Pelosi Election Results 2010: John Boehner Cries: Video
Nancy Pelosi is Out as Speaker of the House After the Election Results and John Boehner is Expected to be Named as Her Successor
Pelosi easily won reelection to her congressional seat, but will no longer be speaker of the House now that Republicans have the majority.
John Boehner, who is expected to be named as Pelosi's successor, gave a very emotional speech on Tuesday night, tearing up when he spoke about traditional American values such as economic freedom. He said he spent his whole life chasing the American dream and when he started to cry the crowd cheered and chanted 'USA'.
His eyes became teary again when he started talking about how he started out scrubbing floors in his dad's tavern; he put himself through school working 'every rotten job there was' and he poured his heart and soul into running a small business.
He could not hold back the tears as he remembered where he came from and why he started to run for office.
"He is the real deal," said Republican strategist Mary Matalin. "He will run that place not seen since the likes of [former Speaker of the House] Tip O'Neill."
Nancy Pelosi did reach out to Boehner with a 'nice voicemail' and he said he expects a smooth transition with her office.
"The speaker attempted to reach me this morning, left me a very nice voicemail and I expect that we will have a very smooth transition with her office," Boehner told a televised news conference.
He is expected to be voted speaker on November 15.