Barbour 'mortified' at Muslim Brotherhood remark
February 12th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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Barbour 'mortified' at Muslim Brotherhood remark

Washington (CNN) - Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Saturday he was "mortified" to hear a top Obama administration official describe Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as a "largely secular organization."

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the remark in testimony before a House panel on Tuesday. His office later clarified the statement through a spokeswoman, saying that the Muslim Brotherhood was participating in Egypt's secular political system and that Clapper "is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization."

In an interview with after his address to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Barbour said he was traveling in Israel when Clapper made the comment. But Barbour said he was "mortified" when it came to his attention.

"That's like saying I should be an ad for Weight Watchers," the portly governor joked. "That's absurd."

Barbour is seriously considering a 2012 presidential bid and just returned from a trip to Israel designed to burnish his foreign policy credentials.

Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Egypt • Haley Barbour
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Debbie from Arizona

    Oh please, this man is such a joke.

    February 12, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. N

    Whether you detest this man or not, what he states is absolutely true. The Muslim Brotherhood is 100% the exact opposite of a secular organization and that point should not be confused in any way from our political leardership

    February 12, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    What we can do? We were supporting a dictator for 30 years , Mubarak didn’t listen to us too late now
    we have to move on
    grow up

    February 12, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Anthony

    Wonder, how Mr. Barbour is going to get elected as President of this country with a state which is in the bottom of education, employment opportunities and housing? Yea, he's electable!

    February 12, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Haley Barbour is looking for any way to get his name in the news. I would suggest he find a way to get his state off of the federal tax welfare handouts. Mississippi is the number two state (exceeded only by Sarah Palin's Alaska) in what it receives from Washington for every tax dollar it sends. Mississippi gets over two dollars back for every dollar it contributes to the national budget. Funny, Haley Barbour doesn't want to talk about that. He would rather spend his time politically criticize the hand that has been feeding him and the rest of his state for the last hundred years. Ironically, most of these "welfare" states that are a drag on the U.S., are what is commonly known as "red states". Look it up!

    February 12, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Lada Langley

    Run. Don't run.

    Six of one, half dozen of the other.

    February 12, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. diridi

    What a nonsense...they make one or another....o.k, they name, Obamacare for American Health this....nonsense idiots....totally brainless thugs are in Congress....o.k...I am again telling these idiots that USA is going in right direction...i mean "Right Direction". True, true, and true..

    February 12, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Pete

    His aid explained his comments,get off his ass!Bush and the rest of you Repubs are always sticking your feet in your mouths,remember Sarah Palin ,so shut the hell up or we'll start keeping score!You're not such an alter boy Mr.Barbour,watch what you say,it might come back to haunt ya!

    February 12, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Fear, hate, lies, division - Haley Barbour spends more on bacon every morning for breakfast than our country spends on defense.

    February 12, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Pretzel Logic

    So says the man who sang the praises of the White Citizens' Council. He's the corrupt good ole boy Govenror of the state that ranks 50th in everything good and 1st in everything bad. Why on earth does anyone think he would make a viable Presidential candidate?

    February 12, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. fred

    Like Barbour cares. He's a fundamentalist radical religious extremist himself.

    February 12, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    more bigotted talk from one of the biggest racists ever elected. I've dealt with the Muslim Brotherhood in charity events. They are far from what he claims them to be

    February 12, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. JEJ

    Yes, Haley, you should be an ad for Weight Watchers. The "Before" part. And was that "mortified" the same the rest of the world being "mortified' at your idiotic comments about race relations in your state when you were young, and you "remembering" it as not being "that bad"?

    Shoo, moron.

    February 12, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Dickie

    So sad. What will our country be like if Haley Barbour is elected president?

    Will he bring all the other states down to Mississippi's level?

    February 12, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Catie

    The primary purpose of the Muslim Brotherhood is world Sharia law. They are encouraged to educate themselves in order to manipulate law and constitution to bend toward Sharia law. Dont be naive people, take off your rose colored glasses and wake up to reality. This is a very calculated organization with very precise objectives.

    February 12, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Jason Lent

    This news hound hog wouldn't know a Muslim from a donut.

    February 12, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Catie

    Tish, there is nothing secular about the Tea party. The majority of their followers belong to a church. In fact a good number of Tea Party members are evangelical. Do you even know what secular means?

    February 12, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Joan

    Hope I'm wrong but it seems that a lot of the top Republican spokesmen or contenders are Islamophobic, homophobic, blind to the needs and problems of the middle class and definitely not in tune with the rights of women. How do they get voted in?

    February 12, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Jack in Florida

    Barbour is just looking for attention, so his name gets more publicity. If the way Mississippi is being run is an indication what he would do as President, he needs to stay at home and mind the State business.....he has no right to even think he is qualified to be President.

    February 12, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. lenoirlady

    These far right nuts wouldn't know diplomacy if it bit them on the bottom. We must understand that every Muslim is not a violent, radical terrorist!!!! We just have to mature and grow on the world stage. Such a smarmy mealy mouth weakling. Reminds me of what I heard my Uncle say years ago – "Quick, turn on the Green Lights – the man wants a Green suit". The radicals of the GOP will say anything they think people want to hear and his speech pattern is so distasteful!.

    February 12, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. M

    I grew up in Mississippi, and I can tell you that Haley Barbour is a political opportunist, plain and simple. The man has never held a real job in his life. All he has ever done is shill for the Republican party. In fact, before running for governor, he spent most of his time in Washington. The man is the quintessential political insider. As for his time as governor, well, look through the archives of the local newspapers and see what a stellar job he's done.

    And I wonder, if I take a trip to Israel, does that mean I have foreign policy experience, too? As a matter of fact, I'm about to visit four different countries on a Caribbean cruise, so I must be getting tons of it.

    February 12, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Michael

    Why does it matter whether the Muslim Brotherhood is secular or not, because it really doesn't...
    It's just another Rightwinger way of Muslim Fear Mongering and misstating the facts once again...
    It is true that they have been secular politically in Egypt, just like C-street Republicans that belong to "The Fellowship" are active in a secular manner, because like in the US, religious groups can't be politically established.
    And it is also true that the Muslim Brotherhood is religiously based, just like C-street Republicans that belong to "The Fellowship", which is a "Secret" Evangelical Christian Organization...
    So what's the difference?

    February 12, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Well he is right about one thing – he should be an ad for Weight Watchers. The problem is that it's the before but he will never be the after.
    I was mortified too when you left your state in the middle of an oil spill to attend a picnic in New York. Way to care about your people fatso!

    February 12, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Chris

    At what point will we, by that I mean America start letting the people of the Middle East make their own political decisions? I swear I am so tired of these old political folks who still have the mentality of the cold war voice their idiotic views about things just to make the uninformed people they represent get upset!!!

    February 12, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. todd

    SO, what does this man know about the Muslim Brotherhood? Is this man an expert on Egypt, on Islam, on the Muslim Brotherhood? Or is he talking out of his sphincter?

    February 12, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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