President Obama remarked today on the announcement of House Speaker John Boehner's decision to resign, saying, "John Boehner is a good man."
"It took me by surprise," Obama said, saying upon learning the news he called Boehner directly. "We have obviously had a lot of disagreements and politically we are at different ends of the spectrum, but he has always conducted himself with the courtesy and civility with me."
Obama made his remarks during a news conference in the Rose Garden alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is in town for a state visit.
"The one thing I will say is that my hope is there’s a recognition on the part of the next speaker," Obama said. "We can have significant differences on issues, but that doesn’t mean you shut down the government, that doesn’t mean you risk the full faith and credit of the United States."