Speaker of the House John Boehner Eggs On Birthers
Despite being over half way through his first term in office, President Obama is being even more plagued by voters who think that he either was not actually born in the country, making him ineligible for office, or that he is actually Muslim and enacting a Muslim-friendly political agenda, or both.
One person who won’t correct anyone on those ideas? The highest ranking Republican in Congress. He says it’s “not my job to tell the American people what to think.”
When the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” asked Boehner whether he, as speaker of the House, had a responsibility to “stand up to that kind of ignorance,” Boehner told David Gregory: “It’s not my job to tell the American people what to think. Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people.”
Boehner continued: “Having said that, the state of Hawaii has said that he was born there. That’s good enough for me. The president says he’s a Christian. I accept him at his word.” He later called those “the facts” of Obama’s background.
Gregory asked, “But that kind of ignorance, about whether he’s a Muslim, doesn’t concern you?”
“The American people have the right to think what they want to think,” Boehner replied. “I can’t – it’s not my job to tell them.”
To recap, the Speaker of the House believes it’s his job to tell women when to have babies, tell unemployed that they don’t need more benefits, tell parents that we don’t need a department of education, and tell environmental groups that climate change is a lie and we don’t need any form of regulations.
But tell people that they are wrong when they say Obama is a Muslim born in another country? That’s above his pay grade.