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LIFE.com: When Politicians Cry

The Sentimental Speaker

Clearly, the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, isn't afraid to show emotion. He got misty while watching the midterm election results in November (pictured), cried at the swearing-in of the new Congress, and even bawled during a "60 Minutes" interview. But he's not the only politician to get choked up in front of the cameras: Here, a look at presidents, prime ministers, and other elected officials in moments -- both joyous and sad -- that moved them to tears. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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