Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio) addressed a pressing question in a wide-ranging interview Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes": his skin color.
President Obama has even joked about the infamously browned Boehner, quipping, "We have a lot in common. He is a person of color -- although not a color that appears in the natural world."
Boehner's wife, Debbie, said on the program that he's been dark even before their 37-year marriage began.
"Listen, I've never been in a tanning salon in my life," Boehner said. "I've never used a tanning product in my life."
Boehner talked about his skin in a different respect when addressing the jabs between him and Obama, particularly when the president accused the minority leader of holding Americans hostage to secure tax-cut extensions for the upper income brackets.
"I've got thick skin," Boehner said. "And a lot of words get said here in Washington. You just have to let 'em run off your back. The president was having a tough day."