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. Anni

    Palin: thin skinned and a narcissist.

    October 1, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Patricia May

    I think that woman is sick. She definitely suffers from paranoia. It is exacerbated by her stupidity.

    October 1, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. NancyRose

    God, is she looking like an ugly hag these days!!!

    October 1, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Palin the Quitter claims that Rouse kept his AK residency to collect the yearly dividend check; "But according to local media reports, Rouse's name does not appear on the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend records."

    Palin the Liar claims that "Every part of our campaign shouted 'Change!'"
    Did she use the slogan, "Change you can believe in"? Does she hold a copyright on the word "change" or the concept of change?

    Once again, Palin the Mooch interjects herself into the media she so hates ... she just can't handle folks paying attention to anyone but her sorry little self.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    October 1, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. cecilia

    Sarah Palin is not happy about Rouse – I will alert the media – oh wait – this is the media -ok media do something we cannot have ms palin upset about anything – at least she can't have run on sentences when she tweets – she does not have enough room for all of her betcha gotcha adjectives

    October 1, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. chris adams

    My God Palin is a good exaMPLE OF EVERYTHING WRONG IN POLITICS.....HOW SAD...

    October 1, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Homer

    I want to get some of what she is smoking!!

    October 1, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. crazylibs123

    I do so much love this woman. Our country would be so great with someone like her in office. Powerful, once again. Give em hell Sarah...

    October 1, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Dina

    If she couldn't name what she reads for news, it means she is not informed. If she's only boning up now on world events, it means she had no genuine interest before it became profitable. If she can't finish out her term as governor, she's not reliable. What's so tricky about this? She can't begin to hold a candle to Obama's accomplishments. Her criticism is not credible or earned.

    October 1, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    So here Palin is shooting of her big mouth again. I think most of the american people are getting sick and tired of he running her mouth and spreading hate and lies. Who really care who she doesn't like. If it is someone connected to the president she is quick to put them down. But does she like it when some one puts her down? She starts whining like a 4 year old. We all know who Palin likes the tea party gang. There just like her out to try and destroy the president and get the country in an uproar.

    October 1, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. joesalters

    Good going Sara , I grew up in Chicago and all the democrat politian's that I had dealings with were all on the take.

    October 1, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. SurRy

    Gosh darrnit guys and gals, this mamma grizzly's gonna get Rouse in her crosshairs, and therefore, also too, this administration as we are just plain ol' folk who don't really know much about the lower 48 and DC establishment from up here where Putin is rearing his head up over Wasilla dontcha know.

    October 1, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. tishagogge

    This woman is a disease that won't go away!

    October 1, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Andrea Jost

    Last time I checked "change" was a pretty common word not owned or invented by anyone recently...

    October 1, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Guest

    Why media kept reporting about her ? To remind us, the readers, how silly and ignorance Palin is.

    October 1, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. tishagogge

    People have you all notice that this hateful woman has a Cross Eye!

    October 1, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. JL

    Sarah Palin is an idiot! Maybe she should debate Rouse. She would not last a round!

    October 1, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. doc

    I hope McCain is kicking himself for opening this Pandora's box. SHE WILL NOT GO AWAY!!!

    October 1, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    LOL. Of course. She and her tribe of demagogue dimwits lost a boogeyman with Rahm leaving. They simply must fill in the boogeyman gap ASAP.

    October 1, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Catie

    Just listen to what she has to say people. It does not have to be eloquent just sincere. You snotty goobers are getting on my nerves

    October 1, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Uncle Ellsworthey

    For those of you referring to this lady as a "fool": When you do this you are indicating to the world that you are a nobody, a complete and utter ass trying to toady for Obama. Get a life you retards. Yes, this lady is for real, get used to it. She's here to stay.

    October 1, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. yosef

    only lib postings? what is going on. some of these posts are so bad that if written about the President they would be looked into, excuse me if President Bush you would cheer. Some of these posts are so poorly written that I wonder if the authors went to Harvarddd ?

    October 1, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Nathaniel

    CNN HEAR ME! NO more Palin! no sarah, baby momma, corrupt cop, playgirl son in law... she has killed the little bit of conservative respect left in this country. send her back to alaska and give her a public access show. PLEASE STOP THE PALIN. i beg you...

    October 1, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. george

    Maybe Sarah palin has gotten a little full of herself trying to play kingmaker issuing "endorsements" this election season. Are we to believe that SHE should deserve the credit for the flawless campaign mounted by Barack Obama?
    Barack Obama stole her idea and that's why he's President right?
    The truth is that nobody actually cares what she thinks. And Palin Supporters are an embarrasment to real republicans who actually read something once in a while!
    George

    October 1, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Topher

    If Palin doesn't like him, he has to be doing something right.

    October 1, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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