Pronunciation Lesson from John Boehner, Anthony Weiner, and Barney Frank
Congressman Anthony Weiner was talking to Speaker of the House John Boehner between sessions and out of view from C-Span cameras. John Boehner was complaining about the lack of respect he got from the media and some members of Congress.
“It’s because of your name,” Weiner suggested. “You pronounce it Bay-ner when everybody knows it should be Boner. If you just pronounced it Boner, people would have more respect for you. Look at me. I could have pronounced my name Viner or Veener or Waynor, but I’m upfront with it, and people respect me. Embrace your Bo-ner, just like I embrace my Wee-ner.”
“Yes, embwace your Bo-ner,” said Barney Frank who just happened to be passing by. “People widicule me about my name, but I don’t wespond. I wespect my name. When Pwesident Obama starts his wemarks with, ‘Let me be fwank,’ I’m pwoud.”
John Boehner was on the verge of tears. “I’ll have to think about this,” he said before leaving. “I’m going to go talk to my wife.”
“I wuv it when wepublicans take our advice,” Frank said, watching Boehner leave. “Do you sewiously believe he’ll change the pwonunciation of his name to Bo-ner?”
“No,” Weiner said, “I was just giving him a hard time.”