Palin calls Obama actions 'appalling'
April 8th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
3 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. Steph

    Palin, please shut your pie hole! No one cares what you have to say!!!

    April 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. DMB

    Sarah Palin shout your pie hole move to Russia.

    April 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. stonedwhitetrash

    When Sarah becomes President of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA all of our problems will just vanish in a puff of smoke. Here take another toke.

    April 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. jjaz

    Useless and irrelevant. These issues are clearly way beyond her limited intellectual capacity. However, she plays well to her most loyal base and that is the tea party members who are obviously even dumber than she is.

    April 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. DAW, NC

    and Bozo the clown adds her insight and guidance> probably got it from sitting on her porch staring at Russia

    April 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Ronnie

    Shut up! No one cares about your opinion. You have used the American people to get rich and you're still at it. You Sarah Palin are not American.

    April 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Gary

    I am so shocked by this headline. BTW Sarah Palin skis in jeans.

    April 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Realistic

    First, who took the muzzle off Palin? Was it you again Todd? C'mon on man!. And the facts are, its the republicans social agenda thats hurting our troops not the President or the Democrats. Just because Palin you want to silence the voice of NPR so only the neo-cons voice is on the radio does not make it right or make it constitutional or un-constitutional. This has nothing to do with the constitutional, it has everything to do with the republicans social agenda and not the budget. And Palin you dope, Planned Parenthood is a very important thing to maintain funded, they do cancer screening, pre-netal care etc for children and women. And as far as our troops, its people like you and the republicans who are confused about whose hurting them, its the republicans. Palin drop the draconian propaganda and allow the adults resolve this issue. AND TODD PUT THE MUZZLE BACK ON PALIN!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Gbird

    HR 1297, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act, was introduced back on March 31 by Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), "If Congress cannot pass a budget, it’s not right for these valiant warriors and their families to suffer through a late paycheck. This is about paying those who protect us and defend our freedom," Gohmert . Cosponsoring the bill are 106 members of Congress, mostly conservative Republicans, and it has no amendments, no riders, no pork: It simply mandates that troop pay continue as it normally would, through the end of the year, even if the federal government faces a funding gap and shutdown. A GOP-led Congress ought to be able to pass a stripped-down, GOP-sponsored bill to fund troop salaries pretty easily. And since the bill's focus is so narrow, it shouldn't have much trouble getting approval from the Senate and President Obama. Yet HR 1297 languishes on the desks of the GOP-led committees on armed services and transportation and infrastructure, where it will stay "for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker." Yup Sarah, it's the Democrats fault that Boehner hasn't brought this bill to the floor for a vote.

    April 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Michael

    When will the press and the American public stop paying attention to this ignoramus. She has no solutions just continually attacks the Democrats. I for one am leaving this country if this moron was every elected. And by the way, all you Republican Men that think she is sexy are blind.
    She is stupid except when it comes to lining her pockets

    April 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. nobody special

    Go.
    Away.

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Mark in Seattle

    Someone told $arah that if you hold the corner of your glasses it makes you look smart.

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Loopman

    Here we go again!!!! Caribou Barbie opening her pie hole and spewing forth with BS about something she is no more qualified to comment on than I am. CNN; Please stop with the constant grandstanding of this woman's crap!! You people are almost as bad as she is. You've heard the old poetic line "If a tree falls in the forest and noone is there to hear, does it make a sound?" This is a similar situation hwere "If Sarah breaks wind in the backwoods of Alaska and there's noone there to smell it, does it still stink?" You're giving this Bimbo way too much face time and she knows it. She's a media whore, like it or not.

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Ross

    He is the PRESIDENT, to propose it is far more mature and sensible for him to yeild to a clearly unreasonable and disarrayed party like the GOP on all things spending oriented because if he doesn't the "troops" are being held hostage is more clap trap from the queen of clap trap.

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. john

    Palin is critical of Obama? Wow, that's sure news!

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Gbird

    HR 1297, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act, was introduced back on March 31 by Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), "If Congress cannot pass a budget, it’s not right for these valiant warriors and their families to suffer through a late paycheck. This is about paying those who protect us and defend our freedom," Gohmert . Cosponsoring the bill are 106 members of Congress, mostly conservative Republicans, and it has no amendments, no riders, no pork: It simply mandates that troop pay continue as it normally would, through the end of the year, even if the federal government faces a funding gap and shutdown. A GOP-led Congress ought to be able to pass a stripped-down, GOP-sponsored bill to fund troop salaries pretty easily. And since the bill's focus is so narrow, it shouldn't have much trouble getting approval from the Senate and President Obama. Yet HR 1297 languishes on the desks of the GOP-led committees on armed services and transportation and infrastructure, where it will stay "for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker." Yup Sarah, it's the Democrats fault that Boehner hasn't brought this bill to the floor for a vote.

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Susan

    Who cares what mouthy Palin says. She is not behind the closed door talks. She is a whinning baby. It is not Obama that checked out. It is all the Tea Partiers and the Republicans trying to please them.

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Barbara

    As far as I'm concerned, you punked out on your state, so you should be the last person commenting on anthing. OR, maybe your fellow Alaskans are glad you did leave the governor's office.....

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Frank222

    refudiate this squirmish

    April 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Bd

    There is an easy solution – take NPR and abortion out of the defense department budget authorization bill!

    April 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. ...

    Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Brewer, Gingrich...the GOP keeps making it more & more difficult for me to call myself a republican.

    Absolutely ridiculous. We are quickly becoming the laughing stock of political parties.

    Will it ever end?

    April 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Fiona

    Palin, why should the troops be favored over the other 800,000 federal workers? Over those of us that deserve tax refunds? Are we drawing imaginary lines now? Oh, that's right... you don't care about the facts, all you care about is ousting Obama.

    April 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Casey

    Leave it to Sara to make up stuff about what the issue is.
    Who cares what she thinks anyways? Obviously you guys that post this stuff!
    Don't copy everything she says OK?

    April 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. B

    We must be the laughing stock to the rest of the World.

    Can’t someone find something for this Stupid women to do?

    She and Trump, two of a kind..

    April 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Twilighttrail

    What really frightens me about this whole battle is the number of people willing to buy into the Republican rhetoric and excuses for bringing down the American government. I am so sick of hearing them go on about the President's/Dems' unwillingness to compromise. The Dems have backed up way too much, but they are finally getting it that what the extreme right really wants is the subjugation of women and the destruction of of the middle class. As for the poor, well, just let them starve. It is short-sighted of them, but rational behavior isn't in their play book. As for Palin's comments, she's an embarrassment to the women of the world; shame on her for being willing to send the rest of us back to the 18th century. What's next, I wonder; a campaign to repeal women's voting rights?

    April 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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