WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles®) – We now know why House Speaker John Boehner shed a tear or two during Pope Francis’ visit to the Capitol this morning.
Millions of television viewers noticed the Republican leader crying and pulling out a white handkerchief to wipe his tears as the Pope delivered his speech before the joint session of congress, and again as the Holy Father greeted and blessed the crowd that gathered outside the Capitol.
Journalists and pundits speculated that Boehner, a devout Catholic, was overwhelmed by the rare opportunity to be with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
But sources close to both Boehner and Pope Francis said that the real reason for the speaker’s tears was because the Pontiff had rejected his invitation to dine with him and other leaders of Congress, namely, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.
Francis told Boehner that he didn’t have the time because he already had confirmed an appointment to dine with the homeless at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C.
During his lunch date with the homeless, Francis was expected not only to eat with his guests but also to serve them.
Boehner said he cried not out of sadness for the botched invitation but more of disappointment. He said he had looked forward to spending a more intimate and quality time with the Pope.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – It is the end of the Republican Party as we know it.
Citing the fact that he has lost all credibility and support even from his fellow Republicans, John Boehner made the shocking announcement today that he was stepping down as speaker of the House of Representatives.
The final straw came when Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress, bypassing the Office of the President. He came under intense criticism not just from Democrats but his fellow Republicans, especially those who are familiar with the U.S. Constitution’s provision for the separation of powers among the three branches of government.
What was more shocking in today’s announcement was that Boehner said he had tried to convince other House Republican leaders to step up to assume the position of speaker, but none of them wanted to do so (especially after that embarrassing letter signed by 47 Senate Republicans to Iran, undermining the Obama administrations’s nuclear negotiations with that country.)
So, in an unprecedented move never before seen, or imagined, in U.S. history, Boehner turned over the gavel to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The historic photograph of the turnover says it all (see photo).
Was it a kiss of unity and reconciliation, or a Judas kiss?
The eyes of the entire nation, and entire world, are on the U.S. Congress.