John Boehner gets in on the joke about his name

"It's Boner."

Chris Moody
Yahoo News

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John Boehner (ABC News)


Childhood surely wasn't easy for young John Boehner, who one images faced a tornado of teasing from kids who willfully mispronounced his name. His family pronounces it "Bayner."

But shed no tears for the gentleman from Ohio, because these days, as the most powerful member of the House of Representatives, he's clearly taking it in stride. When a reporter accidentally referred to him as "Mr. Camp" during a press conference on Thursday, Boehner played along.

"It's 'Boner,'" he replied before the reporter could correct himself. "Boner."

Even in adulthood, as this 1991 video shows, his own colleagues mispronounced his name.

And so have members of the media.

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