John Boehner: It’s Our Job to Listen to Americans, Even When They Say Ignorant Things That Are Untrue

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I wish Intel Dan was in today; he'd have fun with this: On Meet the Press this weekend, host David Gregory asked House Speaker John Boehner whether in his leadership role he had a responsibility to correct people who say that Barack Obama is a Muslim or was not born in America. Shouldn't he "stand up to that kind of ignorance"? After all, Boehner has said he takes the president at his word, and that his Christianity and Hawaiian birth are "facts." But, no. Boehner's not going to correct anybody. "It's not my job to tell the American people what to think," he told Gregory. "Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people."

Even when the American people are saying ignorant things that you know to be wrong? This is going to be a great congressional session, what with all of this sudden honesty.

Boehner: Not my job to correct people [Politico]