House Speaker John Boehner admitted he may “rib people a little too much” but said he was not mocking his fellow Republicans when he implied his caucus was a pouty bunch of lawmakers too afraid to address immigration reform.
"There was no mocking, you know me,” the Republican leader said Tuesday. “You tease the ones you love, but some people misunderstood what I had to say. I wanted to make sure members understood that the biggest impediment we have to moving immigration reform is the American people don't trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass.”
"Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner told his constituents while pretending to whine.
The comments gave supporters of immigration reform hope there may be a chance for comprehensive legislation to pass this year. But Boehner’s remarks Tuesday walked back the notion that he has changed his position.
"We all know we have a broken immigration system. And we’re going to continue to work with our members and have discussions to see if there is a way forward. But the president has to take action himself. He’s got to show the American people and show the Congress that he can be trusted to implement the law the way it may be passed," he said.
“Our members know me, but sometimes I can rib people a little too much, this wouldn't be the first time,” Boehner added.