If this was a senior moment, it was a doozy. In an interview with FOX radio personality Steve Malzberg, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had this to say about President Obama:

And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American… 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 are a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.”

And you wonder why most people who are aligned with the GOP think that Obama isn’t a citizen (pdf)?

For the record, Obama did not grow up in Kenya. He didn’t grow up with his paternal grandparents. He didn’t grow up in Indonesia, either.

Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961. His mother, an American citizen raised in part in suburban Seattle (Mercer Island), and father, a Kenyan citizen studying in the US on scholarship, married and divorced. The marriage appears (IMO) to have been one of birth certificate convenience, not an uncommon practice in that era.

Barack Obama was raised in Honolulu, Seattle (1 year), Honolulu, Indonesia (4 years) and Honolulu, with the bulk of those years (0-18) being in Honolulu and more than half with or with assistance from his maternal grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. This arrangement is far from unusual as well.

I’d say that 13 out of 18 years would make Hawaii the place where he “grew up.”

When a leading presidential candidate for 2012 misspeaks so greatly about something that should not even be a campaign issue, what does that say about the political party he represents?

KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst
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