Boehner: Time for Obama to Step Up — Wait, Obama says: I Have

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents work at a processing facility, on June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents work at a processing facility, on June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas.

John Boehner got a little hot under the collar today.

This is the House speaker preparing to sue President Barack Obama for taking overreaching executive actions. He was asked at his press briefing today if he believes the House will approve the money Obama is seeking for the humanitarian crisis of migrant children at the southern border.

”This is the president’s problem,” said Boehner, R-Ohio,  his voice rising in a flourish of news conference theater as he called the border crisis a problem of the president’s own making. “He’s been president for five years. When is he going to take responsibility for something?”

Then, on the question of the planned lawsuit, Boehner said: “What we’re talking about here is where the president is rewriting law to make it meet his own needs.”

As in, taking responsibility for something?

Obama addressed this in Dallas yesterday, after meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

“I had to remind him I’m getting sued right now by Mr. Boehner, apparently, for going ahead and acting instead of going through Congress. Well, here’s a good test case. This is something you say is important, as I do. This is an area that you have prioritized, as I have. Don’t wait for me to take executive actions if — when you have the capacity right now to go ahead and get something done.”

Obama also said this:

”I think it’s fair to say that these days in Washington everybody is always concerned about everything falling victim to the partisan politics. You know, if I sponsored a bill declaring apple pie American, it might — it might fall victim to partisan politics. I get that. On the other hand, this is an issue in which my Republican friends have said it’s urgent and we need to fix it. And if that’s the case, then let’s go ahead and fix it.”

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