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. Zakia103

    I agree with Tish!!

    February 12, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. michaelam

    The only vote that "Gov." Barbour will capture is the meth smoking, wife beating, beer swilling, Nascar watching, white male. Good luck once he crosses the Mason-Dixon line!

    February 12, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Gonzo

    The United States cherishes its legacy of neither favoring nor establishing any laws regarding religion. Why should our public servant here care whether the Muslim Brotherhood is secular or not?

    February 12, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. thomas

    Weight Watchers might be a start for old Haley Barbour ! Mrs Obama is trying to help over weight Southerners such as Haley put down the fork and pic up a book ! I just want to know why the Muslin Brotherhood is planing to take over the RedNeck Rivera ?

    February 12, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Fed Up

    But Obama is not a Muslim. OK.

    February 12, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. Gaylon Barrow

    NO BUT, MISTER OBAMA desires that they the Brotherhood of Muslims take over the government in Egypt. He also wishes the same for America. If he continues on in the next two years like he has GOD FORGIVE he be reelected he will accomplish it.

    February 12, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. Jaye

    This man is the governor of the poorest most racist state in the country and he feels he should run for president? He and the state he represents are a big joke. I grew up in Mississippi during the sixties and seventies and thankfully I was able to escape this backward den of racism. He is now considering putting the name of the first ever grand wizard of the KKK on the state's license plates.

    February 13, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. Save your money.

    Save your money. MB spokesperson stated on tv a few weeks ago that he believes that sharia law would be the solution to all of the problems in the world. that just tells you how oppressed they have been for years. but, i don't see how siding with israel is going to all.

    February 13, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  9. p

    This is the same guys who said MS was all racially mixed in the mid 60's.
    That the civil rights struggle was no big thing in MS. Delusional dweeb.

    February 13, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  10. p

    The Muslim Brotherhood is not the threat that the right is harping on.
    Nor is ACORN.
    Nor are those 2 guys that claim to be Black Panthers.
    They always need a boogieman, don't they.

    February 13, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. Zhu Bajie

    Actually, he should be an ad for Weight Watchers! Muslim Haters Anonymous, too.

    February 13, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  12. LouAz

    I'm "MORTIFIED" at almost everything this phony religious fanatic says. Peace on Earth, yall.

    February 13, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  13. B

    " Burnish his foreign policy credentials", what a joke that overstuffed bigot is here and a bad stereotype of the Ugly American abroad,,

    February 13, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  14. laughing duck

    I just love the way these guys take a trip somewhere, in this case, Israel, and then claim "foreign policy experience". If that's the case, I have more foreign policy experience than he does. In fact any globetrotter could claim "foreign policy experience" under those silly rules. Perhaps the media should do us all a favor in the future and point out that these trips mean absolutely zip-nada-null set in getting foreign policy experience. They are good at learning the best hotels and restaurants however. And how to upgrade to first class ahead of the "little people".

    February 13, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  15. bobden

    What a twit Barbour is.

    February 13, 2011 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  16. content_pessimist

    One of the reasons our country is so screwed up because of voters like @Trish the first commenter. She dont even know the definition of secularism. She thinks it derogatory to call the TP secular.

    February 13, 2011 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  17. Martin (Germany)

    This man just got 1 (one!) percent in the CPAC strawpoll. He could travel to the moon and back to bolster his foreign credentials, it doesn't make a difference if even his OWN people don't like him, not to mention the rest of the country. But hey, what do i care! Nominate him and see the President take him to pieces in 2012...

    February 13, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  18. guitarharry

    The right-wing media and GOP are desperately trying to make the Muslim Brotherhood relevant; the revolution in Egypt was driven by secular, western-leaning young people. The last thing they want is some dour Mullah to be telling them how to live their lives. The GOP is really conflicted, aren't they? On one hand, they want Egypt to stay aligned with U.S. for purposes of stability in the region, but on the other, they are afraid that the Obama administration's hands-off approach is going to work and Obama will be able to use the successful transition to democracy for political capital in the next election. Sorry, GOP, you can't have it both ways: if Egypt turns out okay, Obama gets to take credit; It just sucks to be you, I guess!

    February 13, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  19. Lee Bartholomew

    Mortified? thats all? Word suggestes he'd have a mouthful. not a one liner.

    February 13, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  20. Indy

    If you are too stupid to understand that Clapper was talking about the politicial system, and not the Muslim Brotherhood as a religion you should not be in any elected office. That blaming Obama for anything Republicans are too stupid to fully understand is getting very old and most people are sick of it and won't fall for it. Typical daily Republican comments are to trash everyone and avoid important issues at all costs.

    February 13, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Save your money.

    We are spending over $40 BILLION on Middle East this year. STOP THAT! Just say NO to republicans, aipac, and others that leak money out of here hand over fist.

    February 13, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. FrankinNJ

    @Tish, right Tish, compare the tea-party to the Muslim brotherhood. You show the ignorance of the average left-leaning American.

    @Anthony, that problem didn't hurt Clinton to much in getting elected, now did it?

    February 13, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. a in austin

    Another "stupid" moment....

    February 13, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. BlackPanthers2020

    Why do some of this white folks insist on calling the ketttle black........we have had enough pots.....hipocrits !!!

    February 13, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. ummm.

    I hope he does run. You only need to take one look at the poverty level of Mississippi to know that this man is bad for the country.

    February 13, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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