Brian Williams to Boehner: Do you feel responsible somehow for the Birthers?

posted at 9:23 pm on January 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

The oddest part of this question is that Boehner’s nothing like the stereotypical tea partier, which of course is whom Williams has in mind in asking this. He’s a consummate Beltway insider, less known for passionate ideological rhetoric than for his golf game (and for crying, natch). He’s probably bewildered by the whole Birther phenomenon. And in fact, he’s been answering this question the same way for upwards of two years. But if you land an exclusive with the Speaker of the House, why not take the opportunity to kook-ify him, right?

Actually, Rand Paul had a decent answer to the “kook question” when it came up in the course of Diane Sawyer’s chat with tea party legislators a few days ago:

RAND PAUL: I was just gonna interject that– that’s– I had one chance to speak with the President. And I told him that from one who is seen as being associated with the Tea Party, I want to make sure he knows that I want a civil discourse. Because sometimes in the media, they’ve portrayed 100,000 people at a crowd and one guy with a mean sign towards the President. That’s not me holding that sign or any of these people. We want a polite discussion. And we disagree. And it can be very strong disagreement. And his response was, “Yeah, we can disagree and not be disagreeable.” And I agree completely.

DIANE SAWYER: In fact, I read that your children would like to meet the Obama daughters?

RAND PAUL: We’re still workin’ on that. We would love to. Yes.

Two clips here, one of the Birther question and the other, more substantively, about which programs Boehner would like to see cut. As usual, he has no answer — and not only that, he goes on to say of entitlements, “Clearly, I believe in the safety net” and “I think we have a responsibility as a people to help those who can’t compete.” If you’ve been wondering why the Republican leadership hasn’t championed Paul Ryan’s roadmap, wonder no longer.

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Now I know the protester in the House Gallery was a liberal activists plant.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I wish the GOP had a better spokesman than Boehner.

Go RBNY on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Now I know the protester in the House Gallery was a liberal activists plant.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Very probable. The Birthers hurt us, and the Dems know it.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Memo to Boehner and the GOP leadership: Avoid the lamestream media. They are not your friends. They’re out to get you. If you don’t realize that, abdicate now.

JammieWearingFool on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Remember when Brian Williams asked nancy pelosi: do you feel responsible somehow for the 6 trillion in debt that’s been accumulated since you’ve become speaker?

Me neither.

lorien1973 on January 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

responsibility as a people to help those who can’t compete

He had better mean the handicapped, elderly and disabled or we’re going to have big prollens.

Key West Reader on January 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Obama was born in HI and his dad is Frank Marshall Davis
http://www.reformation.org/frank-marshall-davis-obama.html
He is the guy with the cash and connections to put him through school and college.

400lb Gorilla on January 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Clearly, I believe in the safety net

Good, then get together with your friends, church, community group and create one. Why is this government’s responsibility? Why do we need the force of law to force people to create safety nets against their wills?

I listened to the Constitution being read… never heard anything about forcing one American to care for another American against his will with the threat of prison if he didn’t want to participate.

mankai on January 6, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Memo to Boehner and the GOP leadership: Avoid the lamestream media. They are not your friends. They’re out to get you. If you don’t realize that, abdicate now.

JammieWearingFool on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Best advice ever.

I hope Rush is reading this

Key West Reader on January 6, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Seriously, Boehner should publically “blacklist” NBC from all future interviews. It’s a total embarrassment that the lead anchor from one of the major networks asked this question.

At this point, Boehner needs to insist on basic respect from these people otherwise they will truly run roughshod over him and undermine his speakership before it begins.

Robert_Paulson on January 6, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Boehner done good on those ‘uns.

petefrt on January 6, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Right back at Williams Boehner should have said: “Why the hell are you asking me about birthers? Don’t you have more important things to talk about? You halfwit?”

Bishop on January 6, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Now I know the protester in the House Gallery was a liberal activists plant.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Yep.

We’d have her name and all her tea party connections and background by now if that weren’t the case.

Missy on January 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Brian, do you feel stupid for bowing to the President of the United States?

darwin-t on January 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

“Safety Net” = A bunch of 6-figure-income government officials milking the public and doling out a few pennies to people living is crime-infested squalor in “public housing”… left with no hope because in the name of the “Safety Net” government has robbed from the very people who could provide the economic activity that would bring real hope.

mankai on January 6, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Here is where the Baby Birthers were concieved
and birthered!!!

Leftys own this,the whole ten yards,er,diapers!!
==================================================

ObamaCrimes.com
by the Law Offices of Philip J. Berg

http://obamacrimes.com/

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 9:36 PM

He had better mean the handicapped, elderly and disabled or we’re going to have big prollens.

Key West Reader on January 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

That’s the meaning I got. But maybe I’m just an optimist.

petefrt on January 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Memo to Boehner and the GOP leadership: Avoid the lamestream media. They are not your friends. They’re out to get you. If you don’t realize that, abdicate now.

JammieWearingFool on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Agreed!!! 100%. They’ve all but had a big coming out party, to let us know which side they support, and which side they loath. Stop pandering to their crap. Most of America has already, and stopped watching.

capejasmine on January 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Remember when Brian Williams asked nancy pelosi: do you feel responsible somehow for the 6 trillion in debt that’s been accumulated since you’ve become speaker?

Me neither.

lorien1973 on January 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Or this:

“Hey Brian, did you ask Speaker Pelosi if she felt responsible for the Truthers who insist that 9/11 was an inside job? Polls have indicated that nearly 30% of Democrats believe this fiction.”

Missy on January 6, 2011 at 9:38 PM

JammieWearingFool on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

This.

d1carter on January 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Isn’t Brian Williams the one that walked with Obama to the Private Quarters and BOWED to the DOTUS?

Credibility……………ZERO.

PappyD61 on January 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM

“responsibility as a people to help those who can’t compete.”

He had better mean the handicapped, elderly and disabled or we’re going to have big problems.
Key West Reader

The political debate on entitlements is (maybe I’m too optimistic – it may only be “should be”) over the definition of “can’t.”

Generally speaking,

The political left defines “can’t” as “anyone who doesn’t” and the political right defines it as “unable as opposed to unwilling.”

BD57 on January 6, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Key West Reader on January 6, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Still should be left to the states We’d see 50 different programs and we could see the best and the worst and the people would have far greater say in their own taxation and levels of support.

mankai on January 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM

betcha the BC says “blanco”

ted c on January 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Boehner should have referred him to Philip Berg. Or…. how about Abercrombie? He’s behaving like a leftie “birther.” The GOP is terrible at dealing with the MSM. They completely allow them to control the dialogue.

Cody1991 on January 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Bishop on January 6, 2011 at 9:34 PM

THAT…

… and I would leave all future interviews to CONGRESSMAN Lt. Col. Allen West.

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2011 at 9:42 PM

“A Slice Of America,A Melting Pot of America”,

“Its not up to me to tell them what I think”.

-Boehner

———————————————————-
Well,h*lls bells,Conservatives are free-thinkers,a
non-locking-stepped-tow-the-Party-Line-Talking-Points
like Team Lying LibTards!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I forgot the linky…

… Watch how the other “politicians” react, then see how Rep. Col. West handles this question.

Brian Williams would have sh%t himself…

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Brian Williams is the same guy who literally bowed to Obama. Remember that?

And that Paul answer: Basically you have to thoroughly kiss the president’s ass and be a better man than him or you get accused of being a kook.

amerpundit on January 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Seems to be an editting issue,in these clips,the appearance
is,er,narration,is that Boehner is a wee bit uptight!!

Just my assumption that is!

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Get used to it. It’s only going to get worse.

SouthernGent on January 6, 2011 at 9:48 PM

We do have a lot of People who don’t want to compete ( work ) he said it well ..

wheels on January 6, 2011 at 9:49 PM

But if you land an exclusive with the Speaker of the House, why not take the opportunity to kook-ify him, right?

The stupid liberal media are good at this….right Katie?

Rovin on January 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM

If you’ve been wondering why the Republican leadership hasn’t championed Paul Ryan’s roadmap, wonder no longer.

Who was still wondering, even before this? I think the GOP leadership has shown their colors over the last decade or so.

bluemarlin on January 6, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

ButterflyDragon on January 6, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Why not throw it back at Williams by saying, This whole birther issue is a democrat issue that was brought up in the Hillary/Obummer primary by the Hillary campaign. Throw it back in to their face

hawkman on January 6, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I forgot the linky…

… Watch how the other “politicians” react, then see how Rep. Col. West handles this question.

Brian Williams would have sh%t himself…

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Seven Percent Solution:That is thee best,honest answer that
I have ever heard,and its a joy,er,
pleasure to rewatch again,and,thats
why,Allen West,in this crucial part
of American history,deserves to be
VPOTUSA!!!!

And,unlike GaffeBiden,West would see
more,and get more,out of the Afghan
Theatre when he would visit the War
On Terror Front Lines!!!:)

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Brian Williams is the same guy who literally bowed to Obama. Remember that?

And that Paul answer: Basically you have to thoroughly kiss the president’s ass and be a better man than him or you get accused of being a kook.

amerpundit on January 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Hehe, I almost forgot about that.

Image:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_O0h61kl5hik/Sileu3cM9VI/AAAAAAAAAho/Wa3knq9dxy8/s400/williams-bow.jpg

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Now I know the protester in the House Gallery was a liberal activists plant.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

That was my first thought. Has anyone looked into this person? Is she an OFA member? I like how she threw in ‘help us Jesus’ for good measure.

Saul Alinksy going into overdrive. Smear the right as birthers and religious nuts. Make it anything but what they have done to the economy.

cubbieblue25 on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

The Birthers hurt us, and the Dems know it.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Proof?

Rebar on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

What a great answer, thank you for posting that I had not seen it before. Yes, Williams might have just passed out to get out of commenting on that answer.

bluemarlin on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

s usual, he has no answer — and not only that, he goes on to say of entitlements, “Clearly, I believe in the safety net” and “I think we have a responsibility as a people to help those who can’t compete.” If you’ve been wondering why the Republican leadership hasn’t championed Paul Ryan’s roadmap, wonder no longer.

Actually, there’s not much wrong with that. Most people on entitlements aren’t individuals who “can’t” compete.

Most people on entitlements aren’t the lonely permanently disabled or the very elderly who otherwise would be eating cat food.

If all we were doing was taking care of people who “can’t” compete, entitlements wouldn’t be as big a problem as they are.

amerpundit on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Williams – the same IDIOT who said of Barry “We don’t know much about him, do we?”

BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T DO YOUR JOB!

GarandFan on January 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Memo to GOP:
==========

Using O’Reilly as an example,when the interrogater MSM
Operative says lies,hear say,perception of,and is attemp
ting a Liberal Narrational EndRun Talking point,

STOP THEM DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS,before they have their
constructed and manufactured GOTCHA’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 9:54 PM

bluemarlin on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

… +7%!

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

The Birthers hurt us, and the Dems know it.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Proof?

Rebar on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

What is it nearly 46% of americans are not sure that he was born in this country? Seems pretty mainstream to me.

cubbieblue25 on January 6, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Proof?

Rebar on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

People think birthers are crazy. This does not help our cause.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 10:02 PM

The Birthers hurt us, and the Dems know it.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Let me guess. You think Michael Steele won the last election.

Ronnie on January 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Memo to Boehner and the GOP leadership:

Avoid the lamestream media. They are not your friends. They’re out to get you. If you don’t realize that, abdicate now.

JammieWearingFool on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

JammieWearingFool:Sing it to the Political Mountain Tops,
Exactly and Amen,enough is enough!!

Ever notice when a Liberal is being inter
viewed,they don’t get cut off,they have al
l the time in the world,

and,if said Lefty interview-ee makes a mis
take,said Lefty questioner,will glady help
correcting him or her!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

People think birthers are crazy. This does not help our cause.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 10:02 PM

People I know think that anyone who voted for Obama is crazy and that number is larger than birthers.

darwin-t on January 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

People think birthers are crazy. This does not help our cause.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Considering the left foamed at the mouth over “birthers” while we won the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey, won Ted Kennedy’s seat, and gave them a historic asskicking Nov. 2nd, I ask again: what proof do you have that it hurt conservatives – because the evidence suggests the opposite.

Rebar on January 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 9:54 PM

bluemarlin on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM
======================================
… +7%!

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Seven Percent Solution:)

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Let me guess. You think Michael Steele won the last election.

Ronnie on January 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Steele is a muppet, and therefore ineligible to run.

http://nationallampoon.com/files/2010/04/mrjohnson.jpg

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

If birthers are responsible for 2010, give me more birthers.

Ronnie on January 6, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Considering the left foamed at the mouth over “birthers” while we won the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey, won Ted Kennedy’s seat, and gave them a historic asskicking Nov. 2nd, I ask again: what proof do you have that it hurt conservatives – because the evidence suggests the opposite.

Rebar on January 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM

If you think believing in a discredited myth is helpful, there’s no hope for you.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Get used to it. It’s only going to get worse.

SouthernGent on January 6, 2011 at 9:48 PM

SouthernGent:Correct you are,they/them/and those Liberals
are OUT OF POWER,and they are Lividly P*ssed!
:)

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 10:09 PM

bluemarlin on January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM
… +7%!

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

+ more than that, I keep watching it as I want to remember that answer and be able to quote it eventually! It deserves to be repeated.

bluemarlin on January 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM

If you think believing in a discredited myth is helpful, there’s no hope for you.

toliver on January 6, 2011 at 10:08 PM

So you don’t have a shred of evidence to support your assertions? Hmmm.

As for “myth”, you do know that at least four states are changing their ballot access laws, to require a long form birth certificate for all presidential and vice presidential candidates? Quite a victory for people there is “no hope for”, I think.

Rebar on January 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM

the birther thing was pretty clearly a Dim…maybe even a Dim staffer. It came as a Dim was reading, the Dim paused and looked up, the “protester” repeated the line..then said Save Us Jesus…or something. Very clear audio.

I smell setup

r keller on January 6, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Maybe Obama will show Boehner his birth certificate and put this whole thing to rest. Maybe Boehner could ask that which can not be asked.

Luka on January 6, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Brian Williams is the same guy who literally bowed to Obama. Remember that?

And that Paul answer: Basically you have to thoroughly kiss the president’s ass and be a better man than him or you get accused of being a kook.

amerpundit on January 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Rumor has it that Brian Williams is negotiating with Reggie Love to be allowed to shine the straps on Barry’s flip flops. And it’s tough, very tough to get that close. Just a crumb, just a crumb…. that’s all he wants.

Cody1991 on January 6, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Sorry only 42% of Americans are certain Obama was born here.

cubbieblue25 on January 6, 2011 at 10:11 PM

How can they be certain? I guess Obama must have shown them his birth certificate.

Luka on January 6, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Allahpundit sure has a fixation on something he doesn’t even want to ever see. Rather strange malady.

Luka on January 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM

the birther thing was pretty clearly a Dim…maybe even a Dim staffer. It came as a Dim was reading, the Dim paused and looked up, the “protester” repeated the line..then said Save Us Jesus…or something. Very clear audio.

I smell setup

r keller on January 6, 2011 at 10:11 PM

The whole birther movement was started by a Democrat Lawyer who supported Hillary if I remember correctly.

bluemarlin on January 6, 2011 at 10:18 PM

As for “myth”, you do know that at least four states are changing their ballot access laws, to require a long form birth certificate for all presidential and vice presidential candidates? Quite a victory for people there is “no hope for”, I think.

Rebar on January 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM

You can bet that if Ed Morrisey or Allahpundit live in any of those states they will move out pronto!

Luka on January 6, 2011 at 10:18 PM

If he’s responsible for the Birthers, Obama is responsible for the Black Panthers.

We went through this same ‘stolen election’ garbage for eight whole years from the left.

Dark-Star on January 6, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Best advice ever.

I hope Rush is reading this

Key West Reader on January 6, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Rush reads me already. I’m EIB show prep.

Along with Hot Air, of course.

JammieWearingFool on January 6, 2011 at 10:26 PM

SouthernGent:Correct you are,they/them/and those Liberals
are OUT OF POWER,and they are Lividly P*ssed!
:)

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Across the studios…..Merideth Vera (today show host) proudly marched in an anti-war rally with Code Pink,Answer,and other liberal activists groups that claim Bush did 9/11,vandalized recruitment centers,called our Soldiers “murderers and war criminals”……..

New ‘Today’ Co-Host an Anti-War Protester: “Entire Pretext for War Built on Lies”

http://newsbusters.org/node/4778

Tell us Brian…will you confront her with legitimizing and supporting such idiocy and hate.

Never did these journalisto’s confront Nancy,Harry,or Obama about supporting this propaganda that poisoned our Nation’s fabric during a time of war.
As a matter of fact…these jouralisto’s either whitewashed the insanity coming from liberals or painted them as “caring,concerned citizens”(reference Cindy Sheehan).

How lame and pathetic.

Baxter Greene on January 6, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Wasn’t it the famous Rethuglican hater Andrew Sullivan that suggested maybe the President should show us his birth certificate and end the controversy?

slickwillie2001 on January 6, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Boehner to Williams – Do you just pretend to be a journalist?

Kini on January 6, 2011 at 10:50 PM

The fact Boehner gave an interview to NBC makes me question his intelligence.

angryed on January 6, 2011 at 10:51 PM

putting the birther issue aside, Williams is an idiot, but Boehner is NOT fit to be leader. He has no idea what has to be cut, no clear direction, NOTHING. He makes us look weak and aimless, there needs to be a revolt in the GOP and this guy needs to be replaced.

They’re too scared to touch Paul Ryan’s roadmap as they are too worried about holding on to 2012 to gain the Senate, the Presidency and hold the house, but they aren’t going to win over anyone when they offer NO solutions of their own. You have to make a stand and they are feeding the stereotype as the party of “no”.

Boehner, you suck.

Daemonocracy on January 6, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Hey Brian, did you ask Speaker Pelosi if she felt responsible for the Truthers who insist that 9/11 was an inside job? Polls have indicated that nearly 30% of Democrats believe this fiction.”

Missy on January 6, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Thank you Missy.

This is why we need someone like Andrew Breitbart to be head of the RNC. The GOP simply, and tragically, does not
understand the extent to which the Democrats depend on the MSM/entertainment industry/academia Liberal pop culture trinity to help them win elections and persuade millions of people to think a certain way.

Every Republican who agrees to be interviewed on an MSM network must take every opportunity to turn their guns on them and fire away when they ask a question like this. They have to be trained to do this. But before that, they have to first realize the importance of doing this. As of now, they don’t. They think it’s enough to make a token joke about how liberal the New York Times is during a speech at the Republican National Convention.

Mike Tyson used to brag about helping old ladies across the street and then snatching their purse and knocking them to the ground. Why, oh why don’t Republican politicians understand that this is exactly what people like Brian Williams have in mind whenever they interview a Republican?

ardenenoch on January 6, 2011 at 11:17 PM

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 10:09 PM
=====================
Across the studios…..Merideth Vera (today show host) proudly marched in an anti-war rally with Code Pink,Answer,and other liberal activists groups that claim Bush did 9/11,vandalized recruitment centers,called our Soldiers “murderers and war criminals”……..

How lame and pathetic.

Baxter Greene on January 6, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Baxter Greene:Cannot stand Vera,thanks for the info,and
where is the Lefty outrage over other Mil
itarys of the world!!:)

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Hey Brian, do you and the rest of the mainstream media hacks feel responsible for the Truthers?

Hey, right off the Republicans need to be prepared to go after the media as well as the Democrats. They are both one and the same. The list of chargers that can be made against the media are nearly endless. Besides, Obama is to blame for the birthers. Whatever happened to the Hawaii Governor that was going to solve this thing? Where did he disappear to? Doesn’t he have that birth certificate thing solved by now? Thought he was going to have it all cleared up in a couple days?

JellyToast on January 6, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Baxter Greene:Cannot stand Vera,thanks for the info,and
where is the Lefty outrage over other Mil
itarys of the world!!:)

canopfor on January 6, 2011 at 11:22 PM

The anti-war liberals have gone from the streets to the coffee shops.
War is the answer when a democrat is in office.
Liberals don’t yell about the “horrors of war” when it concerns other countries troops or when it is democrats running “the war machine” because all of their faux outrage has nothing to do with war…..
……….it’s all about demonizing their political opponents to win seats on the Hill.

Baxter Greene on January 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM

It has long been my suspicion that the “birther” meme, which may even have substance for all anyone knows, was started by Axelrod’s shop as catnip for the Hillary people to chase. It’s salient benefit for Obama is that it distracts and short circuits more substantive questions regarding his fitness and even eligibility. It is far more likely than the birther scenario that he was born in HI and after his 18th birthday claimed on his financial aid forms or college applications that he was a foreign national. Given that claim, especially if it was to gain a benefit subsidized by the tax-payer, he would probably be considered ineligible. Also possible is that he may have traveled on a foreign passport. Most would not find that disqualifying but many lawyers might. Obama and his people could have ended the birther story years ago. The fact that they did not indicates that it serves their purpose.

What Boehner should have said is the following:
Any citizen has the right to peacefully petition the government for a redress of grievances. They do not have the right to create a disturbance in the House gallery to do so. It is my responsibility to hear their concerns and respectfully investigate them. Also it is my responsibility to examine the machinery of our constitutional government and see where it could be improved or made more efficient. People have pointed out that there is no clear method of ensuring that candidates for office meet the qualifications. For any appointed job in the government we have a process of background investigations but that does not apply to elective office. The fact that people are distressed by this lack of clarity is something that I as Speaker should consider, even if there is no merit to the particulars of their concern in this case.

My suspicion is that correcting this lacuna in the Constitution, there are others, may take an Amendment. If each State is directed to submit to the Chief Justice a list of up to five names for each office with supporting documentation no later than 90 days before the date for choosing Electors then the list of eligible candidates could be delivered within 30 days to the President of the Senate for distribution to the States. My other suggestions for improving the process and the role of the Electoral College run almost diametrically opposite those generally discussed.

LifeofTheMind on January 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Meh…I wanna see his academic transcripts.

Speaking of which, the NY Times-owned Boston Glob issued this correction today about Joe Biden constituent and serial liar Adam Wheeler and his faking his way into, and thru, Harvard.

Correction: Because of a reporting error, a Dec. 28 story about Adam Wheeler’s Harvard application suggested that Wheeler’s fake records from Phillips Academy Andover contained a contradiction in that a forged recommendation letter said he had enrolled as a junior but the accompanying fake transcript indicated he attended for four years. Those assertions are not contradictory because at Andover, first-year students are called juniors.

I can sleep much easier tonight knowing that they corrected this.

Del Dolemonte on January 6, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Williams works for NBC. I’m surprised he didn’t ask Boehner to say thank you to the president for unemployment not being 15%.

B Man on January 7, 2011 at 12:30 AM

He’s a consummate Beltway insider, less known for passionate ideological rhetoric than for his golf game (and for crying, natch).

Is ‘natch’ some sort of new trendy “I know, right?” sort of phrase or some literary phrase I’m ignorant of (which could very much be the case)? I’ve seen it in a few posts recently and have no clue what to make of it?

miConsevative on January 7, 2011 at 12:44 AM

NewsBusters| Williams to Boehner: ‘Where Are You Getting the Notion’ Americans Want ObamaCare Repealed?; Blames Him for Birther Outburst
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2011/01/06/williams-boehner-where-are-you-getting-notion-americans-want-obamacare-

StewartIII on January 7, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Natch = Naturally

SurferDoc on January 7, 2011 at 1:15 AM

The Republicans must learn to use tools like Williams to their advantage, avoiding them is exactly what they want so they control the narrative and define the party, we know how that works out.

I have confidence they can turn the media to benefit the Right and staying away won’t teach them how.

Reagan did it Boehner and the rest can too.

Speakup on January 7, 2011 at 1:53 AM

Question for Brian Williams: Who’d you **** to get this job?

SuperCool on January 7, 2011 at 2:03 AM

Boehner to Brian Williams

Do you feel responsible, somehow, for the massive historic utterly mind blowing blowout the Dems took on Nov. 4th?

DSchoen on January 7, 2011 at 4:55 AM

Boehner to Brian Williams

Do you feel responsible, somehow, for the massive historic utterly mind blowing blowout the Dems took on Nov. 4th?

DSchoen on January 7, 2011 at 4:55 AM

I love it.

Bee on January 7, 2011 at 6:06 AM

what a dumb question, but its going to get worse so might as well ignore the msm.

rob verdi on January 7, 2011 at 6:07 AM

Memo to Boehner and the GOP leadership: Avoid the lamestream media. They are not your friends. They’re out to get you. If you don’t realize that, abdicate now.

JammieWearingFool on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM

+10000000

doesn’t matter WHAT you say

cmsinaz on January 7, 2011 at 6:22 AM

The gullible Republicans must stay away from all these leftist, TV talking heads.

rplat on January 7, 2011 at 7:01 AM

I’ll know the GOP is serious about representing the people when they look straight into the camera and tell the people the so called Main Stream Media are nothing but an arm of the socialist machinery and not to believe one word they say.

Until then, I must believe the GOP reps go on these shows hoping for a moment of fame; messaging the ego…

Keemo on January 7, 2011 at 8:05 AM

By showing up on these shows, the GOP gives the socialists power. By giving them power, it allows such power to hurt the people, thus hurting freedom and our way of life. Shame on any member our the GOP for allowing this to continue.

Keemo on January 7, 2011 at 8:07 AM

our = of / more coffee please

Keemo on January 7, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Both Boehner and McConnell will fall flat on their elitist faces in the face of moronic onslaughts by idiots like Schumer, et al. The Repubs have no cajones, whereas the Dem progressives have large brass ones. Boehner willspend the next two years falling into the progressive trap and be continually on defense. God help us all.

ultracon on January 7, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Mr. B, if the ‘safety net’ goes broke, who’s gonna pay for all the stuff? Mr. Ryan has a plan, what do you have, more of the same.

Kissmygrits on January 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Ugh. I think I’m going to be sick. Time to start the oust Boehner campaign.

JimP on January 7, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Now I know the protester in the House Gallery was a liberal activists plant.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Beware of self-imploding libsurgents! I expect we’ll see more of that as liberalism collapses, and just prior to them going super nova.

Roy Rogers on January 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

We have a responsibility as a “People” to help those who cant compete, but does that responsibility lie with government? I think not.

Koa on January 7, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Do you feel responsible somehow for the Birthers?

No, that’s President Obama’s problem.

J_Crater on January 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM