From The Grio – While I’ve been mesmerized along with the rest of the country by Charlie Sheen’s kooky public rantings, it’s former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee whose off-the-wall soundbites are really grabbing my attention.

The Republican 2012 presidential hopeful has made several controversial comments in recent days that threaten to outdo even the “bi-winning-est” Sheen quotes. And unlike Charlie Sheen, Huckabee is actively seeking public office (no Charlie, that is not an invitation), so his views hold somewhat more serious repercussions for the lives of American citizens, especially poor people and minorities.

First, Huckabee made “birther”-like comments, incorrectly stating that President Obama grew up in Kenya, then saying he meant Indonesia (he actually grew up in predominately in Hawaii), and making ignorant assumptions about the potential effects of a childhood spent abroad on Obama’s patriotism and his ability to relate to the “average American”.

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“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,” said Huckabee on Monday at the New York radio station WOR. “Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas.”[Emphasis mine.]

As if these comments about Obama’s upbringing weren’t ignorant enough, later in the same interview, Huckabee issued a worrisome condemnation of single mothers:

One of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.

This is the portion of Huckabee’s statement has been widely reported, and it’s offensive for a variety of reasons, most pressingly that it’s factually incorrect. As Melissa Harris-Perry, an associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University, recently pointed out, data from a 2009 report on unmarried parents show that 80 percent of custodial single mothers are gainfully employed and fewer than 10 percent are recipients of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). And the rates of poverty among single parents do not approach the “most” which Huckabee claims.

 

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  • Tiffany W.

    Michael K from Dlisted.com did a great post on this pointing out Huckabee’s hypocrisy. Sure, he criticizes Portman for being a single mommy, but years ago he praised teenaged mother, Jamie-Lynn Spears for keeping the baby and taking on a huge responsibility. So which is it, Huckabee? Single mother’s are irresponsible for bringing bastard children into the world, or are single women irresponsible for aborting possible children, instead of taking on their proper responsibilities of raising those children they conceived?

    Sounds like you have lady issues, Huckabee. Let me go to aisle 11 and get you some feminine needs for your mouth, because whatever you’re menstruating from that hole in your face needs to be clogged.

    • Simone

      Tiffany, noticed he FORGOT to mention that some chick named Sarah Palin has a teenage daughter who had a kid out of wedlock, while living at home and unable to support herself? Mind you, Natalie Portman has been working as a legit actress for YEARS which translates to $$$ I would not want that fool as a president because he can’t even get his shit right.So..instead of trying to uplift single mothers, let’s bash em (not you, him) Let’s take up a donation to seal his mouth shut with a maxi pad, that fool is off his damn rocker.

    • Emelyne

      @Simone: They love to sweep the secret shame (Srah and Bristol Palin) under the rug as if anyone could forget, but if Obama’s daughter were the single mom, we’d hear of it every waking moment.

  • Simone

    Every waking moment is the TRUTH…dang. Repubs should open up a maid service because they SURE do love to sweep. Bristol wasn’t even 18!!

  • oknow

    they love 2 make excuses for themselves i tell ya…