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John Boehner: A whiter shade of tan?

Pale John Boehner, 2010 vs. tan John Boehner, 2006. (AP/Al Behrman/AP/Susan Walsh)

Is it just us, or is John Boehner looking a lot less tan these days?

A quick poll of journalists who've been in the presence of the famously glowing House minority leader confirmed that something's different. You wouldn't exactly call him "pale" these days. And it's always hard to tell from photos or TV appearances, with their varying light conditions. But many agree that his ravishing patina, if not gone, is diminished. "It does not call attention to itself" anymore, said one journalist who recently examined the Ohio Republican in daylight.

Where did it go? The man fighting to become speaker of the House has been busy lately. Not much time for golf.

Does it matter? The Boehner hue has become an article of faith in the nation's capital; without it, there will be nothing for politicians to crack jokes about at dreary media dinners. (The president himself has gone back to that well more than once.) A spokesman for Boehner declined to discuss his boss's complexion.

By The Reliable Source  | October 14, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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"Is it just us, or is John Boehner looking a lot less tan these days?"

Could be. Obama is looking positively half white these days. Must be the stress watching your party implode.

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 14, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is looking less orange but like the little piggy he is, he continues to wallow in the sty with the Tea dirt baggers.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess he got tired of competing with Obama as the colored leader of the country. Now if he would only get a normal haircut every few weeks like the common folk he might actually be believable.

Posted by: msjn1 | October 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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