On the House

On the House by John Boehner Book Summary


“A rollicking, foil-mouthed” [memoir]....Boehner has delivered a classic Washington “tell-all,” albeit one with his typical jocular style.” -
-The Washington Post

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner shares colorful tales from the halls of power, the smoke-filled rooms around the halls of power, and his fabled tour bus.

John Boehner is the last of a breed. At a time when the arbiters of American culture were obsessing over organic kale, cold-pressed juice, and SoulCycle, the man who stood second in line to the presidency was unapologetically smoking Camels, quaffing a glass of red, and hitting the golf course whenever he could.

There could hardly have been a more diametrically opposed figure to represent the opposition party in President Barack Obama's Washington. But when Boehner announced his resignation, President Obama called to tell the outgoing Speaker that he'd miss him. "Mr. President," Boehner replied, "yes you will." He thought of himself as a "regular guy with a big job," and he enjoyed it.

In addition to his own stories of life in the swamp city and of his comeback after getting knocked off the leadership ladder, Boehner offers his impressions of leaders he's met and what made them successes or failures, from Ford and Reagan to Obama, Trump, and Biden. He shares his views on how the Republican Party has become unrecognizable today; the advice--some harsh, some fatherly--he dished out to members of his own party, the opposition, the media, and others; and his often acid-tongued comments about his former colleagues. And of course he talks about golfing with five presidents.

Through Speaker Boehner's honest and self-aware reflections, you'll be reminded of a time when the adults were firmly in charge.

On the House by John Boehner Book Reviews

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- On the House4 star

Very easy to read, an interesting take on history with a commitment to candor and humility.

- A view from inside the HOUSE5 star

Excellent, timely and honest portrayal of 30years of political experience.

- Boehner at his best!5 star

Rarely did I agree with his policy positions, but I always respected his work ethic and effort to build coalitions. I love the way he describes how relationship building is how good broad based policy gets done. I agree fully with his assessment of the generations of Congress that followed have eschewed that model for something more extreme. An excellent read and journey down memory lane, as well as a longing for more like him to come to the job. Congrats Mr. Speaker. Thanks for your service!

- A Delightful Free Ride!5 star

As a lifelong Democrat, I was curious what Speaker Boehner would have to say for himself. Having served in local government, I found myself enjoying his "take" on how government actually works---or doesn't. It's a shame that today's pols are often more interested in self-promotion, rather than finding ways to actually get things done for the betterment of "We the People". It's a salty but entertaining read--all "On the house"!

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John Andrew Boehner ( BAY-nər; born November 17, 1949) is an American politician who served as the 53rd speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. A member of the Republican Party, he was the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 8th congressional district from 1991 to 2015. The district included several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton. Boehner previously served as the House Minority Leader from 2007 until 2011, and House Majority Leader from 2006 until 2007. In January 2011, he was elected Speaker. Boehner resigned from the House of Representatives in October 2015 due to opposition from within the Republican caucus. In September 2016, Squire Pat...

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