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. Bruce

    What else is new, this guy is an idiot. Thanks to the sheeple.

    August 5, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. harold

    This woman didn't have the "balls" to finish her term as governor. It is so easy to sit back and criticize knowing you don't have to respond to "what would you do, how you would go about it and how would it be paid for".
    If she is so full of ideas and believes she is better suited to be President, then "RUN for the F OFFICE". Talk is cheap ( oh my bad, that is how she makes her money now and is doing quite well)

    August 5, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. palinhater

    Ah, Sarah, every time you open that trap of yours, something hilarious comes out. My favorite quote from your latest release is:
    "really in flux kind of."

    CNN, if you want to be taken seriously and regain your status as a reliable news source, stop mentioning palin and her spawn. If we ignore her, she will go away.

    August 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. David

    According to this article and to Sarah Palin herself. She should be excluded from any run for the presidency as she herself has not been vetted to the extent that our current president has, and she does not have the political expertise to hold such a position as president of the United States. Thank you for clarifying that for me Ms. Palin, now go away and leave politics to the people who dont quit.

    August 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. snow

    Truer words were never spoken. To say nobamma is complacent and weak is a little soft. Actually he is inept and I think a bumbling idiot. Take away the teleprompter and he sounds like an elementary school student trying to recite his homework assignment.

    August 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Citizen

    And does Ms. Palin thinks that she was vetted properly by McCain's camp before they brought her aboard? I guess once one becomes a demagogue sooner or later they begin to feed on their own words and spew out more hatred and balderdash. It is sad that GOP leaders are not able to knock some sense into Ms. Palin. If she is left unchecked GOP will be left with none but the permanently disenchanted right wing minority.

    August 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    CNN continues to play the Libtards like a fiddle with Palin stories.

    August 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Palin is being way to nice to Obama. It's not a lack of boldness or a lack of anything else that's keeping him from insisting that the US enforce its own immigration laws, it's a cynically calculated philosophy of pandering to the Hispanics and it's possibly part of a longer-term intent to turn illegals into legal Democrats.

    August 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. mw

    Sarah Palin is an idiot!

    August 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Larry

    Fortunately, nobody in this country cares what Sarah says, except Sarah

    August 5, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. tony t

    I have one request for republicans: PLEASE nominate this slow-witted diva for your party's presidential candidate. Please, please, please!! I desperately want to see season 2 of the Wasilla Hillbillies on a national stage. I want to see her answer tough, drilling questions like "What newspapers do you read?" and "What colors are on Africa's national flag?".

    August 5, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Steve

    Ha...just when I thought I couldn't like her less, she says something like this. Ohhhh, the irony. What a complete fool.

    August 5, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Obama may be "in over his head" with some of the issues of the United States of America, but Sarah Palin was in over her head with Katie Couric!!

    August 5, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Mac

    It's sort of absurd when Fox News becomes so obviously biased that they do nothing but provide a forum for their next choice for President of The United States. Rupert should simply change the name of his propaganda outlet to "Palin News Network".

    And, why no mention of George W. Bush's lack of action in securing our borders for 8 long years? Conservatives are just a bunch of silly little lying hypocrites. So, there were no illegals flooding in here for 8 years while Bush was president? Maybe Obama only put 2000 national Guardsmen on the border, which is too few, but it's 2000 more than Bush ever put there.

    August 5, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Matthew

    Sara is extremely funny to listen to. I mean half of what she is saying here makes no sense and for a public speaker she cannot speak to save her life. I mean look at how she is using her words I can’t believe that I went to the same public schools as she did in Alaska. Like in this quote “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.” Does this really make sense!! I mean I can make out what she is trying to say but she talks with the same

    Also I don’t see how any American (and specifically any WOMEN) can listen to Sara Palin with the fact that on her watch she made rape victims pay for their own rape kit. How could any women that respects herself or others charge woman for being RAPED. I mean this is a travesty and I can’t believe that a women that wants power like she does would oppress her own sex as much as her and her TEA PARTIERS do.. I feel sorry for all of those that listen to her and believe her lies. She would have done great as HITLERS partner.

    August 5, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Jon

    How ironic that Sarah Palin would suggest someone is not properly vetted.

    August 5, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Beth

    Seriously? She's saying President Obama wasn't vetted correctly?! Wow...I SO needed that laugh today. Thanks, Sarah! :-)

    August 5, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Sheeple in the Faux House

    More pearls of wisdom from the Queen of the Teatards....and the Fox Bobbleheads are here nodding their heads in rapt adoration.

    August 5, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Maddy

    ...I would rather someone who is over their head than someone who is "out of the head" .

    August 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Mr. Wilson

    To PalinHater:

    "Ah, Sarah, every time you open that trap of yours, something hilarious comes out. My favorite quote from your latest release is:
    'really in flux kind of.'"

    It's the 'kind of' that makes it art.

    August 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Oh, Goshy Gosh

    Sarah, he was vetted by the American people. I don't know if you recall, but there was a series of campaigns, speeches, debates, and conventions. He was vetted, along with Hilary, and John McCain and you. I am sorry if you don't think a National Election is the right way to vett a President..oh you are a Repulican...you don't belive in elections. If you did, Bush would have retired to his ranch 8 years ahead of time.

    America vetted you and your running mate, and didn't like what you had to sell.

    Go be o Dancing with Stars and leave us alone.

    August 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Carol

    Sarah Palin is an IDIOT !!! Now that she's made her money and become a millionaire (the real reason she quit her job as governor) she should SHUT UP and sit down and let people with common sense speak . . . you know people who actually think before they speak

    August 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. citizen kane

    Palin IS NOT in tuned to the general public, AMERICAN society at all!

    She is only siding with any thought, ideaologies, ideas and politics that are in complete opposition to the current administration's just because she & McCain lost in the presidential elections! That's it! Even if it means she comes across as a pitbull with lipstick!

    She truly, truly needs to step down from the public eye due to her lack of knowledge, political, geographical, economics, english language usage, etc. and just go back to school. She truly needs to gain more education and training, maybe major in Political Science or Business Admin.

    And while she's enrolled in college she needs to take some stress management classes and parenting classes, REALLY, no joke! Sarah, if you are reading this, please take my advice, go back to college, it's NEVER too late! Step away from POLITICS, for now, okay. Peace ;)

    August 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. ......

    Hey right wing nut jobs who say obama's bringing our economy down..TAKE A LOOK AT THE DOW! it's up over 4000 points from when Bush left office! now shut your mouths!

    August 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Grady

    It is so easy for Sarah to point and criticize...especially since she is not in an elected position and not making decisions that affect the lives of the citizens of this great land.
    Fortunately for us she will never get that opportunity. Becoming a minor footnote, a small part of this country's politcial legacy.

    August 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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