House Speaker John Boehner twice told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to 'go f**k' himself last Friday after a meeting at the White House on a budget compromise to avert the fiscal cliff. Standing in the White House lobby not far from the Oval Office, Boehner pointed his finger at Reid and sneered, 'Go f**k yourself,' Politico reported, citing multiple sources present. Reid replied: 'What are you talking about?'Boehner repeated: 'Go f**k yourself.'
The shrewd exchange from last Friday reveals how the grueling fight over the debt ceiling, spending cuts and tax increases pervaded politics and grew sharply personal as negotiations at times seemed futile.