Toward the end of his speech, the president gave props to the men seated behind him throughout it, Vice President Biden and House Speaker John Boehner.

Biden smiled broadly and pumped his fist at the mention of Scranton, and Boehner's face crumpled and he looked near tears when he received applause for his journey to his present seat from a bar in Cincinnati.

I wonder if this isn't going to turn into a bit of a Washington parlor game, for people to see if they can make Boehner cry by being nice to him and showering him with praise for his humble beginnings.

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