Conservative Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, who is emerging as a top contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, is gaining some attention this week for his comments in defense of President Obama.
As first reported on the Huffington Post, Huckabee said some of the recent criticisms of Obama have been unfair and even "shameful."
Huckabee made the comments to the Hudson Union Society.
"When he [Barack Obama] was at Dover the other day, and went there to pay respect for soldiers, I heard a lot of people on the Right say "Aw, that's just a cheap photo-op." No, I think it was the Commander-in-Chief of our military paying respect to a dead soldier, and I'm grateful that he did that, and I was proud of him for doing that. And I think we all -- as Americans -- should give him credit for doing that."
Huckabee also defended the Obama's decision to open the White House up to trick-or-treaters, blasting critics who said it was a publicity stunt.
Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh had recently criticized Obama for visiting the dead soldiers.
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