Boehner chokes up over Henry Hyde and getting a pro-life award

House Republican leader John Boehner could hardly get through his remarks in front of a pro-life group Wednesday night, choking up while talking about the late Rep. Henry Hyde and growing up in a family with 12 children.

“Henry Hyde was one of my heroes,” he said, stopping to dry his eyes with a handkerchief.

Boehner is known in Washington for tearing up on occasion.

Pro-life group Americans United for Life honored Boehner with the 2010 Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award before a crowd sipping cocktails on a downtown Washington rooftop. The group said they were recognizing him for his “extraordinary leadership in the fight to prevent taxpayer-funded abortion and for his work to protect women’s health in his own state of Ohio.”

Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest embraced Boehner as he lost composure several times during his brief remarks.

“This will be great on your video,” Boehner, wiping his eyes, said to the laughter of the crowd.

After telling the crowd that conservatives may have “lost the battle, but we haven’t lost the war” over health care, Boehner lost composure when talking about how he has 11 brothers and sisters. “I know it wasn’t convenient for my mother to have 12 of us.”

“But I’m sure glad they’re all here,” the leader said while crying, leaving the stage unable to speak further.

According to AUL, the Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award was established to honor the late chairman of the House Judiciary Committee by awarding an elected official “who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the cause of Life.”

“One of the reasons we wanted to give the award to leader Boehner is because he’s been an unheralded stalwart on this issue and as you could see last night, it’s not just something where he happens to be pro-life,” said AUL spokesman Matthew Faraci. “The pro-life issue is of great significance and importance to him.”

“It’s neat to see in a town like Washington where people become so cynical,” he said.

Here’s part of Boehner’s remarks, captured by Robert Stacy McCain:

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  • truth

    In a tanning bed, no one can see you cry.

  • elektramourns

    did the tears get his tanning salon tan all wet?

    I love idiots like him. He cares so much for the unborn but once that baby comes into the world, it better be white and successful and have its own health insurance and better be raised Republican or he won’t care a lick.

    I say care for the unborn–I am a prolife Democrat–and for the baby, the teen, and the adult who come after. Care for both.

    • libertyatstake

      You are a “pro-life democrat”? What is your opinion of Stupak’s sell out?

      [For a light hearted take on our present peril]

  • gringott

    God bless you John Boehner, we, the real American people, will send you the troops to make you the majority leader. Don’t waste it, this is the one chance the Republic has, if you fail so does the Republic.

    • elektramourns

      you sound like a drama queen. I hope this man is whipped and defeated this fall. he has done nothing for America’s living.

      • tdpwells

        And you sound like a petulant child, as per usual. What’s your point?

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  • doncicciofitipaldi

    Hell No you can’t!!!!