Boehner is asked about Obama's faith, birthplace
POSTED: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 5:10pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 5:15pm
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says Americans have a right to think what they want, even if they're wrong about President Barack Obama's religion or birthplace.
Some people believe that Obama was born outside the U.S., making him ineligible to be president, or that he's a Muslim.
When the host of NBC television's "Meet the Press" asked Boehner whether he, as speaker of the House, had a responsibility to correct false views, Boehner said, "It's not my job to tell the American people what to think. Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people."
Boehner continued: "Having said that, the state of Hawaii has said that he was born there. That's good enough for me. The president says he's a Christian. I accept him at his word."