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. Howard

    Sarah Palin wants publicity so bad she can't sleep nights ... or tell the truth during the day. It's truly amazing how that woman can turn the First Lady's efforts to ENCOURAGE healthier eating into ORDERING people to eat healthier. And now Sarah wants to be President. YIKES!

    December 20, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Ted

    "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."

    So..did she get permission ships from the parents to give their children these cookies? Hypocrite!

    December 20, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Alistair

    Mrs.Palin you'll never be in Michelle Obama's league.

    December 20, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Michael Hack

    Let's see. One third of all children born after the year 2000 are expected to get diabetes or be pre-diabetic, but it's wrong to stress nutrition. The truth of it is that we should be taxing the heck out of pop, candy and junk food, but the major corporations have too much control and influence to allow this. As usual, Sarah Palin is on the opposite side of any issue she cares to discuss.

    December 20, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. dumbfounded

    I missed the part where the First Lady said nutrition should be govenment controlled. What I heard was PARENTS need to watch nutrition more.

    December 20, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. America Shrugged

    I don't think the 1st Lady was mandating a directive that parents should only feed their kids healthy foods. If parents don't like the healthier choices that schools will be offering, their kids can brown bag it with anything they want. Sarah Palin is a drag and pretty petty when she picks on Michelle Obama for wanting kids to be healthier by eating healthier and getting outside and playing.

    December 20, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Joe

    Sarah Palin has no right to diss anybody. If she wants to have a show that promotes Alaska, do that. It doesn't have to be a political show (Lord knows there are enough of those on TV). And this is another area where Palin has her head stuck in the sand. She was all for teaching abstinence to children, and now her teenage daughter makes her a grandmother. She says that parents don't need any help in teaching their children proper nutrition, but yet childhood obesity is at epidemic levels. Hate to pick on children, but Palin's own children on are the chunky side, so maybe she could use to advise from Michele Obama or someone on how to get that weight down since childhood obesity is often a precursor to other illnesses later in life.

    December 20, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. joyost

    Dumber than dirt. Makes you think what if Mrs. Obama took on the teenage drinking problem, or the drug problem?. You betcha, Palin would be saying the same thing. Don't be telling parents what to do.Opposing WHATEVER it may be, just to put someone down for doing the right thing. Like Mrs. Obama is the only one, the first one, etc. to take on childhood obesity. No – parents can't be trusted to do the right thing. That's why we have to have childseat laws. We would'nt HAVE the problem we have if parents were doing the right thing. The kids got fat by what their own fat parents are feeding them.

    December 20, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. annie s

    How dare Michelle Obama actually care whether our children grow up to be healthy! I suppose Nancy Reagan had no right to ask kids to just say no to drugs and Laura Bush had no right to ask them to read. Oh well, what do we expect from a mother who rolls her eyes when someone tells her she's a teacher and who pulls her kids out of school for every possible photo op.

    December 20, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Susan

    Why, oh why, do you (CNN) continue to cover the woman from Alaska? (I refuse to speak, or write, her name.) Who honestly cares about any inane comment uttered by her?

    December 20, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. Sarah PalinisAnIdio

    Please remember Sarah is a complete idiot. Her comments are only to get media attention. Sarah put foot in your mouth every day to avoid talking out loud... YOur a disgrace to Alaska

    December 20, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Samuel

    Barbara and Laura Bush both supported childhood reading; from which apparently we are to infer that neither of them believes parents are doing a good enough job reading to their children. Palin and Ingraham are a pathetic pair of losers who should just go away and slither back under the rock from which they oozed.

    December 20, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Ozzie

    Every time CNN posts an article about something Palin said the IQ of it's readers drops 5 points just from reading it. This woman is truly an idiot.

    December 20, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. DBS

    Maybe the first lady should look behind her behore she worries about the size of our kids' butts!

    December 20, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. ja

    we know palin's deck is half stacked, with all fast foods offering a 20oz beverage with meals as deals, and super sizing every meal, mrs obama is on the right track

    December 20, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Sally

    Palin is so green with envy at our educated President, his educated wife, and their well-behaved, intelligent and beautiful girls, that she cannot stop herself from sniping about them at every camera op. If she thinks this is the way to win friends and influence people to vote for her, she is dead wrong. She acts like a junior high popular girl who lost the spelling bee to the bookworm, and strikes out at her lack of trendy clothes in retaliation. This behavior from Palin is neither funny, smart, nor very adult. She is showing her true colors more and more often, and frankly, America is sick of it, and her. Go home, Sarah, to your beloved wilds raise your kids however you see fit. Just keep your opinions and your platitudes there with you...meanwhile, the First Lady is concerned about the future health of our nation, as we all should be. She is doing nothing wrong.

    December 20, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Toronto

    Sarah, you truly have to think about what you are saying before you speak. Dont you know that most americans are looking at healthy living more now than before. Before you start taking jabs at Michelle for trying to make you americans live a longer life, remember that come 2010 when you throw your hat into the ring for President that by then most families will support health living over eating fat and unwanting foods. You should choose your words very carefully and stop being such an uneducated politician.

    December 20, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. John

    How catty Palin is!

    December 20, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Bob Dog

    Palin doesn't deserve to tie Michelle's shoes.

    December 20, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Rowan

    "It's not the first time Palin has taken a job at Mrs. Obama over her campaign to discourage fattening foods, especially from public schools."

    jab*

    December 20, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. CS

    Thank you again John McCain for introducing this train wreck to the public.

    December 20, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Susan

    Ms. Palin is just pissy becuase Michell's husband beats her in presidential polls for 2012. Its pretty funny how childish she is-except that some people actually think this person is fit for our hightest public office. Can you imigine if Michelle made a similar comment about Sarah? Lordy.......

    December 20, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Alaskan Sourdough

    The ignorant moron sticks her proverbial finger in the eye of a very gracious First Lady, It's just what I'd have expected from the Wasilla trailer trash. Just imagine the audacity of of those Obamas, Michelle suggesting that our children eat good healthy foods! And then her husband suggesting that our children strive the do their very best in school ! Such terrible people!!!

    December 20, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. jerry

    Fascinating potential campaign strategy. Don't run against the President; run against his wife. Convenient–avoids those nasty policy debates and thinking about...issues and stuff. This way you get to create your own platform, with lots of important topics, like, don't let the government tell you if you stuff your kids full of s'mores, they'll get fat. That's socialism, y'know. I can't wait to watch this–run, Sarah, run!

    December 20, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. steven harnack

    What a twit. Her high road is the bottom of the ditch.

    December 20, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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