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An open letter to House Speaker Boehner

STEPHANIE JO NES | 10/28/2013, 4:20 p.m. | Updated on 10/28/2013, 4:28 p.m.
Dear Speaker Boehner:

Regardless how much, how often, how vociferously you disparage him, smear him, hate on him, block him, mock him, Obama will always and forever more be the 44th president of the United States.

You can shut down the government and throw us into default by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, but Obama will always and forever more be the 44th president of the United States.

Even if you impeached him tomorrow, Obama will always and forever more be the 44th president of the United States.

The portion of your caucus that seems to be pulling the strings these days may have a little trouble wrapping their Obama-deranged minds around this fact, but you should try anyway. Who knows? You might convince a few of them to divert their efforts to something more productive than using an old, worn-down pencil-tip eraser to try to remove something that is and will for eternity be deeply chiseled into the granite of history.

We now come to the third and final simple but unassailable fact: You will always and forever more be the 61st speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

You are part of an exclusive group. Some of your predecessors are more well-known than others – Sam Rayburn, William Bankhead, Nicholas Longworth and Tip O’Neill come to immediate mind. We know their names but how many Americans know how long any of them served as speaker? Probably very few.

But we do know that they were all speakers of the House because their names are etched into history.

And that’s the point. Just like Obama, your place in history is set, too. Regardless whether you’re voted out tomorrow or serve another 20 years, you will always and forever more be the 61st speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Your name is engraved in our nation’s historical rock and cannot be expunged by a handful of ignorant, anti-government nuts with Congressional lapel pins.

So, Mr. Speaker, why not serve your time as speaker with dignity, self-respect and a regard for our country and the people in it? Please stand up and do the right thing, even if it means that posterity records your tenure as speaker in low single digits. You not only owe it to us, you owe it to history – and to yourself.

Stephanie Jones is president of Stephanie Jones Strategies, a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm. She can be reached at info@stephaniejones strategies.com.