House Speaker John Boehner said he sometimes has to be “the Gestapo,” the secret police of Nazi Germany, to do his job.
“People think, all right, you’re the speaker, you’re the leader,” Boehner said on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday. “They don’t realize I’ve got a lot of other roles that I play. You know, some members, I have to be the big brother figure. Some I have to be the father figure. Others I have to be the dean of students or the principal. Some of them I have to be the Gestapo.”
The Ohio Republican discussed his upbringing as one of 12 kids and how working in his father’s bar — and learning to deal with “every jackass that walks in the door” — has served him well.
“I tell people all the skills I need to do my job, I learned growing up. I grew up in a big family — have to learn to get along with each other, get things done together … you grow up around a bar — I mopped floors, did dishes, waited tables, tended bar. And you have to learn to deal with every jackass that walks in the door,” Boehner said, before emphasizing: “Now trust me, I need all the skills I learned growing up to do my job.”