Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Reveal Navigation

Boehner's Sock Rule Boehner's Sock Rule Boehner's Sock Rule Boehner's Sock Rule

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation


Blogs / People

Boehner's Sock Rule

July 19, 2012
Anyone in the Capitol press corps knows that Speaker John Boehner is one for traditional courtesies (no calling on yelling reporters at his press conferences). And now he has some fashion tips to dish out, too.

As NBC's Luke Russert began asking about the Midwest drought during Boehner's weekly press conference, the speaker stopped him dead in his tracks. The sight of Russert's sockless feet, tucked into loafers, elicited commentary.

"Nice socks you have on, by the way," Boehner sarcastically said, who then gave a serious eye roll to Russert's apology and explanation that "it's laundry day."

Russert asserted that Boehner appeared, sans socks, on a local Washington State television years ago, but Boehner firmly replied that "I didn't have a tie on. It's a really simple rule: if you're wearing a tie, you should be wearing socks."

Sound advice for all of us. But maybe that's a more recently adopted rule for the speaker. We hate to get all "gotcha" on the Alley, but it seems like Boehner actually did have a tie on. Check out the video after the jump.
Get us in your feed.
More Blogs