Palin's 'domestic terrorist' punch to Obama
August 3rd, 2011
09:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin's 'domestic terrorist' punch to Obama

(CNN) – Sarah Palin responded to unsubstantiated accusations that Joe Biden called the tea party "terrorists" over their role in the debt ceiling negotiation, saying President Obama should look into his own past with Bill Ayers if he wants to see "domestic terrorists."

"He didn't have a problem palling around with Bill Ayers back in the day when he kicked off his political career in Bill Ayers' apartment," the former Alaska governor said Tuesday night on Fox News. "You know, shaking hands with Chavez and saying he doesn't need any preconditions with dictators … wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."

If she and Fox host Sean Hannity were "real domestic terrorists," Palin said "heck, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn't he?"

Multiple Democratic sources said Democratic members of Congress vented to the vice president about tea party lawmakers who "negotiate like terrorists." As they spoke, Biden said "well now we've taken away their weapons of mass destruction," meaning the Republicans could not use the debt ceiling as leverage with Democrats in the future.

Biden's press secretary, Kendra Barkoff said the word "terrorists," "was used by several members of Congress. The Vice President does not believe it's an appropriate term in political discourse."

Obama's association with Ayers, the '60s communist radical, raised brows during the 2008 presidential campaign. Although, the two knew each other in Chicago, Ayers denied a close relationship with the president.

Palin said if the president were serious about improving the rhetoric in the U.S., as he called for in his speech following the Tucson shooting, he would tell the vice president to "tone it down a little bit."

"That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said.

The former 2008 vice presidential candidate, who is publicly considering a run for the White House, said she is "getting closer" to a decision. And she criticized 2012 GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, who she said did not take a stand early enough in the debt ceiling debate.

"I do not have respect for what he has done in this debate," Palin said. "He waited until it was a done deal … and then he came out and made a statement that he didn't like the deal after all."

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, kept his distance from the debate ahead of the agreement between Congress and the White House. After a deal was reached he issued a statement in which he said the president's leadership "pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour."

"You know, you can't defer an issue and assume that the problem is going to be avoided," Palin said.

When asked if any presidential candidates met her test, Palin cited Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

"She spoke out and she cast her vote according to her principles. She stood true," Palin said. "Long time to go still, with debate, with discussion on who the right candidate will be, I'm not prejudging the field at this point."

– CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (723 Responses)
  1. Jaywing

    Sarah Palin? Never heard of her.

    August 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Ronald

    Again, nobody cares!

    August 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. jnpa

    Anyone who quits her job as a governor halfway through her term should not comment on anyone. She should just sit there and keep her mouth shut!

    August 3, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Heck – Shoot, Blah, blah, blah and you betcha by golly wow!!!! Enuf said!!!

    August 3, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Indy Watcher

    Please stop covering this mindless harpie's (definition: vicious, cruel and violent beings. They were usually seen as the personifications of the destructive nature of wind) endless rants.

    August 3, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. chuck

    Can someone get this woman some counseling.I think she is having a nervous breakdown since she knows her star has faded and the money will stop. During the last months of her governorship she bailed out on speaking engagements and committe work so she could work on her book and make the cash. America now fully sees this woman for what she is. Her so called bus tour abruptly ended–just enough time to stay in the media-but not work too hard. She sounds like a FOOL whenever she talks. My teenage kids ask me "what in the world is she talking about"??? Sounds like she didn't get through 6th grade grammer/english class.

    August 3, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. sammieb51

    Palin, leader of the Christian Terrorists, the Fiscal Terrorists, who held us all hostage while the markets plumetted, employers let more people go, business and commerce slumped, so they wouldnt have to pay more taxes. Palin should be locked up, muzzled like she treats her animals and family.

    August 3, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. ruth

    there goes the crackpot again blah blah blah

    August 3, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. kd

    I was sick of this loon over a year ago. CNN, PLEASE give us a break from all the dumb nonsense that spews from this embarrassment's mouth.

    August 3, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. LS

    Considerng what she is, every sound that comes out of her is a queef.

    August 3, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. pflatman

    "She spoke out and she cast her vote according to her principles. She stood true," Palin said. "Long time to go still, with debate, with discussion on who the right candidate will be, I'm not prejudging the field at this point."

    Ramble some more, dimbulb... never prejudge anyone.

    August 3, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "I get the feeling many of you don't like Palin so much. Am I wrong? You may not like the messenger but her message is worth lhearing."

    Sorry, but we don't like the messenger BECAUSE OF the message...at least to the extent her ideological, grammar-trashing, partisan pandering is even decipherable. After 30+ years of watching all the wealth in this country gravitate upwards and looking at the math that shows imbalanced tax cuts that inequitably benefitted the extremely rich and corporation, wars of convenience and a combination of deregulation and negligent enforcement are the cause of (a) massive deficits and debt and (b) the stagnation of middle-class salaries and the destruction of the middle-class, we've had enough of people telling us that the deficit and debt issue will be solved "if we just keep making the rich richer, so they'll finally reach a point where they don't want to horde and consolidate all that wealth anymore and it will magically start trickling down like a shower of sparkly pixie dust." The day a GOPer stands up and tells the rich, corporations and all the people they consider "job creators" that they can choose between increased taxes or finally provnig their economic lies to be truths by doing something to increase middle-class salaries across the board nationwide...THAT is the day I'll support one...not a freekin second sooner. Until then, they're lying about ALL of it.

    August 3, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. ninedeep

    ("That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said.)

    I think there is a joke about a pot and a kettle calling each other names. I have never heard someone talk as much as Palin, yet still saying nothing of substance.

    August 3, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Doug C.

    "That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said.
    This from one that quite her job so she could just go blah, blah, blah on FOX

    August 3, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. JRM

    "That is typical of our president, where it's, blah blah blah, you know it's all talk and no real action," Palin said

    Pot.... met Kettle.

    August 3, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. John in Brooklyn

    Please...if there is a God in heaven...let this woman run for president. It would be SUCH a gift to us Democrats.

    August 3, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. AC

    Sarah, so simple, she has a way with words. Sarah go to Texas and pray with Rick Perry for RAIN. Please Sarah go.

    Take your kids, branch, leaf, little petal, stem, bristol stomp and your husband trick and go back, Alaska?

    August 3, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Does anyone care anymore what this lady says?""

    Your use of "anymore' implies that I ever did in the first place. I take umbrage with that.

    August 3, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Madtown

    DJ
    I think the IQ of most posters are here is in less than a triple digit. You hate her for the mere joy of it, but you cannot challenge her policy points.
    ------
    No one can "challenge" her policy points because she has none. She doesn't talk about issues or policies. The only things you hear emminate from her mouth: hate-laden criticisms, lies, deceitful statements, and the occasional mangling of history.

    August 3, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Larry L

    I'm sincerely frightened that this twit still has a following. If we are going to maintain a two-party system the Republicans need to split away from the American Taliban and settle down to select a mature, knowledgeable candidate to promote a level of compassionate conservatism. As long as Fox News controls the ideology of the GOP these mindless bigots will capture votes from the radical right-wing.

    August 3, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. NoTags

    Why does this bimbo with an IQ of room temperature continue to get attention? In the now famous Katy Couric interview, Sarah proved just how dumb she is. Just look at the picture at the top of this page, and you can see as they say in the South; "You can tell she just ain't quite right".

    Palin for nothing in 2012 or any other year!

    August 3, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Comrade Carter

    "wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."

    Yeah, can't be reading Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists. Good deal.

    August 3, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Big Bob

    Bill Ayers ghost wrote "The Audacity of Hope". He also dedicated one of his own books to Sirhan Sirhan.
    But I doubt Sarah knows that. Or any of you sheep either.

    August 3, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Kitty

    Can someone pleeeze see to it that Smarty Pants Palin reads the hiliarious comments posted here? I mean that would totally make my day. If only she could understand that EVERYONE thinks she is dumber than dirt. blah blah blah! LMAO!

    August 3, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Geoffrey Feldman

    Even before I heard what Joe Biden said, so perfectly, I had the exact same thought about the Tea Party and all their characters such as Sarah Palin. This puffed up narcissist has made a mockery of our political process and of our government. She is a domestic and economic terrorist who has done great harm to our country. We all need to return to thinking ... not following lame slogans. Yeah, and read real newspapers and look at different opinions. This is not what she does and she has nothing to say.

    August 3, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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