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. T Smith

    Lies and double-talk unbecoming of any presidential candidate. The tapes of this ridiculous interview are still being broadcast, so to say that his critics "can't read" is puzzling.

    March 3, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Name Larry

    What's your point? Or are you just trying to stir up your silly little base.

    March 3, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. ellid

    Huckabee is a fine one to talk about being anti-American since he wants to rewrite our Constitution to impose his own version of Christianity on the country. What a revolting excuse for a human being.

    March 3, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Vet

    Old Huck is playing to the ingnorant uneducated base,he knew exactly what he was doing, fear mongoring top of the few desperate republican agenda!!

    March 3, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. LovesIrony

    Most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings...
    There are more women than men in the US, therefore, most of us did not grow up going to boy scout meetings.

    March 3, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Tam

    Can Huckabee, Palin, and the others in their pod read well? Can they think?

    March 3, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Bob, Virginia

    This pantload should just shut his piehole. The more he says about Obama the dumber he looks, which is tough for an Arkansas goober.

    March 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. roshev32

    To elaborate on my previous comment, I feel a visceral rage when someone like Mike Huckabee, a leader in the Republican Party, spews venomous lies about President Obama. Politicians have always stretched the truth, but this is vicious lying and his political career should be ruined by it. Instead, this will make him a hero of the right.

    March 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    I agree with Huckabee! I would never vote for Obama based on his views of the US and needs to apologize to the world for who we are! I would however consider voting for some other Democrat if there is one that could take the primary! And please do not start the racism BS. I do not like the man based on his views and policies..

    March 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. JoeT

    What Huckabee fails to understand is taht many of us voted for Obama precisely because he is more cosmopolitan than anyone the republican party would offer. The neocon naivety, the ludicrous assumption that democracy can win the day by force of arms, is blasted by the left as well as out-of-favor right wingers like Buchanan. So yes, Obama has a different world view– God help the USA if he had the same view as Cheney, Rumsfeld, or W Bush.

    March 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Tanja

    This is right out of the republican play-book. Lie...Lie...Lie...to the people, when you are caught...it is too late...all of those people you told the lie to already take it for the truth.

    Case in point...Have the republicans in the house created any of those jobs they talked about when running for office???!!!

    March 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Ron@Seattle

    FACT: President Obama was born in Hawaii and raised primarily by his [white] mother and [white] grandparents. His grandmother [white] was a U.S. banking executive and his [white] grandfather was a soldier in the U.S. Army, serving under Patton and fighting the Germans during World War II. Overall, Obama's unbringing appears very pro-American/democracy/Western.

    FICTION: All that silly sh– spoken by Huckabee.

    March 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Name king

    What is huckAbee jiggering about which grown man remember what happened in camp, much as what they believed 40 years ago as a child. These right wing lunatics thinks every thing is a conspiracy,'he keep saying that Obama went to a Muslim school in Indonesia when the fact tells that he went to a regular school, was Indonesia had a majority muslim population, 40 years ago, or this population swing was recently. huckAbee , knows that his lunatic right, hates facts, so he keep feeding their emotions with intolerance, because he know that's what they want to hear, facts are inconvenience to them, if your not feeding them propaganda with lies, you can forget about running in the next election. Because your not a pure lyre enough.

    March 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. mfhpr

    First of all, Huckster, did you ever think that "other" views might actually be considered, rather than just holding on to "American" views at the REAL truth to every story? You're a typical close-minded good ol' boy that will never consider someone else's point of view.

    Secondly, you knew exactly what you were saying. Implying that Indonesia and Kenya are anywhere close to being in each other's backyard or sharing cultures is embarrassing for you. Didn't you recently say that you would NOT get into name calling and side-shows that distract from the issues. You know...be an ADULT?

    March 3, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. mfhpr

    Sorry...AS the real truth...

    March 3, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Jon

    Okay, fine, Obama grew up differently than most. He also went to Harvard Law School, as only a very small percentage of Americans have. My question for Huckabee is: why is different bad? If anything, I consider Obama's background and education to be an advantage.

    March 3, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. FRANK LONGO

    Huckleberry believes Adam and Eve had pet dinosauers and believes in the Rapture. Nio sane person believes in this dillusional fantacy!

    March 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Robert in Texas

    Huckabee is truly a moron and has no business being anywhere within earshot of intelligent people much less running for President. Anyone giving this idiot money is throwing it away because the Huckster has no chance of ever stepping foot in the White House.

    March 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. colowest

    Uhm, Huck? The bust was supposed to have been returned before Obama took office. Like so many other Bush messes it was left to Obama to fix. And if you just simply mistook Kenya for Indonesia where did the ramble about British imperialism and all the rest of the details about Obama's mythical childhood in Kenya come from? You knew darn well what you were saying and why. So does everybody else with a brain.

    March 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Gary

    I think Huckabee is grasping at straws in his dream of a "wanna be" president. In the future, I hope he gets his facts straight and not starting rumors that he can't possibly back up, like his friend Palin, who still claims that "death squads" will roam America looking for Grandma and disabled veterans.

    March 3, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. John

    It wasn't a mis-statement. It was a smear.

    March 3, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Chas in Iowa

    I think the point is he feels Obama is a threat because he does not have the same indoctrination as most Americans. He has a world view based on life experiances. Yup,..... sounds dangerous to me.

    March 3, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Mary

    There is GOOD and there is EVIL. All that is needed for good to become evil is religion. Enter Huckabee and his problem with known facts. Really thought this guy had something going but now has stooped to this level of pandering to idiots.

    March 3, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Michael

    Huckabee may be a leader of idiot-worshippers, but he is no idiot. Neither is he information-deprived.
    Unfortunately, what he has done is given information he knows well to be false, for the express purpose of whipping his ignorant/ xenophobic/ racist voting base into a frenzy. This is politics at its worst; it is contrary to the American spirit; it expressly disobeys the Biblical commandment against bearing false witness (which Huckabee, who professes to be a Christian, is more than familiar with), and it is in opposition to Christ's teaching of treating others with the same consideration we desire for ourselves (again, an absolute ethical obligation for a Christian).
    It seems Huckabee has sold his soul for worldly power.

    March 3, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. ED FL

    Hopefully The old TUBBY HUCK will return,He always had his mouthful of food and couldn't spew out as much HATE,DIVISIVNESS, AND LIES that he comes out with on FOX.This loser is in another world and has about as much chance of getting the GOP nomination as JOE BIDEN.

    March 3, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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