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Posted at 5:06 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Boehner gets emotional at JFK tribute

By Matt DeLong

House Speaker John Boehner wipes his eyes at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inauguration on Thursday. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Members of Congress recognized the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's inauguration during an event at the Capitol on Thursday, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) once again found himself getting a little misty-eyed.

Seated next to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), The Hill reports "the notoriously emotional Republican leader appeared to start crying about 15 minutes into the ceremony." Boehner reportedly regained his composure before saying a few words at the event. Other speakers included Vice President Biden and JFK's daughter, Caroline Kennedy.

During his remarks, the National Review notes that Boehner gave Caroline Kennedy a gentle ribbing:

"Sadly, this is the first Congress to convene without a Kennedy since the Truman administration," Boehner said, as turned to his left. Then, with a smile: "Caroline . . . there's still time."

Back in 2008, Caroline Kennedy briefly sought former New York governor David Paterson's consideration to fill the Senate seat vacated by now-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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John Boehner cries at the drop of a hat because he is an alcoholic. Alcoholic's eventually start to exhibit brain damage as their brains literally become "pickled" - much as those frogs we dissected back in the 8th grade were put in formaldehyde. As the brain starts to atrophy and gets "soggy", the part of the brain that governs emotions and rational decision-making is affected. Hence, that is why alcoholics behave irrationally and emotionally - whether it's crying, hitting, etc.

Don't you just love it? Oh, aren't we so proud to have an alcoholic as Speaker of the House? I called Boehner's office several times this week to TRY to express my views on health care. I wanted him to know that not all Americans buy his bull pucky about us not wanting reform. I was "treated" to hours of national music...and felt much like I was in 1942 Germany, calling any government office.

Don't get me wrong, I like The Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful as much as anyone, but to play this music over and over and over while making people wait up to 90 minutes before the phone is answered speaks volumes.

It's scary. The GOP are literally using tactics that Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering used to bring the people of Germany both to nationalism - and to the holocaust. Who will the GOP want to get rid of? THE POOR. Not the Jews or the Gypsies, but the poor. And maybe the gays (which Hitler also exterminated).

This guy is a national embarrassment. From the unprofessional speech he has on his government website (highly inappropriate) to his alcoholic crying jags, this guy embarrasses us as a nation.

He should be impeached!

Posted by: kentuckywoman2 | January 21, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

All of a sudden Republicans have no problem with a guy who cries in public at the drop of a hat. Imagine how this guy blubbers when he hears a sad song?

Posted by: Observer691 | January 21, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

A certain level of booze allows my teary-side to come out more easily. Breathalyze him.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 21, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Speaker should take a voluntary stint in boot camp. They would make a man out of him, and he would see what it is like to be a soldier.

Posted by: tmd678 | January 21, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Glad to learn that crying in public is a "Cincinnati thing," as per a post here; I was beginning to think Boehner wasn't getting the right meds. Or worse, that he was secretly not taking any.

Posted by: terrybakee1 | January 21, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Hazmat77 you confuse disgust with hate. I have no hate for the man, his weeping and the constant coverage is tedious and takes away from other more valuable new items

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | January 21, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

One can only imagine the vile criticisms if Nancy Pelosi had cried a fraction of the tears Boehner has already shed!

Posted by: pbboice | January 21, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

What's the deal with this guy crying all the time? In this case, it must be the irreconciliable guilt he was feeling at the time. Kennedy man-love vs. avowal to destroy Kennedy social programs and policies.

Posted by: alarson1 | January 21, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

NICKYNUNYA ... why the hate?

Isn't there something in your life more important than Boehner's emotions on display?
Koom..... what's "completely unstable" about Boehner?

Nothing. He is simply an emotional individual.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 21, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Folks it ain't news if this wuss is crying any more than his orange pallor makes him part 0rangutan. The kleenex lobby has received its money's worth from this clown. Please abstain from the pitiful pictures of "him" crying until he has a good reason, like being voted out of office.

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | January 21, 2011 6:18 AM | Report abuse

I think the crying is a Cincinnati thing. I also grew up in Cincinnati and cry over anything that touches my heart.

There is nothing bad or unstable about it.

In fact, I would much rather have a government official/congressman/politician who has feelings than the last Congress who ran roughshod over the lives of millions of Americans by taking away their jobs and money and health care while smiling and laughing while they did it.

I'll take a Republican or Tea Party member who cries any day over a Dem who admits that "we won't stop stealing if you don't tie our hands".

The country made it's choice in November 2010. We do not want any more Progressives no matter what they say or how they say it.

Posted by: letscheck | January 21, 2011 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Imagine what hes like when the booze and pills wear off.

Posted by: jimbobkalina1 | January 21, 2011 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Wow! What a week for healthcare. First, we have the Republicans repealing healthcare in the House. Next, we have the emotionally unstable Boehner publicly shedding tears again, but fear not, should he require counseling (and I think he does) as a Congressman he has a Cadillac plan and it won't cost him a thing. Then it seems that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is having some issues of her own with mental health funding and legislation in Arizona. The Republicans are going to drive each other crazy if they don't get hold of themselves.

Posted by: rtinindiana | January 21, 2011 1:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm a life long democrat. but I do appreciate that John Boehner has the good sense of history and poetry of the moment to get a little misty eyed, and to rib Caroline about getting a Kennedy back in the Congress. Both actions are and would be good ideas.

Posted by: Dpete1 | January 20, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm a life long democrat. but I do appreciate that John Boehner has the good sense of history and poetry of the moment to get a little misty eyed, and to rib Caroline about getting a Kennedy back in the Congress. Both actions are and would be good ideas.

Posted by: Dpete1 | January 20, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Boner is such a tool. This guy publicly demonstrated again and again that he is clearly mentally unstable, yet he is revered by the republicans. Amazing. How about his boner move in failing to be a professional by turning down the invitation to the state dinner last night? Was he afraid of what rush/beck/hannity and billy O would have to say about it?

Posted by: ex-Navy | January 20, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Ask Arland Spector about his magic bullet theory...there's proof that Oswald did NOT shoot JFK. I've always wondered how Spector rose to power...politics!!!

Posted by: Gooddad | January 20, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with this guy? Is he even stable? Is there anything he doesn't cry about? Oh, I know one thing! He doesn't cry about ending health care to the most vulnerable, the children and working poor! I find Mr. Boehner to be a national embarrassment and I am ashamed by his poor leadership. America deserves better.

Posted by: USblues2 | January 20, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

This guy should get an Oscar. He turns the tears on and off like a faucet. A trick he no doubt learned, with good affect, growing up in a large family.

Posted by: ramus-40283 | January 20, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Gee, and these 'tears' from a man who seems to want to undo everything JFK and his heirs have stood for, like a less polarized society with equal access to health care, less discrimination against minorities, and broad access to the 'American Dream'. Boehner wants to repeal Obamacare, has refused to work against the spread of Arizona-type (i.e. draconian) anti-immigration laws, and thinks lower taxes on the rich will somehow lift America's poor and unemployed out of their current dire straits. I find him singularly unconvincing when it comes to actions to back up his all-American emotions. This guy is an actor from the Reagan school of drama.

Posted by: tundra1 | January 20, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Caroline Kennedy would make an EXCELLENT Sentor. I wish her well.
What a family history she will carry with her.

Posted by: ParisNews | January 20, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Caroline Kennedy would make an EXCELLENT Sentor. I wish her well.
What a family history she will carry with here.

Posted by: ParisNews | January 20, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Does dis guy have a back bone? Why is he always crying?

Posted by: cher_nobil | January 20, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Is there anything that DOESN'T make Boehner cry? I'm a man very much in touch with his own emotions, and I will cry if the situation calls for it, but I really worry that one of our country's top leaders is weeping every time I see him on the news. There is something to be said for keeping your emotions in check some of the time.

Posted by: laphboy | January 20, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Imagine , the leader of the Republican controlled House of Representatives is completely unstable ... somehow I find it appropriate .

Posted by: Koom | January 20, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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