A day after President Obama's notably political inaugural address, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, warned that the president wants to "annihilate" the Republican Party.
"We're expecting here, over the next 22 months, to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party," Boehner said Tuesday at a private luncheon hosted by The Ripon Society, a centrist Republican think tank. "And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal - to just shove us into the dustbin of history."
Boehner lamented the fact that the president's agenda is so out of line with the Republican agenda, recalling a moment when Mr. Obama told him that health care was a larger problem than government spending. "It gives you some idea of the challenge that we're facing," the speaker said.
Boehner noted that as he's tried to work with the president, keeping the trust of the House Republican Conference has been just as challenging.
"The last two years... they've been pretty rough," he said. "Going back to the spring of 2011, the summer of 2011, me sitting down with the president -- you have no idea the suspicions and the undercurrents that it caused, frankly, a lot of my members."
SOURCE: STEPHANIE CONDON