On Friday afternoon, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made an off-color remark at the annual convention of the National Rifle Association. After the former Arkansas governor was interrupted by a loud crash backstage, he "joked" the noise was Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama falling "off a chair" as he dodged a "gun" aimed at him.
Over the weekend, Huckabee released a statement regarding his "offensive" comments:
During my speech at the NRA a loud noise backstage, that sounded like a chair falling, distracted the crowd and interrupted my speech. I made an offhand remark that was in no way intended to offend or disparage Sen. Obama. I apologize that my comments were offensive, that was never my intention.
On Sunday, Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister and former official in the Southern Baptist Church, explained his "joke" to Tim Russert on Meet the Press. Huckabee apologized for the "dumb, off the cuff remark," and noted similar "dumb" comments from other politicians:
It won’t be the last dumb thing I’ve ever said. I’m sure I’ll make other comments. I think we all in politics do. Ronald Reagan had an open mike and said ‘I’m gonna launch a nuclear attack against Russia,’ I remember John McCain saying ‘Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran.’ I thought that was funny, but I mean a lot of people didn’t.
A Southern Baptist minister and "right to life" moralist makes jokes about aiming guns at presidential candidates—especially those who have received racist death threats? WWJD?