Monday’s intriguing people
December 13th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Monday’s intriguing people

John Boehner

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner shared his thoughts about President Obama, his humble upbringing, his political style, and even his skin color and emotions on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.

“Everybody who knows me knows that I get emotional about certain things,” the Ohio Republican said. And he demonstrated what moved him to tears. When it came to the topic of the American dream, Boehner choked up. “There are some things that are very difficult to talk about,” he said. “Family, kids, I can’t go to a school anymore. … Can’t talk about it.”

Why? Because it’s important to make sure that kids “have a shot at the American dream, like I did,” he said with a sob.

Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about Boehner tearing up on election night (pictured above) in November. In an interview with The New York Times, Pelosi said, “You know what? He is known to cry. He cries sometimes when we’re having a debate on bills.”

Arno Bani

The young French photographer's previously unseen photos of Michael Jackson will go on auction in Paris on Monday. Bani initially shot the nearly 100 photos in 1999 for Jackson's "Invincible" album. Other photos were used instead.

The self-taught photographer says in a bio on his website that he was contacted by the King of Pop after Jackson saw his work in the Sunday Times. Bani was just 23 at the time. He has since done work for Lacroix, Givenchy and Cartier.

The photos include one of Jackson with blue glitter around one eye; another is a full length black-and-white portrait. Bidding on the photos reportedly is expected to start at about $1,400 (about 1,000 Euros). Since Jackson's death in 2009, his memorabilia has sold for top dollar.

Michael Bloomberg

The New York mayor denies he’s planning a presidential run as an independent in 2012, but his participation in Monday’s kickoff for a group promoting nonpartisan solutions has only fueled speculation about his political ambitions.

Bloomberg was expected to talk about nonpartisan redistricting as he joined the No Labels group in panel discussions Monday in New York on finding common ground to solve the nation’s problems. The mayor also gave a high-profile speech last week, arguing for charting "a middle way" to help fix the economy and criticizing partisanship in government.

Bloomberg on Sunday sought to put a damper on the notion that he is seeking higher office, saying “no way, no how.” “I’m not going to run for president,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I have a great job. I'm going to finish my 1,100 whatever number of days it is left go to, and I'll leave the politics to the experts.”

Nevertheless, political analyst Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution said it’s understandable why Bloomberg would join the No Labels group. It helps "to create a market for an independent candidacy."

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. strangetimes

    Narcissists cry over themselves frequently even though they can't squeeze out a drip of compassion for others. The working class are hoping we're lucky enough to get janitor jobs thanks to Soggy & the GOP. He should see the tears around my kitchen table.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Protoman

    At americaspeaksout.com you can tell John Bohener to end outsourcing when him and the Repubs go back to work in January. I'm not naïve enough to think they will end outsourcing, but the newly appointed house speaker plugs that site regularly. Thousands have already voiced displeasure about outsourcing on that site. Even Donald Trump is coming out against the practice. I'm curious to see if he actually listens to the American people. I'm not holding my breath.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pw

    He is a sociopath!! A nutjob

    December 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Draht

    I observed an interview with R-Ohio John Boehner where he stated that he will not compromise with the Democrats?
    Having the two parties working together to make progress was the primary reason voters made changes in the last election.
    Does Mr. Boehner not understand that or is it that now that he has been elected, wants to enforce his own policies?

    December 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • gfcns

      Kind of like how the Democrats swore they would have transparency, publish all bills on the internet before the vote and make it all bi-partisan . . . then drafted bills completely behind closed doors with no Republicans and asked for a vote before anyone even had time to read them. All because Witch Pelosi felt she knew what Americans need.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. toploserman

    in his teary eyed way john boehner is crying for all the little americans who are still striving for the american dream. the only problem is that he still has his janitorial skill set and will use his broom to sweep that 700 billion dollars that his buddies get, as far away from those kids that he can. theft of the nations wealth has become a flowery smokescreen that is sold to us under the guise that the rich need this money to make jobs for all. let me tangent here a bit and then get back to the point at hand. the first investor in bernie madoff's pyramid scam made 1,4 million dollars on a 3 million dollar investment. his accountant told him that this was not possible so he took his money and ran. no one turned madoff in. the investor got his brandy and smoked salmon and hustled into the next saloon. it is pretty obvious that this scene repeated itself over and over again. any self respecting accountant knew this was bogus from the start. so all the investors jumped in and made a killing all the way along the money trail left behing by bernie. only the investors in the last few years got burned. but that is another story because they all had accountants and were hoping to cash in also. it just happened that the croupier raked in their chips and their accountants told them the gig was up and to sue bernie. what a sham. now we have the same people carving up 700 billion dollars a year. now the real reason that john boehner is crying is because christmas is coming and fiscally unresponsible santa is givingl in reallity this is a last gasp grab for the loot because even boehner knows that the trough has been drunk dryl so drink your egg nog and sing your happy trails song john, you are enabling legalized theft for the billionaires that run this countryl And by the way, i know you won't want to go in the schools where the kids are chasing the american dream, because they can't even spell it right.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red45

      I made a response almost identical to yours and they won't post it.

      December 14, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • gfcns

      That's because you are both clueless.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tina

    John Boehner's life represents the American dream. He comes from a big Catholic family whose faith and worship was important to them. He also worked in his father's bar from the age of 10. He worked to put himself through college, taking him 7 years to get his degree. I guess you liberal morons don't appreciate hard work and dedication as you have slamed others for taking more than four years to get a college degree, i.e., Sarah Palin, and think only those that went to an ivy league school are fit for leadership. Boehner was not given an affirmative action scholarship to attend college. He has achieved because of hard work. He represents most of us that were not born to wealthy parents. Thank you Mr. Boehner for being honest and sincere with your emotions.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Raymond

      Sincere with emotions? Seriously??? What have you been smoking lately Tina. Where were you when said that his primary focus and top priority is to ensure that this president only serves one term. Is this why the tax payers elected him?
      Hint: Think

      December 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. helenhull102951

    Why is Michael Jackson still in the news?? He's dead and gone get over it!! Besides he's just another CHILD MOLESTING PERVERT off the face of this already screwed up planet.. Anyone that buys their way out of law suites isn't worth living, not to mention the people that took the money instead putting this pervert to prison..

    December 15, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
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