As shown in the pictures below, the monkey is the second most photographed subject in H-232, aside from Speaker Boehner himself. It all started in the fall of 2011, when Speaker Boehner joked in an interview that some days he felt like a windup toy because his jam-packed scheduled kept him so busy. So, as a light-hearted token of appreciation (and a less-than-subtle reminder to not use that metaphor again), Speaker Boehner’s staff brought the monkey to the U.S. Capitol.
The Speaker got the joke, and as seen in the video above, the monkey has been eavesdropping and photobombing from the comfort and convenience of his home on the Speaker’s coffee table ever since.
Throwback to Speaker Boehner’s 62nd birthday, when the monkey first moved in:
The monkey can be spotted in at least 29 photos found on Speaker Boehner’s Flickr page. A few of our favorites are shown here:
NOTE: Check out the full photo album of Monkey Sightings HERE.