After pitching his jobs plan at the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner candidly talked about his relationship with President Obama and his outlook as speaker.
The most emotional moment came when he spoke about how he was able to work his way back to the House leadership team after being thrown out, along with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, in 1998.
“I stood on the House floor for a couple of years, and well, I wasn’t happy,” Boehner said, getting choked up. “I didn’t want to smile, but I just stood there and smiled, and decided to earn my way back.”
When asked about how it felt to be speaker, the Ohio Republican hushed the crowd as he quipped, “I’d like to accomplish my mission and get the hell out of here.”
Watch these and other highlights from the discussion: