Boehner: Relationship with Obama 'hasn't changed much'

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that his relationship with President Obama hadn't changed much since the GOP won control of the House in last fall's elections.

The top Republican in the House said that his relationship with the president, which has never been considered a particularly cozy one, had neither improved nor declined in recent months.

"It really hasn't changed much. We've always gotten along fine; we disagree on some policies," Boehner said on conservative talker Sean Hannity's radio show. "But personally, we understand each other pretty well, but nothing's really changed over the past couple months."

How well Boehner and Obama would be able to work together in this new Congress, and whether they would be able to forge a closer personal relationship like the one Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) had with President Clinton, has been one of the largest question marks hanging over the new Congress.

Both Obama and Boehner faced questions in the aftermath of last November's election about whether they would enjoy more of each other's company -- perhaps on the golf course, or over the "Slurpee" Obama referenced so often during last fall's campaign.

"I don’t know about a Slurpee, how about a glass of merlot?'" a bemused Boehner said about such a thing shortly after the election.

Boehner said that he did expect his relationship with the president to become more dynamic in coming months, however, thanks to the impending budget and spending battles that are set for the first few months of the new Congress.