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. Pat

    I wish CNN and the other media outlets would just ignore Palin. Maybe then she'd go away.

    December 20, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. JoeW

    What a cheapshot. I wonder if Sarah Palin ever criticized Laura Bush when she was first lady with her reading program about "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in when we should read and what we should read." Of course not. Ms. Palin is engaging in some real distortion here. If the Ms. Obama decided to have a campaign to tell kids not to ingest chips of paint because they might have lead in them, we'd probably hear Ms. Palin talking about "government shouldn't be telling our children what to eat or not eat."

    December 20, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. USA401

    What else would one expect from Palin.

    December 20, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Firedog51

    Tell the Danalai Ditz to crawl back into the hole she came out of. Fighting childhood obesity and early onset diabetes are worthwhile and laudible goals. When Palin accomplishes anything besides quitting and showing what a bunch of buffoons the right is she can talk, although why anyone would listen is beyond me. Leave the first lady out of your partisan bullshit because if anyone is fair game it's Todd and Bristol. You remember Todd the Union member fisherman who must have cut his testicles off in a cleaning accident because any Union member that would back this idiot deserves to have to listen to the voice without a damn thing of substance to say. (I thought John McCain should have had his balls cut of for nomnating her but by his recent party line votes shows me he really doesn't have any balls, maverick my ass!) B Palin and her abstinance commercial with the situation was quite successful as well since I didn't see any reason to keep that gene pool going. If it wasn't for the government building a pipeline in Alaska and funnelling huge dollars up there under Republican regimes we wouldn't have to listen to this moron. Get government out of Alaska today.

    December 20, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. SometimesElla

    Aw...Sarah...intimidated much?

    December 20, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Dave

    I remember coming through Wyoming in the 1980s and staying overnight at a motel. I asked the young lady at the front desk what people in Wyoming do throughout the year (I had to admit the state was pretty bleak). She stated hunt, fish, drink and eat.

    I am sure Alaska is the same way. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Obesity is costing America billions in healthcare yearly. Michele Obama is right in targeting this problem. Palin is way off base (as usual) on this one. She needs to find out more about this problem before being critical of Michele Obama's comments.

    December 20, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    Sarah Palin makes my skin crawl. Michelle Obama is NOT saying that the government should controll what we eat. She is saying if you are going to pay for a school lunch, let's give the kids something healthy to eat. No one is telling the parents they can't pack pizza and twinkies in the kids lunch box. No one is telling the parents they can't take their kids to McDonald's for dinner. This is a great think the First Lady is doing. If you think about it, since the cost of healthcare is such a contraversal topic, this is a way for the government to help young children learn about health eating and potentially keep healthcare costs down for diabetes and other diseases that result from unhealthy eating (yes, I realize that diabetes is not always related to poor diet).

    December 20, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Dwayne

    Note: Look at the difference in weight/fitness of the Obama children and the the chunky Palin children...speaks louder than snippy words.

    December 20, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. MarineWill

    Why are we still covering this idiot? She says these things just to keep her name in the news. And is it news when she says something stupid or just her usual. She has done next to nothing and now the world listens to her? Thanks John McCain.

    December 20, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Heather

    just keeps getting better and better.

    December 20, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Richard

    Is there anything that this moron does that ISN'T covered by the news? She takes every subject and puts it into the context of "big" government. I would rather have BIG government than Palin who has a SMALL mind any day. We had 8 years of a president who was not intellectually curious, let's not have another... CNN, stop covering this woman, she is irrelevant!

    December 20, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Radsenior

    This from a quitter and a loser...

    December 20, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Ian

    What is it that Mrs. Palin doesn't understand about school-provided lunches? Parents don't have much of a say when it comes to those. If they pack their child's lunch, well of course they can decide, but otherwise, they can't.

    December 20, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Susan

    Oh and btw Sarah, no one is making anyone do anything, its just to educate people on good nutrition -its not a like a law or anything-I'm pretty sure Mama Gri zzly can feed her kids pretty much anything she wants ....(rolleyes)

    December 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Leroy Love

    For every U.S. citizen who has lost a loved one to diabetes, heart disease and any other disease that is affected by obesity pray to God that Sarah Palin will not be your next president of the United States of America. She is basically going to take whatever the Obama administration says is bad for you and proclaim that its a lie. Even though we all know the President smokes, he needs to push for stricter measures against big tobacco, just to watch Mrs. Palin proclaim cigarettes are actually good for you .

    December 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Francisco Cardenas

    Palin is one stupid woman.

    December 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. MiddleOfTheRoad

    After reading and absorbing both the the tax bill and the START treaty, she has time to make s'mores. What an amazing person!!

    In order to help parents choose what their kids eat, let's eliminate school lunch programs. Then total control will be handed over to the parents.

    December 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Dan

    As long as the parents say its okay, that should be good enough. As we all know parents always make the correct decisions for their children. If the parents say kids can do crystal meth, or crack, or eat lead pain chips who is the government to intervene?

    December 20, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Palinwho

    We could trust the parents but alas this is not a perfect world. Palin is a prime example of why govt should be involved in this obesity campaign. There are many parents like Palin who barely have a decent education and have the capability to reason or understand the consequences of eating high calorie junk food.

    December 20, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. jules sand-perkins

    Basically, Palin is right: parents have the responsibility for their children's not being even chubby, much less obese.
    Just paraphrase a Mae West line: "government had nothing to do with it."
    Parents let their children peel too many gra
    pes, in both meanings of the words "grape" and "peel." (Refer to Bill Clinton regarding definitions; see "is.")
    PC pushers also need to give us back the word "fat," accept our description of fat as "ugly," and restore "diet" to the American vocabulary, removing "food program."
    As a 175-pound 72-year-old with a 30" waist and muscles, I work out in a gym almost every day, ignore dieticians and the FDA food pyramid, and live on protein.
    Make kids stop eating and go out and play in the yard.
    America should be ashamed of its Fat.

    December 20, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. C Smith

    Only someone of Palin's lack of intelligence would take issue with an anti-obesity campaign for kids. Her idiocy seems to know no bounds.

    December 20, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Bill

    So we will have the Healthcare police (IRS) and now the Food Police???? Face it Americans... all the new rules and roles it is obvious that the Federal government thinks that you are incredibly stupid and unable to decide anything in your lives. Look at it this way smoking is bad ... obama smokes ... fast food is bad Clinton loves a Quarter Cheese.... How are these people in anyway qualified to decide for you????? Yet like good little sheeple you follow blindly ..... I think I will have a slice of Pecan Pie now!!!!

    December 20, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. gt

    it may have also something to say about mischelle s ... shall we say hip size... there needs to be moderation at the desert table....gulp !!

    December 20, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Tim

    Every time this moron opens her mouth the sum of human knowledge decreases.

    December 20, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Mr Rogers

    Leave it to Porky Palin tofind fault with the First Lady trying to encourage healthy eating habits – which BTW supports parents who care about their children's eating habilts. Have you notice – Palin is looking a little chunky these days!

    December 20, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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