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President Obama vs. NFL Season Opener: NFL and NBC Tackle Scheduling Conflict

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 1st 2011 6:15AM
Barack ObamaUPDATE 09/02/11: It's been announced that President Obama will deliver his speech at 7PM ET on Thursday Sept. 8.

With all the lockout drama off the field over the summer, in recent days NFL fans have been sitting back and taking a few easy breaths as they await next week's season opener.

Now, however, comes news of a possible TV scheduling conflict: President Obama vs. football.

The president had planned to deliver a televised address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress at 8PM ET on Sept. 7. However, that's when the Republican party is holding its televised Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, Calif.

After Speaker of the House John Boehner balked at Obama's request for an address on the 7th, the president yesterday agreed to move the speech to 8PM ET on the 8th. Unfortunately, that's led to a potential conflict with the Saints-Packers game on NBC, which kicks off at 8:30PM ET.

The White House is said to have been keen to avoid such a conflict, so what to do?

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Keith Olbermann Says Anthony Weiner Isn't the Only Politician With a Scandal (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 17th 2011 6:45AM
Keith OlbermannJon Stewart may have been unable to report on Anthony Weiner's resignation last night due to having the night off (bad timing!), but plenty of other commentators were willing to step up and give their opinions.

Among them was Keith Olbermann, who made some shocking assertions on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

Talking about Weiner's spectacular fall from grace, Olbermann dished out the criticism pretty evenly. Democrats, he said, abandoned Weiner because they "don't support their own." Republicans, on the other hand, "love to be on the right side of a scandal like this because it doesn't happen that often."

So why the intense media coverage of the scandal? It's gathered international interest, with footage of Weiner's chaotic resignation press conference airing all over the world last night. Olbermann think it's because Weinergate is easy for reporters to understand: It's given them "something that they can actually understand: A penis."

After Jimmy Fallon referred to Weiner's last name as "comedy gold", Olbermann then disclosed that Speaker of the House John Boehner answers to a rather salacious nickname of his own.

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Bill Maher's Answer to Birtherism? Prove John Boehner Isn't a Woman! (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 28th 2011 5:40AM

A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found that 51 percent of those who plan on voting in the GOP primary believe that Barack Obama wasn't born in the U.S. On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Weeknights, 10PM ET on HBO) Maher offered up a theory as to why so many conservatives embrace "birtherism," and then applied that same theory to Speaker of the House John Boehner, with strange results.

"When they go a little deeper into the polling, they find out this is just based on a general sense," Maher explained. "It just feels to them like [Obama's] a foreigner. Well, you know, John Boehner wears bronzer and goes on crying jags. He just feels like a female to me. Maybe liberals should demand to see his penis."

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Bill O'Reilly Thinks President Obama Tried to Make John Boehner Cry During State of the Union (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 31st 2011 4:55PM
During his State of the Union Address, Barack Obama complimented House Majority Leader John Boehner on overcoming his hardscrabble upbringing.

In the past, the often emotional Boehner has broken down and cried when reflecting upon how far he's come from sweeping the floor in his father's bar as a young man. Which is why on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), Bill O'Reilly suspected the president's compliment may have had an ulterior motive: Getting the speaker to cry on national television.

"Boehner almost cried again in the State of the Union," O'Reilly pointed out. "I think Obama tried to make him cry, by the way."

This has got to be the kindest and gentlest conspiracy theory we've heard Fox News report on all year.

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Stewart Mocks John Boehner's Crying Jags on 'Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 7th 2011 6:20AM
Jon Stewart Mocks John Boehner on 'Daily'When John Boehner was sworn in as the new Speaker of the House, he shed some tears. Surprise surprise. "Are you crying again? What's with you, man!" said Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM). He then backtracked to several past instances of Boehner breaking down -- and added a couple more.

The show pasted his crying head into a hockey game and placed a snippet from '60 Minutes' (in which Boehner cried about "these kids [having] a shot at the American dream, like I did") into a sex scene. "What a weird thing to say during sex," Stewart mused.

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Conservatives Sean Hannity and Rich Lowry Are Worried About John Boehner's Crying Habit (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 5th 2011 3:25PM
Republican congressman John Boehner, who just became the 61st Speaker of House, has a well-demonostrated propensity to well up with tears whenever he gets the slightest bit emotional. This often happens when he's on-camera, or giving speeches on the House floor.

Boehner's crying became a topic of discussion on 'Hannity' (weekdays, 9 PM ET Fox News), as dyed-in-the-wool conservatives Sean Hannity and Rich Lowry agreed that the publicly-shed tears were bound to turn into a problem for Boehner.

"I think because of what is going to become a running attack on him, I wish he wouldn't (cry)," Hannity said.

Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative news magazine 'The National Review' was more blunt in his assessment of Boehner's tears:

"Sean, let's be honest here, men who cry in public all the time are going to be made fun of, and probably should be."

Ouch, fellas. So has Boehner lost Fox News and the National Review already? Excuse us while we shed one lonely tear for the new Speaker.

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Chris Matthews Calls Out Female Republican Politicians For Double Standard on John Boehner's Tears (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 17th 2010 2:30PM
On 'Hardball' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Chris Matthews called on conservative political figures Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell -- all of whom have questioned the manhood of Democrat politicians in the past with phrases like "put on your manpants" -- to weigh in on John Boehner, the quick-to-cry rising Speaker of the House.

"Now, their numero uno, the man in charge, the stud duck of the Republican Party, the man right at the front is Mr. Tears, lonely tear drops, and they got no problem with it," Matthews complained.

Matthews probably has a really good point somewhere about double standards and the blindness of partisanship but, really, once he uses awesomely awkward and archaic phrases like "stud duck" and "lonely tear drops" we're just left to marvel at his wordsmanship.

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John Boehner Cries While Explaining Why He Cried on Election Night (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 13th 2010 1:50PM
After the Republicans captured the House of Representatives in the mid-term election last month, Speaker of the House to-be John Boehner teared up while recounting his long personal journey to the third-highest office in the land.

On '60 Minutes' (Sunday 7 PM ET on CBS) Lelsie Stahl asked Boehner why the occasion had moved him to tears. Boehner explained that there are certain things he finds hard to talk about, and mentioned that he can no longer visit schools, which he used to do often.

Why?" Stahl wondered.

"Making sure these kids have a shot at the American dream," Boehner explained, as he started to get choked up. "It's important," he added, before losing it completely.

"What you see is what you get," Boehner said, after composing himself. "I know who I am. I'm comfortable in my own skin, and everybody who knows me knows that I get emotional about certain things."

John Boehner: Our first openly "Emo" Speaker of the House.

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'SNL' Spoofs Rachel Maddow, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and Charlie Rangel (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 22nd 2010 6:15PM
This week's 'Saturday Night Live' (Saturday, 11:30 PM ET on NBC) cold-opened with a spoof of the 'Rachel Maddow Show,' in which Nancy Pelosi, played by Kristen Wiig, John Boehner, played by Bill Hader, and Charlie Rangel, played by Kenan Thompson, were guests.

It wasn't one of SNL stronger political skits, as most of the humor veered toward the cheap and obvious:

"Hello, young man," was how Rangel greeted Maddow. "Orange you glad I didn't mention the color of your face?" Maddow asked Boehner.

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John Boehner Breaks Down During Election Night Speech, and Joe Scarborough Can't Help But Make Fun of Him (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 3rd 2010 5:03PM
The GOP's historic gains in the House of Representatives have made soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner one of the most important people in American politics. During his speech Tuesday night, the Ohio Congressmen broke down repeatedly as he recounted his personal history of "chasing the American dream," waiting tables, mopping floors, putting himself through college and working in a small business.

The gang played the clip of Boehner's waterworks on 'Morning Joe,' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC), and Joe Scarborough couldn't help but take a little dig at Boehner's man tears.

"Even John Boehner can't believe he's Speaker," Joe quipped, triggering laughter on the panel and in the live audience.

"That was nice," Mika Brzezinski opined.

It should be pointed out that this isn't the first time the perpetually tan Boehner, who is known for getting emotional when speaking, has cried in public.

Whether you think these salty displays show sincerity or are a bit much, we can probably all agree that between Boehner's tan and his tears, the folks over at Saturday Night Live should have some really good material to work with.

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John Boehner and Barack Obama Like to Talk About Their Skin Color (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 5th 2010 8:18PM
On 'Hannity' (weekdays, 9PM ET on Fox News) Sean Hannity asked House Minority Leader John Boehner how he gets along with President Barack Obama. Boehner answered that they get along "fine," which prompted Hannity to wonder if the two smokers smoke cigarettes when they get together.

"No, we don't. But first thing that happens is I come in and (Obama) will say, 'Oh Boehner, you are almost as dark as me,'" the notoriously (and possibly artificially) tan congressmen told Hannity.

"We talk about golf," Boehner continued, mentioning another habit both he and Obama have received criticism for overdoing. "We'll talk about our skin color. We have a nice relationship."

Actually, it is nice that both our president and the leader of the opposition are so, ah, comfortable in their own skins.

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John Boehner Deflects Questions About His Tan on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 8th 2010 8:16PM
Ohio Congressmen John Boehner, who could be Speaker of the House if the GOP captures Congress in the upcoming midterm election, is perhaps best known for his deep and unnatural-seeming tan.

Boehner was on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) and George Stephanopoulos made sure to bring up Boehner's most famous characteristic:

"I have to note, if you do win, and you do become speaker, you'll probably have the deepest tan of any speaker in American history."

Then Stephanopoulos produced a poll that stated that 30 percent of the people in Boehner's home state believe he spends too much time on his tan, and asked Boehner if his tan could become a problem.

"They probably weren't there yesterday when I was out cutting my grass, or when I was out riding my mountain bike, alright," Boehner shot back, eliciting studio laughter.

"So no worries there?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"Thanks George," Boehner responded, after a comic pause that suggested he won't be doing too much elaborating on his tan going forward.

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The Daily Show: March 27, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 27th 2007 11:41PM
Jon Stewart"Pull-Out Method": Minority Leader John Boehner is having a little trouble with benchmarks and contradictions. Plus, he's not fooling anyone when he says that his name is really pronounced "Baner". I'm still trying to work out how tropical fish worked into the House... and I have a sudden craving for a bucket o' peanuts and some Pork & Flag On A Stick.

"Showdown at Justice: Hereunder referred to as the 'Nonvoluntary Lawyer Disemployment Program' vis a vis certain events on or around 7 December 2006 (C.F. Appendix B, Codicil IX, Paragraph 7)": Alberto Gonzalez isn't doing so hot. So, what else is new?

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