John Boehner: A whiter shade of tan?
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.
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