This morning, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy addressed his recent misquote of President Obama during an interview with Mitt Romney. On April 19, Doocy told Romney, "Speaking of rhetoric, [President Obama] had some fiery rhetoric pointed at you yesterday. He said, 'Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.'"
As several outlets pointed out, Doocy put words into Obama's mouth. Obama never used the words, "unlike some people," which undermined Doocy's claim that the remark was "fiery rhetoric pointed at" Romney. During brief comments this morning, Doocy said he "did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the president" but didn't fully explain what he exactly got wrong on last Thursday.
Doocy's Fox & Friends misquote wasn't an isolated incident. After Fox & Friends on April 19, Doocy appeared on co-host Brian Kilmeade's Fox News Radio show where he again claimed that Obama said, "Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." Listen:
KILMEADE: You just got done talking with the former governor of Massachusetts. Seems since getting the nomination, it is like a huge weight off his shoulders.
DOOCY: It does. And you know what? I think he's loosening up a little bit. He -- he did react to what President Obama said yesterday. Where he said, you know, I wasn't -- unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. And Mitt Romney said, you know what, I'm not -- I'm not going to attack fellow Americans. [Fox News Radio, Kilmeade & Friends, 4/19/12]
After Doocy made the remarks, the radio program actually played a brief clip of Obama stating, "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." Doocy didn't react to the clip.