WASHINGTON (BHN) - In a vivid display of partisan rancor, first lady Michelle Obama unexpectedly nipped House Speaker John Boehner's hand during the inauguration lunch Monday.
The feisty reaction came when Boehner reached over and touched Mrs. Obama's arm to get her attention while she was eating. The first lady suddenly reeled and bit the Speaker's hand before he could pull away. While the bite didn't appear to be serious, television coverage appeared to show Boehner crying as he finished his meal.
"Yeah, she bit the hell out of him," said Mitch McConnell later. "But in all fairness to Mrs. Obama, John should have known not to touch her when she's eating. Everyone knows that."
Reports indicate Boehner was later examined by a doctor, given a tetanus shot, and sent home. There was no word concerning when Mrs. Obama last received a rabies shot.