It’s my opinion that when all is said and done, John Boehner will go down as one of the worst House Speakers in United States history. Not only has he presided over possibly the most dysfunctional time in our Congress’s long history, but he’s often found himself having to grovel for the cooperation of a bunch of low-level nobodies in the House of Representatives – when he’s supposed to be the de facto leader of his party.
He’s third in line to become president; he shouldn’t be getting bossed around by a bunch of newly elected representatives who basically believe Jesus rode woolly mammoths into battle against dinosaurs.
Boehner is just a weak, sadly ineffective leader who frequently makes himself look like a complete fool.
Take for instance a recent interview he had with CNN’s Dana Bash where he basically acted like he’s a member of the Israeli government instead of our own, fiercely defending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while bashing President Obama.
“I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible,” Boehner said. “And I think that the pressure they’ve put on him over the last four or five years has, frankly, pushed him to the point where he had to speak up. I don’t blame him at all for speaking up.”
The obsession many Republicans have with Netanyahu is sickening. I’ve never seen a time where around half of our elected government has shown more loyalty and respect to a foreign leader than they do to our own president. It’s one thing to dislike and disagree with President Obama – it’s another thing to bash him on an international stage and try to embarrass him (embarrassing yourselves in the process), while heaping nothing but praise on another country’s head of state.
And let’s not ignore the hypocrisy in Boehner’s statement. He thinks the animosity President Obama has shown toward another world leader who’s completely disrespected him on an international stage is “reprehensible”? Then what the hell would he call the constant animosity this president has endured from Republicans since the moment he won the Democratic nomination?
Hell, he wasn’t even president yet and they were already starting to blame him for the problems caused by the Bush administration. Then, after he was elected, they’ve done just about everything they possibly can to prevent him from fixing the colossal mess he inherited from the incompetent previous administration. There’s nothing like blaming him for problems he didn’t cause, trying to sabotage every effort that’s made to fix them, then complaining because he’s not fixing them fast enough.
But it’s absolutely disgusting to watch Republicans fawn all over Netanyahu considering the disrespect they’ve shown toward our own leader. Then for them to act “shocked” that our president might not be the biggest fan of someone who showed him nothing but disrespect by accepting an invitation to speak in front of our Congress – behind the back of his administration – is comical. It’s as if they think President Obama is supposed to just smile and accept one of the biggest showings of disrespect from one world leader to another that I’ve ever witnessed.
Comments such as these only underscore just how pathetic Republicans have become. It’s a sad day in this country when members of our own government show our own president absolutely no respect, while dishing out nothing but praise and admiration for another country’s leader.
Watch Boehner’s comments below via CNN: