"Presidents come and go. However, respect for the office
of the presidency, particularly on the part of the man who is second in
the line of succession to the presidency, should not.
Through his actions, Boehner may have scored some points for his party
and for his preferred policy option vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear
negotiations. But in the process, the Speaker of the American House of
Representatives has succeeded in embarrassing the Office of the
Considering that Speaker Boehner has failed to accomplish anything of
note during his Speakership, I can only wonder how it must feel to have
his legacy be his effort to disgrace the American President in the
effort to bolster the political chances of a foreign leader.
Ungar concludes, noting:
While I have often disagreed with Speaker Boehner, I have
always kind of liked him in the belief that, while our solutions might
be at odds, he wanted to do what he believes is best for America.
It would be a struggle for me to harbor such positive feelings going forward.
Seeking to damage any American President by helping a foreign leader
embarrass our own leader can never be considered something that is best
for the nation. And that is simply the truth no matter what your
political persuasion or your feelings about the current occupant of the