Mike Huckabee Address Flap Over Beyoncé, Obamas

He says he was trying to make a point about a “cultural divide,” not attack the musical artist or the first couple's parenting.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right holds his hand over his heart as singer Beyonce performs the national anthem during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Mike Huckabee revisited his comments about Beyoncé and the Obama family, saying in an interview airing Sunday that he was trying to make a point about a “cultural divide,” not attack the musical artist or the first couple's parenting.

“They're great parents,” the former Arkansas governor said on ABC's “This Week,” according to a transcript released by the program. “They're careful about making sure their kids get a lot of vegetables and eat right. That's terrific.”

The Republican told People magazine in an interview published last week that he did not “understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents...and yet they don't see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé.”

His comments have come as he promotes a new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, and says he is considering another presidential campaign in 2016.

The point he was trying to make, he told ABC, was: “If it embarrasses you [to listen to the music with your kids], then why would you possibly think it's wholesome for your children to put it into their heads?”

“What you put in your brain is also important, as well as what you put into your body, and that was my point, based on what the president himself said,” Huckabee added. “So I think if people read the chapter, they see that it's about this cultural divide, the disconnect between the three bubbles of New York, D.C., and Hollywood, versus the land of...of guns, grits and gravy.”

About Beyonce, he said: “She has nothing to make up for. She's an amazing talent.”

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