Updated 5:30 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner cracked the old 6-5 on Monday, a milestone event that did not go unnoticed by colleagues real and imagined.
In a Facebook post, he touted celebrating with staff and a gavel-shaped cake. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi leaped at the opportunity to give the Ohio Republican the business, tweeting out a pithy greeting to the latest lawmaker to tumble into the social safety net.
Happy 65th Birthday, @SpeakerBoehner! Welcome to Medicare and Social Security! — Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 17, 2014"Welcome to Medicare and Social Security!" the California Democrat ribbed her cross-aisle rival.
“House of Cards” antihero Francis J. Underwood showed Boehner some social media love as well, pouring every bit of his famously sunny disposition into the online missive.
Happy birthday, @SpeakerBoehner. Claire and I send our best. Hope you're enjoying the beautiful DC weather. — Francis J. Underwood (@RepUnderwoodSC) November 17, 2014“Hope you’re enjoying the beautiful DC weather,” the faux pol relayed on a wet, overcast beginning to another lame-duck workweek.
The gray skies were not, however, expected to dampen the spirits of the Boehnerland faithful. A House leadership aide confirmed that staff would be celebrating as per usual: with a Thanksgiving-style luncheon.
And even though he didn’t make the bird this year (he’s cooked in the past), staff is expected to serenade him with his signature birthday song.
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