Boehner Jokes About Weiner's Name in Ohio Speech

June 12, 2011 - 1:14 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) drew laughs from an audience at Ohio State University with a joke about the name of a colleague involved in a scandal over lewd photos.

Boehner said Sunday during a commencement speech at Ohio Stadium that his own last name has been pronounced to rhyme with the words honor and leaner and "even boner."

Then he said: "Thank God it's not Weiner."

Boehner got emotional several times during his brief speech to thousands of graduates and about 40,000 of their relatives and friends. He encouraged students to work hard, be humble and persevere. He said they should not be afraid to occasionally shed a tear of thanks for the gifts in their lives.

The Cincinnati-area Republican was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service.