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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:08 PM

Boehner, McConnell Refuse To Take the President's Election Night Call

Boehner, McConnell Refuse To Take the President's Election Night Call

by gloriasb at the Daily Kos

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/08/1159300/-The-first-lesson-of-the-second-term

"SNIP.........................................

If, before election day, Barack Obama still maintained any illusions about the possibility of working with Congressional Republicans in a second term, he's got to be over that now, because...

When Obama tried to do the gracious thing--calling Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell after accepting Mitt Romney's concession--not to gloat, but probably planning to say something like, "I look forward to working with you," both of those "leaders" REFUSED TO TAKE HIS CALL.

From the New York Times:

After his speech, Mr. Obama tried to call both Mr. Boehner and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, but was told they were asleep.

Yeah, yeah, it was after midnight, and it had been a long day, and they're not so young any more, and they were "asleep." But even if the person answering the phone was Boehner's or McConnell's spouse. And even if it was a flunky or a bodyguard or a high-ranking aide, who had instructions not to wake the guy up: It was the President of the United States calling, for Pete's sake.


.........................................SNIP"

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Reply Boehner, McConnell Refuse To Take the President's Election Night Call (Original post)
applegrove Nov 2012 OP
brush Nov 2012 #1
zbdent Nov 2012 #6
crunch60 Nov 2012 #16
The Wielding Truth Nov 2012 #2
ailsagirl Nov 2012 #8
The Wielding Truth Nov 2012 #9
ailsagirl Nov 2012 #12
The Wielding Truth Nov 2012 #14
ailsagirl Nov 2012 #17
The Wielding Truth Nov 2012 #21
ailsagirl Nov 2012 #23
The Wielding Truth Nov 2012 #31
barnabas63 Nov 2012 #3
Walk away Nov 2012 #4
Cali_Democrat Nov 2012 #5
ailsagirl Nov 2012 #7
Sunlei Nov 2012 #10
Cha Nov 2012 #11
ailsagirl Nov 2012 #13
totodeinhere Nov 2012 #15
polichick Nov 2012 #18
DFW Nov 2012 #19
jimmy the one Nov 2012 #20
SDjack Nov 2012 #27
Whisp Nov 2012 #22
ffr Nov 2012 #24
EmeraldCityGrl Nov 2012 #25
Voice for Peace Nov 2012 #26
Voice for Peace Nov 2012 #28
applegrove Nov 2012 #30
and-justice-for-all Nov 2012 #29

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:12 PM

1. Those f_ _ kers weren't asleep . . .

. . . on the biggest night in 4 years. What A holes. I hope the President uses reconciliation to work around their sorry asses all 4 years.

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Response to brush (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:59 PM

6. No doubt you're right ...

1. They were up in anticipation of partying all night in victory ...

and ...

2. They were mad as hell, and couldn't sleep because Obama was re-elected.

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Response to brush (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:24 AM

16. Repeat from Kos cause it's so true. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell stopping our move

 

forward wherever they can. I hope President Obama kicks their sorry asses.

That is a snub, a willful insult, a deliberate, in-your-face political slap of epic proportions. And I hope that President Obama sees it for what it is and understands that nothing has changed for those guys, and that there is no way to work "with" them, because their immature, despicable, rude, disrespectful election-night behavior says it all.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:13 PM

2. Not responsive to the President? What are they there for? When the President calls you answer.

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Response to The Wielding Truth (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:21 PM

8. It makes THEM, not President Obama, look bad

Manners and civility have no place whatsoever when it comes to the repukes.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:50 PM

9. They are certainly not doing their jobs. Its embarrassing for Republicans to have these guys in power

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Response to The Wielding Truth (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:57 PM

12. I thought the repukes all thought alike

But I could be wrong-- I just made that assumption.
It's certainly embarrassing for our country, having those lunatics wield their ugly, destructive power.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:12 PM

14. It is. I am ashamed of people who accept hate propaganda as truth.How can they buy it?

It's so entrenched now in our culture that we are starting to call our own political party as the "Democrat" Party. The right wing has been calling us that as a reference to "rats". I will not go there. It's not It's the Democratic Party. We are so bombarded with lies and shaded misleading stories that reality is just the convenient story they want to tell that day.

Boehner and McConnell are caught up in the lies, so they just take their orders and their paycheck from Big Business.

Let's not forget that Boehner was the guy passing out checks on the floor of congress from the tobacco companies right before a vote on tobacco.

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Response to The Wielding Truth (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:46 AM

17. Oh how clever: DemocRATS!

That's a new one on me! Pretty lame.
Their party is in its death throes, thank God. They've pushed us so hard and have become so bizarre that 'normal' Americans are shaking their heads incredulously. Their agenda is disastrous--not something anyone in his/her right mind would even consider. They have failed and that's something about which I can comfortably gloat! It will be entertaining to watch where the buffoons go from here.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:33 PM

21. It's just that they have hold of the media and the FCC has no power over them.

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Response to The Wielding Truth (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:04 PM

23. But we won!! There must be a way of wresting power away from those lunatics

Make them accountable-- there's got to be a way

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:38 PM

31. There were at least two FOX workers who sued FOX so they would not have to lie for FOX. They lost.


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:14 PM

3. Couple of dicks. nt

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:17 PM

4. They are both terrified of their own party. Two frightened and powerless men...

hanging on to the shreds of their former relevance while the Teabag faction of their party slaps them around and puts words in their mouths.

The President is showing respect to their constituents by calling them. They are meaningless hacks.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:20 PM

5. No way were they asleep

They were waiting 4 years to see Obama lose re-election.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:20 PM

7. Gentlemen to the end...

Last edited Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:50 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:53 PM

10. not the first time they have ignored the presidents call. Get new Leadership Republicans.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:55 PM

11. President Obama was just being Gracious. If he hadn't of called..

boner and turtlebrain would have been Whining the next day relentlessly.

Now they look like assholes and the President is the responsible one..AGAIN.

Oh I'm sure those LOSERS are plotting and planning to make his life miserable and the Obama Admin Knows it.

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Response to Cha (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:11 PM

13. Haven't they learned their lesson YET?

See-- they ARE stupid!! The very best way they could serve their country is by resigning. I know-- dream on...

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:51 AM

15. If you are asleep and the POTUS calls, you fucking wake up and take the call. n/t

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:46 AM

18. Pres. Obama probably called them knowing they'd do this...

Shows the country exactly who they are.

Republicons love scum like that, but independents and Dems don't. The coalition will need to stand strong.

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Response to polichick (Reply #18)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:16 AM

19. I'm sure you're right.

If it were not intended for being made public, you can be sure the White House would never have said a word.

If Bonehead and Yertle the Turtle thought they were being cute in snubbing the President, they will have plenty of time to rethink the wisdom of that decision.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:43 AM

20. give mcconnell & boner the benny of the doubt

applegrove: even if it was a flunky or a bodyguard or a high-ranking aide, who had instructions not to wake the guy up: It was the President of the United States calling, for Pete's sake.


Disagree, give mcconnell & boner the benny of the doubt on this, they just lost bigtime & were possibly manic depressed, and I think it certainly COULD be perceived as gloating by them. If THEY had called the president to congratulate & had been rebuffed it would be different, but I think it somewhat awkward for obama to call them at that time, just to hope for, well, hope & change.
Maybe they were asleep, or in no condition due drink to talk; or feeling awful (likely) so I can't fault either for not accepting obama's call.
What were they supposed to say to obama, Hey Congratulations Man, you did it! -- with enthusiasm? while being down in the dumps? They might have declined so as not to be offensive, don't blame them either.
Who cares anyway, won't matter much.

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Response to jimmy the one (Reply #20)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:35 PM

27. I think they were stinko drunk, and in that condition, it is good that they did not take the call.

Those conversations could have made future cooperation totally impossible. Let's just leave it there. Two old drunks were passed out and unable to talk.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:35 PM

22. they are disgusting low life scum, but we knew that already.

I spit in their stupid eyes and hope their families are ASHAMED of them.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:14 PM

24. TRMS had a story about it several days ago.

How disrespectful is this? Sets an uncomfortable precedent for the future, as if to say, I don't take orders from the CIC unless he/she's my CIC.

Phuck Boehner and McConnell. You have a losing hand and you want to play hardball? American's need cooperation you jackasses!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:28 PM

25. If either of the retired Bush Presidents

have respect for the office they once held, they would set these bastards straight. You
can hate the man but you respect the office. If Democratic members of Congress were
treating a republicon president like this, Carter, Clinton and especially Obama would be
personally offended.

That is one of the differences between Democrats and Republicons. While I may disagree
with a number of our Congress people, they have never insulted the President on a personal
level. Can you imagine if this had happened to Bush in 2004? It's inconceivable.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:33 PM

26. dead drunk, maybe?

too depressed to deal with faking graciousness?

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:36 PM

28. and Christie on the other hand called Obama to congratulate him

sending only an email to mitt.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:15 PM

30. That Huffington Post story was wrong. I posted it but deleted it.

Christie had a regular, daily call to Obama to discuss the Sandy aftermath and congratulated him in that context. It wasn't a slur of Romney.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:54 PM

29. That is ok, becasue they are going to be sent packing when the time comes..nt

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