Easily the Coolest Moment Of the Night, in One GIF

Now this is what bi-partisanship looks like.

President Obama scored a rare reward during the State of the Union tonight: A thumbs-up from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).


Here's what inspired the thumbs-up:

"The point is, there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments, and are moving this country forward. They believe, and I believe, that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. That's what drew our forebears here. It's how the daughter of a factory worker is CEO of America's largest automaker; how the son of a barkeeper is Speaker of the House; how the son of a single mom can be President of the greatest nation on Earth."

In his youth, Boehner spent many a day lugging kegs of beer around his father Earl Henry Boehner's bar, providing income which supported his family and his father's twin brothers. His parents were Democrats, but politics wasn't a large part of Boehner's pre-college upbringing.

Don't worry, Biden got to have his fun too:


Ol' Diamond Joe must have seen a spicy mamacita in the audience or spotted some exposed copper he can get out the Capitol's walls after the speech.

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