Washington (CNN) – If President Obama is looking for a conservative endorsement, he might find it from potential GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. At the same time, the former Akansas governor is also quite critical of the president.
During a speech at the National Press Club Thursday, Huckabee said it's time for some conservatives to quit questioning the president's Christian faith and added he thinks Obama is a role model for the "primacy of the American family."
"He has personally articulated, not once but numerous times, of his Christian faith. I take him at his word. I have no reason not to. For us to continue to dwell on that is missing the point. I have no disagreement with President Obama as a human being. In fact, I will go so far to say one of the things I respect very much is the role model that he has served as a husband and father," the conservative Republican said during the midday speech in Washington, DC.
"I think he has been an exemplary husband to his wife and an extraordinary father to his daughters," he continued. "Frankly, America needs a good role model like that and how can I on one hand argue for the primacy of the American family and not recognize that in his own personal life style he has given us an excellent example of a person who has his priorities straight in marking out time for his wife and raising his daughters in a disciplinary environment in which he recognizes that he the parent is responsible for the atmosphere in which they are raised. And I commend him and salute him for that."
Huckabee, who is mulling a second presidential bid and has said he will decide by the summer, added it was a cause for his own celebration when Obama was elected as the first African American president.
"It did, in fact, give me cause to celebrate that in my own lifetime I saw an African American elected to the presidency. I could have wished it to be a republican and now that we have been there and done that we can elect a Republican next year. But I genuinely felt a sense of great satisfaction of seeing in my life that moment come."
But Huckabee also critized the president over Obama's move Wednesday ordereding the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for federal purposes as only between a man and woman.
"I think the president made an incredibly amazing and inexplicable political error yesterday because he is out of touch with the voters in every state in which this has been on the ballot. Thirty three states have had this issue on the ballot, and in all 33 including very liberal states like California and Maine, the voters have affirmed the definition of marriage to be the traditional definition of marriage," said Huckabee.