Boehner: 'Shame' Obama couldn't 'rise above partisanship' in Monday speech

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPrinciples to unify America Feehery: A possible House Speaker conundrum for Democrats Obama on bipartisanship: 'There is a way to reach out and not be a sap' MORE went on to call on Obama to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act, expand energy production, and simplify the tax code.


The statement from the Speaker came after White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the president for pressing on with his address despite the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

Carney said that it was important to mark the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis and make sure that Washington did not "reverse the progress that we've achieved."

"I think that's an important thing for the president to talk about," Carney said. "It's an important thing fro Congress to talk about and act on. And it's entirely appropriate today for the president to talk about that. We face, as the president noted, some looming deadlines."

In his remarks, the president said Republicans who were "unwilling to compromise" because of "some ideological agenda" were displaying "the height of irresponsibility."

"After all that we've been through these past five years, after all the work Americans like those standing behind me have done to come back from the depths of a crisis, are some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they're willing to tank the entire economy just because they can't get their way on this issue?" Obama said. 

"Are they really willing to hurt people just to score political points? I hope not."

But Republicans also launched political attacks Monday, despite the Navy Yard tragedy. House Minority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorSpanberger's GOP challenger raises over .8 million in third quarter The Hill's Campaign Report: Florida hangs in the balance Eric Cantor teams up with former rival Dave Brat in supporting GOP candidate in former district MORE (R-Va.) released a statement calling it "deeply disappointing" that the White House had not yet brought the perpetrators of the Benghazi terror attack to justice.

"Beyond Benghazi, the Administration has failed to put forward a coherent strategy to combat the continuing threat posed to the United States and its allies by al Qaeda, Hizballah and other extremist terrorist organizations," Cantor said.

Before speaking on the economy Monday, Obama called the victims of the shooting "patriots" and vowed to "do everything in our power" to bring whoever was responsible to justice. 

Later Monday, the White House canceled a Latin music festival to be held in the East Room out of respect for the victims. The president has also ordered flags to fly at half-staff.

-This post was updated at 8:22 p.m.