An incensed President Obama attacked House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) last week, blasting the Republican lawmaker for his recent critique of the financial reform bill currently being debated in Congress.
In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Boehner compared the pending financial regulatory bill to "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon."
While speaking at a town hall meeting in Racine, Wis., Obama called out the Ohio Representative for trivializing the impact that the recent financial crisis has had on the country.
"That’s what he saidhe compared the financial crisis to an ant," Obama said. "This is the same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly 8 million jobs."
"He can’t be that out of touch with the struggles facing the American people, he should come here to Racine and ask people if they think the financial crisis was an ant," he added.
Boehner later said his metaphor was not an assessment of the financial crisis, but rather a critique of the proposed legislation, which he believes will hand over too much control to the Federal government.