May 16th, 2008
08:28 PM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee jokes about Obama ducking a gunman


Watch Huckabee's joke at the NRA Convention Friday. (starting at 0:50).

(CNN) - During a speech before the National Rifle Association convention Friday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee - who has endorsed presumptive GOP nominee John McCain - joked that an unexpected offstage noise was Democrat Barack Obama looking to avoid a gunman.

“That was Barack Obama, he just tripped off a chair, he's getting ready to speak,” said the former Arkansas governor, to audience laughter. “Somebody aimed a gun at him and he dove for the floor.”

Obama supports extending the assault weapons ban, limits on gun sales, and a national law against carrying concealed weapons, with exceptions for retired police and military personnel. John McCain – whose legislative record was awarded a C+ rating by the NRA in 2004, but has received a perfect score – will address the group later Friday afternoon. His speech will include remarks "on the issue of unconditional negotiation with state sponsors of terror" that aides tell CNN’s Dana Bash are a direct response to Obama’s comments earlier Friday.

UPDATE, 8:28 PM: Huckabee released the following statement regarding his comments Friday, according to the New York Times website:
During my speech at the N.R.A., a loud noise backstage, that sounded like a chair falling, distracted the crowd and interrupted my speech. I made an off hand remark that was in no way intended to offend or disparage Sen. Obama. I apologize that my comments were offensive. That was never my intention.

soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. adrian pan, ON

    I guess the only more appaling scenario in this "joke" would be if Ted Kennedy were a 2008 presidential candidate....

    May 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Cathy

    I must of missed the joke because that was not funny what's so ever. To joke about something like this toward any of the candidates is completely out of line.

    May 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. fred

    huckabee a real joke . he is a sick person talking about people getting shot . you can tell he is not in line with the real people in the world.. joken about getting shot at. and you work for god not my god he wouldnt think that was funny, think what you said

    May 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Jenny, Oregon

    Well, what do you expect from a good ole boy. Huckabee is a part time
    minister and a loser campaigner.

    Vote Obama!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Richard

    “Somebody aimed a gun at him and he dove for the floor.”

    Now that is a BRILLIANT thing to say. Especially in front of the NRA!

    What a jerk!

    May 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    A sheep in wolf's clothing.......sometimes the wicked work more harder at preaching going to hell, then the righteous do about going to heaven. Truly a statement from a man who stepped outside his character.......but then, everyone is not who they appear to be.

    May 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Marvin

    Ha, ha, Mikey. That's real funny. Some right-wingnut trying to shoot a political candidate. I'll bet you would just laugh and laugh if someone tried to shoot you. Ho, ho, ho.

    I kind of liked Huckabee, too. What a stupid, asinine statement.

    May 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. tyson

    try to picture obama in his clean black suit and his primped hair diving for the floor and getting all dirty. It's funny! it's funny because he's such a gq neat freak. but i can see the obamabots are already trying to use this to divide the country again. such hippacrites.

    May 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Hey!

    He's not afraid of someone with a gun, he's afraid of debating Hillary and afraid of WV voters.

    May 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Josh

    Ooops! Not one of Huckabee's shining moments. I hope people don't look too much into Mike's off hand bad joke.

    May 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. faux news

    huckabee....typical repub. human garbage like all the rest.

    May 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. RAW

    Complete idiot, what else can one say about him.

    May 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Hilda

    I always like Huckabee, thought he should be the nominee, now we know he is a loser, thanks for telling that joke and elimanating all doubt.

    Joyce, I agree he is a sore loser!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. John in Los Angeles, CA

    The amount of death fhreats that Obama gets compared to the other candidates is probably quadruple of the others combined. It's like when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record, he said "it was one of the worst experiences of my life..." citing specifically being a black man doing something that whites have held with such esteem.

    For a Christian minister and political figure to joke about the life and safety of a fellow American, even though Huckabee claims not to be racist, shows that eventually people show for who they really are.

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. AL

    BAD bad Taste ! If Mike HICK-ABEE took time to watch the news ...He'd understand that while guns may be a right in the Constitution...they definately need to be kept out of schools and away from Presidents and Candidates.
    Too bad the USA couldn't bring back Lincoln !

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. noemi in los angeles

    Huckabee, I am a Democrat and thought you were an OK candidate.

    You completely lost my respect with this immature, tasteless, and uncalled for comment.

    If you were planning to get the VP spot, consider your chances diminished. If you are VP, Democrats will crush you for this... actually, you'll still get crushed, VP or not.

    Republicans at it again, with their stupid jokes.

    Politicians without a Cause and Carisma.

    Democrats 08

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Roni Ball (Lanham, Md.)

    What incredible ignorance. Unfortunately it is nothing new for Republicans.

    To all of you out there hating on Obama I say, get over it! He will be our next president and he ihas already demonstrated that he is so much smarter than the current White House occupant that Republicans are losing their minds!

    Oboma 08/12

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Obama Supporter

    The country is great but these people don't deserve it.

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Whiteboy in PA

    ALONZA IN FL: I hate reading your comments--your thinking is so naive and dumbfounded. I hope you enlighten up...................

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. joeparadis

    What is this joke all about?

    Where are we in this country?

    A preacher, even jokingly, putting the image out there of someone trying to shoot Senator Obama?

    Where are we and where are we headed?

    I have become increasingly concerned about the violent tone of the commentors to all the news outlets and have begun thinking that the likes of Chris Matthews, Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, et al, have validated virulent speech, but a former candidate and pastor.

    Don't we all need to take a step back and think about what is happening to us?

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Kathy Corey

    The joke was that Obama would be addressing the NRA at all. Grow up.

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Debbie,NJ

    Alonzo Demetrius go find a dictionary and look up appease in all of its forms. Then come back and let us know what it means. We all thank you. Hillary supporters thanks for your Democratic support. Let Huckabee live in the inner city for a while. He won't think that this is funny . He is where he belongs in politics and not behind a pulpit.

    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Obama Supporter

    Anybody who looks at the blog archives and compares my post with the others can see that I am an Obama supporter!

    So come on and join the Obama campaign!

    Hate Hate Hate 2008
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    Hate Bill Clinton!
    Hate Hillary Clinton!
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    May 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Dan

    Obama ducked when he saw the Iranian President. That would have been funnier.

    May 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Robin

    That is not even remotely funny.

    May 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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