John Boehner's SOTU thumbs up PHOTO: House speaker reacts to President Obama's mention of his life story.

John Boehner's Giant SOTU Thumbs Up

John Boehner's Giant SOTU Thumbs Up

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Jan. 28 2014 10:33 PM

John Boehner's Giant SOTU Thumbs Up

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"The point is, there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments, and are moving this country forward. They believe, and I believe, that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. That’s what drew our forebears here. It’s how the daughter of a factory worker is CEO of America’s largest automaker; how the son of a barkeeper is Speaker of the House; how the son of a single mom can be President of the greatest nation on Earth."

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.