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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) walked into a press conference to announce his resignation on Friday singing "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," noting that it was "a wonderful day."
He calmly announced his decision to step aside, and he explained that he kept most people in the dark ahead of his Friday morning announcement at a meeting with the House Republican conference.
Boehner said that on Thursday night, he thought he might announce his resignation the next day, only telling family and his chief-of-staff about his thoughts.
When he woke up on Friday morning, Boehner went through his usual routine -- he picked up coffee and went to his favorite breakfast spot, Pete's Diner on Capitol Hill. He then decided that he would make the announcement today.
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