In one brief, destined-for-virality clip, House Speaker John Boehner both undercut his main argument for delaying a vote on immigration and gave House Republicans another reason to vote against his leadership role in January. However: It is a funny snippet of video! So let's watch.
That's Boehner speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club in his home district near Cincinnati, Ohio. He was in the area specifically to bolster his standing for the upcoming Republican primary in his district, the Cincinnati Enquirer writes. But — even while acknowledging that he was being videotaped — decided to make a little national news. "'Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,' Boehner whined," as the Enquirer puts it.
Here's the thing: Boehner usually blames President Obama for the House's inaction. The Senate passed an immigration bill in 2013, which the House has refused to address. Over the course of the year, Republicans have toyed with passing some measures, arguing in January that they just wanted to wait until the primaries were out of the way so that conservatives wouldn't challenge incumbents. So Boehner has been suggesting that no action is likely, while saying it's because Obama isn't a reliable negotiator.