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

    uh. she said,
    "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."
    Why does she think that 'America' should control Egypt? 'We' don't 'need' to do anything but provide support to the seed that has been planted. If she truly wants to support democracy, she should go to the square, and be with the people working their asses off to get that idiot out of office and stop being a armchair warrior. And as far as fundamentalism goes. She should look to her own house before she casts stones.

    February 6, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  2. paintshoes

    Wait a minute .... does anyone honestly think she would handle this better?

    What would you like him to do Mrs. Palin? Drop the bomb? How about you let an intellectual with a cool head make a calculated decision instead of trying to stir up something that may not concern us too much.

    Also, who cares if the Muslim Brotherhood takes over? It's not your country!

    February 6, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  3. peter klika

    Look: The woman is photgenic but dumb, just like Paris Hilton. Alaska escaped her incompetence only because the state runs on remote control from oil revenues. Peter Klika, Kapaau, Hawaii (our governor is actually very smart)

    February 6, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  4. John Ellis

    Is there anything that Palin does not think is fodder for her sarcastic and self-serving jibes? What an acidic, unpleasant and destructive person she is. I look forward to the coming ignore Sarah Palin Day.

    February 6, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  5. Pat in IL

    Since she is not privy to high level briefings, etc., it is ridiculous of her to try to judge the administration's response to a foreign policy issue. Foreign policy and Palin don't belong in the same sentence anyway! She's just showing her ignorance again, but worse than that, she is borrowing trouble by making upstuff; therefore, causing trouble where it is not warranted. Dangerous idiot.

    February 6, 2011 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. Cirulian

    Why is this news?

    February 6, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  7. So So Happy

    One more thing, I do hope that the whole Middle East gets to have a taste of what real democracy is. I do hope that they learn from their neighboring country "Israel" and from the United States. I do hope the Middle East gets a chance to say who should be their president and that they get to have different faces every few years. I, also do hope that other countries get to overthrow these stinky presidents out of their offices and replace them with more, honest and sincere personnel.

    February 6, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  8. Justblue2

    I'm guessing that she has a clue where Egypt is, she can probably see it from her house. She scrambles the MIND trying to understand what she is saying.

    February 6, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  9. Kevin

    This woman is a toatl and complete idiot, plain and simple.

    February 6, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  10. Eggi

    Ms. Palin, why don't you just shut up...there is nobody listening anymore...and to our media, let's please move on. This woman is the dumbest woman in the US and it's a shame listing what comes out of her mouth. A disgrace to women and the US.

    February 6, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  11. Vynn

    This from the former governor of Alaska who quit midterm in the face of adversity. Better a call left until morning, that one never answered at all. But then, since she doesn't have the clearance to be privy to the inerworkings of our government, it can be only ignorance that she believes to know better than the President the situation in Egypt. This is one time the beauty queen runner up should have kept her mouth shut.

    February 6, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  12. yellow22

    this woman never says what she would do...she's part of the problem. if you don't have a solution...shut up.
    when is the american public going to react to these people in congress and these 15 minute fans... who never say what they would do or put forward any constructive ideas...get them off the stage!

    February 6, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  13. Steve Rickel

    Sarah Palin and Foreign affairs. Hmmmmmmmm. She says, "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." Oh tell us sister Sarah, what do we stand for, if you want to be president, where are the suggestions on how to handle this situation better? All I see from the right and the far right is lots of bitchin' and no solutions. Don't you hate people like that? Is her 15 up yet or what? Why the hell would you trade-mark your name? Seriously people, if the government didn't cut mental health programs, people like Sister Sarah could get the help she needs. Disgusted!

    February 6, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. Joshua Ludd

    Two points.
    1. This woman's total knowledge of foreign affairs could fit in a small thimble with room to spare and anyone who takes her word salad on this issue with any seriousness is a fool.
    2. Nice to see that Palin wants democracy for Egypt... just as long as they elect the people we want them to elect. Remind me again why Egyptians should stand for the interference of the US in their formation of a democracy when we are looking only to serve ourselves and have for the last few decades supported the oppressive dictator that is in power right now... who they are revolting against.

    February 6, 2011 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  15. Udi

    Does it ever occur to this dimwit that other countries have a right to choose who they want to be their leader. When will she ever learn to just shut up

    February 6, 2011 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  16. John in AZ

    A 3:00 a.m. call in DC? Of course it went to voice mail. That's 11:00 p.m. in Alaska...can you imagine?! Palin could have picked up!

    February 6, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  17. Gentle Critic

    Does anybody really care whether She-Devil Palin knows what Obama is doing about Egypt? It sounds like she's more upset for not being included in the conversations and planning then whether the public is let in on what's happening. The woman only knows what's happening in the world when someone else tells her, like when they had to tell her what the duties of the Vice President is when she thought they really wanted her for the that job.

    Someone please stuff a mama grizzly's paw down her throat, preferably a live one, and finally shut her up.

    February 6, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  18. Scott

    Thank God she isn't in charge if anything. This isn't Team America World Police. The U.S. Doesn't choose other country's leaders. True that extremists can't be allowed to hijack what's going on here, but nothing is as cut and dry as Sarah Palin (TM) thinks it is.

    February 6, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  19. Amanda

    Does Mrs. Palin honestly believe we, the American people, should know before the EGYPTIAN people? It seems rather prudent to me for our government NOT to announce any information they may have prior to its announcement by those in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood has also stated publicly that they do not intend to make a power-grab, and I'm sure our intelligence officials are working to verify that info.

    February 6, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  20. John

    There are no words other than this woman is a total idiot. She likes to use "catch phrases" to get attention but yet she has no ideas or clues of her own in life. Regardless of party who would really want this HATEFUL idiot in the White House?

    February 6, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  21. Bosun

    Palin's speech is rather insulting to the sensibilities of Egyptians. Where is the democracy America purportedly stood for?,Does Mubarak's rule for 30 yrs represents true democracy Any govt chosen by the people of Egypt does not need the suPport of America to rule her people. Palin/America should get that into their skull right now. QED.

    February 6, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  22. chatmandu002

    What's CNN's PoliticalTicker obsession with Sarah Palin? If she farts, PoliticalTicker will have it on the web before she can hear or smell it. I guess PoliticalTicker and the people that run it are so afraid of Sarah they have to keep yelling about her.

    February 6, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  23. Ken in NC

    That woman is a total IDIOT. I bet she has no idea where Egypt is even located or what it's importance is to the US. This woman needs to change her lipstick from red to Super Glue. I'm sure Democrats really hope she stays out there in the public eye being an empty headed Blowhard through the 2012 elections.

    February 6, 2011 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  24. buhari

    Am so disappointed by miss palins u hav justed shown d world u r not a good adminstrator why oppose or condem d islamic brother rather than helping in finding solution to the problem
    but yet u r on TV opposing president obamas adminstration

    February 6, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  25. Bozo goes to Washington

    Does she even know where Egypt is?

    Oh, and at this point whoever takes power over there will take power with or without her blessings.

    February 6, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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