"The president should be focused on solving the problems of the American people... instead of my choice of metaphors," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush MORE said Wednesday. "I wasn’t minimizing the crisis America faced, I was pointing out that Washington Democrats have produced a bill that will actually kill more jobs." 
Pelosi also chided the Republican leader for suggesting the retirement age be raised to 70, even though numerous Democrats have said that an increase of the retirement age should be on the table when considering proposals to reduce spending and the deficit.

"In the Congress, Republicans want to privatize Social Security," Pelosi said, seemingly referring to a budget plan offered by Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween MORE (R-Wis.), the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee. "We are opposed to that."  

"Let's talk about growth, let's talk about how we can reduce spending, let's put everything on the table," she continued. "Those initiatives, promoting growth, tightening the belt, looking at the entitlements, but let's not start on the backs of our seniors."

The criticism of Boehner's Social Security remarks resulted from an interview he did with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which paraphrased his quotation by writing that “ensuring there’s enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country’s entitlement system.”

Boehner told The Hill, “I never said those things. I never said anything about privatizing Social Security or using money from the Social Security trust fund to pay for the war. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

He did say he supports raising the retirement age, noting that Democrats have done likewise.

“It’s the same thing that [House Majority Leader] Steny Hoyer [D-Md.] talked about last week, [White House budget director] Peter Orszag, [former Congressional Budget Office chief] Alice Rivlin, one of those things being considered is raising the retirement age — I didn’t say anything different than what they said,” Boehner said.

— Molly K. Hooper, Sam Youngman and Michael O'Brien contributed to this post.