First it was his weepiness, now it's his smoking -- John Boehner just can't catch a break.
Near the end of an 18-minute interview on "Fox News Sunday" about the debt ceiling, GOP plans for spending cuts and other weighty matters, the new House speaker had to contend with two other vexing issues.
"Why don't you stop smoking?" host Chris Wallace asked.
Boehner had a question of his own: "Why do we bring this up again?" he replied, a bit exasperated.
"It's a bad habit, but I have it. It's a legal product. I choose to smoke." He added with a smile, "Leave me alone."
The Ohio congressman was understandably annoyed, having just defended himself -- again -- over complaints that he cries too easily.
"I feel strongly about what I do. . . . I came here to do something on behalf of the American people," he said, appearing to tear up a bit over the subject that's become a touchy one since he was elected leader of the new Republican majority in the House. "I feel strongly about that. I get emotional. Last night at the Alfalfa Club dinner" -- an annual black-tie event at which Washington's high and mighty poke fun at each other -- "if it weren't for my emotions, I don't know if they had anything else to talk about."
But, Wallace interjected, "even some of your supporters say [crying] makes you look weak or strange."
"I am who I am," he responded. ". . . Yes, I do wear my emotions on my sleeve. I'm not going to apologize."
Watch the video below. The crying/smoking comments begin at the 16:37 mark.
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