John Boehner, President Obama report 'frank' 50-minute meeting on fiscal cliff

OK, so we spoiled Mark Knoller’s pop quiz with our headline, but you weren’t going to guess “magic,” were you?

Aides for Rep. John Boehner described this afternoon’s meeting with the president as “frank.” Still, many were hoping for magic.

Any progress, then? The most we have to go on from reporters waiting outside is that the meeting lasted less than an hour, but the lines of communication are open.

Um, which means?

Aides for both Boehner and the president aren’t releasing any more details, and the president was rather tight-lipped as he headed past reporters into the meeting.

  • TexasMeow

    Frankly my dears, they just don’t give a damn!

    • Josephine (D)

      I’m afraid no politicians do any more. =/

      • TexasMeow

        They spent 50 minutes discussing which adjective they would use to describe their meeting. They flipped a coin and finally decided on “Frank”.

  • Bob Cordon

    They probably spent the 50 mins arguing over the weather!

    • Finrod Felagund

      If they had, it would have been their most productive talk all year.

  • stuckinIL4now

    So could “frank” possibly mean that Boehner told Obamuh to stuff his fiscal plan and all tax rate increases then take a flying leap off Kilauea into the lava lake below?

    • Finrod Felagund

      No, Boehner only talks that way to conservatives that don’t vote his way.

  • Purple State

    During the meeting, Boehner sobbed into his hands. “I just have no control over my party. I’m sorry, I’m so sorry,” he said. Obama offered him a tissue and said, “I know, John. I know.”

    • dennylee60

      Boehner lost control of the party? Good!

    • Angie (D)

      Like when Obama slumped over the podium, tears streaming down his face & rambling before an anemic crowd that this was his “last election” & begging them to vote in Iowa the night before the election or when he went the day after the election to his campaign headquarters in Chicago & started crying when he thanked his staff? Was that how Boehner cried you pathetic hypocrite?
      And the fact that you are *proud* that Obama controls all you little lemmings to the extent that you literally believe brazen & comically lies just because he said them isn’t anything to brag about.

      • Purple State

        I wasn’t suggesting that humans aren’t allowed to cry. I also wasn’t presenting Boehner’s (imagined) crying as derogatory. And you’re right, Obama did cry on both of those occasions. Is he not allowed to cry?

        Also, when was I bragging? When did I say I was “proud?” My post — obviously invented — was meant to be a satirical comment on Boehner’s unenviable position right now of being caught between the extreme wing of his own party and the majority’s support of the president’s fiscal plan.

        • Angie (D)

          Rationalization — you’re good at that. Not reading comprehension, obviously, but you’ve got rationalization down pat.

          • Purple State

            One’s expertise in reading comprehension is irrelevant if what one is reading isn’t written clearly. Please help me understand, but only if you can manage it without personal insults.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Frank, just like how congressional snailmail is called ‘franking’.

  • nc

    I think they spent the 50 minutes calling each other effing idiots. That would have been “frank.”

  • lonestar

    45 minutes spent discussing golf, 5 minutes for photos.