The 112th Congress began today with John Boehner's swearing in as Speaker of the House. As we all know, Boehner tends to get a bit emotional during significant moments like these, and receiving the gavel from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi today was no exception. As Pelosi's speech dragged on and Boehner teared up, top Tweeters laughed at both of their expenses.
During Pelosi's speech, Jim Geraghty could predict what was coming next.
Come on, Nancy. At this rate you're going to bore Boehner to tears.
Lizz Winstead noticed Boehner looked a little queasy.
Boehner may barf, seriously #BoehnerSpeaks
@The Fix thinks he's figured out what triggers Boehner's tears.
Remember that Boehner's crying cue is almost always when he says "American Dream". #congresswatch.
Ed Henry could sense high emotions at the beginning of the speech.
Uh-oh lip is quivering ... Boehner jokes, "It's still just me" ..
Daniel Foster almost feels bad for the new speaker.
Man, Boehner is really struggling to keep it together.
Rachel Sklar almost seems to be questioning the sincerity of Pelosi's welcome to Boehner.
Wow, Nancy Pelosi is being extremely gracious in welcoming Boehner. Extremely.
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