May 10th, 2012
02:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Bristol Palin: Too much 'Glee' in Obama decision

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's endorsement Wednesday of same-sex marriage didn't please Bristol Palin. The daughter of former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to her blog Thursday to slam the president for taking political cues from his two daughters, who she suggested were watching too much television.

In an ABC News interview, Obama explained how his family helped influence his "evolution" on the issue of marriage, saying his daughters Malia and Sasha have "friends whose parents are same-sex couples."

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"It wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently," Obama said. "And frankly that's the kind of thing that prompts a change of perspective - not wanting to somehow explain to your child why somebody should be treated differently when it comes to the eyes of the law."

Palin, in her blog post, expressed a different view.

"While it's great to listen to your kids' ideas, there's also a time when dads simply need to be dads," wrote Palin.

She continued, "In this case, it would've been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that's not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview."

Palin bemoaned the fact that Republican women running for office are sometimes quizzed on the role their families will play in their governing, but that Obama isn't pressed on acknowledging the impact his children make in his decision-making.

"So let me get this straight – it's a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it's a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?" Palin wondered.

The decision to back same-sex marriage was a missed opportunity for Obama, Palin wrote.

"In this case, it would've been nice if the President would've been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee," Palin wrote, referencing the popular television show about high schoolers.


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soundoff (1,038 Responses)
  1. Louisiana Man

    The epitome of advise rendering and the opulence of cerberal.

    YEA RIGHT!!!

    May 11, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. Tom-n-NoVA

    For Pristol Palin to be lecturing ANYONE on morality demonstrates the obsurdity of today's conservative movement. It woul dbe funny if it weren't so frightening.

    May 11, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. kel

    I will echo Ronda's comment, "Please.....go away!!!!"

    May 11, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Brown

    Bristol grew up in a mother/father family and what are her values? Get pregnant at 17? Are those the values her parents taught her? Bla...Bla...Bla...

    May 11, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. rockysfan

    This from a girl who couldn't use birth control? How's that single parenting working for you Palin? Mommy helping you out I'm sure. Get a life!

    May 11, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  6. Jonathan

    "we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home."

    Tell that to Levi. Good parenting is good parenting, be it a single parent, a heterosexual pair or a homosexual pair you daft, immature dolt.

    May 11, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. reel american

    Once again just like last night CNN either stifles,blocks, or delays any comment that does not support the Liberal Message ROMNEY 2012

    May 11, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Ernie

    Why is CNN reporting on anything this girl says? Who cares? She's nobody.

    May 11, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. equalrights4all

    Wow. I wonder what Bristol will do if her son is gay. The arrogance of her position is what got the US in the trouble it's in WRT foreign affairs and its global image. When will these people just shut up?

    May 11, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. m

    When she actually has any "family values" then perhaps she can open her mouth. Until then, she was a teen mom, sex out of wedlock, child out of wedlock, not married, grandstanding for every financial opportunity. This simply a case of nobody is mentioning her name so she has to throw something out to be in the spotlight. Anyone that actually supports her or her opinion should lose their right to vote. She has no morals, no family values and is no place to talk about them. This is almost as hilarious as her "abstinence" commercial 2 years after she had a kid.

    May 11, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. Eric in Manhattan

    Hysterical! Advice from an unmarried, single mother, high school drop out who apparently inherited her mothers intelligence.

    May 11, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. th

    Another Palin wanna be. This girl is clueless. she acts like Obama made he decision because of what the girls said, not by what he truly believes. When are the Palin's going to just shut their mouths and crawl back in the hole that they came from.

    May 11, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. stonedwhitetrash

    The young lady with a wide open stance does her best thinking on her back

    May 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. texas

    ha ha ha ha – i did not know CNN had a comic strip – seriously get your own family together

    May 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. obamanidiot2012

    I see the the folks with their lips firmly pressed to obama's backside are out in force today.
    Yes, she's hypocritical.
    However, several of her points can't be ignored. Where's the same scrutiny placed on this failure of a president that's placed on everyone who disagrees with him?
    Classiest family to ever occupy the WH? Really? How about the most arrogant? The only problem I have with the obama children is their parents are ruining the rest of their lives. Hopefully, they LEARN from the poor example their parents are setting for them.

    May 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. hannah

    teena says >>>So children do better in a mother/father home? so what is going to happen to your child since he lives in a single mother home, huh+>>>>>
    What happened to you Bristol then? You grew up in a mother/father home and you didn't do so well. What a crock.

    May 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. Charles

    Sooo, Bristol is giving parental advise to Obama. That's rich. She should have adhered to the conservative plan for birth control and kept that quarter between her knees.

    May 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. ED FL

    The Palins are the only method that CNN has to passout news that might make America smile at the publicity Palins [no matter how shameful]need and their only outlet is CNN[Whatever that stands for]. More appropo it could be Comedy News Network.

    May 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. November

    If the president shouldn't take advice from Sasha and Melia, then that same rule should apply tenfold to BP.

    May 11, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Jonathan

    Bristol Palin was raised in a mother/father home. She's been spotted in multiple pictures posing with her boyfriend and bottles of rum. She got pregnant at seventeen, allegedly while drunk (By her own admission, a solid way of basically refusing responsibility for her own actions). She's not raising her child outside of a mother/father home, and I can't say as I blame her since the prototypical mother/father home she's preaching clearly didn't help her turn out to be a sterling example of maturity and wisdom.

    May 11, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. Whome

    Why does Bristol Palin have a voice in anything and who really cares what she has to say we all see where her wisdom has gotten her thus far in life?

    May 11, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. c

    Obama must be shaking in his boots.

    May 11, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Wow I thought only CNBC viewers could generate all those negative comments over a well thoughtout article.. At least Bristol still has a few brain cells left!

    May 11, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. Michael

    I wonder what she would say if Obama's daughters were on Dancing with the Stars.

    May 11, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. Anonymous

    why do such people even get space on media

    May 11, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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