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John Boehner, the perpetually caramel-complexioned leader of House Republicans, gamely defended his famous tan in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday morning.

After a weighty discussion about economic policy and taxes, Stephanopoulos presented the GOP leader with the results of a recent PPP poll that showed 30 percent of Ohio voters believe Boehner "spends too much time on his tan," while 27 percent "don't like his tan."

"Well, they probably didn't see me yesterday when I was out cutting my grass or riding my mountain bike, all right?" Boehner said with a smile.

John BoehnerWhen the "Good Morning America" anchor asked a follow-up question, Boehner said only, "Thanks, George."

The leader's tropical hue made headlines last year when President Obama joked at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner that Boehner is "a person of color, although not a color that appears in the natural world."

The president will be on Boehner's Ohio turf Wednesday when he travels to the leader's home state for a speech on the economy.

In advance of Obama's remarks, Boehner laid out several policy options he said the president should follow to jump-start the economy, including a two-year freeze on all tax rates. Obama has repeatedly said he wants to allow the Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of 2010 for American families making more than $250,000 annually.

Boehner also addressed the "Ground Zero mosque" controversy and the Florida pastor who is planning to burn the Koran on Sept. 11 to protest the planned Islamic center in New York.

"Just because you have a right to do something in America does not mean it's the right thing to do," Boehner said of both.

Click play below to watch video of Boehner defending his tan:

Filed Under: The Capitolist
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panua2

Before Mr Boehner talk bad about our president he need to realize that his people (Republicans) after 8 years of service put our nation the way it is now. A person can fix all the damages that has been done in 1 year, instead of talking bad with so much bitterness he should work with our president to rebuilt our county.. Prejudice is so much alive and Mr Boehner, need to realize by talking the way he does, he's only going to divide our nation.,beside am sure he is not suffering like lots of Americans do Bring all the jobs back to the US and paid the American what they worth, that will brings our economy back up and make people spend more, and found a way where the American company stay where they below . How can we help the world when we can help yourself

November 06 2010 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

If "A Tan" is all the (D-Libs) have to mock Boehner, then they are truly between and rock and a hard spot......and it will be the conservative vote (including mine), that will hammer the BIG rocks into dust....Christmas in November!!!!!!!!!!!

September 15 2010 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

Obama is the best thing that has happened to this countery in many, many years. he is doing what he said he would do and what he was elected to do. These decisions are tough but he has the courage to make them. BTW, indoor tanning is a complete waste of money and when you sign the waiver, it's not because it's safe either. Tons of ways to get Vitamin D besides getting radiated.

September 08 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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angelite939

It is extremly satisfying to see another write out the exact feelings I have. Thank you.

September 12 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
JC

Looks like the Democrats are once again focusing on the color of one's skin rather than the content of their character. I guess old habits die hard.

September 08 2010 at 2:17 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
legalcld

Seriously??? This is the best they can dog him about.....his tan???

September 08 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
Frankie

Tanned? Yes. New ideas? NO. God, please save us from republicans.

September 08 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
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angelite939

Love you message but there is an problem...God isn't involved with politics. God has given us our free will to do as we will. WE have to save OURSELVES from those in the Republican party whose only goal is to discredit Obama, even if it is detrimental to the country.

September 12 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Beckey

I look forward to the day that John Boehner is Speaker.

September 08 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
honey/vinegar

I have a year 'round tan. Not because I want to have one but because 1.) It helps with S.A.D., 2.)It helps with my fibromyalgia and 3.)I live in NE Ohio where sunshine even in the best of summers is limited. As a woman not wanting to take vitamin D supplements (which can be dangerous), I opt for the indoor tanning. I really don't care what people say or think about it. If it makes me feel better, then I will do what I have to do. BTW, thanks Obama for the 10% additional tax for using tanning beds. Good going!

September 08 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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angelite939

Obviously you do not understand how our representative government works. The sitting President does not control the ideas on how tax revenue is generated. These plans are created by individual states, proposed by elected members of districts who listen to their constituents who voted them there. And they need to raise revenue. What would be your proposal? Following your logic would mean you need to remember to THANK OBAMA when you seek health care and it is available to you even tho your pre-existing condition is supplemented by those like me who have no health issues but pay for yours anyway through my premiums. YOU'RE WELCOME

September 12 2010 at 8:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Yosh

How can anyone want to stand with this president(???) Economy in mess, high unemployments, Healthcare's premiums going up, border states needs help instead of attacking Az, yet this president goes off vacations after vacations, photo-ops, elobarate parties(67 times so far),campaigning, while hard working families having to straggled to put a food on the table.

September 08 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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mojobujak

Their going down with the ship

September 08 2010 at 5:32 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Mike

It amazes me that we get bogged down in "Tans" when politicians are gathering huge contributions for thier election campaigns and corporations , who won't hire , seem to have plenty to buy politicians, thanks to the Supreme Court. Welcome to "Roller Ball"

September 08 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

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