What Speaker Boehner SHOULD Be Saying

Geez. It seems that we are experiencing something of a renaissance in the Birther movement. The sad part is that it's not the crackpot crazies like Orly Taitz fueling this new resurgence in Birther rhetoric, rather it is elected officials:
The opening of 2011 state legislative sessions has been accompanied by a spate of birther-related bills, the clearest indication yet that the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama’s place of birth will continue to simmer throughout his reelection campaign.

Lawmakers in at least 10 states have introduced bills requiring presidential candidates to provide some form of proof that they are natural-born citizens, a ballot qualification rule designed to address widespread rumors on the right that Obama was not born in the United States.


“We don’t think the president was vetted, and it’s just that simple,” Texas GOP state Rep. Leo Berman said, adding that he doesn’t know whether Obama is “a citizen or not” but that he believes the question has not been fully examined.

“I read different things that say he was born in Hawaii, and then I read the governor can’t find anything that says he was born in Hawaii,” Berman added. “Why the president won’t show a birth certificate is beyond me.”
Okay, so that is one of the more fringy responses that I've seen from an actual elected official. But I have to also say that the Speaker of the House isn't far from joining Mr. Berman. From Boehner's interview on Meet The Press with NBC's David Gregory:
MR. GREGORY: As the speaker of the House, as a leader, do you not think it's your responsibility to stand up to that kind of ignorance?

SPEAKER BOEHNER: David, it's not my job to tell the American people what to think. Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people. 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.

MR. GREGORY: But isn't that a little bit fast and loose? I mean, you are the leader in Congress and you're not standing up to obvious facts and saying, "These are facts. If you don't believe that, it's nonsense."

SPEAKER BOEHNER: I just outlined the facts as I understand them. I believe that the president is a citizen. I believe the president is a Christian. I'll take him at his word. But, but...

MR. GREGORY: But that kind of ignorance about whether he's a Muslim doesn't concern you?

SPEAKER BOEHNER: Listen, the American people have the right to think what they want to think. I can't--it's not my job to tell them.

MR. GREGORY: Why isn't it your job to stand up and say, "No, the facts are these"?


MR. GREGORY: Didn't John McCain do that...

SPEAKER BOEHNER: I, I, I just did.
While I would commend the Speaker for his stance (at least he's not a Birther), it seems that he's only going half-way on the issue.

If the Republican party really wants to change the way that business is done in Washington, D.C., then they all need to get serious about issues that matter. The Birther issue is, well, not an issue. It's nothing.

If I were John Boehner (or any other Republican leader), here is what I would say:
Q: Mr. Speaker, is President Obama an American citizen?

A: Yes, the President has proven beyond a doubt that he was born in the United States of America and is fully eligible to serve as the President of the United States. I'm tired of this question floating around. I have stated repeatedly that I believe that this is a non-issue. Anyone who questions or doubts the authenticity of "vetting" of our Commander-In-Chief is wasting their time.

Furthermore, any Republicans who continue this strange line of attack on the President are besmirching the name of the Republican party and tying the albatross of Orly Taitz and her ilk around our necks. I can't speak for all Republicans, but personaly, I really don't want to be associated with people like her.

Finally, if the person who continues to assert that the President is somehow ineligible to hold his office is an elected official, they are doing themselves and their constituents a tremendous disservice. There are so many more pressing issues that face our great nation. Continuing to fuel these asinine conspiracy theories about the Presidents place of birth -- or religion -- is wasted energy that could be better used to help balance the federal budget, eliminate wasteful spending, or present real reform in America's health care system that will not leave the nation deeper in debt.

The sooner that these 'Birthers' realize this, the better off we will all be.
It is just too bad that Boehner doesn't have the stones to say this. Shit, he should shout it from the rooftops...