Who couldn’t stomach some bipartisan ribs?

By John Owen | Oct 24, 2013

I don't want to spread any rumors.   But John Boehner seems unhappy with the present administration.  In fact he seems to have been sobbing his way through the past several months.

He has cried on television (60 Minutes), at press conferences and endlessly on YouTube.

It has been suggested that a social trip to the White House might mend the House Republican leader's feelings toward the Obama administration.   But what would the White House chef choose for the entree?  My guess would be ribs.

But then I did some research, which produced interesting information.

Obama was fond of pineapple ribs when he lived in Hawaii.  He encountered different varieties of hot ribs while a community organizer and advocate of the poor in Chicago.

The man knows ribs. But is his favorite recipe too hot for the House Republican leader to handle?  And is that the secret behind John Boehner's tears?

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Recent news clippings reveal that when Obama celebrated his 52nd birthday, he received a treasured gift consisting of eight slabs of Montgomery Inn ribs from Cincinnati. It was John Boehner's birthday gift to the president.

Now I want to cry.

When Obama was campaigning in Ohio, he ordered Montgomery House ribs for members of the press.  Boehner seized upon that information to dispatch the perfect gift to his ribs-loving rival.

Brings a lump to your throat, doesn't it?  Or maybe you just ate too many:

Bipartisan Ribs

3 pounds short ribs

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 clove garlic, mashed

2 tablespoon prepared mustard

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

Mix salt, pepper, sugar, chili powder, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, oil and onion. Pour over ribs and let marinate for a few hours.

Remove ribs from marinade and shake off excess liquid.  Place on rack in roasting pan, reserving marinade.  Cook ribs in a 435 oven for 30 minutes.

Pour off fat and reduce heat to 350 and return rib pan to oven for 60 minutes.

During this time turn ribs twice, basting with marinade.

Serves two Republicans or four Democrats.

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