The on-again, off-again relationship between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Obama is on again, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said Monday, despite the picture of tension Boehner illustrated just a day earlier.
"[T]he president has had and I think continues to have a solid relationship with the speaker of the House. You know, they spent a lot of time together in private trying to do something big for the American people," Carney told reporters Monday, referring to this summer's debt reduction talks.
Speaker Boehner told ABC on Sunday that his relationship with the president has grown "a little frosty" of late, but Carney wouldn't buy into that assertion.
"The issue here, though, is not about personal friendship," Carney said. "It's about doing the work that the American people are asking their elected leaders in Washington to do. And in the case of what we just talked about [the American Jobs Act], the American people overwhelmingly are asking Washington to act on jobs and the economy. The president hopes that Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell and others will join him in taking the kind of action that the American people want taken," he added.
Although the speaker indicated tension has heightened in "the last few weeks," which can be linked to the length of time Congress has been dealing with the president's jobs bill, he said that he and the president still have a "pretty good relationship."
That's something the White House agrees with; attributing past stumbling blocks to the speaker's uphill battle with his caucus, rather than to the speaker himself.
Still, when asked when the two leaders last spoke, Carney replied, "I know they spoke when the president called after the passage of the free trade agreements [last month] , but I don't know that they've spoken since."