"It was, I think, as smart a speech as I've seen a politician give — in part because it was savvy about what it didn't say, which is a rare virtue in Washington. Of course, the speech is the easy part … Many speakers before Boehner have entered the House promising more openness and cooperation and given up on those promises when they began to conflict with more action. And Boehner himself has not always been able to "disagree without being disagreeable." It's when the going gets tough that speakers turn hard.
So we'll see. But thus far, Boehner's political instincts have been quite impressive. The White House may have a more able opponent in him than they thought," – Ezra Klein.