There weren't many dry eyes in the House when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) bid a moving farewell to her colleagues on Wednesday, so John Boehner's tears came as no surprise.
As Giffords made her way over to the Speaker's chair to submit her resignation letter, she stumbled but Boehner helped her get her footing and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He took her letter, squeezed her hand, then the waterworks began.
It was an extremely touching ceremony that left many of Giffords' colleagues in tears, but it wasn't the first time the Speaker has let his emotions get the best of him. He struggled to keep from crying during his first address with a GOP House majority, bawled as he accepted the gavel from former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and has gotten weepy at many public events since.
Read more about Giffords' resignation and see video of the entire ceremony here.
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