LAWTON, Okla._ Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential hopeful, visited Fort Sill as keynote speaker of tonight's Freedom Banquet.
The event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), an independent think-tank which promotes a free-market economy and limited government.
some of his thoughts on the state of our union, saying congress has not learned
their lesson in the aftermath of a government shutdown.
"I have no confidence right now that the dynamics of Washington will result in anything that resembles governing," said Huckabee.
He's not satisfied, in the least, with how congress is working together to come up with legislation both parties can be happy with.
"Nobody is going to get everything that he or she wants," he said. "Everyone is going to have to make some concessions."
He also noted there's too much of the blame game: republicans attacking democrats and democrats striking back with more opposition. He blames President Obama.
"It's his duty; it's what he's supposed to do," said Huckabee. "What I don't see is that he is spending the kind of time that is required to negotiate legislation."
The rollout of the healthcare exchange system, as part of the Affordable Care Act, is an embarrassment, he said.
"In the guise of saying we're going to try to provide some kind of health insurance for 15 percent of the population who didn't have it, we're going to disrupt it for the 85 percent who did. The worst part about it is that we're going to commit $634 million dollars of tax money to a web site that is a complete failure."
In his keynote speech he was an advocate for enhancing leadership in America, stating it's vital in restoring America's economic future and creating jobs.
"True leadership is not about being served; it's about serving others."
A portion of tonight's proceeds will be donated to operation Homefront and their efforts to provide financial and other assistance to military families and wounded warriors. Also, five students from military families across Oklahoma were awarded a scholarship to the college of their choice.
The meeting could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.
Trump on Tuesday released a 10-year budget plan containing jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.