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The Wisdom of Potential Presidential Nominees, Cont.

By Taylor Marvin

Photo by David Ball.

Photo by David Ball.

Former governor Mike Huckabee, who is almost certainly planning on running for president, thinks President Obama grew up in Kenya:

“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, very different than the average American… But then 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.”

This isn’t true, and Huckabee should be ashamed of peddling false information. But let’s pretend that Obama did grow up in Kenya. Wouldn’t his supposed anti-British attitude be justified?  If Obama had lived in Kenya in the late 1960s he would have experienced life in an impoverished country that had just endured a brutal war of liberation from nearly 80 years of European colonial rule. After all, wasn’t Thomas Jefferson’s notorious anti-British attitude justified? Or were his views of anti-colonial revolution just “very different than the average American?”

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