SOPHIE'S CHOICE  12:21 pm January 13, 2011

John Boehner Refused Air Force One Trip To Arizona So He Could Party

by Jack Stuef

He knows what's important.As we noted at the time, John Boehner’s plans for yesterday looked like this: cry about Gabrielle Giffords on the House floor for a couple of hours, then head over to get sloshed at an RNC cocktail party he was hosting that evening. Sure, it seemed a little silly at the time. But then there’s this: Boehner, like Nancy Pelosi and certain off-putting Arizona officials, was invited onto Air Force One to fly to Arizona to visit Giffords in the hospital and show solidarity or whatever at the memorial yesterday. But unlike those officials, he turned the White House down. Look, John Boehner cannot just drop his plans to party every time a member of Congress is shot in the head. Boehner, at the same time the memorial thing was happening, was showing his solidarity with red wine, which itself is a great patriot.

NON-STORY, say the Boehner folks:

“The speaker made it clear to the White House all along that he would be in the House today,” the GOP aide said. “Their last-minute invite was a courtesy – they knew he was going to be here. The invitation came along after all this stuff in the House had been set up, on a bipartisan basis. The speaker can’t exactly walk away from all that.”

No, of course, the speaker of the House has to be on the floor at all times. That is his job. That’s why he has a small cabin off to the side, so he can live there full time. Somehow all the other members of Congress who went to Arizona could make it, but the White House knew that Boehner was planning on handcuffing himself to John Dingell or whatever other stationary object he could find on the House floor.

How are you supposed to party at a memorial service? By bringing your wine in a flask? That’s not very classy, and Boehner doesn’t get paid any extra by going to such a thing, so he will spend his time at cocktail parties, thank you. [Politico]

 
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SudsMckenzie January 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

log me

nounverb911 January 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Boner should have gone, he could have gotten in a quick round of golf before the memorial.

Guckelt January 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

or practiced putting during the gravesite rites.

neiltheblaze January 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Surprise. Boner is a prick.

SorosBot January 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hey, there was free booze to be had; like a college student, there's no way Boehner is saying no to free booze.

fuflans January 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

or an actor.

Lascauxcaveman January 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

To be fair, red wine has done more for America that Gabi Giffords has, or will ever be able to. She is, after all, only one person.

For example, Giffords has never been personally instrumental in getting me laid, whereas red wine has done its fair share on more that one occasion.

court5346 January 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

maybe if you start crying like boner about giffords some pitying soul will have sexxx with you. jussayin

BarryOPotter January 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I think that's why John of Orange is constantly turning on the water works. The heady combo of political power and feigned sensitivity is getting him laid left and right. That's why he's always so tired looking. Either that, or he's been in the red, red wine.

SorosBot January 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Well maybe she can; I mean 9/11 helped me get laid the next weekend (honestly).

An_Outhouse January 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Boner was afraid that Tucson sun would fuck up his tan.

HELisforHEL January 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

He'd end up more brown than orange and that ain't right.

SorosBot January 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm

He's afraid it'll make him turn an oranger shade of pale.

LesBontemps January 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Needz moar weeping.

Monsieur_Grumpe January 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Can you blame him? Air Force One has a cash bar.

SudsMcKenzie January 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

… and they probably would have asked him to stow his Giant Gavel.

sussemilch January 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

John knows that if everyone started being all bipartisan-ish about tragedy then parties wouldn't be able to own them, and then the GOP wouldn't be able to say "9/11 changed everything" any more.

Maman January 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Wish he would cork his crocodile tears if he doesn't give a crap. Or were those tears yesterday about his own personal safety?

baconzgood January 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

How I pine for the good ol' days. Remember how Newt shut down the country because his seat was lumpy and he didn't get to sit next to Clinton on Air Force 1? Air Force 1 must be real bitchen to do that. You Suck John

Zvi_Bleindmeis January 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

It's the no-smoking policy on Air Force One that was the real deal-breaker.

jus_wonderin January 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I bet GWB could have his vice though. Bourbon flowed like…uh, Bourbon.

DemmeFatale January 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

It may be snark, but I'll bet you're right!

JustPixelz January 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Apparently the memorial turned into a kick-ass party after all. I'll bet he wishes he'd gone, for the T-shirt if nothing else.

HurricaneAli January 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

He learned his lesson during the last congressional trip when he ended up on the blooper reel of "Congressmen Gone Wild." His parents were NOT happy.

court5346 January 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

is that on vhs?

horsedreamer_1 January 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Laserdisc.

Only laserdisc.

V572625694 January 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

"all this stuff in the House…" A technical term for what the ignoramuses who are not members of Congress would call "legislation." You know: Congress stuff.

baconzgood January 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

"all this stuff" code words for getting shit faced on a bender.

not that Dewey January 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

It's like George Carlin said: "other people's stuff is shit, and your shit is stuff".

BarryOPotter January 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Or "all this stuff" is code for a party with "hookers and blow" since the grown ups were leaving town.

OC_Surf_Serf January 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Can't be seen hitching a ride with a black guy or his TeaBagging™ constituency with surely retaliate…

GOPCrusher January 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I'm sure the Tea Bagging Community is already up in arms over Obummer spending their munnies on FLYING to AZ.

CessnaDriver January 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Yet they never complained about the trips to the fake ranch with the fake lake in Tejas….

Hmmmmm…..let's go to the dictionary and look up "hypocrisy".

Terry January 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Boehner would never have even considered going, even if there hadn't been a cocktail party/fundraiser. First, the shootings bring up gun control issues, going to the event could have made him seem soft to some of his core contributors. Second, Tucson is a fairly blue city for Arizona, not his people. Third, the Congressperson in question, while white, was female, Jewish, and a Democrat. Not big demographics of interest to Boehner.

jim89048 January 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Plus that whole school campus thing, which makes him cry.

BarryOPotter January 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Plus everyone would have been crying, making the liquid from his own jag appear as nothing more than tears in the rain in terms of their significance and beauty.

DaSandman January 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

There was an indoor golfing machine at the party and scantily clad actresses/model/whores who looked like Bristol handing out free cigarettes. Which one would you fucking choose?

BarryOPotter January 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Brisket au jus? Yummmmm.

OneDollarJuana January 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Hey, lay off the Boner. Just after the election Obama asked Boner and the Repubs to meet him for a tête-a-tête and the Boner said he was busy. Once again he was invited by Obama to join the President, but the Boner was just being consistent, so he said no.

Boredw/Gravity January 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

So Obama is not getting alot of Boner. I'm not surprised — men his age often suffer from ED.

horsedreamer_1 January 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Plus: smoking causes impotence.

Beowoof January 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Boner was being a consistent asshole; nothing new there.

prommie January 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

That sure won the morning. I so love the insinuation by the Boehner folks that Obama is so so sooooo machiavellian and crafty that he only invited Boehner in order to set him up for criticism over refusing. Paranoid, much? You just cannot over-estimate the depravity and evil of a socialist-nazi community organizing acorn Nigerian, can you?

V572625694 January 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Community organizing is only one step away from union organizing, the most nefarious activity on earth.

Mindblank January 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Crocodile tears are the cheapest tears of all.

Beowoof January 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Ah I don't know about that, they are often fueled by alcohol and thus Boner's crocodile tears are probably fueled by red wine.

Sunfire2109 January 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

He stayed so one of the party leaders in the House would be at the vigil in DC. I ain't a fan of the man but this is not the pile on you are looking for.
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/lay-of

SmutBoffin January 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Huh ok fine. Johnny Boner isn't Hitler (today) because his priorities in this circumstance aren't all fucked up and symptomatic of Republican disempathy.

He is still a stupid orange git who smells like an ashtray, though.

SmutBoffin January 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Huh ok fine. Johnny Boner isn't Hitler (today) because his priorities in this circumstance aren't all fucked up and symptomatic of Republican disempathy.

He's still a stupid orange git who smells like an ashtray.

SheriffRoscoe January 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

"The speaker made it clear to the White House all along that he would be in the House today,” the GOP aide said. “Their last-minute invite was a courtesy…"

You bet it was a courtesy. They were offering Boehner one last chance to avoid looking like a douche.

baconzgood January 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

The prez probally say "Whhhhew, I'm glad he didn't come". Boner is sort of like that Douchebag you have to invite the B-B-Que because your sister's boinking him.

Beowoof January 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

And of course he turned down the opportunity to not look like a douche, because you can't hide who you really are.

freakishlywrong January 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

It was a fairly emotional event. The nation would be treated to, (again), a sobbing Boner. By not going he could be a Real Murican and get drunk and cry alone.

Tengu January 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

To be honest I'd say whatever I could to avoid going to Arizona too.

Texan_Bulldog January 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

In Boehner's defense: most large arena events are better viewed from home–you get to see the good stuff up close & there are no lines for the food or bathroom.

Plus I'm sure the people who would have ended up sitting next to him would have forgotten to bring their rain slickers to avoid getting soaked with his tears.

SayItWithWookies January 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

So a cocktail party for the president of the RNC was a bipartisan thing? I guess to Boehner that means there were Republicans and gay Republicans in attendance.

donner_froh January 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

After a couple of glasses of wine some of those gay Republicans started looking might good to Speaker Boner.

LionelHutzEsq January 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Maybe Boehner thought this was a trap, and that Obama was just luring him into the free-fire zone that is Arizona in hopes that he would be shot.

V572625694 January 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Ready on the right, ready on the left…

WriteyWriterton January 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

"Their last-minute invite was a courtesy – they knew he was going to be here. The invitation came along after all this stuff in the House had been set up, on a bipartisan basis. The speaker can’t exactly walk away from all that.”

Sure, Barry perfunctorily invites people to memorial services after a national tragedy all the time at the last minute. He is SO thoughtless and mean.

Boehner sure showed him!

BarackMyWorld January 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Obama should've invited him BEFORE last weekend. Some people, I swear.

WriteyWriterton January 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Stop denying Boehner his freedumbs!

OneDollarJuana January 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

"Stuff" like wads of cash, free drinks, and hookers! This "stuff" doesn't come along every day! Oops, I forgot, these are Republicans we're talking about.

WriteyWriterton January 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

That stuff is golden! F8^#in' golden!

MinAgain January 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

At his party, he can cry if he wants to, cry if he wants to, cry if he wants to.

Beowoof January 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

You would cry too if Boner was you.

MLite January 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

This kind of violent hate speech on the Left is going to get orange people shot, unlike hate speech on the Right which is patriotic because of the 2nd Amendment. And we'll shoot you if you disagree.

OneDollarJuana January 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Boner knew that the one guy that day in Tucson who was packing almost shot the wrong guy. Boner knows that those gun-packing crazies are crazy.

LionelHutzEsq January 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Maybe Boehner thought that after all his weeping during the day, and then the dry air of Air Force One, he would have no more tears to give at the ceremony. Or if he did break down, he would shrivel up and blow away in the Tuscon evening breeze. He had to stay in DC to hydrate!

Extemporanus January 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

♪♫ There once was a man who just couldn't cry… ♪♫

LionelHutzEsq January 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

In the end, Boehner knew that the Tea Party would not forgive him if he went to Arizona and didn't at least pump one shot into Gabrielle Giffords to show his solidarity with the teabaggers and with the Founders.

WhatTheHeck January 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

It’s not called the “Good Ol Party’ for nuttin.

weejee January 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Plants have a hard enough time growing in Aridzona, so they don't need no Agent Orange no how.

DangerHelvetica January 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Why couldn't those people all get shot on Boehner's schedule?

donner_froh January 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

"The invitation came along after all this stuff in the House had been set up, on a bipartisan basis. The speaker can’t exactly walk away from all that.”

The speaker can't exactly walk away from all that or anything else after his fourth drink of the day which usually comes halfway through lunch.

satyricrash January 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I wonder what Boehner's Secret Service code-name would be, "Sob" or "Glug".

hagajim January 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Boozy McFuckstain

Lascauxcaveman January 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

"Puff"

OneDollarJuana January 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Either "S.O.B." or "Canard".

GOPCrusher January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Orange Julius

DeeJayKitteh January 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I remember when I told people I couldn't do something because I had "all this stuff" to do. It coincides with when I was wearing underoos and trying to weasel out of doing my homework.

"But maaaaaaaaaa, i have, like, stuff to do! Can't I do my multiplication tables after my stuff?"

cheaphits January 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

The kind of memorial that's written on a checkbook is what Bones is most concerned with.

Pragmatist2 January 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

He only drinks to kill the pain. (IOs it still OK to say that?)

Mindblank January 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

It's just that he often gets the dosage a bit wrong.

DustBowlBlues January 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

With all those tears, his tan might wash away. I repeat my request on the earlier thread but without the implied insults to the wonkeratti. Let me know how the right spins this shit. Sean O'Rushbeck will no doubt be wingnutted out.

Also, my meme of the day: thumbs up to all wonkeratti posters, down for trolls and no responding to them. It's a conspiracy, so don't tell the trolls.

PsycWench January 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

You're on. There's nothing a troll hates more than being ignored.

DustBowlBlues January 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Okay, then. That's two of us. Who is else is down with the plan? {Isn't that the way the hipsters talk?}

Lascauxcaveman January 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I do it as a matter of policy. They aren't here to entertain us, and only do so rarely and inadvertently. Life's too short. Ignore 'em.

HELisforHEL January 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I think they're now saying 'Up in the mix' or some such stuff. So I will join you, uh, 'up in the mix'. I promise not to feed the trolls and will not tell them of our super secret planny-conspiracy-thingie.

BarryOPotter January 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Memo
To: DustBowlBlues
From: B O'P
Re: Meme of the day

Great minds, etc.

Worthly Wokette Skum January 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm

With all those tears, his tan might wash away.

Picture: http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4cb4d7937

Sunfire2109 January 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

What happened to the Politico linkban? I miss that.

SorosBot January 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

It seemed to vanish when Jim left us.

Mindblank January 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Politico WON THE MORNING too often, apparently. Also, nothing ever said on Wonkette is permanent policy. Remember the Angst Over Twitter? Wonkette has weak moral fiber, obvsly. Needs more whole grains.

fuflans January 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

you know who else wasn't able to be on the floor of the house?

yeah, her.

Oblios_Cap January 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

The speaker made it clear to the White House all along that he would be in the House today

Boner in da house, bee-yatches!

BarackMyWorld January 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

When Obama can't make it, he sends Biden. Did Cantor go?

DustBowlBlues January 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Hasn't in occurred to the wonkeratti brain trust that with Hopey flying and Biden in a war zone, it's critical that Boner stay safe. He IS next in the line of succession, ya' know.

Now, everyone go throw up at the thought. I've heard it's a great way to jump start your New Year's resolution diet.

HELisforHEL January 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Ughhhhhh. KEEP BARRY AND BIDEN SAFE.

BarackMyWorld January 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Daniel Inouye might disagree with that.

V572625694 January 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Cantor declined because he didn't want to get offended at all the Jeebus-talk at the event.

pinkocommi January 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

From at least one perspective, he was being kind. If you were a woman shot in the head and lying a hospital bed in critical condition, would you want to wake up to a Boehner?

x111e7thst January 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

But Troll don’t care, and he’s still there
With the bone that he boned from its owner.
Doner! Boehner!

SorosBot January 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Well I got that one. Nerd.

weejee January 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

But the Boner believes in his weeping heart that the bidness of 'Murican politics is bidness. Now if we can get Holder to just follow the money, that what Ronnie Earle did with Delay.

BTWBFDIMHO January 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

He decided to wait until he can have an adult conversation with Giffords.

DustBowlBlues January 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Boner and his party members are such disgusting excuses for human beings that they really don't deserve that opposable thumb the lord of evolution chose to give them.

Ruhe January 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

As a fiscal conservative Boehner certainly can't bring his wine with him to the House floor. The decanting or "cork" fee at the House is so outrageous it would make the hostess at a newly opened Thai restaurant blush.

el_donaldo January 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I think it's because Air Force One started charging a fee for each additional suitcase that you've stuffed with lobbyist cash.

DerrickWildcat January 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

The ancient Greeks carried around their Wine and Mead around in a Bota Bag, probably made from a Goat's stomach or something. I don't see why Boehner couldn't have used one in this case.

Extemporanus January 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Gabby Giffords' memorial party was "B.Y.O.B."?

Laaaamme.

Sassomatic January 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

He's just afraid to set a precedent. Worried that if he has to go to a memorial service every time some "lone nut" hauls off and exercises some "second amendment solutions" he'll miss a hell of a lot of cocktail parties.

HolyMaracas January 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Barry must be glad….the last thing you need at a memorial service is a spray-on tanned, drunk, 60-something fratboy hitting on High School girls.

horsedreamer_1 January 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

So, if the comment above about Boehner remaining in DC to be at the District's vigil is correct, we are to believe the Speaker of the House is effectively Congress's Secretary of Transportation, i.e. the lower-tier cabinet official who has to skip the State of the Union in the event of a catastrophic event taking out the Pres, VP, SCOTUS, legislature, etc.?

chascates January 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Is that guy next to Boehner holding a Raggedy Ann doll? No wonder Boehner cries all the time.

DonnyKerabotsos January 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

He wanted to go, but Ben Quayle called dibs on the last available seat.

ttommyunger January 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I understand Boner had some checks to pass out. Priorities, people.

mereoblivion January 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

"Look, John Boehner cannot just drop his plans to party every time a member of Congress is shot in the head."
Anyone else read "plans" as "pants" the first time through?

MarionNYNY January 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Maybe he was afraid that Obama's magical powers of speech would move him to hysterical girly tears and this would not be good for his party.

OldRedneck January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Boner went to the cocktail party because the GOP had already paid for the $10,000 a night whores and the lesbian-themed strippers. Boner didn't want to waste the money.

Eve8Apples January 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Johnny missed a great opportunity to go to a college kegger and a sorority panty raid at the taxpayers' expense — what an idiot.

Rotundo_ January 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

A bender is a terrible thing to waste. Donations from lobbyists are a terrible thing to waste. Blowjobs from 10 grand a night escourts are a terrible thing to waste. John has his priorities, and dead kids, grandmas and wounded congressladies from the other side of the aisle lose out to nights of wine and blowjobs. Besides which, given the emotional tumult he's been through, he doesn't need a "downer" like a memorial service.

Blendergoathead January 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

So-fucking-what? I skipped my college graduation ceremony so I could party… what's the difference?

Oh, that. Never mind.

babsinbuffalo January 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

As Randi Rhodes said: Boehner chose alcohol over protocol.

OneTrueLiberal January 14, 2011 at 2:22 am

My husband Franklin's Executive aircraft was named in the Spirit of True Liberalism.

"Sacred Cow" was a wonderful means of transportation.

And members of the Democrat Party never complained about the enormous expense to the public, because this "Cow" was not their ox getting gored.

Cordially,

Eleanor

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