In his State of the Union address, President Obama gestured towards House Minority Leader John Boehner and said, "Let's meet." Now Congressman Boehner is having second thoughts.
But on Thursday morning, Boehner (R-Ohio) cast serious doubt on any show of bipartisanship from the president, saying it is incumbent upon the White House to bring Republicans back into the fold of governing.
“[T]here was nothing last night in the president’s speech to indicate that there was any willingness to sit down and work together,” Boehner said to reporters Thursday morning.
Boehner – standing alongside House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington and David Drier of California – slammed Obama’s first State of the Union, brushing him as a disingenuous partisan with the wrong agenda for America in a time of economic peril. Dreier said it was the most partisan State of the Union in his 30 years in Congress.
House Republicans said they were open to bi-partisanship on a host of fronts, including the environment, health care and revival of the economy. But Boehner fired a warning shot at Democrats who may use Obama’s speech to reach out to the GOP to govern.
“I know who I am, I know what my principles are, I know what the principles of my members are and I’m not going to sacrifice my principles just by sitting down and negotiating,” Boehner said.
What a telling message to someone who says, "Let's meet." No wonder Congress is working so well.