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.


Filed under: Health care • Immigration • Popular Posts • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. daniel

    It is amazing that anyone would value the opinion of this person about someone who she is obviously inferior to in almost every way. If everyone would just stop talking about her she would probably go away. Let's try!

    August 5, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. tomjon

    We hear this from a clown that screwed up a whole state and then QUIT. Shes only in the news because she's a race hater. The world is changing, with or without those that want to hang on to the past.

    August 5, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. John

    One can only imagine how terrible our economic crisis could be if Palin were president...

    August 5, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. phyllis

    Sarah Palin need to shut her mouth. She puts her mouth in everything and she has no clue about what she is talking. She has no intelligience, and can't stand in President Obama's shoes. If Obama is not fit for the job, then is she? She needs to look in the mirror and take her stupid self back to Alaska, spend some time with her family which so badly need a mother's attention. If she want's to run for president, then get some education, she is just not ready. She can't even spell.

    August 5, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Mr. Wilson

    I hope she runs. It will be more fun than watching Sharon Angle implode.

    She should talk about experience. Quitting halfway through your term does not look good on a resume.

    August 5, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. GL

    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.

    Best time to put the Public Option back on the table so this is not a setback – just prove the Public option was the BEST OPTION!

    August 5, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    those results were polled from the republican party primary ballots...gee that's not biased at all

    August 5, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely.
    -------------------------------–

    Are you kidding me?!

    Did this political tsunami just have the nerve to actually utter the words:NOT VETTED VERY CLOSELY???!

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. Here are some more words for you: Black Ops. Google them. In regards to the illegal immigration issue: I saw a black and white movie a couple of weeks ago dealing with the same problem. The movie was dated 1941. It appears that this issue has been around for quite sometime. Thank you for being concerned.

    August 5, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. ATL Guy

    She needs to take care of her family problems at home.

    August 5, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Living in America

    She is just mad because she can't use the phrase "the oil is still coming" to talk about him. Of course he has some setbacks. She can't talk about the good things he has done. Naw that will take all day and we don't have the time to hear anymore Don King made up words What did Bush do about the immigration problem long before Barak came into office. Isn't Arizona John McCain's state. What did he do about it as well. Nobody wants to talk about that.

    August 5, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Florida Joe

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

    Are you kidding me????? He wasn't vetted properly? What about you? YOU were and still are a disaster that could not even finish out a term as Gov and you have the cojones to queston our President? You could not even answer a question about what magazines you read and yet you think YOU were/are qualified to be VP or god forbid President............Go back to your family and LEAVE US ALONE!!
    No one but the uneducated (include yourself) care what you think...How dare you lecture our PRESIDENT...Get some education FIRST

    August 5, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. AZ Senior

    Please CNN could you let one week go by without quoting this horrid woman's opinion?

    August 5, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Jamey

    I know I would find it insulting if Sarah Palin was insulting my candidate on a daily basis and being right about it "some" of the time.

    August 5, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. malabar

    when Palin speaks all of u listen. really u do. look at all the comments. u actually love her or are a complete loser for trolling around spending so much time day after day commenting endlessly about this irrelevant woman who is more than u will ever be. u will never match her success and it does not matter that u say u wudnt want it. its just a fact. unREFUDIATABLE. have a great day ;)

    August 5, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Duck Fallas

    Thank you for clearly stating what the liberal media is sooo afraid to say, Toots! If the President had any strong leadership qualities, he would do what any strong, experienced leader would do.

    Quit in the middle of his term.

    August 5, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Steve in Denver

    Ms. Stewart: Obama's health care legislation was not "dealt a blow" this week, as you report. I know conservatives would like to think that, but (1) the resolution was non-binding, (2) even if Missouri did pass such a law, federal law supersedes state law. This was a primary where there was a race to the right. Not surprising that this resolution passed.

    Really, as a journalist, don't you have some obligation to vet data before reporting it as fact?

    Can your college revoke your journalism degree? Oh, wait. Sarah Palin got one of those. There are no requirements.

    August 5, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Bubba

    Is she actually nuts? She thinks a woman has testicles and the president needs a vet? Why are we having to listen to this?

    August 5, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Joe

    Sarah Palin, of all people thinks the president is in over his head?????

    Her stupidity usually leaves me gasping for breath but this is a new low even for her. She couldn't even handle being governor for her whole term.

    August 5, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Chris

    Palin just admit your jealous that Obama has accomplished more in 2 years then your whole pathetic little excuse called a life. I believe that everyone in this world gets one free pass to hate one person and my pass goes to Sarah Palin. I hate this woman with a passion and would not shed one tear if she left this earth.

    God I hope this woman wins the GOP nomination in 2012. The only states she would win is the inbred rednec states in the South (and I live in South Carolina and i can vouch that the south is backward thinking inbred states) like Texas, TN, South Carolina and VA, thats the only states she would win.

    Why doesnt this woman go away. Why does CNN continue to report on her? Why should i care about this woman. she has accomplished absolutly nothing in her little pathetic excuse she calls a life. Her family is a joke, shes a joke and i wish she would go away for good.

    August 5, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. drea

    Ja right and she was????

    August 5, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Marc

    Said from the woman who has to write notes on her hand during interviews.

    August 5, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. BillinSC

    What gives Sarah Palin the authority to evaluate the performance of the president.? No matter what President Obama does or says, he is the president of the US, we (the American people, both Republicans and Democrats) need to support him and his decisions while he is in office.

    It just seems that Sarah Palin is constantly dogging and nagging the president about something. She needs to get a grip and accept the fact that Obama is our president.. Stop the nagging, hating and judging behavior being displayed.

    Frankly, I am glad that the loud mouth, know it all Sarah Palin is not our president.
    I would vote for Mickey Mouse before I would vote for Sarah Palin.

    August 5, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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.
    -------------------------------–

    "And I think. And I think. And I think".

    And WE think you're quite the idiot. And WE think you keep proving that over and over and over again. And WE think we're right.

    August 5, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Realistic

    First, Palins insight on anything is as deep as a one inch hole. And atleast Obamas governing philosophy is better than Palins. Palins philosophy towards govering is to quit in the middle of her term, turn her back on the people who elected her and bring shame on the great people of Alaska. And as far as advisers, we know Palins advisers has either quit or been put committed to an insame asylum because of squacking. However, Palin is doing something good for the american people, she is keeping an eye on Russia for us from her backyard. And as she claims one state showed Obama care the door, the American people showed her the way back to Alaska after rejecting her and McCains attempt to occupy the WH. She is like the rest of the republican party, pathetic.

    August 5, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. lforlegend

    Suddenly she's all presidential. Who needs to take advice or the word of a quitter, a numb-skull, or any of the other negative adjectives that describe this person? She really needs to take a chill pill and CNN would do well to quit following this lunatic.

    August 5, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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