Reporting from Washington — House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that he believed President Obama was a U.S. citizen and a Christian, but that it was not up to him to convince people who were skeptical of the president's birthplace and religion.
"I believe that the president is a citizen. I believe the president is a Christian. I'll take him at his word," said Boehner (R-Ohio), appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Boehner spoke after viewing a video of a Republican focus group in Iowa in which a number of people indicated that they thought Obama was a Muslim.
"As speaker of the House, as a leader, do you not think it's your responsibility to speak out against that kind of ignorance?" asked the host, David Gregory.