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GOODLAND — U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to be named Speaker of the House in January as his Republican party takes control of the House.
When he takes over the gavel he becomes an extremely powerful person, with all eyes on how he will run the House.
While he may not get to Marco this Christmas season, it has been his place to relax for many years.
And when he does, he makes more than one trip each visit to Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland.
“He loves coming down here, but his wife Debbie told me after the election that the pressure of taking over the Speaker’s job most likely will force him to stay in Washington,” said Stan Gober, owner of Stan’s Idle Hour, a unique entertainment stop in Goodland.
He has been friends with the Boehners for more than 12 years.
Gober recalls how he met Boehner while doing one of his Sunday shows.
“Two guys came up on stage to tell me that a fella wanted to meet me,” Stan said in his good-old-boy style.
“I was doing some jokes on President Clinton and I guess he enjoyed them. He has a great sense of humor.”
Just before one of Boehner’s visits two years ago, he called Gober to tell him he was bringing a flag with him that flew over the Capitol.
“He told me he wanted to buy a flag pole too, but a big one,” Gober said. At the time Gober had a 20-foot pole, but arranged for a 36-foot pole to be placed in front of his restaurant.
“When he brought the flag we had a little fun as it was raised,” Gober said. “While it was being raised, a little GI doll was placed on his shoulder, singing “God Bless the USA.”
Boehner attended Gober’s Christmas party and his New Year’s Eve party last season.
“A couple of years ago I and my girlfriend Lynn Espajo had dinner with John and Debbie,” Gober recalls. “They are really nice people.”
Boehner often comes with his friends, John and Linda Stephens, who live part-time on Marco where the Boehners stay. Gober said Linda and Debbie were high school friends in Ohio.
“When they come here John is in shorts, wearing flip flops, just another man in the crowd,” Gober said. “I’m not sure what it will be like for him now that he’s in the driver’s seat.”