Remarks by Speaker of the House John Boehner at the Republican National Convention
TAMPA, Fla. — Speaker of the House John Boehner opened the Tuesday evening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., by asking the audience, "Can we do better?"
"The answer in my view is obvious," he said. "You bet we can."
Boehner, who waited tables and scrubbed floors in his family's bar growing up, tied that experience to President Obama through hypotheticals. He said that if a person walked into the bar and started telling people who were out of work, struggling, or underwater on their home payments that, "the private sector is doing fine," "we're doing better than we would have been," or that "we tried our economic plan and it worked," they would throw the person out of the bar.
He went on to say that President Obama doesn't understand that people do build their own business, without guarantees and without government holding their hands.
"He can't fix the economy because he doesn't know how it was built," Boehner said. "We're here to preserve this country the same way we built it — by exercising our right to choose a new course."
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