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Republicans Sucking on Lemons

Just how sour can House Republican leader John Boehner look?

About as sour as someone forced to suck on a lemon -- as President Barack Obama forced Republicans to do at the very opening of his speech to a joint session of Congress. Obama, who has been waging what amounts to one-man crusade to promote bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, took the occasion of his big speech to recount rather succinctly the Bush administration economic record.

“A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future. Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market,” the president said. “People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.”

There’s nothing bipartisan about that -- but it pretty much sums up the last eight years. Boehner has heard it before but still, apparently, doesn’t like to. The camera caught him frowning visibly at that passage, and shifting in his seat.

Looks like he’s going to be awfully uncomfortable for the next four years.

By Marie Cocco  | February 24, 2009; 9:47 PM ET
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Did those bad Republicans look sour while your hero was pontificating? For shame! Everyone should smile and clap and sing "Happy Days Are Here Again" now that a Democrat is in the Whitehouse. I'm sure the memories I have of constipated-looking Democrats sitting on their hands during every President Bush speech are false.

Posted by: KatieAtl | February 24, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

With mean spirited writer's like Coco, who think that readers want to know her opinion of John Boehner's facial expression, the days of the financial viability of the Washington Post are limited. People don't want to read garbage talk, and we're slowly going to start deleting the Post from our favorites list. I'm starting tonight.

Posted by: sbegat | February 24, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

You can go suck it, Rocco....the only real thing that is going to happen is the gutting of the military, as you truly ignorant leftists have done to us repeatedly over the years. Just pathetic. "going over the budget line by line.." is for the gullible. Obama can't do anything about Congress and their earmarking ways. Lets see that $8B magnetic train for Harry Reid and Las Vegas get cut. As John Belushi would say, "But nooooooooo".

Posted by: battleshipbill64 | February 24, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I think the previous posters were sucking on a lemon as they wrote their comments!

Posted by: pumor | February 24, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Reminds you of Hillary Clinton's extremely sour expressions during Pres. Bush's speeches doesn't it.

Posted by: PhotoGeezer | February 24, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The Greedy Oil Party hates earmarks and pork — except the ones its members sponsor

WASHINGTON — "Republicans are expected to deliver a daylong rant Wednesday against Democratic spending legislation, yet the bill is loaded with thousands of pet projects that Republican lawmakers inserted.

Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, included $142,500 for emergency repairs to the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., joined state colleagues to include $1.425 million for Nevada "statewide bus facilities." The top two Republicans on Congress' money committees also inserted local projects.

In all, an estimated $3.8 billion worth of specific projects, called "earmarks," are in the $410 billion spending bill that the House of Representatives is to vote on Wednesday. Easy passage is expected. The Senate is expected to act soon, too, since federal agencies will run out of money a week from Friday unless new funds are enacted."

Typical liar, hypocrite and con artist Republicans!

Posted by: DrainYou | February 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

O suck a lemon yourself, socialist. The future for my grandchildren - if we stay in this evermore fascist country - is to be wards of the state. Wall Street - which holds my now-gone retirement in its hands - was done in by the Clinton-Frank-Dodd insistence on liberalizing lending rules. Period. Democrats are just too cowardly to admit that they caused this whole thing. I'm ashamed of "Change I can bereave in."

Posted by: LT369 | February 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Cocco, I like President Obama, too. I even enjoy a sour faced Republican from time to time. But it is utterly unfair to tag W with deregulation and the housing mess. The roots of the problem run deep. I would hope in all fairness you would remember that President Clinton and many congressional Democrats have fingerprints all over deregulation and the profligate ways of Fannie and Freddie.

W was an unmitigated disaster and single-handed deeply wounded American confidence and credibility. But let's not fool ourselves that he alone paved the way to what's happened over the course of the last 9 months. There's plenty of blame to go around.

I also think you make the President's task harder by shaming our Republican friends alone. This is our mess. As a nation. We all have to own it, and we should all expect to have to carry some piece of the burden required to fix it. Any thing less is pretense. A partisan spin absolves some of us from the need to engage and sacrifice and change our behavior.

Isn't the President asking something of us all? I hope he is.

Posted by: GJinOlyWA | February 24, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama sez "A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future." What a load of hogwash! There has not been a real surplus in decades. Cocco, if you know anything at all you would understand that the Unified Budget Act of 1968 effectively allows White House administrations to use sleight-of-hand to create a make-believe budget surplus.
So, let's step in the time machine - in 1968 the very unpopular LBJ needed some accounting tricks to bury the cost of the Vietnam War. His OMB came up with the trick of putting all Social Security revenues "on-budget" and taking liabilities (future payouts) off-budget. Viola! LBJ creates a budget surplus! Every administration has used this dishonest trick to their advantage and they get away with it because the compliant media (YOU!) never bother to ask bothersome questions about these kinds of things.

Like Bush the Lesser and the rest of the Prevaricators-in-Chief, Obama is an empty suit and a fraud. You'll learn.

Posted by: markcarbon | February 24, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Four years? Eight, more likely. When the economy picks up, and it will, before November 2010, Boehner will end up looking at fewer faces in his 2011 caucus meetings, and will still be trying to explain why he thought more tax cuts for Wall Street CEOs would solve everything during the 2012 election.

That's not a lemon in his mouth, it's an apple and that's a fork in his side-he's done.

Posted by: northguy3 | February 24, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Strand by strand Obama is spinning a web for Congressional Republicans to trap themselves in.

Come 2010 mid-terms there will be fewer of them in both the House and the Senate and there may well be a few less of them in gubernatorial mansions as well.

Pig-headed, incoherent, ideological obstructionism will not go unheeded in a time of crisis.

People will remember, and they will be reminded unceasingly, who it was that opposed them having expanded access to health care or higher education. It will be remembered that Republicans thought it acceptable for more middle class Americans to lose their homes and businesses as long as the wealthy were protected.

Strand by strand.

Posted by: danaostill | February 24, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

i think we should all suck kumquats and skip down penn. ave. while going to hell in a foreign made hand basket. sheeesh, again give this team a chance; how much do any of you accomplish in a month?

Posted by: sellingpencils | February 24, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse


"White House" is two words.

Posted by: JimfromJersey | February 25, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

What is it with Boehner's fake tan?

Posted by: silverspring25 | February 25, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I am very sorry that Mr.Boehne is twisting
in his seat, but what about the Americans
who are twisting in theirs trying to figure
out how they are going to keep their house
,pay their bills, find a job,or feed their kids? Instead of figuring out a strategy,
on how to win elections in 2010, if they would channel that energy, and effort into
doing what they are in washington for, and
maybe just once, think about whats good for
the people, instead of constantly fighting
the democrats and trying to block all legislation, and voting against everything
and anything proposed.

Posted by: StevG | February 26, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Those aren't lemons. They're still trying to suck the life blood out of the United States. All of our taxes belong to them, which is why they and their friends don't feel they should pay any. They freak out at the idea that we commoners, who don't make a quarter of a million will get one of their cherished 'tax-cuts'. Why do they hate us?

Posted by: clnmcln | February 28, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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