By Christina Wilkie - 11/18/10 12:19 AM EST
House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) celebrated his 61st birthday on Wednesday with a longtime tradition: He hosted a Thanksgiving lunch for his staff members.
In 2009, Boehner cooked a turkey for his 60th birthday lunch, and staff members brought traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.
But between this week’s leadership elections, new-member orientation and general preparations to assume the top position in the House, a source told ITK that Boehner was forced to relinquish turkey duty.
One thing didn’t change: The famous “Boehner Birthday Song” was sung for its composer during the lunch. The four-line ditty was then sung again, this time for deputy communications director Mike Ricci, who turned 30 Wednesday.