Bronzo the Clown Has Bawls!


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.

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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.Ā  From POLITICAL HOTSHEETĀ  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.”


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35 responses to “Bronzo the Clown Has Bawls!

  1. In terms of the Gifford’s situation, he also decided not to attend the memorial … nor did Mr. Cantor because the House Republicans were having a retreat. A poor excuse for at least one of them to attend.

    Not to disagree here, I just want to add one thing: There is a strong possibility that Boehner knows Armstrong.

    • i think it’s disgusting that bronzo can always find time to play golf, but he couldn’t spare a few minutes to visit his coworker in the hospital. and a card? seriously? that’s the best he could do? he couldn’t at least spring for some flowers?

      even if armstrong was his lifelong friend, he needs to stop these ridiculous displays in public. it’s one thing to get a little teary-eyed when you’re feeling sentimental or nostalgic. it’s another thing entirely to “sob and gasp for air.” i think he needs to stop drinking at breakfast.

  2. jay

    Neil Armstrong lived the Republican dream: walking around in a world without government regulations.

  3. I thought the SNL skit with Boner & Pelosi said it all….

  4. šŸ˜„ I can’t see the poster. It’s a little generic icon. šŸ˜„

    Boehner cares about Boehner….and really platitudal crap.

  5. Ewww! Boehner boogers!

    I can’t decide if his penchant for bawling is staged, the mark of an overly emotional man, or a sign that something is wrong.

    • yeah, i put the boogers in there especially for melissa, and she can’t even see the damned poster. šŸ˜”

      i honestly think he’s drunk most of the time. he’s not the speaker of the house, he’s the slurrer of the house, and there’s a reason for that. i think the reason comes in a bottle.

  6. The effects of distilled liquor are so predictable. Sure, it’s all laughs and happy turning into crying jags, then the ultimate decision that asses need to be kicked. How fortunate we are that it’s legal.

  7. jeb

    Orange Foolius! Jaysus Nonnie, that’s a classic. I’ll be sending you a bill for cleaning my monitor and keyboard since I spewed coffee all over them when I saw that and if you tell me that you won’t pay up because I read at my own risk, I may just… sob…. snort,.. well you’ll….. waaaaaahhhhhhh!

    • i usually give bronzo the clown a box of tissues, but since there was no room for it, i decided to make him a new accessory. of course, as i was making it, i had no idea it would cause you so much distress, jeb. it’s a good thing there’s that disclosure in tiny letters that says you read at your own risk. i won’t tell you where that is, because i know how you’ll love searching for it. šŸ˜‰

  8. Is this the story that led to Bronzo being known as Boo Hoo? If so, then Boo Hoo Boehner has landed!

  9. Is that snot running down his nose?

  10. Ewwww … that picture is gross. I mean, why would I want that on my computer screen?

    And the boogers are gross, too.

    I’m an emotional guy. I have to stifle sobs now and then. I’ve been known to tear up a bit when reading emotional books to my kids. I mean, anyone who can get through the ending of “The Pool of Fire” or “The High King” without a few tears has problems of another kind.

    But Boehner is overboard. I share your cynicism about his drinking.

    The idea that having his people in touch with Rep. Giffords’ people is the same as actually giving a damn that she was shot is disgusting. She could have died or had serious brain damage, and his solution was to have his secretary run down to the Hallmark store? Really?

    I suspect that it was partisanship that kept him away. Either he really doesn’t care about Democrats, or didn’t want the dittoheads to think that he cares about Democrats. Either way, he’s a disgusting human being.

    • it’s fine to be emotional when it’s and appropriate response to what’s going on. have you ever noticed that bronzo never once has gotten emotional over the plight of millions of unemployed or those whose homes are being foreclosed? he never really gives a damn unless it’s something that affects him. he cries like a little girl when he talks about his childhood, but he doesn’t even have to blink away a tear when he hears about kids without health care or food or housing. he’s a narcissistic asswipe. nothing proves that as much as his treatment of gabby giffords. even if he hates her guts, he still should have shown up as a matter of respect and to tell the country that what happened to her was unacceptable. i’m so glad mark kelly called him out so the world will know what a small person he really is.

      • Well, if the idea that kids are living on the streets makes you cry, then you’re a socialist. And that doesn’t go over well. I mean, we all know that the solution is to get jobs. Why should you weep for them? After all, if it wasn’t for those pesky child-labor laws, then we could get those homeless kids into workhouses where the belong. Or maybe into some decent slave labor.

        Boehner could buy a kid to wipe his eyes and nose for him, for example.

        He’s a sorry excuse for a person, really. I mean, I sent Rep. Giffords a get-well note, and I wouldn’t recognize her if I saw her on the street. I didn’t know her name before she was shot. The Speaker of the House should know her and show a lot more concern than I did.

        But this is the same political party that put a gunsight on her district in the last race and raffled off a duplicate of the gun that shot her. Class, or even basic human decency, is not a factor.

        The average sociopath, no doubt, is reading this story and saying, “Wow. What a cold-hearted pig.”

  11. “One giant blunder for mankind”, Boehner is.

    The repugs did not have time to visit Gabby, but they did consider a new rule that would allow them to pack guns.

    • the rethug leadership, bronzo, widdle ewic, and eddie munst…i mean, paul ryan, sure represent what the rethuglican party really stands for. none of it is good.

  12. John Erickson

    Sorry, but whether Boehner knew Armstrong or not, the tears strike me the same way his tan does – FAKE!

  13. Joan

    As someone who is likely on an FBI list somewhere for sending @SpeakerBoehner tweets early in his reign and calling him an #OrangeCryingDrunk, I despise that egotistical half-ass with every fiber of my being. If anyone else did that damn much crying in public, they’d at least be on an antidepressant, if not in therapy and likely inpatient psychiatric treatment. If these idiots are able to carry concealed weapons, wait until the day the GOP implodes. It wouldn’t be safe to be in DC because these asses would be blaming, and then likely shooting, each other.

    • before bronzo the clown goes for therapy, he needs to dry out and go to a few AA meetings. i’m not being snarky either. i really think he’s drunk most of the time he’s in front of tv cameras.

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