January 11th, 2008
03:48 PM ET
8 years ago

Huckabee pays homage to Motown

Mike Huckabee visited the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit Friday.

Mike Huckabee visited the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit Friday.

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - If you don't count the Pistons and Red Wings, Detroit is known for two things: automobiles and Motown.

So it made sense that Mike Huckabee made an unscheduled stop at the Motown Historical Museum Friday after giving a speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Michigan's languishing manufacturing sector.

Huckabee and his wife Janet had a private guided tour of the legendary R&B studio, which was opened by Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1959 and became a musical juggernaut, launching the careers of soul legends like the Temptations and Marvin Gaye.

"I've never have been to Motown," Huckabee said, calling it "one of those spots on a musicians life's tour that you've got to make sooner or later." He called Motown's success a testament to why music and arts education needs to be a priority in the American school system.

Their tour ended in the famous "Studio A," where the museum guide instructed Huckabee and his wife to perform a choreographed version of "My Girl" for reporters and camera crews, who laughed as Huckabee smiled and mumbled his way through the chorus.

After the tour they poked around the gift shop before leaving.

Huckabee made another off the record stop after that, meeting with Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at his downtown office. The campaign said Mayor Kilpatrick had called Huckabee earlier in the day and requested he stop by to chat.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Michigan • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Patty Atlanta GA

    That's wonderful Gov. Huckabee. Please bring Jesus Chist to Motown for they are sinners. Please rescue the lands of Jusus's birth from the mongoloid hoards that now occupy them by any means needed! Praise you Governor and praise the Lard Jesus Christ

    January 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Jenner

    Because Michigan and Mike Huckabee are virtually twins from the same womb. This shameless Motown pandering by Huckabee more hollow than Obama's "change" policy. Wolverines will see through this crap.

    Huckabee = Appalachian State. Don't fall for this jokester.

    Anyone in MI who doesn't vote for Mitt Romney is voting AGAINST an economic ressurection in struggling Michigan. Vote ROMNEY.

    January 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Jeff

    It's not pandering – Huckabee's a musician, a bass player nonetheless. Visiting the Motown studios is a pilgrimage for us. He probably would have gone there whether he was campaigning or not.

    January 11, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    pander... It's not pandering!! It is just taking the oppurtunity to get people to think your interested when you really otherwise wouldn't be interested, only to get their approval vote. So... wait, Oh! Yeah it is pandering.

    Huckabee must think we are pretty stupid, or is Huckabee just that stupid! I guess that is question like "If a polititian let 1033 CONVICTED FELLONS go scott free, is that showing any respect to the legal process?" Well people here in Iowa must be that stupid because THEY voted for him. It is like watching a herd of lemmings run off a cliff, because the head gopher (Huckabee, he has the teeth to prove it) says so. I think he is the cult leader!

    January 11, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Stevie Ray fan in Tejas Territory

    Poor guy. I felt so bad for him when I saw him play bass for a few previously rehearsed bars with Leno's band. Played with ONE FINGER...sad. He should have just used a pick instead of pretending to be a real bassist. No wonder he dropped out of the music scene. No talent. I played bass for a few years on the road in bar bands trying to make it myself before I gave up and "got a real job". Huckabee isn't anywhere NEAR the level of someone who actually played for a living at ANY point in his life. Pretender is what I'm saying here. Total Pretender.

    In his cheezy attempts to be "cool" with the music schtick, revival revolutionary/televangelist wannabe, and sucking up to McCain for protection from that "evil Mormon" Mitt Romney is so sad it's laughable. Oh yeah...I forgot..Hucksters a COMIC as well...gee...all of the above is just what I want in the Oval Office...lol..."pray tell" dear Hucksterbee....just WHAT WERE YOU POSITIONS AGAIN? PLATFORM? Hello? I expect the tap shoes to be dusted off for his next public performance...is it just ME or does this imbicile sadly remind YOU of a circus sideshow as well...an organ grinder's monkey? Dancing bear? He'll let the left's propaganda outlets (french-canadian Vivendi Universal's NBC/ABC group's letterman/leno/colbear/yada yada..) parade him around like some kind of sadly mentally diminished circus freak...hope he has provided the Left with plenty of Chuckles...but, I as a Republican just want to cry, and hide under the bed in shame...omg...who elected THIS clown...oh, yeah...his ...flock. Arkansas...thanks a bunch. Back at you.

    January 11, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Daniel Rezai, VA

    Yea for the record...Jesus would probably be a member of the green party def. not a republican...war mongering haha Love thy neighbor as thyself. Well we certainly don't see that out of the party of God and Jesus currently. Moreover, Romney is not a stable enough candidate to lead this nation. Anyone who can think would know he is not suitable for the job as the New Hampshire debates showed, even his own party doesn't like him. Newsweek showed Huckabee playing the bass guitar not too long ago so his visit seems perfectly worthy. Not to mention God doesn't drive politics. Money, Power, and Lies drives politics. Obama in 08 a breath of fresh air to the hellish abyss that is Washington DC.

    January 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Tim, Minnesota

    He probaly made his sub-servant wife go to this event. He says the Bible says the man is the boss. I hope she likes Motown. poor lady

    January 11, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Mrjimbo

    Mitt and Fred 2008, save this great country....

    January 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Jenner –
    your argument makes about as much sense as voting for Romney, period.


    January 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. josh

    Ryan –

    You would rather have someone that tells jokes instead of defining his plan huh?

    Huck's nasty comments on Mitts faith and his wackjob staff guy Rollins saying he wants to knock Romney’s teeth out all reminds me way to much of the Jerry Springer show. He also pulled that nice stunt with his add where he questioned Romney's integrity and got it ran for free on FOX, slick WIllie all right....and all the while claiming the higher road and accusing Romney of running a negative campaign when his adds were informational and not personal....talk about transparent hypocrisy.

    Then McCain's indignant temper tantrums over his pro-illegal immigrant bill and his third grade comment about Romney being the candidate of change was obnoxious and hypocritical, particularly coming from someone who changes their stances so often it would make John Kerry blush. McCain does not have the temperament or humility to be a great leader Romney does. For instance notice how often Romney mentions the teams he worked with to accomplish things, it is never about him alone, unlike McCain who uses the word I exclusively.

    Romney is our last best hope. I think a Romney/Thompson ticket would be unbeatable.

    January 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Bob, Florida (RFO)

    Jenner January 11, 2008 5:14 pm ET

    When will you learn the only logical Republican choice is McCain. However I do like Mike Huckabee.

    Most of our economy, particularly the stock market, is about one thing and that's the feel good factor! When we feel good we spend, when we spend the perceived value of stock goes up. Perfect example is Google vs. General Motors! How in the hell can Google be worth more then GM!

    I hate the two party system because it assumes everything is an XOR choice! It's pleasing to see both Republican and Democratic Oligarchies scramble to try and maintain power.

    Carpe Diem! Our time has come to take back America!

    Go Obama '08!

    I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see!

    January 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. Michael

    Red WIngs? What about the Tigers? Good Grief.

    January 11, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Mcain - WAR MONGER

    Huchabee is touring MO Town

    McCain is planning world war 3. Load those nukes and let em fly. Boom Boom,
    mushrooms clouds everywhere.

    January 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Stevie Ray fan- Thanks,I was wondering when someone else would notice that one finger technique!

    January 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Bob, Seattle

    Huckabee is the real deal. His Motown visit is genuine. Like all youngsters growing up he probably had great dreams regarding music. Many of have. Many other have had great dreams for Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA etc. Just because we can't play or sing worth crap doesn't stop us from being FANS...

    If playing great were pre-requisite for attending a shrine, then their would be no fans going to the respect Halls of Fame of anything. Gee, give a 'regular' guy a break.

    I sing in the shower and I am absolutely horrible. Doesn't mean I wouldn't like to go to Nashville or Motown.

    As for subservient wife – what is that garbage. Any complete individual knows that a Christian is instructed that a wife is subservient to the man AND the man is subservient to the wife. The man is instructed to treat his wife with no less love and respect than GOD treats the church. Is their any better instruction on earth that deals with how a man and woman should conduct marriage?? All marriages should be so blessed. Maybe divorce rate would crumble. Or would that be a bad thing for liberals?

    January 11, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Jimmy

    Senator Clinton for President of the United States.
    She is the one,

    January 11, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Bill Blake

    Gov. Huckerbee would probably enjoy a better chance, without his wife. She's really a frightening sight! Honestly.

    January 11, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. askwhynot

    Bill Blake is right. Huckleberry's old woman is a real moonface.

    January 11, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Bryan

    Looks at ol' Huck's face...did someone offer him a cut of chicken fried steak? How could he resist? The drool is almost piling on the ground

    January 11, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. David - Oregon City

    Many voices from the dark side here. Very sad...

    Go Huckabee!

    January 11, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    I think this joke of a candidate is really looking for a spot on American Idol. Cutesy dimpled grins and quips only go so far in a serious Presidential debate. Many Kudos to Thompson last night for giving the Huckster a few body slams. He definately deserves more in the near future. South Carolinians of sound mind will not vote for Huckabigot, except for the duped factor amongst the hard core Evangelicals. Maybe the rest of the country should pray that they become momentarily raptured into the corners of the polling booths during the elections, so that God will only allow his more intellegent children to vote for the more respectful candidates of this great country.

    January 11, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. Patty, Atlanta GA

    Daniel Rezel
    you do not understand the word of Jesus as we do. It is wrong to let souls burn in the fires of Hell when we can try to convert them to The Lord Jesus Christ. If that means going to war then we should be fighting tooth and nail to bring Jesus to them and Governor HUckabee will lead us into Jeruselum and eradicate the sinners from the world

    January 11, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Huck is the biggest joke to get this far in an election since, uh.....thinking......uh......
    oops, no one comes to mind.
    The guy is making a mockery out of the job of President of the USA!
    Get him off the stage!

    January 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Mike, Fredericksburg, VA

    Romney is tanking in the national polls. The race is between McCain, Huckabee, and Guiliani.

    January 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. John S. Maine

    McCain in my opinion does not have the vigor to be president and I would worry about his temprament. He is known as a loose cannon in the Senate. According to McCain we might be in Iraq for 100 years or something like that.

    January 11, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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