published Monday, February 14th, 2011

Boehner: Obama is citizen, Christian

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    In this photo released by NBC House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks about the 2012 budget on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. Boehner said he wants President Barack Obama to support Republican efforts to make deep cuts in this year's budget as a down payment in the effort to attack soaring deficits. (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner says Americans have a right to think what they want to think, even when they're wrong about President Barack Obama's citizenship and his religion.

Some people believe that Obama, a native of Hawaii, was actually born outside the U.S. or in some other way is not a natural-born citizen eligible to be president. There is also a persistent belief among some that Obama, a Christian, is actually a Muslim.

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."

Boehner denied that he is willing to let those misperceptions remain because they weaken and delegitimize Obama.

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Tahuaya said...

I believe that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii but it does not matter where he was born. His mother was a citizen of the United States and any child born of an American citizen is a citizen by birth. That is the law of the land.

The Birthers have no arugment and they demonstrate their ignorance when they claim otherwise. As for Obama's religion, I remember during the campaign, how these same jerks were upset about Barack Obama's minister Jeremiah Wright. If he was a Muslim, he would not have had a minister in the first place.

Being against someone, or against that person's policies, is one thing, but making up lies is another. The Birthers need to knock it off.

February 14, 2011 at 12:36 a.m.
GreenKepi said...

"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", says Boehner. Boehner says so...then it has to be the truth. Yeah...right!

February 14, 2011 at 7:58 a.m.
ceeweed said...

There is a faction of the republican party that will always cling to these farcical notions as their are democrats who cling to absurd ideas... It is a lot easier to be a lemming than it is to have an original thought.

The peril we face is when lies are repeated enough that they become people's reality...It would serve us better to study the important issues that affect us all.

An informed and passionate debate is hard to have with a wing-nut whose tenets and beliefs fly in the face of reality, be it the nuts on the left or the right.

Politicians, of both stripes, darn not try to correct the delusional factions of their parties in fear of losing their votes...Fear has always been an important propaganda tool for politicians to play to...

February 14, 2011 at 8:16 a.m.
greenj76 said...

The people that believe Obama are the ones that will take the mark. I will gladly die first.

February 14, 2011 at 8:54 a.m.
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