Boehner: ‘You Learn to Deal with Every Jacka** That Walks in the Door’

by Andrew Johnson

Every skill he needs to do his current job he learned working in his dad’s bar, House speaker John Boehner told Jay Leno on Thursday night. Chief among them: “You have to learn to deal with every jacka** that walks in the door.”

That requires the speaker, at times, to be the “big-brother figure,” at others, “the father figure” or “the dean of students or the principal.” “Some of them I have to the Gestapo,” he said.

Boehner described his job as “trying to get 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to pass a bill.” Nonetheless, he said he welcomes the diversity of his caucus and praised the Tea Barty for bringing “great energy to the political process.”

The conspicuously titian-skinned lawmaker denied that he uses a tanning bed. “I’m a little dark,” he said. “There are no tanning beds, there are no spray things, nothing.”

He shied away from endorsing a candidate for 2016, but said his friend Jeb Bush would “make a great president.” As for himself, he said has no plans or desire to run. “I like to play golf, I like to cut my own grass, I do drink red wine, I smoke cigarettes, and I’m not giving that up to be president of the United States,” Boehner said.