Boehner staff gets private swearing-in by Chief Justice Roberts
January 4th, 2011
11:23 AM ET
7 years ago

Boehner staff gets private swearing-in by Chief Justice Roberts

Washington (CNN) - John Boehner will be sworn in Wednesday as the new House Speaker, but his congressional aides were sworn in Tuesday morning by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony in the Capitol.

According to a senior Boehner aide, the incoming Speaker requested that the Chief Justice perform the swearing in for his aides, and attended the ceremony.

Boehner will take the oath as Speaker on Wednesday afternoon.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Boehner will take the oath as Speaker on Wednesday afternoon."

    And, in between his tearful sobbing, he won't mean a word of it.

    January 4, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Quite frankly, I can't wait for 'the swearing-OUT' ceremonies for these corrupt conservative cronies, wrongfully elected by by the ill-informed American electorate.

    January 4, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Dumb and Dumber Boehner and Cantor

    yep, I wonder if they all read the CONSTITUTION page by page to ensure that they follow through with the letter while discharging their duties in the new CONGRESS....

    1.) Hoping to see that the GOP-Tea Party back up their campaign slogan and mandate that all bills they put forward be read aloud to the American people!
    2.) Hoping to see the showboating repeal of healthcare law be read aloud and debated in the house floor in the full view of the American public!


    TIME TO MAN UP Dumb and Dumber Boehner and Cantor!!!

    January 4, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    The American people have waited 4 LONG PAINFUL YEARS for this. Hopefully the cavalry hasn't arrived too late to pull the country back from the liberal abyss.

    January 4, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why is this being done? Is this really necessary to take time out of the chief justice's time where he could writting his rulings.

    January 4, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Fed up in Texas

    Republican congressional aides sworn in by Chief Justice Roberts in a private ceremony, no less.
    No honor here.
    Republicans reading entire Constitution out loud apparently before they tear it up and re-write it
    No integrity here.
    Justice Scalia meets privately with Tea Party caucus.
    No "justice" here.
    God help us!

    January 4, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Lyle

    Nice touch, Mr. Speaker. Were Alito, Scalia and Thomas invited also? You could have all gone over to the Heritage Foundation after the secret ceremony for a round of brandy and cigars and trampled on the Constitution together.

    January 4, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Am anxiously awaiting your job growth plans, John-boy ... you do have a plan, yes?

    January 4, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Jason

    Way to go Boehner let's restore honor to the congress instead of ignoring the will of the people the way Pelosi did

    January 4, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Am anxiously awaiting your job growth plans, John-boy ... you do have a plan, yes?
    Permanently extend all the Bush tax cuts, including those on the wealthy. Done!

    Cancel all unspent stimulus money. As of today, about $258 billion of the $814 billion stimulus is unspent.

    Repeal the Obama health care bill, replacing it with Republican proposals, including limits on malpractice lawsuits.

    These are all in the Pledge to America and a great start for getting the economy back on track.

    January 4, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Monster Zero


    Monster....I've read article 1 section 8....and it doesn't say anything about laws against criminal does have the following...To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations

    so, unless you consider republicans pirates and felons who have been causing trouble on the high seas then....your point works, other are wrong...try again
    Whatever you do Lynne, keep it to yourself and do not tell the Supreme Court reviewing the bastardization of the commerce clause found within that Article and Section noted that I was wrong... and by gang criminal conspiracies I assume you are talking about the most corrupt Administration ever, you know, comprised of progressive liberals? Just watch as a Republican led Congress dismantles this Charlatan. For those that continue to misconstrue repeal of healthcare and jobs, do not forget that it is 1/6 of our economy and is a business killer...I see that as addressing the foremost issue all in one venue.

    January 4, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    What about Justice Thomas? Will he and his wife swear in their T-Bagger friends? The cohorts of all the lies concocted by the t-baggers over the last two years in secret with Justice Thomas' wife leading them????

    January 4, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Orlando American

    Congratulations, Boehner. Now, what are you going to do with your responsibility? Actually govern or play political games while Americans in need struggle?

    Are your "new" politicians going to continue wasting our tax dollars on worthless legislation that simply does not have the votes to pasS or work together for improvements? Do they want to be seen as needlessly wanting to repeal our seniors' donut-hole savings, taking away our children's pre-existing condition protections, college student coverage, insurance recission protection, etc? Please think about it.

    January 4, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    wow could you imagine if a Democrat or any progressive had had a PRIVATE swearing in? The right wing would have sensed something sinister in it and attacked at all sides. OMG where is the outrage??

    January 4, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    That dufus got a private swearing in by me, too...

    January 4, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Monster Zero

    Sniffit – the sobbing you will hear will be that of Nancy Pelosi and her progressive cohorts, the sigh of relief you hear will be that of the American people at finally ridding themselves of this liberal infestation of the House with Pinko idiots.

    January 4, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Bill

    So much for transparency. I guess he just got a private swearing in because he didn't want everyone to see the waterworks.

    January 4, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Carmelle

    when is he giving up his gvt subsidized health Plan then?!

    The Constitution does not say that the public servants get government subsidy for their health care and pensions for life!!! Drop it now! And then Repeal Obamacare. (if you dare)

    January 4, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Marc

    I wonder if he wants to keep them hidden due to the fact that some of them worked as aides for Tom DeLay?

    January 4, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Bill, NY

    its so, so true, that you will never, ever go broke underestimating the lack of intelligence of the electorate. These bozos(sorry Bozo) were elected to finish the job Bush started. Under such guidance rat will be the filet mignon of the future. When you see tax breaks for the rich(which are proven to only further enrich the rich not create jobs), you know just what their priorities are.

    January 4, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Limbaugh is a liberal

    It is amusing that republicans oppose the health care bill and yet they support every single individual part of the health care bill. If you ask a republican they will say sure, they want to repeal the health care bill all together. But if you ask them whether they support elliminating the provision about the medicare donut hole, the extension of health insurance to minors, the many, many subsidies to the seniors and their doctors, you can watch them waiver! Why? BECAUSE THOSE WERE IN THEIR OWN ALTERNATE HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL TOO!!! They are just sorry they didn't get credit for them! So instead they want to turn the whole thing upside down, 'prove' the health care law doesn't work by defunding it (of course it won't work if you defund it, but then it's just a self-fulfilling profecy, it didn't fail on its own merrits) only to re-propose the VERY SAME provisions as if it was their idea in the first place!
    Republicans don't have an alternative. They just want to steal the credit!

    January 4, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Naz

    Ok, enough is that he is in can we pronounce his name right? Ball is in your court bone-er, let's see what you do!

    January 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. invictus

    for all you people who voted the conservatives into power this time, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, YOU MAY JUST GET IT! LOL

    January 4, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Not All Docs Play Golf

    It was not only a private swearing in was a right wing Republican circle-jerk, lead by Roberts.

    January 4, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    I see he's already "greasing the wheels" for the right wing of the SCOTUS to judge in his favor when cases come up. Scalia, Thomas and the red meat righties were seen skulking in the wings wringing their hands saying "judicial activism ain't seen nothin' like us yet!!!"

    January 4, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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