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.”

Via Politico:

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.

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

A man of integrity would stand up for the president, and say that this is hogwash. Boehner minces words, and is not a man of integrity. (awful tie)

Edward T.
Edward T7 years ago

Obama still has not released his ORIGINAL printed in 1961 LONG-FORM birth certificate....what do you all have to say about that?

John B.
John B7 years ago

Boehner is finally not going to tell people what to think. I'll believe it when I see it.

Marie W.
Marie W7 years ago

Boehner sucks!

Wendy Tripp
Wendy Tripp7 years ago

Yeah, it is so easy to blame Obama for the fiscal wreck we are in now? The Bush Admin. did it! I can't understand how most Republican Righties blame Obama when they did it! Obama just walked into a White House and a Country on the brink of falling apart.

I guess The Right Wingers are so feeble in their minds that they will absorb any lies the Right feeds them. They don't need to think for themselves ... they just absorb the repetition of lies fed to them by Fox News and after hearing it over and over, they then feel it's the truth.

They were all calling Obama a socialist and compared him to Hitler ... Fox News is pretty much like the German Propaganda Machine in itself. They brainwash the weak, stupid, gullible, people out there. It had amazed me at those town hall meetings where the majority were white old people confronting "Obama Care" and not even knowing who the people that they "thought" were helping them against Obama have just found out that these Rep./TeaP. want to strip away their health care and Social Security! What ia up with that? They spread FEAR (sounds like German politics in the 40's to me) LIES and care only for themselves and big $$$$$$.

Dave M.
Dave M7 years ago

Patricia S,
I won't EVEN ask where you got the data for your claim that "The majority of people don't want obamacare"... I'm SURE it will be a reliable, unbiased source... RIGHT! (can you say "Beck" or "Limpbaugh" without blinking?)

Also, if you'll recall, there was an incredible POSITIVE balance in the Treasury when good 'ole G Dubya took office! But wait, who was it that started a war that put us just as far into the NEGATIVE as we were in the positive as of January 2001???

That's right! The "Decider", who decided to spend the taxpayers' money AND our children's and grandchildren's income taxes before they could even EARN an income (not to mention throw away several thousand soldiers lives) by pre-emptively DECIDING to start an UNENDING war with Iraq.

Before you go blaming the incredible debt on Obama and Obamacare, maybe you should review the first 8 years of this century before you move on to 2014 and beyond!

Dave M.
Dave M7 years ago

I agree with the comparison of Reagan and Boner...

Is it possible he's the poster child for emo rightwing mysogenist politicians?

I'm all for politicians for having consciences but we don't need a drama queen in DC!

Andrea Connelly
Andrea Connelly7 years ago

Is that a halo I see over his head? This guy is so theatrical, he is better than good old Reagan. He is also a good contender for the most hypocritical politician, and God only knows there are a lot of runner ups. Sorry George, I vote for Violet Tye with Brimming Eyes.

Robert B.
Robert B7 years ago

There you go again Patricia S. Explain what "obamacare is" Would you want to be dropped from your health insurance because the company just felt like it? Why did the GOP not do anything about health care when they had the chance. They've had time to think of something since Reagan. Oh wait, they did. They made healthcare a strictly for profit enterprise, middle class be damned.

Robert B.
Robert B7 years ago

Patricia S. - you said "Just think of all of the rotten things numcy pelosi said and never even apologized for all of her wrongdoings. I'd say we have a very big improvement here!"

Dear Patricia, how about giving me an example of what Pelosi said that needed an apology. I'm curious. And how is the fact that the Speaker of the House (which is supposed to be an honorable position) will not stand up for the truth a big improvement?