House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday while giving his assessment of President Obama's State of the Union address.
From NBC’s Luke Russert and Carrie Dann
The State of the Union reviews are in from House Speaker John Boehner.
“It was okay.”
Boehner offered the lukewarm assessment of the president’s speech while speaking at a press conference on a D.C. education program.
The Ohio congressman did add that he “appreciated” Obama’s mention of Boehner’s working-class background. (He’s one of 12 children of a Cincinnati bar owner and became the first college graduate in his family after paying his way through Xavier University by working as a janitor.)
“There are a lot of us here who have had a chance at the American dream. I think the point we're making today is every person ought to have that shot,” Boehner said.
The House Speaker also said that he "had other obligations" and was unable to watch an unofficial Tea Party-sponsored response to the speech given by Rep. Michele Bachmann.
“I think all members, House and Senate, Democrat and Republicans, respond in their own ways,” he added, echoing the sentiment of some other Republican leaders who downplayed Bachmann’s response earlier this week. “The more the merrier."