Boehner got just about everything he wanted.
"Who would have ever guessed that we could make 99 percent of the Bush tax cuts permanent?" Boehner told Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal.
"When we had a Republican House and Senate and a Republican in the White House, we couldn't get that. And so, not bad."
The worst may be yet to come for Obama when sequestration kicks in.
Sequestration is Washington-speak for the debt rising so high that the government must make automatic cuts in discretionary spending, which includes defense spending and some entitlements, although not Social Security.
Obama agreed to sequestration in that August 2011 confrontation.
The president thinks he has Republicans over the barrel, but Boehner sees it otherwise.
"Mr. Boehner says he has significant Republican support, including GOP defense hawks, on his side for letting the sequester do its work. 'I got that in my back pocket,' the speaker says," Moore of the Journal wrote.
"He is counting on the president's liberal base putting pressure on him when cherished domestic programs face the sequester's sharp knife. Republican willingness to support the sequester, Mr. Boehner says, is 'as much leverage as we're going to get.' "
We shall see if Boehner is bluffing, but he has been playing the game a long time and he has an excellent track record.
As a freshman congressman, Boehner was part of the Gang of Seven that blew the whistle on the House bank scandal in 1991.
Boehner also helped write the Contract With America in 1994, the springboard that led to the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years.
As a conservative, I hope Boehner is right about sequestration.
I do know one thing: Obama spent a lot more than $60 on his poker lessons.
Surber may be reached at donsur...@dailymail.com.