From Media Matters:
On The Situation Room, House Minority Leader John Boehner stated: “We need to continue our effort here [in Iraq] because, Wolf, long term, the investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop Al Qaeda here, if we’re able to stabilize the Middle East, it’s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids.”
Original DVD cover.
The ever astute Wolfie Blitzer let the answer slide and only followed up with some blah-blah-blah about how General Petraeus’s testimony would affect the elections. (you can see the clip and the transcript at the Media Matters link). The the tubes of the internets got all heated up. Several liberal blogs, the Democratic National Committee, and even nasty old John McCain weighed in on the remark with, “Whaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh?”
Well, finally CNN realized that something must have happened, because Suzanne Malveaux, filling in for Wolfie, discussed the remark and the resulting criticism with internets
spokesmodel reporter Abbi Tatton.
Also from Media Matters (but a new one, so click on the link, dammit!):
TATTON: That video now reposted on liberal blogs, “a small price” the words they’re zeroing in on. Democrats are demanding Congressman Boehner apologize. Sen. John Kerry writes online: “That comment was stunningly cavalier.” Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called it deplorable. And now Republican Sen. John McCain has weighed in, saying Boehner ought to retract it.
Congressman Boehner’s spokesman said in a statement the congressman was referring to the amount of money spent in Iraq, adding “there isn’t a member of Congress that appreciates the sacrifice of our troops more than Mr. Boehner.”