Saturday, September 18, 2010

Who is John Boehner?

The Telegraph UK has the story.
The White House is attempting to cling on to Democratic control of Washington by portraying an Ohio congressman who grew up in near poverty as an elitist country club Republican controlled by wealthy lobbyists.
By Toby Harnden
President Barack Obama is doing his best to turn Representative John Boehner, the House minority leader, into Public Enemy Number One. If Republicans win back the House of Representatives in November, as polls indicate, he will replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
Yet Mr Boehner's life story is the type of classic up-by-the-bootstraps tale of the American Dream that can put a tear in a voter's eye. As his story becomes better known, the Democrats could even be drawing favourable attention upon him. Right now, most Americans have never heard of Mr Boehner, and fewer still can pronounce his name, which rhymes with Rayner. The alleged elitist country club Republican is an Ohio Congressman who grew up in near poverty.
Read it all, it is a true American, up from the bootstraps, story. And then wonder why I didn't see this until it came from Great Britain. Was it because it was underplayed here?
Why, yes, I think it was.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link!! What's even better though-read through the comments on the article!