‘Birthers’ snipe at Boehner, Abercrombie

U.S. Rep. John Boehner is a hero of the Republican right as the new Speaker of the House, but he’s in a bit of hot water with the party’s “birther” fringe for refusing to join them in questioning President Barack Obama’s Hawai‘i  birth.

He’s said in recent interviews that he considers the issue settled, partly on the word of Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie, his former colleague in Congress.

“The state of Hawaii has said that President Obama was born there,” the speaker told NBC. “That’s good enough for me.”

That drew the ire of the United States Justice Foundation, one of the leading birther groups, which credited Boehner for “his staunch patriotic, conservative stand,” but said he is  “TOTALLY WRONG” if he “actually believes liberal Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercrombie when he says that Mr. Obama was actually born in Hawaii.”

The group suggested it won’t believe any documentation Abercrombie produces, alleging he is “a ‘fellow traveler’ (i.e., member) of the Marxist Democratic Socialist of America.  And, of course, so was Mr. Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.”

Birther groups are pushing for congressional hearings on the circumstances of Obama’s birth, and 12 Republicans have offered legislation expressing doubts about the president’s birthplace.

Despite his personal view that the issue is settled, Boehner said he’s not inclined to smack down those in his GOP caucus who think otherwise, saying, “It’s not up to me to tell them what to think.”

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6 Comments on “‘Birthers’ snipe at Boehner, Abercrombie”

  1. charles Says:

    Didn’t this whole issue come up with Lingle who happens to be a Republican? So the “birthers” won’t take the word of Lingle or Abercrombie.

    Go figure.

  2. Earl of Sandwich Says:

    charles, I’ll bet for a lot of these guys, if they saw a Super 8 film of Obama being born with Diamond Head in the background, they’d call it Capricorn One. Goes to show that lunacy trumps political affiliation.

  3. Michael Says:

    U.S. Rep. John Boehner will
    end up crying over spilled milk.

  4. hipoli Says:

    Exactly the argument I make all the time, Sir Charles.

    Its kinda like when Sam Slom would vote ‘no’ on a Lingle-admin bill, even speak against her bills. I loved watching President Hanabusa look over at him, shake her head, look up with a wide smile, and just laugh.

    Just a couple of examples that help me affirm why Im not a Republican:

    Birthers and Sam Slom.

  5. Richard Gozinya Says:

    The only way to handle the birthers is to simply ignore them. If that is Boehner’s meaning (not sure) then I am all for it.


  6. Earl of Sandwich Says:

    You said it, Richard. Wish somebody would have told that to Neil Abercrombie!

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