Esquire Magazine asked Speaker Boehner to make an endorsement for its January 2014 issue, and here’s what he chose:

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.