From THE HUFFINGTON POST:
His sniffles began during the speech, but it wasn’t until after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stepped down from the podium during a Wednesday ceremony at the Capitol that the bawling started.
Boehner was one of several Hill leaders who gave remarks at an event honoring astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin with the Congressional Gold Medal. Congress approved the medal in July 2009 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
“Neil Armstrong was once asked: Why did you, this one man, choose to speak for all when you set foot on the lunar surface? As it turns out, there was no script, there were no notes,” Boehner said. “When the moment came, Neil’s thoughts turned to the 400,000 people who worked on the project…. He said he knew ‘it would be a big something for all those folks and a lot of others who weren’t even involved in the project.’ So it was.”
And then, as Boehner lined up to present Armstrong with his medal in front of the crowd, the weeping began.
An attendee at the ceremony said Boehner’s strong emotional reaction was startling.
“It was certainly a moving event, but seeing him sob and gasp for air was sort of off-putting,” said this attendee.
Boehner’s public displays of crying have become a hallmark of his time as speaker. He fought off tears during his first address to the new House majority in November 2010, and cried as he accepted the gavel from former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in January 2010.
Of course, Bronzo the Clown doesn’t cry over everything or everyone. From POLITICAL HOTSHEET at CBS NEWS:
In a new joint memoir by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly, the former astronaut wonders why House Speaker John Boehner failed to visit his wife in the hospital while he was in Houston for a basketball game.
In the couple’s new memoir, “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope,” Kelly points out that Boehner’s only contact with his wife had been a “simple get-well card” after the shooting – even though he made a trip to Houston for an NCAA tournament game in April.
“Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he’d ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing,” Kelly writes in the memoir. “Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he’d sent a few days after Gabby was injured.”
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel defended the speaker’s actions, noting in prepared statement Boehner “and his staff have been in close contact with Rep. Giffords’ staff throughout this difficult ordeal.”