John Boehner embraces his inner monkey

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.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by William Pappas on 08/27/2014 - 06:39 am.

    Eric Black

    Careful Eric, don’t say anything that might offend anyone.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/27/2014 - 09:50 am.

    He Must Be Very Depressed

    to release a video that implies that his life, his thinking, his ability to act are as limited and require the endless repetition of the same actions,…

    as that of a windup, mechanical monkey.

    He’s firmly locked in a trap of his own making, but I suspect he’d never be able to walk away from the power he SHOULD have in his position as Speaker of the House.

    Being a “conservative” he can’t begin to consciously admit to himself that, trapped as he is between the two (or more) factions in the current Republican Party,…

    he is powerless to do accomplish anything,…

    but nod up and down and clang his symbols in whatever ways are required of him to keep the factions in the GOP from killing each other (and him) or taking the position of Speaker away from him.

    I disagree with the man on everything, and I wouldn’t trust him any farther than I could throw him, but this video still makes me fell very sorry for him.

  3. Submitted by John Hoffman on 08/27/2014 - 04:18 pm.

    Sad & mysterious ending.

    I think I heard him mutter….”Rosebud”.

  4. Submitted by E Gamauf on 08/30/2014 - 06:08 am.

    Its funny.

    It is, in a sad way.

    It is so very, very true as well.
    He cried for the job, originally. Now he sounds maudlin.

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