President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner at the White House in November. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP It's All Politics What Happens When The Speaker Isn't Talking? January 5, 2013 The framers of the Constitution didn't spell out all the responsibilities of the speaker of the House. In practice, one of those duties has been engaging in one-on-one negotiations with a president on important policy issues. But John Boehner says no more — even with new fiscal fights looming.