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Just call him ‘Boner.’

By Amanda Terkel on April 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm

"Just call him ‘Boner.’"

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In Cincinnati Magazine, Daniel Libit has a new profile of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), revealing Boehner’s less-than-flattering nickname:

222b.jpg BOEHNER LIKES TO say that he’s just a regular guy with an important job. He prefers that no one address him as “Congressman” but instead call him “John” or simply “Boehner.” Close friends and colleagues, President Bush among them, endearingly refer to him as “Boner.”

In the summer of 2001, a few days before the bill was set to come to the floor for a vote, Boehner arrived 15 minutes late to a meeting in the White House with the president, vice president Dick Cheney, Speaker Hastert, Armey, and DeLay to discuss a package of amendments. Boehner remembers DeLay was in the midst of slamming the bill when he walked in, and he caught the president’s eye. Bush gave him a wink. When DeLay finished, the president turned to him and said, “Alright, Boner, what do you have to say for yourself?”

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