When Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton teared up, they heard about it 24/7. If Harry Reid were to blubber (well, to be fair, if he'd ever change expression it would be a miracle) the way Boehner does, he'd be skewered for months.
But you know the old saying, it's okay if you're a Republican:
“Now to say that I tried to convince Judd to stay is an understatement. But he knew it was his time to move on, and to write the next chapter in his life..." Blahblahblah, sniffle, snuffle, snaffle, blah.