John Boehner Choked Up by Lack of Business Attire

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Everyone was pretty emotional before, during, and after Gabrielle Giffords's farewell speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives today, including Speaker of the House John Boehner. But was he really crying about the departure of his colleague... or a lack of formality in legislators' business clothes?

After hugging Giffords, the Ohioan glanced around the room and sternly intoned, "The chair would remind all members to be in proper business attire when you come to the floor of the House."

That's right. The Speaker of the House of Tropicana has spoken.

Boehner did seem genuinely touched by Giffords's presence, and by her farewell speech. But mid-cry seems like an odd time to scold people for not wearing panty hoes or loosening the ol' patriotic tie.


Perhaps, as Anna observed, a career as a TV fashion expert might await Boehner after he retires from public life. He'd go over to people's houses, What Not To Wear style, and cry at how ugly all the stuff is. Obviously, it would be called Boehner in Your Closet.

I'd watch.

Speaker tells members what not to wear [CNN]

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