House Speaker John Boehner said he sometimes has to be "the Gestapo," the secret police of Nazi Germany, to do his job.
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“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."