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. Gary

    Obama is a great speaker....a Republican when it comes to War....a Democrat with it comes to healthcare....a crazyman when it comes to the budget.

    December 10, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Patty

    Has she not finished talking yet!?! Can't the Republicans come up with something better than that?

    December 10, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. karen

    i am sure obama, wasnt looking for praise or words from palin. why does she like chaney have to comment on everything obama does? nobody in thier right mind wants to hear thier ramblings. yeah he should be more like bush that left office with like a 13 point approval rating, cause he and chaney were liars among other things

    December 10, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. no longer a democrat

    Obama getting the nobel peace prize is a joke.

    Obama is an idiot and I don't care what he thinks.

    I wish he'd shut up.

    December 10, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. herm54

    Oh, please! Obama didn't write his acceptance speech. He has speechwriters. You can bet your liberal butt that his book was ghost written just like Palin's, just like Hillary's, just like any other of these "celebrity" politicians. Get real.

    December 10, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. JB

    Good grief.

    Why must we be subject to Ms. Palin's inane babblings.

    December 10, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. calapa

    I am tired of this...

    December 10, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Abe

    Since when Sara Pailn talk favorably about the president. She does not need to praise the president for his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. She cannot compare herself to the president for the vision and the hope he brings to revive the country. She should take a lesson from the president to deliver a heart felt vision and hope for our country. Her assertion the president should act like George Bush is ludicrous. The hope and vision of both people are completely different and see the world from different perspective. Mr. Bush did nor believe in dialogue but if you do not listen to us we will get you. President Obama believes in dialogue, talking to you adversaries face to face. Also be tough to convey to his adversaries that strong measures will be taken if they harm our country. He has the same pride for our troops as every American citizen and is very much concerned the lives that we are losing. So Mrs. Palin do not discount the presidents patriotism. She says she talked about the fallen nature of man and war is necessary at times and she is trying to take credit that she wrote about this in her book. I think she should continue selling her book and stop from putting her ill advised comments about the presidents vision and hopes. GOD BLESS. Merry Christmas.

    December 10, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Hope to Change

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Don't be silly Sarah he read your book and use your words.

    December 10, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Pavel

    Palin is the right stuff.

    In over 6 decades on this planet, I've noticed that the morally centered, generally, have little intellect while the intellectually centered, generally, have little morality.

    Couldn't both categories stop pointing their fingers and wagging their tongues and for a moment, make an effort to grasp where the other is coming from?

    December 10, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. President George Hussien Washington

    if u really penned the book would you really have to read it to see what you said????

    December 10, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Jack

    Awarding President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize may have been a little premature, but I agree with the Nobel committee in their justification for choosing him. In these times in which we sit grappled with fear over the collapse of virtually everything, the entire world looks to America for leadership and at the helm of the flagship is President Obama. He has given us all a reason to hope and inspires us to affect change ourselves- at least with me anyway. Can you think of anyone else who has been this influential lately? Certainly not Sarah Palin, promoting her book so shamelessly like that. You'd think she'd have a little more tact for a hunter.

    December 10, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Mell

    mrs. dumb palin isn't a nice person at all. she promotes animal cruelty, she's anti-choice, anti-gay, doesn't believe in evolution and uses people. i wish the media would stop to talk about everything she says, because even though she's always criticizing it, she uses it to her advantage. she's dangerous because she's stupid and doesn't know what she talks about and a lot of nuts and ignorant people believe in what she says. She's only doing those facebook postings to make controversy and make money on top of that. She wants to be famous, have a talk show and etc. She's nothing more than those reality stars losers milking their 15 min. of fame. mrs. dumb plain why don't you stay in alaska and go suck on some ice :(.

    December 10, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Portland. Maine

    CNN..please stop giving this "celebrity" a forum.

    ~The American People

    December 10, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. Michael

    Obama is ten times better than bush,
    her stupid comment alone speaks for itself.

    December 10, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Do

    No one should listering to this brain wash woman .

    December 10, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. Jason B.

    Absolutely President Obama learned something from Bush: diplomacy works better than torturing people and going in "guns a blazin'".

    December 10, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Tweety Bird

    CNN needs to keep the Palin stories going because it's the only thing keeping the ratings up.

    December 10, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Stephanie

    So President Obama delivers a speech to the world and accepts an honour he never sought and the lead in CNN's blog is a nonstory about Sarah Palin. Pathetic.

    December 10, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. David from Long Beach

    Sarah Palin should be ashamed of herself as a human being for putting the lives of millions of people at risk with the absurd notion she is anywhere qualified to be the President of the United States.

    December 10, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. NC

    why do democrats think they have to always bash Sarah Palin........could it be she may be a threat to their liberal socialist ways.

    December 10, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  22. Doug

    when is someone going to tell this nightmare that she is no longer needed to comment on anything....they lost....or did she somehow not understand that?.....go away....

    December 10, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Wanda

    This woman is such a moron. President Obama is 'light years ' ahead of Sarah Palin. The idea that she could have a thought like him is a joke. Who is she kidding ? LOL

    December 10, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    It's a mystery why Sarah "It's Too Hard to be Governor of an Unimportant State and I'm a Quitter" Palin's opinion is still news. Hey CNN? Why even report on this? Hello?

    December 10, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Richard L

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

    He did and so did America so we elected him president. He learned a lot from a terrible example.

    December 10, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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