Huckabee Says Obama Was Raised in Kenya


huckabeePresidential hopeful Mike Huckabee mistakenly said President Obama was raised in Kenya during an interview yesterday in which he argued that the president’s upbringing in Africa gave him a very different outlook on the world than that held by most Americans.

WOR radio host Steve Malzberg asked the former Arkansas governor to weigh in on the “birther” debate. Huckabee sidestepped, saying: “I would love to know more, but 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’s very different than the average American.”

Huckabee later stated that Obama’s perspective was shaped by “growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather.” Listen to the complete audio here.

After the interview made the national news Tuesday, Huckabee’s team told ABC News that the governor simply misspoke and meant Indonesia, not Kenya. “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,” Huckabee’s political action committee director Hogan Gidley told ABC. However, Kenya was under British rule, while Indonesia was under Dutch control.

Much misinformation and controversy surround the president’s birth and childhood.

The president’s father was Kenyan, but met Obama’s mother in Hawaii where Obama was born. President Obama did spend a portion of his childhood in Indonesia before returning to Hawaii. Obama first visited Kenya as an adult.

“Birthers,” those who believe Obama is not a natural born citizen, continue to drive conspiracy theories about the president’s nationality.

Republican leaders have recently been asked to weigh in on the issue of birthers following a poll that showed 51 percent of GOP primary voters falsely believe Obama was not born in the United States. Speaker John Boehner and tea party star Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) have each addressed the issue in recent weeks saying they personally believe Obama is a citizen. But Boehner added that he won’t actively dissuade the public from believing otherwise.

Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and is widely expected to run in 2012, has in the past made clear he doesn’t side with birthers on this issue, recently saying birthers are “wasting time and energy” on the issue and “nonsense.” He says he believes if there was something amiss about Obama’s past, it would have been uncovered.

Huckabee explained in the interview Monday:
The only reason I’m not as confident that there’s something [invalid] about the birth certificate, Steve, is because I know the Clintons … and believe me, they have lots of investigators out on [Obama]. 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.

While clarifying the Indonesia/Kenya mixup to ABC Tuesday, Gidley used stronger language on the birther issue:

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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  1. “…what…the President plans to do to this country” ???? The US President has absolute powers? Since when? He had to horse trade and campaign to get the health reform bill passed. He’s got a Congress to deal with – including a Republican dominated House of Representatives. Not to mention the US Supreme Court which is packed with conservatives.

    The President doesn’t have his own private army, not even his own private radio station. How is he going to “do” anything to the country without the cooperation of Congress and a whole lot of other people?

    This paranoid stuff is frankly delusional. It sounds like born-again Evangelicals talking about the Antichr*st. Come to think of it, a lot of those people seem to think Barack Obama really _is_ the Antichr*st and that it’s the End Times complete with Armageddon and demonic influences. And then remember that they think all Jews who don’t switch to their religion are going to be sent to hell and only 144,000 will be “saved.”

  2. This is an outrage. Obama is a cactus, I have yet to see him document otherwise, what cant he produce his certificate-of-humanity? Why has he spent over $50,000,000 fighting court cases that try to prove he is a catus. This is the greatest fraud in US history!

  3. The President doesnÂ’t have his own private army…

    Incorrect. He is the commander-in-chief. In fact, the Vietnam War was not approved by Congress.

  4. Oldtimer sounds more like Alzheimer.

    I have only one question for you. Why won’t Obama show us his original birth certificate?