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John Boehner gets emotional

Watch: the man set to become speaker of the House couldn’t hold back the tears.

Perhaps the most memorable moment from last night's midterm elections was John Boehner's display of unrestrained emotion.

The man set to replace the Democrats' Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House couldn't hold back the tears as he recalled "mopping floors, waiting tables and tending bar at my dad's tavern".

Just listen to the way his voice cracks as he utters the words: "I poured my heart and soul into running a small business."

Meanwhile, the permatanned Boehner has been amusingly described by The Daily Show as "the first Orange American to become speaker of the House".

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