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Mike Huckabee lied about Obama’s Kenyan roots

By PHILIP ELLIOTT
March 2, 2011

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks about his new book at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee suggested in a radio interview that President Barack Obama‘s childhood in Kenya shaped his worldview — even though Obama did not visit Kenya until he was in his 20s.

The potential Republican presidential candidate told New York radio station WOR on Monday that Obama’s youth led him to resent the West, which he said explains why, in Huckabee’s view, Obama’s foreign policy differs so greatly from that of his predecessors.

“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,” Huckabee said, pointing to Obama’s decision in 2009 to remove a bust of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office.

He failed to note that Obama replaced the Oval Office fixture with a bust of one of his American heroes, President Abraham Lincoln, and moved the Churchill bust to the White House residence.

“The bust of Winston Churchill, a great insult to the British,” Huckabee said. “But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather . he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.”

Obama’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was detained in a 1952 uprising against British colonial rule in Kenya. Huckabee said childhood stories of the Mau Mau rebellion would lead President Obama to want to remove from the Oval Office the bust of Churchill, who ordered a crackdown against that uprising.

The executive director of Huckabee’s political action committee said the former governor misspoke.

“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,” Hogan 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.”

Gidley said Huckabee meant to reference Obama’s childhood in Indonesia, where he lived from the ages of 5 to 10. Gidley didn’t explain the connection to the Mau Mau uprising.

Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 to a mother from Kansas, and a father from Kenya whom he would barely know and write in his memoir he had met only once. He spent the first five years of his life in Hawaii and then moved with his since-divorced mother and her new husband to Indonesia. At the age of 10, he returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents on Oahu until he started his undergraduate degree in Los Angeles and completed it in New York City.

“The first time I came to Kenya was in 1987,” Obama said at the University of Nairobi in 2006. “I had just finished three years of work as a community organizer in low-income neighborhoods of Chicago, and was about to enroll in law school. My sister, Auma, was teaching that year at this university, and so I came to stay with her for a month.”

Many conservative activists believe — and some have unsuccessfully filed lawsuits to prove — that Obama is a Kenyan who does not meet the Constitution’s citizenship requirement. A Washington Post-ABC News poll last year found 14 percent of Americans say without prompting that they believe Obama was born in another country. That number rose to 20 percent when those with no opinion were given that as an option.

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama posted a copy of his birth certificate on his website to confront persistent rumors. It did little to assuage skeptics who are convinced by Internet rumors and conservative talk radio hosts that Obama was raised in his father’s homeland.

Huckabee himself has called these suggestions fringe theories that distract from the serious policy disagreements with Obama. During appearances for his book tour, he dismissed the so-called “birther” ideas.

And on Monday, just a few moments after he asserted Obama’s Kenyan upbringing, Huckabee returned to what had been his standard rhetoric on the question of his birth certificate.

“The only reason I’m not as confident that there’s something about the birth certificate … is because 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.

Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigned against Obama during the 2008 Democratic primary. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is a former governor of Arkansas, like Huckabee.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

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8 Responses to Mike Huckabee lied about Obama’s Kenyan roots

  1. Molly

    March 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    This is a Christian? Mr. Huckabee why don’t you walk the talk.
    You are nothing but a hypocrite!
    I’m so sick of these Christian hypocrites. What a bunch of pathetic
    people.

    • Carl Nemo

      March 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Molly,

      I don’t care for Mike Huckabee or his politics. Seemingly he picked up on this anti-colonialist schtick from the views of Newt Gingrich concerning Obama.

      In actuality Barack Obama is a far greater threat to our American way of life than most folks can imagine. Seemingly he has ties to the CIA as well as his Kenyan father and U.S. born mother were enlisted on the agencies behalf to act as intel operatives in Africa and Asia post the exodus of the European colonialists which brought on the incursion of Marxist interests onto the African continent.

      I do know this much. This President is not what he pretends to be relative to the American people. He’s let us down big time and judging by his actions to date he seems to be nothing but a plug-in module for the shadowy corporate and statist interests as orchestrated on their behalf by our intel agencies.

      Seemingly our CIA et al. are hell bent on turning America into one of the ‘banana republics’ they are so adept at destabilizing when it suits our ‘national interests’. They are good at what they do, so a soft coup of our nation over a 50 year period post the WWII era is really within their capabilities. Even the voting booth has become a smoke and mirrors enterprise with backdoor access to voting machines etc. We the oppressors have become the oppressed…! Voting fraud is one of the CIA’s main tools for changing the political order of the day when engaged in offshore adventurism.

      http://dancingczars.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/was-obama-a-cia-agent-you-be-the-judge/

      Carl Nemo **==

  2. Molly

    March 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    How about Bush’s ties to Bin Laden’s family. I guess we can all excuse
    that. The elder Bush was with Bin Laden’s parents having breakfast
    when 9-11 happened. The elder Bush rushed the Bin Laden’s to
    waiting airplane to fly them out.
    Must I say more.
    I’d rather have President Obama running the country than a President
    who lied to take our country to war.
    Enough said about that.
    Back to what I was saying if you are going to say you are a Christian walk the
    walk. Don’t be a hypocrite.

  3. Molly

    March 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Also I’m not all that happy with President Obama either, he let us all down
    and he has not kept his promises.
    He seems to be going to the center instead of keeping his word to the
    American people. We vote for who we vote for by studying the candidates
    and also listening to them.
    So I’m one disapointed American also.

  4. Bill

    March 4, 2011 at 1:30 am

    I am also disappointed in Huckabee as having listened to him in the past he seemed to be honest and not prone to bad mouthing or lying. He also lied about Obama not being a boy scouts because from what I have read Obama was a boy scout for over a year in Indonesian Troop. There is an Australian man who claims to have been in the same troop.
    Huckabee is feeding the Tea Baggers. They thrive on these falsehoods and if you look at Fox News website Huckabee never really apologized either. He claims that he meant Indonesia not Kenya. I agree with this article pointing out that the Mau Mau uprising had nothing to do with Indonesia. Nor did Indonesia come under the British Colonial System, it was a Dutch Colony.

  5. woody188

    March 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Wait, Mr. Huckabee, his interior decorating is different from his predecessors, but his foreign policy isn’t any different. In fact, the war hawks are very pleased with Obama’s performance in foreign affairs.

  6. Sharon

    March 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    President Obama promised to close Gitmo and to stop the wars.
    He seems to be going sometimes to the right to much.
    I like President Obama but can’t help but be disappointed at
    some of the things he hasn’t done. How come he isn’t trying to
    stop our jobs from going overseas, now we have to create new ones,
    but will they years from now also leave the United States and go overseas.
    I wish he had kept his promises.
    Mr. Huckabee is just playing into the hands of the Tea Party.
    Why can’t they just tell the truth, I mean we as Americans are not
    stupid well most of us aren’t. But some I wonder about:)