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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  1. JH

    And while I'm at it, can I just say that I'm sick to death of Tea Party members and Republican entertainment jockeys calling people "un-American" if there's something they want to FIX. It's hypocritical at the very least, as they are taking aim at all Progressive/Liberal stances that are, in fact, deeply American, with a long history and tradition of American heroes, patriots, leaders, and thinkers, as champions. If you look at where this country is today, and you think this or that needs to be jettisoned, changed, etc., and then you turn around and say the other side of the aisle (who also wants to change something) is simply "un-American" because they don't LOVE everything that is "America", then you are quite simply a hypocrite.

    March 3, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Obama 2012

    Keep digging yourself in a hole. You weren't successful at a White House run previously, and you have no chance this time either.

    March 3, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Paris

    He should just shut it. The more he talks, the more....well on second thought, since he might run for president, let him keep talking. This kinda stuff just kills his chances.

    March 3, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Saul- Virginia

    Huckabee is so misinformed. Indonesia in fact has boys scouts just like we have here, what an idiot. The more he tries to make the president look foreign, the more he reveals his ignorance and interlectual impoverishment. The president is as American as anybody else and has a much better understanding of the world than any repub pres contender. SHAME ON HUCKABEE!

    March 3, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Michael

    Showing your true colors Huckabee. "most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings and rotary clubs" oh really, I didn't, does that mean my world view is wrong too. As for growing up in Indonesia, he lived there for 3 years as a child. Hardly counts as "growing up" there. Shame on you and you call yourself a man of God, I call you an opportunist liar!

    March 3, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Jose R Guzman

    How low can this half-wit go with misguided innuendo. He is preaching to the reactionary, biased and irrational segment of the republican party. Playing the "Obama is a foreing muslim" card is getting too old. Is this the quality of leader our country needs? One who lies to please his managers at Fox news?

    March 3, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. winky

    Huck's shoe is stuck inside his mouth and he can't get it out!

    March 3, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Shut up shutting up Huck.
    You're going to backpedal, and 180 degree yourself all the way to YOUR ancestor's country of origin.
    Give it up, and while you're at it turn in your clerical collar you two-faced, lying, Bible-quoting piece of nothing.

    March 3, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. bill

    Thank GOD he has a different world view from Huckabee who's spent his whole life locked in the Midwest. Travel broadens the mind. Staying put shuts it down, and Mike has been locked inside his bible for too long.
    BTW, Mike, what happened to that Subway diet you were on? What's the matter, doesn't FOX NEWS support Subway? Or is the craft services table just that good at FOX? Get off the campaign trail and get on a stairmaster.

    March 3, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Scott in Atlanta

    Who is the "us" in his "most of us..." comment? Cause I never had a Rotary Club in my neighborhood. I've absolutely never been to a Boy Scout meeting... I live in Detroit inner city, and old Huck may have a little bit of trouble relating to MY reality. But what else is new. That last 40 Presidents would've had that same trouble.

    Do you know how that feels to me? Do you? It probably feels a lot like President Obama feels to you. Now you, like me for so long, will have to wonder if YOUR President can really relate to you. But here's a bit of advice, instead of trying to invoke race riots out of your fear of the unknown, do like I did and try to realize the benefit in learning something new.

    March 3, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Langley Whickersham

    Hey Huck, 50 years, blacks were not allowed in the Boy Scoutts or rotary clubs. You sound really ignorant! Obama is a Ivy League educated Lawyer for goodness sakes, just like almost every politician or industrialist. How much more American can you be. Stop trying to divide the country on racial lines and start having an honest political debate. If you can't win on the issues, you sure can't heck win on race considering, the ever growing population of minorities and the huge percentage of the white population who does not give a crap where the president grew up, they just care about how to make this country work again. Racial politics and race baiting been done and been defeated. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!

    March 3, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. sonny chapman

    The classic definition of xenophobia: the unwarranted fear of anything that seems different to one's comfort zone. Also known as race-baiting politics in the South or the Red Scare in National Politics in the 1950's.

    March 3, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Tea Farty

    So pretty much he's saying "my screw up isn't my problem its yours".

    My question to Huckabee is, taking everything into context, what does "fundamental anti-Americanism" mean exactly? America is so many different things that you really can't narrow it down, so how can you be 'anti'. To me it doesn't make sense and just trying to appeal to conservatives.

    Is he trying to justify it by saying the Brits aren't completely happy with Obama? Who Cares? (Besides this 1 newspaper article that he's apparently referencing) I'm sure you take any news paper out there and somewhere somehow it will be unhappy with something. What matters is what voters in the UNITED STATES think!

    March 3, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    He will never get the primary win, anyway.

    March 3, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Larry

    "Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout Meetings". mmmm. According to the Boy Scouts, there are 4.5 million americans involved with scouting which is about 1.5% of the population. So how do you get "most"?

    March 3, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. clarke

    well, I still don't get his point.

    March 3, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Name Creole

    YOU BIG FAKE!!!!!!!!! Just like the rest of you RepublicpartyNO GROUP all you all do is LIE !!!! You all are full of --

    March 3, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    According to Huckleberry; While there are Rotary clubs in Hawaii, playing on a high school basketball team, being a boy scout in Hawaii, and living the American dream are not assets, but what make up President Obama's different world view. Huck is willing to lie just to scare his base which is made up of 50% of the republican party (birthers) who are out of touch with reality. I hope Fox suspends this pile of garbage.

    March 3, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We should all pray for Huck to stop lying, and see the light.

    March 3, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Mr.Boombostick

    Let the Fear Mongering begin. I may disagree with Huckabee but i never thought he would run his campaign for president like this. Lets be clear he is running.

    March 3, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Scot

    Huck you are just fueling the fires of the idiots. You know damn well that the uninformed will run with that like the 'birthers" did. I once though you would be a good canidate , like I did with Mc Cain, but you guys keep pandering to the exstream right and Iam an independant !

    March 3, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. oj

    Your clarification is belated. in your first comment your spoke out of the abundance of your heart.my suggestion is those who seek to lead a great nation like ours must show some level of decorum in the public space its not enough to whip up sentiments by alluding to facts that do not exist.No five kids that grew up in the US can have the same world view.if you doubt this do your own research.

    March 3, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. WDRussell

    When you get your pay from Fox, you are required to lie to support the extreme right.

    March 3, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think the Brits were more outraged when they learned that Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction. No Brit was killed when President Obama returned a bust. Huck is an idiot who should stop with the untruths and he needs to get closer to God.

    March 3, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Inmyopinion

    American people will not understand this until they themselves have lived and been schooled in a different country. On top of that Obama's mother was not bringing him back to live on the mainland of the U.S. but he was going to Hawaii which is in itself a different live style than the states as the Hawaiian people have their own native customs, habits, traditions and are not Mayflower people. Many Hawaiians don't few themselves as American either, they see themselves as Hawaiians owned by the U.S.

    Huckabee is right on the money. Anyone that has gone through this experience will tell you that when a child is raised in a different country that from the one he/she was born that child's habits, thoughts, customs, schooling, routine are very different than the children that are raised in the country they are born. If anything Obama is a mix of Indonesian and Hawaiian customs, habits, beliefs.

    March 3, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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