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Boehner Bursts Birthers’ Bubbles

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Posted on Jan 6, 2011
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No dice: Looks like a “birther” bill wouldn’t make it past this man’s gavel.

Those “birthers” out there still hoping to contest President Obama’s American citizenship won’t have much of an ally in the newly installed House Speaker John Boehner, but he also won’t question their own beliefs on that front.  —KA

MSNBC:

The state of Hawaii has said that President Obama was born there. That’s good enough for me,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told NBC ‘s Brian Williams in an interview to air Thursday night on NBC Nightly News.

Pressed by Williams on what he would say to members of his party who have expressed doubts about Obama’s citizenry, Boehner replied: “Brian, when you come to the Congress of the United States, there are 435 of us. We’re nothing more than a slice of America. People come, regardless of party labels, they come with all kinds of beliefs and ideas. It’s the melting pot of America. It’s not up to me to tell them what to think.”

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By David J. Cyr, January 9, 2011 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

Obama has all the “legitimacy” that a POTUS ever needs now.

It’s the (by long precedent legitimizing) job of the POTUS to be the Commander-In-Chief of the war crimes that are legitimized by irrational national rationalizations.

It’s the President’s job to assist Congress in protecting all those who have legitimately “contributed” the bribes required for their crimes to be legislatively made legal.

Obama has just brought considerably greater transparency to government’s crimes.

Being born to run with those whose crimes are considered too BIG to prosecute is the only birthing requirement a POTUS currently requires.

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By fearnotruth, January 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment

...No other President in the histroy of the USA has has [sic] this much contraversy over
his Legitimacy…

exception taken

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=what_we_must_overcome

[...]
On January 12, [2001] when Al Gore presided over the counting of the electoral college votes, it
was only members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) who rose, one by one, to protest the filing
of Florida’s votes. They could not get a single Democratic senator (from a body that includes not a
single black representative) to join their objection. The silence of the white Democrats in Congress
turned the CBC demonstration into an emphatic recapitulation of the election drama. As the presiding
officer, Al Gore overruled the protests. The moment was especially poignant, because the Black Caucus
members, in speaking out for Floridians whose votes were not counted, were speaking out for all
Americans, while even their progressive white colleagues sat in awkward silence.

[...]

Bush 50,456,002   47.87% 
Gore 50,999,897   48.38% 
Nader 2,882,955   2.74%

Over 1/2 million more Americans voted for Gore than Bush. Nader, though the only principal
candidate to honestly speak truth to power, was no ‘spoiler’. The Supreme Court, in stopping the
recount of ‘spoiled’ ballots in Florida was the true ‘spoiler’ of any semblance of democracy.

Many Americans will never outlive their contempt for the Bush Family Machine over this election and
the hell that’s followed.

Those who know, know that Obama is a Wall Street puppet, hand picked to carry forward the globalist
agenda, which kicked into high gear with the Bush 2000 election hijack and the 9/11 coup d’état.

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By LornaDoone, January 8, 2011 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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Mr Boehner needs to stop trying to be a saviour to the Political world. There is absolutely no compatibility between Conservatism and Socialism. The Socialist Gov (Democrats) policies are not condusive to America, they never were. Political Socialism is a European concept, that is totally anti American and anti Israel. Mr Boehner really needs to understand this. You cannot have feet in both Political camps, it just doesnt work and history proves this. Stop trying to unite Socialism with America, The Democrats have virtually destroyed this country and Boehner wants to work in with them? Thats like trying to clean the fangs of a snake, and telling it, your not so bad. On the issue of Birth Certificate, silly statement Mr Boehner, and you totally dissed your own supporters, T Party members are conservatives that stand against Obamas Government. A Presdident that has this much controvercy surrounding him should tell you that something is definitely wrong. In particular his citizenship. No other President in the histroy of the USA has has this much contraversy over his Legitimacy, Only Obama, and Mr Boehner says, “Obama was born here, and thats good enough for him”? It makes me wonder which side of the fence Mr Boehner actually belongs…..‘You’r either with us, or your not Mr Boehner!!!

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By fearnotruth, January 8, 2011 at 12:08 am Link to this comment

Most curious thing about the theatre surrounding this issue:

If Congressman Boehner and/or anyone else in the gov. had indeed “...seen hard proof Obama is a
native-born American…” then why don’t they just pressure the Hawaii State Gov. to simply show it
publicly and be done with the mess?

There is something going on behind the scene. One scenario has the puppet masters holding
enough on the POTUS to keep him dancing through one, perhaps two medleys.

As for the TEAPARTY (Beck, Palin et al) - pure vaudeville. Another take has that lot set up in the peanut
gallery - useful-fool hecklers, egged on by the inconclusive birth certificate issue - good side show;
draws attention away from the drone attacks, DU nightmare and the collapse of the socio-economic
structure.

As for the next act, look for a NEOCON revival, led by Petraeus - this faction won’t touch the birth
certificate issue with a barge pole. But alas, nothing but warmongers in the wings, at least they’re the
only characters on whom the klieg lights are cued to come up. Any attempted pacifist and/or Neo-FDR-
type primary challengers to the POTUS will be thoroughly up-staged.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, January 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

Remember the democrat’s version of this: “Impeachment is off the table”?

And so it goes…..

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By Inherit The Wind, January 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

I can think of two reasons for Boehner’s action
1) He’s already seen hard proof Obama is a native-born American and knows if the GOP endorses “birthers” it will be a HUGE black eye!
2) He suspects there are some GOP pols whose citizenship is questionable and he doesn’t want to open that door.

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By RayLan, January 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

Since when are Reps averse to endoctrination? - They have many minions marching mindlessly in step to their pro-corporate anti-regulatory dogmas.
Clearly the rationally challenged depend on them for this - anybody who could even take seriously that Obama is not an American citizen at this juncture - especially with Arnold the Governator establishing himself, must be colosally stupid.

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By CaptRon, January 7, 2011 at 3:07 am Link to this comment

“HELL NO HE WON’T”!!!

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By David J. Cyr, January 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm Link to this comment

Obama is a natural born war criminal.

That’s the primary prerequisite to be corporate party selectable for installation as
POTUS.

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By Jason Bornyest, January 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment
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The reporter did not ask the right question which should have been: “Is Barack Obama a natural born citizen of the United States?”  Just asking about the birthplace doesn’t answer their other strange thoughts about what “natural born” means.

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