Boehner Chokes Up Talking About His Return to House Leadership — VIDEO

Speaker of the House John Boehner at the Ceremonial swearing in on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.
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Theresa Poulson
Sept. 15, 2011, 12:09 p.m.

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:


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