Obama Congress Joke: Hot Mic Catches President Saying 'Good To Get Away' In Israel (VIDEO)

03/20/2013 02:18 pm ET | Updated Mar 20, 2013
  • Nick Abrams The Huffington Post

Even presidents need to get away for a little bit.

President Barack Obama landed in Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, to greetings on the tarmac by Israeli officials and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After the initial hellos, Obama and the Israeli officials moved into line while music began to play.

While standing at attention, Obama was quietly chatting with Netanyahu, when a camera and microphone were able to pick up the president saying "good to get away from Congress." Both politicians continued to laugh and smile.

Later in the day, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) responded to Obama in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.

"So much for the charm offensive," Boehner quipped, referring to the president's recent efforts to court Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

But the Ohio Republican took Obama's comments with a grain of salt.

"I'd rather be heckled than ignored. Or as I like to say, you only tease the ones you love," Boehner said.

Obama will be in Israel until Friday, when he will leave for Jordan to continue his Middle East trip.

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