If there's one thing we know for sure about John Boehner, it's that he's rather emotional. The would-be speaker of the House burst into tears when speaking to the Republican faithful at a victory party Tuesday night marking the GOP's gains in Congress. But it was hardly the first time Boehner has wept in a public forum.
As the Washington Post's Paul Kane noted in a profile of Boehner last week, the GOP leader is "prone to tears," a tic that "drives him crazy, but he can't help it." Boehner is known to cry on the House floor. He's cried in private GOP member meetings.
It's a major stylistic difference between him and current Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has a tough-as-nails reputation even among her own Democratic allies. Perhaps no other politician in Washington has been more noticeably weepy, with the possible exception of former President George W. Bush, who also publicly teared up several times while in office. (Bush's predecessor, Bill Clinton, would also choke up and mist over on occasion, but generally stopped shy of openly crying.)
"There are just some things that tug at me," Boehner told the New York Times last month. "There are times here when we have been involved in some big fights and you get tired and the emotions move up closer to the edge of your skin."
Addressing reporters the morning after the Republicans' big election night, Boehner came close to losing it again. His chin quivered and his eyes were wet, as Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell gave him props for helping to roll up the night's big Republican gains.
Asked by a reporter why he had cried Tuesday night, Boehner said he had tried and failed to keep it together, as his chin noticeably quivered again.
You can relive Boehner's other emotional moments on video below.
Tuesday night, Boehner teared up when recounting his efforts to reach "the American Dream":
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