Boehner's photobombing monkey

The August recess is giving Speaker John Boehner a chance to monkey around a bit.

His office posted a YouTube video of the Ohio Republican goofing off with a toy monkey, a gift from his staff after he joked in 2011 that he often felt like a windup toy because of the breakneck pace of his schedule.

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“My staff gave it to me,” Boehner says in the video. “Every 15, 30 minutes they come in and wind me up, and I do my thing.”

The cymbals-playing monkey was “a light-hearted token of appreciation (and a less-than-subtle reminder to not use that metaphor again),” according to a post on Boehner’s blog.

Next to Boehner, the monkey — which doesn’t appear to have a name — is the second most photographed subject in the Ohio Republican’s office, a post on his blog said.

The monkey, which typically resides on Boehner’s coffee table, has photobombed the Speaker nearly 30 times, according to his Flickr site, including in a picture with civil rights leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former first lady Laura Bush.