Speaker Boehner's birthday gift
November 17th, 2011
05:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Speaker Boehner's birthday gift

Washington (CNN) – What do you give as a birthday gift to the man who controls the U.S. House of Representatives? If you're the number three Republican in the House, you give him an iron - for his clothing.

"Kevin McCarthy got me a Rowenta iron," John Boehner of Ohio told a group of reporters curious about what he got on his big day.

This caused confusion among some of the reporters who hadn't heard of a Rowenta iron. One member of the press jokingly asked if it was a "four iron" for golf, eliciting a laugh from Boehner. The speaker apparently enjoys ironing his own shirts, so the gift from McCarthy, a Republican from California, could be characterized as practical.

Boehner, who turned 62 on Thursday, is famously or perhaps infamously known for the "Boehner birthday song," which he first sang on the House floor in 2006 to Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who was turning 83.

How does it go? According to the speaker there is only one verse, repeated twice. "This is your birthday song, it doesn't last too long, hey!"

Variations of his song were tweeted by other Republican members Thursday, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who wrote, "This is your birthday tweet. It doesn't last too long. Hey! Happy Birthday to Speaker @JohnBoehner."

Filed under: Eric Cantor • John Boehner
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. kenny

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. Boehner. This is your birthday comment. I hope you do not last much longer before being replaced than this comment.

    November 17, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The Orange Man needs some brains and some testicles.

    November 17, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. pat carr

    Give him the Gift he really needs the most. The gift of impeachment!

    November 17, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. diridi

    Worthless GOP needs gifts? Shame America, wake up, replace all these Congress Idiots....good lucks., and god bless...

    November 17, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Goodguy1

    Speaker Boehner needs to think about his parents who were working folks that raised their children well. They were able to do this because their jobs were not farmed out overseas and they were paid enough to have a small house and feed their children.

    November 17, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Debbie

    And Congress fiddles while America burns! I really don't give 2 cents about what the Speaker got or did not get for his birthday. How about give America a gift and do your jobs?

    November 17, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe he will give the gift of compromise to Congress as his gift to everyone else.

    November 17, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. Poor guy....

    I'd like to present him with a withdrawal receipt from his own bank account, along with a certified check made out to the USA as refund of his salary.

    November 17, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Marla

    Hopefully, he won't last much longer as speaker of the House. The job needs to go back to a Democrat, who can actually get something accomplished.

    November 18, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  10. taylor

    A jail sentence is what he deserves.

    November 18, 2011 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  11. Fred

    I am one of the 99%. Impeach these corrupt politicians who are bought and paid for by corporations and do not give a damn for the people of this country. We have had enough of their unethical behavior and corruption.

    November 18, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |