Remember John Boehner's Obamacare Meltdown Speech? How Could You Ever Forget? — VIDEO

We're rapidly approaching the end of an era in Washington, D.C. On Friday, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that he'll be resigning in October, bring his quarter-century-long political career to a close. As such, it's a fine time to look back at some of the Ohio congressman's greatest hits, so to speak, those moments that'll ring throughout the House chamber for all time. For example, here's a particularly impassioned, slightly goofy example: do you remember John Boehner's Obamacare meltdown, his fiery denunciation of the reform bill delivered prior to the House's vote in 2010?

It absolutely seized the political media's attention for a little while, owing to its verbal edginess. Boehner posed a number of rhetorical questions about the Affordable Care Act legislation: Was it done openly? With transparency? Without backroom deals? Then, he answered the questions himself, crying out, "Hell no you can't!" The video of the speech is noteworthy for the din it caused in the House chamber, a mishmash of supportive Republicans and seemingly none-too-pleased Democrats.

Here's the video of Boehner's fiery speech; it was delivered on March 21, 2010, the day the House would vote to pass the bill, sending it to the President's desk for signature.

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In March 2010, this was the rarest of red meat that the Republicans had to offer their House membership, as well as their base — the bill's passage was all but assured by the time Boehner took to the House floor. The speech was clearly intended to grab attention, and to make Boehner out to be a strong, gravitas-laden statesman, pounding on the shame and dereliction of a Congress run amok.

It didn't necessarily help that he sounded a little off while delivering it, but it had the desired impact all the same — less than a year later, he was clutching the Speaker's gavel, the result of a dominant midterm election cycle that swung control of the House back to the GOP. Since then, Boehner's conservative bona fides within his own party have been under nearly constant challenge, thanks to the advent of the Tea Party, among other things.

But on that dramatic day in 2010, Boehner's yelling denunciations thrust him into the center of the news cycle and helped spur him to new heights. You may not have agreed with his demagogic attitude towards the health care battle, sure, but you couldn't deny his evident passion.