U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-West Chester) has pulled a series of boners in Congress lately that are drawing the ire of his GOP colleagues.
The liberal blog, Think Progress, reported the following about a presentation made Thursday during a congressional ceremony by Boehner, the House Minority Leader, to honor the Tuskegee airmen, the U.S. military’s first group of African-American fighter pilots who served during World War II.
A person who attended the ceremony wrote, “During his short speech to those in attendance, Boehner six times mispronounced the group’s name as the ‘Tusk-E-gee,’ eliciting audible groans from the front to the back of the Capitol Rotunda. One woman standing in front of me leaned to her companion and whispered, ‘This is so embarrassing, and he’s from my state.’
“Perhaps making matters worse, almost all of Boehner’s speech focused on the general accomplishments of American forces in World War II, paying little direct respect to those in the room. As if to remove any doubt about the verbal kerfuffle, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took the stage and began his speech by pronouncing the group’s name correctly, while making a clear, if passing, glance in Boehner’s direction. Immediately afterward, the entire crowd broke into applause at the correction.”
McConnell is the Republican senator from Louisville, Ky.
As Think Progress points out, Boehner has had a difficult week. Construction workers at an AFL-CIO forum Wednesday booed Boehner when he talked about the Iraq War, and Thursday he accidentally voted in favor of a budget bill that he’s been deriding for the past week.
Better luck on Monday, John.
— Kevin Osborne