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Surprise! John Boehner Cries During Commencement Address At Catholic University

Speaker John Boehner may never get used to the fact that he is a very important person whose ideas people listen to nowadays. The Speaker of the House choked up a little delivering a commencement address to the graduating class at Catholic University today, as he told the students to keep with them always “humility, patience, and faith”– and, of course, “always a few tears from me.”

Boehner found himself at an emotional crossroads several times during his appearance at the ceremony, particularly when receiving his honorary degree and telling stories of how he rose in the ranks in Congress. ABC News reports that, while his appearance sparked some controversy from those who believed he had not done enough for the needy, he worked to highlight his legislative successes in the war on poverty, as well as giving religious advice:

“One of the students asked me, ‘Well, what prayer do you say before you go to a meeting at the White House with the president?’” Boehner said. “Well, I always ask God for the courage and wisdom to do His will and not mine. Serving others — that’s not just how I lead in Congress, it’s how I lead my life.”

A recap of Boehner’s speech (with teary highlights!) via ABC below:

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