Palin disses Michelle Obama over 'dessert'
December 20th, 2010
08:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin disses Michelle Obama over 'dessert'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is again taking aim at Michelle Obama over her anti-obesity campaign, taking the opportunity in Sunday's "Sarah Palin's Alaska" to land a diss against the first lady's efforts to improve nutrition.

While making s'mores at one point during Sunday's episode, the former Alaska governor proclaims the marshmallow and chocolate treat is "in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."

It's not the first time Palin has taken a jab at Mrs. Obama over her campaign to discourage fattening foods, especially from public schools. The former vice presidential nominee told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham last month that "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."

Palin also hand-delivered cookies to a Pennsylvania school last month before delivering a speech there, saying: "Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents."

Palin's comments Sunday appear to be in reference to a speech Michelle Obama delivered in July, during which she described her own upbringing when it came to food and exercise.

"In the afternoon, there was no way we'd be allowed to lie around the house watching TV," she told the NAACP in a Kansas City speech. "Our parents made us get up and play outside."

"As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right," she added.


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  1. Kim

    In principle, yes, it should be the parents who decide what their kids eat. However, it is painfully obvious that for a variety of reasons (poverty ,lack of education, lack of safe outdoor activities) far too many parents can't or won't live up to their responsibility. Can Palin possibly believe that childhood and teenage obesity is not a serious problem in this country?

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Bubba

    What a nasty and unprofessional thing to say. Of course, her kids are fat so not really a big surprise that she feels that way.

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. speedersadaptedforcold

    Parents have done an excellent job up to this point determining children's eating habits. We're #1 in childhood obesity! USA! USA!

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Adrienen

    Only this girl (and I do mean girl) would have something negative to say about the First Lady trying to get the schools to feed our kids better. As a working class parent I know how hard it is to instil healthy eating habits in my child, especially when they can go to school (out of our sight) and indulge in all the fatty/fried/sugary foods we try to keep out of their mouths. I would love for Sarah to realize that her devisive personality is doing more harm than good in American Politics. She is just widening the chasm between the left and right and I can only imagine how hard it would be for anything to get done in Washington with her in charge. The system as we know it today is broken, and she is one of those holding the hammer...

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Dean Blythe

    This woman is beyond an idiot. She is a danger. We are on the verge of a diabeties epidemic because of our poor eating habits, with huge financial consequences for health care; the military has pointed to obesity as negatively impacting recruiting and battle readiness. And this dingbat takes cheapshots on her reality TV show. Truely a horrible person.

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. greta

    I agree with Mrs. Palin....I don't want the government minding my business what can and what can I NOT give my children to eat.. Take their gadget(s) away ie:cellphone, TV , ipod, etc.etc. and make them active. Put the monkey bar(s) back, teeter poll(s) in school play ground and have them play.. Teach them value of getting/being healthy...
    We have become a country of obesity..NOT because of food we eat, but because of lack of active exercise and laziness.

    WE are

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. SGTJ

    Palin is such an idiot, playing to the lowest common denominator. She will never be my commander in chief and she will never be president. She knows this and her 15 min are almost up.

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Grogster

    Pretty funny that she is delivering cookies to school at the same time she says parents should decide what their kids should eat, not the government. But then again she did quit working for the government. At least she can trust in her own children to make smart choices while unsupervised as she travels the continent giving out cookies.

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. gurarro

    She is completely disrespecting the office of the President, his family and this country. This woman is a lunatic and please stop reporting on her CNN.

    December 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Keith

    I wish I had some sort of magic remote control so whenever this idiot speaks I can just mute her and watch her lips flap. CNN, why do you continue to give this moron coverage?

    December 20, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Tracy Metcalf

    Sarah Palin needs to shut her mouth and stop showing how ignorant she is with comments such as those above! Take a stroll through your neighborhood shopping mall, and take a look at the state of obesity with the children of today. Parents have had the right to teach their children to eat healthy, and exercise for eternity, yet look at the kids you see! Their parents are obviously doing a horrible job of teaching their children the value of good eating habits! Point in case, McDonalds being sued because they put toys in Happy Meals! SERIOUSLY??? Parents, stand up and act responsibly! Tell your children NO! I realize that its a "novel" idea in these ridiculous times we live in, but just TRY and keep your childrens health in mind when you cart them off to get the latest toy being shoved on them by McD's.....

    December 20, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. cRaZyinAlASka

    In the afternoon, there was no way we'd be allowed to lie around the house watching TV," she told the NAACP in a Kansas City speech. "Our parents made us get up and play outside."

    "As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right," she added.

    Michelle is explaining her upbringing (how her parents thought she should act) and has absolutely nothing to do with the government or the government's policy.

    I think it's clear Palin's IQ is on the left side of the bell curve.

    December 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. David

    I may not agree with everything the President says, but so far, the First Lady seems to be a top-notch class act. Palin could learn something from that. But education, in the Palin family, is obviously not a right, either. Maybe the concept just hasn't made it's way out of the lower 48, as Palin likes to say. Or maybe Palin is bucking the trend, as a true rogue, and showing that Wasilla street smarts are inherently more important that a good education.

    December 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Micky

    Yes why improve nutrition for children. We should all be fat lazy and dying of heart disease

    December 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Meaty Portion

    Wow, the crazy has remained strong with Sarah even in these troubling times.

    December 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. chef dugan

    Will somebody PLEASE shut this motor-mouth up! Palin is the poster girl for stupidity and ignorance and the right wingers who support her should be embarrised. But then, they wouldn't be right-wingers would they?

    December 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. a little sad

    Encouraging children to develop poor eating habits to score political points is low, even for the Iquiterod.

    Granted her children did not come out very well (of the three who garduated grade school, two are juvenile delinquents who particiapted in expensive property damage, and one's an unwed mother).

    But she should not try to lower other peoples children to the low Palin standard.

    December 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Really Palin?

    Your comment is as juvenile as it is disingenuous.

    December 20, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. gusandcarla@gmail.com

    Perhaps parents should find out why kids have hours and hours of homework to complete after school instead of teachers having taught the information in school. Students have no time to play outside after school (like we did growing up) because of the massive amounts of homework – which leads to staying indoors and snacking much to alleviate the stress of too much homework. Just what are the teacher's doing at school these days for 8 hours that then leaves a student with 4 hours of homework at night? No wonder kids are putting on weight while sitting on their behinds all day at school and then sitting at home munching while doing hours of homework.

    December 20, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. Ronald Fisher

    Obviously, leting parents decide what their kids eat isn't working! If some direction from the first lady can convince some parents to cut down calories that their kids are eating, that's great. If Sarah was president we'd have a bunch of fater kids!

    December 20, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Trish

    yummmmmm, s'mores with a heaping coating of hate. Palin just oozes poison.

    December 20, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. grahamwg

    Sarah Palin has no class.

    December 20, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Mark

    Sarah Palin keeps trying to make Michelle Obama's healthy eating PSA out to be an attempt for the Government to control people when it isn't that at all. She's playing on the fears and paranoia of the tea party and conservative fan base of hers to create a stir over nothing–just like she has been doing since 2008.

    The real problem is that the only ones really deciding what you get to eat are the CEO's and managers in the food industries. And we're subject to the food conglomerates and their efforts to cut costs. That means cutting nutrition and adding very unhealthy things. Yes, someone does need to police the food industry because your health depends on it.

    December 20, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Breeze

    This is like saying Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't have the right to advise everyone to work out while he was the Council to President Bush on Fitness. Or Nancy Regan shouldn't have advised us to "Just Say No". What a numskull.

    December 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Independent Mom

    Sarah Palin needs to spend some time perusing the lunch menus in schools around the country. Better yet, serve a lunch and eat what is offered. The government-subsidized food offered is an abomination, totally lacking in nutrition for kids. This is a major issue – millions of kids who grow up eating a diet made up of solely chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, pizza and cheeseburgers. See the pattern – no fresh fruits and veggies, everything processed cheese, meat and starch. Michelle Obama's efforts are focused on building awareness and educating our children about nutrition and health at a young age, when they are developing habits. This is such a huge issue in our country; lifestyle-related illnesses are a substantial portion of our health care costs and are increasing rapidly. Sarah Palin is really fit and so into her family – you'd think this would be an issue where she and Michelle Obama could find common ground. But I guess Sarah wouldn't want to risk offending her base. My guess is, if you measured obesity rates among Obama's base versus Palin's, Palin's base would be far more obese. Just look at the map of obesity rates and compare it to red states. There really is a correlation!

    December 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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