There’s no crying in politics. Tell that to newly elected Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). Known for his emotional moments in Congress, Boehner cried during a recent 60 Minutes appearance. The politician’s consistent tear trigger seems to be the idea of ensuring that we all have a shot at the American dream. Whether it’s a passion for people or a reminder of humble beginnings, congressmen aren’t expected to choke up on camera. What media messages do Boehner’s display of emotion convey about our perception of politicians? Watch a few of his waterworks in a candid interview by Lesley Stahl.
Being on a reality TV show doesn’t make you media savvy and interview ready. A bit of training wouldn’t hurt.