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. The Raving Republican

    She really would do the republican party a lot of good if she would just stop talking. Aghanistan was not an illegal war, that was the location of our enemy at the time of 9/11. Bush screwed it up bigtime when he just had to go after Iraq and not finish the job. But Afghanistan is completely justified, and those who want to pull out now must not care about the reputation of America at all. Abandoning those people would be about the most selfish thing we could do. The minister of defense in afghanistan has great hope that his country can be liberated of the tyrannous rule of the taliban. and obama has made the good decision to try and do something to help the Afghans.

    December 10, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Alan T. Cox

    Shut up Sarah you nattering nabob of nothingism!

    December 10, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. Eddie

    Palin and Newt Gingrich PRAISING Obama?! is today opposite day?! :O

    December 10, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. L Dollar

    Sarah Palin, if she were to become president, would be the worst thing to have ever happened to this great nation. I pray to God that the voters are never fooled by her insanity.

    December 10, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. DNC GZ

    God forbid that Obama take adivce from a Bush. It would hurt this country even more. Obama is the Best President everrrrrrrrrr.

    December 10, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. manny

    has anybody in alaska asked any eskimo about climate change? please somebody give me a link to eskimos, i will like them to attend the copenhagen summit.

    on palin, please someone should tell her to shut up and get a job, any job.

    December 10, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. kl

    Of course, she is praising Obama in order to praise herself, why else would she make a comment? As always, it is all about her and how she can try to make herself sound good. Keep trying Sarah, until you learn a little bit about humbleness and humility.

    December 10, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    Darn darn darn another Palin quote...I told you – soon you'll change the name of CNN to PALIN. Ted Turner wants his network back. No wonder.

    December 10, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Eric Nurgles

    War? What do you know about war, Sarah? That's what I thought.

    December 10, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    can you call a woman a tool?

    December 10, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Daniel

    Who cares what Sarah Palin says, does or thinks??

    December 10, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. Mario

    "My god ! is this woman serious? to follow in the footsteps of bush is akin to revisting the scene of the crime.

    This woman needs to hire a spokes person, if she's going to persist in spurting diatribe she might as well have someone 'edit' her mouth.

    December 10, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. change we can believe in??????

    It is so funny. Most of the people posting their writings here (the same people all the time) say "Who cares about Palin???" Obviously, they care about Palin, the American woman, the American Mom who liberals are afaid of.......Otherwise, they would ignore her.

    December 10, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. Randy - Homer, Alaska

    It's great to see hardly anybody, besides this disgruntled Alaskan, even cares what the crazy former governor lady even thinks, much less take the time to comment. So many issues are much more important, like deciding what to buy the dog for Christmas...

    December 10, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. Paul in Bloomington, MN

    If she'd actually written the book, why did she have to thumb through it to know that Obama said something similar to what she wrote? Realistically, the ghost writer probably called her and said: "hey, Obama said something similar to what you said; you should try to exploit this for personal political gain, since that's all you care about."

    December 10, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    I suppose Sarah Palin should be president of the United States now because of this.

    December 10, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. n

    Did anyone fact check what she said? If she said that, then she is an idiot.

    December 10, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Jason

    When in the name of God did Bush become something to aspire to? The man should be in a home for those too stupid to exist in society.

    December 10, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. jacq

    Oh my what is wrong with this woman she writing notes now and she couldn't name what periodicals she reads

    December 10, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |

    Poor– poor idiots. They are so jealous. Isn't it funny??? Sarah has more sense in her little finger than the whole Democratic party. My-O My are they ever running scared and jealous.

    Bye Bye little obama.

    December 10, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. beux

    well, palin IS known for her rhetorical skills

    December 10, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Dean in PA

    Wow. She finally said something intelligent.

    December 10, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. SF Serg

    She liked what Obama said? Then the President must have said something really stupid. Not possible though. Her advisors must have told her that saying something positive for a change, instead of the usual spewing of garbage from her brain, will make her look good with independents. The closer we get to 2012 the dumber she gets. I hope she wins the GOP ticket.

    December 10, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Dean in PA

    Wait... on second read, I realized that intelligence is not within her grasp

    December 10, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. No One's Home Boy

    Good heavens...
    One can only shake their head in disbelief.
    Did she run out of lies, or did her "handlers" realize that the racist vile that spewed out of her mouth last year has NO PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY...NOT NOW, NOT EVER.
    Now if the other "Mavericks" like Limbaugh and Beck can pull their heads out of you know where we can all get this country back on track.
    Eight years of looting and pillaging has done enough. It's time to fix things now.

    December 10, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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