Palin calls Obama actions 'appalling'
April 8th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin calls Obama actions 'appalling'

Washington (CNN) - Calling President Obama's handling of the budget showdown "appalling," Sarah Palin is adding her voice to GOP clamor that he is playing politics with the U.S. military in an effort to get his way on spending.

In a posting on Facebook Friday, Palin blasts Obama for his refusal to sign a Republican-backed bill that aimed to cut spending by $12 billion and fund the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

The president and Democrats opposed the measure because of the programs it would cut, including a provision that would prevent Washington, DC taxpayer money to be used to fund abortion providers.

But Palin charges the president's real concern is about funding such organizations as National Public Radio.

"Essentially, he's holding military funding hostage to NPR funding. This is a perfect analogy for what is wrong with this entire budget showdown," writes Palin. "Our federal government has strayed so far from what is constitutionally mandated that they are blind to the fact that NPR funding is not a constitutional duty. Funding our military at a time of war is!"

"It's about time the President step up to the plate and lead responsibly. Our troops who are putting themselves in harm's way deserve a Commander in Chief who is not AWOL from the debt debate," Palin continues. "The American people deserve a president who will take on the tough challenges and understand that funding 'Car Talk' is not as crucial as funding our troops at a time of three wars."


Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. radioactive

    what an idiot palin is....who acres what is simpleton thinks

    April 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Everything this woman has done since defecting from the Governor's office in Alaska has been appalling. I'm surprised she actually had that word in her vocabulary other than when it is used to describe her and her legions of brain dead followers.

    April 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Ed

    Both sides of the argument are insane. Dems and Reps need to all be thrown out in favor of a new political party – one that does not have a name... so that all of our congressmen can simply be "Joe Congressman" but instead of a tag of R or D at the end, they can simply be "American".

    April 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Richard

    Air head please crawl in a hole or resign like you did as govenor

    April 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Mike

    The lady is correct (But cartalk is also important) :)

    April 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Jason

    Palin's version of leadership is to completely roll over and let the House Republicans do whatever they want. God I hate that people around the world equate my country with that ignorant woman.

    April 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. AYFKM

    First off, I would like to express my deep concern and disgust with both parties regarding the childish behavior being displayed on both sides of the aisle. Sarah Palin says the men and women who serve our country are being held "hostage" by the Democrats and President Obama. Honestly, this is an ignorant statement. The government shutdown will effect the salaries of the military members fighting overseas. However, there are also 800,000 federally employed American citizens who are scheduled to be furloughed. The real analogy is that this kind of political ignorance is holding the American people hostage from all walks of life. I feel $12 billion is merely a granule of sand in the grand scheme of where we need to go in the current budget crisis. The Republicans received their tax extension, which is well over $1 trillion since 2001, that benefits nearly every politician, Democrat and Republican, on Capitol Hill and every lobbying corporation they are in bed with. Don't forget who hired you and pays your salary. The time to put aside the childish squabbles in this weak political chess game is NOW. Both parties need to stop using our men and women overseas as pawns in this dangerous, political game and take responsibility for your actions, or lack there of. If the men and women on Capitol Hill can't do their jobs then someone else will. I think it is time they are all held to the same standards as blue and white collar private sector employees. Take a 10% salary cut for the fiscal year until you can prove to your employer, the American people, that you can do the job you were hired for at the time of the election. As of know, you would be relieved of your duties immediately.

    April 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Carol

    She's just worried about her ADDITIONAL 10% tax cut (for the rich). You can see she is irritated. Beside, President Obama is standing his ground like he should.

    April 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. anynominous

    Palin is irrelevant ! Cover something that really matters.

    April 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Ric

    I passionately detest this woman. With her poll numbers in the toilet, you would think she would regroup and reload... meaning, CHANGE HER TUNE or better yet, go AWAY!!! Alaska is not far enough away. Leave the country! Alas, the blind fool does not. I'm beginning to think she likes negative attention.

    April 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Brian Nordin

    What the heck does NPR and Abortion have to do with funding the military. Nothing. So, why did the Republicans attach these two issues to a budget bill? Because Planned Parenthood (women's health choices) and NPR are popular with the majority of Americans – but very unpopular with their supporters. They know they will never have the votes to eliminate either one of these in an up or down vote on each. The only way they can end these programs that they hate so much is to tie them to a bill they think the Democrats have to support – funding the troops. So, who are the ones using the troops? Once again, the Republicans. Republicans only give lip service to "supporting the troops" – when it comes to funding veteran health care – against it; supporting veteran GI bill – against it; supporting tax cuts for the lower / middle class which much of the military is – against it; supporting day-care for children of military – against it; supporting tour of duty limits – against it. Exactly how do the Republican "support the troops"? They don't. They do support the Industrial Military Complex that Eisenhower (Republican President – two terms)warned against and all the money / profit that flows through them. Palin is a quiter; uneducated; and a looser. Her opinion shouldn't mean anything to anyone.

    April 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Shane Botwin

    Perhaps Obama should just quit?

    April 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Rae

    Sarah, you have no credibility. You lie, you distort, you incite, you hate. You do not have any interest in this country. You only have interest in promoting yourself, making money and instilling hatred and violence through your violoent and hateful rhetoric. More than half of this country voted for our President. That said we don't all agree with you GOP/Tea Party people. So, the adult thing to do is to negotiate and do what is right for this country. It appears to me that the give and take has not been equal. Your approach is exactly why I don't want you in any elected office, you are like the bully in the sandbox. We have seen what a bullish type President does to this country. America chose a different path and our current President went into office with far more political capital than the last.

    April 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Positive

    Actually, it's the Republicans holding the military hostage to try get their ideology items forced through and a nasty trick that is too. Put a clean military bill out and it will sail through.

    April 8, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. ann

    Good away lady....you are smart enough to tie your own shoes................and you are no lady...

    April 8, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. D

    You really have to be kidding me... Please, please, please run for President.

    April 8, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin just doesn't get it. There is a correlation between her falling poll numbers and the number of times she puts her foot in the mouth. Instead of listening to Limbaugh or FOX news for talking points, Palin should educate herself on the issues by tuning into NPR.

    April 8, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Martha in CF

    Who cares what Palin says about this issue or anything else for that matter. I think we should quit watching CNN if they continue to comment on anything she says.

    April 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. mitch

    Is she still around? I thought she noticed that people don't like her much and she went away.

    April 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. john

    I've never heard Sarah Palin construct a sentence like that. I'm sure she's the one that 'wrote' all of that. And here she goes, back to dissing the incumbent President. Always the same thing. Just fix the problems and shut up.

    April 8, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Hotdog

    This lady is beyond stupid. Not one Republican seem to care when it was their administration that drove this country into its current financial circumstances. They seem to think that the Bush should not be cut and that cuts in the Dept of Defense is a not a prudent idea. It is a shame that CNN pays any attention to what this stupid lady has to say.

    April 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. david bidlack

    i get tired of this no nothing big mouth women ! here it a fact as to why the budget for this year was not done last year. last year the house finished the budget and when it got to the senate MITCH Mconnell and his marry bad of monority votes of 41 plus filibusted tto stop action on the budget bill. the senate sent it back to the house were changes were made to help pass the bill thru the senate and McCONNELL and his mary band of no voters stop the bill again and again and again. dear old McCONNELL even said"we don't have to pass anything until reinforcements get here. meaning he bet on the republicans wiiining both houses.. now here we are with a budget that is no longer just numbers the republicans can't write anything that does not have parts of their ideology in it. THE BEST THING IS YOU HAVEN'T SEEN MITCH MCCONNELL STANDING IN FRONT OF A MICROPHONE FOR A WHILE. HE IS HIDING OUT HOPING THAT NO ONE WILL REMEMBER LAST YEAR AND ASK HIM ABOUT HIS STALL TACTICS HE LEAD LAST YEAR!. people never can remember what happened last year and the republicans know that very well which allows them to invent facts about why, when it started and who shut the goverment down. than you have this women who can't remember anymore facts then she can't fit and write on her hand chiming in her 2 cents worth!

    April 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. EddyL

    I wish this strident hag would shut her mouth. She holds no elected office and does not now what's going on inside the White House. Why is her moronic opinion on everything under the sun headline news?

    April 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Clinton Brown

    Last time I checked, the President doesn't control congress passing a budget or not.. It's funny how everytime Republicans get control of the house the gov't shuts down.

    April 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The GOP needs to remove the riders pushing their social agenda and the budget will be passed immediately. This stuff has nothing to do with the budget. The right wing social extremists are attempting to hold the rest of the country, including our military, hostage. This tiny extension is just part of that game.

    April 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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