Lesley Stahl from sixty minutes recently profiled John Boehner who will be the next Speaker of the house. In this sixteen minutes segment Boehner held back tears twice.
John Boehner cried describing visiting schools knowing that those kids might not have the same chance that he has. And then he cried after his wife tells Lesley Stahl that she is incredible proud of him working his way up from garbage man to Speaker of the House.
This topic was discussed on The View.
Barbara Walters diagnosed the next Speaker of the House with an emotional problem and compared John Boehner with outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi who apparently didn’t shed a tear in public. Shephard from The View also said if Nancy Pelosi has cried all the time people would have found her weak. In my opinion Mrs Pelosi isn’t exactly Mrs Popularity herself. Maybe a few tears may have helped her to connect with the public. Liberals like Joy Behar calling him the Weeper of the House.
But Elizabeth Hasselbeck didn’t really help him either. She called John Boehner a “fine man who cares.”
So here is the thing! I watched the segment twice and I don’t really see that John Boehner cries all the time. As a matter of fact when you look at the segment neutrally you will see the guy pounding at the podium trying to get the job done. Then you also will see him dancing around of some issues as politicians normally do especially when he defines the difference between common ground and compromise. You also will see his passive aggressive challenge to the President. John Boehner wants to play golf with President Obama. Boehner smiled when he described his friend Ted Kennedy as a “liberal lion”. His family seems as normal as they can get especially his wife.
I am starting to think that those who only comment on his tears are having a hard time accepting that we have a New Speaker and that the democrats have lost. It seems to be all sour grapes, really.
Because in the end it doesn’t really matter whether John Boehner cries or not! It matters whether the guy gets the job done. And since he worked so hard for it I am guessing he is in it to stay.
Of course on election night Boehner was understandably emotional considering that none of us ever had this position and most likely will not have in the future. He worked his butt off for that
As for the whole sixty minute segment it reminded me a bit of an American Idol video chronicling a background story for the contestant they want to cheer on. It was a bit cheesy. The elections are over.
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