyusa says:

      You must be filled with seasonal goodwill, Big, but I’m not. My judgement is that Boehner and the GOP “leadership” in general are Quislings who have consistently failed us conservatives. We owe them nothing because they’ve done nothing for us and way too much for themselves. Remember how, in November 2008, after we’d just been crushed at the polls, Boehner moved like greased lightning to secure his now minority leader job? He never worked that hard for us. The only reason Boehner is talking even a little bit tough now is because he’s scared of the conservative resurgence in our country and worries that he’s accountable now in a way he never was before. Which he is, and high time too.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    Americans sighing that the GOP has the backbone of a jellyfish?


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