Following U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement Friday that he will be resigning from the position effective Oct. 30, Barack Obama issued a response some critics on both sides of the aisle found indicative of the politically cozy relationship between the two leaders.
Describing the outgoing speaker as a “good man” and “a patriot,” Obama noted his desire that Boehner’s replacement follow suit by working across party lines to achieve common goals.
— CNN (@CNN) September 25, 2015
Obama’s brief remark fueled Twitter complaints that Boehner did not provide a strong conservative resistance to Democrat policies.
— PoliticallyIncorrect (@abferri) September 25, 2015
While some critics from both parties objected to Obama’s comments, others found him to be gracious.
— Wole (@BygMan85) September 25, 2015
Obama addressed those differences, acknowledging that he and Boehner represent “different ends of the spectrum” on political matters. The positive attributes Obama associated with the outgoing speaker had more to do with his character than his ideology. Boehner “kept his word when he made a commitment,” Obama said, going on to describe him as someone with great respect for Congress and his constituents. Was Boehner too eager to appease Obama over the past seven years? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.