House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that his bond with President Obama has become "better" during this month's budget negotiations.

Boehner, who had a chilly relationship with the president when the House GOP was in the minority, said he hopes that talks on the 2011 budget could serve as a framework for future negotiations with the White House, even though they fundamentally disagree on most policies.


"Clearly, we understand each other better," Boehner said during an interview on Fox News, his first after Republicans and Democrats reached a deal late Friday to fund the government through September. "I think we have developed a process that may allow the debate to move forward."

The Speaker's comments reveal a contrast between the nature of the negotaitions that went on behind closed doors and the public jousting between both parties that went on until the 11th hour before the government was set to shut down. 

That strengthened relationship could come in handy over the next several months — Congress is set to debate whether to raise the nation's debt limit, as well as a 2012 budget proposal. 

Obama is expected to lay out a deficit reduction plan on Wednesday after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled his last week. 

Boehner said on Fox that those debates will have much higher stakes than the most recent spending fight. He penned an op-ed in USA Today reaffirming that his party will push for trillions in spending cuts in the next budget, a prospect that will likely meet heavy Democratic opposition. 

The Speaker said that, while his relationship with Obama has improved, they still share deep disagreements. 

"Understand ideologically there are giant differences between the president and myself in terms of how we view the role of the federal government," he said. "The president has a completely different view of the government that I do."

But Boehner said that he was able to speak honestly with Obama during their talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

"Throughout these meetings over the past four or five weeks, we have been straight-up with each other, we have been honest with each other," he said. "I think we have understood more about each other."

Despite the happy talk, it was not all smooth sailing behind closed doors. Boehner said that he called out Vice President Joe Biden after he became visibly upset during a negotiating session. 

Boehner admitting asking "What the in the hell is that?" after Biden lashed out Thursday night, saying, "let the American people decide this issue."

"I don't know, it was this feigned moral outrage and I don't know," he said. "I've seen this act before. I just looked at Joe and started laughing. He was trying to move the process along, and good try, but good try, it's me."

Asked if his retort was effective, Boehner said, "I didn't get him to smile, but I did get him to stop."