Republican-Fail — February 13, 2013

“Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old black woman tried hard to stand but couldn’t. Boehner could, but didn’t.”


Boehner’s mama would be so proud…

Desiline Victor receives a standing ovation from Valerie Jarrett
and the entire State of the Union audience (except one)

At last night’s State of the Union address, one of the unquestionable stars of the evening was Desiline Victor, a 102-year old Haitian-born American who waited for hours to vote in November 2012 thanks to the voter-suppression efforts of Florida Republicans. As the President told her story, Ms. Victor tried briefly to stand but it just wasn’t happening. Everyone else, however, did stand and gave her a thunderous standing ovation.

Everyone else except one person, that is: Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

As Anne put it:

Here’s the video:

All Speaker Boehner could manage was a pinched look and an insulting golf clap.

Here is President Obama’s tribute:

We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. And hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line to support her — because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read, “I voted.”

Here’s a bit more about Ms. Victor’s story:

Desiline Victor participated in early voting in Florida, and waited for three hours to cast her ballot on Oct. 28 at a public library in Miami-Dade county when other voters standing in line complained to election staffers. Others in her state waited as many as seven hours to vote, and according to analysis from an Ohio State University professor, about 200,000 voters gave up and left because of those waits.

Victor, a Haitian-born former farm worker, became a U.S. citizen in 2005, casting her first vote for president in 2008. Asked how she feels about attending the event, she said, “I’m very happy, very proud.”

It’s clear that John Boehner is shameless. He apparently has no capacity for feeling shame. I suppose it’s fitting that he is considered the Republican “leader” in the House of Representatives considering how shameless a group House Republicans are themselves.

  • She’s not Haitian, she’s a US citizen.

    • She is an American citizen who was born in Haiti, hence a 102 year old Haitian woman.

      If this article had a condescending tone towards her, then yeah, the inclusion of that should be pointed out (Based upon the politically-biased implication she wasn’t a citizen), but in a piece like this, her citizenship is implied by the fact she voted and “Haitian” is just a random piece of information thrown in.

    • You are correct. I have updated.

    • oh youre that person who cant let others be wrong,, nice to meet you.

    • Henceforth, italian-Americans are not Italian. African-Americans are not African, Irish-Americans are not Irish, etc.

    • la58

      My family came from Wales, I don’t expect to be called Welsh. Why you were down rated for this, I’m not sure why?

  • Prongsy

    Didn’t Boehner’s mother ever teach her son to stand when a lady is present, or an elder? If I were his Mama, I would take him behind the woodshed and teach him some manners.

    • Boehner is simply a spoiled brat who misbehaves when he doesn’t get his way. A typical teabag. I hope we get enough votes to put him in his high chair back at home.

  • kpnitreal

    What did people expect from this walking dildo with ears? Class, tact, morals, compassion, integrity, honor, values are all things that are foreign to this douche bag and his party of GOP (Greedy Old Pricks.) Next time someone should attach a taser to the bottom of his chair and taze his butt when needed…;p

  • Icedgreentea

    If the President stands at attention rather than putting his hand over his heart, or if he doesn’t put the word “God” in every single speech, or if he says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” they jump all over him. Yes, Boehner should be called out for this, especially as he was clearly refusing to show respect to this woman.

  • L Matte

    This is extremely sad. John Boehner is a despicable leader and I am ashamed of him.

  • diamondmask

    It would have been great if Obama had turned to Boehner and just said, “Really?”

  • Boehner is a douche bag and always will be! If I lived in Ohio I would be ashamed of him. He takes our taxpayer $ but won’t vote to end subsidies for big oil. This story proves him to be racist. He thinks she should still be sitting in the back of the bus… quite clear to me!

  • Bone head Boehner is a politician and speaker of the house, so he thinks he’s above her! Remember he’s in the Republican party and we all know what they think of women!

  • Boehner is a heavy smoker, so some day he may look like that women on TV with throat cancer, hope not, but that tells us how ignorant he really is. I know President Obama also smokes, but at least he quit or is trying to quite.

  • Pat

    That was probably his silent protest against the topic of voter suppression, but really, some things should be aside. If nothing else, honor the woman’s commitment and her age.

  • Perhaps Mr. Boehner was too inebriated — YET AGAIN — to attempt to stand up. If so, it was actually smart of him to stay seated. This may also be why he failed to clap at any of the president’s proposals — being afraid that he couldn’t bring his two hands together in the proper manner. Even a drunk has his dignity.