Washington, Jan 24: A day after US President Barack Obama’s political inaugural address, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, warned that the president wants to “annihilate” the Republican Party.
Boehner, while speaking at a luncheon hosted by The Ripon Society, a centrist Republican think tank, said he believes that “their goal is to shove us into the dustbin of history”, reports CBS News.
Boehner lamented the fact that the president’s agenda is so out of line with the Republican agenda, recalling a moment when Obama told him that health care was a larger problem than government spending.
Boehner noted that as he’s tried to work with the president, keeping the trust of the House Republican Conference has been just as challenging.
Boehner said it’s time to address immigration reform, noting that a group of bipartisan lawmakers have been working for three or four years on the issue.
On gun control, however, Boehner was more pessimistic. He said the executive actions that the Obama administration recently outlined amounted to “political pandering,” while passing an assault weapons ban would give people “a false sense of security”. (ANI)