Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has gotten himself in a world of trouble. Over the weekend, the former Arkansas governor, speaking to Breitbart News, called President Obama’s foreign policy “the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
The blowback from his remarks was quick and unrelenting and came from a very predictable source: America’s top oven makers.
Amana spokesperson Steve Yamblatt, called Huckabee’s comments “provocative and uncalled for. To portray ovens in such an unfavorable light does a great disservice to all the fine assembly people here at Amana, men and women who are dedicated to making some of America’s finest ovens. Since the 19040’s we’ve tried to expunge the memory of how ovens were once used for evil purposes. You may remember our slogan back then: “Amana: Baking pies, not people.”
Over at General Electric, the condemnation was even more bellicose. A statement released by the company Monday morning reads as follows:
“We here at GE are shocked and dismayed by Mr. Huckabee’s remarks. Not only were they insensitive to our friends in the Jewish community, they also conveniently disregarded the progress we’ve made over the years developing safer oven doors. Equating oven doors with fear flies in face of all we’ve accomplished. We encourage Mr. Huckabee to apologize to all our customers who have recently bought GE ovens, whether from our GE CAFÉ™ SERIES 30 or GE PROFILE™ SERIES 30 lines.”
At the Whirlpool assembly line in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bob Twang, Senior Oven Door Inspector seemed unaffected by Huckabee’s comments. “I don’t see what the big deal is,” he sighed. “We make Jew and oven jokes here all the time, ya know just to keep up morale and make this a friendlier place to work at. I think all these liberals are getting their panties in a bunch because Mike Huckabee is a good Christian. And as a good Christian, he’s a big supporter of Israel even though they got way too many Jews over there.”
In a quickly prepared rejoinder sent to all media outlets on Monday afternoon, the Huckabee campaign noted that “Governor Huckabee meant no disrespect to America’s outstanding oven manufacturers. In fact, the Governor grew up in a home with an Amana oven and has very warm memories of his mother baking pies and cookies. He was particularly fond of the Gingerbread men his mother would bake and recalls that she would actually give them cute little names; names like Yiddie, Heebie, and Shlomo.”