2012: Huck Thinks Obama Raised In Kenya

1 Mar

The Huck 2.0 Media Blitz raged on today, this time with our former Gov and would-be 2012 presidential contender appearing on The Steve Malzberg Show. It seems that Mr. Huckabee is a bit confused about the upbringing of the man the next GOP nominee will face in two years, twice claiming during Monday’s interview that President Obama was raised in Kenya, where his biological father hailed from. Huckabee said the president, “having grown up in Kenya,” would have a “more hostile” perspective regarding British foreign policy based on its history with the African nation.

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, [is] very different than the average American.

He later repeated the claim, saying:

…and 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.

As you know, our president, is a United States citizen, having been raised by his mother (a Kansas native), and later his grandparents. The President grew up in Hawaii, where he was born, and also spent four years as a young boy in Indonesia after his mother married an Indonesian man she met  while in college.
While clearly misinformed, geographically challenged, or just outright lying to further perpetuate the “Obama isn’t one of us” rhetoric, it should be noted that Huckabee did not go as far as to say the president did not grow up in the United States or that his birth certificate was forged, as the nutjob “birthers” would have you believe. When directly asked if he would be willing to ask the president about his birth certification in a debate, Huckabee said:

The only reason I’m not as confident that there’s something about the birth certificate, Steve, is because I know the Clintons [inaudible] 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.

Audio for the full interview is available here, with this particular part of the conversation starting around minute 13:00.

(h/t Washington Post)

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