Other than the fact that he managed to get through it without going verklempt. Which was a good thing. If he’d choked up at that speech, Leno and Stewart and Colbert and the rest would have carved him into boullion cubes.
Boehner isn’t a spellbinder. He’s a guy who comes off like a blue-collar type when he speaks. He’s well-spoken, but he’s not a flamboyant orator. And that’s OK; what the Speaker does isn’t dependent on oratory.
The substance of the speech itself fit the persona, too. Boehner wasn’t triumphant. He wanted to get down to business. and he did. The House will look much different than the dictatorial, corrupt, hyper-partisan and unweildy mess presided over by Nancy Pelosi.
It was a good day for America.