Huntsman Backpedals on Calling Obama a ‘Remarkable Leader’

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Is there anything more pathetic than a suck-up trying to recant?

Washington (CNN) – In an interview after his presidential announcement Tuesday, former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman tried to downplay a letter he wrote to President Barack Obama in August 2009 calling him a “remarkable leader.”

Huntsman told Fox News that he was only alluding to the fact that the president would appoint a Republican to “a position as important and sensitive as the U.S. ambassadorship to China.”

“You are a remarkable leader,” Huntsman wrote in the note, which was leaked to reporters earlier this year. He underlined the word “remarkable.”

Asked if he was referring to the president’s policies with those kind words, Huntsman claimed that he wrote the letter “early in his administration.”

“There was nothing to comment on at that point,” Huntsman said.

So Huntsman decided to go full-blown Eddie Haskell on Obama for no reason at all? He stopped just short of saying “you certainly look lovely this afternoon,” but that’s only because there was nothing to comment on.

We’ll be seeing this letter in some of Huntsman’s GOP opponents ads… if his campaign is still alive when we get to primary season:

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To make matters worse for Huntsman, he’s adopting the John McCain approach to campaign civility — and you know how well that worked to defeat Obama.

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