House Speaker John Boehner says although he gets along with President Barack Obama and enjoyed a White House lunch recently, when it comes to the proposed 2012 budget, “I was really disappointed the president didn’t act” and it’s “dead, gone, over.”
“We get along fine. And the lunch went pretty well. There were some
areas that we know that we’re going to fight over. But we spent most of the lunch trying to find common ground to try and help solve America’s problems,” Boehner told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview that aired Wednesday.
“But having said that, I was very disappointed when I saw his budget,” Boehner said. “You know, the president is elected to lead. And when you start talking about spending and debt and the mountain we’re putting on the backs of our kids and grandkids, I was really disappointed the president didn’t act.
“This budget’s going to kill job creation in America because it spends too much, borrows too much, and taxes too much,” he continued. “It’s dead, gone, over.”
Hannity asked Boehner his reaction to Obama’s handling of the Egyptian revolt, and the possibility new elections might give a foothold to the radical Muslim Brotherhood.
“Oh, I do think they’re dangerous and I [don’t] mean to imply that the administration did everything correctly when it came to the handling of Egypt. But it is a very complex and very difficult situation,” Boehner said. “And when you look at what we want and what we expect, we want more freedom and democracy in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.
“And what we want, we want to continue to work with the pro-democracy forces in Egypt for a peaceful transition to a democratically elected government,” he continued. “What we are not going to stand for are radical ideologies taking control of a very important country.”
Hannity also wanted to know if Boehner would consider a 2012 presidential run.
“I can tell you …No, I’m not [running for president]. This is the last thing I want to do.”
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