White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a case of "Putin envy," responding to a web video that Boehner released arguing that the president was more willing to negotiate with his Russian counterpart than with the speaker.
"The video, I thought, demonstrated a little Putin envy -- a little odd, a bit of Putin envy, on the part of the speaker. Maybe he can explain it," Carney said.
White House spokesman Matt Lehrich defined the term on Twitter:
Putin envy (n.)--When one pretends, for political purposes, to want negotiations w a President who they said they'd never negotiate w again
— Matt Lehrich (@Lehrich44) September 19, 2013
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have repeatedly said that they will not negotiate with Republicans over raising the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, the House GOP is pushing a plan that offers a one-year debt ceiling hike along with approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, tax reform and a one-year delay of Obamacare.
Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck brushed off Carney's comment on Twitter:
@djwsjwhreporter yes, I've been sobbing, watching the Notebook all day.
— Brendan Buck (@Brendan_Buck) September 19, 2013