Former spokesman John BonnerJohn Andrew Boehner Melman: Biden Boehner’s clever bipartisan message backs Republican backs Trump’s impeachment Ambitious House lawmakers seek promotions MORE (R-Ohio) said he understood why former President Obama may have been reluctant to work on bipartisan deals with Republicans during his eight years in the Oval Office, asking, “How do you find common ground with people who think you̵
“In January 2011, when the new majority of the Republican House was settling in and adjusting to public speaking, I was asked about the birth certificate business by NBC News’s Brian Williams. My answer was simple: “The state of Hawaii said that President Obama was born there. That’s good enough for me, “Boner wrote in an essay adapted from his book, published Friday in Politico magazine.
The former speaker called his claim at the time “a mere statement of facts”, but said “you would think I called Ronald Reagan a communist”.
“I have all kinds of shit about it – emails, letters, phone calls. It lasted a few weeks. I knew I would hear from some of the crazy people, but I was surprised at how much there really is,” he said in the essay. “All this nonsense that was going on around me would make it difficult for me to make any deals with Obama as the new Speaker of the House. Of course, it must be said that Obama hasn’t helped himself much either.”
During Obama’s first term, prominent critics of Capitol Hill and some conservative media speculated that he was not born in America.
Boner’s essay makes no mention of another appearance he had at the time when discussing Obama’s birthplace.
During a guest appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” shortly after Brian Williams’ interview, Boner was forced to ask questions about Obama’s citizenship.
He said he would not tell voters what they should believe about where Obama was born, saying, “It’s not my job to tell the American people what to think.”
“The president says he is a Christian. I take his word for it,” he said, adding: “I have made it clear what I think the facts are.”
Boehner served as the leader of the Republican House during the Focus on Freedom and the Tea Party, adding that he believed Obama could sometimes come out as “lectured and arrogant” has made outreach a priority for Republicans.
“But on the other hand, how do you find a common cause with people who think you are a secret Kenyan Muslim traitor to America?”
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Boehner also lamented in the essay what he described as the radicalization of the Republican Party in the Trump era.
“Ronald Reagan said something in the sense that if I get 80 or 90 percent of what I want, it’s a profit,” he wrote. “These guys wanted 100 percent every time. I don’t really think that would satisfy them because they didn’t really want legislative victories. They wanted wedge problems and conspiracies and crusades.”