Oops! Huckabee says Obama grew up in Kenya
March 1st, 2011
04:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Oops! Huckabee says Obama grew up in Kenya

(CNN) – Mike Huckabee said Monday that President Obama's world view is most certainly colored by where he grew up.

The problem? Huckabee appears to falsely believe the president grew up in Kenya.

"I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough," Huckabee said of the president in an interview with New York radio station WOR. "And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American."

Huckabee, the former presidential candidate and current Fox News host who has said he is thinking about mounting another campaign, added, "his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British are a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather."

A transcript and audio of the interview was circulated by MediaMatters, a liberal media watchdog group.

Obama, whose father is Kenyan, in fact grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia.

But in the interview with WOR's Steve Malzberg, Huckabee repeated his stance that he does not doubt the president was born in the United States.

"I know the Clintons…and believe me, they have lots of investigators out on him, and I'm convinced if there was anything that they could have found on that, they would have found it, and I promise they would have used it," Huckabee said.

Huckabee spokesman Hogan GIdley told CNN the comment was nothing more than a misstatement, telling CNN the former governor meant to say the President grew up in Indonesia.

However, the Mau Mau rebellion, referenced in Huckabee's comments, was an uprising in Kenya that occurred from 1952 to 1960 when an anti-colonial group, the Mau Mau, rebelled against the British in an attempt to gain independence from British rule and remove European settlers from the country.

"When the Governor mentioned he wanted to know more about the President, he wasn't talking about the President's place of birth – the Governor believes the President was born in Hawaii," Gidley said. "The Governor would however like to know more about where President Obama's liberal policies come from and what else the President plans to do to this country – as do most Americans."

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Inmyopinion

    Seriously, Huckabee making a mistake is news with everything that is going around us? How about telling us how those poor people are doing in Haiti and did any of our donations get to them?

    March 1, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Sniffit


    "Huckabee making a mistake is news with everything that is going around us?"

    You're atlking about a man who has aspirations to be the leader of the free world and he just made a "mistake" that indicates he clearly lives in a fantasy world bubble and fails to inform himself of the simplest of truths. Yes...I would say that's "important."

    March 1, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. maf

    Continued "misstatements" and divisive talk from the GOP!! How BUSH league!! Will likely take one case of treason against one of the larger Party of NO talking heads and maybe people will start thinking about what they say rather than just vomiting out false and erroneous statements!

    March 1, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Huck will prostitute himself, to generate the lies of the birthers and baggers. He is only trying in vain to sell Fox lies to their uneducated followers so the mentally challenged will like him. For an alleged man of the cloth, Huck will have a lot of explaining on his judgement day. Huck appears to have taken on more of the witch doctor traits of a Fox media entertainer, than a man of God. Reverend, you may be a minister, but you are no man of the cloth.

    March 1, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hey Huck! God is watching you.

    March 1, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Russ

    This is the kind of idiot that Republicans have to look forward to running for President. What is it with Obama that they can't get over? They say their not racist, so what is it? I worry more about someone growing up in this country from a tainted religious background that becomes a preacher and then tries to force his religious values on me. That's why we revolted against the mother country in the first place. Republicans are scary.

    March 1, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Redcloud

    Of course Obama didn't grow up in Kenya. And the other fact is Huckabee never grew up.

    March 1, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Where Obama was born or grew up isnt important to me, but his radical far left policies and the people he surrounds himselt with do bother me.

    March 1, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. chelle

    That was not a mis-statement. He went on and on espousing his theory of how President Obama's view of the British would have been affected. There was some thought that went into that statement – too bad he got the facts completely wrong. And this man wants to be President!!!!

    March 1, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. No Mike

    No Mike... you are the one who grew up in the third world country where illiteracy and poverty reign and there is a gigantic gap between the rich and poor..(Arkansas)

    March 1, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Former Republican - Now Independent

    So let's see if I get this right Mike ... if you're not white, you must have grown up in some country other than the U.S.?

    ... and I thought Palin was a dimwit!

    March 1, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Mikey

    I try so hard not to believe that all conservatives are uninformed, misinformed, and just plain old dumb. I know it's not true, but at times it is very hard not to think that way. PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS BORN IN AND GREW UP IN HAWAII AND LIVED FOR A WHILE IN INDONESIA. I'm shouting, because I think if I yell, some people might get it through their thick skulls. Of couse, there are many more important things those same people don't (and probably never will) get.

    March 1, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. drifter

    That's low Mike...really low. My opinion of this guy just dropped even lower.

    March 1, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    [Oops! Huckabee says Obama grew up in Kenya]
    Dang Huck-A-Bye – where have you BEEN-ya????
    I guess you’re wondering how this will be perceived
    It’ll be perceived the way I see it – it’s what you BELIEVE!!!

    Deep down within the truth lies inside
    No matter what you say on the outside
    So it happened today and you’re wondering IF
    A slip of the lip is going to sink your ship!!!


    March 1, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    A misstatement that he misstated repeatedly in his interview from the way this article sounds. It appears to me that he believes every word of what he said.

    March 1, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Way to stick your foot in your mouth. I thought you were a man of God. Whatever happened to "Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor?"

    March 1, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    I hope this idiot attempts a presidential run. He'll make through some of primaries because of the right-wing-bible-thumpers, but with statements like this, he'll be headed off at the pass. Ride 'em, Huckahasbeen!!!

    March 1, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Abiding Lib

    Pathetic, Mike, absolutely pathetic. Here I was thinking, you know, this guy ain't half bad (especially when you compare him to the Palins of the world), and he goes and says (and repeats!) this out and out lie. Nice Christian values, Mikey. Be careful, your racism and opportunism are showing.

    March 1, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. tcollins

    So following Huckabee logic– if Obama actually grew up in Indonesia then he probably hates the Dutch, eh?

    March 1, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. WVLDY63

    Obama's Grandmother was at his birth and she has stated repeatedly that he WAS BORN IN KENYA.

    March 1, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. PulSamsara

    Wow... another GOP fool.

    March 1, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    And you huckster were dropped from a tree in the middle of an unknown forest, hit your head and still can't find it because it's so up yourfat behind that it has yet to see the light of day!
    Stay with faux news and your other neocons who shouldn't run except to the corner to buy some brains but since you are all fat and lazy I doubt very much we have to worry about it.
    What a moron!!!! These rethugs don't misstate anything. Everything they do and say is to create chaos and for those who are stupid enough to believe him to continue their birther BS!!! Methinks you are a first class racist who still can't get over the fact that MANY WHITE people voted for Obama. Not because he was white or black but because he IS the right man for these troubled times! GET OVER IT!!!!
    Everyone who thinks the President is not an American are telling the world that the FBI, the Secret Service, NSA, the Clintons and even that mavericky (or not) from ZK don't know how to do their job or didn't vet the President. Not that mcnasty would know what the word means anyway. Do you really think that if it was true this wouldn't have come up within days of the President's initial campaign.

    March 1, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Jamie from Riverside

    A mis-statement? How about calling it another Republican lie from another bigoted, Republican liar.

    March 1, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. California

    I can't even count how many mistakes Obama has made, to many to count yet the MSM ignores it. The MSM is anything but consistent. IF this is all you FleeBaggers have to do then you lead a very pathetic life.

    March 1, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Mikey

    @WVLDY63 – How do you know his grandmother (I assume you mean paternal grandmother) was there? I guess the birth announcements in BOTH Honolulu newspapers were a secret plot because they knew 50 years ago that he was going to run for President. Kinda stretches logic a bit, don't you think?

    March 1, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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