When he appeared on Fox News last night, House Minority Leader John Boehner presumably wanted to convey to host Sean Hannity that his relationship with President Obama is friendly, but superficial. What came out instead was slightly different.
Apparently, Boehner and Obama bond over having dark skin and an affinity for golf, but, according to Boehner, Obama goes blank when Boehner brings up the “real world.”
“I come in and he’ll say ‘Boehner you are almost as dark as me,’” Boehner said. “Listen, we talk about golf. We’ll talk about our skin color. We have a nice relationship. The problem we have is that when we talk to each other, there’s no connection. I’ve got 11 brothers and sisters, my dad owned a bar. I was a small business guy long before I got into this business. When I talk about the real world, it doesn’t seem to register.”
If Boehner becomes Speaker of the House next year, he and Obama will have to work together more closely. Yesterday, Boehner’s lieutenant, Eric Cantor told the Wall Street Journal Republicans will not shutdown the government over policy disagreements with Obama.
You can watch the full exchange below.
[H/T Politics Daily]
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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