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. corona kid

    Did Sarah comment on the fact that according to a United Nations report a year or two ago 91% of females between the ages of 14 and 49 have had genital mutilation done to them? I would really like to know her position on this and what she sees as the relationship between this bit of barbarism (I'm sorry...culture) and the question of who we should or shouldn't support in Egypt.

    February 6, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Carl

    Sarah Pallin should stay in her lane. Her opinion of President Obama and his policies means absolutely NOTHING. The media needs to STOP covering her verbal antics........

    February 6, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. Anonymous

    She really needs to quit talking. The 3a.m. analogy was in the case there is a national threat to the country – US, not Egypt. Just for the record, the term "Freedoms" was inaccurately used!

    February 6, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Scott

    For a half-term governor turned media gold digger this woman displays a remarkable ignorance on all issues of substance. This is a spontaneous popular uprising born of decades of economic stagnation and political repression. There is no FOX news engineering going on in the background and no grand conspiracy, but plenty of opportunistic political jockeying for the naked ambitious and profoundly unqualified. I wish someone would ask her to point out Egypt on a map without giving her political handlers time to do it for her – that would be entertaining.

    February 6, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Corinne

    Ms. Palin, please point out Egypt on the map – if you pass that test, lets move on to identifying the capital of Canada.

    February 6, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. Jim Gregware

    Man this woman is as stupid as she is poisonous for this nation. She needs a few days in the box of shame.

    February 6, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. winky

    When will this woman crawl back under her rock?

    February 6, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Anthony

    CNN, I am sorry for being critical this "Super" Sunday, but I think that you guys are giving too much relevance to this woman. Why don't you ask her on her about Egypt and her knowledge on political matters instead of allowing her to ask questions? Gracious, is your organization that incompetent to see that this lady is nothing more than a "Springboard" who knows nothing but is told what to think and what to say?

    February 6, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. emily27055

    I love it when this woman opens her piehole and speaks – as it provides material for yet another 365 day calendar of ignoramus statements from her. This interview is rich in Palinism material, my personal fave being this quote:

    "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."

    She probably thinks that is a profound statement, and has no clue how ignorant she sounds!!!

    February 6, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. jimmy

    well miss palin , look no further then the US government for answer in Eygpt, you will find out who was behind the "revolt turmoil, protests", wake up lady, this the 21th century , sound like there is another government behind all that what you see on TV in Eygpt, ehhh

    February 6, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. K

    Just don't speak anymore lady.

    February 6, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  12. Donn Wolf

    That woman is a friggin' idiot...

    February 6, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. willie floyd

    Needing a "sound mind" in the WH would certainly eliminate her. I'm becoming very disgusted seeing her face every time I come on this site. I've been here for 3+ yrs.-hope I don't have to stop just to avoid seeing this pseudo-christian and listening to her ignorant ranting.

    Please post this CNN-so many of my comments aren't-not sure why.

    February 6, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. michael

    Who cares what she thinks...why is she even given coverage? I am so confused by it, she is a bafoon and an idiot

    February 6, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. Bill

    Can someone shut this woman up? What qualifications does she have to shoot her mouth off? She could not handle being the governor of Alaska, why does her opinion matter?

    February 6, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. Alan

    Too funny. Sarah, please be quiet and let the grownups handle this.

    February 6, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. Sissy

    And her position is??? I saw a lot of words strung together but once again there was not clear cut delineation of what her postion actually was. What is she advocating? And we are interested in what she has to say because...? I, for one, am suffering from serious Palin fatigue and would love to go for a day or two without hearing about her or seeing her fatuous smile beaming from this web site and others. She is yesterday's news. Isn't it time that the news purveyors caught on on to that?

    February 6, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. sara

    This women has no respect or class. She is not world class when it comes to very complex issues and just doesn't understand what is going on. She always shoots off her mouth after the fact and has nothing of value to say. She is always on the attack. The US or any other nation can't tell Egypt what to do.

    February 6, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  19. Karen

    Every time I read something Palin has said, I have to read it twice – whatever is going on in her brain seems to spew out of her mouth like the vomit of a drunk; the next day you still don't really know what was said...how can anyone take her seriously enough to think ANYTHING she says is worth reporting? Unless it's just for the entertainment value? And trademarking her name. Wow. She certainly loves herself!

    February 6, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  20. John Doe

    Why does the press continue to speak with this lady? Her political and personal views have been demonstrated worthless.
    My neighbor (who claims to have been abducted by aliens) has a more relevant view of world politics than Palin will ever hope to have.

    February 6, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. lilly

    OMG............

    Is this english???

    February 6, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. mark

    Is Palin the verifiable dumbest person in the news? If dumb is not knowing what you know and do not know–I submit this latest comment string as evidence that she is indeed, the dumbest person. If you, on the other hand, can connect these comments with the opening "3 am call going to the answering machine" critique, I will gladly retract this nomination.

    February 6, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. lean6

    Empty rhetoric. How could you expect anything more from an empty head such as Palin's?

    February 6, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  24. Ken in NC

    That woman is one disgusting fool. If it were not for the fact that I would be insulting Idiots I would call her one but even I must admit they are smarter than she.

    February 6, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. RudyV

    It's simply amazing how a very naive and oversimplified view of an extremely complex political and social dynamic in Egypt is reduced to "identifying who's behind all the turmoil...so we can make good decisions..." This is the person who "really" believes she can be President. My grandchildren have a better understanding of the issues that drive a nuanced foreign policy in this country, than does Ms. Palin. Ms. Palin simply doesn't demonstrate "any" intellectual depth in "anything", much less foreign policy – and yet continues to garner support for her views. Go figure!

    February 6, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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