In 2004, then-Vice President Cheney appeared on the Senate floor for an annual photo-op, and ran into Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), who tried to be friendly. Cheney replied, “Go f*** yourself.”
Last week, the phrase popped up again, this time just outside the Oval Office.
House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.
It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.
“Go f*** yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.
Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?” Boehner repeated: “Go f*** yourself.”
The Speaker was so pleased with himself, he boasted about the exchange to his House GOP colleagues – who in turn boasted to Politico.
I guess the Starbucks cups didn’t have much of an effect on Boehner?
All kidding aside, it’s worth noting that Harry Reid appears to have had the last laugh. The suggestion that drew Boehner’s ire was the Senate Majority Leader’s demand that the House vote up or down on a tax compromise, ignoring the so-called “Hastert Rule,” even if a majority of House Republicans opposed the deal.
The Speaker’s vulgarities notwithstanding, it was GOP lawmakers who were muttering obscenities last night when Boehner ended up doing exactly what Reid wanted him to do.