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. ScurvyDan

    Will you stop posting stories about this airhead already? I can make sweeping accusations without giving a single hint of any solutions too! Where's my 15 minutes of fame?
    The only people more clueless than this woman are those who support her.

    February 6, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Ted Davis, WI

    She's sounds really upset that she doesn't know what position to take regarding the hullabaloo in Egypt. Funny.

    February 6, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. The Other Dale

    The most rivettng thing about this? That the only one interested in talking to Palin at such a big event is CBN. Oh, and that Palin's views are much, much different than the majority of Republicans about how Obama is handling this. Another misstep from Little Orphan Palin there. Is there anything she hasn't alienated yet?

    February 6, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. jq

    this goes on to show you how retarded sarah palin is and why she needs to keep her ugly mouth shut. she is the dumbest american i have ever seen and yet she has the nerve to act like she knows more than the rest of us.

    February 6, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. Sarah Pain

    It's Egypt's problem who is going to rule them! Why does she need to have a say in that?? This woman is nuts!! Maybe she can see Egypt from her home in Alaska!!!

    February 6, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. mrc

    Huh? The interviewer obviously caught her in an unscripted moment. Was anyone else able to make any sense of what she was trying to say? I also find it quite humorous that all of a sudden she's quoting Regan.

    February 6, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  7. I've had enough

    Plain seems to have the answer for everything apparently. Amazing hubris and obvious pathology.

    February 6, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  8. midwestmatt

    Sarah recently got a 3 a.m. call but it was to advise her that her latest $100,000 Tea Bag speech check had cleared and she was free to buy some more time on a private plane to whisk her about the country while she "campaigns" and continues to delude herself into thinking that her pretty little face will one day sit in the Oval Office.

    February 6, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  9. Brian in TX

    Go away! Who are you to question the president of the united states. You didn't even finish out your term as Gov. of Alaska, for peet's sake.

    February 6, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  10. John in Cal

    Palins' answering machine has never even been plugged in-she couldn't figure out how to plug it into the wall socket.

    February 6, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  11. RichardW

    Huh? "...now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House". Wow – good thing she's not in control. Someone would have to explain to her where Egypt is geographically... Tell ya what, why dontcha simply head back to Alaska or wherever you were hatched and Go Away !

    February 6, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. Brad Thomas

    Sarah Palin's narcissism is outstanding. I cannot wait until the day she announces her intention to run for the presidency. When she comes in 3rd or 4th place in Iowa and New Hampshire, I really hope she realizes that America is rejecting her,

    February 6, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. Joe

    This is a woman who can't find Egypt on a map. In fact, I'm sure she (herself) wasn't even tuned into the 2008 primary race enough to know what the "3 am call" reference was all about. She is a joke, but a dangerous one. In this area of reckless politics (where folks like Palin are drawing gun targets on people), we've forgotten the old rule that politics ends where international waters begin. But hey, if it makes Sarah a couple of bucks, why shouldn't she criticize the President? It is after all, just about the money for her.

    February 6, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  14. Keith

    Sarah Palin's model for democratic reform appears to be anything that suits her agenda. Shame on her. What if the Muslim Brotherhood were to take a prominent role in reforming the political process in Egypt? They've already have agreed to sit down with other opposition leaders and the current government. What if the people of Egypt were all at the table including the Muslim Brotherhood... would Palin not have anything to do with Egyptians until the MB was ousted.
    As to this 3am rhetoric about Obama not answering the call.... gone to answering machine... Egypt is hardly a "3am call" issue. Palin is grasping at straws – looking for anything to drag Obama around her circus. She has forgotten she was not elected VP and I have not forgiven McCain for pulling this woman out of Alaska. She makes the American political process a laughing stock of the world. You betcha!

    February 6, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  15. Sweetenedtea

    "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."

    Let's hear it for the ability to see into the future. Apparently Sarah thinks Obama is magic.

    February 6, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  16. Dave

    Sarah who?? Oh yeah.....I was trying to forget.
    And Sarah Palin is qualified to make recommendations because of ???
    Because of her extensive governor experience in Alaska – no.. she quit that gig.
    Because she can see Russia from her backyard?
    I can see Canada from Detroit, does that mean I should run for public office?
    The women is clueless.
    A clown can supply better advice.

    February 6, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  17. evanescent

    Oh dear!!!!! This woman is as opportunistic as she is ignorant and vague. She gives the impression that every day she wakes up,her only prayer is for a predicament to befall this nation so she could exploit to her advantage.

    February 6, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. Caroline

    I seriously wish she'd learn to put together a coherent sentence. Seriously, high school freshmen can speak more properly than this: "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.". Like, WTF does this even mean??!

    February 6, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  19. peter klika

    Sara Palin didn't even know where Egypt was until her handlers told her. This demagogue is very dangerous because she is dumb, uniformed, and seems comfortable appealing to the worst in people. Remember when Katie Couic asked Palin what publications she read on a dailey basis, and she couldn't name any? Do you understand how superficial this so-called presidiential candidate is? If you thought Little Georg was not the sharpest tool in the shed, just wait when Palin has to answer a real question without coaching.

    February 6, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  20. Judas

    I thought February had been declared boycott Palin month by the media. Apparently CNN didn’t get that memo since they saw fit to not just go with the one Palin article today, but they added a second as a special bonus to their loyal readers. Why do you hate America, CNN?

    February 6, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  21. greg in the jax

    So is she saying that a 30+ year ditcatorship is better than a democratically elected islamic theocracy?

    February 6, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  22. Ben

    Once more, Sarah Palin makes a complete fool of herself. In all fairness, though, the "lamestream media" as she likes to call them hasn't been much better. Like Palin, they seem to think the Muslim Brotherhood is a radical group. They aren't, and it's very indicative of our nation's Islamophobia that the people who are supposed inform us jump to the conclusion that a group with the word Muslim in it is automatically a radical group.

    February 6, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  23. Marie

    And good old Sarah got her information about a 3 am phone call from whom? Wikileaks maybe. Why is this woman even being interviewed on important issues. Her political analysis is nothing of the kind. She simply likes to here herself talk without worrying about hearing herself think. Please Sarah, go back home. Give the rest of us some rest.

    February 6, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  24. peter klika

    And another thing: Do you think a woman who claims to not beleive in premarital sex would let her daughter's boyfriend live in the Palin house and knock the daughter up? This is the tenuous grip she has on reality and family issues. If you can't control your own daughter, do you really think you can satand up to Al Quaeda? I think not. Sara. Please stay north. Very, very north.

    February 6, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. Taylor

    LOL who is this idiot to grill anyone does anyone remember that she QUIT on her state she is an airhead if she is ever to win the presidency I will have officially lost faith in the political system

    February 6, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
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