Democrats have largely embraced the Occupy demonstrations, while some Republicans were quick initially to dismiss it as a movement of "mobs." Boehner has been more cautious to address the subject, although a demonstration by Orange County protesters interrupted a fundraising golf tournament Boehner participated in there about two weeks ago.
Boehner, who was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), used his speech on Monday to address Congress’s high disapproval numbers in recent polls.
"My message today is simple: Faith in government has never been high, but it doesn't have to be this low,” he said. “The American people need to see that despite our differences, we can get things done. We can start by recognizing that common ground and compromise are not the same thing.”
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), present in the audience, told WDRB: "When [Boehner] talked about common ground, what he should have talked about was where through the entire last 10 months, his membership in Congress has given up one inch."