Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee stunned this observer with a really bizarre remark made in a radio interview on the Steve Malzberg talk show yesterday (2/28/2010) as reported at Politico.com.
If you think about it, his [Barack Obama’s] 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.
I would think that anyone from planet Earth knew that Barack Obama was raised largely in Hawaii by his maternal grandparents and was never even in Kenya until he was an adult. But then I daresay that Hawaiians have a different view of the Brits than Mike Huckabee, who hasn’t figured out that Hawaii was not a British colony.
Is this another alternate theory of Barack Obama’s life to debunk? A Huckabee adviser did not have an immediate explanation for Huckabee’s comments to WOR, according to the Associated Press.
Interview audio available on the MediaMatters web site. The AP story has been picked up by numerous outlets across the country.
Update: It appears Huckabee (who mentioned the so-called snub against the British when a loaner bust of Churchill was returned) likely got his idea from a misunderstood Newsweek article, last year:
Maybe it’s no surprise that Obama wouldn’t want Churchill watching over his shoulder. After all, it was Churchill who, in 1952, ordered a crackdown on the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya, Obama’s ancestral homeland. Obama’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was labeled a subversive during the uprising and spent months in detention.
It’s only a small act of imagination to create a false childhood for Obama to explain the so-called influence. It’s so very “birther” don’t you think? In fact, President Obama never met his grandfather and barely knew his father.
H/t to Rickey for the link to the Newsweek article.