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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Weasel words from Speaker Boehner

By Jonathan Capehart

I interrupt my swoon over House Speaker John Boehner's statesman-like mien of late to rap his knuckles over his answers about President Obama's faith and citizenship on "Meet the Press" Sunday. When it comes to Obama's citizenship, Boehner was consistent with what he told NBC last month: "The state of Hawaii has said that he was born there. That's good enough for me."

Well, what's not good enough for me were his next two sentences:

 

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"The president says he's a Christian," Boehner said. "I accept him at his word."

The obvious implication is that there's a possibility the president might be lying. This is offensive and an insult.

NBC's David Gregory opened this line of questioning after showing a disturbing clip of a focus group Republican pollster Frank Luntz conducted in Iowa last week. When a woman said that she thought the president's religious beliefs "govern his foreign policy," Luntz asked her what she thought Obama's religious beliefs were. "I believe that he is a Muslim," she said. Then Luntz asked how many shared that opinion. "Wow!" Luntz exclaimed as more than a few hands were thrust skyward.

Gregory asked Boehner the only reasonable question to such lunacy: "As the speaker of the House, as the leader, do you not think it's your responsibility to stand up to that kind of ignorance?" But the speaker begged to differ. "It's not my job to tell the American people what to think."

Right -- but in the face of a persistent lie that has ensnared way too many in his party,  it is incumbent upon those who know better to tell the uneducated or the mistaken what the truth is. In the parlance of Twitter, Boehner's resistance to do so was a #leadershipfail.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 14, 2011; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

He says he accepts him at his word. What else do you want? I lie detector test? Jeez, this is really reaching. With all that is going on in the world THIS is what chaps your hide? Perspective Jonathan. Back to your Lady Gaga review....(one can only assume that is your next "breaking news" item)

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | February 14, 2011 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart is, unfortunately, just another knee-jerk reactionary liberal who sees and smells prejudice and evil in every intelligent, measured and mature response from a distinguished Republican legislator, in this case Mr. Boehner. Happily, he's only preaching to his tone-deaf choir.

Posted by: rongerwin | February 14, 2011 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Do I believe that John Boehner isn't a child molester? If he denies that he is, I suppose that I will take him at his word until more substantial evidence comes to light.

Posted by: VirileneManly | February 14, 2011 6:28 AM | Report abuse

I suppose before 6:30 is a little too early for people to comprehend what is meant by 'weasel words.'

Posted by: RandomAnon | February 14, 2011 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Gregory tried but failed by stopping short of pointing out Boehner's hypocrisy in terms of what his "job" as a leader is. One minute earlier, Boehner made it clear that the public needed to be informed about the realities of entitlements--that time needed to be taken to get them used to the idea that there would have to be cuts.

But the next thing out of his mouth was that the public does NOT need to be informed by its leadership that its LEADER HIMSELF is...just like them...a patriotic, American christian.

Tell them the sky will fall if something isn't done, but don't tell them that the guy leading them to the solution isn't trying to seek revenge on them for slavery (or whatever).

Posted by: pasc1 | February 14, 2011 6:33 AM | Report abuse

So Speaker Boehner doesn't think he should "tell Americans what to think".
I guess I misunderstood his purpose in talking and talking and talking against healthcare reform and for tax cuts, etc etc. I thought that was his attempt to "tell Americans what to think".

Posted by: mkKCMO | February 14, 2011 6:33 AM | Report abuse

What does the word republican mean in reality? The actions of the way out right speak louder than words ever could. Name any republican that you can think of and there is some connection to unamerican activity somewhere in their actions. Many Muslims are far more patriotic than the average republican who follows the Bush family mafia agenda. Not one of the republicans running for POTUS 2012 has all his or her oars in the water and in some cases even in the raft with them. Obama may not be your choice of color but to continue to challenge his intelligence, religion, or patriotism is to remain a blind bigot, a republican by any other name in the best Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, or Palin vein!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | February 14, 2011 6:36 AM | Report abuse

I just want to see republican elected office holders from Hawaii produce their long form birth certificates because I don't think they were really born here.

Republican office holders from Hawaii should have them, unless they really were not born here, why don't they produce them?

Posted by: treefrog2 | February 14, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Take him at his word? Gitmo is still there. Afghanistan has added 31,500 troops.
Take him at his word?
Instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in court to avoid showing his proof why doesn't he spend $10.00 and show everybody a Certificate (not certification) of Birth, Long Form with Doctors signature, hospital and place of birth. Why hasn't this simple document been shown? Take him at his word? Politicians don't have DNA. They have LIE.
Make every politician, Republican or Democrat, prove themselves. Don't ever take them at their word? Trust but verify!

Posted by: curtisprod | February 14, 2011 6:41 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States but it does not matter where he was born. His mother was a U.S. citizen and all children born to a U.S. citizen are citizens of this country too. That is the law.

As for his religion, I remember during the campaign, the Republicans were upset over Obama's minister Jermiah Wright. Muslims don't have ministers, Christians do.

The Birthers need to get a grip and the Republicans, on this issue, need to come clean and move on.

Posted by: tahuaya | February 14, 2011 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Another bone-headed reply from the head weasel himself. Did you expect anything better?

Posted by: bloommarko4 | February 14, 2011 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Two things I don't understand about this whole President's birthplace / religion thing: a) what does anybody care -- the guy is elected and b) what's with the obsession of Democratic-supporter pseudo news interviewers (and particularly David Gregory) who loudly insist that a Republican admit that the "birther" thing is bogus?

Is it supposed to be some ratings-pumping coup if some Republican says, "the President was born in Hawaii"? It isn't the job of Boehner any more than it was Pelosi's -- let the President defend himself if he feels any sane person cares.

And Gregory, are you going for a new show name, "Meet the Press / Truther" show? The Egyptian government, the deficit is going on and this poor imitation of Tim Russert takes time to try to badger his opposition party into admitting that nuts are nuts. He has to feel there's a 2012 campaign advantage here for Gregory's Democratic party --- I just can't figure out what it is.

Posted by: tommariner | February 14, 2011 6:48 AM | Report abuse

hmmm- a reactionary liberal. Now there's a combination of words you don't see often. Sort of left/right all in one. Oh well.

Boehner is just another two bit pol who hung around and schmoozed long enough to be a leader in Congress. He wants to appear reasonable while not angering the easily angered unreasonable - hence the half hearted comment.

David Gregory needs to return to college to learn how to ask a question. He should have asked Boehner if HE could produce an original birth certificate or "just" a certified copy like everyone else in the country. When Boehner said, "no," Gregory should have pressed for a why. The answer is that states do not hand out the original document.

If they did and President Obama carried his around with him, the birthers would then claim it was a forgery. I wonder if they'd be that numb were Barack Obama, John Johnson and were his race white.

Posted by: jtn123 | February 14, 2011 6:55 AM | Report abuse

I wonder about liberals who keep bringing these two subjects up. If the Birthers and the "I think he's a Muslim" crowd are treated as a fringe element then that is where they will stay. Yet, it seems that certain liberals wish to paint every conservative as a Birther who believes Obama is a Muslim. Is that the point?

Posted by: Douglas4517 | February 14, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Some guys have been spinning for so long they forget how to stop.

Posted by: gpsman | February 14, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

He said he believed Obama when he said he was born in Hawaii and is a Christian....what more do you want?? It isn't Boehner's place to make this a priority, he has more important things to do. If Obama would quit bowing and kissing a** with the Muslims, perhaps most people would believe him, also.

Posted by: kytravelrn | February 14, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

The master Boehner, like his sidekick McConnell, is a chicken hawk who never served in the military but doesn't mind sending other people's kids over to die in a trumped up war in Iraq. He is of questionable character and should not be taken seriously.

Posted by: ridgeabilly | February 14, 2011 7:03 AM | Report abuse

The master Boehner, like his sidekick McConnell, is a chicken hawk who never served in the military but doesn't mind sending other people's kids over to die in a trumped up war in Iraq. He is of questionable character and should not be taken seriously.

Posted by: ridgeabilly | February 14, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter where Obama was born. He is just a miserable excuse for a President.

Posted by: g30rg3544 | February 14, 2011 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone ever try to insinuate that Nancy Pelosi be responsible for waves of incorrect popular assumptions ignited by her finger waving rants of unsubstantiated rhetoric?

Posted by: ascpgh1 | February 14, 2011 7:16 AM | Report abuse

John Boehner represents very poor leadership. He doesn't seem to be trustworthy to do what is right for America as much as for his personel gain. He really, really thinks he is special.

Posted by: marley31 | February 14, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse

A bigger bunch of out of touch nitwits than the Boehner bunch would be hard to come by.

They don't care about Americans other than how much they can screw them out of.

Posted by: WTFudge | February 14, 2011 7:20 AM | Report abuse

The birth certificate probably has the name Barry Soetero on it and Barack doesn't want to explain why he changed his name.

Posted by: thebink | February 14, 2011 7:24 AM | Report abuse

These aren't merely "fringe" beliefs. In several states, legislation has been introduced which would allow the Republican-controlled State government to deny Obama a place on the ballot because state officials aren't "satisfied" with Hawaii's standard documentation of his birth. This poses a direct threat to the right of Americans to vote for their preferred candidate. If this is a "fringe" belief, why are so many prominent Republican politicians unwilling to speak up? And polling shows that an astonishingly large number of Republicans believe Obama to be a Muslim, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Capehart's point--which is absolutely correct--is that under these circumstances it's not enough for Boehner and others to merely express their personal belief on these issues; as leaders of this nation they have a responsibility to confront, identify and repudiate the hatred and prejudice that underlies these not-so-fringe beliefs. They acknowledge the truth only when forced to do so in their rare excursions before the mainstream media, never in meetings with constituents or with Republicans or conservatives. That's a failure of moral courage and leadership.

Posted by: friedman05 | February 14, 2011 7:28 AM | Report abuse

After the written answer, he was asked about a member of his caucus with the same silly dance. It is up to a house leader to tell a member when they are wrong. Americans expect their leaders to be like McCain in MN, not Boehner on Meet the Press.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 14, 2011 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Republican Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal is a Hindu that joined a Christian Church in High School when he decided to make Politics his career.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | February 14, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Boner and the Republicans have been lying so long they wouldn't be able to recognize the truth if it came up and bit them, which it might eventually do.

Posted by: rryder1 | February 14, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Speaker Boehner is 100% correct it is NOT his place to tell Americans what they should think. That is the problem with people like the Author of this article. -“The obvious implication is that there's a possibility the president might be lying. This is offensive and an insult” Boehner never said or implied that yet you need to stir the pot. If Obama was White this article would not exist. YOU sir are ignorant!
Boehner did not tell those people to raise their hand, many Americans (as do I) are very skeptic about someone that kicks off their Political career in the living room of a known Terrorist. Americans are skeptical about a President that goes to a Church for 20 years and listens to a Pastor talk about how much he hates America. Americans are skeptical that Obama did not support the Iranian uprising for Democracy two years ago-but now supports the exile of an Egyptian Ally with the Muslim Brotherhood waiting in the wings to seize power. I demand that that the Washington Post fire this idiot! This Country is working to come together yet ignorant journalists keep trying to divide us.

Posted by: recon925 | February 14, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Gregory tried but failed by stopping short of pointing out Boehner's hypocrisy in terms of what his "job" as a leader is. One minute earlier, Boehner made it clear that the public needed to be informed about the realities of entitlements--that time needed to be taken to get them used to the idea that there would have to be cuts.

But the next thing out of his mouth was that the public does NOT need to be informed by its leadership that its LEADER HIMSELF is...just like them...a patriotic, American christian.

Tell them the sky will fall if something isn't done, but don't tell them that the guy leading them to the solution isn't trying to seek revenge on them for slavery (or whatever).

Posted by: pasc1 | February 14, 2011 6:33 AM | Report abuse
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pascl, gee what a small world you must live in.

If you cannot tell the difference between explaining a policy/program/action to the voters from telling the voters what to think about a specific person, I feel sorry for you and your fellow thinkers.

Posted by: frankn1 | February 14, 2011 7:52 AM | Report abuse

For Gosh sakes...find a backbone would ya! What is this country coming to? We're turning into a bunch of over sensitive babies crying every time something bad happens. Thank the Good Lord this generation wasn't trying to fight WWII.

He believes what he said...he takes him at his word, which for people with any historical knowledge means that he believes him. And YES its not his job to tell us what to think, although after this article I'm thinking you need some help.

Posted by: gandalf152 | February 14, 2011 7:53 AM | Report abuse

If Speaker Boehner says he's not a corset-wearing, kitten-killing, polygamous nose-picker, I guess I have to take him at his word.
Of course,it's not my place to tell the American people what to think either.

Posted by: suebingham | February 14, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

I think the real problem here is that no one can trust what comes out of the President's mouth anymore. Boehner was right to say that he can't help the President become credible. Speaking out of both sides of your mouth forces the public to judge you on your actions - which is, btw what the electorate should do anyway. Obama has rendered himself unelectable.

Posted by: deegeejay | February 14, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

wow, and GW Bush never let religion affect his decision to invade two countrys.

Posted by: tailleur1 | February 14, 2011 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, seems a little sensitive Jonathan. Besides, I thought the liberal position is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being Muslim...or Jewish, or anything else for that matter. Your outrage would seem to indicate that there something subversive about being Muslim and something more "safe" about being Christian. Gee, I hope that's not what you're saying.

Posted by: smokey3 | February 14, 2011 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner is a politician NOT a gentleman.

Posted by: SonnyWinn | February 14, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Boner doesn't have a problem telling Americans that Health Care reform is a "job killer" using distorted logic.

Posted by: xraywp | February 14, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I am under no obligation to convince my neighbors that Boehner's strange orange color is not the result of an STD contracted during intimate relations with aliens.

Posted by: FauxSnooze | February 14, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Boner is an creep and we elected him or supported him with other creeps. Fortunately the House is a 2 year affair. Remember this on the next election.

Also, vote. More knuckleheads vote than sane people. Try to change that ratio to more rational.

Posted by: dogdog1 | February 14, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Obama could produce his birth certificate if he wanted to. It's just that being able to portray part of the Republican party as nut jobs, with the help of the liberal leaning press, is more valuable to his effort to get re-elected. And truly, all he cares about is getting re-elected. To all the non-believers, get over it, he is not going to be thrown out of office over the place of his birth. But he can be 'unelected', in 2012, based on his weak leadership, out of control spending, and his inability to deal with high unemployment. That is the real world.

Posted by: earlduke | February 14, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

A slight change of subject but one that could enlighten the American public:
The college transcripts - wonder why they are so secret. One must speculate that there are lies associated with them. If there are lies, he's just a standard Democrat - no big deal.

Posted by: Tony27 | February 14, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart is just being petty. Did he get up on the wrong side of the bed or what? So petty

Posted by: vageorge | February 14, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

More 8th grade answers.Leadership is not a quality he is familiar with.

Posted by: vhpeddler | February 14, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is fascist and should be treated as such. Not his job to tell the truth? No kidding. He leaves the lying and propaganda up to the RNC. They are quite good at it. Stop squandering our treasure and spilling our blood on unnecessary wars and the budget will be ok. No more bombs. No more bullets. No more mercenary armies--no more Z. Enough.

Posted by: _murray_ | February 14, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

obama is a fake and has been since day one. The Democrats seem to be under some kind of an island voodoo spell as they bow down to obama. Any one that seals all his records is hiding something.

Posted by: vageorge | February 14, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

David Gregory's interview was offensive. The only person he should be grilling about the Obama birther and religon issue is the only person who knows the truth...Oblablah!!! Boehner answered correctly. Gregory...get lost, and NBC...please bring in somebody closer to Tim Russert's interview abilities...if anybody out there exists. Gregory is becoming a screeching maniac when interviewing any Republican. He cannot hide his bias.

Posted by: pvbeachbum | February 14, 2011 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Hey murray. Read the history the democrats have been in majority since 2007. Put the blame where it belongs instead of just calling names like a kindergarten school kid

Posted by: vageorge | February 14, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

The people that say Obama is a Muslim are racist so they use the word Muslim. It make them feel better about themselves by not saying what they mean. They hate that we have a black President and they know Americans would go along better with the word Muslim better than race. I am surprised so many Republicans in office also feel this way.

Posted by: joedamico34yahoocom | February 14, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

boehner should have said - i cant convince them; their minds are made up. but i disagree with them. i think he's christian and a citizen

Posted by: isometruman1 | February 14, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Get a life. Why not water-board everyone who doesn't share the same beliefs. You assume these people are uneducated or mistaken. How so? It's not Boehner's job to defend Obama's religious beliefs. Like I said...Get a life!

Posted by: tonybkc | February 14, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

The Bolsheviks came to and stayed in power to creats the Stalinist monster that was the Soviet Union by acting like Boehner and many of the other right wing demagogues.

No lie is too big, no distortion too twisted, no deceit too evil. All is fair when going for control and power, as the Khmer Rouge also showed so clearly by slaughtering 2 million of their own people and creating divisiveness and suspicion.

Why anybody can't see such base Teapublican behavior for what it really is just isn't a person of good faith and pure in their heart. And speaking of faith, "Thou shalt not bear false witness" is one of the original instructions from on high that has governed in the Judeo-Christian faiths for thousands of years.

But when Bolsheviks like Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, DeMint, Kyl, Beck, Malkin, Limbaugh and all the rest of the hugely hypocritical power hungry right wing haters need to brain wash the hordes so they can again obtain and abuse power of this great nation, then it is fair to say that they are not Christians, nor even close to the real teachings of Jesus or the Bible, but just subversive and godless Bolsheviks who pose a greater danger than the Islamists.

Posted by: enough3 | February 14, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

"Speaker Boehner is 100% correct it is NOT his place to tell Americans what they should think"

So teachers should not tell a student if they are wrong in school.
As far as Speaker Boehner, if you know someone is wrong it is not telling someone how to think it’s telling them the truth. So I guess by what you’re saying it’s better to be stupid that to know the truth. Not me and no matter who or what I want to know the truth and would not feel I was being told how to think. Because I can think I can look up the truth, it’s when you really do not want to know the truth that a person lies to themselves. Speaker Boehner should know better and he thinks about votes more than his country and it sad is has come to this.

Posted by: joedamico34yahoocom | February 14, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

WaPo must have decided not to run the story of the two headed frog for this to make print.

Posted by: capsqueze | February 14, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is no different than countless cheap politicians that have passed this way. EVERYTHING is politics and consideration for country is second. So far, all I have seen from the "New" members of congress is everthing tha they are against, very little about what they are FOR..... Boehner is a poseur and does no service for his country when he ignores divisive elements and statements. That is not "leadership", that is nothing more than toadying up to the Tea party and the "birthers"........
Republican have 'till 2012 to show that they can "govern". They blew it last time and so far they're blowing it now.....

Posted by: American68 | February 14, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Does he think it's his job to tell his Republicans who make the same kind of ignorant statements to stop telling lies and respect the office of the Presidency?
Boehner is a cry baby and a wimp who cares only for the wealthy and doesn't give a damn about the people of the U.S.

Posted by: kerryoneal11111 | February 14, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Aaah...
for everyone comparing this "outrage" to being called a...pedophile...rapist...alien... etc... You realize you're comparing these terrible things to being a Muslim right? Where's the liberal liberality? You're trampling all over Muslims in your desire to stomp all over Boehner. wow.

Posted by: smokey3 | February 14, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the "genius" of the American people!
The lemmings have spoken!

Jonathan, congratulations, you're now the first recipient of the new right-wing neologism - "reactionary liberal".

I'm eagerly waiting for you to be called a "black, post-colonial reactionary liberal".

Posted by: VMR1 | February 14, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Funny, the word 'weasel' is what came to my mind as an accurate label for the author of this ridiculous piece.

Keep in mind two unalterable facts:
1) it's liberals, not conservatives, who try to keep questions about Obama's citizenship alive as an open issue.
2) there are more Democrats who believe Bush was behind 9/11, than there are Republicans who believe Obama is not a citizen.

The reason liberals (and the MSM) keep beating the drum of Obama's citizenship is because they see it as a classic 'gotcha' question with which they seek to ensnare GOP politicians.

But conservatives like Boehner have figured out how to adequately answer it, and it infuriates those on the left who clamor to use the question to tar and feather the whole of conservatives with the views of a narrow slice of of their constituents.

Posted by: dbw1 | February 14, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the "genius" of the American people!
The lemmings have spoken!

Jonathan, congratulations, you're now the first recipient of the new right-wing neologism - "reactionary liberal".

I'm eagerly waiting for you to be called a "black, post-colonial reactionary liberal".

Posted by: VMR1 | February 14, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

The more relevant question would be, "If Obama says he's a Christian, then when did he become one?" After all, he was born to a Muslim father, and raised by a Muslim stepfather in Indonesia, a Muslim country.

Posted by: DirtFarmer1 | February 14, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the weasel for not saying "and what if I am Muslim?" Democrats should accept that one third of the country are racists and they will never be swayed. In my opinion Obama's biggest threat in 2012 is from his own base, which is tired of him selling out to the rich and powerful. We will have the power on election day when we stay home.

Posted by: echoparkla | February 14, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

No, it's his job (as GOP leader) to maintain and cultivate the ignorance and racism his party has coalesced around and harness it as the powerplant of the GOP's drive to recapture the White House at any cost- just, so's ya know....

Keep 'em stupid, pumped-up and angry, don't put their lies to rest, and send 'em signals that it's completely up to white supremecists to circulate whatever keeps 'em happy.

Posted by: interactidiomas | February 14, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

It is not Boehner's responsibility to defend Obama from comments made by Frank Luntz' focus group. If Gregory were so concerned about the comments why didn't he contact Luntz and have him appear on Meet The Press?

Mr. Capehart, you also have the same ability to contact Frank Luntz. Why don't you ask him more direct questions about his focus group, if you're so worried about Obama's birth certificate.

Too bad Gregory and Capehart don't use their time more effectively instead of wasting it on stuff that is Obama's own doing.

If Obama wanted to end the discussion about the legality of his birth/presidency, he could produce the long form birth certificate. Simple solution but one that Obama chooses to ignore.

Posted by: grannysunni | February 14, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

When Obama starts calling out the idiots on his side, maybe Boehner will do the same. Until then, I think his answers are just fine. Stop looking for racism under every rock. Sooner or later you will bloody your fingers.

Posted by: dnha | February 14, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

It is not Boehner's responsibility to defend Obama from comments made by Frank Luntz' focus group. If Gregory were so concerned about the comments why didn't he contact Luntz and have him appear on Meet The Press?

Mr. Capehart, you also have the same ability to contact Frank Luntz. Why don't you ask him more direct questions about his focus group, if you're so worried about Obama's birth certificate.

Too bad Gregory and Capehart don't use their time more effectively instead of wasting it on stuff that is Obama's own doing.

Obama could end the discussion about his birth by releasing the long form birth certificate. A simple solution that Obama chooses to ignore.

Posted by: grannysunni | February 14, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

If Boehner had any brains at all (which is as debatable as Pelosi's, BTW) he would have stated that Obama's religion is none of his business. As Speaker of the House there are more effective ways to go after one's political rivals than to waste air time addressing lunatic fringe beliefs. Those who are drinking the KoolAid will continue to do so without Boehner's timid assistance. Sad that all of our politicians are Jim Jones wannabes. KoolAid is not the same thing as SPIN, LOL. They all need to wake up.

Posted by: Hyena17 | February 14, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

They believe he is a Christian??!!! So freedom of religion does not apply to the leader of the nation founded on religious freedom? I think we are making our politics into a religious experience instead of demanding that our politicians rise above their PERSONAL preferences and govern for ALL people. Yes, that includes Muslims, Athiests, Jews and Baptists alike!

Posted by: nancyasnowden | February 14, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

They believe he is a Christian??!!! So freedom of religion does not apply to the leader of the nation founded on religious freedom? I think we are making our politics into a religious experience instead of demanding that our politicians rise above their PERSONAL preferences and govern for ALL people. Yes, that includes Muslims, Athiests, Jews and Baptists alike!

Posted by: nancyasnowden | February 14, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse


Boehner said" I take him at his word, That is good enough for me". That's what he believes, that 's what he went on record as believing.

What do you want??

Do you know more than he does??

Do you have any more info than anyone else does??

No one can get on a witmess stand with his/her hand on the U S Constitution and swear to their life's risk that they absolutely know unless they have absolute proof. How do I know where you were born, where I was born, where Lady Gaga was born??


Get off it and let it rest. It is not up to John Boehner to certify Obama"s credentials.

Posted by: jstratt2 | February 14, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"It doesn't matter where Obama was born. He is just a miserable excuse for a President."

Obama is pretty good I would say, he straightened out most of the Bush mess and had the Republicans helped Obama we would be a lot better. The Republicans and Bush took our country to its knees. Bush will be the one who goes down in history as the miserable excuse for a President. We have a black President, get over it.

Posted by: joedamico34yahoocom | February 14, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

The author,and apparently many others, are a bunch of drama queens looking for something to be offended by. I am embarrassed for you.

Posted by: allsides | February 14, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

If Mr. Obama would be forthcoming with a valid birth certificate and would cease and desist with cowtowing to third world leaders by bowing to them; and finally would show some real backbone by standing up for America instead of apologizing to the world, perhaps the Speaker and others would not have to be the ones to defend him. You really are pushing the veiled, race-card envelope by injecting your skewed analysis of what the Speaker "meant to say".

Posted by: madcajun | February 14, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,
Your notion that Speaker Boehner deserves a rap on the kuckles is astounding!
I am sure that many will concur with my assessment that his responses are quite uncontroversial. I hear,"I believe he is a natural born citizen and a Christian because the state of Hawaii and he say so."

MSNBC's extended focus was infantile and far more deserving of comment. Frankly, your spin, perhaps less so than theirs, makes transparent a partisan agenda. Otherwise, what Boehner thinks of the president in these regards is really quite irrelevent.
Boehner's statement should have been accepted at face value and the far more important questions of what government must do to deal with our Nation's problems and our future asked.

The media ignited "cult of personality" around Barack Obama is clearly evident to most American. His religion and fringe questions from the "birthers" have absolutely nothing to do with the affairs of government and deserve far less attention.

Posted by: DanDetroit | February 14, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Surely you don't expect more than this from a post-Eisenhower Republican.

Posted by: GeneTouchet | February 14, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Why is anyone surprised at the fact that 'lefties' want to be told how to think? No offense to liberals, but your type of government strives for high involvement, in which to tell you how to think and what to do, so I understand your need to be told.

What nobody seems to grasp here is that Boehner, or anyone else, for that matter (aside from the President), cannot factually answer that question with 100% certainty. Yes, I believe the speaker could have answered that question a bit differently, but the point is that it is NOT his job to try to sway people to believe something that is not proven factual.

I think the more important point here is the fact that we shouldn't be focusing on this kind of crap when our country is in trouble, on a number of different levels. And for those of you, democrats and republicans, who think your parties could independently lead this country, wake up, we need a combination of both. Or even better, we need to get away from a bi-partisan system that essentially only allow two views.

Let's stop throwing rocks at each other and focus on working together to make sure America remains a world leader for a long time!

Posted by: chameleo3000 | February 14, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Got to love these WashPo writers. The author claims the phrase 'I believe the President is a Christian' is really just code for 'I believe the President is a Muslim'. Really? You got to be joking right? No wonder everyone thinks the phrase 'Take our country back' is racist... bunch of race hustlers at the Washington Post.

Posted by: nptalcott | February 14, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I believe, from everything I have read, that Obama's beliefs lean more toward the Muslim than the Christian. It does make a direct question difficult to answer. Boeherns just didn't say it like it is. He tried to be respectful to the pres even thouigh we really don't know very much about him. From what I have seen or read, its not clear that the pres was born in HI. It probably doesn't make a great deal of difference, but the pres could clarify a few things just by speaking up. Now tell me again who is the leader?

Posted by: jacnol | February 14, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on! I'm a liberal. You are really reaching on this one! When we pick away at ridiculous stuff like this, we water down truly important issues.

Posted by: gin2 | February 14, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I knew the man was a weasel from the way he responded to the Gifford tragedy in Tuscon. Guys like him are the reason were going down the toilet.

Posted by: mgdriscol | February 14, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

The President eats PORK (can't be Muslim) and his mother was a natural born US citizen. Therefore, it matters not where he was born; he is a citizen.

Posted by: foyelady | February 14, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what religion President Obama holds to, though I am quite assured it is not Christianity. Too many people think that just because they live in America, or do good things, that makes them a Christian. But when you judge Obama by his words and actions by the Bible, he does not seem at all to be a Christian.

Posted by: truthincognito | February 14, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

How does Boehner think Republicans got it in their heads that Obama was a Muslim in the first place?

When Republicans are lying to each other they are lying to themselves.

I don't think 90% of the republicans that SAY Obama is a Muslim actually believe he is. 10% actually believe the lies. Which demonstrates the two branches of the Republican party - the evil and the stupid.

Posted by: timothy2me | February 14, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The GOP congressional leadership steps lightly when it comes to any correction of ignorance on the part of its' base, especially when it comes to wild views about Pres. Obama. More generally, the ignorance of people like Luntz's focus group serves the GOP's purposes well, as it makes those people easier to hood-wink into becoming tools of the corporate masters that make up the true GOP constituency.

Posted by: bienefes | February 14, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I think that both statements were charitable, and Obama should be grateful for what he got. The trouble is that the Speaker doesn't have the facts at his disposal. He doesn't have a copy of the Hawaii long form certificate, and he doesn't have Obama's baptism certificate. He doesn't see Obama at church very often either.

The only real evidence he can see is Obama's 2009 tax return. Out of $329,100 donated to charitable organizations, only $550 went to churches... that's about $10 per week if he attends weekly, which he doesn't.

So Boehner can't know what he is, because Obama provides no evidence, only words. The best Boehner and the rest of us can do, as a result, is take Obama at his word.

Clearly this is just another example of an Obama supporter "getting all up in it" over nothing.

Posted by: MrLagg | February 14, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

one way to measure readers reaction to an article is the # of comments left. apparently, by looking at Mr. Capehart's articles it is obvious: if you want to get a rise out of americans, don't talk about international issues (egypt or uganda), forcible rape, or california elections.

if you want a great response, make fun of republicans (specifically palin or boehner) and defend health care reform. these issues will make us foam at the mouth.

and clearly it is because writers like capehart parse out words so carefully as to remove their actual meaning. boehner gave exactly the same answer for the first two questions: "i'll defer to the authority on the subject." if hawaii says he's a citizen, that answers the question. (apparently mr. capehart applauds this answer). next, if mr. obama says he's a christian, that's good enough for me (somehow, this is not good enough for mr. capehart). I mean, really, how else could he have answered that question? no one knows what's inside my heart other than me. how can an observer answer that question for me?

if someone asked me if rev billy graham was a christian, i'd answer pretty much the same way - based on his WORDS, i'd say yes. why is this so hard to comprehend?

I tend to dislike boehner's answer on the last question; he should probably say the words "just stop" to the birthers.

It is however, the mantra of modern liberal politics that elected officials should reflect the will of the people, not direct the will of the people.

Posted by: dannyJo1776 | February 14, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, Republicans are a party of lies, deception and propaganda. Their guiding light is "the end justifies the means", & power is everything, even at the expense of disparging opponents. Why in the world would Boehner discredit his party's own lies?

Posted by: rsampson02 | February 14, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

THAT IS RIDICULOUS, HE TELLS US ALL WHAT TO THINK ALL THE TIME........REALLY HE GOT AWAY WITH SAYING THAT ??

Posted by: betheloveyouare | February 14, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart is just another WaPo Libturd writer...how anyone can read "liar" into these words is beyond me!
""The president says he's a Christian," Boehner said. "I accept him at his word."

The obvious implication is that Jonathan knows Obama IS a liar and hates to hear that his Emperor has not clothes. Hey Jonathan, why didn't call the President out when he lied about the Stimulous spending results?? Or the fictional employment numbers? or his fiscal policies?! All of you libturds are going to continue to drive us off the cliff with your "feel" good crap and lack of reality. This country is in a dire position and all you can do is criticize Boehner for something YOU have read between his lines?! What a hack you are Jonathan...what a disgrace.

Posted by: NO-bama | February 14, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Would somebody explain why a Republican politician should defend a democrat one when the reverse hasn't been true for decades? I realize that leftists believe in their hearts that all should bow down to them, even those on the opposite side of the spectrum. But I would expect said leftists to have a bit more sense than to be so obvious about it.

Posted by: thebink | February 14, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Weasel words and that coming from thw WP, the king of weasel words.

You the Media have kept the hype up on our President anjd his birth rights.

You the media want to blame anyone except you on little pity party groupies.

You the media and Hollywood are the reason our country is so dumbed down.

You the media could use some serious responsibility lessons.

You the direly in need of help media are the REAL WEASELS!

Posted by: kadius1964 | February 14, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Would somebody explain why a Republican politician should defend a democrat one when the reverse hasn't been true for decades? I realize that leftists believe in their hearts that all should bow down to them, even those on the opposite side of the spectrum. But I would expect said leftists to have a bit more sense than to be so obvious about it.

Posted by: thebink | February 14, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Boehmer: "It's not my job . . ."

Of course not, Boehmer's job is to expain to the American people how to pronounce his German name, and what a Boehmer does. CB

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | February 14, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

You liberals leftist jerks are the weasels!

Do I who make over 100k per year pay too much in taxes, YES is my answer.

Now ask a liberal if I who make over 100k per year pay enough in taxes, the answer from the liberal is NO.

Geal real leftist radicals, you are about to cause a real war in the United States, one that your ignorant base, even the ones with illegal handguns and weapons will lose.

Leftest liberals fill our prisons and jails, rape our children and cause the filth that comes out of Hollywood and the leftest media.

You leftest are ruining a once great country, leave , go to Cuba or somewhere!

Posted by: kadius1964 | February 14, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

John Boehner is a master of politispeak and innuendo. Of course he can't tell people what to think...duh....but he can lead and he can speak the truth. He can reaffirm the truth. I have never seen the man (Boehner) act at all in a statesman like way. To me he resembles the dishonest and charming snake oil sales type. Hold on to your wallet and run!

Posted by: nutmegger1 | February 14, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

From the article –- “When it comes to Obama's citizenship, Boehner was consistent with what he told NBC last month: "The state of Hawaii has said that he was born there. That's good enough for me.” --

- AND THESE ARE INDEED, 'WEASEL WORDS'!
SHAME ON BOEHNER!

Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961 at the Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya and not in Hawaii as he claims. This may explain why he refuses to allow Hawaii to release of a long-form copy of his birth certificate. A high resolution copy of Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate is available for free download at WasObamaBornInKenya.com

The fascinating story of how Lucas Daniel Smith obtained a certified copy of Obama's birth certificate directly from the birth hospital on February 19, 2009 is included as part of his 'July 4, 2010 Letter to Congress', which is also available for free download at the same website.

Posted by: bsteadman | February 14, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

It's not Boehmer's job to tell people to believe Obama. Obama could clarify the issues by one--producing his real BC and two--selecting and going to a real church every Sunday and not a BLACK theo church where he and his in-laws supposedly worshipped. Obama is a big fake period.

Posted by: rustynailx | February 14, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Nothing Boehner could say could come close to the stupidity and absolute arrogance of the Nancy Pelosi comment in response to a question of what is in the healthcare bill: "We'll know what's in it once we pass it." Note to Capehart: she weaseled on that one, probably out of ignorance or fear of telling the truth.

Posted by: sailhardy | February 14, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing how these birther idiots will hold on to their lies and delusions...even in the face of incontrovertible evidence. It is something that only the lowest IQ could believe...especially seeing how the Hawaii Secretary of State produced Obama's original birth certificate like 10 times for journalists. Yet to these paranoid birther types that border on being schizophrenic, no evidence will ever convince them of the truth. Yet, if you tested the IQ's of all the so called birthers, you would definitely see that they do not even come close to the national average IQ of 94. So go ahead bsteadman and keep lying to yourself and to others right up until the time of your death. I assure you, you will deeply regret holding and spreading lies and innuendos then. You will be gnashing your teeth then.

Posted by: vintel7 | February 14, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it doesn't matter if he is technically qualified to be president under the constitution. After all it is just a constitution. It doesn't really count. We should ignore the constitution. Yes, Yes, Yes. His mother was an American citizen so he is one also. Regardless if the constitution says otherwise. We can ignore that part and any other part of the constitution. Why, because we belong to the Republican and Democrat Dumbass party. We don't know the facts so we can ignore them. We don't know the rules so we can violate them. We are the DUMBASS party of America. Join us. Oh I see you already have.
Just answer one question for me HONESTLY. Why would you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in court to avoid showing a ten dollar long form birth certificate with the doctors name and hospital location?
Why, Why, Why….Be honest….One reason….

Posted by: curtisprod | February 14, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

For those arguing that Boehner should in fact tell people what to think, should he tell Americans that this administration is destroying a once great country?

Posted by: thebink | February 14, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for covering this interview from yesterday. I watched it and could not believe the rhetoric I was hearing. The Speaker of the House is either a Gutless Wimp who is afraid to stand for doing what's right morally or lacks the morals and sound judgement to hold ignorant people accountable and try to correct them. I don't know which is scarier.....

I was enraged as he skirted the question over and over with his "I actually don't believe my answers to the question but I have to tow the party line" Sh*t-Eating smug look on his face.

I wonder how many Boehner's were present when Hitler started preaching ignorance. I can imagine his type standing by silently saying "It's not my job to tell the German people that Jewish people are not evil and should be erased". What a shame.......

Posted by: wayne927 | February 14, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

If it is not Mr. Boehner's job is to tell the voters what to believe, then what is he in office to do..collect a salary and take cigarette breaks?

Posted by: j1340 | February 14, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is a dry drunk like many "republicans". Boehner, like Bush, never healed the root cause of his alcoholism...which is the disease in his soul. This is why Boehner suffers emotional lability and cries at the drop of a hat. It is very common in ex drinkers. Beck is another dry drunk like Bush and Boehner. All 3 of them are aggressive dry drunks.

Posted by: vintel7 | February 14, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I think this is a losing battle. President Obama could teach Sunday School, go to Bible study every day, and have his children enroll in Christian schools and there would be people that still believed he was a Muslim.

These people are uneducated, misinformed, and highly unlikely to change their position or ever vote for him. I would not waste 2 minutes on them.

Posted by: steelers1 | February 14, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I think this is a losing battle. President Obama could teach Sunday School, go to Bible study every day, and have his children enroll in Christian schools and there would be people that still believed he was a Muslim.

These people are uneducated, misinformed, and highly unlikely to change their position or ever vote for him. I would not waste 2 minutes on them.

Posted by: steelers1 | February 14, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Another excellent article Jonathan. There are two things that I hate; ignorance and racism; both on display from anyone who believes that President Obama is a Muslim or that he wasn't born in America. Facts (or should I say Faux News) often gets in the way of the truth. Keep telling the truth no matter how much the right objects. Remember don't fight the darkness; just turn on the lights!

Posted by: TruCherryHillNJ | February 14, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The real story here is why Boehner needs so much ultra violet light? I suspect he is really a plant.

Posted by: Candressuhmoose | February 14, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The lefty liberals just can not rest. They really don't contribute anything to our country. They spend all their time pointing fingers, condescending remarks and spreading worthless trivial. They have got to be the most unhappy persons on earth. HBO could be green and have spots. It would be nice just one time since he was elected that he would do something constructive for our country! Everything he does has a price tag that keeps sinking our country down the tubes. He spends all his time blaming others for everything that he is not capable of accomplishing. Please don't bring up the health care bill! This is the most worthless piece of crap ever. The only ones who are for this are the ones who think they are going to get something for nothing. It was rammed down our throats and you want to talk about leadership. It's like the pot calling the kettle black. HBO's spending exceeds all other presidents before him and in only two short years. Lefty do you call this leadership? The liberals have the right name; liberal with their talking but their rhetoric has no substance, artificial eloquence! Under this administration our country will suffer consquences that will take years to correct; if ever! The debt could be corrected wihout ever touching social security. Social Security is like a cookie jar, the government cannot keep their hands out. This money is not the governments to take. We could start with the worthless czars that were appointed by HBO. Cut out all the free money that is given to all of HBO's European friends to the tune of some 58 billion dollars. Keep his butt off the 747 and spend time in his office as he was elected to do. Come on liberals tell me how much it costs to fly a 747 per hour? I give HBO credit. He can rattle off a good speech that has no meaning or substances. He is a snake oil salesman and the left is buying it and the Kool Aid as fast as he can serve it up!

Posted by: tmay33 | February 14, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Boehner knows that party leaders try to tell people what to think all the time. But the Speaker won't tell people that they shouldn't believe a lie about Obama's citizenship because his know-nothing party reaps dividends from this widespread myth.

Posted by: DWSouthern | February 14, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is a dry drunk like many "republicans". Boehner, like Bush, never healed the root cause of his alcoholism...which is the disease in his soul. This is why Boehner suffers emotional lability and cries at the drop of a hat. It is very common in ex drinkers. Beck is another dry drunk like Bush and Boehner. All 3 of them are aggressive dry drunks.

Posted by: vintel7 | February 14, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Right here is exactly why this country is in a fatal tailspin, because all anyone wants to do is point the finger and slander 'the enemy', instead of actively working to progress the country.

The fact that this country has not yet broken out into civil war is beyond me. It's interesting to see how people get more riled up to bash their fellow countrymen than to support our troops abroad. I know everyone on this comment board is perfect and nobody has ever made a mistake, so I won't even attempt to go down that path.

In my humble opinion, criticizing someone for their 'political affiliation' is really no different than any other prejudice. Sure, we all have a choice in how we believe, but how are those choices influenced? Through our upbringings, through our experiences, and through our surroundings.

From birth, we are all in some way shape or form biased towards one party. Most of this influence is indirect in that we are exposed to different values and experiences based on our parents, which really is not within our control. As we grow up, the values and opinions that we develop are more or less a direct result of our parents opinions. Only at a certain point do we break away and start developing our own opinions, but at this point we are already biased, in one way or another.

For everyone out there bashing on republicans or democrats, you are no better than a racist, criticizing someone for something that they essentially had little-to-no say in. And just to trounce the arguments, I challenge someone to step up and tell me about how they were brought up with conservative influence and are now extremely liberal, or vice versa.

Posted by: chameleo3000 | February 14, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"The president says he's a Christian. I accept him at his word."

Capehart finds this offensive? Well, where is your first-hand knowledge beyond what the President says? C'mon, Capehart, show us how YOU know what the President believes if his words aren't good enough?

Mr. Capehart is truely insulting and offensive.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 14, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I think the point of this is very clear and I appreciate Capehart raising it, especially since I didn't see the show yesterday.

This is entirely analogous to McCain's leadership moment during the 2008 campaign. Asked by a loony lady if he thought Obama was an "A-rab," McCain did exactly the right, responsible thing. It may have cost him support from the fringe base.

Presented exactly the same opportunity to lead, Boner lost his erection, er, election.

Posted by: abqcleve | February 14, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell uses this very same "I take him at his word" thing when discussing Obama's religion. Obviously these guys have focus-group tested this phrase and figure it works well as a dog whistle. They're both disgusting excuses for national leaders.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | February 14, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

It didn't take too terribly long for the words "racist" and "Hitler" to pop up did it?

Posted by: thebink | February 14, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

First, the teabaggers criticize Obama for attending services at a Christian church in Chicago because they object to the politics of that minister. Then they accuse him of being Muslim denying the first amendment right of freedom of religion.Next, they deny Obama's citizenship claiming that he was born in Kenya. They ignore the fact that his mother was a US citizen; they ignore the fact that a notice of his birth in Hawaii was published in an Hawaiin newspaper when he was born; they ignore the fact that state law prohibits Hawaii from copying the origianl birth ceertificate and instead provide a certification that the certificate exists. They ignore the fact that the courts (including the USSC has denied all legal claims that Obama isn;'t an American citizen. These birther/teabaggers just hate Obama because he isn't a racist white like them.

Posted by: mikesba | February 14, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is not a dry drunk; he may be a wet drunk because he is known to be a very, very heavy drinker and Republicans have talked about how he quits early to head to the bar. I would have no respect for President Obama if he attempted to thow his weight around and break Hawaiian law to appease a bunch of either semi-literate or craven right wingers who try to keep alive a rediculous issue. And he has described in detail a number of times how his Christian faith grew so he should do this one more time for the uninformed. I don't think so; I am tired of hearing it and he has more important things to do.

Posted by: withersb | February 14, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I love the stupid republican's accusations of "out of control spending" when the party of No expanded government and spent more $$$ than any party in history. The republicans squandered the surplus that Clinton left them. Not only that, they also chalked up $2trillion in debt from the even more stupid "war on terror" and their useless immoral wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So you can all shut your pie holes about Obama's so called "out of control spending." Obama was left with such a decimated economy by the republicans that the only thing that could save America and the entire world from economic collapse was major Investment in infrastructure and government projects. This is not "out of control spending". No. This is investment in the USA's infrastructure and future. The republicans are too blind and stupid to tell the difference. The ignorant low IQ right

Posted by: vintel7 | February 14, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

What was David Gregory's motive in ventilating this tired and meaningless duo of issues on national television?

It is rumored that there are important problems at home and abroad.

I'm not inclined to take Gregory at his word that this was a vital question that had to be asked.

But I do not question his character or his credentials (whatever they may be) as a journalist, which after that exchange struck me as about on the same level as those of that renowned successor to Edward R. Murrow, Keith Olberman.

As for Mr. Capehart . . . .

Posted by: hambya | February 14, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Liberals are splitting hairs over this and being hypocrites at the same time. If the shoe was on the other foot they would be saying that same things. It wasn't sooo long ago that a man named George W. Bush occupied the white house. And during that time, people said and thought all kinds of crazy things about him. Remember, "its so we can steal Iraq's oil"? -- oh wait you still think we invaded iraq to steal their oil. Hypocrite!!!!

Posted by: JohnGalt4000 | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"You liberals leftist jerks are the weasels!
Do I who make over 100k per year pay too much in taxes, YES is my answer."

You lie! You can't be possibly making over $100,000 - who would pay such money to an illiterate dummy? Where did you learn to write, Sarah Palin's Grammar and Literature School?

Posted by: VMR1 | February 14, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The funny thing is, a good number of the agitprop purveyors of birther/caliphate nonsense think they're weakening Obama every time this stuff makes it into the news. They clearly think this is another nick in the edifice, "proving" that Obama is "other."

Obama loves it when these losers trumpet this stuff. It assures that most of the independents will side with him in 2012: the "fringier" the opposition looks, the less likely the centrists are to identify with them.

Some smarter conservatives get this. Kristol has gone really negative on Beck since Egypt. Medved has a piece in the WSJ that many conservatives need to look at very carefully: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704364004576132631175113322.html?mod=googlenews_wsj.

In the meantime, keep it "up," Boner; you're just marginalizing the GOP.

Posted by: abqcleve | February 14, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner was doing something Capehart can't understand, being polite. The facts are, obama IS a muslim and IS NOT an American. I was born in Hawaii 6 months before Barry and I have a birth certificate. If he had one, he would have produced it by now.

Posted by: carlbatey | February 14, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Reporter: "Speaker Polosi there are some who believe that President Bush actually orchestrated 9/11 in order to go to war in the Middle East, especially with Iraq. As Speaker of the House of Representatives, do you feel an obligation to confront those views."

Pelosi: "Well, President Bush has said he is not responsible for 9/11 and I take him at his word"

Reporter: "So you don't think as Speaker of the House of Representative you have an obligation to speak out against such beliefs."

Pelosi: "Well my job is not to make people change their minds. President Bush says he is not responsible and I take him at his word."

Posted by: smith6 | February 14, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Many Americans see America on the wrong path to where they know not. Whom to blame? Why the Negro in the White House. The "Other" from a different clan who is "obviously" up to no good. He must be a Muslim because his father was an African(!) and a Muslim. In fact, the President may not BE a U.S. citizen, just an illegal alien with cooked up citizenship papers. Whatever floats your boat. It certainly floats a long string of broadcasts on Fox News. It is enough to argue for a white bread Republican with ancestors on the Mayflower next time. Just another arrow in Boehner's quiver. He isn't going to come to the President's defense. That's not good for Boehner's party. Facts and beliefs are at war with one another in America. Outside of America's coastal areas, beliefs are out in front by several lengths. Ask Americans if they believe the 9/11 attacks and bank failures occurred on Obama's watch and watch the hands rise.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | February 14, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Disgraceful.

Given a softball opportunity to identify and decry rank insanity, Speaker Boehner reverts instead to Republican dog-whistle code-speak: "Well, the State of Hawaii has produced this piece of paper that they say is a birth certificate, and (wink, wink) that's good enough for me. And, well, you know, he 'says' he's a Christian, so am I to quarrel with the man about it? But, you know, he does have a funny name, and his father was born in Kenya, and he did spend time as a youngster in Indonesia, and he MIGHT be a Muslim (I mean, who really knows what's in the man's heart and soul - if he has one), and he certainly seems to be doing everything in his power to destroy America, and he really isn't very much like the people you and I live and work with (if you know what I mean), and who knows whether the State of Hawaii's record-keeping was very good 50 years ago (I mean, it's practically a foreign country itself, with all those Asians and, what do they call them, 'Hawaiians'?), and what's with the strange aunt who wanted asylum, and he just doesn't seem like 'one of us', if you know what I mean (nudge, nudge).

Utterly, inexcusably outrageous. History is not going to be kind to these people.

Posted by: jegan1 | February 14, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Speaker Boehner is 100% correct it is NOT his place to tell Americans what they should think. That is the problem with people like the Author of this article. -“The obvious implication is that there's a possibility the president might be lying. This is offensive and an insult” Boehner never said or implied that yet you need to stir the pot. If Obama was White this article would not exist. YOU sir are ignorant!

Boehner did not tell those people to raise their hand, many Americans (as do I) are very skeptic about someone that kicks off their Political career in the living room of a known Terrorist. Americans are skeptical about a President that goes to a Church for 20 years and listens to a Pastor talk about how much he hates America. Americans are skeptical that Obama did not support the Iranian uprising for Democracy two years ago-but now supports the exile of an Egyptian Ally with the Muslim Brotherhood waiting in the wings to seize power. I demand that that the Washington Post fire this idiot! This Country is working to come together yet ignorant journalists keep trying to divide us.


Posted by: recon925 | February 14, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

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If Obama was white, you wouldn't have morons (including you apparently) who doubt that he was born in this country and doubt that he is truthful about his religion.

ALL of the 'birthers' are republican/conservative, so it's not unreasonable to ask the Speaker of the House about his opinion to find out if he's one of the idiots like yourself, or recognizes a moronic position when he sees it.

Apparently, he doesn't.

And that laundry list where you describe those things that 'Americans' are skeptical about....

'Americans' are not skeptical. Only idiot conservatives and republicans are skeptical.

When only one political party is skeptical, it sounds to me and to other reasonable people, that their position is based upon ideology and not upon facts.

Keep talking and that view is verified by your ridiculous rantings.....

Posted by: RichRable | February 14, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey people, has any other president had to supply his birth certificate or display his religion? Do you think there may be a little racism here, just a little? If Barack name was Barry O'Shea, I don't think there would be any issue here at all even if he was born in Ireland. People can say that their comments are not racists, but they really are. You know they are, but instead of them having the courage to admit it, they hide behind BS. Obama has done a lot for this country and is bringing it out of the morass that Bush led it into. Just look at the facts and not the skin color. Every president has had their issues they have had to deal with, some better than others. Obama has faults like all of us and he is doing a pretty good job. Would be doing better if he had more support, but there are a lot of folks out there that are blindsided by thier fears and prejudice. Always remember that you either stand for something or fall for anything.

Posted by: jlwadd123 | February 14, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Why does John Boehner have to answer for what some idiot yokel in a focus group says?

Completely moronic line of questioning from David Gregory (what a surprise!!) and kudos to Speaker Boehner for not jumping at the bait.

There are more important things to discuss.

As for Jonathan Capeheart, you can take your manufactured, fake outrage and cram it. Either than or you can point me to your columns where you railed against all of the vile and false things said about Presidents of both parties. Yeah. Didn't think so.

Posted by: etpietro | February 14, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Reporter: "So you don't think as Speaker of the House of Representative you have an obligation to speak out against such beliefs."

Pelosi: "Well my job is not to make people change their minds. President Bush says he is not responsible and I take him at his word."

Posted by: smith6
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You guys just don't get it, do you?

The above conversation, of course, is pure fantasy; it never occurred.

However, even if it had, you guys honestly think there's no difference between a policy question and questioning a man's faith??

Posted by: abqcleve | February 14, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

A lie of ommission is a lie just the same. John Boner is a bald faced LIAR.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | February 14, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"Right -- but in the face of a persistent lie that has ensnared way too many in his party"

You mean like Bill Maher?

Posted by: bobmoses | February 14, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

you know what's offensive and insulting? that jerks like Capehart defame decent people for no better reason than kissing up to other partisan haters.

mr. Capehart, why don't you just keep your mouth shut if you can't find something constructive to put into print, your mother might even be proud of you

Posted by: cloudshe | February 14, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Interesting NOTE:
The Dems and Pubs that discuss issues have good conversations.

BUT the Radical RIGHT..
and
it is only the Radical Right
that
Spews racism, bigotry and hate with every single comment...
and
in the first words of their comments.

Everyone else discusses behavior.

The Right Wing Poster hate and vile opinion.


Posted by: pdq5 | February 14, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

(i) No problem in principle if President Obama is a Muslim.

(ii) He has stated his Christian beliefs numerous times. Therefore those who continue to proclaim without any evidence that he is a Muslim are either bigots or just nuts.

(iii) I'm fine with Rep. Boehner "taking the President at his word".

(iv) But he could have told the bigots and nutjobs to focus on real policy issues, and leave their hatred at home.

Posted by: terencef100 | February 14, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a spineless republican? As long as tax cuts for the rich and corporations go on, everything is fine with the imp.

Posted by: moemongo | February 14, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

It is not Boehner responsibility to tell Americans what to think but it is his responsibility to tell the truth. The truth seems to escape him often.

Posted by: collegebound1 | February 14, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Pssst. Hey Capehart. It is not Boehner's job to cheerlead for Obama.
Did you cheerlead for Bush?

Posted by: spamsux1 | February 14, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I see all the wimpy conservative soft heads defend him (boehner). What a bunch of loosers, one thing is to support the right answer and facts, another is to support sleaze innuendos so as not to antagonize the freaks(tea baggers/conservative repos).

Posted by: moemongo | February 14, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The only ones that are "real Americans" are the Indians that were here before us.


Boehner and the GOP promised us jobs, where are they?

Start repeating it loud and often!

Where's the jobs Boehner?

Posted by: rbraun2000 | February 14, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart, when did you stop beating your wife?

Posted by: sapphiremon | February 14, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

“Jonathan Capehart is right on. John Boehner seems to have an ulterior motive for his failure to educate his misguided and misinformed constituency about the President's citizenship and professed Christianity. The facts have been sufficiently presented and it is no longer about what these people know, but what they choose to SAY in public. It is an issue of their hatred and disdain for this "funny looking man with dark skin and a funny name” with political views that they disagree with. John Boehner’s failure to offer leadership to dispel or denounce this rhetoric makes him complicit in its intent to de-legitimize, and discredit this President. His divisive strategy is transparent and the country is not buying it. If he is not honorable enough to correct, educate and inform those that are ignorant or misguided of the truth (as John McCain was), he does a disservice, not only to them, but to his office”.

Posted by: paulmsmith | February 14, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Would somebody explain why a Republican politician should defend a democrat "

Sure, it's called referential authority, by virtue of being president of the US. Referential authority means you respect the office, always, even when you have differences of opinion

Posted by: staussfamily | February 14, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

NOT ONE LEFTIST HAS THE BRAINS OR GUTS TO ANSWER MY QUESTION:

WHY SPEND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN COURT TO AVOID SHOWING A TEN DOLLAR LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE SHOWING THE DOCTOR'S NAME AND LOCATION OF THE HOSPITAL???

WHY...WHY...WHY..ANSWER THAT SPECIFIC SIMPLE QUESTION.

Posted by: curtisprod | February 14, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Taking someone 'at their word' sounds a lot more high minded than it actually is. It implies you're satisfied until there is new evidence to suggest or prove otherwise; and by the tepidness of his response, Mr. Boehner leaves the impression that he expects such evidence may be forthcoming.

The better response, obviously, would have been to state unequivocally that not only is Mr. Obama a Christian, but those who believe otherwise are mistaken and have been misled

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | February 14, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Boehner's office clarified his statement with a follow-up:

"What Speaker Boehner meant to say was, of course I know that Barack Obama is a Christian, but a significant bloc of my base consists of backwoods morons, evangelicals and flat-earth holy rollers, and I need those votes. That's why I play to their abject stupidity.

Posted by: Bridge3263 | February 14, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart's assertions are as stupid as the rest of the what passes for journalism at the WP. I just think that obummer's announcement that he is a christian is full of bull hockey. He and his administration, who by the way are made up largely of antisemetics, constantly criticize Israel, bow down to middle east muslim tyrants, and apologize for the barbaric muslim brotherhood. What more proof does anyone need? Obummer is definitely not a christian and yes, I can say so, and yes, I mean it with all my heart and soul. Let's all join hands now and pray for a better year in 2012 when obummer and his communist/socialist/muslim loving/jew hating buddies leave our nation's capital. Kumbaya My Lord, Kumbaya...........

Posted by: candyzky | February 14, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Boehner is useless. If he would channel some of his negative energy into positive things, he might have a chance at success.

Oh, and WaPo, that video needs to be color-corrected. It's too orange. ;-)

Posted by: jgmann | February 14, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

This little column makes absolutely no sense. And there is NO insult in saying you accept a man at his word, when there are obviously some elephants in the room regarding the religion and place of birth of that person.

Posted by: kls1 | February 14, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Republicans claim that they are Christians.

Ask yourself these questions;

Would God judge or make false accusations?

Would God condemn those that lie?

Would God speak out?

I though Boehner and Republicans are Christians?

It appears we now have false prophet as Speaker of the House.

And it also appears that Republicans have no moral ground to stand on.

Posted by: rbraun2000 | February 14, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Does john boner hate middle class Americans? He says not, so I guess we'll have to take his word for it.

Does Aqua Buddah still tie women up and force them into bizzarre hazing rituals? He claims not to, so we'll have to take his word for it...

Does sean hannity massage rushbos fat feet before he gives him special favors? He says he stops at special favors, so we'll have to take his word for it.

Posted by: John1263 | February 14, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Republicans claim that they are Christians.

Ask yourself these questions;

Would God judge or make false accusations?

Would God condemn those that lie?

Would God speak out?

I though Boehner and Republicans are Christians?

It appears we now have false prophet as Speaker of the House.

And it also appears that Republicans have no moral ground to stand on.

Posted by: rbraun2000 | February 14, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, Boehner's correct, because Obama's past actions belie what he says in public.

Obama has lied in the past, so who's to say he isn't lying about being a Christian?

As far as Rev. Wright's church, they accept non-Christians as members, Obama has dissed Christian Ministers while embracing the Imam's at the White House.

Only God knows for sure and Obama may not believe in Him either.

Posted by: janet8 | February 14, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

WHY SPEND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN COURT TO AVOID SHOWING A TEN DOLLAR LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE SHOWING THE DOCTOR'S NAME AND LOCATION OF THE HOSPITAL???
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The State of Hawaii has certified twice that the birth certificate on file is genuine; it is illegal in Hawaii to make the certificate public; the classifieds of a local paper announced the birth; the Certificate of Live Birth has been available on line for years. As to whether or not someone is spending "hundreds of thousands", I'd like to see the source for that report. If that happens to be true, I would probably do the same thing - there's plenty of proof for the place of his birth, at least those who don't have another agenda.

And, really, would it matter? You would claim the document is a forgery.

Time to move on.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | February 14, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It's not Boehner's fault his party panders to the most ignorant among us. Uneducated bafoons = prosperity.

Posted by: danw1 | February 14, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin's evil hybrid of intolerant evangelicals combined with an old white-supremacist Southern political party never could and never will accept America elected a young, intelligent, black President. Their delusion that it never happened or that they can undo it perpetuates their parrot mentality by lying about Obama's religion and citizenship.

These same Huckabees wail if anyone brings up the Mormon religion of Bishop Romney, Elder Beck and Huntsman - the same religion of Harry Reid that teabagger darlin Sharon Angle refers to as a "cult".

Posted by: areyousaying | February 14, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

While technically his answer is correct as a leader he should lead. Boehner is playing to his base and it's insulting and demeaning.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 14, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

All we can do is accept Obama at his word regarding his religious faith -- after all, we cannot peer into his soul and determine the sincerity and depth of the faith he claims to possess.

Posted by: RhymesWithRight | February 14, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

How come no one has come forward with seeing the Pres at the Mosque or praying 5 times a day. It would be most sinful for a Moslem to say he was a Christian. Where are the witness for any of those things. You can't be a "secret moslem".

Posted by: Bhawk1 | February 14, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Double Speak from the Weeper of the House is typical. Sad, but typical.

Posted by: Justwords | February 14, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Boehner was doing something Capehart can't understand, being polite. The facts are, obama IS a muslim and IS NOT an American. I was born in Hawaii 6 months before Barry and I have a birth certificate. If he had one, he would have produced it by now.

Posted by: carlbatey | February 14, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse"

So post it on line or kindly keep your gap-toothed piehole shut, teabag loon.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 14, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Republicons claim to be Christians, yet the place they want cuts in their budget? Feeding the poor, and being stewards of God's earth.

beware the false prophets who pray loudly in the temple for all to see and hear.

you shall know a tree by the fruit it bears.

you shall jdge a nation in the way they reat their widows and orphans.

what you ndo unto the least of these you do unto me.

Posted by: John1263 | February 14, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I just think that obummer's announcement that he is a christian is full of bull hockey. He and his administration, who by the way are made up largely of antisemetics, constantly criticize Israel, bow down to middle east muslim tyrants, and apologize for the barbaric muslim brotherhood. What more proof does anyone need? Obummer is definitely not a christian and yes, I can say so, and yes, I mean it with all my heart and soul. Let's all join hands now and pray for a better year in 2012 when obummer and his communist/socialist/muslim loving/jew hating buddies leave our nation's capital. Kumbaya My Lord, Kumbaya...........

Posted by: candyzky
===================================

Oh, praise Jesus! The HOLY GHOST has deputized candyzky to look into the hearts of others and determine who is or is not Christian! May we see your badge, please?

Posted by: areyousaying | February 14, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Sure, it's called referential authority, by virtue of being president of the US. Referential authority means you respect the office, always, even when you have differences of opinion

I remember Reid , Pelosi and Obama having no such respect for the office when Bush was there.

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | February 14, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The answer to what is Obama' religious believes should be - doesn't matter and none of anyone's business.

Secondly, any citizens of the USA, born here or not, should be able to be President. We should fix this stupid restriction. Afeter all, the following Presidents were not born in the USA:

George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
William Henry Harrison


Posted by: sux123 | February 14, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Let's give Speaker Boehner a break. He can't offend the ignorant racists that are part of his party and he is trying to plant the seeds of doubt in the minds of the ignorant fools who might be listening. It's a fine line to walk.

Posted by: Ralph_Indianapolis | February 14, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Speaker Boehner showed his hypocritical stripes yesterday on MTP. Early in the show he dodged a question on raising the age for Social Security, etc. by saying that it was the job of those in Congress to first go out and educate the people as to the truth of the matter. When he was later asked about the obvious birther lies floating around he said it was NOT the job of those in Congress to go out and educate the people as to the truth of the matter. What a hypocrite! And it is so blatantly obvious that he is pandering to his right-wing Tea Partiers. I missed Tim Russert at that point - he NEVER would have let Boehner get away with such hypocrisy.

Posted by: uofmdgrad | February 14, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Capehart,
I am searching the Post's archives for your column asking nancy pelosi to denounce democrat claims that Bush planned 9/11.....HACK Why dont you ask the supposedly grown man at 1600 Penn Ave to define himself. I dont think that is JB's job.

Posted by: j751 | February 14, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has created his own religion mess by his choice of ministers and by taking positions on many issues that a part of the public views as pro-Muslim.

President Obama dug his own hole.

Let President Obama get himself out of his own hole.

Posted by: jfv123 | February 14, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

No one has asked the Pres if he is from Planet X yet. He could be a plant from the planet preparing us for the take over. He will issue President decree order everyone to surrender to the Xers at the time they arrive here on Dec 23 2012. Even though he would deny it. I am sure he would lie. That really explains no birth certificate and Hawaii is already been taken over and is lying for him so he can be Pres. Don't you conservatives believe that.

Posted by: Bhawk1 | February 14, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tommariner
Two things I don't understand about this whole President's birthplace / religion thing: a) what does anybody care -- the guy is elected

----

I'll just address your first item. The birthers care because the fact that America now has a (part) black President is deeply, deeply disturbing to them. It's a psychic shock, which produces symptoms like claiming Obama is an affirmative action president, or was elected due to white guilt and black racism. Anything that will salve the realization that America elected a black man on his merits.

They desperately want to make this nightmare disappear, so hanging on to the birth certificate issue serves as hope for them - hope that when the "truth" is revealed, they can happily think we never had a black president, because he was fraudulent. Anything else is too distressing for them to contemplate. What do you think "take our country back" means? Back to the days when a black man wasn't in the White House!

Posted by: hitpoints | February 14, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's birth ceritifcat has been available for your purusal online for more than a year, you teabagging cretins.

http://fightthesmears.com/images/28.jpg

http://www.uspoliticsguide.com/images/barack-obama-birth-certificate.jpg

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/barack_birth-certificate.jpg

The state legislature in Hawaii is actually considering a bill to allow individuals to pay $100 each for copies because you conservi t ards can help pay for some textbooks for the state of Hawaii.

And yes, I'm sure there are some whack job webistes that purport to show how the official records are all faked, and the birth announcement in the newspaper from 1961 is a fake...but really? Are you THAT stupid? Do you think aliens built the pyramids too? And that the moon landing was a fake? Or the bizzarre one about the Jews all having a super secret "Jew-phone" so they could contact each other because Israel actually perpetrated 9/11?

The biggest threats to the United States are coming from the ignorance within.

Posted by: John1263 | February 14, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

After reading the commeents here, it appears most are ready to defend the rights of the GOP, to belive a Black man is not whom or what he says he is. Only in America, can a Black man be questioned about his honesty, integrity, and ehtics, even the President.

The average GOP members wants to believe the President is a Msulim, because it works for their vision of hatred; i.e. taking our country back attitude; while at the dsame time building on inherent racism that lies within the GOP from their history of bias against Black american's; Civil rights Act of 1964.

Beijng disgenious is nothing new to the GOP. Why should the Speaker of Hposue speak out, that is his job to speak out and to his party and America.

Actually Mr. Boehner, it is your job to speak up against thgose speaking against your and my president, unless he is not YOUR president, and you are not the Speaker of OUR House of Representative's. let me know what part of YOUR job ytou do NOT underdstand and I will be happy to explain it to you. Mr. Speaker.

End Partisan politics and start working for the people, inseatd of your big business concerns, and lead America away from where you led us, bankruptcy anbd the Great Recession!

Is America so ignorant, they think Chtristianity is better than Islam. Christian fundamentalism is just as dangerous as islamic fundamentalism. mcCarthyism at it's worts/best.

Pandering to ignorance creates more ignorance. I guess rich people love ignorant people, as the GOP is filled with ignorance, but only the minority are actually rich, the rest are just waiting their turn.

I think JFK said it best, regarding his fatih and Catholic beliefs. iw ish hte GOP understood what he said, si they can STOP pushing their Christian fundamentalism.

Posted by: patmatthews | February 14, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

For all of you 'educated' (read entitled) folks on this board, take your shiny private school degrees and use them to wipe your butt. You are no better than an un/under educated, blue collar worker, just because you had the opportunity to go to college. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, and just because your opinion cost $200k, doesn't mean it holds any more value.

Get over yourselves and stop using stupid references like 'you uneducated hillbillies', or 'gap-toothed piehole', it makes you sound extremely ignorant.

And just so we're clear, yes, I have a university education, and no, it's not from a private ivy league school. And most importantly, I don't use it to hold myself higher than anyone who doesn't have a college education.

Posted by: chameleo3000 | February 14, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

A few observations based on Mr. Capehart's opinion piece and the strong spectrum of responses:

- David Gregory's strident persistence in his questioning of Speaker Boehner was sophomoric; He needs to learn when to let a line of questioning go, and move on to other topics that are more germane to the health and security of this nation.

- Speaker Boehner is a bit disingenuous when he claims that it is not his job to tell the American people "what to think". As a major elected political figure, he can't avoid it. Passing legislation while constantly seeking re-election demands that a member of Congress both listen to and inform his or her constituency in order to justify the legislation that he or she is either proposing or supporting. Granted, it is not Mr. Boehner's responsibility to defend the President (particularly one who is a member of the other party), but his response did not convince me that he (Boehner) has any plentitude of backbone.

- There is no religious test in the Constitution as a prerequisite for being President. Religious preference, or absence thereof, is irrelevant. This is one dog that needs to be left alone to lie down.

- What other president in the 20th or 21st century (or in any century) ever had his citizenship questioned? If there is someone more knowledgable than me, I would like to be enlightened. Because the President has not produced a "long form"copy of his birth certificate is he, in a sense, somehow presumed guilty of misrepresentation and required to prove his innocence? (As a matter of note, some prominent revolutionary war figures and founding fathers could not prove that they were born in what became US territory - for instance, Continental Army General Horatio Gates was born in Great Britain, and Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies).

-Lastly, like Mr. Gregory, Mr. Capehart also needs to move on. In fact, don't we all.

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 14, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

chameleo, when you post something as ignorant as what carl batey posted, you should expect to get treated as ignorant.

Why don't you tell us what school you attended, tough guy?

Posted by: Observer691 | February 14, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

NOT ONE LEFTIST HAS THE BRAINS OR GUTS TO ANSWER MY QUESTION:

WHY SPEND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN COURT TO AVOID SHOWING A TEN DOLLAR LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE SHOWING THE DOCTOR'S NAME AND LOCATION OF THE HOSPITAL???

WHY...WHY...WHY..ANSWER THAT SPECIFIC SIMPLE QUESTION.

Posted by: curtisprod | February 14, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Boehner says: "It's not my job to tell the American people what to think."

And yet he votes consistently against civil rights measures for American gays and lesbians.

It is a wonder he didn't blubber and sob his way through the interview.

Posted by: homer4 | February 14, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with what Boehner said about taking the President at his word. I would have liked for him to have discredited the birthers who question the President's citizenship.

Posted by: cile92 | February 14, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Surely Capehart, you have an above elementary education.
No?

Ok. We'll help you.

No one can say for certain what is in another man's heart. NO ONE!

To even try to guess, you generally need to watch the actions of others, as those will often speak louder than words.

As an example, for a man who wants this country to be tolerant of other cultures and religions, obama seems to have (right from the beginning) had an intolerance for Israel.

Now why is that? Really why less intolerance for Israel (who makes every appearance as being an ally) and more tolerance for Iran, whose leaders want America wiped off the face of the earth?

No one really knows for certain, except obama.

The rest of us must come to our conclusions based on his actions in many regards.

Now stop acting like a whiny child, get off your racist/hobby horse.
Stop looking for ghosts and use your brain.

Posted by: tjmlrc | February 14, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

We'll just have to take Boehner at his word that he has a triple digit IQ.

His words and actions certainly don't show it.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | February 14, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a Muslim until he proves otherwise.
You leftists keep your head in the sand as long as you wish..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 14, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Yah - teabageers are closeted, and sometimes not closeted racists. For them to concieve of a man with the name"Barack Huessien" as POTUS, and his half colored to boot! Why how could it be that someone with that name could be a "real" American? And how could someone with that name possibly be a Christian?

If he is not a "true American" (IE a birthright citizen) then his presidency is illigitimate. Not in the "lost the election but his brother cheate ina key state" kind of illigitimate, but bona fide unConstitutional illigitimate. S they cling at that straw for dear life.

As to the Muslim? If he is not a "Christian" then it is ok for those goo church goin' teabaggin bigots to hate hime, because well -- he is a heathen. He is the "other" and therefore hating him is not a "sin."

All part of a deep seated racism and race hatred that they cannot lok in the mirror and openly aknowledge, so we get this nonsense - and the right wing politicians who are only too willing to undermine the government of the United States by stoking and faning the flames of that racist hatred for their own gain.

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/barack_birth-certificate.jpg

How do you reconcile the attacks on his 20 years of being a member of a CHRISTIAN church AND claiming he is a Muslim? THAT is a really twisted psychologial feat and one that is a sure fire indicator that you need years of therapy.

Posted by: John1263 | February 14, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Observer691:

First off, are you saying that two wrongs make a right? (We are all entitled to a 1st grade education, in which we learn about that little rule)

Secondly, I graduated from Colorado State University, though I hardly find that relevant, but I'm sure you'll find some way to pick apart or discredit it.

Ready, GO!

Posted by: chameleo3000 | February 14, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart,
Although I agree with the crux of your article, with all due respect, big deal. Seriously, is this a surprise? Has it been a surprise? There is a minority out there that will continue to believe this type of stuff because it is a salve for their fear and ignorance.

Frankly, articles like yours only serve to breath life back into such nonsense by giving it a voice and exposure. The same goes double for Sarah Palin. Stop writing about it/them and you will do more to cast them aside than by constantly refreshing them. I, for one, will no longer read articles pertaining to such things, including yours.

Posted by: BruceNanasy | February 14, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

wewintheylose1 is a Nazi until he proves otherwise.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | February 14, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

what a pathetic excuse for a leader ...

Boehner = spineless d-bag

Posted by: fendertweed | February 14, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

If Obama's poor communications office can't get even that message across, then what more can he do? He said he believed he was a Christian: case closed. What elese can he say? Dissing someone for his or her beliefs is not the American way supposedly. If some poor schlub doesn't believe it, that's their problem, not Boehner's. He has more important things on his plate, like dealing with a broke nation. Since Obama won't lead and do it, Boehner has to (see Obama's budget).

Posted by: stvcar | February 14, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Yo--I'm your basic knee-jerk, reactionary liberal and don't know what the big deal is about "accepting him (Obama) at his word".

I think that's because it ISN'T a big deal.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Feel the love!

Posted by: binkynh | February 14, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Observer691:

First off, are you saying that two wrongs make a right? (We are all entitled to a 1st grade education, in which we learn about that little rule)

Secondly, I graduated from Colorado State University, though I hardly find that relevant, but I'm sure you'll find some way to pick apart or discredit it.

And I'm slightly puzzled as to why my post garnered a 'tough guy' response, lol. Ahh, brings back memories of middle school days when we all used that reference.

Ready, GO!

Posted by: chameleo3000 | February 14, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually it is coming to light that obama is really an alien since he can not prove he was born. ....Twilight zone proven to be real.........

Posted by: vageorge | February 14, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

obama an alien??? Maybe they will come and take him away....PLEASE PLEASE

Posted by: vageorge | February 14, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The State of Hawaii can't even prove it!
Wasn't it the governor who said he would, but then he had to retract his statement,
because he can't?
Besides, who pays any attention to the birthers? I guess its the same liberals who were stuck on Palin for so long

Posted by: ohioan | February 14, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

None of the current GOP leaders has the integrity to just come out and say that the President was born in Hawaii and is a Christian. It's bs to say 'I take him at his word' and 'I can't tell people what to think.' Maybe not, but you can tell people the unequivocal truth.

Posted by: jpawlik1 | February 14, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The left is screaming bloody murder because Boehner refused to say he would tell the American people what to think. Well good for him, he is right it is not his job. This is why the left lost so badly in November because people don't want a bunch of self apppointed elitist telling them how to live and they still don't get it. Gregory was really upset that Boehner refused to tell the American people to think the way the left wants. Pretty funny!

Posted by: Pilot1 | February 14, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Boner states "It's not my job to tell the American people what to think."

He definitely is a 9-Hole weasel, or better yet, a crying, fake-tanned ferret. If he really thinks he and his Party don't tell americans what to think, he either needs a Sobriety or Reality Test...ASAP !

Posted by: USA4ALL | February 14, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner should be removed from the position of Speaker of the House, and brought on trial for violation of his oath of office. He sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. He acts, advocates and supports imposing a de facto religious test for the Presidency in clear violation of the Constitution.

Posted by: mhoust | February 14, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of bull. What do you want to Speaker to say? How about asking those of the left who wish that Justice Thomas would die of a heart attack if they are heathen due to such a statement or would you say they have free speech and not have to answer a specific question as to their religous views. David Gregory is trying to make headlines out of a non story and Capehart is trying to milk it.

Posted by: sales7 | February 14, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Chameleo: You clearly have some unresolved issued regarding kids who went to private colleges. You need to get over that and get on with your life. CSU is a fine, fine school.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 14, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

USA4ALL:

Does trying to get people to think a certain way on one issue (probably one that is relevant) constitute that Boehner always tell people to think a certain way about every issue?

Example: I tell my coworker that he should really think about using tool XYZ to develop a framework for his next project. Does doing this obligate me to tell my colleague(s) that my boss really likes chinese food? or doesn't go to church on Sundays?

Posted by: chameleo3000 | February 14, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Boner said he stopped going to the tanning booth and I take him at his word. He must have gotten a home tanning bed.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 14, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Observer: Yes, you are genius! My unresolved issue is that the majority of kids who went to these institutions think themselves better than others. Living in Boston, I am surrounded by private school grads who act like entitled, know-it-all brats. I'm not hiding anything here, is that the impression you were under?

Posted by: chameleo3000 | February 14, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, so you're saying that the statement "I take him at his word" is code for assuming someone is lying on some level?

Why not write a column on why the President assumes police act stupidly before he even knows what the hell is going on.

I bet you don't want us taking him at his word there, huh?

Should we take Obama at his word that he visited all 57 states too?

I think you have much more interesting and pressing topics you can cover aside from NOT taking someone at THEIR word.

Ya dig?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | February 14, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

First I must confess I do not watch Gregory at any time because he is in my mind confused...does he want to be Fox with a loud opinion not based on facts or does he want to be an entertainment reporter? Why didn't he ask Boehner why he won't support the Pentagon's request to cancel the extra engine for one of our aging planes - why he and Cantor are not listening to what experts need and want -- oh wait I recall now. The plane is produced in part in Cantor's state and in Boehner's. Why they will cut billions from those who can't afford to lose anything, why Republicans continue to give more money to the rich, keep programs in THEIR state but everyone else has to "tighten their belt"? Those are the questions Russert would have asked - Gregory? Gives birthers legitimacy by continuing to press on this stupidity - and yes anyone who believes the President was not born a US Citizen is stupid and caring about his religion -- I believe in the Constitution that separates church and state and it is none of my business.

Posted by: Lemon7221 | February 14, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

You can't get ignorant people to think unless you educate them.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 14, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Luntz posed the question to the saame loons that voted Ron Paul their pick to lead the country....

Say no more.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 14, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely disgusting the methods and lengths to which the silly WaPo and/or NBC News will go to try to marginalize people who don't agree with their line of thinking. Furthermore, to attempt to force others, in this case Boehner, to do so as well, is truly outrageous and must be stopped!

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, KNOWS what is in a man's heart. Only he does. Calling people ignorant for believing someone is one religion or another is not "ignorance," it's a matter of not knowing something that no earthly human being could know with any certainty. One human being WILL ALWAYS have to take the word of another in such matters, period.

As for it being a "persistent lie," who says it's a lie? You Capehart? What's your proof? How do YOU know it's not a lie? How about I call you a liar for calling it a lie? I can most certainly PROVE that you don't know whether it's a lie one way or the other. You may BELIEVE something to be true, but that's your choice. What's to stop me from calling YOU ignorant for believing what may be a persistent LIE on the President's part? Answer: Nothing at all, if I choose to employ your methods.

If Jonathan Capehart and David Gregory are so high and mighty that they consider themselves able to read a man's heart in a manner that only a God could, then by all means, let's worship the silly SoBs. Otherwise, they both can go jump in the stinking Potomac River, and good riddance to them both, because they obviously have a much higher of themselves than anyone does, especially me. Both you guys make me want to vomit.

Calling people "ignorant" for "believing" something that ultimately can't be known with any certainty is just a way to marginalize people who don't think what you think. People can think ANYTHING they damn well want to think in such matters, whether the silly WaPo and or NBC News likes it or not.

I think my decisions to stop subscribing to the Washington Post and to stop watching Meet The Press have been well-founded ones.

Posted by: flintston | February 14, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

“Jonathan Capehart is right on. John Boehner seems to have an ulterior motive for his failure to educate his misguided and misinformed constituency about the President's citizenship and professed Christianity. The facts have been sufficiently presented and it is no longer about what these people know, but what they choose to SAY in public. It is an issue of their hatred and disdain for this "funny looking man with dark skin and a funny name” with political views that they disagree with. John Boehner’s failure to offer leadership to dispel or denounce this rhetoric makes him complicit in its intent to de-legitimize, and discredit this President. His divisive strategy is transparent and the country is not buying it. If he is not honorable enough to correct, educate and inform those that are ignorant or misguided of the truth (as John McCain was), he does a disservice, not only to them, but to his office”.

Posted by: paulmsmith | February 14, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans say they are Christians but I don't take them at their word because they are busily taking food away from the needy so that they can give tax breaks to their donors who can then give them unlimited contributions so that they can make commercials claiming to care about the middle class and so continue to get re-elected.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | February 14, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, to everyone except Beck/Limbaugh level reptile brains, Boehner INTENDED to puff a little lingering doubt into the wind to keep Pat Robertson and Jerry Fallwell type pseudochristians' suspicions up!

Boehner is DEFINITELY not one to question anyone's religious connections OR ethics, as his own ethics are seriously flawed!

Posted by: lufrank1 | February 14, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Many of the comments herein are about ethics and religious beliefs. Opinions about ethics and religious beliefs are not easily resolved. However, most religions have something to say about "the brotherhood of man" and "love your neighbor, as yourself". Even on Valentines Day, we can recall "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love."—John 15:9.

Even scientists (at least on NOVA) can talk about the love that is in our DNA, and the natural emphathy people have for one another. That is why we live in communities, so as to love one another. We can accomplish to so much more, when we live together. That is why we form teams.

These ideas are not the exclusive "rights" of any one nation, or political party, but are "human rights". As someone wrote on The Huffington Post, "so much for civility", refering to the CPAC fallout, which is echoed in this blog by many.

Posted by: rmorris391 | February 14, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Ok, this is ridiculous. First, even FRANK LUNTZ, the #1 Republican pollster had to remark on the lunacy by his Party. "Wow" was a statement of disbelief at all the idiots in the room (then again, it was Iowa).

Secondly, politicians try to tell us what to think ALL THE TIME! It's idiotic to say otherwise. They tell us what they believe about the budget, about the forecast, about the laws and regulations, about foreign affairs. I'd go so far as to say telling the American people what to think (about their government) is EXACTLY what a congressperson's job is (we do vote them in to represent us, it's not like I'm in all those congressional sessions, meetings, etc.). I mean, if all they were is a rubber stamp, then why couldn't we just be completely democratic and vote in our districts for every law ourselves? Right, because we have a REPRESENTATIONAL GOVT! Too bad the Speaker of the House doesn't know that.

Lastly, if I kept saying the debt was 14 million, would Boehner ever correct me? Because, the fact is it's not 14 million, it's 14 trillion. But, if he's not supposed to tell me what to think, how could we ever have a debt conversation if I kept saying we were only 14 million in debt? See the slippery slope down to complete chaos if you can't even accept a similar set of facts. It's a FACT that the President is an American citizen born in Hawaii. It's a FACT that he's a Christian. So, setting the record straight for some idiot who wants to believe otherwise is the only way TO HAVE A CONVERSATION.

And if I were the Dems, that's what I'd do. I'd ask everyone I speak with those two questions about the President, and if they don't want to accept either of them as facts, then just move on, because conversing with those morons would be akin to conversing with a tree, it can't happen.

Posted by: sachancp | February 14, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

You know, I thought Pres. Bush was an idiot, and probably one of the worst Presidents we ever had. But when the wackos started the conspiracy theories about him being behind 9/11, that was going too far. I disagreed with everyone I can in contact with who pushed that farce. Because I have a brain.

Too bad we can't say the same from the other Party!

Posted by: sachancp | February 14, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

It's fairly obvious from many of these posts that nothing will satisfy the left until every soul on the Right says "I love Obama, he's doing a bangup job, I think he should serve four terms, why, when I see him I get a tingle up my leg".

Posted by: thebink | February 14, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It's such a nice phrase to just say "I'll take him at his word." However, I can only imagine the many opportunities to use this expression when someone has a sincere disagreement with another individual's ideas.

It would be easy to conclude that "I'll take him at his word that he's not (fill in the blank,...)." Weisel words do have a way of showing up over and over again!!!

Posted by: ronhamp | February 14, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is a weasel for not saying that the whole matter is absurd. Why is President Obama's religiosity questioned when nobody else's is? Boehner has never had to prove he's a Christian. Nobody else's word is doubted but Obama's.

There's only one theme here: Obama isn't really one of us. He's different. He can't be trusted. He's an outsider. It's time for those in the GOP with common decency to put this to bed. If Speaker Boehner had said that he and Obama were the same religion, I've have held him in high regard.

Lastly, this is a blot on the Republican ranks. For 40% of them to poll as believing that Obama is a liar is simply damning shame on them.

Posted by: Keesvan | February 14, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The State of Hawaii can't even prove it!
Wasn't it the governor who said he would, but then he had to retract his statement,
because he can't?
Besides, who pays any attention to the birthers? I guess its the same liberals who were stuck on Palin for so long

Posted by: ohioan | February 14, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Good article. Boehner's guilty of perpetuating this lie. More guilty, however, is Rupert Murdoch, who makes lots of money spinning and peddling lies that cater to people's basest fears and anger - regardless of any connections to truth or reality. Is Mr. Murdoch treasonous? Is he un-American? Those are reasonable questions to ask. Is it healthy to have the top Republican candidates for national office on the payroll of a major media organization? Also a question worth pondering.

The sad fact is, if you get your information from Fox News, or Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh, it is pointless to try to have a reasonable fact-based discussion with you.

Posted by: firethief | February 14, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

So the Great Orange One is right there behind "leadership", he's all for it, 100% committed to leadership...as long as he doesn't have to do it.

Posted by: washpost18 | February 14, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

You are offensive and insulting capehart.

Were you as offended when pelosi called those in opposition to her agenda, astroturf?

I thought not. More liberal driberal.

Posted by: tjmlrc | February 14, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I fully support Obama lying to America and saying he is a Christian, because in fact he's most likely an Atheist, the only honest supernatural belief set.

Dopes gotta have a Christian, when in fact monotheism is a clear indicator of ignorance, as of course there are no gods.

Of course Boner is clueless....

Posted by: AIPACiswar | February 14, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Reporter: "So you don't think as Speaker of the House of Representative you have an obligation to speak out against such beliefs."

Pelosi: "Well my job is not to make people change their minds. President Bush says he is not responsible and I take him at his word."

Posted by: smith6
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You guys just don't get it, do you?

The above conversation, of course, is pure fantasy; it never occurred.

However, even if it had, you guys honestly think there's no difference between a policy question and questioning a man's faith??
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Of course the conversation given was hypothetical and it is "you guys" that are the ones who don't get it. Given your logic than such a response by Nancy Pelosi would be 100% legitimate. It is not her job to tell people what to think. Bohener knows exactly what he is doing. Bohener IS questioning a man's faith. He does so for his own political benefit. John McCain had the guts to shut up a woman who said that Obama was a Muslim, because he knows he is not. There is no proof. What is funny is that people want him to be both a Muslim AND a radical black christian of Rev. Wright fame. You can't have it both ways.

People question Obama because he is different, not just his policies, but because he is multi-racial, has lived in other part of the world and his name "sounds" funny.

Bohener could have said this: "I disagree with President Obama on many, many things. I think is economic policies are going to bankrupt the nation, I think is reliance on government is short-sighted and I think he is not being tough enough on those enemies who want to hurt us. But I know that Mr. Obama is a Christian. I know he was born in Hawaii and those who think otherwise are wrong and I would suggest they listen to the facts and move on."

Posted by: smith6 | February 14, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Capehart wants Boehner to chastise people who have a different view which is outrageous.That style must remain with Capehart and his Liberal friends who vilify,demean and smear any person or group they don't understand or who hold an
opposing view. I don't agree with the "birthers" and I have zero interest in Obama's personal faith.Boehner made a good call and had the cahones to ignore David Gregory's badgering and bullying.

Posted by: bowspray | February 14, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow - what a critical article . . since when did "I take him at his word" become weasel words?

Posted by: sarno | February 14, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

It's whatever suits the Republican wingnuts at the moment. When they had Jeremiah Wright to demonize, Obama was a Christian. Now that Wright has gone underground they are taking Obama at his word he is a Christian. These fools continue to pollute the earth.

Posted by: renegade2 | February 14, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It's whatever suits the Republican wingnuts at the moment. When they had Jeremiah Wright to demonize, Obama was a Christian. Now that Wright has gone underground they are taking Obama at his word he is a Christian. These fools continue to pollute the earth.

Posted by: renegade2 | February 14, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hyperboblicans agape!!!! You people are beyond moronic. Of course it's dog whistle politics at it's finest. When Cheney said deficits don't matter, crickets, when he lied us into war crickets, when the medicare giveaway happened, crickets, when billions of doallrs IN CASH disappear in a flight from New York to Iraq, crickets, when Bush suspended habeus corpus crickets, when Bush creqated teh bailout for the banks, crickets. Now you attack this president relentlessly, your own party mambers won't just say "of course he's a citizen" you think you are being so unabashedly genuous and throw the "ANGRY LIBERAL" moniker for a decidedly appropriate reaction. You people suck. YOu want an authoritarian presidency as long as it's Republican. You are angry white Jethro's who think you're the only ones who love their country. Now you sit back and watch while your party rolls back women's rights, worker's rights and a plethora of environmental and regulatory policies and focus on teh muslim president. You are the traitors. You called progressives traitors for so lomng and now it is clear who teh traitors are. REPUBLICANS Suck on that

Posted by: lomby | February 14, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Speaker Boehner is a crybaby orange-colored alien who spends his time at country clubs and exclusive $1000-a-plate dinners. Hilarious.

Posted by: ExConservative | February 14, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This column is humorous, and the comments are hilarious.

In the spirit of such levity, I will assume that in a future Meet The Press episode David Gregory will ask a White House official to denounce the attacks on Sarah Palin, and Capehart will parse the official's words carefully to determine if they possess a full quotient of humble sincerity.

Ridiculous question, doubly ridiculous analysis, and the fact that so many take it seriously is beyond ridiculous. GET A LIFE PEOPLE!

Posted by: pilsener | February 14, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

johnny gets todays Three P award for Political Pig Pucky. He must be so Proud!

Posted by: vanfrank | February 14, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

You must be a "citizens of the United States at birth" to be president. This site: <http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_citi.html" says the following:

Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"

* Anyone born inside the United States *
* Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe

* Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.

* Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national

* Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year

* Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21

* Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)

* A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

* There is an exception in the law — the person must be "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.

Anyone falling into these categories is considered natural-born, and is eligible to run for President or Vice President. These provisions allow the children of military families to be considered natural-born, for example.

Posted by: Ghak | February 14, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It’s even worse than you say. I watched all of Boehner’s interview yesterday. He speaks with a forked tongue. On one hand, as you note, he will not speak against the insulting prejudices and ignorance of the Teabat birthers whose delusions and lies deserve only condemnation, saying that these fools are entitled to their opinions and that it is not a leader’s job to educate them. But, on the other hand, he said that it is a leader’s job to educate the public on the federal budget and the need for spending cuts on programs that the GOP hates because the public’s opinions on those things are ignorant and wrongheaded.

So Boehner wants it both ways, you see, depending upon whether or not he and the GOP can gain politically from saying anything about an issue.

Boehner is both a moral coward and a hypocrite or, in other words, a pretty typical Republican. Ignorance and prejudice for him are not something to be eradicated. They are things to be encouraged and exploited whenever convenient. Integrity like Boehner’s would make a goat vomit.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 14, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Boner and the entire Republican Party live by the lie. Their power derives from deceiving the innocent in middle America as the work against their interests and in favor of the Rich.

Posted by: chucky-el | February 14, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

" I can't tell people what to think"

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So if a group comes to his office and says that the Vatican is about to launch a nuclear attack against the US he says "fine, believe what you want." Or if people say the sun revolves around the earth so stop funding science, he says believe what you want? The man is a panderer of the worst sort.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | February 14, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

do I believe that dcjayhawk2 or rongerwin are citizens? well, ...I don't want to tell anyone what to think but I haven't seen the paper work...I guess we should take their word for it, although either could be foreign terrorist. maybe we should keep an eye on them just in case!
papers please!

Posted by: michael5 | February 14, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention his comments about the "Big Spenders" in washington "Snuffing-out" the American dream.

Bonner is a slug. He equates opposition to his mindless budget cuts with murder. Of the American dream.

It is he and his fellow memebers of the huge mass of ignorance also known as tyhe Republican party who are proposing to "downsize" the American dream.

He proposes to make cuts that will cause thousands of job losses - and claims it is a "jobs" program!

The Republicans have ZERO leadership - not since the days of the great decider himself has there been such a void of adults in the Republican party.

Bonner is a lying pig.

Posted by: gooch733 | February 14, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"I can't tell people what to think"

Just like when we heard about "mushroom clouds" and ties between Sadaam and AlQaida. In 2006, over 70% of our soldiers still believed this crap that Bush et.al. propagated.

Typical of the cheap-labor, send-somebody-eles's-son-to-war, shameless Republicans.


Posted by: hrobert02 | February 14, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If Boehner stands on his comment of not telling the American people what to think,
how the heck are he and the other HELL NO GOPers going to get elected? They not only tell people WHAT and HOW to think, they spread vicious lies, misinformation and misconceptions to get their votes. What a disgusting group headed up by this bone-
head!!!

Posted by: rbsher | February 14, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

For God's sake, give it a rest. Boehner says he takes the president at his word. And you have the nerve to ask for more?

The fact is that both Obama's father and his stepfather were Muslims. His mother was an atheist.

Like Boehner, I too am willing to take Obama at his word that he is Christian.

But, if you want me to shout it from the housetops, you will have to wait a while.

Posted by: rjpal | February 14, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, you KNOW that's all Republicans have got -- LIE AND DENY.

Republicans' record is the worst in history, they don't have a clue and never did otherwise we wouldn't be in this mess, and if the GOP EVER told the truth about anything, no one in their right mind would vote for them.

Expect an overabundance of demagoguery from the Republicans because they can't stand on the truth -- the truth hurts them too badly.


Posted by: lindalovejones | February 14, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of Beohner or the entrenched Republican party apparatchiks, but in this I must agree with him. It is not his job or his business to tell Americans how to think. That is the perview (and mission)of the Liberal/Progressive, politics of the possible, we are reeducating mankind crowd.

Journalists however should know better than to preach censorship and propagandizing, I believe the Journalist cabal calls it "Civic Journalism," as that is exactly what you are preaching.
Didn't you guys read and comprehend the First Amendment to the US Constitution? It states Freedom of Speech, not freedom from the truth.

Posted by: dedreckon | February 14, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Capehart and other liberal wing nuts. It is very easy - all Obama has to do is show his birth certificate and that ends the issue. If you are a real journalist you would be asking the question, "why hasn't he produced a birth certificate".

Posted by: topgun97365 | February 14, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Republican Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal is a Hindu that joined a Christian Church in High School when he decided to make Politics his career.

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I don't know if this is true. But how are we to know? It is Valentine's Day. If someone says "I love you" how are we to know if they are serious?

The most we can say is "It seems that Obama and Jindal are both Christian" and leave it at that.

In fact Capehart's implication is disturbing. When he insists that he wants more from Boehner than "I take the president at his word", he is implying that it is important whether Obama is Christian. And, it should not be.

I thought that liberals want to keep religion out of politics. But perhaps they only mean, "Keep religion out of politics unless we can use religion to bash some Republican."

I wish Capehart and so many posters here would stop abusing Boehner and I wish some other posters would stop abusing Obama.

As long as Americans are abusing Americans, nothing is going to get done and sooner or later China will take over the world.

And then, no doubt we will abuse each other on whose fault it is that China took over world leadership.

Posted by: rjpal | February 14, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I have been confused about the Speaker's name. It looks like it would be pronounced "Bo-ner" but he says it is pronounced "Bay-ner" and that is good enough for me.

Posted by: eaglepost | February 14, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Typical of the cheap-labor, send-somebody-eles's-son-to-war, shameless Republicans.
Posted by: hrobert02
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Actually Palin's son DID serve in Iraq.

Are you going to take back your words, or are you just going to find some other reason for bashing all Republicans?

I used to be a liberal, but when liberals became this hateful, ignorant bunch, I no longer want to be a liberal.

Posted by: rjpal | February 14, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I saw the interview on "Meet The Press" yesterday with The WEEPER OF THE HOUSE, and, believe me, Boner was a wimp....... except he did not cry.

I really do not think Boner is a Christian, and I believe he is anti-American. I also think boner is an alcoholic. addicted to cigarettes, and a womanizer and not fit to be Speaker of the House. These are all stories I have heard about Boner, and I believe them...... just like millions of other Americans!

Posted by: cashmere1 | February 14, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

They don't care about Americans other than how much they can screw them out of.

Posted by: WTFudge
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Would you care to list a few of the things that you have been screwed out of?

Posted by: twoeagle | February 14, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, everybody, but we do not have a religious requirement for the office of the President of the United States. Remember?

Posted by: carlanyc | February 14, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

This Country is working to come together yet ignorant journalists keep trying to divide us.
Posted by: recon925 | February 14, 2011 7:51 AM
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So I am willing to bet my life's savings that you love Beck, O'Reilly, Limburger, and the rest of those "uniters"!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | February 14, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

This Country is working to come together yet ignorant journalists keep trying to divide us.
Posted by: recon925 | February 14, 2011 7:51 AM
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So recon925, I am willing to bet my life's savings that you love Beck, O'Reilly, Limburger, and the rest of those "Unite-ers"!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | February 14, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Little you know. I guess you missed the part where the Governor of Hawaii went to get the birth certificate of Obama and couldn't find it. What the Governor did find was a write in saying Obama was born in Hawaii. There wasn't any birth certificate, nothing. Then all of a sudden a birth certificate of Obama is going to be sold for 100 dollars to those who wants to see for themselves. If there wasn't a birth certificate of Obama in the archives, then where did it come from. Do you have an answer for that. No you don't, because some weasel made one up and is now selling them to the public. This is a fact and it is indisputable.

Posted by: houstonian | February 14, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

If a Boehner lasts more than 4 hours, is it a medical emergency? Should a doctor be called, immediately?

Posted by: meinschaft | February 14, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

where in the constitution does it say the president has to be christian?

Posted by: diveguy99 | February 14, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

don't know what religion President Obama holds to, though I am quite assured it is not Christianity. Too many people think that just because they live in America, or do good things, that makes them a Christian. But when you judge Obama by his words and actions by the Bible, he does not seem at all to be a Christian.

Posted by: truthincognito | February 14, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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A few passages in yoru bible might imply that you should withhold judgment on this subject. Check into that and let us know if you still feel so qualified to stand in judgment.

Posted by: roskoreh | February 14, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The birthers are knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.

Posted by: brcgstn | February 14, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I have not been a fan of Boehner, but I am beginning to like him.

What else could he have said to the question of believing what President Obama said? It was perfect. The only thing we can actually do when someone says they have a certain faith is to believe them or not - only God knows the truth.

There have been far too many attempts to brand Obama as a person who lies by saying he lies about his citizenship and his faith. When Boehner says he believes Obama, Boehner is also saying Obama is a believable person - I find that refreshing and affirming of some respect for the President as a person of integrity.

Good for Boehner. maybe, now, we can get away from casting aspersions on a persons character and get down to discussing public policy.

Capehart - if there is going to be a movement away from trashing Obama, Boehner just did it. Maybe what Boehner was doing was respectful, not disrespectful.

Posted by: amelia45 | February 14, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Just like we all took George W's word for it that he showed up for National Guard duty even though no one ever saw him there.

Posted by: rj2008 | February 14, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

What more do you want from the Speaker ? It seems that you're just looking for a fight. Put your big boy pants on and grow up, Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: richard36 | February 14, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

HAWAII was not yet a state when nobamba was born in a muslim country ! Efforts to confuse the issue ,are as great as the falsehood itself !

Posted by: sideboom | February 14, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Little do YOU know houstonian. Fact is the Birth Certificate is in the possession of the Hawaiian authorities, and online for anyone to view. The Certificate of Live Birth is something pretty much everyone gets (I have one, I've used it many times), since you won't get the original birth certificate. Also, if Hawaii lost it, that's their problem.

Fact is, OBAMA IS PRESIDENT! That pretty much means he satisfied the Constitution's requirements for the office.

So, if that's not enough for you Republican idiots, that's YOUR problem. Let's take it up in 2016 when Obama gets out of office. IDIOTS!

Posted by: sachancp | February 14, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Of course a weasel uses weasel words ..........

Posted by: the_observer1 | February 14, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

As usual, not a peep out of Boehner about a jobs program. His Pledge to America promised to make jobs a top priority. Based on this promise, millions of people voted Republican. And don't tell me the Big Lie that if rich people and corporations they create more jobs. Look at their current bottom lines. Look at how few people they are hiring. At least Boehner did the whole interview without crying.

Posted by: BBear1 | February 14, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

sideboom said: "HAWAII was not yet a state when nobamba was born"

Obama was born in 1961. I have never heard anyone disputing that. Hawaii became a state in 1959. Sheesh.

Posted by: Ghak | February 14, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Old hat

Posted by: GeneWells | February 14, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a party which spent over $6 million on the all important Clinton/Lewinsky investigation. However, I will take him at his word that he didn't "self-diddle" while reading the report.

Posted by: thomgr | February 14, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

We are so screwed...

Boehner and other Republicans have no interest in dispelling the lies abour Obama's citizenship or religious faith.
They want these lies to flurish...this proves thay they are the "do nothing" party of distraction - gay marriage, abortion, and now Obama's background...

They have no interest in solving our pressing problems or helping the average person, they seek only to beat Obama in 2012..

What a bunch of slimeb---ls

Posted by: JJH1 | February 14, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It's news that a weasel speaks weasel words? Talk about reporting a 'dog bites man' story.

2010 was the year Ohioans elected a record number of people fundamentally unfit to hold public office, from our so-called Governor to half a dozen members of Congress, including hizzoner Mr. Boehner. Republicans all.

Posted by: kg1957 | February 14, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Boehner's choice of words is something like asking someone "so, when did you stop beating your wife?"

To those Obama-haters masquerading as conservatives, how would you have reacted if someone had asked Tip O'Neil about Ronald Reagan's marital status and O'Neil had answered "well, if he says he's legally married I'll take his word for it."

Posted by: dandrbelf | February 14, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"The obvious implication is that there's a possibility the president might be lying. This is offensive and an insult."

There is no "obvious implication" - That is simply your perception and what you are ready to jump on. But, that is certainly not the perception of people who are not looking for the negative.

Gregory's questioning was inappropriate. The last thing the speaker of the house should be doing is lecturing to the country about what the public should think of their president.
That is so ludicrous.
I want the speaker to concentrate on getting us back on track after putting up with the ramming through of health care by Pelosi and Reid. The tactics used during that legislation made me hope that we could change speakers and get to the economy and jobs.
Now, Gregory comes along and wants the speaker to concentrate on Obama's religion and birthplace??
Obama could address that whole issue by just unlocking his school records and the b.c.
He chooses not to -- and you want our current speaker to address the public -- and reprimand people for their individual perceptions? Hogwash.

The Speaker was appropriate; those who are asking him to "redirect" any dissenting voices -- must have one brick short of a full load.

Posted by: pjcafe | February 14, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is a weasel. He wafts to the winds like the true hypocrit he is.

What about jobs? Oh, I forgot. Tax cuts for the rich take precedence.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | February 14, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ahh.. the king weasel responds and my apologies to the weasel family. Uh, are we still stuck on Barry's citizenship and religion? I thought that question has been answered so why do you keep bringing up? I can't believe your editors allow this to be printed without asking, a)"Have you been drinking?", b) We're you out late last night and retrieved this from your wastebasket? Please Capey, get some help.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | February 14, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Any one that seals all his records is hiding something."
Posted by: vageorge

So that must be why the right was so supportive in getting George W. Bush's service records, which he had sealed while (and after) he was president. So lets get all those records out in the open, shall we, and not just the democrats...I wonder how many republican politicians would endorse this deal.

Posted by: underhill | February 14, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not, President Obama is your president and he deserves the respect of his office. His calm in the midst of chaos and hysteria keeps me calm. There is nothing he can do to please either the right or the left - poor man to have won such a prize (the presidency) in such troubling times. Good luck Mr. President.

Posted by: irenehanlon | February 14, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

An amazing number of Americans think Obama is a Muslim. Obama must be doing something to encourage that view.

It really isn't up to Boehner to convince Americans, one way or the other.

Leave him be.

Posted by: battleground51 | February 14, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Boehner doesn't believe in telling other people what to believe. . except for that stuff about women's reproductive rights or millionaires getting more millions in tax breaks or wall street huckster lobbyists making it legal to raid my retirement or deciding that rape isn't REALLY rape (just rapish) or what age I can retire or if I can form a union to bargain for a living wage and decent working conditions or supporting a health care system that seeks to loophole me out of my healthcare when I really need it the most or refusing to fix the roads and bridges or giving the military billions to build floating tanks that don't float or accusing the president of being a socialist just days after he bailed out the engine of free enterprise and capitalism, the American Banking System and mocking climate science even when back to back blizzards shut down his whole state or making working for the government or teaching financially impractical career choices . . .except for those things, he won't tell anyone what to believe. What a man of conviction he is.

Posted by: guybrarian | February 14, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm.. disregard my previous statement, it's almost 6:30pm and people still don't seem to get that Boehner is being a weasel with that line.

Sure, you have freedom of speech people, but when folks do things like this, the journalist has just as much right to call him on it. There are a million and one more classy things Boehner COULD have said (since he's seen as such a classy gentleman) and yet, he didn't. He parroted the same weasel words used in 2008: "I take him at his word"

Personally, I'm not surprised - stained glass, no matter how orange, is still transparent.

Posted by: RandomAnon | February 14, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This is business as usual for the GOP. For decades they have blustered that they are not racists, for example, but in fact a lot of them are and the rest do not disavow them. They know they depend on racist's votes and they live with it. A truly disgusting party, hopefully on its way out. Hear their latest? Now they claim it is the height of patriotism to question Obama on racial grounds. I am not kidding about this. As I said, a truly disgusting party. And the Tea Baggers? They are the racists.

Posted by: jrw1 | February 14, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Capehart continues to worhship his Golden Calf aka Obama.

It matters not where aka Obama was born he can never be a natural born citizen based on the foreign citizenship of his father.

The Law of Nations..which the Washington continues to deny it exists, states in Chapter XIX..a natural born citizen is born to citizen parents.

Congress is not master to the Law of Nations..they are subject to it. The Courts have said over the last 200 years, the Law of Nations is law in this country and we are bound by it since our existence.

Obama and Congress as President violates the Law of Nations.

George Washington wrote in 1797.."prosecute all crimes against the Law of Nations.

Is this why the NAACP recently covered up the Washington statue?


Posted by: dancingrabbit | February 14, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

NOT ONE LEFTIST HAS THE BRAINS OR GUTS TO ANSWER MY QUESTION:

WHY SPEND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN COURT TO AVOID SHOWING A TEN DOLLAR LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE SHOWING THE DOCTOR'S NAME AND LOCATION OF THE HOSPITAL???

WHY...WHY...WHY..ANSWER THAT SPECIFIC SIMPLE QUESTION.

Posted by: curtisprod
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you can't get a "long form" for ten bucks or a million. there is no such thing, or not any more. for ten bucks you get what he's produced. some states used to issue birth certificates with more of the information supplied by the hospital and physician on the vital records submissions (which are not themselves birth certificates at all). most don't any more. I have one from my shortly after birth in South Dakota with all sorts of stuff on it. The ones I have ordered lately look just like Obama's. I couldn't get another one that looked like my old one if my life depended on it, and neither can Obama.

houstonian: the governor made no such admission, that's an internet myth. there is no long form on record. states don't produce one for themselves, they simply keep or record the information supplied at birth, and certify it when requested - they wouldn't keep a copy of a long form if they had issued one when they issued long forms. there's no long form to find.

they toyed with the idea of changing state law to let someone other than the person who was born order a birth certificate (no state does because it would aid and abet identity theft) and charge 100 bucks because birthers like you would balance the state budget and replace their sales tax. but they dropped the idea because it was a bad idea, not because they don't have a BC to sell

topgun97365 - he has

Observer691: see above - you're a fool

Ohioan: I can only assume you ordered your HI BC when they were longer. If you ordered one now, it would look like Obama's and if you tried to get another one that looks like the one you have (even another copy of the one you do have), you couldn't, for any price, because even HI doesn't have one (see above).

Posted by: JoeT1 | February 14, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The real weasel is Obama for not releasing his origonal birth certificate. Why not? What is he hiding?

Posted by: combat18 | February 14, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Speaker Boehner's job is, in part, to tell the people what he believes. That's leadership. John Boehner defines leadership as following whatever whim or fancy a majority believes or can be convinced to believe.

Leaders lead. Boehner is simply a mean-spirited sloganeer who's sole intent is to cling to power for his own enrichment, that of his fellow Republicans and those who are already rich.

He plays the religious hatred card for the sake of power.

Posted by: kcbob | February 14, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Getting a little nit-picky here, Jonathan. I'm no fan of Boehner, but he didn't say anything to fan the flames of the half-wit caucus within the Republican party. He said Obama's word is good enough for him. That's good enough for me.

Posted by: sbdc2 | February 14, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The real weasel is Obama for not releasing his origonal birth certificate. Why not? What is he hiding?

Posted by: combat18
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there is no such thing as an "original" BC. you are born. the doc and the hospital comply with state vital records laws and submit information about your birth. you can ask for a BC as soon as you like, but it's just a certification that the state records show you were born there. it's an original only in the sense that it's not a photocopy, and has a raised seal or the like, showing that it "originated" with the state. the very next day you can order another one, and it will be just as "original." or you can wait til you run for president, and order one, and it will look like Obama's.

Posted by: JoeT1 | February 14, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Sigh...

I just wasted 5 minutes reading this ludacris piece about how Boehner answered a question.

As I see it, I make about $50/hour and I feel that Capehart owes me $4.16 for the minutes of my life that I wasted.

You can sent it to my PayPal account...

Posted by: DaveLopan | February 14, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what Boehner or anyone else believes about President Obama's faith because the tea bag group will simply refuse to believe the truth. Facts don't matter if they counteract what they choose to believe. My mother used to say, "there are none so blind as those who refuse to see."

Posted by: MNUSA | February 14, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Somebody needs to tell The Wonderland Post to stop insinuating that Iran is building nuclear weapons without a shred of evidence that it is.

Posted by: DJ_Spanky | February 14, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

we didn't need an article to know that Boehner wouldn't say anything that would actually dis' the Kenyan/Muslim crowd that vote 100 percent Republican. so he played it cute and winked.

Posted by: JoeT1 | February 14, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

The real weasel is Obama for not releasing his origonal birth certificate. Why not? What is he hiding?

Posted by: combat18

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The real moron is you, combat18, for not keeping that trap you call a mouth shut when it is obvious that you are a complete and utter idiot.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | February 14, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Phony Boehney,

Full o' baloney,

Has full control

Of his lachrymony.

But one can get his fears up,

And watch him when he tears-up,

For he's one who resents being pestered

About that lobbyist he keeps sequestered.


Posted by: lilhornie | February 14, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Any questions about that which does not matter now, were caused by the president.

First, why do liberals care so much about his religion? Why does he have to be Christian? His religion has nothing to do with it.

Obama caused most of this by claiming that John McCain was not mentioning his Muslim faith in the campaign on National TV, and he had to be corrected by the reporter, Stephanopolous.

Obama was the one who claimed that the evening call to prayer at sunset was one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.


Obama's aunt claimed he was born in Kenya.
As to the the birth certificate controversy, the president has gone to great lengths to fight the viewing of the long form (original) birth certificate, that now, the state, cannot find for some reason, after the governor said he was going to reveal it to put all the rumors to rest. It was Obama, who wanted it to remain secret. People have claimed they have seen it, yet it is missing. How and when did they see it and why is it missing.

To say you will have to take some one at their word, means that you choose to believe what they have said with all that has happened.

Capehart is defensive because he is worried about what will turn up. Since, nothing to date has every cleared it up.

Posted by: thelaw1 | February 14, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

kadius1964:
"Do I who make over 100k per year pay too much in taxes, YES is my answer."

Really? Please tell us what the correct amount should be. Give a specific dollar amount.

"Now ask a liberal if I who make over 100k per year pay enough in taxes, the answer from the liberal is NO."

I make over 100k per year and my taxes are shockingly low.

"Leftest liberals fill our prisons and jails, rape our children and cause the filth that comes out of Hollywood and the leftest media."

Really? REALLY?

Posted by: presto668 | February 14, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is doing his usual posturing and pouting. So what's new? Are we even supposed to care or even ask what his religion is? Isn't that a violation of the First Amendment? Does it stipulate in the Constitution that he cannot be a Muslim? Insofar as I am concerned everyone who makes such comments is in violation of the law. Free speech notwithstanding. All of this faux concern about his religion is just getting ridiculous!

Posted by: skybride56 | February 14, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is doing his usual posturing and pouting. So what's new? Are we even supposed to care or even ask what his religion is? Isn't that a violation of the First Amendment? Does it stipulate in the Constitution that he cannot be a Muslim? Insofar as I am concerned everyone who makes such comments is in violation of the law. Free speech notwithstanding. All of this faux concern about his religion is just getting ridiculous!

Posted by: skybride56 | February 14, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

When I see George Stephanopalus?, in an interviewe, correct Obama when he refers to himself himself as a Muslin, I presumed he knew is what he said he is.. a Muslim.

And down to the bottom line, why is he so willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to refuse his personal papers to be seen? If a library is ever formed in his behalf, what will be considered in it except a bunch of jokes?

Posted by: yogiman70 | February 15, 2011 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm willing to believe that John Boehner is an American. But given the vicious hostility that he and the other Republicans have towards Jesus' teachings, I can hardly believe that either he or they are Christians.

Posted by: edallan | February 15, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

What the GOP needs to really look it is why so many of their supporters go in for conspiracy theories like this whenever they are out of power. The answer is clear to anybody willing to take out their Munsell kit at a tea party or CPAC rally. Given the demographics of the country, this strategy should work for them about two more election cycles before they have to change their public image again to cling to power.

Posted by: SageThrasher | February 15, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Its called narrow minded arrogance! No one asked him to tell the people what to say or think now did they? Hedge the question cause he is too cowardly to stand up for what is right. No backbone of his own.

Boehner and Cantor are prime example of why W.Bush/Cheney got away with doing so much damage.

IMO, these are not politicians who can stand up for what is right. They are cowards who are clearly yes men who do whatever to get ahead for their own greedy selfish means. Boehner does not deserve his seat if he cannot stand up for what is right. A women had that seat before and could do that not matter the controversy but not Boehner.
Boehner and weasel really fit the bill. He needs to go back to Ohio.


Posted by: mac7 | February 15, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to add that Boehner knows darn no one get a seat on Capitol Hill or in the White House without proper vetting and investigation yet he cannot say that. No one goes by "word"

Posted by: mac7 | February 15, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

This is all silly. The press and politicians are indulging in these petty distractions because they don't want to talk about the number one issue on people's minds, the thing they all ran on in 2010, JOBS! The Republicans are pushing budget cuts that will put tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people out of work without creating a single job. President Obama is pushing a trade deal with South Korea that will see tens of thousands of jobs outsourced. He hopes to lay off thousands of federal workers also. There seems to be a gentlemen's agreement between both parties not to speak about job creation as they frantically kill as many American jobs as they can for the benefit of the super-wealthy.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | February 15, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I read Capeheart, Krugman, Fran Rich for humor purposes only. This column IS funny. Boehner was asked a question and he answered that cannot be answered any other way than he believes the President. Yet Capeheart says that Boehner is a weasel and is 'offensive.' Is Capeheart married? If this is offensive, I feel sorry for his wife. Can you imagine, Capeheart to wife: "do you want more coffee?" Wife to Capeheart: "No thank you." Capeheart: "I find that offensive." !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sar8303 | February 15, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

TO, all the birther tea party Boehner,Cantor, McConnell out there step out of the shadow and say what you mean. You don't like the fact that a black man is in the white house. and Cantor when you replied to David you don't think it nice to call anyone crazy that nothing compare to the name's they call the president. your are heartless,and hatred.

Posted by: bwallace6 | February 15, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Boehner has no credibility so it won't matter what he says anyway.

Posted by: withersb | February 15, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Boehner can't afford to alienate the base - you can't call them the fringe anymore because the normal people have become the fringe and the crazies have become the Republican base.

The LA Times has an editorial taking Boehner to task for his weaselness:

"By refusing to preach reality to constituents who maintain Obama is a foreign-born Muslim, House Speaker Boehner insults the president and encourages the denialists."

Posted by: FauxReal | February 15, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually all this bait and switch is what we have come to expect out of Boehner. Never expect him to show any guts when it comes to standing up for what is right. I am beginning to think that not a solitary person in my own party has the guts to make a definitive statement that of course, Obama is a natural born American just like Gov. Jam Brewer and the Health Department Director in Hawaii has categorically stated after THEY observed his certificate of live birth. Having lived in Hawaii, I can also state that Hawaii residents are sick and tired of this sort of total prejudice against their brown population. Actually their governmental agencies are well run and up to date. But if Republican in our party continue to equivocate on this issue, they will lose Hawaii altogether. It seems we have so many people in our Party that insist in shooting us all in the foot in order to maintain their racist swill.

Posted by: mJJ2 | February 15, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, you must be desperate to find anything to discredit the Republican leadership to have to write about emphatically defending the Presidents religious belief or birthplace.

This would easily go away if the President himself was emphatic about his own religious belief and birthplace. But he has not been. In fact he has skirted the issue on both counts. Why is it so disrespectful for him to stand firm on his religious belief and show his true birth certificate? He is the highest ranking "public servant" in this country and is not untouchable or holier then thou.

Posted by: hanocul6 | February 15, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

replying to post copy below my reply
Dear tahuaya,
Yes it does matter where he was born> as the Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution sets the principal qualifications one must meet to be eligible to the office of president. A president must:

* be a natural born citizen of the United States;

natural born citizen is not someone born of a citizen it is born in the country.

I believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States but it does not matter where he was born. His mother was a U.S. citizen and all children born to a U.S. citizen are citizens of this country too. That is the law.

As for his religion, I remember during the campaign, the Republicans were upset over Obama's minister Jermiah Wright. Muslims don't have ministers, Christians do.

The Birthers need to get a grip and the Republicans, on this issue, need to come clean and move on.

Posted by: tahuaya | February 14, 2011 6:41 AM

Posted by: Wmwheeler | February 17, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

personal to "bwallace6":

are you REALLY stupid enough to believe that the dislike of BHO & the rest of his claque of "DIMocRAT leaders" has ANYTHING whatever to do with his skin color
OR
do you believe that "playing the race-card" will "cow" those of us who want him OUT of office at the earliest possible date?
(fyi, the leftists/extremists/lunatics have tried that so often that NOBODY with an ounce of brains believes the "race-card players" anymore.)

fwiw, i'm also "biracial" & i know of NOBODY (and i know, because of my job, many people) who cares what color obama's skin is. - instead we care that he:
1. is a constant LIAR & a FRAUD.
2. is a WEAKLING who is scripted by others, who are far more sinister than he.
3. could NOT successfully lead two drunken sailors into a bawdy-house.
4. is SELF-important, arrogant, ignorant & frequently angry to no good reason.
5. cares about NOTHING & NOBODY except himself & his intimate cronies from the most extreme, leftist wing of the Democrat Party.

in other words, he is an abject FAILURE as POTUS & if he had an ounce of HONOR/DECENCY, he would abjectly apologize for his two years in office, resign his position & return to private life.
(at age 64, i never thought that i would live long enough to see a POTUS who makes Jimmy Carter LOOK SMART and make Richard Nixon LOOK HONEST. - sadly, i was 100% wrong as BHO is worse than BOTH, combined.)

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 19, 2011 2:54 AM | Report abuse

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