December 10th, 2009
07:02 PM ET
6 months ago

Palin on Obama speech: 'I liked what he said'

'I liked what he said,' former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said of the president's Nobel acceptance speech.
'I liked what he said,' former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said of the president's Nobel acceptance speech.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin had some rare praise Thursday for President Obama after the president delivered his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo. But the former Republican vice presidential nominee added that she would like to see the president act more like his predecessor, George W. Bush.

"I liked what he said," Palin told USAToday in an interview after the speech.

Palin said the president's remarks had a familiar ring. "I thumbed through my book quickly this morning to say 'Wow! That really sounded familiar.' because I talked in book too about the fallen nature of man and why war is necessary at times."

Related: War sometimes justified, Obama says

But Palin suggested Obama could learn a few things from former President Bush.


"We have to stop those terrorists over there," she told the paper. "We've learned our lesson from 9/11. George Bush did a great job of reminding Americans every single day that he was in office what that lesson is. And, by the way, I'd like to see President Obama follow more closely in the footsteps of George Bush and [Bush's] passion keeping the homeland safe, his passion for respecting – honoring our troops."

Palin is the second prominent Republican to praise Obama's speech accepting the Nobel Prize, after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called it "very good."

Polls indicate that most Americans believe the award was given to the president prematurely. In his remarks, Obama acknowledged the controversy as he accepted the esteemed international prize after less than a year in the White House.

"I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility," Obama said in the speech. "Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize ... my accomplishments are slight."

Read: Obama's Nobel acceptance speech


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  1. andrewstl

    who cares what you think u classless idiot!

    December 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Judith

    Oh, please Sarah Palin thumbing through her ghost-written book and comparing herself to Obama. Obama's speech was brilliant and spot-on. He's showing the potential to be one of our greatest leaders. I am eager to see us leave Afghanistan as quickly as possible, but this was the necessary one of Bush's two wars, and we do need to stay awhile. Bush might have had a chance of accomplishing something resembling victory had he not launched an unnecessary war of choice in Iraq. Seems like dim bulb Palin just doesn't get it.

    December 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Stacie

    Oh, I have so much to say, but in honor of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize I'll keep my thoughts to myself. "If you don't have anything good to say..." – my mother.

    December 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    The Alaska hillbilly speaks again. She does have a point though, President Obama learned that torture and illegal wars are not liked by the rest of the world. No she may go away.

    December 10, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. 0 for 4

    Does anyone really think that President Obama paraprhased Sarah Palin?

    God forbid our President become more like his predecessor.

    December 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. S M R

    So She is saying that She was in favor of the NO WMD war that cost American Taxpayers 10 BILLION A MONTH?

    December 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    Wait, so Sarah Palin implied that Obama is getting talking points from her book, and then said that Obama needs to be more like W.?

    Is she serious?

    December 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Jordan

    Clearly you do, that's why you read this and then commented. Another brilliant lib.

    December 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Beverly

    She continues to be an idiot but it's nice that she kind of tried to give President Obama a compliment

    December 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Bobby

    Maybe these comments are part of the republican strategy to make Obama look like Bush.

    December 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Aspen Professor

    Palin - Ya just do not know when to shut up.

    The American public, by a poll of 80 to 20% , think YOUR favorite President and V. Pres. (Bush & Cheney) are and were blantant liars, arrogant fools, and hypocritical to the core.

    December 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. bill

    You know, I hope she does not go away like everyone says... Reading her comments are my jokes for the day.

    Here is the real sad thing, there are a lot of people in the country that believe what comes out of her mouth.

    December 10, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Bush's Favorite Things: Blanky, Bikey & Nappy

    Being "praised" by Palin is about as complimentary as being loved by Ted Bundy.

    December 10, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Squigman

    A fifty dollar bill being complimented by a nickel. This man does not need the comments, or the compliments from this empty dress. Do the right thing Palin, go away and finally realize you are doing the country a favor by doing so..

    December 10, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Camille

    Thumb through your book? Proves that you obviously didn't write it if you had to "refer" back to it. Second, nice try but the President did not and has no plans of reading your fictional cliff-notes book.

    December 10, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Tina

    Not another Palin moment!

    December 10, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Robert

    Since when has Palin become prominent, CNN?

    She'll be prominent after she holds the governorship of a state for more than 2.5 years, and keeps that seat until the end of a term in office.
    She needs to find a brain and a place to put one. Obama taking things out of her book? Hahahahahah.....

    December 10, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Why wasn't she praising Bush during the campaign? And why wasn't Bush priasing Palin? Both thought the ither TOXIC. Now she is singing a different tune.

    She didn't even know what the Bush doctrine was and now she suddenly is an expert on Bush policies.

    Palin just loves to hear herself talk.

    December 10, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Lou

    A word hasn't been created yet that can adequately describe the stupidity that is Palin.

    December 10, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. pman

    to bad sarah and her husband live in seperate rooms and she supported the bridge to nowhere and she does not know the world globe.....U go Girl.....lol

    December 10, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Jack in Florida

    Finally a bit of intelligence from the bimbo.......however........George Bush was a fear monger and that is what he was good at......he kept his citizens in fear, day in and day out so they would not question what he and his administration did and slowly they took away civil rights and THEY got us into the war with Iraq which should never have happened and they took their eye of Afghanistan, which is where the problem was. Obama now has to clean up their mess and get us out of both of these conflicts....................George Bush was the worst president of our country!!

    December 10, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Will

    'Wow! That really sounded familiar.' because I talked in book too about the fallen nature of man and why war is necessary at times."

    Sounds like something from Thomas Hobbes, I'm somewhat impressed.

    December 10, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Meagan, CO

    President Obama is a great man. The world knows it, and someday the Republicans will know it.

    Don't hold your collective breath though, they're a little stubborn and very, very, slow.

    P.S.
    How many times have you heard a Republican say they were on the wrong side of the Civil Rights Movement. Well, after fifty years, they finally get that civil rights is a GOOD THING. I told you they were slow.

    December 10, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. JonDie

    Who cares what Palin thinks (if we can call what Palin thinks "thinking", which is a stretch)?

    December 10, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. Jinny Lee

    Sarah...you actually understood what he said?

    December 10, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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