John Boehner’s Inaugural Speech: Echoes Of House Speakers Past

Jan 6, 2011 10:14am

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

“To my friends in the minority party,” newly-elected House Speaker John Boehner said yesterday, “I offer a commitment: openness.”

If that sentiment — and even some of those words — sound familiar, it’s probably because they bear a striking resemblance to the comments of previous House speakers who took power during times of political upheaval.

“Let us join together in the first 100 hours to make this Congress the most honest and open Congress in history,” former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Jan. 4, 2007 — her first day in that position.

Newt Gingrich struck a very similar note with his pledge to “begin a dialog and an openness that is totally different than people are used to seeing in politics in America” when he accepted the speaker’s gavel on Jan. 4, 1995.

The similarities don’t end there, proving once again that the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same often applies to Washington politics.

ABC’s Matthew Drake pieced together a video montage of the historical themes incoming House speakers used in their inaugural addresses. Regardless of political party or the moment in time, they sound a lot alike:

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