House Speaker John Boehner Revs Up Missouri GOP Delegates

Republican leader blasts Obama at Republican convention, saying the president has "never done anything."

TAMPA, Florida — Every four years, Democrats and Republicans alike tell their supporters that the presidential election on the ballot that particular year is the most important in their lifetime.

But U.S. House Speaker John Boehner had a message Tuesday morning for Missouri delegates gathered in Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

With 23 million people either unemployed or underemployed, with regulations making it hard for small businesses to hire, and with the federal government getting too involved in health care, Boehner said: "The most important election ever is going to be this November — and I think you all understand that."

Speaking to a packed room of about 50 delegates and other Missouri GOP leaders — including former governor and U.S. senator Christopher "Kit" Bond — Boehmer delivered a scathing attack on President Barack Obama.

The theme of the first full day of the convention Tuesday is "We Built It," a reference to Obama's comments at a campaign event in Viriginia last month. And Boehner, as have other Republicans here, hammered the president for that comment, which the GOP says is a slam at small business owners.

"He says the private sector is doing fine. He says his plan works. He's also the one who said, 'You didn't build that,'" the Ohio congressman said. "It took me weeks and weeks to get over the comment that 'You didn't build it.' And anyone here who has owned a small business knows what I'm talking about."

Referring to his time as a business owner, Boehner said: "I remember lying awake at night some nights worrying about whether the accounts receivable the next day was going to be large enough to cover the payroll I had that I had to do the next week

"I don't remember Barack Obama laying next to me and holding my hand," Boehner joked. "I don't remember the government sitting there waiting to offer me some interest-free loan."

"This says a lot about the president because he's never had a real job. He's never done anything," Boehner added. "He really does believe that government is the answer to virtually everything."

Romney and running mate Paul Ryan, on the other hand, will be able to solve the issues facing the country, he said.

"We've got big challenges and we've met them before — and guess what? — we can meet those challenges again," Boehner said. "But it's going to take a president who has the courage of his own convictions and the courage to lead, and the courage to do the right thing. (Romney) knows how to create jobs, he knows what the government does in terms of interfering with the private market."

Polls show the presidential race is tight both in Missouri and nationwide, and Boehner acknowledged that Republicans have a tough battle on their hands. But he believes the party will come out on top in November.

"I'm optimistic about our ticket," he said. "We've got real leadership that can put America back on track...This is the moment and this is the time.

TaterSalad August 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Tell me this isn't racist! This guy hates white people! " A shrinking group of people"? http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/BdjoHA5ocwU?rel=0
Sarah Mitchell August 31, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Hello! NO! NO! NO! he is not TaterSalad would have listened to the whole video you would have heard the President say it Black History month, and that yes its a time to celebrate the huge stride the African American people have made, from Slavery, and over coming bigotry, there has been many great African Americans Who have brought about great things in our society. DR Martin Luther King. Paid a huge price his life for justice His I have a Dream Speech, set a stage for greatness. Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915, Educator. Booker Taliaferro Washington was the foremost black educator of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He also had a major influence on southern race relations and was the dominant figure in black public affairs from 1895 until his death in 1915. Born a slave on a small farm in the Virginia backcountry, he moved with his family after emancipation to work in the salt furnaces and coal mines of West Virginia. After a secondary education at Hampton Institute, he taught an upgraded school and experimented briefly with the study of law and the ministry. >>>It is rare to find a man of the caliber of George Washington Carver. A man who would decline an invitation to work for a salary of more than $100,000 a year (almost a million today) to continue his research on behalf of his countrymen. Agricultural Chemistry. As an agricultural chemist, Carver discovered three hundred uses for peanuts.
Holston Black Jr. August 31, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Sarah I appreciate all of the great Black people you cite and their accomplishments, however it makes no difference to racists nor to many Blacks. Too many people are disassociated from history and reality, leaving a void of understanding and civility. This election season is pointing out a lot of what has been everpresent in our society, "Hate" and unwillingness to see others as fellow human beings. ,
Sarah Mitchell August 31, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Thank You Holston Black Jr. Yes I agree, but its important to me to point out the facts and, and encourage others to see, not just in black and white. Thank You Sarah Cohen Mitchell
Holston Black Jr. August 31, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Good point, keep up God's work!!
Tony Caruso September 01, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I couldn't find the bit in the video indicating hate for white people. The shrinking group he's talking about is the middle class. Speaking of being racist, how many African Americans were invited to the RNC?
Elizabeth September 01, 2012 at 04:17 PM
@Tony Caruso - That's a pretty uninformed and obnoxious thing to say. RE: The RNC convention.
Jim Aspen September 01, 2012 at 04:19 PM
“…instead of moving oceans and healing planets, let’s get our bills in order and pay down the debt so we control our own future.” Current Republican and Speaker at the RNC Convention 2008 Obama campaign co-chair Artur Davis
Jim Aspen September 01, 2012 at 04:54 PM
“… a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents cannot take her to a movie theater or to restaurants, but they have convinced that even if she cannot have it hamburger at Woolworths, she can be the president of the United States if she wanted to be, and she becomes the secretary of state.” “– Speaker at RNC Convention Republican Fmr. Sec State Condoleezza Rice
Jim Aspen September 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
“… two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch, and I knew a party switch was exactly what they wanted. So, I told Chuck, “We’ll be polite,enjoy a free lunch, and then say good-bye.” But we talked about issues — they never used the words Republican or Democrat,conservative or liberal. We talked about many issues, like welfare, is it the way of life or hand up? Talked about size of government, how much should it tax families and small businesses? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, “I’ll be damned. we’re Republicans.” — Republican Speaker at RNC Convention Gov. Susana Martinez
Jim Aspen September 01, 2012 at 06:07 PM
“And we need to give parents greater choice – particularly poor parents whose kids – most often minorities — are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights struggle of our day. “ Speaker at RNC Convention Republican Fmr. Sec State Condoleezza Rice
Jim Aspen September 01, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Obama is Americas Imaginary Friend, Clint was right
Jim Aspen September 01, 2012 at 06:57 PM
“The story of our time will be written by Americans who haven’t yet even been born. Let us make sure the right that we did our part. That, in the early years of this new century, we lived in an uncertain time, but we did not allow fear to make us abandon what made us special.” — Republica and Cuban American Sen. Marco Rubio
Jim Aspen September 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
“The American Dream is our story. It is a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; and the bravery of the greatest generation, to the entrepreneurs of today. This is our story. This is the America we know because we built it.” — African American Republican Mayor,Mia Love
Sarah Mitchell September 01, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Jim Aspen your point is taken, and yes I did watch the RNC convention acceptance speech, by Mitt Romney, the convention was like none I have ever seen in my life, it was very disrespectful of those who were guest speakers, to come up to that podium & Lecture and make slanderous statement, based on Lies. I will start with the VPEE nominee Paul Ryan, who made Accusation's that were blatant lies. The first is the closing of the GM Plant Wis. This plant did not close on the watchful eye President Obama. But on while G.W. Bush was in office. Dec 2008. Paul Ryan gave a feisty anti-Obama speech that will have fact-checkers working for days. His most brazen lie accused President Obama of “raiding” Medicare by taking the exact same $716 billion that Ryan and the House GOP notoriously voted to slash. It was stunning.But that’s not all. He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008. He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence. He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was “more debt,” when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs). He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations.He blamed Obama for a deficit mostly created by programs he himself voted for – from two wars,tax cut.
D September 02, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The RNC is a mess, and it started with the ridiculous T-Partiers (supposed conservative Republicans) who almost pushed us off the fiscal cliff last year, and collectively voted down the measures to address the deficit. I'm actually feeling sorry for Boehner these days- trying to lead dumb, fat cats... Obama's had a coordinated, consistent and strategic focus- which is not typically found among most CEOs- including those at Bain Capital.
Jim Aspen September 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Democrats are run by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid but 72 YEARS Old. Way out of touch with 2012.
Sarah Mitchell September 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are two of the finest politicians you can meet, and there age makes no difference,her are some of the greatest minds of those over 50 George Washington Carver. Albert Einstein. Nikola Tesla. Sir Isaac Newton. Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin Franklin. Johann Sebastian Bach. Galileo Galilei. Socrates is regarded as one of the best ancient greek philosophers of all time. As teacher of Plato, he has been associated with highly advanced thinking during his time. His work continues to form much of the foundation for the study of philosophy today.>>>>> To indicate that Nancy Polosi and Harry Reid are not capable of success, in their 70s is incorrect, the greatest success has been achieved by men and women, in their 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's and even 100. You need to do your home work before making statements, that are just not correct.


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