BOEHNER: “You've been incredibly effective as the leader of your caucus. You know, the younger generation today has a saying, 'Game recognizes game.' And the fact of the matter is no other Speaker of the House in a modern era, Republican or Democrat, has wielded the gavel with such authority or with such consistent results. Let me just say, you’re one tough cookie.
You know, I can tell — I could tell a few stories here. My old friend, the late great John Dingell certainly could, and if you read my book, you know the rest of that story. But there’s another side of you, Madam Speaker, as well. As leader of the other party opposite you during many of your years in leadership, I occasionally got to see and experience something few others get to see, and that was your grace when the cameras were off and when the moment called for us to rise above politics and stand together as colleagues to do what was it the interest of the House and, frankly, what was in the interest of the country."