The incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives took offense to the president’s accusation that he and his party were holding taxpayers hostage in order to hand tax breaks to the wealthy, according to a television interview Sunday night.
“Excuse me, Mr. President, I thought the election was over,” John Boehner (R-OH) told CBS’s 60 Minutes. “You know, you get a lot of that heated rhetoric during an election. But now it’s time to govern.”
“I’ve got thick skin,” he added. “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.”
Yet Boehner, the current GOP minority leader, told interviewer Leslie Stahl later that President Obama had disrespected him personally.
The report also highlighted Boehner’s tendency to shed tears — at losses such as that of his leadership spot in 1998 and and during a speech celebrating GOP victories in the 2010 midterm elections.
As House minority leader, Boehner led Republicans to stonewall opposition to nearly all major initiatives the Obama administration offered, such as health care reform, climate change, and financial reform.
This video is from CBS’s 60 Minutes, broadcast Dec. 12, 2010.