Boehner Gives Obama ‘Bunny Ears’ During State of the Union

Obama went ahead with the State of the Union, despite several interruptions from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) (right). (Courtesy the White House)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sighing loudly and repeatedly saying “duh” under his breath, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) brought the State of the Union address to a halt at least 12 times tonight with what critics are calling “juvenile and outrageous” behavior.

President Barack Obama stopped his speech several times and turned his head quickly to try to catch Boehner acting up.

Obama never succeeded.

“I knew he was making bunny ears behind me and saying ‘boooooring’ loudly whenever  I mentioned the economy, but I could never turn around fast enough to see  him,” Obama said in a CNN interview the next day.

Whenever the President would return to his speech, Boehner would stick his tongue out and put his finger in his mouth while making a loud-gagging sound.

“And to make matters worse, the members of the Supreme Court started laughing and egging him on,” Obama said angrily.

“I couldn’t help it,” said Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. “It was just so incongruous to see him doing that in the middle of such an important speech. ”

“I always thought we had to be quiet and respectful when the President talked, but now I’m not so sure,” Alito said.

Boehner’s fidgeting grew more pronounced as the speech worn on and he began mouthing “Can’t we just leave?” to Vice President Biden, seated to Boehner’s right.

After about five minutes, Boehner stood up and started walking back and forth impatiently behind the president, yelling “Yak, yak, yak” repeatedly.

Democrats decried Boehner’s antics as “juvenile and outrageous,” and accused him of lowering the level of political discourse, damaging the reputation of Congress and “being a dork.”

This is not the first time a Speaker of the House has been criticized for actions during the State of the Union.

The first recorded instance took place in 1789 when the first speaker of the house, Frederick Muhlenberg, quietly shaved his full name into the back of George Washington’s head.

More recently, in 1987, Tip O’neill used white and blue socks to perform a puppet show behind then president Ronald Reagan.

Boehner couldn’t be reached for comment.