Because former Arkansas governor and possible 2012 contender Mike Huckabee is trying to explain his remarks criticizing Natalie Portman because the 29-year-old, Oscar-winning Harvard graduate is pregnant yet not married. On his Huck PAC website, he wrote, "Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not 'slam' or "attack" Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country." Okay, so what did he say?
In the interview earlier this week, Huckabee told conservative radio host Mike Medved, "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."
Here's Huckabee's full explanation, posted yesterday:
In a recent media interview about my new book, A Simple Government, I discussed the first chapter, "The Most Important Form of Government Is a Father, Mother, and Children." I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not "slam" or "attack" Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country. My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock.
Natalie Portman hasn't commented—she's had to deal with other scandals amid her Oscar win.