Boehner Pulling a Gingrich?
John Boehner's whining about being called a "hostage taker" by President Obama is reminiscent of Newt Gingrich's whining about being "snubbed" on Air Force One.
I believe we’ve seen this movie before:
John Boehner thinks President Barack Obama is “engaging” and “smart” — but the speaker-elect is also still smarting over the president’s claim that he took taxpayers hostage to secure a tax break for the rich.
In an interview with Leslie Stahl of “60 Minutes” for broadcast Sunday night on CBS, Boehner said Obama showed him “disrespect” by calling him a hostage-taker.
“Excuse me, Mr. President I thought the election was over,” Boehner said, according to a transcript obtained by POLITICO. “You know, you get a lot of that heated rhetoric during an election. But now it’s time to govern.”
While Boehner is of course right about the “hostage” rhetoric, it’s politics in the modern age, not a personal slight. I’m of course reminded of Newt Gingrich’s infamous pique over a “snub” from President Clinton aboard Air Force One en route back from Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral: “You’ve been on the plane for 25 hours and nobody has talked to you and they ask you to get off the plane by the back ramp. … You just wonder, where is their sense of manners? Where is their sense of courtesy?”