December 10th, 2009
07:02 PM ET
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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. Poppedeye

    Out of the mouth of Caribou Barbie comes...well, nothing anyone is interested in hearing, but then, I sure hope she's the Republican candidate for President in 2012!

    December 10, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. Greg

    More like George Bush???
    How do you think we got in this mess. Obama may not be perfect, but the alternative of McCain and Palin in power is scarey. If you do not like where we are as a nation now, picture the alternative.

    December 10, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Robrob

    "I thumbed through my book quickly this morning to say 'Wow! That really sounded familiar.'

    Yes, it sounded like something your ghostwriter would have written. Maybe he/she should run in 2012?

    December 10, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Obama plagiarized Palin's book. Is that what Palin is saying? Or is she just trying to promote her book? And it's ironic about the war being necessary in a speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. Palin thinks she deserves a Peace Prize now since she thinks war is necessary.

    December 10, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. AJ

    Wow harsh words from someone who call himself a professor

    December 10, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. jon

    Hey! I am really into authenticity...spoken like an idiot from a true idiot. May the good Lord help us one and all from HLV-quitter. Didn't have the ethics or stamina to finish her term in office, but now comments on lofty issues. Let's see, maybe Chuch Norris should be president...have we lowered ourselves to this level? I mean, is there really any intelligent person out there who honestly believes this incredibly grandstanding person, of no real experience and less substance, should have her finger "on the button:? Pit Bull with lipstick-Wow–where are we going here?

    December 10, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. Tina

    What Sarah meant to say is that her ghost writer talked about the "fallen nature of man."

    December 10, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. B in Pa

    Sarah,
    Do us a favor! JUST shut-up!!

    December 10, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. Bill

    She "thumbed" through her "book" she didn't write. So weird.

    December 10, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. Michele

    Since the brilliant conservatives are so enamored of this woman and her brilliant opinions, they should keep buying her (or Lynn's) book, keep listening to her friend and spokesperson Stapleton, the one who keeps her speaking engagements so under control, and then when she decides that the big mean liberal media is just too much for her to bear and goes away with your money, we'll try not to gloat.

    December 10, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Chad

    "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."
    The fallen nature of man? What does that mean? And why does she always relate everything back to herself? Is she trying to take credit for something her ghostwriter wrote?

    December 10, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. Peter

    Who told Palin to compliment the President that she is so jealous of and continues to say negative things about him. Palin we remember the “Fruit-Flies” research that you didn’t know about. Please, tell your ghostwriter to stop hand feeding you good thoughts it doesn’t fit you. You are known to bite the hand that feeds you. The President is so far ahead of you and you dumb lies that we continue to laugh at you.

    December 10, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. Vince Viagra

    Sarah Palin is not the sharpest knife in the drawer......PLEASE could she just go away!!!

    December 10, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. Chad

    "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."

    Allow me to translate: "Obama should do more of that fear mongering."
    And I wish people would stop calling the country "homeland" – it's fascist.

    December 10, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. zago

    Poor president Obama: Newt, Palin, Cheney agree with your speech? This must have been the worst of you. Sorry to hear!

    December 10, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. isaac

    well so much for mizz.palin not wanting President Obama to attend Copenhagen, as of a couple days ago she wanted him to boycott, yet now she praises his speech it just maybe that she wants to ride his coatail a little but just remember mizz.palin unlike you he knows of what he speaks

    December 10, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. Sarah tells it like it is.........................

    She's the populist candidate, the modern Teddy Roosevelt, and that's why we love her...............

    Obama is ONE and DONE.

    Sarah Palin/2012'

    December 10, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. Peter

    Lord please, we implore thee, deliver us from Palin for she is such a pain. Please Lord, hear our plea, have mercy upon us and our children and their children. Let it be Lord. Amen.

    December 10, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. Oortcloud

    As proud as I am of my President, I am suspicious of Newt and Palin's sudden change of heart. It is likely that both are positioning themselves for 2012 Presidential bid. Maybe Gingrich/Palin ticket.

    Call me jaded, but it will take me a while to warm to the jackals' smiles.

    December 10, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. jocamero

    I cant believe Obama plagiarized Palin. Shocking!

    December 10, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. david johnson

    Who's Sarah Palin?

    December 10, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. German,Irish American

    0 for 4, Judith- From Sarah Palin's book, page 385, quote-"But I do believe in a few timeless and unchanging truths, and chief among those is that man is fallen. This world is not perfect, and politicians will never make it so." Seems like "dim bulb Palin" wrote that BEFORE Obama's dog and pony show at the laughable Noble "Peace" awards. By the way, you guys do know that Bill Ayers was the ghostwriter for Obama's first book, Dreams of My Father, after he was given an additional 18 months to write it, because after the 16 month deadline, Obama did not even have a rough sketch of the book.

    December 10, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Ada-Mount Pocono,pa

    She is a crazy, crazy woman. Why would anyone take serious anything she says. The hillbilly needs to shut-up and go away.

    December 10, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  24. Tom

    I really don't want any president acting like Bush. Wire taps, fear mongering, high government spending, new law enforcement groups, secrecy, and too much stomping on individual rights like marriage and children. I know a lot of conservatives out there drop the normal republican ideology when it comes to hating non-religious or non-christians and want a government entwined in religion, but Bush took it all too far. We can see how religion in politics affects countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, we don't need it here. I'm all for a president who's less like Bush, regardless of what party he runs with. Obama just has the high spending down, we should leave it at that.

    December 10, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. Phillippa

    Pardon me for a second...feeling ill. Palin has NO sense of international relations, no sense of history, or even of politics. She did not say what Obama said. There is no way she can take credit for being on the same wavelength, or anything! What a joke that she was even interviewed as to her reaction to Obama's Nobel speech. Having her chime in here is gross and unnecessary and vaguely offensive. STOP INTERVIEWING PALIN, CNN! She just needs to go away. Now.

    December 10, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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