Boehner takes charge as new Congress convenes
Veteran Rep. John Boehner of Ohio accepts the Speaker's gavel from Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California.
January 5th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Boehner takes charge as new Congress convenes

Veteran Rep. John Boehner of Ohio became the 61st speaker of the House of Representatives Wednesday as Republicans officially took charge of the chamber for the first time in four years and dramatically changed Washington's political landscape.

Democrats maintained control of the Senate for the new 112th Congress, but with a reduced majority.

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  1. James william

    Oh , gee , He is crying again.......... This is the head of the Republican party?? everytime he is on tv, (60 minutes interview) he is bawling. ???? Cried three times on that interview.. !!! Tell him to take his orange colored suntan and bawling to some other position....This is the HOUSE LEADER !!!! What has this country come to.............

    January 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bobby J. Daro

    Perhaps, we can now begin to travel the long road back from the abyss of wasteful spending and increased taxation. What better way to begin than a reduction in Congressional Salaries. Current compensation, surpasses, what most representatives would earn in the private sector. All of us, must learn to do more with less.

    January 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. T

    Only god know how this man reach such level of authority. He has no principles. We want our govt to change. But you can't ask for any respect when u vote for the worse. This new speaker makes a great house. No wonder america has lost its soul. Look @ our speaker, madness!

    January 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |


    January 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    He actually said in an interview that his experience as a bartender will help him understand how to get along with Congressmen. Who groomed this guy, Pet City?

    January 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pkm

    you wait and see we will miss nancy p this guy is a clown

    January 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • XOXO

      No we won't.

      January 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TR

      If he is a clown why is your Nancy made up to look like the Joker. Face it Americans have started to see through the socialist BS and may even curtail the spending spree before their leader can bankrupt the country.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pkm

    What size hugies does he take

    January 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    Pelopsi should have tied a pacifier around the gavel before she gave it to him to cope with those tearful!

    January 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...along with a empty mayonnaise jar full of and labeled Pelopsi's Breastmilk

      January 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T

    who speaker is he gona be? Definitely not the us. He's been against everything in the public's interest. He should be fired for forgetting the peoples business, and taking on rich folks greedy and immoral business for self-profitiers!

    January 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. teaPARTYdemocrat

    This is the group that wants to repeal health care. Easy choice when taxpayers cover them and their families. At $200,000 a year, they could afford their own insurance and probably bottled water.

    January 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. McGoo

      OK, I understand why you feel that the US government should buy your health insurance, and why it makes you mad that the same politicians who want to take it away from you are getting it for free (at the taxpayer's expense). Really, I get it. And from a certain perspective, you are right.

      However, there are some fundamental problems in your argument that simply cannot be ignored. Please consider the following:
      (1) The US Treasury is broke, bankrupt, flat busted. Our nation is living on borrowed money. The gig is up and the party is over; we are just waiting for the hammer to drop. Don't fool yourself and think it's not going to. It is. So you want the government to subsidize your health insurance and provide free insurance to the poor and illegal aliens? Fine, but it's going to cost you dearly in the end by the total collapse of the US economy. Then what? Who are you going to blame then? The politician who gave you what you wanted? There are better solutions than subsidizing national health care with debt-dollars to pay for ever increasing medical costs. As a nation, we'd be better off if the government would just take over the health care industry (oh yeah, it's a business) and use government doctors paid on the government pay scale. Then it could control all the costs end-to-end. Who in their right mind really thinks it's a good idea to open up the government coffers to the greedy medical industry? Do you really believe that those pills you take cost that much to make? C'mon, these guys are on the take. That's the only thing that makes any sense here.
      (2) Your health is really in your own hands. The government should sponsor and pay for a national nutrition reeducation of the entire US population for at least the next decade. Seriously! Don't you realize that so many of the ills that people suffer are brought upon themselves? It's about lifestyle, baby, and responsibility. There are so many things that people can do to dramatically improve their own health by making simple changes and taking precautions. C'mon, wake up. Pull your head out of the sand and start living your own life. Take charge and start looking into what you need to do for yourself so that we don't need the politicians to push our nation over the edge of the precipice of no return.

      January 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. McGoo

      So, like what can you do to help yourself? Do you smoke? Stop. Do you read the labeling on the food you buy? Do you know what is good for you and what is harmful? If an additive is a known carcinogen (nitrates and nitrites), do you buy the product anyway? Do you think that drinking or bathing in water that contains chlorine or chlorimine is good for you. There are other affordable alternatives to those dangerous and harmful disinfectants. Sodium chlorite, for one, is an alternative that is harmless to people when used in the same manner (to disinfect the water supply). Do you really believe that putting sodium fluoride (a toxic chemical) in the water supply is good for you and your children? The Nazi's added sodium fluoride to the water supply in ghettos and asylums to pacify and control people. (Don't believe me? Look it up yourself.) Google or Bing for a good water filter that removes both from your drinking water.

      Hydrogenated fats. Do you eat them? Do you know what they do to your body? Do you really think that consuming all that HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) won't pack on the pounds. The US loves its soda pop and sweetened juices and that's why we have an obesity epidemic. Have you fallen for the low-fat hype? Don't you know that it's not true. There are fats that are very, very good for you. Yes, some fats are unhealthy–but which ones. You can't make your decisions based upon advertising! Google or Bing Weston Price and read his research. Be prepared to have your eyes opened. Do you take vitamins? Do you know whether or not your body uses or rejects synthetic vitamins? What is the best source for beneficial supplements? Food! Whole, unprocessed, organic food!

      After you educate yourself (because the government isn't likely to beyond that silly little pyramid) tell your local grocery store manager that you want more healthy foods, fresh, natural (not bio-tech, GE or GMO) fruits and vegetables, less junk food and more real food. Have a garden? If not, start one next season. Really.

      Tell your politicians that you don't want former employees of the bio-tech industry or big agribusiness running the FDA. Instead you want former CEOs of the organic food industry making decisions about your health and the health of your loved ones.

      Just some with it what you want.

      January 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Skeptic

    I actually read the federal employee's health plan and everyone pays for it out of their check. It's not added to their income. At least that's if I understood it correctly. The average congress member makes $170,000 a year

    January 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |

    i think a boener good.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Skeptic

    I was blocked for some reason. Go to America Speaks Out .com to voice your displeasure with government. John Boehner plugs it all the time. Thousands have complained already about outsourcing, earmarks and other issues. We need to tell these clowns that America did not give them a right wing mandate. America wants the nonsense to stop and only has 2 options. Dumb and dumber

    January 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Skeptic

    I was blocked for some reason. Go to America Speaks Out .com to voice your displeasure with government. John Boehner plugs it all the time. Thousands have complained already about outsourcing, earmarks and other issues. We need to tell these clowns that America did not give them a right wing mandate. America wants the nonsense to stop and only has 2 options. Dumb and dumber

    January 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    @Mr. McGoo, very well said and written. And you are right about us. We as a people have been made very afraid of the future. We turn to comfort foods,. we turn to pharmaceuticals and we turn to street drugs, all to soothe our fears. To keep us from feeling them, facing them we injest and we consume. Oh we act tough. We act like these things we do are justified. But deep down inside we know, but our feelers have been broken. We have ingested so much garbage, so much toxic waste both literally and figuratively, chemicals and lies that confuse us and seperate us from our ability to feel like a healthy human, even look to look like a healthy human. We even purpously try to appear less human. We are but hollowed out shells with the very one's we trust and depend on having a hand in the hallowing. We are afraid even of ourselves now. This fear shows in our behavior, and hides in the open places as if this condition is how we should be. No amount of legislation will fix this condition, the human condition.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
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