John Boehner's Christmas poem is full of festive partisan cheer

Video: The speaker is going to enjoy his holidays and the New Year

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The Independent US

Fresh from the success of his video detailing how to make the perfect Turkey brine, the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has broadcast a special Christmas poem to commemorate the end of the 113th Congress.

Boehner, a Congressman from Ohio who has been the speaker of the House of Representatives since 2011, certainly has a lot to be happy about going into the festive period: the Republicans won back the Senate in the November elections, thus giving the GOP a majority in both Houses of Congress and the perfect opportunity to belittle President Obama's final two years in office.

Thus, Boehner's special Christmas poem hints at the Republicans treating Obama like a naughty child who is not going to get any presents this year.

"'Twas the end of the 113th when the countdown began, the new American Congress would soon be at hand," Boehner reads, referring to the start of the new Republican-controlled Congress in January 2015.

"Time to take on the tough issues, like taxes and spending. The gridlock in the Senate may finally be ending."

Since Obama's "shellacking" in the 2010 Midterms, the president has struggled to get his agenda through the country's legislature, something that has disappointed Democrats after the early years of the Obama presidency. Between 2009 and 2011, Obama's party controlled Congress, helping to push through Obamacare as well as the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

With many Democrats calling for Obama to use the power of the Oval Office to greater effect - something seen recently with his historic outreach to the Cubans after 50 years of bitter relations - Boehner included an attack on such executive force in his Christmas poem.

"Reform is needed, from home in Ohio to here in Capitol Hill," Boehner said. "But not by executive order, but instead by bill."

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