April 9th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
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Obama brushes off Palin on nuclear deal

President Obama on Friday brushed off criticism from Sarah Palin that his agreement with Russia to restrict the use of nuclear weapons amounts to a dangerous sign of weakness.

President Obama on Friday brushed off criticism from Sarah Palin that his agreement with Russia to restrict the use of nuclear weapons amounts to a dangerous sign of weakness.

(CNN) - President Obama on Friday brushed off criticism from Sarah Palin that his agreement with Russia to restrict the use of nuclear weapons amounts to a dangerous sign of weakness.

"I really have no response," the president said tersely in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America. "Because last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues."

Speaking on Fox News earlier this week, Palin said the recently negotiated treaty with Russia - seeking a reduction in the number of nuclear weapons held by the two countries - is an "unbelievable" move and that "no administration in America's history I think would ever have considered such a step."

"It's kinda like getting out in the playground, a bunch of kids ready to fight, and one of the kids saying 'go ahead, punch me in the face, I am not going to retaliate, go ahead and do what you want to with me,'" Palin said.

Obama said Friday: "I would say to them is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin."

The treaty requires approval from two-thirds of the Senate to go into effect. Some of the chamber's Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, have indicated that they are not ready to support the deal.

"The Senate will assess whether or not the agreement is verifiable, whether it reduces our nation's ability to defend itself and our allies from the threat of nuclear armed missiles, and whether or not this administration is committed to preserving our own nuclear triad," McConnell said in a statement.


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Arnie

    Mr. President you did the right thing....you considered the source! I think we easily forgot the state of this Country before you were elected.

    April 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Average White Band

    Oh Sarah, will the inept and idiotic words never cease to come out of your mouth? What I find really scarey is not the reduction of nuclear arms around the world but that lunatic people like Sister Sarah and Ms. Bachman actual have a forum where people will actually listen to them. Idealogy aside, the vitrial these women speak with is errant, bad for our country and generally just plain crazy... just watch a clip of the two of them talking on Fox News and any moderate person will see.

    April 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. David

    This is ridiculous. Reagan had tried to go down this same path for reduction, are Conservatives now against his doctrines, or are they trying anything to have a chance in the elections this year.
    Reagan even said that 33% reduction would be an acceptable start. Repeatedly...

    The lack of any knowledge or fact checking and the pure fear mongering by the conservatives in this country is embarrassing to the United States of America.

    April 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Norm

    About time Sarah got smacked down for her worthless opinions, experience, expertise, and general knowledge. She needs to go back college and finish her two year community college degree before she gets anywhere near another political stage to spout off her uninformed thoughts.

    April 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Kay

    Obama...you rock!

    Anyone who compares being stocked with nuclear weapons to being bullied on the playground is a moron, though I would love to play Dodgeball with Palin - may knock some sense into her!

    April 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Stat Quo

    What's wrong with Palin? Our country wasn't bullied into this deal and no punches were thrown...so what is her problem?

    April 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Boob Palin isn't an expert on any issue you can think of. She's a big mouthed pig, with or without the lipstick.

    April 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Casy

    Why is the POTUS even responding to Palin? This says more about him than it does about her?

    What a clown!!!!!!

    April 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. obamarroids

    Obama is a full blows idiot.

    April 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Alyssa

    Isn't being punched in the face and not retaliating what Palin's religion teaches?

    April 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Mark from Louisiana

    So the community organizer in chief is now an expert on nuclear weapons? He needs to go back to the hood and force banks to make loans to people who can't pay them back.

    April 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Cann

    She should know because she can see Russia for her back yard ,,, and we all know how extensive her reading list is.

    April 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. susanj

    Why is what she says even an issue? Who is she? She is an ordinary citizen. It would be like me telling Bush that he murdered 4,000 soldiers. Why would he listen to me. And why do these news people lower their standards and mention to our President what this woman says? She is a legend in her own mind. She is a nobody. Since when is she an expert on anything but quitting and making money from quitting. I just don't get the fascination with this woman. She is a quitting two-term governor that knows absolutely nothing.

    April 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. LouAz

    Obamarama is correct in his assessment of Sister Sarah. Although she apparently graduated from the McCain School of Necessary VP Basics at the Flat Earth University, her recent Post Graduate study of American History is underwhelming. He, of course is well studied on the previous START Treaties and the long history of the Russia-USA Nuclear Arms race. The current POTUS understands the difference between stockpiling Cold War nuclear weapons and beauty pagent questions involving children fighting. Pretty clear illustration of the intelligence of each.
    Wonder what Sister Sarah thinks of the Cold War ? You, know, being from Alaska and all. Perhaps she and her new running mate Michele can compare winters in Minnesota and Alaska and come up with some new Policy about MAD ( not Mutually Assured Destruction. but Mothers Against Democrats).

    April 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. chris

    I didnt know Obama was an expert. This guys gotta go!

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. me/ca

    LAst time I checked Palin dosen't know much about anything, she is nothing but a money hungry want to be, and unfortunetly a lot of not so smart people listen to her, it is a shame really. She dosen't care about anything else but her, money, and fame for her, herself. She could care less about Alaska, America her family and the people in it. She is the most selfish person.

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Justin

    Palin's an idiot.

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Helen

    I hope the Republicans don't make a huge mistake and listen to a person who can see Russia from her bathroom/kitchen. People you better think about what is at stake for this country not a bimbo who wants to lead by mistakes and get this country back on a sour note and in a state that we will be last at anything. So Repubicans stop parting and get back to work and send Sarah Piss Palin back to Alaska so she can do some bear hunting from the sky.

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. mostrepublicansareidiots

    "I really have no response," the president said.

    Exactly!

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. David

    Sarah who? Funny how a person the quits a elected post has anything to say about anything. I cannot wait until 2012. I really hope she backs up that mouth of hers and runs. A shame her hand will be covered with notes during the campaign. Elect a GOP; we will be in another war, the rich will get richer, and the GOP will line there pockets with money from big corporations.

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. SH

    Hold on there Mr. President, not so fast, six colleges in 5 years makes you an expert in anything you can imagine. I think I might go back for another three myself and maybe get me a job as the mayor of a small town of 700 folk, become governor Alaska, get a ghost writer, secure a book deal, work for Fox news, and travel the country to pimp my venom to anyone who will listen for a few dollars more. Now that's the American Dream, that's the American way.

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Donna

    Sarah Palin in not an expert on anything other than sounding like a fool.

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. SFC(R)santy

    It is ironic that we are reducing the nuclear arsenal and the manpower of the military forces at the same time. We complain that we spend to much money in defense and now we are spending money in the destruction of what we already have for defense. Again we see civilian making decision for the servicemembers in all the branches. Civilian that never serve in the military making decision for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Chuck

    Palin should take all her weapons and go and hunt and kill animals.
    Does this woman have a brain in her head??????

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Craig of LA

    This woman is an idiot. Palin can see Russia from her house, but evidently is ignorant of 20th century history. Ronald Reagan the icon of conservatives initiated START and at one time in Iceland offered to Gorbachev to eliminate arsenals in both countries.

    This treaty is an intelligent, appropriate and moves humanity in the right direction. It encourages other nations to not pursue such weapons and those that are to rethink.

    I am more fearful of the mindless lunatic fringe that drink from the poisoned well from which this woman speaks. God save us.

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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