Bob Boehner: Emotion is all in the family
January 5th, 2011
05:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Bob Boehner: Emotion is all in the family

(CNN) - Growing up as one of 12 children prepared House Speaker John Boehner for his new position, according to his older brother Bob.

The elder Boehner said their childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they helped run their family bar, is why John is able to connect with people easily and build a consensus.

"Much like we were very young nine or ten years old cleaning a bar. You couldn't kick customers out, you had to work with the customers and talk to them," Bob Boehner told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

In their childhood home Bob said the "commotion and ruckus" went "on and on and on," but that John was often the one to discipline his siblings.

"I would say (he was) the enforcer of the younger ones about getting our homework done," Bob said.

The new House Speaker appeared emotional when he assumed his new role Wednesday, and Bob said as their family gets older, they all get "a little more sentimental."

"I think he thinks about what Mom and Dad would have thought seeing all this going on and I think that's what tears him up a little bit," Bob said. "But he really held it together during his speech on the House floor; I couldn't be prouder because I think if he lost it on the House floor we were gonna lose it up in the balcony as well."

As Republicans take control of the House, Bob said his brother is more focused because he knows he needs to make a difference quickly.

"He knows he's only got two years to get started… because otherwise they're going to kick the Republicans out in a heart beat in two years," Bob said. "So I think that he's very focused and determined to get something done this term."

Watch John King's exclusive television interview with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday @ 7 p.m. ET on CNN's "John King, USA."

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  1. PalmReader

    The new House Speaker appeared emotional when he assumed his new role Wednesday, and Bob said as their family gets older, they all get "a little more sentimental."
    While I personally have nothing against the Boehner family, I would like to point out that a Weeping Speaker of the House during negotiations with, say, Putin, or Iraq, North Korea, and China isn't exactly going to play well over the air waves. Americans are fighting two wars ... and here we are with weepy-eyed John-Boy third in line for the Presidency. It is time for Boehner to start wearing his man pants, if he has any.

    January 5, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. one voice

    Beohner is a complete joke. When He speaks of the "American People", He is refering to the MEGA RICH,CORPORATIONS,OIL COMPANIES AND THE CROOKED BANKSTERS. ANYONE that believes this bullpucky is DUMBER THAN DUMB. Boehner has NEVER and will NEVER care about the PEOPLE that made this Country strong, THE MIDDLE CLASS.

    January 5, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    He's a corporate-loving SOT.

    January 5, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Joan

    This whole crying thing with Boehner is getting a bit tiring. If Nancy Pelosi had cried this much she would have been ripped mercilessly for being too weak by the Republicans. As one person said on TV last night, if there's another disaster, you don't want someone in control who cries so easily. This doesn't make him seem like a strong leader who is in control of his party and his emotions. Many Republicans (Palin, etc.) and even some Democrats (Carville, the biggest Judas of them all) have made crude references to Pres. Obama not being man enough. Well the President exudes far more strength than Rep. Boehner and has proven to be a very focussed, strong and reliable leader.

    January 5, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Shelly

    Cry Baby! Good luck America with this whimpering idealogue at the helm. The GOP will do NOTHING for the middle class/working class but drag the country down with their challenges against Democrat policies They are power hungry and do not care for us!!!

    January 5, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Stacey, Connecticut

    I often wonder how a man with such humble beginnings could be so cruel to the poor and middle class of this country. Seems like Mr. Boehner forgot where he came from. This man and his cronies intend to destroy the middle class. God help us.

    January 5, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. the real ib

    Ir's nice to see a speaker with true emotions; not one that is cold and so full of botox they can't show emotions.

    January 5, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. w l jones

    I can agree with him on that point!

    January 5, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Squigman

    The nations tear duct, and those who weep with him. What a disgrace.

    January 5, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |