At Nancy Pelosi’s portrait unveiling on Wednesday, former Speaker of the House John Boehner started crying as he gushed over the 82 year old grandma.
Boehner completely humiliated himself when he said no one “has wielded the gavel with such authority or with such consistent results” as Pelosi.
“You’ve been incredibly effective as the leader of your caucus. The younger generation today has a saying: ‘Game recognizes game.’ The fact of the matter is no other speaker of the House in the modern era — Republican or Democrat — has wielded the gavel with such authority or with such consistent results,” Boehner said, adding that Pelosi was “one tough cookie.”
The s0-called Republican kept boasting about how his daughters are Democrats.
“My girls told me, ‘Tell the speaker how much we admire her,'” Boehner said as he started choking up. “As if you couldn’t tell, my girls are Democrats,” he said as the audience laughed.
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When speaking at his portrait ceremony back in 2019, Pelosi poked fun at Boehner for how he always starts crying.
“I was just trying to think of occasions when I saw John crying. And then I was thinking of occasions when I didn’t see John crying,” she said before calling him a “formidable spokesman for his party and for his cause” and someone who “sought common ground when he could and held his ground when he could not.”
NBC News reports:
Pelosi said Wednesday that she was “honored” by his presence and joked, “I would have been a little disappointed if he did not get emotional.”
Boehner’s and Pelosi’s portraits were painted by the same artist, Ronald Sherr, who Boehner said died just a week ago.
Others at Wednesday’s event included Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Lucille Roybal-Allard, both D-Calif. Former President Barack Obama sent a video message.
Pelosi was accompanied Wednesday by family members, including her husband, Paul Pelosi, who was attacked in their home in October by a man who authorities allege said he was searching for the speaker. Pelosi thanked her husband for being her “loving partner of life, my constant, constant pillar of support.”
Pelosi announced last month that she was stepping down from her leadership post after Republicans won the majority in the November midterm elections. She will be succeeded by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the first Black lawmaker to lead a congressional caucus.
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