Posts tagged John Boehner
Posts tagged John Boehner
In December 2010, Rep. John Boehner sat down with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes to discuss his new speakership and the future of the GOP. Then Stahl asked about compromise. The following exchange occurred:
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We have to govern, that’s what we were elected to do.
LESLEY STAHL: But governing means compromising.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: It means working together.
LESLEY STAHL: It also means compromising.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: It means finding common ground.
LESLEY STAHL: Ok, is that compromising?
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: Let me be clear I am not going to compromise on my principles, nor am I going to compromise the will of the American people.
LESLEY STAHL: You’re saying “I want common ground but I’m not going to compromise.” I don’t understand that, I really don’t.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: When you say the word compromise, a lot of Americans look up and go, “oh, oh, they’re going to sell me out.” And so finding common ground, I think, makes more sense.
LESLEY STAHL: [Your] goal had been to get all the Bush tax cuts made permanent. So you did compromise.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We found common ground.
LESLEY STAHL: Why won’t you say— you’re afraid of the word!
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: I reject the word.
John Boehner won’t say the word and you can’t make him. To today’s GOP, everything is a last stand and to give an inch is to give in completely.
This is the oddest election season, and I believe it will go further down the rabbit hole before it ends.
Bonus tweets from the GOP response, and I (briefly) hopped aboard the Herman Cain train.
The tweets of the night, courtesy of New England Patriots Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco.
If you’re Ochocinco, and you have trouble sleeping, one option is to watch The State of the Union Address and tweet. Hilarity ensues!
I might root for the Patriots just for this in the Super Bowl. Oh, and he’s right. Speaker Boehner seemed like a particularly angry tangerine tonight.
The internet is abuzz with the news that Shery Lanford Smith, chairwoman of the Sumter Tea Party, posted this joke about the First Family:
Seems pretty awful, right? Well, using the Your Openbook website, you can find two things:
Click on the photoset to flip through several examples I found in a cursory, two-minute search. As you can see, it’s not hard to find other examples of the joke, and in one instance, a “helpful” Facebook friend corrects it back to the version about the Obamas.
So does Shery Lanford Smith deserve criticism? Yes - it’s a disgusting, unfunny joke. But perhaps let’s criticize her as a person in a position of responsibility who is representing her party in this manner, versus a single, isolated racist xenophobe (as I’ve seen) or something similar. She isn’t the only one who posted it, but that does not make it any less wrong or offensive. In fact, it’s more offensive when political party leaders post things like this joke, and when sentiments like this go viral.
Let’s also criticize sharing stupid jokes and email forwards like this lemming-style, not just because the statement itself is completely distasteful, but also because you never know who’s going to see it and judge you accordingly.
Hint: Before you share something so publicly with your name attached, think about how your grandmother, your boss, your first grade teacher and your worst enemy would evaluate such information and possibly even use it against you. Take it one step further - if it were on the five and ten o’clock news, would you be okay with that?
Wanna post a picture of yourself in a bikini doing a kegstand in Cabo on Spring Break? Great, but imagine the parents of your future elementary school students looking at the same pic. Invariably, people will Google you, and like it or not, they will judge you. Google “David Vitter" for an example of the internet’s stubborn inability to forget past transgressions. I’m not going to go into how wrong it is PERIOD to post racist, sexist, xenophobic, misogynistic, etc. jokes… because it’s just plain wrong.
Let’s remember the internet is forever. I did these folks a favor by not using their names and photos in the post here because they are literally one of thousands of examples I found of this very same copy/pasted BS. When you see a status that says “If you agree, re-post” or something similar, imagine yourself saying it to each person on your list of friends, possibly their friends, and maybe the internet at large. So don’t be a lemming and risk being the example. You might get named and shamed. Be a decent human being on the internet and odds are you won’t wind up like Sherry Lanford Smith up there.
Now re-blog if you agree.
Click through to see and read it in all of its glory.
I imagine this was slipped under the Oval Office door this morning.