Friday 19 January 2018

Emotional victory for next Speaker

Toby Harnden in Washington

JOHN BOEHNER, the Speaker presumptive, has a reputation on Capitol Hill for crying during big speeches so it was little surprise that he choked back tears as he savoured victory on Tuesday night.

Having grown up in near-poverty in a Roman Catholic family of 14 in Ohio, Mr Boehner (50), in Congress for two decades, had finally reached the pinnacle of political power as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

"I started out mopping floors, waiting tables, and tending bar at my dad's tavern. I put myself through school working odd jobs and night shifts," he told a victory rally at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington.

"When I saw how out of touch Washington had become with the core values of this great nation, I put my name forward and ran for office."

Mr Boehner made it clear that he was determined to take on President Barack Obama, branding the already-passed health care bill as "killing jobs in America" and "bankrupting our country" before vowing to "repeal this bill".

Despite his display of emotion, Mr Boehner is known as a level-headed backroom operator who does not court popularity. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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