Speaker Boehner Gives Aid And Comfort To Birthers
Today on Meet the Press David Gregory gave House Speaker John Boehner the opportunity to repudiate the crazies who claim President Obama was born in Kenya. Like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor three weeks ago, Boehner failed the test (via Think Progress).
GREGORY: Do you not think it’s your responsibility to stand up to that kind of ignorance?
BOEHNER: David, it’s not my job to tell the American people what to think. Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people. 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.
GREGORY: But isn’t that a little bit fast and loose? I mean, you are the leader in Congress and you are not standing up to obvious facts and saying these are facts, and if you don’t believe that it’s nonsense?
BOEHNER: I just outlined the facts as I understand them. I believe that the president is a citizen. I believe the president is a Christian, I’ll take him at his word.
GREGORY: But that kind of ignorance over whether he’s a Muslim doesn’t concern you?
BOEHNER: Listen, the American people have the right to think what they want to think. I can’t — it’s not my job to tell them.
That’s funny. Boehner had no trouble telling Democrats, “Shame on you!” for health care reform. He was happy to tell the Tea Party, “We stand and walk among you.” He told the freshman GOP class to “stay humble and fight big government.” And he was not shy about telling Republicans to get off their “dead asses” to raise money for the party. But he can’t tell a bunch of crazies they’re embarrassing the party.Click here for reuse options!
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