By voting "present" Obama could have been choosing not to take a stand - that way he wouldn't upset potential voters with his actual views on the issues. If that is the case, then Obama is a conniving, Machiavellian, political animal who would do whatever it might take to achieve his political ambitions.
Or, giving him the benefit of the doubt I suppose, Obama could simply have been undecided or not have known the right thing to do all 129 times he voted "present." But that would make him indecisive, uninformed, lazy, and/or stupid.
Boehner called Obama out. He told his Ohio audience the he, like Obama, had voted "present" before but only "two or three times in my entire 25-year political career, where there might have been a conflict of interest." Boehner contiued, "in Congress, we have a red button, a green button and a yellow button, alright. Green means 'yes,' red means 'no,' and yellow means you're a chicken shi#. And the last thing we need in the White House, in the oval office, behind that big desk, is some chicken who wants to push this yellow button."
Boehner is drawing some criticism for the colorful language used, though I suspect that every third-grader in the country has heard much worse.
And, frankly, the point is made . . . vividly.