Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner broke down and wept during remarks he delivered at the portrait unveiling of outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“You’ve been unfailingly gracious to me, to my family and, frankly, my team here in Washington. And Madam Speaker, I have to say, my girls told me, ‘tell the Speaker how much we admire her,’” Boehner said, choking up at the podium.
He lavished great praise on Pelosi, calling her “one tough cookie.”
“If you couldn’t tell, my girls are Democrats,” he said.
Boehner, who led House Republicans between 2007 and 2015, served as minority leader during Pelosi’s first stint as Speaker from 2007 to 2011 — when she made history as the first woman in the position.
Boehner is the poster child of everything that is wrong with the Republican Party.
Watch Boehner’s full remarks below around 19:00.
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WATCH: former Speaker of the House Boehner sobs at @SpeakerPelosi’s portrait unveiling ceremony saying,— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) December 14, 2022
“My girls told me, ‘Tell the Speaker how much we admire her.'”
Really captures the extent of the legacy Pelosi has left (and continues to leave). pic.twitter.com/EMIp5RNu9Q
Join @SenSchumer, @RepZoeLofgren, @RepRoybalAllard, Speaker Boehner and me at the U.S. Capitol for a ceremony to unveil my portrait as the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, which will join the collection of portraits in the Speaker’s Lobby. https://t.co/AXTipQvxnQ— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 14, 2022