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Political Circus: Boehner says he's no tanner

By Ed Hornick, CNN
Soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner has taken a ribbing over his rather tan-like appearance.
Soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner has taken a ribbing over his rather tan-like appearance.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • John Boehner tells "60 Minutes" that he doesn't tan
  • Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch" catches Yale University's attention
  • Tom Brokaw has some advice for Boehner and Obama

Washington (CNN) -- Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:

Losing Snooki's vote?

In a CBS "60 Minutes" interview Sunday, incoming House Speaker John Boehner -- often savaged by comedians for his perpetual tan -- put the rumors to rest.

"I've never been in a tanning salon in my life," he said. "I've never used a tanning product in my life."

Not exactly the Great White Way

Former New York gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan, famous for his The Rent is Too Damn High party, is taking his act to the stage -- at Club Europa in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn for a live musical performance, the New York Observer reported.

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"McMillan said he will perform songs he has written himself and will accompany himself with an acoustic guitar and an R&B soundtrack."

Most notable quote: 'I'm not a witch'

Christine O'Donnell -- who this year lost the race for a Delaware seat in the U.S. Senate -- is perhaps most famous for her ad in which she says "I'm not a witch."

Well, that quote paid off, topping this year's list of best quotations according to Yale University librarian Fred Shapiro.

Shapiro recently released his annual list of the most notable quotations of the year, The Associated Press reports.

Obama signs legislation, avoids couch

President Obama on Monday signed the child nutrition bill into law. The initiative has been one of first lady Michelle Obama's top priorities.

"First lady Michelle Obama praised her husband for pushing the bill through Congress. 'I want to thank him for working very hard,' she said as the president interrupted to jokingly note that if he hadn't, he 'would have been sleeping on the couch,' "writes Michael Muskal in The Los Angeles Times.

Tea Party at the Pauls' condo

In a New York Times interview, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, said his son, incoming Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will soon be living with him in a Virginia condo.

"I told him as long as he didn't expect me to cook," Ron Paul said of his son, a Tea Party favorite. "I'm not going to take care of him the way his mother did."

The political housewives of Washington

Move over Bravo, National Journal has a slideshow of the spouses of new members of Congress.

Some of the more interesting faces: "Texas police officer, an NFL cheerleader, and a law student who had to put education on the back burner. One incumbent's spouse is even spending time in space with NASA."

Some friendly advice

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has advice for Boehner and Obama: Stop smoking.

"In Washington and across the country there's understandably a great deal of speculation on whether President Obama and the incoming speaker of the House, John Boehner, can work together and on what issues. Here's a suggestion on where to start. Stop. Stop smoking," he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

Both politicians have admitted that they have or currently smoke cigarettes.

Headline of the day

Wonkette: "Barack Obama Is Sick of Your Crap"

Notable quotable

"When Democrats this week rejected Obama's compromise plan, the White House took a page from the music industry. If you're not selling like you used to, break out the greatest hits (picture of Obama and Clinton appears)." -- "Saturday Night Live" comedian Seth Meyers.

Speaking of Seth

Meyers, the host of SNL's "Weekend Update," will headline the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011.

Late-night laughs

Jimmy Fallon: " 'Cause if there's one thing that's reassuring, it's seeing Sarah Palin above you in a helicopter" (referring to Palin's trip to Haiti).

SNL's Bill Hader as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: "I wasn't arrested for terrorism, but rather to be questioned on two rape charges. It is Interpol's job to hunt down those accused of sexual misdeeds. Who can forget their months-long pursuit of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger? Double standard anyone?"

Jay Leno: "According to a new poll, 51 percent of Americans believe their life was better two years ago, before President Obama took office. To which President Obama said, 'Join the club.' "

 
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