House Speaker John Boehner capitalized on the busiest news day in history to announce his retirement and drift queitly back to Ohio. He entered this Capitol Hill news conference singing a song.
"Last night I started thinking about this, and I woke up. I said my prayers as I always do, and I decided, you know, today’s the day I’m going to do this. As simple as that," Boehner said.
"It was never about the vote. There was never any doubt about whether I could survive a vote, but I don’t want my members to have to go through this. I certainly don’t want the institution to go through this. Especially when I knew I was thinking about walking out the door anyway. It’s the right time to do it, and frankly I am entirely comfortable doing it."
"I really don't want the institution hurt," he said. "I don't want my colleagues hurt. I don't want to put my colleagues through this."