John Boehner Pens CNN Op-Ed: ‘Why We Must Sue The President’


House Speaker John Boehner has written a column for CNN attempting to justify the House Republicans' latest waste of time and taxpayer money.

Writes Boehner:

…later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.

The President's response: "So sue me."

What's disappointing is the President's flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend. It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the President is frustrated. I'm frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too.


  1. simon says

    He knows he is going nowhere. All presidents use EO’s. This is within his authority. Don’t know what he wants to accomplish.

  2. says

    “I have nothing to offer the American people, so I’m going to waste more time and money by doing something that will not pay off but will utterly whip-up the fury of the stupidest people in the nation. Meaning the GOP base.”

  3. JackFknTwist says

    Well Boehner, before you start out on your litigation why don’t you just give us all a list of your legislative accomplishments this Congress.

  4. kdknyc says

    What a hopeless waste of breathable air he is. Not to say also taxpayer money. These “fiscal conservatives” are OK wasting money on fruitless nonsense like this because they don’t have any real ideas for governing, nor want the President to actually accomplish something.

    Nancy Pelosi should have kicked the repubs in the nuts when she had the chance to investigate the war crimes. It might have made a little more difference than passing legislation that was doomed to die in the Senate. It would have at least highlighted to the wider public what corrupt people these guys are.

  5. jason MacBride says

    It’s revealing that he did this on CN instead of legitimate news outlet.

  6. chasmader says

    There is no statute of limitations for war crimes.

    Hopefully, our next Democratic President will grow a pair and have Cheney, Condi & Rummy prosecuted.

    But if it’s Hillary, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  7. John Freeman says

    The man is a disgrace to his office. He’s not fit to polish President Obama’s shoes.

  8. Pitt90 says

    You know, I’m not a giant fan of everything President Obama has done, not by a long shot; but whenever Boehner opens his mouth, I thank all the stars we have Obama as president. The GOP have become sick little jokes. *Do* something, and then complain if you’re circumvented.

  9. Tom says

    This is nothing more than an effort to get the hard right all souped up for the November elections. Nothing more. Pathethic, just like Boner.

  10. Steve H says

    small people small ideas. The GOP/tea pissers are so consumed with hate that they can’t focus on anything relevant to the country’s real needs. Instead they circle their little wagon to raise noise and dust while the nation suffers for lack of a functional government.

  11. jamal49 says

    Yeah, sure, John. It all makes sense. Mr. Obama has issued less EO’s than the previous four presidents, your Tea Batty reprobates in The House won’t do their jobs, your the most ineffectual Speaker of The House in U.S. history and the economy is surging, problems caused by the previous idiot, G.W. Bush, are being resolved one-by-one, so what else can a red-eyed, gin-blossomed lush like yourself do to keep your name in the papers? Sue the President!!! Go ahead, John. Whatever floats your ice cubes. But, your lawsuit will fail, just in time for the November elections, and the Democrats will increase their control of the Senate, increase their numbers in The House and you and your ridiculous GOP will be exposed for the seditious fools you are. So, yeah, John. Sue away.

  12. walter says

    this man continues to prove his lack of leadership ability . the president is only doing what he has to since the house seems to abdicated its responsibility to help run the country . people need to remember how many taxpayer dollars the republicans have wasted 23 billion for their shutdown , 60 million on useless votes to repeal obamacare , 50 million on issa’s witch hunts .

  13. I wont grow up says

    Not surprised by the comments from the left supporting the president on here. I do however resent the fact that everyone assumes that because I’m gay I must be a liberal democrat, I’m not. After over 20 years as a USMC O-5 officer combat veteran, I am first an American, a Marine and a gay man 3rd. I do not think my partner and I are alone in supporting Boehner’s move to rein in the president. We are also aware that we’ll get a lot of heat and hateful comments from others on here. But we are used to it, it has been our experience that we have gotten more hateful comments from gay people during our 30 years together because of our military careers than from civilians.

  14. Kenny C says

    YES the American people are frustrated. But the issue is NOT the President, the issue is the Boehner and his cronies unacceptable and blatant attitude of not being willing to cooperate in any way, shape, or form with the office. It’s time to CLEAN HOUSE and get rid of this Jim Crow legislature.

  15. Moz's says

    This is nothing more than an effort to get the hard right all souped up for the November elections. Nothing more. Pathethic, just like Boner.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 6, 2014 1:28:23 PM


  16. james street james says

    Key Republicans publicly stated that their ONE goal during Obama’s first term was to make him look bad by obstructing everything he tried to do. The result was Obama’s second term.

    Now they are continuing with that same program. The result will probably be Hillary’s first term.

    They just don’t learn. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.

  17. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    From day one of the Obama presidency, the GOP pledged to obstruct EVERYTHING. Whatever the President was for, they were against. They had no interest in finding pragmatic solutions to our nation’s many problems, most of which were handed over by the Bush Administration.

    Nothing gums up the works better than a law suit, so it doesn’t surprise me that is their new tactic.

    If the Republicans actually move forward with this, I hope the Democrats launch a full-scale attack on the airwaves explaining to the American public the obvious… the GOP will stoop down to no limits to regain power & they don’t care if the very voters they seek are collateral damage.

    Hillary may be a shoe-in for 2016, but I fear the Teabaggers have the momentum for 2014. Just think of the damage the GOP can do with both Houses of Congress & the Supreme Court in the next two years.

    The Democrats must fight back NOW & get their people to the polls.

  18. ny2.0 says

    Can someone please show this idiotic excuse for a speaker the facts. Obama has issued less EO’s than any other President. What a waste of time and money.

    No matter how unpopular Obama becomes, he’ll still poll better than House Republicants and the GOP.

  19. Bill says

    So, he’s planning on introducing legislation that, if it manages to be passed by the House, will almost certainly be killed by the Senate, and if it somehow passes in both the House and the Senate, it would
    obviously be vetoed by the president.

    Earth to Boehner : don’t try to sue someone when the rules allow the target of your lawsuit to veto it.

  20. Chuck Mielke says

    Boehner correctly observes that all parties are “frustrated.” Then, like too many of us with behavioral or dependency problems, he totally misidentifies the source of the frustration by blaming Obama (yes, he’s got to please his base).

  21. Rowan says

    I won’t grow up….what were your feelings during that horrible time under Bush??

  22. I won't grow up says

    I am sorry I didn’t see your post. Thank you!!!. I would kiss your ass if it is possible.

  23. Island Planet says

    Honestly, this guy is nothing more than a streak of piss across the constitution. A fundamentalist, obstructionist anti-american sore loser. “I want to grind the government to a halt until a Republican is elected President, and the Democrats aren’t cooperating with me! Waaaahhhhhh!”.

  24. JSB says

    Can we, as the American Public, sue the House GOP and John Boehner for not doing their jobs?

  25. Bill says

    @Rowan : I was pointing it out because, while he may know it, obviously he thinks a sizable number of Americans don’t.

    He needs to be criticized for the pointlessness of it all because while this silly game playing is going on, Congress is getting less real work done.

  26. Houndentenor says

    Should Boehner win (which seems unlikely) he will be tying the hands of the next Republican president who can’t get anything passed because Democrats control one house of Congress. I swear these nutjobs can’t see past their own noses.

  27. woodroad34 says

    Isn’t Obama a Constitutional scholar? What is Boehner other than being an orange cry baby tea bagger? “Can’t have my way? boo hoooooooo!!!!”

  28. J Ascher says

    Boehner and his ilk haven’t learned that one segment of one branch of government can’t sue or take action against another, especially when that branch is acting fully within the scope of its authority as the President is doing.

    Just because the House doesn’t like the way the President is enforcing the law, doesn’t mean there’s a case to be made.

  29. jamal49 says

    @I WONT GROW UP: You are so full of sh*t, I can smell you all the way here on the East Coast.

  30. I WONT GROW UP says

    I am a “veteran” who spent his entire “carrier” indoors. I wish I can be a “hero” like senator McCain. Even my sh*t doesn’t smell. At least to myself.

  31. Bill says

    @ I WONT GROW UP : Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B, First Lord of the Admiralty, also stayed indoors:

    When I was a lad I served a term
    As office boy to an Attorney’s firm.
    I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
    And I polished up the handle of the big front door.
    Chorus.He polished up the handle of the big front door.
    Sir J.I polished up that handle so carefullee
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!
    Chorus.He polished, etc.
    Sir J.As office boy I made such a mark
    That they gave me the post of a junior clerk.
    I served the writs with a smile so bland,
    And I copied all the letters in a big round hand –
    Chorus.He copied all the letters in a big round hand –
    Sir J.I copied all the letters in a hand so free,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!
    Chorus.He copied, etc.
    Sir J.In serving writs I made such a name
    That an articled clerk I soon became;
    I wore clean collars and a brand new suit
    For the pass examination at the Institute.
    Chorus.For the pass examination at the Institute.
    Sir J.That pass examination did so well for me,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!
    Chorus.That pass examination, etc.
    Sir J.Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
    That they took me into the partnership.
    And that junior partnership, I ween,
    Was the only ship that I ever had seen.
    Chorus.Was the only ship that he ever had seen.
    Sir J.But that kind of ship so suited me,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!
    Chorus. But that kind of ship, etc.
    Sir J.I grew so rich that I was sent
    By a pocket borough into Parliament.
    I always voted at my party’s call,
    And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
    Chorus.He never thought of thinking for himself at all.
    Sir J.I thought so little, they rewarded me
    By making me the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!
    Chorus.He thought so little, etc.
    Sir J.Now, landsmen all, whoever you may be,
    If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
    If your soul isn’t fettered to an office stool,
    Be careful to be guided by this golden rule –
    Chorus.Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.
    Sir J.Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
    And you all may be rulers of the Queen’s Navee!
    Chorus.Stick close to your desks, etc.

    Meanwhile, in the real world at the time when Gilbert and Sullivan wrote this, there was an inept character, William Henry Smith, who got into Parliament simply due to having stumbled on a very profitable business – selling books and newspapers at railway stations. While Gilbert denied it, there was a suspicion that they were parodying Mr. Smith and it got to the point where Disraeli was overheard referring to him as “Pinafore Smith” – in 1877 Smith had become First Lord of the Admiralty.

  32. emjayay says

    Yes Little Kiwi. Everything Boehner has ever said is carefully politically calculated. I don’t know whether his staff of political public relations experts thinks of the stuff in collaboration with him or if he’s just really good at it. I don’t know if he believes in a bit of what he says or has been at it so long he is used to creating his own reality.

    So, what do they think they will get out of this? They have no doubt carefully plotted the possible outcomes, and decided that this will give him cred with the angry ignorant Tea Baggers, who may remember nothing more about anything he has ever done because of their immense satisfaction at the big time poking a finger in the eye of the black guy who’s president, or failed attempt at it in one way or another. It’s like the “You lie!” at the SOTU speech, only more substantial.

    It’s all the same thing they have been doing from the beginning: insisting on not just opposing but delegitimizing Obama as president. He birth certificate is fake and he isn’t an American, he isn’t a Real American, he’s a Muslim, he’s a Communist, he’s a Fascist, he can’t say three words without reading from a teleprompter, he’s a Dictator, he’s weak, he’s a corrupt Chicago politician (which he has never been) he’s a Liar, on and on.

    One suspects that being (somewhat) liberal and president while being black a bit too much to much to accept.

    The President is the symbolic Daddy/number one authority of the country, and my daddy ain’t a N……

  33. andover1 says

    1)Republicans are all about fiscal conservatism and cutting waste out of govt and yet they are willing to waste tons of money and time on something so foolish

    2) Republicans use every word of the Constitution to support their every action and yet contradict themselves by wanting to change the Constitution a few years back to add language that says marriage is between a man and a woman. How ironclad can the Constitution be if they say it needs to be changed on that one issue that offends them so much?

  34. Tarc says

    It’s laughable and absurd that a person enacting sedition in order to destroy our county by handing it to the ultrawealthy has the nerve to sue anyone. We, as the American people, need to sue the Republican members of the House for criminal dereliction of duty and treasonous acts.

  35. andover1 says

    @I wont grow up – I just saw your comment and while I can respect your views you also need to understand why most gay people are liberal. I am assuming since you were in the military you are probably somewhat “straight acting” (however that is defined)and can pass in general society. Thus, you probably have not experienced the constant harassment and discrimination and bullying that many of us who are more effeminate or non “straight acting” do. For those who can’t pass as straight males, being gay often becomes a daily issue and yes,very much a part of who I am. The political party that has always supported the gay community is the Democrats. The Republicans have always been against gay people and make that very clear. I know you’ve heard it all before but to support Republicans you truly are fighting against the gay community. If you’re happy about that, then so be it but most gay folks are not and that is why most of us are liberals.

  36. Joseph Singer says

    Boner and the rest of the Republican shitheads know that this is going nowhere. The only reason that they are doing it is because Obama is both 1) a democrat and 2) that he’s black and that the Republican party despite their protestations and token blacks don’t want “those” types of people in power.

  37. L G. says

    another display of the Boner playing “hard ball”
    means nothing as the do nothing Congress = waste and nothing
    does he ever get UN-red?

  38. I wont grow up says

    To the moderator: I have noticed that someone using my pseudonym has been posting comments that are both inane and filled with spelling and grammatical errors. It is obvious these posts are meant to discredit me because I am occasionally the voice of dissent here. Those posts took place @ 5:22:20 PM, 5:36:30 PM & 9:23:45 PM all of them on 6 July 2014. Please be aware that my only genuine post that day was @3:10:28 PM, all others are fraudulent. I will probably be forced to change my name, but my opinions will not change.
    To the person doing this, it only reinforces what I have said in the past, liberals will not allow any other voice to be heard, because they are afraid of the truth.

  39. Steve says

    He’s trying to save face since his successor Cantor went down in flames. If the districts weren’t so gerrymandered, the Dems would not struggle to regain the House

  40. says

    Mr. Boehner nor congress has any legal authority to sue the United States as representatives of the country as a whole on this. There is legal precedence to what Mr. Obama has done. The only legal courses of action Mr. Boehner or any other member of congress has is to sue the U.S. as private citizens or to pass a law repealing the order. Of course, the latter requires a supermajority, so it’s not going to be an option.