Palin: Obama 'very tone deaf' with vacation
August 18th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin: Obama 'very tone deaf' with vacation

Washington (CNN) - While the White House is still working on the jobs proposal the President will put forth in early September, former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has already drawn some conclusions.

Saying it will be based on his past record which she said has failed to spur growth, Palin called the upcoming plan a "third stimulus" program and said it will be counterproductive to the president's aims of creating jobs.

"Unfortunately he is of that mindset of incurring more debt will get us out of debt," Palin, a paid contributor to Fox News, said in an interview on that network on Thursday.

While administration officials have said there will be new spending proposed as part of his initiative next month, they said any of that additional cost will be offset by deficit reduction that is included in the plan put forth by the special congressional super committee.

On the president's vacation to the resort island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts beginning Thursday, Palin said Obama is "very, very tone deaf" for continuing with his vacation because of economic problems facing the country.

Asked if he should go, Palin responded "I wouldn't if I were he, especially to Martha's Vineyard," and added, "I think he will hear from enough Americans that he will come back early."

Known for her criticism of the media coverage she received during the 2008 campaign, Palin on Thursday did not join in with those who lambasted the cover of Newsweek magazine earlier this month as being sexist when it showed an unflattering picture of presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann with the title "Queen of Rage."

"Every candidate is going to be vetted. I think now so more than ever because we learned a lesson with electing a president who was not vetted by the mainstream media, and you know we are now asking what did we get out of that," she said in the interview.

"I think there is going to be a lot of vetting, and some will interpret that because a female candidate will be vetted the same as a man even more so as being sexist. I don't know if I would characterize as being sexist. I would just characterize it as the new normal. I think it is quite healthy," she said.

Regarding an issue that dominated much of the campaign conversation this week she complimented her former gubernatorial colleague and current presidential candidate Rick Perry for some of his criticism of the Federal Reserve. She was not specifically asked if he went too far in saying some of the actions of its chairman Ben Bernanke could be considered treasonous. She has criticized some of the Fed's actions in the past to prop up the economy.

"More power to Rick Perry for calling it the way he saw it," Palin said Thursday.

She said she agreed with some analysts that President Obama elevated Gov. Perry by responding to a question about the governor. The president told CNN's Wolf Blitzer earlier this week, "I'll cut him some slack. He's only been at it for a few days now."

The president referred to comments by Perry that some in the military would have more respect for him than Mr. Obama.

Palin said Obama's advice to the candidate showed "arrogance."

"I wish President Obama would stay focused on what matters," she said in the interview. "Quit picking on other people like Rick Perry."

She continued to remain coy about her own intentions on whether she or will or won't enter the 2012 presidential sweepstakes, saying, "I am still considering it."

And Palin said she is "still listening to the debate and the discourse in the GOP line up right now and still looking for that candidate who I can put my heart and soul behind to support. If I don't see that person here in short order I would be willing to put my name forward in the name of service."

Asked what she thought about the current field, she said "I am impressed with the lineup but there is still quite a long process. There is going to be lots of comings and goings with this lineup, and I know that because I have spoken with them I know that I am not the only potential candidate still on the sidelines waiting to see how things are going to unfold."

Palin refused to name names. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, have both received a lot of renewed attention this week. "There is a bunch of them. There are a bunch of them who are doing the same thing that I am doing and that is considering the life changing impact on family decisions that have to be made before jumping in."

You can follow Kevin Bohn on Twitter @KevinBohnCNN.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (364 Responses)
  1. ja

    pain resign as governor to go on vacation, still

    August 18, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Kansan

    Everyone needs a vacation, time to reflect and relax a bit. Never begrudge a president some time off, Republican or Democrat.

    August 18, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. NC

    Wailing, Failing Palin same old same old nothing new to add.

    August 18, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Kevin

    Sarah dummy you are tone deaf, because America has been say shut the F. up. and you won't do it. America has been asking that you go away, far away and you won't do it. So the pooty is calling the kettle black. Shut this b. up

    August 18, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Isn't she BEAUTIFUL?!!! Thank you CNN for ending my day up a real UP NOTE!! Now take it easy on poor Obammie... He's lookin' a bit ragged and gray lately... Strange considering how much vacationing and golfing he's been doing!

    August 18, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. mk

    Take your bus and go home Sarah...no one cares about you anymore.

    August 18, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Kevin

    I truly hate dealing with Cnn and their stupid blog but. Sarah dummy you are tone deaf, because America has been say shut the F. up. and you won't do it. America has been asking that you go away, far away and you won't do it. So the pooty is calling the kettle black. Shut this b. up

    August 18, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Dianne

    She's SO BRILLIANT! She's even predicting what our President will propose and has a response BEFORE he's announced his intentions. Can you believe the US is blessed with such a "gifted" voice??!! Now, O Brilliant One, please give us your espousal on how to fix our economy. Is that the information you were giving to other possible presidential candidates?
    Pu-leese!!!!!

    August 18, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Ma Deuce

    What good would it do for him to cut his vacation short? He can't get anything passed in Washington anyway until Congress comes back from THEIR vacations. She is SUCH an idiot.

    August 18, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Ibamaliar

    She is gthe strongest woman in this Nation and America needs her now. I can see the greatest duo of all times in Perry and Palin. As President and VP, not necessarily in that order. Of course this site will be filled with sarcastic remarks of the idiots who support Obama. Don't pay them any attention they're still as dumb as the first ones who came here. Let their one sentence remarks they've made many times before fall on deaf ears. No one gives a damn what they think. For three years we have seen their idologyical failings.

    August 18, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    OMG, a vacation is done by every President. She needs to GSD!! She is so fake!!

    August 18, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Palin has been on vacation and I hope she go and never come back. She would be on vacation if she was in the white that she would quit.

    August 18, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Andrew

    interesting that he hasnt presented the plan yet and she is already talking about it like it is wrong.

    August 18, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. JB

    Sister Sarah, Sister Sarah don't you realize that no one is listening to your sophomoric snark any more? There's new clowns in town – Rick "hair, prayer and hot air" Perry is the latest clown in the car. You're irrelevant.

    BTW, coming from a quitter – someone that couldn't even finish a full term as governor, I don't think her opinon really merits any consideration.

    August 18, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Hall for Obama

    Palin has been on vacation for ever I just wish she would stay.

    August 18, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Dan

    Kansan is right. But then Sarah has never really worked for the good of people in her state, has she? Just try to understand why she resigned (not that it matters).

    August 18, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. obama victim

    Sarah is seldom correct...........she is this time.

    August 18, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Jaywing

    And, exactly, why CNN do we care what Ms. Palin thinks? She's a serial liar, a quiter, supports secession from the union (ask her husband), is totally ignorant of American history, couldn't tell the Consitiution from a roll of toilet paper, whines like a coddled teenager, is a bigot, a racist and a loser. Ah, yes, now I get it - it has nothing to do with whether what she says has any real merit or truth - you just want to be sensationalists. Tabloid journalism instead of news. Nice move into fantasyland, CNN.

    August 18, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. lgny

    Presidential vacations, whether Obama or GWB, are a canard. In today's communications, the President is in touch no matter where he may be. He has staff who continue to draft plans and meet regularly with the President even when he is out of the White House.

    Let's all stop this nonsense complaining - particularly since it's just a political cliche.

    August 18, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. SantaFeChar

    Coming from a nitwit who actually QUIT her job halfway through, criticizing a hard-working President who has been dealing with the worst of almost everything in decades, simply because he takes his family once a year for a few days of time out, rings hollow, shallow, brainless, TONE DEAF, and just shows that this quitter Palin has never worked a day in her life, doesn't understand the need for downtime after long periods of hard and difficult work, and will jump on anything – literally ANYTHING – to get her increasingly ugly face in the spotlight and her increasingly irrelevant mouth quoted in the headlines. Why does CNN give her any bandwidth at all? She's a has-been and as usual, doesn't know what she is talking about. Let's ask her what she thinks of the over 500 days that Bushiepoo spent sprawling at Crawford during HIS presidency. Hmmm???? No comment? Jeeze, Sarah, you of all people are so seldom speechless.....

    August 18, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. JustMe

    President Obama has taken less vacation days than either Reagan or Dubya by the same time in their Presidency. The only person who took less time than President Obama has is President Clinton. There is no reason why he shouldn't go. All things considered, the country is relatively calm right now and barring another 9/11 or Katrina type event there is no reason why he shouldn't stay the entire time. And about Martha's Vineyard, what is the freakin big deal about going there? Yes, its expensive, but most places are. I mean heck, even I have been there on vacation and I am far from rich. Who cares?

    August 18, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Ibamaliar

    She is gthe strongest woman in this Nation and America needs her now. I can see the greatest duo of all times in Perry and Palin. As President and VP, not necessarily in that order. Of course this site will be filled with sarcastic remarks of the idiots who support Obama. Don't pay them any attention they're still as dumb as the first ones who came here. Let their one sentence remarks they've made many times before fall on deaf ears. No one gives a damn what they think. For three years we have seen their idologyical failings.
    ____________________________

    You were home-schooled, weren't you? Learn to spell, and learn some basic grammar: you're proving all the Palin-haters right with that kind of garbage. No, we are not afraid of Sarah, we just feel sorry for her.

    August 18, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    At least the president finishes what he starts.

    August 18, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Maybe President Obama should get on a bus and steal the oxygen from every Republican event that comes up...

    Oh, WAIT, that's YOUR job Sarah

    August 18, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. GOP hates Middle Class

    The quitta from Wasilla!! Speaking of Tone Def - you haven't gotten the message that America hates you.
    Why not be more productive and try to prevent any more abstinance only mishaps within your family? OK, bye now.
    Now if we were to compare days off, I think there's some brush in Crawford that was sufficiently cleared while somebody was working as POTUS....hmmmmmm

    August 18, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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