NBC News   |  November 03, 2010

Tearful Boehner says 'not a time for celebration'

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, on track to become the next House speaker, addressed the Republican election victories in an emotional speech.

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>> john boehner , the man who will stand for election as speaker of the house in the next congress. in front of the slogan "a pledge to america" is now speaking.

>> -- tireless leadership he exhibited at the nrcc along with his side kick , greg walton. they have done a marvelous job on behalf of our team. and i want to thank all of our candidates, our supporters, our volunteers who have worked so hard to make this moment possible. let me just say this, it is clear tonight who the winners really are, and that's the american people . it was the american people 's voice that was heard at the ballot box . the american people 's voice. and listen, i will be brief, we have got real work to do. frankly this is not a time for celebration. not when one out of ten of our fellow citizens is out of work, not when we buried our children under a mountain of debt, and not when our congress is held in such low esteem. this is a time to roll up our sleeves, a time to look forward with determination, and to take the first steps towards building a better future for our kids and grandkids. across the country right now, we are witnessing a repudiation of washington . a repudiation of big government . and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the american people . of course, this campaign is not over yet. to the folks out west where the polls may still be open, this is a time to seize that moment and make sure your voice is heard. to reject the spending sprees, the bailouts, the back room deals, the takeovers and all the nonsense and to join your fellow americans in putting washington on notice. because for far too long washington has been doing what's best for washington not what's best for the american people . and tonight that begins to change. with their voices the american people are demanding a new way forward in washington . i'm here to tell you tonight that our new majority will be prepared to do things differently. to take a new approach that hasn't been tried in washington before, by either party. it starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it. reducing the size of government instead of increasing it. and reforming the way congress works and giving the government back to the american people . and for all those families who were asking, where are the jobs? it means ending the uncertainty in our economy and helping small businesses get back to work. the people's priorities will be our priorities. and the people's agenda will be our agenda. this is our pledge to america. and this is our pledge to you. while our new majority will serve as your voice in the people's house, we must remember it's the president who sets the agenda for our government. the american people have sent an unmistakable message to him tonight, that message is -- change course. we hope president obama will now respect the will of the people , change course, and to commit to making changes that they are demanding. and to the extent that he is willing to do that, we are ready to work with him. but make no mistake, the president will find in our new majority the voice of the american people as they have expressed it tonight. standing on principle, checking washington 's power, and leading the drive to a smaller, less costly and more accountable government here in washington , d.c. these are the principles our new majority will stand for. and we hope that, mr. president, you will stand with us in the hard work that lies ahead. because we are humbled by the trust the american people have placed in us and we recognize that with the stress comes the responsibility to listen and listen we will. let's start right now by recognizing that this is not a time for celebration, it is a time to roll up our sleeves and go to work. we can -- we can celebrate when small businesses begin hiring again. we can celebrate when the spending binge here in washington has stopped. we can celebrate when we have a government that has earned the trust of the people that it serves. when we have a government that honors the constitution and stands up for the values that have made america america . things like economic freedom , individual liberty and personal responsibility . listen, i hold these values dear because i have lived them. i spent my whole life chasing the american dream .

>> usa ! usa ! usa !

>> all right. tonight a lot of you know i started out mopping floors, waiting tables and tending bar at my dad's tavern. i put my -- myself through scho school, working every rotten job there was. and every night shift i could find. and, i poured my heart and soul into running a small business . and when i saw how out of touch washington had become with the core values of this great nation, i put my name forward and ran for office. so i want to thank my wife debbie, my girls, lindsay and trisha, my 11 brothers and sisters , and all of my friends and neighbors in ohio, for giving me the chance to serve and the opportunity to stand before you ready to lead. thank all of you. god bless you. and