December 10th, 2009
07:02 PM ET
8 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. foglbird

    Alaska's finest must be soooo envious. The president's speech was long on intelligent thought, had substance, and was delivered in a coherent monologue the likes that she could only dream of. Too bad she'll have to go up against him if she decides that she wants to run in 2012.

    December 10, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Robert

    What did he do to earn a Nobel Peace Prize???? Can anyone tell me that??? Who were the other nominees... snoopy and charlie brown??? It is like giving Tiger Woods the father of the year award! Obama has done nothing so far as President expect play golf and take vacations! Oh by the way.. Palin is going no where.. she may actually be your President in 2012.. hell we were dumb enough to vote Obama in... gotta love all those tax breaks we have gotten! *Sarcasm* Health bill is a great idea... gonna cost tax payers 1 trillion dollars over 10 years.. oh yea it is worth it! *Sarcasm* You should have to take a test to vote! Obama didn't even write his own speech for crying out loud... he is a tele-prompter that has other people write what he tells the world.... so sad!

    December 10, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Aaron

    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."

    Wait, so Sarah Palin invented the idea of man's fall? I could have sworn it was from something else.

    December 10, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. K J elizabeth

    Can't believe that amount of times this women has said something extremely unintelligent and yet women around the country still love her. I makes me fear for the future of this country.

    December 10, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. Big John

    Sarah the quitter will be signing her coloring book in Anchorage...on a military base where she'll be protected from those evil "liberals" who may have protest signs. She's also a coward who won't face up to criticism or dissent.

    December 10, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. The Veteran

    He's wrong. War is NOT necessary. As a Christian, there is no reason for War. It means that you have judged and condemned. Two things we are not qualified to do.

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

    She probably did not read the speech but only says what her political team tells her to say... She is dumb... A dumb with ambition!

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

    Sarah Palin has been trying to calculate her moves and this compliment she has given to President Obama is a perfect example. I have come to believe that Sarah Palin really thinks she has a moving force behind her which is prompting her to most likely run for President in 2012. In reality though Palin and her "drivng force" are just plain idiots. By the way Sarah, isn't a good political move to say that our current president should be more like the previous (who had one of lowest approval rating in history). Oh, I forget though, that is just you going rogue.

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

    This is all real funny because the speech was written by

    Gerson, Wehner, and Theissen. Booosh's speech writers!

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

    Why must you print Ms. Palin's opinions? She's just so irrelevant!

    December 10, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Wont-vote-gop-if-my-life-depended-on-it

    I am just sick of CNN appealing to the least informed among us. All that you need to know to understand this story is "Sarah Palin does not usually like Obama".

    What about covering the rest of what Obama said? I for one felt that it was thought provoking, intelligent and honest, it one of his best speeches. It renewed my belief that America has elected the right man for President.

    December 10, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. DUMB IDIOT!

    A prominent republican? That is so funny! Who cares what this dumb idiot says? She does not know what to say, and CNN continues to quote this woman. YUK! This has been a great day for our President, do not blow it with this idiot. Learn from BUSH???? Stupid fool!

    December 10, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. judy

    Sara Palin, can you just go away. Your kids need you.

    December 10, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. Dan in VA

    Do you liberals ever stop complaining? Will you all ever have a nice day as long as conservatives exist anywhere in the world?

    December 10, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. TOTUS

    "Aspen Professor" – why do you think anyone gives a whit about anything a 'Colorado professor' has to say, versus the intelligent, principled and highly capable Palin. You struggle trying to build a snowman. Now put on your parka and go out and try again!

    December 10, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. Morgan from the Hill

    How the media continues to promote this neophite is beyond me.
    McCain got the ball rolling on this nitwit and the media continues to make it grow. She is a joke and will always be a joke. Please run for President in 2012. The 20% of the electorate that felt Bush was doing a great job need someone they can count on to push the neo con, fascist, war mongering agenda.

    December 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Elliott Carlin

    Look at the libs screeching and contorting anytime someone says "Palin".

    Its almost like playing the game "boo" with children.

    LOL

    December 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. FastEddie858

    Palin is coiling up like the snake she is. Watch out Obama!

    December 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Clint, Lynnwood Wa.

    Sarah Palin had something nice to say, watch your back.

    December 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Pappy

    Oh Joy! Sarah Palin agrees with what President Obama said in his speech. We can all sleep better now.

    December 10, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. Mark

    It's comical to read what these liberal idiots on CNN's site continually spout. They try to say that every problem in the Universe is Bush's fault. They just don't get it. Well... Bush was no hero, just a man caught in a difficult position. Perhaps he was a poor President and urguably the worst we've seen in a while, but I'm sure that he's happy to see that he's now not the worst President we've ever had. Obama certainly takes that prize in every category. The only people that disagree are the irresponsible citizens that benefit from from his 'reward the moron' policies. To admit that you're a Democrat now is to simply hold your hand out to take from those few of us that actually make a contribution to our society. Socialism is great... until you run out of people to take money from.

    December 10, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Bonnie

    will the real Sarah Palin please SHUT UP!!!

    December 10, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. CR

    Who cares what the babbling fool Sarah Palin.had to say about Pres. Obama's award.

    December 10, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. Maght

    We finilee got a prezidint thats is smartar then I am!!!!!

    December 10, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. jason

    Sandra... please look for a job...really!

    December 10, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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