Mike Huckabee has again demonstrated his fitness to be a Fox commentator.
In an interview with Steve Malzberg, reported in yesterday’s The Washington Post, Huckabee made two statements about Obama’s upbringing. First he said,
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.
Then he said,
...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.
Later, a Huckabee adviser had no explanation for these remarks. Later still, Huckabee’s spokesman, Hogan Gidley explained:
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.
“Simply misspoke”? Simply a lie, and one Huckabee had to have authorized. We do not have a campaign-weary Obama making a slip of the tongue when he referred to America’s 57 states. We have deliberate statements in a scheduled interview with four references to Kenya, two references to the British, and one historically accurate reference to the Mau-Mau, a tribe which rebelled against British rule in Kenya. So the idea that Huckabee meant Indonesia is a lie, and the rest of his spokesman’s comment is persiflage intended to distract attention from the lie.
Huckabee has revealed himself to be, not the honest and thus honorable man whom he presents himself to be, but just another hack who will lie about little things and not admit mistakes. The odds are good that he will lie about the big ones and never admit mistakes. Not my guy for anything but Fox News.