Huckabee fires back
March 3rd, 2011
09:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Huckabee fires back

(CNN) – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says that President Barack Obama has a "different world view" that was "molded out of a very different experience" because "most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings, and, you know, our communities were filled with rotary clubs, not madrassas."

The 2008 GOP presidential candidate, who's considering another run for the White House, made his comments Wednesday on talk radio host Bryan Fischer's program "Focal Point," on American Family Radio.

Huckabee used his appearance to fire back at critics, who blasted him for earlier this week confusing Indonesia, the country where Obama spent part of his youth, with Kenya. Saying that the problem with reporters may be that they "can't read," Huckabee admitted that he misspoke when characterizing President Obama's childhood in Kenya, and clarified his comments. "I said Kenya when I should have said Indonesia," he said.

Huckabee took as stand against what he called a "popular position with conservatives" and declared that "What I've never done is taken a position that Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia, or anywhere other than Hawaii, where he was born."

When asked by Fischer to comment on the idea that there may be "some fundamental anti-Americanism in this president," Huckabee said of Obama, "that's exactly the point."

"I'm quoting a British newspaper…really we're expressing the outrage of the Brits for that bust being returned and the point was that they felt like…due to Obama's father and grandfather it could be that his version of and view about the Mau Mau revolution was very different than most of the people that perhaps would grow up in the United States.

"I have said many times, publicly, that I do think he has a different world view, and I think it's in part molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings, and you know, our communities were filled with rotary clubs, not madrassas."

In the book "Dreams of my Father," Obama discusses the absence of his father during his childhood, when he was raised by his mother and his grandparents in Hawaii. Though Huckabee references "madrassas," a term used to refer to a Muslim school, Obama attended an international school while living in Indonesia, not a madrassa.


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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Debbie from Arizona

    Say what you will, Huckabee. I listened to the radio interview you did and anyone else who has heard it knows you are lying. By the way, I don't believe President Obama returned the bust of Churchhill, he simply moved it and replaced it with a bust of Lincoln. You are like a worm trying to wiggle off of a hook, but you got caught on this one. Bearing false witness is a no no Mr. Huckabee.

    March 3, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Eric in South Bend

    I see....it is the reporters who are at fault for this "mistake". All they had to do was simply replace Kenya with Indonesia and the entire statement still holds as true? Is that what I am reading? So while President Obama was living in Indonesia his Father and Grandfather in Kenya (over 5000 miles away) had a direct influence over his world view? Plus, how in the hell does replacing a bust of Churchill with Abraham Lincoln have anything to do with Anti Americanism? Shouldn't that be the ultimate sign of Pro American values? I would love to see the reaction of the right if the situation were reversed....he replaces a bust of Lincoln with Churchill. They would all have kittens.

    March 3, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. tabernaclemark

    Another republican gets on board the train to crazytown. I used to think Huckabee was at least rationale.

    March 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. peace

    this nut is a fake preacher that"s leading a lot of his follows straight to hell with him. The scary thing is that he will do n say anything for money people wake up this is the kind of false prophet that the bible warn us about.

    March 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. MR AMERICA

    Keep playing the bigot card, Huck. It didn't work in 2008, it won't work in 2012.

    March 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. NamePatrick Ujad

    I used to give this guy so much respect as a Former minister and now a politician, but I could see clearly now that he is fundamentally clueless. He is actually making Sarah Palin a star with his recent utterances. First he mistook Indonesia for Kenya and then 'international school' in Indonesia for a madrassa. This guy is not smarter than a 3rd grader.

    March 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Equality 4 all

    Lies and hate.

    March 3, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. mkjp

    If visiting India is going to give Sarah Palin more international relations experience, I love how Obama's years of living elsewhere makes him anti-American instead of similarly experienced in international relations. It's the same double standard that exists all over politics where one person does something and it's miraculously good, someone else does the same thing and it's the worst possible thing to ever have happened. These people are all ridiculous.

    March 3, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. gino

    Wrong again! Three strikes and you're out, Huckleberry.

    March 3, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    He's right. What American President has ever gone overseas to apologize for and bad mouth the USA? NONE, except Obama.

    March 3, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Gary

    This clown just doesn't know when to shut up.

    March 3, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Eric

    Reports can't read? That's why you had/have no clue of what you were/are talking about? You spoke fairly extensivly about the Mau Mau Revolution, because you mispoke saying Kenya instead of Indonesia? And you talk about how the father and grandfather that were not in his life influenced his views? You are a clown. Crazy how people fighting for power act so nuts. Stick to your convictions. That is what has made you popular. Don't pull a McCain and go agaist the very way of being that has put you in this position.

    March 3, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Paul Willson

    Does this man know anything ?au Maus were decades before Obama was born and he was born in USA unless Hawaii suceeded ? Not. I think entertaining this birther idea shows that he is UNFIT to become POTUS EVER.

    March 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. JWR

    Obviously, it's Huckabee who has difficulty reading and has amnesia when it comes to history. Did not the colonies of America fight against British rule? It was called the revolutionary war, Mike. Does that mean that the American revolutionary army and the Mau Mau had the same world view during their struggles? C'mon Mike you are making mistake and "misspoke" after mistake and "misspoke". Cannot your Christian values bring you to the truth or have you thrown them away?

    March 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. PacificView

    Obama's view on the Mau Mau revolution is certainly important. We should poll all presendential candidates for thier position on this topic of history. There are many world views that people in the US hold, some good, some not so good.

    March 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Eric in RTP

    Going on and on about how Obama is anti-American because his Kenyan view of the Mau Mau revolution as a result of his growing up there is more than just a slip of the tongue. He did some research to make a false claim based on bogus information. He can't even take responsibility for his own mistakes. Obama lived in Indonesia when he was 6-10 years old, nearly 5 whole years. Hardly enough time nor the age to develop any political ideologies. Freaks like Huckabee lie and distort facts and govern from their twisted hearts and principles all while hiding behind the bible, literally in this case.

    March 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Retired

    So he replaced Churchill with Lincoln..and the issue is what????

    March 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. jackalope

    If nothing else, Huckabee is showing us that he is truly a southern white boy.

    March 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Tom Robb

    Its probably a good thing that Obama has a different world view than most. Our government seems to think that America is high and mighty and serves as the world police. The rest of the world doesnt see it that way.

    March 3, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Walmanic

    This is the best the Republicans have to offer? Keep digging yourself in deeper, Huckabee...

    March 3, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Fielding Mellish

    Like so many GOPers, Huckabee consistently shows off his ignorance and mendacious bile.

    March 3, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Now we're getting into the ridiculous–if we don't take into account the implicit pandering to the racists in the right wing. C'mon Mike, talk about issues!

    March 3, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    ["...most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings, and, you know, our communities were filled with rotary clubs, not madrassas."]

    First of all – most of us DID NOT grow up going to girl/boy scout meetings, etc. A lot of us could not afford it!!! In addition, a lot of us also grew up in ghettos too – Hmm, so I guess many of us see the WORLD differently too???????????????

    ["...the problem with reporters may be that they "can't read,"] What's reading got to do with it??

    Huck-A-Bye baby – with your slick FLIP
    But it’s NOT going to work – You already SUNK your SHIP!!!!

    March 3, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. The reality is...

    Here again, You prove Huckabee's point. He said..." Most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings, and you know, our communities were filled with rotary clubs, not madrassas." He did NOT say, "Obama attended a madrassa".

    March 3, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Rob Ryan

    This would-be theocrat is almost as big a loser as Palin.

    March 3, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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