I was flabbergasted by this response. His answer was not an assertion of the facts, it was a statement of faith. But the discussion wasn’t a matter of faith, it was a matter of fact. President Obama was born in Hawaii. President Obama is a practicing Christian. These are facts and it’s disappointing that the Speaker of the House, the man who will need to work with the White House to address the policy needs of this country, can’t simply say that. People will say I’m nitpicking, and maybe I am, but when you watch the video you can see Speaker Boehner trying to rhetorically discredit the position he says he believes in. It was a pathetic display. Then again, maybe I should be unsurprised. Paul Krugman has been spending some time in his columns recently to address the Republican party’s rejection of facts and analysis time and time and time again to score some cheap political points. Maybe I should be thankful Speaker Boehner even said Obama was a Christian, but his half-hearted defense in the face of blatant falsehoods was pathetic and cowardly. We should be able to expect more.
You can watch the full exchange to make up your own mind here: