Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Huckabee: "Obama grew up in Kenya"

Mike Huckabee has stirred up a hornet's nest today with these comments he said on the Steve Malzberg show.
Politico: “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 said in response.
“If you think about it, 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 were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather,” Huckabee added.

Huckabee's spokesman has issued a correction.
Says his spokesman Hogan Gidley to POLITICO:
“Governor Huckabee simply misspoke when he alluded to President Obama growing up in ‘Kenya.’ The Governor meant to say the President grew up in Indonesia.”
“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. 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.”
The way the left is carrying on over the whole thing, you would swear Huckabee dissed Obama's mother and Michelle too! They are shrieking "birther" all over the place!

I think they are outraged because they know that Huckabee has a way of being too cute by half.  Remember that campaign ad during the primaries?

 

You never could really tell one way or another whether that cross was a fluke or if it was purposely placed there.  This slip of the tongue by Huckabee has the same feel. 

Huckabee has come out saying there is no truth to the birther theory, but with an mere slip of the tongue (Kenya instead of Indonesia) he could be giving a nod to birthers while maintaining credible deniability. 

Do I think Huckabee is sincere when he says it was nothing more than a slip of the tongue?  To tell the truth, I am not sure either way.  That is because I have always found Huckabee to be a Republican version of Bill Clinton.

Video h/t: Mediaite

1 comment:

Nick Rowe said...

I don't believe for one minute that Huckabee is a birther.

I also don't believe for one second that he "misspoke."

I'm sure he was confused between Indonesia and Kenya. But when he went on an extended discussion about the Mau Mau Revolution, it's obvious these were prepared remarks. And if you're going to make a prepared criticism of someone, you had better have your facts straight.

Huckabee is toast. I like the guy, but he's not presidential material. I'm glad this happened because we need to be unified behind the strongest candidate possible. The next appointment to the US Supreme Court may be the most important political consequence for the next decade. It's the only damage from Obama we can't un-do.

Personally, I don't suspect Obama was born abroad. But the office of the Presidency has exactly three legal requirements:

- Natural born citizen
- Age 35 or over
- Resident of the US for 14 years.

We don't require military service to be Commander-in-Chief.

We don't require other political offices as a stepping stone of experience.

We don't require prior executive experience.

We don't require candidates to pass a Top Secret Security Clearance investigation.

A convicted felon could become President.

I find it deeply disturbing that we don't strictly enforce documentation of the three flimsy criteria we do have.

The candidate should not only be required to present the documents to a federal authority, there should be a rigorous investigation of their authenticity, and a full public disclosure of the findings. Any reasonable doubts should be investigated further.

Walmart does a more rigorous background check on its employees than we do for our prospective President.

I think we SHOULD amend the Constitution to require the President to have an Honorable Discharge from military service, a record clean of felony convictions, and passing a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) for a TS-SCI clearance subject to approval by competent authority established by Congress.

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