Boehner: Teasing ‘Ones You Love’ — ‘Just a Little Too Much’

House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, at the United States Capitol.

Photograph by Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, at the United States Capitol.

Speakers just want to have fun, and tease the ones they love:

John Boehner’s explanation for his public imitation of fellow Republicans whining about immigration reform being so ”hard” last week back home in Ohio.

Back in the House speaker’s office, the Ohio Republican today told reporters: “You tease the ones you love.”

“Whoa, who, whoa,” he told reporters asking about his mocking of fellow House members last week. “It was no mocking.”

“Our members know me,” said Boehner, who drew some criticism for making fun of those within his caucus balking at action on the immigration reforms that he wants the House to pursue. “Sometimes I can rib people just a little too much.”

Such was the case at a Rotary Club luncheon last week where Boehner whined like a child as he portrayed the way his caucus complains about making hard decisions in Washington. Making hard decisions is what they are elected for, he explained.

“Some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure the members understood that the biggest impediment we have in the — moving immigration reform is that the American people don’t trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass,” he said. “It’s the truth. And our members know it’s the truth.”

That’s the House Republican line, for the record: They can’t act on immigration because they can’t trust President Barack Obama to enforce the laws.

Boehner may also be in a better mood today because a Tea Party activist challenging him for re-election back home has lost his teaching job over a Web video that went viral.

“Used on a daily basis, Winteregg in Congress will help you every time the moment is right — to have your voice heard at the federal level,” a narrator  in the ad  for candidate J.D. Winteregg said in a spoof of erectile dysfunction medication commercials. “If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.”

Winteregg isn’t laughing.

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