The White House praised former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for his humor in doing a comedy video that was part of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner Saturday.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the video — in which Boehner advised Obama what to do once out of office — was shot Friday. Only two days earlier Boehner had called Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, “Lucifer in the flesh.”
Earnest said, “There was not a detailed discussion of those comments” about Cruz.
“They had an opportunity to spend time together in the context of filming the video. There was no separate meeting. The video was just filmed on Friday, a few days ago,” Earnest said.
Speaking at Stanford University Wednesday, Boehner — who clashed with Cruz on the wisdom of a partial government shutdown in 2014 — was responding to a question from the moderator when he compared Cruz to Lucifer.
Earnest spoke highly of Boehner’s sense of humor.
“The White House called Speaker Boehner and asked him if he would be interested in participating in the video,” Earnest said. “As I think was evident from the finished product, he was an enthusiastic participant in the production. Speaker Boehner has a well-known and very good sense of humor, and I think he made a very good contribution to our comedic efforts in the film.”