Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"Misspoke" more Polite than Lied

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, speak...Image via Wikipedia
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Hukabee is well aware of the misinformation and controversy surrounding  the president's birth and childhood.

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.

In a recent interview, 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."

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.

After Huckabee's erroneous statement made headlines, his team issued a statement claiming that Huckabee misspoke.  "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," It's interesting to note that Huckabee himself did not address the issue.

"Misspoke" is more polite than lied.  Liar, Liar, pants on fire!

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