John Boehner’s sings, laughs, but doesn’t cry at his emotional resignation announcement. [Video]

He Sang! He Laughed! He Didn't Cry? John Boehner’s Resignation Announcement Is Something to Behold.

He Sang! He Laughed! He Didn't Cry? John Boehner’s Resignation Announcement Is Something to Behold.

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Sept. 25 2015 3:08 PM

The Only Thing Missing From John Boehner’s Emotional Press Conference Was the One Thing You’d Expect

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announces that he is retiring from the House and stepping down as Speaker at the end of October during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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He sang! He laughed! He didn’t cry?

House Speaker John Boehner showed plenty of emotion on Friday during an afternoon press conference that came only hours after he announced plans to give up his gavel and resign from Congress at the end of next month. He walked on stage singing, cracked a few jokes, got a little wistful about the past, and wrapped things up on a high note. The only thing missing? The one thing everyone was expecting: his trademark tears. Boehner did reach for his handkerchief a few times throughout the event but, in the end, managed to keep his eyes (mostly) dry.

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