December 10th, 2009
07:02 PM ET
4 years 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. Jack

    Frankly, it should be obvious they are playing good cop/bad cop with us. Obama might be marginally better for the environment and our "feelings", but he's still strangling us all with his ties to bing banks.

    December 10, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Ira in L.A.

    He also mentioned the wheel and the airplane. What page are those on?

    December 10, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Mr. Bill Rift

    Who cares what palin has to say!!! I cant belive the people fall for this stuff!! And to say that Obama needs to learn from Bush is so dumb, it really says alot about this women, who is out theres simply for fame and money. Obama is far superior than George W. Bush, the man responsible for the past economic mess-I am a moderate republican who will contimue to support our president,.

    December 10, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. jason

    Im sure at any monent Sarah will burst out with some comment like..."What would Jesus do?" bored with it ....get a job Sarah!

    December 10, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. rampage

    A "good speech" does not a good leader make.

    December 10, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Aurasue

    Palin-2012 Please hurry

    December 10, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Allen in NC

    Prof- you might want to check some other polls. More and more Americans are waking up to the clear understanding that this administration has stretched the truth and all out lied about many important points. While I'm not comparing this administration to the past, I can say that this administration is putting us on a crash course for uncertainty.

    December 10, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Kim

    Why do I even click on the Palin stories?

    December 10, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. chad

    hed be a great world leader but as for an american leader not convinced! he dosnt follow the USA constitution. you cant hold 2 offices and he heads up a international committee as well as predsident of usa. Americans prove they are lazy and dont even understand the constitutiion instead make way for there own personal opinion and lean on whatever someone they respect tells him or her and continue to point fingers and help foster a society with out morals or The God of Abrahams law in which we were founded on. oh you drones rather than the following the constitution you spit on it the very thing that made us great !good bye america get ready to be assimilated into the new world order Obama is just a pawn. welcome to sodom and gomora world.

    December 10, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Dane

    Its funny that according to major polls that both Palin and Obama have the same approval rating basically across the board.

    December 10, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Charles

    I'm pleased that Sarah Palin liked what the president had to say when accepting his award. However, to even hint that his speech sounded like something from her book is an assbackwards way of calling him a plagerist and also makes me wonder how and why she was asked for her opinion of his speech. Do Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh have bench seats along with other right wing conservatives hanging on Sarah's every word right outside her door in view of Russia?

    December 10, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. njdem

    she thumbled through her book!

    December 10, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. lovable liberal

    Can she puh-leeze just get her talk show on Fox? It's the only thing she's actually qualified to do.

    December 10, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. amber okum

    Why does the media care what Sarah Palin thinks? She's is no longer a governor because of her own doing. She is not smart or intelligent as she's shown Americans over and over again in countless interviews. She talks at dizzying speed and most of it does not make sense. She is old news already!

    December 10, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Rami

    Oh my god ... I can't stop laughing. Palin and the media that gives her the light of day are a joke. So, according to Palin, President Obama is using talking points from Palin's book. This woman is delusional.

    December 10, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Oh Please

    Can we stop talking about this private citizen? CNN, surely, there is something important going on that needs to be discussed, she is not it.

    December 10, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. rico

    Sounds like Palin is accusing Obama of plagiarizing her book.

    December 10, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. will

    Why is it that even when Sarah Palin thinks she's saying something smart she always sounds like a complete ignorant idiot? This woman seems to believe all the hype surrounding her without taking a close look at the source of the hype... other like minded, ignorant, Americans. Her opinions do not matter to me. She is useless and an embarrassment to Americans!!!

    President Obama, keep making us proud! Your sophistication and intelligence is exemplary. Qualities all Americans should strive for.

    December 10, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. Sandy

    Why do they keep reporting what she says and does. She is such a moron, disgrace to women.

    December 10, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. Ben Yaweh

    This has got to be a joke, right?
    Who is the reporter that keeps asking her what she thinks?
    Why, why do you CNN subject us to this lady? Please have mercy on us.

    December 10, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. ICARE

    Oh you just wait!! 3 years from now, he'll be unbeatable!!

    December 10, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. R.Lord

    Wrong Sarah – Mr. Obama is cleaning up the mess that W. left us with. W. had to "remind us every day" because fear appeals to ignorance and that was the only way his administration could muster support. Mr. Obama spoke with humility and recognized there is much to do. W. never showed humility, only arrogance (mission accomplished?). I seriously doubt that Mr. Obama learned his perspective on the world and human kind by reading your extra 15 minutes of fame ghost written novel.
    Somewhere in Alaska a village is missing its idiot.

    December 10, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Penguinn

    "...(B)ecause I talked in book too about the fallen nature of man."
    With apologies to David Sedaris, "Palin talk pretty someday."

    December 10, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. Lynne in CA

    Lest we forget, 9/11 happened on the Bush administration's watch. The Bush/Cheney cabal ignored intelligence suggesting an attack was imminent. For Palin to suggest Obama become more like Cowboy George shows her ongoing ignorance of global affairs. The woman is downright scary.

    December 10, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. chuck

    watching CNN is like watching FOX these days,who really cares what Palin thinks.Even Jack Cafferty now speaks like Glen Beck ratings must be killing them.l just hope they return to the old CNN.

    December 10, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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