During an interview Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) accused President Obama of abandoning the notion of the two parties working together in favor of his campaign, reports Business Insider.
"Mr. President, why have you given up on the country and decided to campaign full time instead of doing what the American people sent us all here to do?" Boehner added, according to a Reuters report. "And that's to find common ground to deal with the big challenges that face our economy and our country."
"We're legislating, he's campaigning," Boehner said. "It's very disappointing."
"It takes two to tango, and I've reached out to the president," he added. "You have to have a willing partner."
In an odd juxtaposition, Boehner's remarks coincided with a major White House press conference in which Obama again pushed his jobs bill and said that Republicans' intransigence had made compromise impossible.
"I've gone out of my way to work with Republicans, find common ground and move this country forward," Obama said within minutes of Boehner saying the exact opposite.
In a press conference three weeks ago, Boehner also said that Washington had to do away with the, "my way or the highway philosophy." In that same speech, he reiterated his party's position saying that tax increases were, "not a viable option for the Joint Committee."
"I've had my share of disappointments this year ... but nothing has disappointed me more than what's happened over the last five weeks -- to watch the president of the United States give up on governing, give up on leading, and spend full time campaigning," Boehner said at the symposium.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's response to Boehner's criticisms:
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