Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee acknowledges that he erred when he stated in an interview that President Barack Obama grew up in Kenya.
In an interview with Huckabee on Monday, talk radio host Steve Malzberg said, “We don’t have a birth certificate” or college record for Obama and asked the 2008 Republican presidential candidate: “Don't you think we deserve to know more about this man?”
Huckabee responded: “I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough. 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. When he gave the bust back to the Brits.”
Malzberg noted that Huckabee was referring to a bust of Winston Churchill, a gift to the White House from Britain, that Obama ordered returned after he took office.
“The bust of Winston Churchill, a great insult to the British,” Huckabee continued.
“But then 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.”
Obama was born in Hawaii and spent several years in Indonesia. He did not travel to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, until later in life.
Hogan Gidley, director of Huckabee’s political action committee, sought to clarify Huckabee’s remarks on Tuesday, ABC News reported.
“Governor Huckabee simply misspoke when he alluded to President Obama growing up in Kenya,” Gidley said.
“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.”
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