August 5th, 2010
11:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin says Obama 'in flux', suggests he wasn't properly vetted

'I think he's in over his head,' former governor Palin said of the president.
'I think he's in over his head,' former governor Palin said of the president.

(CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin is not letting up in her constant drumbeat of criticism directed about President Obama.

After saying Sunday that Arizona's female Republican governor has more "cojones" than Obama when it comes to immigration and border security, Palin suggested Wednesday night that the 44th president is still trying to figure out his governing philosophy.

Later: Palin an 'expert' in not being vetted, DNC says

Asked about a narrative – which is a persistent theme particularly in Republican and conservative circles – that Obama is too weak when it comes to issues like national security and immigration, Palin shared her insights on Fox News Channel about why she believes Obama is not doing more to secure the borders.

"I think he's quite complacent," the former Alaska governor said. "And I think he's in over his head. And I think he has poor advisers around him. And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is. Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely.

"It's a combination of things that's resulting in a president who's not taking a strong stand on those things that are the will of the people. Obviously, the will of the people is to enforce the laws that we have on the books."

During the interview, Palin also defended her recent use of "cojones," a Spanish term for male reproductive organs that can also be used as slang for "nerve" or "boldness."

In the context of enforcing the country's immigration laws, Palin said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's "doing the right thing and our president lacks the guts to do anything about it."

And Palin took the opportunity to highlight a political setback for one of Obama's signature legislative accomplishments since taking office.

In a primary earlier this week, Missouri voters dealt a blow to the heart of Democrats' health care bill. More than 70 percent of Missouri primary voters Tuesday cast ballots in favor of Proposition C. The measure would allow state residents to opt out of mandatory health insurance, a key part of the new health care law, which was pushed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. The proposition prohibits the federal government from requiring that individuals have health insurance or penalizing people for not having such insurance.

Related: Republicans tout Missouri vote against health care law

Pointing to the successful ballot measure, Palin said Missouri voters had shown Obama how they felt about health care reform signed into law earlier this year.

"The Show Me State showed Obamacare the door yesterday," said Palin.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. SLM

    As much as many of you hate Palin and refuse to acknowledge that she is more qualified than Obama...........she is right about Obama. If the media had grilled Obama half as much as they did Palin, many of you would never have voted for him. Too bad the media didn't do their job and report ALL the facts on ALL the candidates.

    August 5, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Dustin

    Which is why there have been more people deported while the Obama administration has been in office than under the Bush administration.

    What a bimbo who know NOTHING about governing. At least Obama isn't a QUITER who decided to make money instead of finishing his term in office...

    August 5, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Get With The Program

    what a ninny. of course she knows a thing or two about not being vetted, and being in over her head.

    sounds like she's projecting her own inadequacies.

    August 5, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Nick

    She's an idiot...surprised she could actually read the que cards Fox news prepared for her.

    August 5, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. JOHN

    "Some of this though is a rersult of he not having much experience....". My 3 year old grand daughter has better sentence construction skills than Sarah Palin. A friend of mine has a parrot who speaks more coherently and has a better command of grammar that Palin.

    She should be the last person to comment on someone not being properly vetted. Get a mirror and look in it Sarah. Also, dont you have some personal issues to deal with at home like an unmarried daughter with an illegitimate child whose dad has another baby mama across town?

    Sarah go home and talk to your daughter about the risks of unprotected underage sex. Talk to her about on again, off again engagements. In other words Sarah go take care of all the mess you have at home before you venture into world of intelligent people.

    August 5, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    Anybody remember the "we are days away from fundamentally changing America" speech? The lefties cheered clapped, and fainted. Nobody bothered to ask what does that mean. The media failed BIG TIME! The media was too busy cheerleading that they failed to do their research!

    August 5, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Joe

    Really? Sarah you were poorly vetted. Presidential candidates aren't vetted, they are elected through primaries! Running mates are vetted.

    Although, I do think there needs to be more requirements to become president then whats on the books now. Say requirements on minimum education, years in public service, and say psych exam and the citizenship test just to prove they know something about america.

    August 5, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Jill-IN

    Sarah quitter Palin – you are an idiot plain and simple.

    August 5, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. GL

    "I think he's quite complacent," the former Alaska governor said. "And I think he's in over his head. And I think he has poor advisers around him. And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is. Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely.

    So Mrs. Refudiate is giving advise of what is wrong with President Obama who is still on his job while she have quit her job – what kind of mess is this. Someone who quit her jobs wants to give advise on how the President is doing on his job.

    Sara Palin needs to be in a straight jacket!

    August 5, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. BL09

    And who is this idiot Palin to suggest these ideas? The woman who runs on at the mouth but cannot form complete sentences. I vehemently totally completely absolutely cannot stand her. I refrain from using the word hate because my Mother said that was not nice. That's the only reason.

    August 5, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Brian

    Say it with me: "De – lu – sion – al."

    August 5, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Palin was properly vetted at all. Obama has something better than "cojones," and he uses it all the time - his brain! Things can't be done impulsively and overly emotionally like Palin does. Palin needs to learn to use that. Where does her understanding come from? I believe that they are Limbaugh talking points.

    When it comes to immigration policy, it is CONGRESS that allocates and appropriates money to do things. If Brewer wanted a policy change and money to do it, she should have lobbied Congress and the president longer and harder. Did she ever do that?

    August 5, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Brian in Maine

    Look who's talking Sarah, you were in over your head as Governor, that's why you quit like the spineless little twit you are. At least Obama is toughing it out

    August 5, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Obama was not properly vetted by the media nor anyone else. The ramifications of this is that we have the most incompetent president we've ever had in both domestic and foreign affairs.

    The good news is that liberalism has now been exposed as the fraudulent ideals that it really is, one that can only survive if people accept hypocracy and double-standards.

    August 5, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Steve in Denver

    Not vetted closely? YOU are accusing someone else of being not vetted?

    Obama ran on a campaign theme which he has closely followed. Heath care reform, ending our involvement in Iraq, changing strategy in Afghanistan, restoring diplomacy as a foreign policy tool after bush installed the military only philosophy.

    I'm sure you don't like his agenda, but he is obviously accomplishing a great deal.

    You are an idiot.

    August 5, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. BILL

    Who cares what this moron thinks? She could not even finish a term as governor of Alaska, what does she know about securing boarders? – Train Wreck Sarah, why doesn't she tend to her family matters rather than running her mouth about things she does not know about.

    August 5, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Gary

    hahahahahahaha this is too funny.like palin knows about being vetted

    August 5, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I am certain a great many Republicans would say the same thing about Sarah Palin. After all, if the conservative extremeists hadn't foisted her on McCain, he would be President of the Unites States, Obama would still be a sentator, and Sarah Palin would still be an unknown.

    August 5, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. GL

    Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely.

    Okay CNN you need to correct this. It was Sara Palin that was not vetted very closely. How to the media allow this woman to get away with rewriing history? I am so sick of the media not corrected this hateful woman. What do she know about vetted when she her self was not vetted and now the American people have to deal with this nutty woman on a daily basic.

    August 5, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Peggy-TX

    Translation: the GOP wants President Obama to put forth an immigration bill so that the GOP can successfully defeat the bill to make the Dems look weak and keep dems from accomplishing anything else like improving the jobs situation. The Bill will not pass in today’s toxic political environment and the effort would invigorate the GOP racist base. As a spokesperson for Tea Party and stupid-followers of the GOP, Palin is often utilized to express the really absurd view points that GOP war machine wants to put forth to get media attention but can not find a legitimate politician willing to look.

    By the way Palin, “in flux, kind of” sounds really stupid, especially for a journalism major, but even for every day speak; Keep it us, soon, even the stupid–followers of the GOP will get the that the joke is on them and will then be embarrassed by you.

    August 5, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. RAG

    This from the Palin is just hilarious. That people will listen to her babbling is just sick.

    August 5, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Steve in Denver

    Oh, and on immigration. Do you ever look in your party's mirror? Bush was president for eight years. In that time, there was no progress on immigration. Bush was working hard to undermine any increase in border security until his last two years, as he wants his rich buddies to have a large, low cost labor market.

    You are an idiot.

    August 5, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. CMG

    Sarah, if you spent as much time tending to your children as you do trashing Obama, maybe we wouldn't be seeing them on the front of every tabloid. Personally, I am surprised that you know what vetting actually means. You may do well at raising money, but raising children is certainly a different story.

    August 5, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Oregon Calling

    UHHHHHGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait for her to be history!!!

    Peace :-)

    August 5, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. GAGIRL

    KEEP TALKING SARAH!! Your 'brilliance' confirms the Republican machine is an asylum of confusion.

    August 5, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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