Palin disses Michelle Obama over 'dessert'
December 20th, 2010
08:32 AM ET
7 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. Mike Bennett

    Sarah palin is sad beyond belief! Dessert never was a "right" in my house as a kid, either. You shouldn't be eating dessert after every meal, either – it'll make you fat! (Kids are fat because their parents allow them to be – by feeding them a steady diet of fast-food and junk, and allowing them to be sedentary game junkies!!)) I think Michelle Obama's nutrition program makes a hell of a lot more sense than anything Sarah Palin's done – like leaving her job 18 months into her term (and one step ahead of a power-abuse scandal) to go into permanent campaign mode. Hey Sarah – why don't you do something worthwhile, that benefits other's lives, before you start criticizing what other folks do to help people!

    December 20, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. Paul

    How incredibly petty and chilldish. The first lady is advocating for better nutrition and health for children, and this shallow woman has to get in adolescent digs and bash her. What a prize she is.

    December 20, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Deborah

    Sarah Palin behaves like a high-school mean girl. Is this really what America would want as a leader? A snarky, snippy, "zinger-flingin" pit bull? I would certainly hope not. At least, it's not what I want. I would prefer someone who thinks about what they are going to say before they say it.
    This country doesn't need someone who amuses themself by being a smartass.

    December 20, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. kygirl30

    I didn't think that M. Obama meant that kids can't eat cookies. I think she was saying that kids should have proper nutrition. That's all. The message of proper nutrition and exercise SHOULD be put out there. Look at the staggering number of obese kids in the US! Most of these kids got their poor nutrition from their parents and developed these habits through them. Once these habits are there, it's hard to break them as adults.

    Some neighborhoods don't even sell nutritious food. I think attention need to brought to this. I don't think for a minute that the government is going to take away a child's right to a cookie. Palin needs to stop trying to be Rush Limbaugh (shock-jocking) and just go away.

    December 20, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. alex

    hey matter how low you stoop just so you can get notoriety...Mrs Obama has a lot more grace than you. something you can never top. Learn to live with that

    December 20, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. Anonymous

    "Dessert is not a right" has been translated in to "Michelle Obama says we should not have dessert"??? Seriously? Wow, Ms. Palin is really losing me here.

    December 20, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Bob(Illinois)

    Why does CNN keep covering this idiot?

    December 20, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. hammertime

    Once again, Palin distorting and demagoguing. Palin, please fall off the planet.

    December 20, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. Michele

    Man, is she missing the point (as usual). It scares me that people think she can one day be president. It's just one poor decision after another.

    December 20, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. JPX

    Wow, so Palin is opposed to reducing obesity?

    December 20, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Tam

    Palin is not fit to wipe Michelle Obama's shoes. Intellect, wisdom, ability, class. All lacking in the former. When will this poor excuse for a human being go home and shut up. Just wondering - who's with her kids? The other "intellect" in the family?

    December 20, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. Anonymous

    I should add that I must be as evil as Michelle Obama because dessert is not a right for my son either. It is only if he has eaten a decent meal jst as I was raised. I guess Ms. Palin falls under the "no disciplne for children" camp?

    December 20, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. Ronnie McD

    Michelle Obama should specifically target lower income folk that remain to praise her as a leader along with the fast food industries, that could truly make a difference in the well being of people to eat better and if they did so help reduce others health care premiums that support them in their lifestyles.

    December 20, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. Pam, middle age, middle america

    Sister Sarah, I am interested in your feedback concerning the issue of childhood obesity. This is a very real issue among our nation's children. Why is it that you continue your jokes and making fun of such a serious issue, but make no serious comments concerning this issue.
    Why do you find it a joke that so many are over weight? Really...are you able at all to talk about anything in a serious manner, why is everything a joke with a wink and a smile...that serves no purpose and does not help to resolve anything.

    December 20, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. Jude

    Palin proves herself to be a hopeless idiot, and a mean-spirited one at that. I love dessert, but her complaints against the First Lady are shameful and tactless. Once again Ms. Palin shows herself to be a white trash bimbo and demonstrates her envy of our classy, educated and beautiful First Lady.

    December 20, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  16. DB

    Nice to see she is not above taking cheap shots at the first lady.

    December 20, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  17. Northdakotax

    Anything Palin.... what great editorial policy...good ol' CNN. That dessert comment was great!!

    December 20, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. True American

    dang...Palin's still acting like a high school cheerleader? grow up Palin and start acting like an adult.

    December 20, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  19. marianne

    Palin should spend more time taking care of her kids...who certainly must be missing their mom since she make sure she gets on TV more than anyone else in the universe. Parents obviously aren't doing the job – they are not feeding their kids properly and not making them exercise, else we wouldn't be a nation of fat people. And I am a fat person, so don't try to turn this around and make it like I'm against fat people. Mrs. Obama was just trying to encourage parents to get their kids "moving" so that when they are older they won't have health problems. Seriously Sarah, get with it.

    December 20, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. Angel

    Sarah.... You snapping on Michelle for caring about the health of our children? And you are contemplating on whether or not you want to run for president? You ARE suppose to care about everyone INCLUDING OUR CHILDREN. Her anti-obesity campaign is to benefit our children, my goodness. Stop trying to make it political...

    December 20, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  21. lcasey

    What a shame that this woman is too stupid to know when to just plain SHUT UP.
    Take a walk through any grade school or middle school in America..........I'd be willing to bet over half the kids are overweight.
    Not all parents can be with their children 24/ you Mother Palin. (where/when DO her children go to school?) Why not have the choices that kids have to make be healthy ones, when parents can't be there?
    That woman is an idiot.

    December 20, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. sara

    So Ms Palin you are saying no one should tell us what to eat. What are you doing? This is very immature on your part and really shows no class. I really think that you are a very disrespectful person. We have been told what we should eat since before I was born, fruits, veggies, protien, milk. We were taught that in health class a hundred years ago..

    December 20, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. joe blow

    damstraight, straight-shooting, re-loading, liberty loving lady, sarah. run sarah run. from the truth. "she's just like us" - a supremely uneducated and distracted mother of unschooled, diabetic-prone, teen-pregnant, off-spring. you so natural, girl. eat just like an eskimo, eh. yeah, i didn't read the second book, but i understand you are now an intellectual. so give us your 140 character take on every single thing that happens in your world. please sarah please. i so luv a lady in leather whose packing the heat..

    December 20, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. PTNY're out of High School now. Act like it.

    December 20, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. modestobruce

    Thank God for Sarah-we need a little humor in our lives right now.

    December 20, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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