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. Anonymous

    This is nothing more than damage control. Republicans realize they're starting to look bad when they disagree with obamas every move. Everything these people say is planned ahead of time.

    December 10, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. WoW

    There you liberals go mouthing off again. A lot of you are disrespectful. The woman was a Vice-President candidate and a govenor of one of our 50 great states of our country. A lot of you show your lack of class when addressing her or making comments about her.

    This former govenor of the United States of America agreed with our president of the United States and you bash her for it? You make yourselves sound completely uneducated (some of you probably are).

    Our president said during his campaign he wanted to be partisan. Now we have republicans acknowledging and agreeing with our president and you bash them for the sole fact of agreeing with our president? A lot of you do not make any sense.

    December 10, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. laurence

    CNN is becoming as big of a joke as Sarah Palin already is. You guys just don't know when to quit, do you? If you knew what was good for you, you'd stop reporting about Sarah Palin, and be more serious about the news. Sarah Palin is news we can't use. Unless you're becoming a propagandest station like Fox?

    December 10, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Anne

    This is not praise. "I liked what he said" followed by he said something I said, and he should be more like George Bush...how is that considered praise?

    CNN, why must you continue to report everything that Mrs. Palin says? I'm not saying not to cover her. I'm saying cover her when she actually makes news.I can't figure out if you think she's important or you're trying to make her important.

    December 10, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    Did Mrs. Palin know what the Bush Doctrine was?

    December 10, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Terry

    "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."

    OK Palin puppets. This is code for go buy my book. Or if you bought with no hopes of ever reading it...please read it!
    Who give a flying flip about what this bimbo thinks? She has already proven herselfas sore loser, quitter, dumb as dirt, and will sellout to the highest bidder!

    December 10, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. hitobito

    Who does Sarah Palin think she's fooling? Only the dim lights who worship her! There isn't a single thing the President could learn from George W Bush. Someone should inform Sarah Palin that to compare herself to the President is ludicrous! She couldn't pass the LSAT if her life depended on it and getting into Harvard Law School or Columbia University is completely out of the question. She is clueless.

    December 10, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Richie

    "I thumbed through my book quickly this morning" - LOL. It's so hard to remember what you didn't write.

    December 10, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. George Jacksonville, FL

    Palin insinuating that President Obama first read her book and then took points from it for his acceptance speech is beyond shocking.

    December 10, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Gonzo in Houston

    Hey, don't knock it. However twisted and backhanded, it was the first positive thing any republican has said since the inauguration. Let's take it for what it is, a tiny step in the right direction.

    December 10, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. A Southern Lady in Raleigh

    Sarah Palin says President Obama needs to be more like W? One reason President Obama was elected was he is the opposite of George Bush. I have tried to understand why anyone supports Palin. Her behavior in the last presidential election has shown her for the un-informed, under-educated, overly-religious and mean-spirited person that she is. She gives women in politics a bad name.

    December 10, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Big John

    Who cares what a quitter says?

    December 10, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. llinmpls

    I'm sure glad that CNSarah is here to let us know everyday that she is around. When her star finally sizzles who will CNN deliver to us?

    December 10, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. larry

    CNN why don't you change your name to the Palin network...if she wipes her ass you will report it.

    December 10, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. democrat in az

    And Sarah Palin could learn something from Sesame Street!

    December 10, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Trevor

    A reluctant and qualified compliment is slightly better than an insincere and ill-infomed criticism, but hey nobody's perfect. Sarah is not seriously considering a run for president, but she is seriously pursuing the financial and popular benefits of running for president.

    December 10, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. michaelam

    Sarah..I highly doubt President Obama would say anything remotely resembling your word salad! You should have just stopped when you stated 'hat you like what he said. You did not need to interject yourself or your beliefs into this matter because, guess what???? It's NOT ABOUT YOU!

    December 10, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Andres

    She had to thumb through her book because she didn't write it herself......

    December 10, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. tom

    hahaha, Palin recalls seeing something in that book of hers about the necessity of war, "thumbs through it," finds it and proclaims, "Hey! I said that, too!"

    December 10, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Why does anybody care what Former Temporary Governor Sarah Palin thinks? She's the best thing to happen to the Democratic Party in years.

    December 10, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Kim

    You people are insane your nastiness and hatefullness will continue to eat you alive while Sarah Palin is living her dream and enjoying her family. What a bunch of left wing nut jobs. Hatred is your MO

    December 10, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. rocketman

    I hope the Aspen Professor is not from Colorado. How embarassing... Most libs are so illogical and can't seem to grasp reality. I think it is good that she can admit when she does agree with Obama. I probably disagree with 95% of what he is doing to our country, economy, troops and the terrorists in Gitmo. But if he made a decent speech I can give him credit without having to bash someone else who may have liked it. I also agree with his support of charter schools, but not on taking away vouchers that were working well.
    People on the left really need to think critically and let there blind illogical hatred of Bush go.

    December 10, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. scott

    We had the Warmongering Vanilla Bush and now we have a War Mongering Chocolate Bush! So much for change, it's just a different flavor with the same bankrupt results. The Usa can't help itself, welcome to the new roman empire(just before the collapse).

    December 10, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. nika4

    So, now Sarah Palin thinks that Obama speaks like she did in her phony book? LOL. The woman not only delusional, but ther seems to be no limit to that enormous ego of hers.

    Oh, and someone needs to remind that foolish woman that most Americans, along with ALL of the world are very happy that we have seen the last of George W and his cronies...at least for the foreseeable future.

    December 10, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Jenny

    Yeah, he copied Palin. That is all he does is copy other speakers' words...well, almost; he reads his teleprompter pretty faithfully too. hahahaha. And they say Palin is not too bright.

    December 10, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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