John Boehner, quote machine

February 27

John Boehner, always quotable, is getting even more so of late.


House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Whether it's quoting a Disney classic or brushing aside detailed questions on tax policy, Boehner has made some eyebrow-raising comments in recent days to reporters, all of them designed to lighten the mood (or at least his own mood).

* "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah"

The House speaker stunned his GOP colleagues earlier this month when he walked into their weekly conference meeting and abruptly announced plans to pass a "clean" extension of the debt ceiling. Then Boehner walked next door to a press conference and relayed the news to reporters.

“Happy, happy, happy,” he muttered as he entered.

Ten minutes later as he departed, Boehner started to sing: “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-a,” he said. “Plenty of sunshine coming my way.”

* "Blah, blah, blah, blah"

Boehner met with reporters Wednesday for one of two regularly-scheduled weekly news conferences and was asked about the tax reform plan unveiled this week by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.).

The speaker initially thanked Camp for his work and said it would be part of a national "conversation" on overhauling the tax code. But when a reporter pressed him on detailed concerns about the nation's tax system, Boehner interjected: "Blah, blah, blah, blah," before providing a more detailed answer.

* "Ha, ha, ha"

Approached by The Post's  Robert Costa Wednesday, Boehner sought to shoot down retirement rumors prompted by his recent condo purchase in Florida. Before answering, Boehner chuckled about the rumors, which have been swirling on Capitol Hill for months.

"Ha, ha, ha," he said, which he followed up moments later with a Shermanesque, "Absolutely not true."

* "Boner"

On Thursday during his second news conference of the week, Boehner called on a reporter who mistakenly called him, "Mr. Camp."

"It's Boner," Boehner responded, as reporters laughed.

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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