October 1st, 2010
03:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin jousts with Rouse

(CNN) – Pete Rouse was just installed as White House chief of staff on Friday, but he's already been facing fire from Sarah Palin for over a week.

Now White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is hitting back, calling the former Alaska governor's accusations "fairly silly."

Palin has made clear she's no fan of Rouse - the longtime top Obama aide who has been little seen in the public eye until his elevation to the top White House staff job.


Via several tweets over the last week, Palin highlighted the fact that Rouse - who lived in Alaska during the late 1970s and early 1980s - maintained his voter registration in her state despite not living there for nearly three decades.

"Alaska media slept on the job for how many years re: Obama senior advisor Pete Rouse's claim to be AK resident and 'local' voter? For shame," Palin tweeted earlier in the week.

Palin may be suggesting that Rouse maintained his voter registration and an address in Alaska so he could be a recipient of the state's yearly permanent fund dividend, which is usually worth at least $1,000. But according to local media reports, Rouse's name does not appear on the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend records.

Gibbs said Friday that Rouse has changed his voter registration to Washington, D.C.

But Palin's anger toward Rouse goes deeper than that, tweeting on September 22: "Alaska's Pete Rouse (@ least he claims to be 'Alaska') finally comes out of the shadows; Obama looks to appt him COS;strange doings in the WH."

Palin appears to have been no fan of Rouse for a long time. In her 2009 memoir, she accuses him of being among those in the Obama presidential campaign who allegedly tried to smear her when she was named McCain's vice presidential nominee.

She also accuses him of lifting Obama's "change" slogan from her own gubernatorial campaign in 2006.

"Every part of our campaign shouted 'Change!'" she wrote. "We were amused a couple of years later when Barack Obama, one of whose senior advisers (come to think of it) had roots in Alaska– adopted the same theme," she wrote in reference to Rouse.


Filed under: Pete Rouse • Sarah Palin
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Readbetweenthelines

    Now she is trying to take credit for "Change" as a campaign slogan? Man, can't fix stupid, and yet she still doesn't realize that each time she opens her mouth she discredits each and every member of the Tea Party and those that call themselves social conservatives. I guess that is what makes her such a perfect match for Fox news!

    October 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    WOW..... That woman is an IDIOT.

    October 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Dave

    Why is anything this vapid chucklehead says considered news anymore? She's just a citizen with a Facebook page, and she doesn't seem to like ANYbody much, so it's hardly news that she's crinkling her oversized nose at somebody else now.

    Disapproval from Palin is practically as good as an endorsement, because the only people she seems to approve of are other sociopaths like herself.

    October 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Sadie

    When will this woman shut the hell up.....she is such a loser....and filled with Hate. I don't know how she sleeps at night, while claiming she is a christrian......

    October 1, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Al - Northern Virginia

    Wow! Only in a a free nation can a dummy become famous and financially independent. Why? The majority of Americans, where ever they live, are amenable, believing people. If you say something enough, most will start to believe. Politicians use this against us all the time. We are all too busy to research facts for ourselves so we let the media through T.V., radio, and internet tell us the facts. We forget, these outlets will let anyone say what they want for a dollar. Most are not presenting facts, they are presenting their opinions. The media outlets are looking for sponsors and ratings, they do not care about facts. The news outlets say they do, but all too often we are being entertained by buffoons. Get the facts folks.

    October 1, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Can't somebody shut this cow up? Does CNN have to make headlines of every gaseous escape she makes?

    ENOUGH

    October 1, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    I'll never understand why CNN gives this airhead so much press! Everything says turns out to be not quite true or an outright lie, yet we have to endure her constant blabbers. So Half Gov. Palin, no one had to smear you, all you had to do is open your mouth and America knew that you were just another right wing nut spreading fear and hate. True you have a following of other right wing nuts which account for 15% of America, hardly enough to win anything.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    October 1, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Dave

    Sarah Palin: the media's favorite bully.

    October 1, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. harvey 60

    Palin: just like Joe Miller took farm subsidies in Kansas when he lived in Connecticut and Alaska. Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, or shut up. You couldn't stand to be broke so you resigned as governor to make moolah so you could compete with Romney and Gingrich in the nomination process. You shill for stooges like yourself: Miller, Angle, O'Donnell. I hope you get on a plane for your campaign appearances with Mike Steele and your plane goes down so we don't have to hear or read your ignorant crap ever again. Should've stayed a cheerleader. Because even if you and all your thug friends get elected, people like me are going to do what Mitch McTobacco and John the Beaner have done: we're going to do what WE want!

    October 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Marge

    How egotistical is this woman. Now Rouse is out to get her. What a joke. She can't stand for any other name but hers to be in the news. So she really like to make up crap so the MSM like CNN will post it. I think Mr. Rouse has better things to do than even thing of a half baked piece of Alaska like Palin. In fact since the republicans so believe in polls why doesn't Palin take the hint that 67 percent of the people in this country say they are sick and tired of her and her irresponsible quotes.

    October 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Eric

    Yeah, cause you know, "change" theme was invented by SP in 2006. Tell us another one.

    October 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Matt

    Palin. Stop. Talking.

    October 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    So if rouse took the Change theme from her, did she steal it form the West Wing TV show?
    the Santos campaign and the entire election season shows are ierrily similar to the camign of 2008- only it took place 3 years earlier!
    As the whiner herself, The fiction that floats around in her head- it has no facts to attach to- is laughable. when will the press stop covering her? Let FOX be her sounding board.

    October 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Emily

    Dumbo looking for attention again.......she tries so hard to get the President's attention and each time it goes unheard. This idiot really thinks she has something that makes whatever she says, must be heard. Waiting for 2012 when she can't hide behind twitter or facebook anymore and has to come face to face with the people she is looking to get attention from. BET she won't run.....she will hide and make up some excuse not to run.

    October 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Antony Thomas

    SERIOUSLY?!?! I wish Palin would go crawl back under the rock where from where she use to view “Russia ”! Why is it that the media continues to give this foolish woman creditability? She continues to lie and make use stuff to create fear in people. Maybe she needs to dress up as a bear for Halloween and go stand in a hunting range to bring us all some much needed relief.

    FYI… Sarah… Obama was using “Change” on his campaign long before you were ever added to the McCain ticket… so no one was even thinking about you… you give yourself way too much credit… go reload and get some factual data for a change!!!

    October 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. RH of WI

    She has something senseless to say about everything. Who really cares what this dingbat thinks.

    October 1, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. chedar

    The alaskan witch is on the hunt again. Watch out, she bites.

    October 1, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. bobo

    Wy dosn,t this woman just go away?

    October 1, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. yoyolite

    Wow. The nerve. NOW she is trying to take credit for Obama's slogan. This woman has some serious credibility issues.

    October 1, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. David in Dallas

    Ms. Palin does not have a copywrite on the "change" theme. Other politicians used it long before either she or Mr. Rouse came along, and I'm sure many will use it in the future. This is another example of just how silly she is to think that someone stole her theme of "change".

    October 1, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    She just hates everyone. I wonder if she looks in a mirror she would start to hate herself.

    She is such a retard.

    October 1, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Big Ed

    The sharp-tounged Half-Term Governor is picking a fight way above her head again. Why doesn't someone just respond to her in the same voice she uses? I know she will cry that is is not fair, but if can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch (and look at Russia).

    October 1, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Brian

    so, what democrat does she like……none! so why is this news, like others have said.

    October 1, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Tina in PA

    Sarah who gives a damn what you think from your cowardly tweeting position. Talk to people face to face. How about Meet the Press or 360 whom is very fair. Who cares what any of you who can not stand in front of a microphone and face the person your accusing or who is accusing you. Are you a grown up or what? You must not be a person of your convictions if your doing all this hiding while being devisive. However, the media is of good use to you when you want to sell something or make money by announcing an event through the media. Every time I turn around one of your kids are in the media but leave us alone you say. This is why intelligent people can not take you seriously.

    October 1, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. chedar

    Al – Northern Virginia

    Wow! Only in a a free nation can a dummy become famous and financially independent. Why? The majority of Americans, where ever they live, are amenable, believing people. If you say something enough, most will start to believe. Politicians use this against us all the time. We are all too busy to research facts for ourselves so we let the media through T.V., radio, and internet tell us the facts. We forget, these outlets will let anyone say what they want for a dollar. Most are not presenting facts, they are presenting their opinions. The media outlets are looking for sponsors and ratings, they do not care about facts. The news outlets say they do, but all too often we are being entertained by buffoons. Get the facts folks.

    ***To answer your questions. More than half of the american population are functional illiterate. So they rely on the media to feed them. Politicians are good at feeding the media (particularly the republican). So you get an illiterate population that placed George Bush for the last 8 yrs. which contribute to the demise of american economy.

    October 1, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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