Getty Images

Speaker John Boehner, who recently compared his job leading the House's Republican majority to collecting garbage and being in prison, announced on Friday that he will be resigning his speakership and his seat in Congress at the end of October. As the New York Times first reported, Boehner's departure comes after months of intensifying turmoil, with the House's right-flank threatening a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood and plotting a possible coup to unseat him. Boehner, who reportedly lacked the votes to hold on to his speakership, seems to have taken the "you can't fire me, I quit!" approach to resolving the situation.

In a statement released Friday morning, Boehner's office said the Ohio Republican would be resigning "for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution."


Boehner's tenure was defined by a growing divide between the party's establishment Republicans who wanted to do things like ban abortion pre-viability and cut funding for food assistance programs and an insurgent group of Republicans who wanted to do things like ban abortion pre-viability and cut funding for food assistance programs. They just couldn't agree on anything!

The Speaker will be remembered for many things: his tan, his excellent one-liners, his musicality.

But perhaps more than anything, Boehner will be remembered as the most emotional member of the House of Representatives. While the vise grip of heteromasculinity has left millions of men divorced from their feelings and unwilling to show emotion, Boehner made a regular habit of crying in public.

As we say goodbye, a collection of his greatest weeps.

That time he saw the pope.


That time he was on 60 Minutes.

That time he heard Irish music.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (R) wipes tears from his face as he and U.S. President Barack Obama (L) attend a luncheon for Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

That time he sat next to Arnold Palmer.

House John Boehner of Ohio, himself an avid golfer, center, flanked by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and golfing legend Arnold Palmer, wipes his eyes as singer Vince Gill sings

That time Australia's prime minister addressed the House.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) seems to fight back tears while listening to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Gillard emphasized the long and strong bond between her country and the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Getty Images

That time he met Neil Armstrong.

on November 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Chip Somodevilla

That time he watched election results come in.

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 02: House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) becomes emotional as he speaks at the Republican National Congressional Committee's midterm election results watch party at the Grand Hyatt hotel November 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Early projections indicated that Republicans would win enough seats in the House of Representatives to take control of the chamber. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Getty Images

That time he talked about why he cries a lot.

Weep not for the memories, Speaker Boehner.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter