House Speaker John Boehner (House Squeaker) reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “go f*** yourself” steps from the Oval Office after Reid said the House was running a dictatorship. Um, where’s the same level of outrage that was recently directed as UN Ambassador Susan Rice for allegedly giving Richard Holbrooke the middle finger? Oh, I’m sorry, there’s a terrible double standard in Washington D.C., one for rich, old white guys and one for blacks, Hispanics, women and the gay community.
Here’s the exchange from Politico:
House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.
It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.
“Go f*** yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.
Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”
Boehner repeated: “Go f*** yourself.”
The harsh exchange just a few steps from the Oval Office — which Boehner later bragged about to fellow Republicans — was only one episode in nearly two months of high-stakes negotiations laced with distrust, mis-communication, false starts and yelling matches as Washington struggled to ward off $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts.
It will be interesting to see if John Boehner retains his speaker position come Thursday. A bunch of rogue House Republicans want to see him gone from that position. Yeah, and we want to see them gone come 2014 if they are up for reelection.