We knew he issued a TV apology for telling an assassination joke to an NRA audience about Sen. Barack Obama, but now former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee reveals to us that he also made a personal apology call to the likely Democratic presidential nominee. Huckabee says it was blown way out of proportion by bloggers and the media. That was in part why he called to say he was sorry for making this joke after hearing a loud bang in the background while he spoke to the National Rifle Association recently. “That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair. He's getting ready to speak, and somebody aimed a gun at him and he--he dove for the floor.”
Huck told our Suzi Parker that he called Obama last weekend to clear the air. “He didn't think it was a big deal although the media did," Huckabee tells us. "He was very nice about the whole thing." Huckabee connected with Obama through Harold Ford Jr., who was a guest on Meet the Press along with Huckabee last Sunday. "He [Obama] told me he didn't think it was a big deal, that he knew I didn't mean anything by it and not to worry. He was a class act and gracious. Too bad the people who blew it up on the Internet weren't as classy or calm as he was."