Palin: Obama's 3 a.m. call went to answering machine
February 5th, 2011
08:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin: Obama's 3 a.m. call went to answering machine

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin, in her first comments on the uprising in Egypt, called the situation President Barack Obama's 3 a.m. phone call and said, "It seems the call went right to the answering machine."

Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate, spoke with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody after her speech Friday night at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

In the interview, the potential Republican presidential candidate said, "We need to know what it is America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information (from the administration) yet."

She told "The Brody File" she was "not real enthused about what it is that's being done on a national level and from (Washington) in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt."

Palin criticized the administration's public response, saying "nobody yet has explained to the American public yet what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us ... who will be taking the place of (Egyptian President Hosni) Mubarak."

"In these areas that are so volatile right now because obviously it's not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House," she said.

According to a transcript from CBN released Saturday evening, Palin said there were still unanswered questions on the protests that led to the upheaval.

"Remember President Reagan lived that mantra: Trust but verify," she said. "We want to be able to trust those who are screaming for democracy there in Egypt, that there is a true sincere desire for freedoms. And the challenge that we have, though, is how do we verify that what we are told, what it is that the American public are being fed via media, via protesters, via the government there in Egypt in order for us to have some sound information to make wise decisions on what our position is."

On the question of "who's going to fill the void" after Mubarak leaves office, Palin said "Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood? We should not stand for that, or with that, or by that."

She told the interviewer, "Any radical Islamists, no, that is not who we should be supporting or standing by. So we need to find out who was behind all the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support."


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soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. Sit Down and Shut Up Already

    Palin criticized the administration's public response, saying "nobody yet has explained to the American public yet what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us ... who will be taking the place of (Egyptian President Hosni) Mubarak."
    Two "yets" in one sentence. Another brilliant statement.

    February 6, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  2. Seraphim

    At least he has an answering machine, what the heck do you have Palin? A moose on the line......dumb woman! There is an old saying that goes, empty vessels make the most noise.....and there should be a picture of this idiot Sarah next to it!!!

    February 6, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  3. Dallas Super Bowl

    Palin, stop your yapping and eat some wings. You have no idea what you're talking about. Please stay out of foreign policy matters. Enjoy the Super Bowl!

    February 6, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. Peter Zheutlin

    Will someone teach this dim wit how to speak English? Not only are her comments shockingly inarticulate, she clearly has a third grader's concept of international relations.

    February 6, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  5. mario

    This lady is nuts we all be better off if she would go back to Alaska and never be heard again

    February 6, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  6. edged25

    Great Speach Sarah . Its so refreshing to hear the truth . I guess she zinged you again ( death panels, blood libel , WTF, and now straight to the answering machine ) This current administration is a joke and the joke is on them yet again . Have a wonderful day if such a thing is possible for the people on the left of Marx

    February 6, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  7. GAK

    And what does she know about foreign policy?? She bombed as a VP candidate and quit after 2 years as Gov of Alaska but she knows all tells all??? give me a break!!She wouldn't know where Egypt was unless someone showed on a map,but I guess she could see it from her from her front door of her house,just like she can see Russia....

    February 6, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. biobit

    All we need is " we need to find out who was behind all the turmoil and the revolt and the protests ".

    That's all! What's taking so long?
    What a moroon this media Frankenstein is.

    February 6, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  9. Mark

    Palin is kust as dumb as ever. Not an Obama fan but he is doing the right thing. The situation is dangerous and an outside intervention would trigger an explosion. Obama stated that the transition must begin now. What more can he do to a sovereign nation. Palin makes American politics a comedy show. Get an education you moron.

    February 6, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  10. katy Heys

    Give me a break. Like Sarah Palin has absolutely anything to offer that would be helpful. She is petty, mean, and most of all a complete ignoramus. The fact that the media still covers her is a testament to exactly how many stupid people there are who listen to Palin.

    February 6, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  11. Mike

    She has no clue what's going on over there because she has no clue. Who in this country with some level of middle eastern knowlege, feels she knows anything on an intricate level of the dynamics of the middle east? I'm sure she has not spent one minute on studying Egyptian politics , society, history etc. She is an empty shell commenting on things way out of her league.

    February 6, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  12. Crimson Sky

    Oh God, why??? Why does this idiot insists on speaking about things she knows absolutely nothing about?? It's been proven that she is no scholar but yet she rambles on and on the most inane, laughable comments for the simple pleasure of getting attention, even if negative. It does not matter to her since she is devoid of feeling shame like a true Narcissistic individual. Hey Sarah, can you see Egypt from your bedroom window?

    February 6, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  13. Joe

    Sarah Palin has some serious issues. She doesnt even know how to speak proper english. Seriously I am glad that this lady was never placed a heart attack away from being the commander in chief. Anyone ever seen the video of her claiming that the world would end, and god told her that alaska would be the last refuge? Seriously, the lady has issues, and the media giving her the spotlight is not helping

    February 6, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  14. wgf

    So is Sarah Palin suggesting that she would be better at explaining things than Obama ? Because I think everything she says is a delusional riddle.

    Also, she seems to be suggesting that Obama would be willing to consider supporting Ismalic terrorists taking over Egypt. We can always count on Sarah for this sort of mischaracterization.

    February 6, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  15. Obama is, always will be my President

    On the question of "who's going to fill the void" after Mubarak leaves office, Palin said "She told the interviewer, "Any radical Islamists, no, that is not who we should be supporting or standing by. So we need to find out who was behind all the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support."

    Ms. Palin, why don't you go over there and tell those radical islamists just what you want them to know. I did not know you had it in you. Oh are you going to tell the Muslim Brotherhood you are not going to stand for that, you go girl

    February 6, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  16. SUE

    So the reporting from Egypt and the interviews with protestors and the constant streaming of video is not enough from her? She has to hear something more from a President she distrusts? Is there anything he could say that would appease her? Does she understand the delicacy of making pronouncements about what is happening in a country that could become a tinderbox? This woman sounds like a complete pinhead, no matter what she says. Elmo is more qualified for public office than she is.

    February 6, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  17. Moose

    Good to hear that someone is calling out this Administration's (lack of) policy on Egypt. What an inept White House! Obama is sooooooo out of his league. Why would you morons elect someone with ZERO experience? Man O Man.....and I thought Bush was an idiot. This guy in the White House doesn't have a CLUE! Note to all you stupid Demonrats...try electing someone who actually has some experience next time. I also wonder if Michelle still hates her country??? Nice First Lady with those remarks.

    February 6, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  18. The Watcher

    I imagine the good minigov knows where Egypt is, although she can't see it from her house. It's the place where the Pyramids are. Republicans all know about pyramids, it's the foundation for all of their financial policies. Her comments seem toothless in content and speckless in value to those running our foreign policy. The pig still looks like a pig, perfume, lipstick and all. The neocons just eat this stuff up. It would be nice if they had a little introspective review of their policies and principles. They would find that they caused far more evil than they prevented.

    February 6, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  19. Julest

    Does she even know which direction Egypt is in? When McCain selected Palin as his running mate, it was like opening Pandora's box; it contained all the evils of the world. When Pandora opened the jar, the entire contents of the jar were released, but for one – hope. Today, opening Pandora's box means to create evil that cannot be undone, Palin is an example of this.

    February 6, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. DRF

    Palin manages to be critical of the Administration's actions with respect to Egypt without actually saying anything substantive. It's pretty clear that she doesn't know anything about Egypt or the foreign policy issues that the current situation raises. To say that we shouldn't "stand for" the Muslim Brotherhood filling the "void" is absurd; what does Palin propose we do–invade Egypt to prevent this? And to talk about demanding to know "what it is America stands for" and who America will "stand with" in this situation is moronic.

    It's downright scary to read Palin's comments here and then imagine her as President.

    February 6, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  21. DonBeal

    Sarah Palin with her two years of experience governing a state with a population of 700,000, before quitting, and her embarrassingly poor education, four colleges including two community colleges to get her bachelor's degree in communications, is hardly likely to have the knowledge to understand the dynamics at work in Egypt a mostly Muslim nation of 83,000,000 amidst other Muslim nations. For some reason the title of a movie just came to mind, Joe vs. the Volcano.

    February 6, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. cindy originally from jersey

    She is disgusting, just disgusting. She knows nothing and criticizes everything. She is so full of hate. Obama has more knowledge in his little finger than this woman. God help us if she had to answer the 3 am phone call.

    February 6, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  23. Darthcheney

    This coming from someone who thinks Egypt is when you overpay for an online purchase (e-jipped).

    February 6, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  24. Anonymous

    I don't think that our government does know or can know exactly what is going on in Egypt. We say that we are for democracy, but when peoples abroad begin to legally elect those we don't like we get very nervous. We are either for freedom of the individuals to make their own decisions, or we are not. That is the long and short of it.

    February 6, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  25. j.verrette

    She now thinks she is an expert in foreign affairs. When will she get out of the news?

    February 6, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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