Speaker of the House, John Boehner couldn’t hold back his emotion during Pope Francis’ address to congress on Thursday, prompting snickers and jokes from social media.
Boehner has become known for shedding tears on a regular basis, and several news outlets had taken bets on whether or not the Speaker would get weepy during the pope’s visit to Washington D.C. – those who bet that he would, won.
The Guardian and The Atlantic took to Twitter and predicted Boehner, a lifelong Catholic, wouldn’t be able to hold back the water works during the rare encounter.
What to expect from pope Francis’s address to Congress: how’s his English? will there be cheering? will Boehner cry? http://t.co/5uiw6DBOeX
— Guardian World (@guardianworld) September 24, 2015
Will John Boehner and Joe Biden both cry during the pope’s address to Congress? http://t.co/Yt9lORZ9SL pic.twitter.com/7Ssef3GVyK — The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 24, 2015
Just like sun rises in the east, the tears started flowing as Boehner listened to the pope speak.
The pope brought out @SpeakerBoehner‘s very best cry face http://t.co/zpC4RkijtE #PopeInDC https://t.co/BPO3zvVmQ4
— Mashable (@mashable) September 24, 2015
And the tears kept coming.
John Boehner couldn’t stop crying during Pope Francis’ speech to Congress http://t.co/7yFPoavsl5 by @thisisinsider pic.twitter.com/RZ1GIjlCLU — BI Politics (@bi_politics) September 24, 2015
Boehner’s childhood friend tried to explain how much meeting the pope meant to the Speaker, conjuring up childhood memories of delivering papers around Sunday morning mass.
.@SpeakerBoehner was seen shedding tears today during #PopeFrancis‘ speech. His childhood friend divulges why #CNN http://t.co/qKSaOWXEuE
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) September 24, 2015
But the heartfelt stories did little to stop the ridicule coming the Speaker’s way.
Was @SpeakerBoehner really crying today? That is so pathetic that it’s not even funny. Now you know why Obama uses Boehner as a door mat. — Mr T 2 (@GovtsTheProblem) September 24, 2015
Holy cow! I though I cried at everything! Boehner is making ugly cry face for standing next to Pope on balcony!
— Jennifer (@Jenrstokes) September 24, 2015
Why is Boehner constantly crying in public? It’s getting weird. — Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 25, 2015
Boehner’s crying, man, it’s like he has a disability or something.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) September 24, 2015
lordy gawd… Boehner is crying AGAIN!! #PopeIsPreaching — Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) September 24, 2015
Tammy Faye Boehner.
— Dennis Miller (@DennisDMZ) September 24, 2015
@DennisDMZ @jonnysayhey…Put on your big girl panties and deal with it @SpeakerBoehner — Trumplican (@Tea4Freedom) September 24, 2015
Even Boehner made fun of himself, Tweeting that it “doesn’t take an act of God” to make him get emotional.
Of course; everyone knows it doesn’t take an act of God. https://t.co/W730ftzEsp
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) September 24, 2015
His tweet garnered some sympathy.
@SpeakerBoehner Thank you for bringing the Pope to Congress. Also, I am touched by your emotions. Please stop trashing POTUS — Güero Frijolero (@Bjx_jfk) September 24, 2015
@SpeakerBoehner When you are so close to witnessing history being made and are a part of it it’s ok to be human. I would be emotional also.
— brian perry (@briperry) September 25, 2015
@SpeakerBoehner @KPRC2 @Pontifex Not one to like the speaker but today I tip my hat to him. I saw a man that was moved in a special way. — E. Berrios (@enid_berrios) September 24, 2015
But then again…
@SpeakerBoehner people think U cry cause of the liquor….
— Russell Shelby Katz (@RussellShelbyKa) September 24, 2015
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