Huckabee fires back
March 3rd, 2011
09:02 AM ET
3 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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  1. Lolo

    This fool is a joke. All of the republicans have to pay the piper to the tea partiers to get re-elected and it is a shame that they stoop this low to get power. Their base really needs to get educated. They are definitely pulling the wool over their eyes. They just need to admit that they are all racist. They keep bringing up this same old crap after two years. Please get a life.

    March 3, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Bryan Sciver

    Unfortunately I watched as this ignorant fool mis fired on Charlie Rose. Charlie always has great guests but Mike Huckabee was a real dud who was not able to follow along with the conversation clearly and had difficulty supporting his warped thought.

    March 3, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. shoegazer

    Indonesia....Kenya......Is Huckabee getting his geography lessons from Palin?

    March 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. notogop

    I used to think Huckabee was a litle better than most mud-slinging gopers, but alas, he is no better than an ignorant Palin. Can none of them rise above the evolutionary slime level?

    March 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Bob Goldschneider

    More FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) from a politician. Deliberately stupid bordering on racism. Keep pandering to the hard right. It still won't get you through the pres primary.

    March 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Eric

    What a complete and utter idiot. Huckabee is a clown, and his simple minded comments to pander to a base that is neither intellectual nor mentally stable speaks volumes for the Republican party. Mr. Huckabee, I grew up in America I didn't spend a minute in the Boy Scouts (we all know how some camp leaders used this guise to prey on little boys) and I grew up fine. I can't stand how these guys use such general statements to cover the entire United States as if everyone spent time in the Scouts or in Rotary clubs, as if that somehow makes you less American. It's feeble mindedness to think that we are less American if we don't believe in the Boy Scouts, Little League, Ronald Reagan, and apple pie. Contrary, we are just as American because of the different environments that we grew up. America encapsulates such a diverse group of people. Shame that knuckleheads like Huckabee can't see that we are such a diverse group of people.

    March 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Paul1st

    No matter how Huckabee spins it, his basic premise is that Obama is "not like us". The perspective of "not like us" is the root much of the evil in this world including religious intolerance, homophobia, gender bias and racial bigotry. America defines itself by its constitution which stands for equality regardless of race, color or creed. In effect, Huckabee is the one who is defining himself as "not American".

    March 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. nate

    I just don't get this guy.

    March 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Eric

    Huckabee forgot to mention that our president is half black too. Because you know we can't have that. That's just un-American to be mixed race. Huckabee should just get to his point and yell "WHITE POWER!"

    March 3, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Rosemary

    Huckabee is just trying to out-do Palin to win the tea party vote. they know they can't argue about policies and so just want to make people afraid of the "black-man" in the white house. Shame on you right-wing so called Christians who have no ounce of Christ-like virtues!

    March 3, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Roscoe

    Wink and nod to the tea party.

    March 3, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Philaladylawyer

    Like Huckabee, I'm in my 50's and from Arkansas. In fact, I was born about 35 miles away from his birthplace in Hope, Arkansas. It's a good thing I will never run for President, because my birth, by todays standards, was unusual because I was born at home. Thus, no hospital records. The only surviving members of my family who witnessed my birth is my mother, thank God! But the reason I was born at home is because, baring complicati-ons, the "Negro" doctor in town delivered all "Negro" children at home so that the babies and their mothers were not victimized by the racist nurses and doctors at the local hospital. My high school and Hope High School did not fully integrate until the 1970's, more than 15 years after Brown v. Board of Education and more than 10 years after the integratio-n of Central High School in Little Rock. Ouachita Baptist University-, where Huckabee attended college, did not admit its first African American student until 1964 and in 1976, when I graduated from high school had only a handful of African American students. Today, things have improved in this area of Southweste-rn Arkansas, however, given his background and the culture he grew up in, is Huckabee really in a position to talk about the shaping of one's mind based on where they grew up, let alone the environment in which they grew up and whom they associated with?

    March 3, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. No More Mr. Nice Guy

    Thank you Mike for revealing the true scumbag you are. Must be nice to live in you cloistered world.
    Please run for president, get clobbered and go back to obscurity.

    March 3, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Rose

    Keep the lies coming Mike! When Obama gets re-elected, you'll be spending another 4 years trying to figure out where you went wrong. Bearing false witness is in the ten commandments, but the ultra-religious right wing seem to have forgotten what those are (is Newt listening?).

    March 3, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Gerald

    For being an ex-minister and supposedly a Christian, Gov. Huckabee seems to have forgotten one of the 10 Commandments – the one about not bearing false witness. If he's wiling to ignore that Commandment in his pursuit of political power, what other Commandments is he willing to break for that purpose?

    March 3, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. patriot

    We are screwed. Adams had it exactly right when he said our democracy would be destroyed by a two party system. Huckelberry is a prime example of a good man being corrupted by pandering to interest groups in his bid for power.

    And, to clarify, I was in Cub scouts for all of six weeks deciding to leave because I did not do the neckerchief correctly and did not go to Rotary. I am a proud American who is an independent, that thinks we need good public policy in our government, and not have right wing nuts pander to ever more extreme positions to gain power.

    March 3, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. mark c

    Why is it this jerk and other conservatives can't get their facts right? Why would I want to vote for this moron and have him running our country only for him to mistake Kenya and Indonesia again and bomb the wrong one? Another crass politician willing to say anything to play to the right wing, hollier than thou, nuts. Shut up already, you are embarrassing yourself nitwit.

    March 3, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. carlos

    this poor excuse of a preacher is exactly the face of the low class republiCONServatives, missinformed, below plant level IQ and a complete imbecile.

    March 3, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. No More Mr. Nice Guy

    Thank you Mike for revealing the true scumbag you are. Must be nice to live in your cloistered world.
    Please run for president, get clobbered and go back to obscurity.

    March 3, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. TEE

    Everyone didn't grow up with the boy scouts, rotary clubs, in all white neighborhoods, & whites only water fountains.....FYI, the world is changing, the middle aged white male point of view is no longer the only and/or the correct point of view that says only my way makes me a real American. your days of telling us what our American view should be is over.....you are losing your grip on the power to control thought.....You will adjust or die........

    March 3, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Marietta, Georgia

    Unless, of course, you grow up in any major city in the United States where there are mosques, synagogues, Buddhist temples, etc. etc. But that’s right - I almost forgot that unless you grow up in the sticks, you’re not a REAL American with the right world-view. God forbid you might be exposed to any culture outside of Mayberry.

    March 3, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Mark

    Once again Huckabee proves to be a dimwitted savage with the "different world view" that the only real Americans (or people in the world for that matter) are WASPs that think like him.

    March 3, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. terrance G. Shults

    Rule number one in Jr. High debate: Don't make up your facts. No one is fit to run for high office who does not know this.

    March 3, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. BobH

    So is this ignorant hate-monger really the sort of person Republicans want representing them? Is it really just a slip of the tongue that he says Obama attended a madrassa, rather than an International school? Of course not. It's just his wormy little way of insinuating that his opponent is alien and "one of them." Exactly what we need much less of.

    March 3, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. GrogInOhio

    "Obama attended an international school while living in Indonesia, not a madrassa. "

    In other words, Mr. Huckabee is a liar? C'mon CNN... Anderson Cooper can say it. The rest of you can too.

    March 3, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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