Boehner has no time to cook on his birthday

House Speaker-designate John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure 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, John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure 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.