JERUSALEM — Necessarily present here today during House Speaker John Boehner’s visit to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a solitary reporter was struck by Boehner’s remark that “the world is on fire.” Boehner made those remarks after a private lunch with Netanyahu and the solitary reporter.

The Speaker visited Israel to return the compliment paid by Netanyahu on March 3 when he addressed a Joint Session of Congress at Boehner’s invitation. Boehner has assumed the mantle of Secretary of State after concluding that John Kerry does not adequately represent Republican Party values.

But when Boehner said that the world is on fire, the solitary reporter wondered out loud whether the Speaker was referring to Acts 2:2-3, when Luke, the author of The Acts of the Apostles, is describing Pentecost: “And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they [the Apostles] were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.”

Wearing his best scowl, Boehner told the solitary reporter to shut up and go back to Denver (where Democrats are plentiful), where he belongs.

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