Hannity on Obama: “He went to a Muslim school in Indonesia, or wherever it was, Kenya. I forget.”

Fox News’ Sean Hannity speaks to Playboy, and what do you know – he ain’t all that when he’s not scripted.

Among other errors – one could call them lies – Hannity claimed that President Obama “grew up in Kenya.”


Except the President did not grow up in Kenya.  His father grew up in Kenya, he grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii.

This is a common slur Republicans trot out – GOP presidential candiate Mike Huckabee claimed the same thing in 2011, and as CNN pointed out, it was a lie back then too.

“I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough,” Huckabee said of the president in an interview with New York radio station WOR. “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.”

Huckabee was at least telling the truth about it being the “one thing” he knows.

Now for Sean Hannity:

PLAYBOY: Trump was one of the most vocal skeptics of Obama’s American citizenship. You’ve also said Obama grew up in Kenya. Do you regret saying that now?

HANNITY: But he did grow up in Kenya, and he told The New York Times that he went to a school there and one of the most beautiful things on the planet is Islamic prayer at sunset.

PLAYBOY: Are you fueling the myth that Obama’s a Muslim from Africa by saying that?

HANNITY: I never fueled the myth. How do you come up with this stuff? He did go to a Muslim school. He writes about it in his own book.

PLAYBOY: He did not grow up in Kenya.

HANNITY: He went to a Muslim school in Indonesia, or wherever it was, Kenya. I forget. Now you’ve got me. I think it was Indonesia. I’m trying to remember his biography. It’s going back so long. He admits he went to a Muslim school. It’s on his audiobook, if you want a tape of it—you can hear him say it himself.

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67 Responses to “Hannity on Obama: “He went to a Muslim school in Indonesia, or wherever it was, Kenya. I forget.””

  1. rentslave says:

    Same here.Zimmerman is God!

  2. rentslave says:

    We’ve got the goods on the Occidental President.All will be revealed this fall,simple as NBC.

  3. JakartaJive says:

    Just FYI since I actually live in Jakarta

    SDN (State Elementary School) Menteng 01 is not a muslim school, its a prominent public school with students from various religions (all get courses in their respective religons as required in the Indonesian public school curriculum & since Muslims needs to pray 5 times a day, of course it has an Islamic prayer room). It’s students ranges from children of the rich & powerful (Menteng is an elite housing area) to the underprivileged (Menteng Dalam (Inner Menteng), where Obama lived in, is somewhat of a slum)..

  4. Anomaly 100 says:

    He’s denying it now.

  5. lynchie says:

    Here is Sean’s education credentials. High school


    Glen Beck’s. High school


    Rush Limbaugh’s High school


    Proves the GOP point that an education makes you a liberal.

  6. amrgy9 says:

    They all came out of whack job Pat Robinson’s school, or another think tank (there are many Kochs even have some).

  7. Amrgy9 says:

    Hannity is so stupid. The other day he played a video on his show and then closed his show with a message about guns when the video had nothing to do with guns. He’s incoherent. All of Fox news is. I was watching Fox and MSNBC (the night shows) and I could tell a huge difference in vocab (Fox was at a high school level, MSNBC was at a college level). Fox based all opinion on loosely based facts and delivered all without good reference or sourcing. MSNBC laid all opinion out based on documented and referenced facts, presented those facts in a coherent fashion with data to back up claims. People watch Fox over MSNBC because they lack the ability to evaluate a good source, have poor vocab, and /or have an opinion about Obama and like that Fox coincides regardless of the monumental inaccuracies in reporting.

  8. Aji says:

    Please read more books Hannity…and fill your empty brain with some useful stuff….I wonder how a huge country like America let the useless people like you stay there….

  9. piniella says:


  10. piniella says:

    I’ve also noticed from listening to his radio program that Hannity often has difficulty reading aloud.

  11. Nicholas A Kocal says:

    Hannity is a human enema bag. He opens his mouth and shit comes out.

  12. BeansFerSupper says:

    You all will have to hold out a while longer, thats all, things are looking up. This is recovery summer reduz all over again. What was her name? She said years ago that the Border is safer now than it ever has been. Soon, millions of illegal undocumenteds will be granted citizenry.

    Barack will give them this, along with mucho dineros. This one thing, plus counting all them poor Syrian headcutter refugees Barack’s importing, equals more progressives reading AmericaBlog.

  13. ezpz says:

    Not much into social media here.

    I’m not a facebook member; don’t twitter.

    I used to go to digg, but haven’t in quite some time.

    Never having had a blog or website, I don’t really know how the money is made.

    Is it by clicks? ads? other?

    If it’s ads, then I’ll disable Adblock when I come here.

    Like many others, finances are a real issue – I was lucky to get a mortgage modification, recently. It was major panic for a while, so I’m really grateful that I don’t have to move – yet.

    Good luck, John

  14. Jimmy says:

    OK, it has to be said, “Dumbass!”

  15. pappyvet says:

    Oh what a shame to forget your own bullshit

  16. BeccaM says:

    Maybe John should add a “Celebrity Side-Boob and Fashion Malfunction Expose” section. It’d drive some of HuffPo’s soft-porn addicts this way, and the rest of us could just ignore those posts entirely. Just like I do when I’m bored and look at HuffPo’s front page and see maybe 10% actual news. ;-)

  17. BeccaM says:

    I used FB a little, then became annoyed with the constant UI changes and even more annoying changes that always ratcheted down the amount of privacy one could have. And also how every time they added some new feature or revamped their system, they always would re-default you back to no-privacy settings.

    So it was a couple years ago (I forget how long exactly) that I deleted all my personal info and photos up there and left a message on my Wall saying that if friends want to reach me, they should email me instead. Not to send FB messages, invites, or ‘pokes’ as they would go unanswered from that point on.

    Essentially, my use of FB is the same as yours — as a ‘passport’ to other sites that offer no other means of interacting with them.

    I’ll admit I have never used Tumblr and don’t have an account there at all.

  18. American says:

    except that obuma DID say it in his book

  19. karmanot says:

    Look at what happened to Firedoglake. Back in the day when Jane first started out, it was possible to exchange comments with her, like now with John or Gaius. Now the site is so fancy, high tec and expensive that we are shut out. It is true,, that she is very successful in that endeavor, but we could not follow her there and I fear that would be true of AB. It would be a great loss for us. HuffPo followed a similar corporate model and I just refuse to read their puff pieces.

  20. Monoceros Forth says:

    I used to use Twitter very frequently, although the frequency of my “tweeting” has fallen off considerably in the last several months. I’ve viewed the 140-character limit as an interesting challenge but really it’s not enough for anything very informative. I set up a Tumblr account with the idea that longer pieces could go there and a link crossposted to Twitter but who knows if anyone actually follows such links, and anyway I’ve not used the Tumblr account in months and months.
    My Facebook exists solely as a “passport”, particularly to Chess.com where I’m constantly playing. A few acquaintances have friended me and I sort of feel bad about not actually checking out what they’re doing on Facebook but I just don’t have any interest in using it.

  21. Gentil Aquitaine says:

    If you are going to be a douche, you might as well be a wholly ignorant douche… That’s the Hannity we know and love.

  22. Indigo says:

    Yup. Back then, Republicans were pleasant people. Usually.

  23. Butch1 says:

    It also could be Other Than Republican. That is the only excuse they need to hate anyone. All the other reasons they just add on as more “proof” for them. They are a sick bunch in my book.

  24. Monoceros Forth says:

    I always figured that “cheese slid off his cracker” referred to going crazy, not being stupid.
    As long as we’re mentioning other favorite idioms for stupid, let me contribute “the lights are on but nobody’s home” and “doesn’t have the sense God gave a fly” (or similar).

  25. BeccaM says:

    There are so many sub-categories up there — I originally joined so I could follow the Guild Wars 2 group — that the 14 year olds tend to avoid the ones with topics they don’t care about.

  26. emjayay says:

    Not unrelated to “thick as two planks.”

  27. emjayay says:

    “Thick as two planks.” (From Eastenders).

  28. Monoceros Forth says:

    The difficulty is that, unlike certain other web-based businesses or services, there’s no clear product to see. It’s not like you’re running (say) a webcomic, where there are obvious ways of making money like selling merchandise and print compilations.

    Premium content? Articles or interviews available only to paying members? Nobody really likes that. The premium content generally goes unread.

    Perhaps the Something Awful model could be adopted? A non-paying SA member can still see all the posts but he or she has to pay one-time fees in order to do things like having a custom avatar (or changing someone else’s avatar), being able to search the forum archives, exchange private messages with other uses, and so forth. I imagine that other similar features could be thought up pertaining not to the content itself but to commenting.

  29. emjayay says:

    No, he doesn’t actually know the truth. In the teabagger’s brains, all liberals are illegitimate in terms of being allowed in a leadership (authoritarian father) position. Being black (actually, half-black) makes you doubly illegitimate. There has to be a reason besides just not liking their philosophy or color or something, so Obama must be disqualified some other way or ways. Like being Communist or a Dictator or a Muslim (anti-Christian, like Communists) or Constitutionally disqualified by not being a native born citizen. The details are unimportant. Kenya, Indonsesia, whatever. Similarly, but less rabidly because he is white, Bill Clinton was a murderer or guilty of some felony land swindle, or something.

  30. emjayay says:

    Good call. But of course if you are confused about countries which are in differerent hemispheres you can’t be expected to actually know anything about them.

  31. Naja pallida says:

    I made a Reddit account… I’m just not sure if I want to up-link to the hive-mind of 14 year old boys in their mom’s basements or not.

  32. karmanot says:

    That works

  33. cole3244 says:

    hannity is a rw con of course he’s as dumb as dirt, faith over facts don’t you know.

  34. karmanot says:


  35. karmanot says:

    Or the Irish version: One potato short of a three course meal.

  36. karmanot says:

    As stupid and mean as a pet rock with rabies

  37. karmanot says:

    Or smarter than an amoeba on a dysentary mission.

  38. karmanot says:

    American morons are indeed exceptional.

  39. karmanot says:

    The Huffo Post——-Newsweek in a Tweet……. Can’t stand it.

  40. karmanot says:

    The loss of AB and it’s dedicated commentators would be a disaster. Sadly, many of us are just hanging on and slipping. Without our two SS checks, I don’t know how we would survive. I just got word that my 1/2 time minimum wage job with the county has been slashed by 13%, and we are fighting Medicare for meds they refuse to cover. Welcome to Obama world of hope and change. Still, we have got to help AB continue.

  41. dcinsider says:

    Post this John. Nothing wrong with asking for assistance.

  42. karmanot says:

    We are totally on board with you and do post AB teasers on our site often with multiple links at adgitadiaries. Sometimes they are serious, other times pet videos, but the goal is to direct what little traffic we get these days to AB. Can’t imagine the ethers without you!

  43. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Yep, he’s a real fart smeller.

  44. Zorba says:

    Sharp as a bowl of jello. His elevator doesn’t go to the top floor. The cheese slid off his cracker. Couldn’t pour water out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

  45. Zorba says:

    Or “not the brightest bulb in the display.”
    We could go on all day. And all of them describe Sean the Stupid.

  46. Zorba says:

    Yeah, now that I think of it, you’re right. ;-)

  47. paulabflat says:

    it’s box of rocks.

  48. BeccaM says:

    Hi John. I can absolutely sympathize, and I’d hate to see AmericaBlog go away. I’ll do what I can, but for me, the plain fact is I don’t do social media at all. My Facebook account is a placeholder that exists only so I can comment on those sites that include it as their only supported commenting system.

    And although I do have a Twitter account, I have almost no followers and have never been able to get much into the tweeting habit. Probably has to do with the fact I’m likely incapable of keeping my scribblings to 140 characters or less.

    One thing I could do is try to post more of your stuff to Reddit, where I do have a small presence and a bit of karma. A problem there was that for me, for some reason the Reddit widget stopped working properly about 3-4 months ago. No idea why. Anyway, I’ll look into it.

    Also: you might consider having regular fund-raisers, like every 3-6 months. Maybe offer up a unique commenter badge for subscribers or regular donors.

  49. BeccaM says:

    “Not the sharpest knife in the drawer” was one my grandma used to use. Granddad’s go-to was “dropped on his head as a baby.”

  50. Monoceros Forth says:

    You’ve got an excellent point there. That lack of geographical sense contributed, I daresay, to Republican attempts to tie Saddam Hussein to 9/11. When all “the Middle East” means to you is a vague, undifferentiated mass of brown Muslim fanatics on the far side of the world, it’s easy to be sold on the idea that bombing Iraq was somehow payback for 9/11.

  51. Ty Morgan says:

    Are we back on the Kenyan, Muslim bullshit train AGAIN.Damn, the man is almost a year into his SECOND term. LET IT GO!!!!!!!!

  52. Indigo says:

    Thing of it is, the money is gone from my pocket too. And, from what I hear, from the pockets of many of the folks I hang with (that would be those gay people with the large “disposable” incomes) so I’m at a loss to know what to say, what to do, even what to think about this economic situation. I can’t help but visualize a cabal of Koch-enablers in a lounge somewhere planning the impoverishment of the public within the coming decade. And with that, the disappearance of the cyber-information system we know and try to support.

  53. Indigo says:

    Bag (or sack) of hammers, dumb as a tree stump, sharp as a butter knife. [northeastern Indiana]

  54. Monoceros Forth says:

    I’ve always known the idiom as “bag of hammers” or “sack of hammers”. Those phrases have an assonance missing from “box of hammers”. I’ve also heard “dumb as a box of rocks” (which also has assonance.)

  55. Also the majority of Kenyans are Christian (83%). That’s a big difference compared to Indonesia which is almost 90% Muslim.

  56. Naja pallida says:

    I realize the real hope is that people come and read the articles and enjoy them, but what is the actual money maker? Individual unique page views? I’m not overly active on social media, aside from the random tweet, so don’t have a lot of places to ‘share’ things. Just trying to figure out how to be helpful. I don’t want to be forced to have to go back to reading Huffington Post. :)

  57. douglas01 says:

    I don’t know where all these crazy right wing wacko’s have come from, but this is not the America I grew up in back in the 1950’s and forward. . . until now.

    Today, I am embarrassed to call my self an American.

  58. Naja pallida says:

    I always liked “sharp as a sack of wet mice”.

  59. Zorba says:

    Hee, hee! I also like “one taco short of a combination plate.”
    Although my own Greek version of this is “one dolmadaki short of a mezedakia platter.” ;-)

  60. ArthurH says:

    Sean Hannity is the Anti-Sgt. Schultz. While Sgt. Schultz knew things, he claimed he didn’t. Hannity, however, doesn’t seem to know anything but claims he does.

  61. BeccaM says:

    Not where I was brought up. We always said ‘bag’.

    My own addition to the genre is “tree stump stupid.”

  62. Zorba says:

    No, no, no, Becc! It’s “dumber than a box of hammers. The bag thing is “dumber than a bag of hair.” ;-)
    Or, one of my favorites, “he fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.”
    And all of them work when describing Hannity.

  63. Butch1 says:

    Is this pathetic cretin still going down this route? He knows full well what the truth is yet he is still preaching to his moronic base who do not know and will believe every single word that he says. These are the simpletons that vote en mass for those republicans in the Tea Party who have the low IQ’s and preach about women’s vagina’s and how they want to control them.

  64. S1AMER says:

    There’s always a snot-nosed, little kid, schoolyard taunt evident in everything this crowd says. A sensible, educated country would laugh it off. Unfortunately, this is not that country.

  65. I was thinking of doing a post on this, but will start by asking in the comments. We, like a lot of other sites, desperately need your guys’ help if we’re going to stay open past this year. We need people sending our stuff around via social media – facebook, twitter etc – or we’re not going to be around in a year. I’ve noticed lately especially, with stories like this, or the gun nut video I posted earlier, it used to wild on social media, now it doesn’t. And it doesn’t make sense. I’m wondering if folks are just assuming that other people are sharing our posts, because they’re not. I know some sites get accused of hiring people to put there stuff out there – we don’t have that luxury. We need you guys, if you see a post you think is worthy, to share it with your friends. Or quite seriously, we’re not going to be around much longer.

    And same goes for the other sites you like. The money is gone from this business, and it’s increasingly looking like it’s never coming back. We are all going to need your help promoting progressive media content, or we’re going to be left with the Koch Paper and Fox :) Thanks for any help you can offer, JOHN

  66. Just_AC says:

    I think a lot of the problem is the general American’s lack of geography skills. Ask 100 people how far apart is Hanoi,Vietnam and Seoul,Korea “Well, I don’t know, they are both Asian and I remember in MASH they went to Tokyo for R&R and so did my friend in Vietnam. 300 Miles?”

    No, 1702 miles, about the same distance as from Minneapolis to Miami. There’s a country called China that is in between

  67. BeccaM says:

    Reminds me of this story I saw the other day on HuffPo Live, an interview with Richard Bey, who worked with Hannity at ABC Radio. According to Bey, Hannity is dumb as a bag of hammers (my characterization) and doesn’t know anything other than the wingnut talking points he’s been given.


    What I note here in Hannity’s remarks is he actually doesn’t care at all about getting his facts straight. And of course that he’s happy to cavort with the anti-Muslim bigots.

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