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

    It is such a good thing that Ms. Palin isn't our leader as she doesn't have a clue.
    She just throws out all kinds of mixed up names and buzz words without any true
    knowledge. We all know that we have a CIA and other valuable diplomatic ties
    that the administration is working with. Why doesn't she know this? Oh, because
    she doesn't study.

    February 6, 2011 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  2. richard miller, montana

    What remarks that come from this bimbo's mouth are some of the most stupid made by any of the tea baggers. I'll bet she can see the Pyramids from her house, too.

    February 6, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  3. Wally

    All this from the person who claimed she was an expert on foreign policy because she could see Russia from Alaska, look who is talking now. Huge guffaw!!! Is she doubting that the hundreds of thousands of protestors risking life and limb are legitamate? What is this kook trying to insinuate, maybe she is drawing from the same pot that makes her an expert on foreign policy because she is able to see Russia from Alaska?

    February 6, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  4. ddt

    Palin you should be reminded that the Muslim Brotherhood are no different to the Teaburgers. The Tea Party are similar to the Muslim BrotherHood. The Tea party today are in congress that is what the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt wants to do. You are so naive Sahar you know nothing about everything. God, would you please shut this Bi..ch up?

    February 6, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  5. Jaynicia

    "Palin criticized the administration's public response"

    So what else is new? I'm surprised it took her THIS long.

    February 6, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  6. x-rev

    Please... this loud mouth probably thinks she can see Egypt from her porch. She has exactly Zero knowledge about foriegn affairs and should just keep her mouth shut and let the experts speak. Notice I won't use her name, since it is so valuable that she is getting the copyrights to it... why???? Probably because she wants to collect royalties from those suckers who mention her by name. She is really an embarrassment to all americans.

    February 6, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  7. Paula

    sarah you're an idiot. are you complaining that somewhat in the whitehouse isn't educating you? they way you play with your words to make yourself sound like you know what you're talking about is amazing...unbelievable that anyone still gives you a microphone.

    February 6, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  8. JG

    LOL what a brainless idiot. Why should the people of Egypt stop everything they're doing and fill out a survey so that the US knows exactly what the plans of the mob is. They don't know. They just know they want a corrupted a-hole out of the leadership position.

    It's NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. What difference does "the stance the administration takes" make 2 cow farts in the wind? It doesn't it has nothing to do with anything. Just more blow-hard press talk pumping up how "important" our elected leaders are. God this whole thing makes me sick.

    February 6, 2011 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  9. Ryan

    I for one am glad we are staying out of other countries' affairs. It's not our job to stick our nose in everyone's business. We need to worry about getting this country right first, something I thought the Republicans were wanting to do. But, then again, we can expect useless drivel from the likes of people such as Palin. If she's so concerned, why doesn't she fly over there on a good will mission and let her tell the Egyptians what she thinks they should do. That would be a quick solution to a long-term problem such as her.

    February 6, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  10. JG

    "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."

    You know who we SHOULD be supporting? The PEOPLE of Egypt. You know, like someone who knows what a real democracy is would do.

    February 6, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  11. Jerri

    Palin who knows nothing about foreign affairs, and whose comments are always full of negatives should keep her comments to herself. What does she know about Egyptian politics? It is up to the Egyptian people what they want. Palin only got her first passport prior to the 2008 election know everything about foreign policy (what a laugh). She has visited only two countries outside the US, and that was only briefly. I feel whenever she talks about Obama she has an organism. Palin should keep her mouth shut until she knows what she is talking about. Of course, when you are paid thousands of dollars to speak, you will say anything!!

    February 6, 2011 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  12. Big Al

    Shut up, $arah Palin. You just wanted to say something without facts to make our president to look bad. You don't really care for Egypt. As matter of fact, you don't even know where Egypt is. President Obama and Secretary Clinton have worked hard enough on this matter already. To me we have actually envolved too much already. It was not our business. Where were you in the last two weeks?

    February 6, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  13. woozy

    Can there be any doubt left that Pailn is not fit for an elected position or as a credible source for position or policy? She has become a tired, whiny voice on the sidelines taking potshots at those making real decisions, just like at the morning coffee shop. Her next book should be entitled, "Sarah Palin – Not Fit for Office".

    February 6, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  14. af

    "who's going to fill the void"....Whoever the Egyptain people select will lead them. That can be the Muslim Brotherhood or any other group that the real Egyptain people select. This issue is for Egypt not for USA.

    February 6, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  15. Jim Klimaski

    Who writes these things for Palin to say? She is fronting for someone. That's why no one was allowed to get near her when she gave the keynote speech at the Reagan celebration. She wouldn't be able to handle any followup questions.

    As for the comments she read about Egypt, they betray a complete lack of understanding about Egypt and the MiddleEast.

    February 6, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  16. Debbie

    Such a generic statement from Sarah Palin. Circle around but never offer any intelligent discussion. What would you have done, Sarah Palin, if you were to have received that 3 a.m. phone call? Knee-jerk react...or do the prudent thing, as President Obama did...and take the time to assess the situation as it unfolded? Re-submit the proper paperwork for your trademark...and then please get at the production of the Sarah Palin Bobblehead.

    February 6, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  17. DEMO

    Why do you even care. They will decide who they want to lead their country we can't decide for them.

    February 6, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  18. The Dude

    She would criticize Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize...oh, wait, she already did

    February 6, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  19. Irma in North Carolina

    We have to look at your face again, this is getting kind of sickening. Why for once would you say what you would do with It. all you can do is criticize the matter. Is that going to solve anything? You should keep your nose out of the white house business.

    February 6, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  20. JB

    Does Gov Quitter even know where Egypt is???? Seeing as she can't see it from her back porch, I kinda doubt it. That said, who cares what she has to say about it??? I mean really. She has far more important things to worry about like how her trademark status is coming along.

    February 6, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  21. badcafe

    I guess she finally looked up where Egypt is on the map, spent some time figuring out whether it's an ally or an enemy of the US, and then in her inimitible self decided to launch a criticism of the White House for whatever they aren't doing. And I thought CNN was going to have a Palin-free February.....

    February 6, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  22. Joshua

    What Palin doesn't seem to know is that the American public {whom to her includes only people that think exactly like her} doesn't care who comes into power. All we really care about is that where there once a dictatorship there will now be a democracy. It is hypocritical to promote democracy throughout the World but then support a dictatorship because they have been playing nice with the U.S. for a couple years. It is hypocritical to pretend to promote democracy throughout the World but in truth only support those in which a nation's people pick the leaders you want.

    February 6, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  23. Dennis

    Maybe our President should check with Sarah "Idiot" Palin before he says anything about the situation in Egypt. I'm sure she has all the right answers.

    February 6, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  24. Shirlene

    Palin sounds like Mubarak.......Using fear of the Muslim Brotherhood to justify himself (or in this case herself). In fact, her style is very similar to Mubarak and I'm sure if she could, she would shut down free press. Ms. Palin, I was leaning towards McCain in 2008, then you entered the picture.

    February 6, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  25. Larry

    Why do we continue to poison our country with thoughts from such an idiot like this. I wish the media would just stop reporting anytime she says but unfortunately money still rules all.because isn't it obvious its definitely
    is not intelligence.

    February 6, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
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