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Boehner: Sure Obama's A Citizen, But I Won't Tell Others 'What To Think' (VIDEO)


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Williams then pressed Boehner on whether he will tell some of his colleagues -- who are co-sponsoring legislation that doubts Obama's citizenship -- to move on from the issue.

"Brian, when you come to the Congress of the United States, there are 435 of us," Boehner said. "We're nothing more than a slice of America. People come, regardless of party labels, they come with all kinds of beliefs and ideas. It's the melting pot of America. It's not up to me to tell them what to think."

This morning, when lawmakers read the Constitution in its entirety on the House floor, an apparent member of the birther movement yelled out during the "natural born citizen" clause, "Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!"


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