Boehner has no time to cook on his birthday

House Speaker-designate John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE (R-Ohio) celebrated his 61st birthday on Wednesday with a longtime tradition: He hosted a Thanksgiving lunch for his staff members.


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This year, however, there was one difference: Now that he’s poised to become the most powerful person on Capitol Hill, BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE didn’t have time to prepare the turkey himself.

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.