John Boehner Doesn’t Like It When Obama Quotes Mark Wahlberg

Obama used a line from ‘The Departed’ to zing House Republicans.

Speaker of the House John Boehner wasn’t amused when President Obama used a line from “The Departed” to describe his feelings about Boehner’s much-publicized lawsuit against the President.

On Thursday, Boehner revealed plans to sue Obama over his decision to delay implementation of the employer mandate of his health care law last year. In response, Obama made a speech in Austin, Texas, bemoaning Congress’s methods. In it, he said:

“I mean, think about that. You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job — while you don’t do your job. There’s a great movie called ‘The Departed’ — a little violent for kids. But there’s a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg — they’re on a stakeout and somehow the guy loses the guy that they’re tracking. And Wahlberg is all upset and yelling at the guy. And the guy looks up and he says, ‘Well, who are you?’ And Wahlberg says, ‘I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.’ Sometimes, I feel like saying to these guys, ‘I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.’”

Its a pretty good comeback in the movie. It’s also probably the only one that doesn’t have an F-bomb or a reference to maternal sex acts to appear in that film. (Certainly it is the cleanest thing to come out of Mark Wahlberg’s mouth.) No wonder, then, that Obama tried to harness it to his purposes. Boehner, though, scoffed. In a column for National Review, he wrote, “Rather than trawling through IMDB for partisan attack lines, President Obama ought to pick up the telephone and call the Senate Democratic leaders who are blocking nearly 40 House-passed bills to help our economy grow and create more American jobs.”

We imagine Obama resents the idea that he had to “trawl” through IMDB to come up with that line. (He has speechwriters for that, natch.) But maybe he can come up with another classic Hollywood zinger to put Boehner in his place. Something like, “You can’t handle the truth,” or “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” or “You’re a virgin who can’t drive.” Hey, we’re not the speechwriters here, but that last one is pretty good.

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  • joanmcn@aol.com

    Obama can’t get out of the White House fast enough for me.After funding his two deadbeat relatives her in Mass.I’m out of money for anything else.He’s the worst thing ever to happen to the office, and I’m not even sure he’s legal.You can call me racist if you want cause I don’t give a damn…

    • fruitcake1953@hotmail.com

      yes… i’m sure you spent a fortune subsidizing those two deadbeats. I must be subsidizing your existence because you’re out of money! i’m not going to call you a racist, but i’m also glad I don’t call you my neighbor, or my friend.
      get over it… the “other side” has nothing to offer either!

  • deniseeeee

    In response to Obama quoting the movie line……”YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!”

  • fauxsoup

    This guy is a mouthpiece for the same party that played a clip from “The Town” in an attempt to get tea-party Republicans to rally around none-other-than John Boehner’s debt plan. Which quote was that, you ask? “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later. And we’re going to hurt some people.” … “Who’s car are we going to take?”

    Think they might want to rethink quibbling about quoting movies.