Speaker of the House John Boehner released the video below. In it, he plays with a wind-up monkey, which, when you wind it up, claps some cymbals and laughs, pointlessly. He says, right in the video, that the monkey represents him and that his staff gave it to him to represent him because every 15 or 30 minutes, the staff comes in and winds him up and he, like the monkey, does his thing.
I don’t quite know the level on which to take it, but on most levels, I kinda like it. It’s humorous, self-deprecating and pretty much the opposite of taking yourself too seriously. There’s something a tad creepy about him portraying himself this way, and obviously there’s some kind of marketing/messaging plan behind it but, compared to the usual self-importance and the frequent phoniness of players at his level, it comes across as relatively charming and bordering, almost, on honest.