John Boehner’s Tan at State of the Union, Explained 

Joe Biden and John Boehner during the State of the Union address
Speaker of the House John Boehner nearly stole President Barack Obama's thunder at the State of the Union Address on Jan. 28, 2014, with his tanned complexion and stoic expression. Alex Wong/Getty Images

If you tuned into the State of Union address on Jan. 28, you may have been distracted by the gentleman to President Barack Obama's left. Speaker of the House John Boehner, while respectfully listening to the president's speech, nearly stole Obama's thunder with his glowy tan.

Is it real? Is it fake? Does he go to tanning beds? All of these questions raced through our minds while listening to POTUS.

And according to Boehner, 64, his bronzed complexion is au natural. "Listen, I play golf, I ride a bike, I cut my own grass, my mother is dark complected, so I'm a little dark," he told Jay Leno on Jan. 23. "There's no tanning beds, no spray anything, never, not once ever, ever nothing." (Ok, no need to rub your naturally tawny skin tone in our faces, sir.)

After examining Boehner's tan for at least an hour, we're inspired to take to our beauty bags and apply our own bronzy glow without the serious health risks associated with prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays — or, heaven forbid, tanning salons. Here, our picks of sunless tanners to get through the second half of the winter in Boehner style.

If you want just a hint of color, try Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer ($8.49,, which gradually builds color with each application.

If you want to get rid of fine lines and get a glow a la Molly Sims, try Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads ($45 for 20, The easy application delivers a self-tanner boosted with antiaging alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids and vitamin D.

If you want to look like you just returned from a trip to St. Barts like Beyonce, try Clarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint ($35, The lotion is tinted for a goof-proof application and the result is a deep bronze.

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