Shutdown Showdown: Speaker Boehner No Longer in Speaking Mood

By Kristina

Apr 8, 2011 4:59pm

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:

A handful of reporters caught up with House Speaker John Boehner as he made his way from the House floor to the Speaker’s office Friday afternoon.

With less than eight hours until the government shuts down, Boehner was asked if there was a deadline to finish a deal on a short-term continuing resolution.

But despite making a statement to the press this morning and later conducting a press conference with the House GOP leadership, Boehner was no longer in the talking mood. 

“I’m not going to answer any questions,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “Even if I answered the simplest question, I’ll have – I’ll have you guys…”

Then Boehner was interrupted by the simplest of questions: “Are the Reds 5-1 this year?” one reporter shouted as the scrum shuffled across the Old House Chamber.

“They are!” Boehner exclaimed about his favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds. “I checked the box scores this morning.”

That question was followed by a serious one, asking the speaker whether rumors were true that a deal was completed.

“Sheesh, so bad,” Boehner chuckled as he approached the Speaker’s office. “I told you I’m not going to answer any questions.”

Then, as he entered the Speaker’s office suite, he ignored the final question: Will the government shut down tonight? Crickets.

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