New Republican House Speaker John Boehner says he doesn’t question President Barack Obama’s place of birth but it’s not within his purview to tell others what to think.
The fact that Boehner “doesn’t question” Obama’s place of birth makes it a dead issue – at least for Boehner.
“The state of Hawaii has said that President Obama was born there. That’s good enough for me,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told NBC’s Brian Williams in an interview to air Thursday night on NBC Nightly News.
That was a cleverly evasive answer by a master politician.
Pressed by Williams on what he would say to members of his party who have expressed doubts about Obama’s citizenry, Boehner replied: “Brian, when you come to the Congress of the United States, there are 435 of us. We’re nothing more than a slice of America. People come, regardless of party labels, they come with all kinds of beliefs and ideas. It’s the melting pot of America. It’s not up to me to tell them what to think.”
Now, Boehner leads Brian Williams off target by not answering the question and saying what he won’t be saying. Who knows what Boehner really thinks—or cares?
The Birthers have dogged Obama with claims that he is ineligible to be president saying there’s no proof he was born in the United States. Hawaii officials say Obama was born there and point to a birth certificate showing the president’s birth date of Aug. 4, 1961, city and name, along with his parents’ names and races.
Why no Hawaiian hospital records?