John Boehner Goes Off on Embarrassing Twitter Temper Tantrum Following Keystone XL Veto

boehner-lostPresident Obama officially vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill yesterday, which shouldn’t have surprised anybody because the president said he was going to veto the bill weeks ago. But environmentalists really shouldn’t be celebrating too much, because this bill is eventually going to pass. It’s clear the president is going to use the pipeline as leverage down the road to offer Republicans when there’s something major that he wants passed by Congress. But make no mistake about it, it’s not a matter of if this pipeline will end up being built, but when.


That being said, Speaker of the House John Boehner threw what is tantamount to a childish hissy fit following the president’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.

He called the move “disgraceful,” an “embarrassment” and even tried to insinuate that this is a direct move to benefit the Chinese. You know, because when all other fear-mongering fails, just throw out “this helps the Chinese” and that’s a surefire way to get conservatives even more irrationally stirred up.

But here, take a look at some of these ridiculous tweets for yourself:

Like I said, an absolute temper tantrum.


I still love how, despite the fact that the lie has been debunked several times, Republicans continue to call the Keystone XL pipeline a “job creator.” The truth is, over two years (the estimated time it will take to complete) the project will create a few thousand temporary jobs. But when all is said and done, most estimates put the total number of permanent jobs between 35-50. No, not 35-50 thousand, but just 35-50.

That’s the big “job creator” Republicans have been pushing for years.

Not only that, but this is not our oil. So this nonsense about “this is going to help the U.S. become more energy independent” is completely ridiculous. This is Canadian oil that will be pumped through our nation, to the Gulf of Mexico and sold on the global market.

And it’s not just the fact that this is another oil pipeline, because it’s true that we have many others within this country. It’s the fact that this one would be used to transport some of the dirtiest oil on the planet.

But the way in which Boehner acted as if this veto is some national travesty is just laughable. His hissy fit on Twitter is easily one of the most immature and childish things I’ve ever seen from someone who’s supposedly an adult. Especially considering the fact that President Obama made it perfectly clear a few weeks ago that he was going to veto this bill if they sent it to his desk.

So I’m not sure exactly what Boehner was expecting from all of this. Then again, the House has presided over 50+ votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act knowing that these repeal votes stood absolutely no chance at meaning anything. So it’s really not a surprise to see Republicans in Congress wasting time and taxpayer money on yet another bill that they knew had absolutely no chance at currently being signed by the president.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    Obama finally comes face to face with a ‘shovel ready’ jobs project – and he kills it – even though he knows the people he represents want it and that eventually its going to happen anyway.

    The man’s got some serious personality disorders.

    • Pamela Hunter

      WE DO NOT NEED MORE JOBS FOR POLITICIANS FRIENDS AND FAMILY. WHO ARE YOU KIDDING. YOUR FRIEND BONER IS AN ALCOHOLIC.. IF YOU CAN NOT SEE THAT IN THAT FACE… IT IS A WONDER HE IS NOT FALLING DOWN.

    • Avatar

      Fellow FP commenters, Jim Bean already knew that only 20% of potential workforce for Keystone are Amercians. Most of pipelines has been made in Canada, delivered to U.S. by Canadian drivers, and if it got approved by Obama, China will send 3,000 of their workers on cheapest labor as possible to put together the pipelines. Oh Boehner could’ve made $9-20 million of free money from the gifts of free stocks from TransCanada and Koch bros.

      Jim Bean, you’re the plebeian in troll world.

      • Jim Bean

        How many jobs are enough to be important, in your mind?

      • Cheri Laurenza Rossi

        When the consequence is almost guaranteed environmental disaster, it has to be a hell of a lot more than 35-50.

      • Jim Bean

        There are 2.5 million miles of pipelines in the US, some of them around for 100 years. Do you really want me to believe that Cheri Laurenza Rossie truly believes that this one, unlike all the others, represents a guaranteed environmental disaster?”

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        With Democrats’ measure, keystone pipeline could’ve created more than 40,000 AMERICAN jobs for next 4 years. Republicans unmericlessley killed the measures not once, not twice, but for thrice time. That is true epitome of fucking hypocrisy.

      • Brian

        No number of jobs is going to make this important enough. It passes right through a major aquifer that provides water to A LOT of farms. One spill and it would potentially put tens of thousands of people out of work, drive up food prices like crazy, and have huge economic ramifications for the nation.

      • Jim Bean

        No. You need to google ‘map of pipelines in USA. Then study the map, research how long they’ve been there, how many spill there’s been (and there HAVE been some) and calculate whether they were worth the risk. (Actually you don’t have to calculate that. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t still be there. )

    • Anthony McGoldrick

      You ID says it all your drinking the same crap as Mr. Cry me a River Boner. Job creator my ass.

      • Thomas Burcher

        Boehner needs to leave the cigarettes and booze alone and start taking Zoloft.

    • Avatar

      Hypocrite. Republicans has killed three bills that could’ve help create more jobs with pipeline by require American-made steel, 100% American workforce, and the oil goes to America soil instead of out to foreign soil.

      • Jim Bean

        Why do you want to keep here when you can sell it for a profit and increase your GDP?

      • Amish

        Because we won’t get the profit to increase our gdp, unless you’re Canadian. It is a Canadian oil company, not American.

      • jimfromcanada

        The idea that there are Canadian, or American Oil companies is BS. They are multinational oil companies. The only national oil companies are those state owned like the Chinese or Norwegian. Keystone will benefit stockholders of oil companies only some of whom are pension funds. But the CO2 released in the production and consumption of this oil will cost us all our environmental.

      • Jim Bean

        Any money the enters our country from Canada represents an increase in GDP. The amount isn’t great but its still more than any Democratic Party idea represents.

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        That is not how it works! America will not see single drop of tar sands if keystone become operational and American taxpayers get to foot the bill for its operatig costs while all of tar sands goes to China for much lower cost. You got played for fool and Republicans will like to keep that way. :-/

      • Brian

        GDP is meaningless for putting people to work.

      • Jim Bean

        That’s true. GDP is what comes from people working and producing something of greater market value than it cost to make it. (ie, not fire fighters, teachers, bridge repairers, etc.)

    • Cemetery Girl

      It does kill some temporary jobs. I’m going to pick on West Virginia for a moment here. WV is bad about bending over backwards for industries and companies for the sake of jobs. Rape the land, ruin the envoronment, as long as a few jobs are created. And it is true that jobs are harder to come by there, so rip apart a mountain or pollute the water supply. Rely on industries for employment which you know the employees will likely devolop certain diseases. (And to anyone from WV that is taking offense, I say this knowing that West Vieginians are proud people, and they live in a gorgeous state and should be proud, but this is said knowing that WV is an amazing state which makes it so hard to see it abused by corporations.) I just can’t agree to jump on board with a project that has the ability to temporarily create some jobs but then there is a long term risk.
      Realistically we could put as many people to work repairing and replacing structure. Making bridges and dams safe doesn’t have the flashy appeal of helping out the oil industry, but it does have the underappreciated perk of helping prevent deaths. I know that maintaining safe dams and bridges isn’t considered a priority (not like assuring pollution), but it is needed and with a growing number of structures weakening it is work that would last more than a couple of years.

      • Jim Bean

        Making dams and bridges safe (though necessary) also does not produce any new revenue. In fact it consumes none existent revenue which must be borrowed.

        So China lends us another million. The million goes to bridge workers. Within a year, the entire million has been sent back to China by the workers in exchange for gadgets people look down at in their hands. China has now gotten all there money back and we still owe them another million – plus interest.

      • Cheri Laurenza Rossi

        Right, so let’s keep bridges and dams unsafe. I guess it’s a way of culling the herd and eliminating some consumers of resources

      • Brian

        Correction: China is investing in foreign currency. The US is not borrowing money from them or anyone else. That’s not how a central bank or fiat currency works. Tax revenue would pay for the bridge, ideally, and it would create quite a lot of permanent jobs for being a bridge. Republicans are making it impossible to create tax revenue to do these things.

      • Jim Bean

        You’ve consulted your intuition and are going to use it to correct me? Seriously?

        MAJOR FOREIGN HOLDERS OF TREASURY SECURITIES (in billions of dollars), HOLDINGS AT END OF PERIOD CountryJuly 2012.July 2011.Jan 2009.% change, Jan 2009 to July 2012% change Jul 2011 to Jul 2012Grand Total 5348.5 4668.3 3071.7 74.1 14.57 China, Mainland 1149.6 1314.9 739.6 55.4 -12.57 Japan 1117.1 885.2 634.8 76.0 26.2 Oil Exporters 262.3 244 186.6 40.6 7.5 Brazil 253 219.1 133.5 89.5 15.47 Carib Bnkng Ctrs 246.2 177.9 177.1 39.0 38.39 All Other 224.1 193.9 147 52.4 15.58 Taiwan 196.1 147.6 73.3 167.5 32.86 Switzerland 190.1 118.5 62.1 206.1 60.42 Russia 154.3 141.7 119.6 29.0 8.89 Belgium 144.2 86.6 15.6 824.4 66.51 United Kingdom 140.9 141 124.1 13.5 -0.07 Hong Kong 136.7 105.9 71.7 90.7 29.08 Luxembourg 128.3 114.1 87 47.5 12.45 Singapore 92.7 65.7 38.5 140.8 41.1 Ireland 88.2 52.2 50 76.4 68.97 Norway 69.9 23.7 21.9 219.2 194.94 France 64.8 45.6 17.9 262.0 42.11 Germany 62.8 63 56.2 11.7 -0.32 Canada 55.6 46.8 8.4 561.9 18.8 India 53.9 40.3 32.5 65.8 33.75 Mexico 53.5 31.1 34.8 53.7 72.03 Thailand 53 58.4 37.2 42.5 -9.25 Korea, South 44.3 33.4 31.3 41.5 32.63 Philippines 36.7 30 11.6 216.4 22.33 Turkey 30 42.8 30.8 -2.6 -29.91 Chile 29.7 19.6 15.2 95.4 51.53 Poland 29.4 31.9 3.3 790.9 -7.84 Sweden 28.2 28.4 12.4 127.4 -0.7 Colombia 28 18.8 11.5 143.5 48.94 Italy 27.8 21.3 15.6 78.2 30.52 Israel 25.5 20.9 16.9 50.9 22.01 Australia 25 20.4 7.8 220.5 22.55 Netherlands 24.6 23.6 16.8 46.4 4.24 Spain 24 14.4 4.2 471.4 66.67 Malaysia 20 15.3 8 150.0 30.72 Denmark 14.6 10.8 35.19 Peru 11.8 9.6 22.92 South Africa 11.5 10.1 13.86 Egypt 16.9 SOURCE: US TREASURY

      • Thomas Burcher

        I’ll bet the Chinese poor don’t get any benefits from major sales in China. This country is keeping them from starvation by making jobs for them.

      • Cemetery Girl

        New revenue is nice, but you don’t ignore maintaince to chase new revenue. And just how valuable will this be as a revenue tool for the country when we are housing a transportation system for Canadain product? Is whatever that revenue may be worth the damage caused? It is why I initially mentioned West Virginia. It is a gorgeous state, but it relies on industries that aren’t good for the state or the people. The black sludge surrounding a well is pretty gross and it isn’t good for the land, pipelines can cause damage on a much grander scale. Jobs are good, revenue is good, but it is best to consider long term instead of focussing on the immediate.

    • TransCanada says it will take 7M person-hours to build the pipeline and it will take two years. So, 3.5M work hours per year.
      2080 work hours per year.
      1683 people working on it for those two years.
      After that, 30-50 permanent jobs.
      Or are you counting the spill clean up crews for which the US will have to pay since the company is not going to be held liable for any leaks?

      • Jim Bean

        Can you share your source with me for “the US will have to pay since the company is not going to be held liable for any leaks” statement?

      • Several sources all boiling down to:
        “TransCanada, the corporation spearheading the Keystone XL Pipeline, would not be obligated to fund any cleanup efforts.”

        The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is maintained by an excise tax of eight cents per barrel of crude oil imported into the United States, would provide an immediate source of funding for responses to oil spills occurring during the construction and operation of the pipeline. Due to the IRS’ interpretation of a 1980 piece of legislation, tar sands-derived oil importers are exempt from paying into the fund. Accordingly, TransCanada, the corporation spearheading the Keystone XL Pipeline project, would not be obligated to fund any cleanup efforts.

  • Vladislaw

    Great job Mister President, this wasn’t an American jobs bill. The republicans refused to use America steel on the project. So much for being an american jobs bill.. LOL .. created more jobs for everyone BUT American.

    • Pamela Hunter

      LISTEN THE FEW JOBS CREATED WILL ALL GO TO BONERS FRIENDS AND FAMILY. AND BONER IS AN IDIOT DRUNK. HE SHOULD BE PEE TESTED AND FIRED ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE DRUG ADDICTS AND THE ALCOHOLIC POLITICIANS.

      • Vladislaw

        I am glad the President vetoed the bill. I said GREAT JOB.

    • Mainah

      You realize that it only creates 35 permanent jobs, right? You also weighed those 35 jobs with the fact that tar sands require a toxic mixture in order for it to transport? The jobs bill was to rebuild our roads and bridges for America. Not a highspeed, toxic pipeline for Canada’s GDP.

      • Vladislaw

        38 permanent jobs. That is why I am glad the President vetoed the bill. The democrats offered two amendments that would have created more jobs and the republicans voted down both amendments.

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      Republicans killed measures by Democrats that required American steel to be used in pipelines, 100% American workforce, and tar sands oil stays in America to help oil price stay lower.

      Or….

      You’re too willful to stay ill-informed American.

      • Vladislaw

        I really like when Boehnor makes a fool out of himself. Six years of obstructionism .. I hope he gets used to it now.

  • Mainah

    No to Keystone. It isn’t going to create anything for us. Do we even know who is responsible for clean up should it leak? Do the landowner’s get royalties for allowing it to run through the land? What happens to the waste from the slurry used to make it transportable through a pipeline? Are people so friggin’ stupid that they really believe this fuel is going to help America? It goes onto the commodities market. I can’t believe we have this many stupid people in one friggin’ country. The one that keeps screaming “But WE are exceptional!!!” Yes. That’s right. Exceptionally stupid and easily misled.
    For f*ck’s sake. I’m beginning to wonder if he is Groot. His liver should have given out by now. Or melanoma.

    • Pamela Hunter

      JUST LOOK AT THE MAP WHERE THEY WISH TO BUILD IS ALL AQUIFER…. ONCE THAT IS CONTAMINATED THAT WATER WILL BE UNUSABLE FOR CROPS OR ANYTHING. BUT THEY DO NOT CARE. AND THE JOBS CREATED WILL NOT BE FOR YOU AND ME… BUT FOR BONER’S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND BONER IS A DRUNK… JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE. AND YES MAYBE LIVER FAILURE… ONE CAN ONLY HOPE.

      • Mainah

        I’ve seen it. Right through Oglala Lakota Nation’s land. They aren’t happy about it and rightfully so. There is a huge water aquifer that is crucial for our nation’s food supply. It really upsets me.
        Dear, your caps lock is on. It’s akin to shouting. Are you typing from a smartphone?

    • Avatar

      I have more respect for GROOT than I have for that current boneheaded speaker of house.

      • Mainah

        I do too but he just looks like him. Give it time when he gets back to being orange and I’ll be calling him Chester the Cheetah, who I also have more respect for.

    • Lisa

      Just the Republican’s they are crazy morons!

    • Kuzimo Gardner

      Damn you hit the nail right on the head. I’ve been saying the same thing since we elected Bush for a second term. No wonder they hate education so much. Keeping America Stupid.

  • Nancy B

    Is anyone else not seeing the tweets? Or is it just me? Couldn’t see them in the last article either. Kind of takes the fun out of it.

  • mike953

    Crybaby, Idiot, A**hole, Leader without any followers. Boehner, grow up.

  • wendy

    Congress is a waste of time and money. How pathetic politics have become. On a positive note; don’t think the dysfunction junction could sink any lower…I hope :/