Rep. Boehner Chokes Up: “I’ve Spent My Whole Life Chasing The American Dream”

Rep. John Boehner was in Washington, D.C. as it appeared he would soon become leader of the majority of the House.

It was a joyous moment for him and those gathered, and his speech just before MidnightET was about bipartisanship. But it was also an emotional one for him, as he choked up several times.

“Let me just say this – it’s clear tonight who the winners really are, and that’s the American people,” he said at the beginning. Later, continuing with a theme of working together and doing things differently as part of a “new majority,” he said, “For far too long Washington’s been doing what’s best for Washington, not what’s best for the American people. Tonight, that begins to change.”

Then, it got emotional. “Economic freedom, individual liberty and personal responsibility. I hold these values dear because I’ve lived them. I’ve spent my whole life chasing the American dream,” said Boehner, through tears, as the crowd responded with chants of U-S-A.

Check out the full, emotional speech, from Fox News:

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