Esquire Magazine asked Speaker Boehner to make an endorsement for its January 2014 issue, and here’s what he chose:
THE ENDORSEMENT: BREAKFAST AT A DINER
By John Boehner
Most mornings when I’m in Washington, I have breakfast at the same place. It’s a diner. A joint a few blocks from the Capitol and a few blocks from the basement apartment where I stay in D.C.
I get up early and go for a walk, and then stop by the diner on my way back to my apartment to read the news on my iPad and a stack of memos to prepare for the day. It’s a comforting ritual, particularly in the dead of winter.
My dad owned a bar in Carthage, Ohio when I was growing up, and my diner reminds me of that, I guess. I’ve been going there for years, and the staff all know me. They’re mostly immigrants from China and Vietnam. They don’t make a fuss over me – and they never talk to the reporters who come to snoop around every now and again.
I sit at the counter in jeans and a ballcap. Order eggs, and sometimes sausage, but never on Fridays. (And never the bacon. My diner makes lousy bacon. I don’t know why.) I’m there maybe 15, 20 minutes.
It’s pretty much the same thing on the road. I’m always looking for new diners, and when I find one I like, I stick with it.
It’s an anchor to my day, a way to feel like I’m home in Ohio no matter where I am. That’s why I endorse breakfast at a diner.
The January 2014 issue of Esquire is available on newsstands now.