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. Jo

    Seriously...with the obesity epidemic in our country today, the last thing I would think someone would take issue with is a First Lady trying to make a difference and bring awareness to what people put in their bodies. I once saw a baby with orange soda or kool aid or something in a bottle. I saw a woman bribe her already terribly obese 3-year old with chicken nuggets. Its not the government saying what a person should eat...its a First Lady trying to get people to think about it more and setting an example from her own family. Geesh.

    December 20, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Patrick

    Mrs. Obama out classes Palin in every way possible. Go away you intellect challenged, self promoting, harpy. Nobody cares what you think.

    December 20, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Julia in Eugene, Oregon

    CNN – Please stop giving this woman a platform. Michelle Obama is not only one of the most incredible First Ladies this country has ever seen, but she's 100 times the woman and mother that the former governor of Alaska will ever be.

    December 20, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Jay

    More proof if you need it that this woman is not living in the real world. Mrs Obama is right to bring to light the problems with our over weight children. Children now have a greatly higher risk of medical problems that use to be associated with middle aged individuals, and most of this stems from their weight. If their weight and health is tackled at an early age it will same them from a lot of medical problems in their youth and adulthood and save on health costs that is rocketing because of our poor diets. Well done to you Mrs Obama.

    December 20, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. DougB

    And this is the woman who supposedly wants to be President, have control of our nukes, military, economy and she is talking about desserts. Sarah the Quitter is not a serious person.

    December 20, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. Angel

    Oh Palin, Palin, Palin...

    I think Mrs. Palin is missing the point of what the First Lady is trying to do. Often times, parents feed their kids unhealthy food not because they want to see their kids turn into morbidly obese lumps of fat but because they are uneducated about diet, health and proper nutrition.

    I come from a Cuban family and when I was a kid, eating fried food was a way of life. It wasn't until I became health conscious that I began eating right. I also educated my parents on the benefits of healthy eating and encouraged them to "read the label", that they too began eating right.

    Mrs. Obama is raising awareness and attempting to educate parents and children on eating right. Additionally, kids eat ju8nk food all of the time without at parent necessarily knowing about it; by removing unhealthy snacks from schools, kids are less likely to get a hold of them. School are supposed to be a place of education. What a better place to educate are kids about healthy eating than a school.

    Palin and her reality TV show are just another publicity stunt for her failed Presidential run in 2012. Can't she just go away? Hide under a rock?

    I mean, the Republicans don't even like her.

    December 20, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. PALIN FOR PRESIDENT

    Sarah Palin is gettin uglier everyday...both internally and physically. She's becoming more demonic than a King of Kings child.
    Is she the voice of Alaska? Did the people of Alaska actually voted her Gov.?
    LORD HAVE MERCY

    December 20, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    How childish, how like Ms Palin.

    I guess The Learning Channel wants us to learn how to be irrelevant, disrespectful and controversial just because we have an audience...

    Mocking Michelle Obama's efforts to improve America's eating habits is moronic..

    OR, is Discovery another arm of the "Right" wing?

    December 20, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. hannah

    Sarah Palin is so stupid. To go after a popular first lady is not going to win her any votes. It was a sad day when old John McCain brought her on the scenes unvetted.

    December 20, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. Ellen Belliveau Garcia

    I sincerely wish that Ms Palin would stuff all of those smores into her big yapping mouth and shut up. Mrs. Obama is a great lady and her husband is the greatest president that we have ever had in my opinion. I love them both. Ms palin on the other hand is rude and crass, dumb, and stupid beyond belief. If she by some quirk of the totally insane haters in our country gets voted in in, our country is doomed; just doomed.

    December 20, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. CWM

    Of course, it just wouldn't be a normal day without CNN's daily "Guess what Sarah said?!?!" segment. As Palin quit her job as governor to cash in on book deals, speaking tours, and now a reality show; I am at a loss as to why her opinions are at all news worthy, especially when it's basically "Same banality, different day". It's funny that; while Palin refers CNN as the "lamestream media", you all still eagerly facilitate her 15 minutes of fame. She needs CNN to keep her in the spotlight in order to help her bankrole, but II am at a loss as to why CNN needs Palin. The entire relationship between Palin and CNN seems to operate on the same level of maturity of a bunch of 5th graders at recess.

    December 20, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Jean, Indiana

    CNN - Must these Sarah Palin fluff pieces float at the top of the political ticker DAILY!?!?

    Yes, I know she is cheerleader-in-chief regardless of her political viability. I don't even mind the obsessive reporting on her. There is just no reason to keep her floating daily at the TOP of what used to be a politics digest. Can't you make an entertainment venue for her? Or, at least let her trail down like the rest of the articles.

    Seriously. If not, I'm going to look elsewhere for news.

    December 20, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. Matt

    Heaven forbid Michelle Obama encourage kids to eat healthier food.

    December 20, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Cpom Athens GA

    What did Sarah say to Bristol about making good decisions?
    Seriously, why does anyone care about this walking train wreck and her crew?
    Do us all a favor, stay in Alaska. Your family needs you.

    December 20, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. EddyL

    SHUT HER UP! I'm sick to death of this moron's dumb comments on everything under the sun.

    December 20, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. me

    Palin, not being so bright, made her comments at a PRIVATE school in Pennsylvania. One not affected by public school doings. And I thought her show was about Alaska, not her own ignorant, trivial political beliefs.

    December 20, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. Baked Alaskan

    No...Sarah Palin wants no government control that would prevent obesity (a raging epidemic), yet she wants ABSOLUTE government control of a woman's right to chose, she wants you to allow religion in schools (preferrably a Jesus-based one), and wants to outlaw teaching evolution in schools at the same time.

    She is the scary type that believes fossils are no more than 10,000 years old, and that we all just suddenly appeared a day or before God took the 7th day off for vacation.

    Yes...stuff the kiddies with cookies and fantasies....fry their brains so they will believe anything....and then go out and tell their mom's and dads that all's well with the world. Palin is one baked Alaskan.

    December 20, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. guy from NM

    Do we have to hear about every little piece of drivel she utters? Remind me ,who is she?

    December 20, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. RalphS

    Once again Ms. Palin, how do you propose to help reduce childhood obesity? Oh, I forgot, you don't offer solutions only unqualified jabs that don't have an ounce of thought behind them OK CNN...Enough! Stop giving this woman attention that is simply not deserved. Stop it now!

    December 20, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. maine liberal

    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

    Based on preview clips, the show focuses on family and the great outdoors - not on politics. But the blog set up for the site does have a section on politics, called "Not Taking Sides."

    you betcha

    December 20, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. Oy Vey AZ

    What is this girl all about? She moans and groans about this and that while smiling all time. I had an acute gas pain that made me like that for a week or two, but hey ... Sarah has been at this stuff nonstop since we met her. Isn't it bear season yet?

    December 20, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. Cody

    Why is it news that a former-politician-turned-reality-tv-person who has zero knowledge of nutrition and routinely ignores scientific consensus is against promoting sound nutrition practices? Gee, what's next... an article about how she "doesn't believe" in global climate change or evolution by natural selection?

    That someone who has no knowledge (let alone expertise) of a field of study is dismissing what all the experts in that field say should not be news.

    December 20, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. Jeepers

    Palin has a talent for twisting and distorting things and then adding a couple of "aw shucks" to make her seem "down to earth," doesn't she? She is insane.

    December 20, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. Gail Hennessey

    With her book sales beginning to slip, and her show's ratings down, is it POSSIBLE, that this woman's time in the limelight may be waning? I can only hope. What a ridiculous attitude toward nutritional awareness! I really don't care what this woman has to say or tweet. WHY does CNN seem to be fixated on her every comment? If it were on FOX online or television, I could understand.

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

    She's right of course – it ought to be the parents who decide what foods their children eat. Oh, wait! An awful lot of them don't and an awful lot of them have no idea what their children eat at school and an awful lot of them really don't have the gumption to do something. What she appears to be serving doesn't look too healthy either.

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