Boehner: If Obama walked into our bar…

August 28, 2012

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) drew on his childhood to argue that throwing Obama out was just good common sense.

“My dad and my uncles owned a bar outside of Cincinnati," he said. "I worked there growing up, mopping floors, waiting tables. Believe me when I say I learned how to deal with every character who walked in the door. Let’s say right now, some guy walked into our bar full of guys looking for work, having a tough go of it, and they guy said ‘well the private sector is doing fine. You know what we’d do? That’s right, we’d throw him out.” And if a guy came in "and said ‘If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,’ do you know what we’d do? Throw him out."

 The bar Boehner referred to is Andy's Cafe, a corner tavern just outside of Cinncinatti, Ohio, which is still run by his family. While it boasts of "family dining," house specialties include cherries soaked in 151-proof rum, four cherries for $1. On Nov. 22, 2010, as "60 Minutes" arrived in town to film a piece on the speaker-to-be, the Boehner family threw a family reunion at Andy's Cafe with 10 of his 11 siblings making it, along with many nieces and nephews. The speaker's office still includes video of the Andy's reunion on its site.

Paul Kane covers Congress and politics for the Washington Post.
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