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. leonard

    Perhaps Bristol Palin should have watched more tv, instead of throwing her legs in the air when she was younger. She may be having a different future now!

    May 11, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Meg

    This girl is the most clueless, uneducated, ignorant person i have ever witnessed. So in her eyes its totally fine to get pregnant as a teenager, make millions off of being absolutely ridiculous and reep the benefits of an outrageous mother. Maybe she should look in the mirror, being as her child isnt growing up in what she refers to as a beneficial mother/father home.

    May 11, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Ellie

    Bristol Palin needs to go back into her igloo with her current diversion du jour......She's just what the Romney camp needs on the campain trail....an uneducated, unwed mother who, like her own mother, thinks we all care about their opinions. the new Dem mantra that everyone is equal – what a wonderful concept.....Republicans need to give it some thought on their way to the bank while the rest of us poor schmucks try to make ends meet. Why would CNN even run this blip?

    May 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. NOTAGOPFAN

    Poor minded Bristol. When will you learn that people DO NOT CARE what you try to think? What a damn hyprocrite, "a child needs a mother and father" is correct, so why are you keeping your kid away from his FATHER? Your standing on morals and values has NO VALUE! Let's see, you got pregnant out of wedlock so who are you to say who can and should not get married? AND with the bills the republicans are trying to pass, heterosexuals will not have the same benefits of married couples. You are so screwed in the head that you can not even see that you're living in the present but thinking in the past. You are a joke, just like your mother. NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU TRY TO THINK, get over yourself.

    May 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Terry

    Oh sure, this is a person we should all being listening to, right? Get off the stage! Enough already from this family!

    May 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Mary

    This is a typical "kettle calling the stove Black". Bristol Palin, an unwed mother before she finished school has views on "equality of marriage" and why is her views important? What has she achieved in life? And iwhy is it headline News? Jeez! Next head line news will be what Kardashian opines? At least, Kardashian makes $$$ from the reality shows or whatever. Bristol Palin is probably collecting welfare for her and her child and did she get her GED?

    May 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. noteabags

    Who cares what Bristol Palin thinks?

    May 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Sam

    "not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage."

    So Bristol, you should have been cast out of your family, shunned, and basically forced into prostitution when you got pregnant before getting married? Cause that's "thousdans of years of thinking about marriage" too. Sasha and Malia are far more "adult" than you seem to be.

    May 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    cnn infotainment runs this woman's opinion as if it had something behind it other than a very low IQ. it is sad that political discourse in this country has come to this ~ the opinions of an unwed "celebrity mom"

    May 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Greg

    What a pathetic individual. Never has accomplished anything herself, a total loser, but yet has a nerve to judge President. Wow!!!

    May 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. sonnie3

    Bristol make more sense than obama and his kids

    May 11, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Tony

    There is a reason her family is on the sidelines. Too ignorant to realize their ignorance.

    May 11, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. erring wildly

    Why is this even a news story? Who cares about Bristol Palin? What does her opinion matter? CNN should quit publishing this tripe.

    May 11, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. olepi

    You know, when people drive by a trainwreck, they have to slow down and look. They just *have* to, no matter how repugnant it might look. And to me, it's pretty repugnant.

    May 11, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Gee, Bristol. I guess listening to your dad worked out well. How's single motherhood treating you?

    May 11, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. jboh

    Who cares what a teenage airhead who gets pregnant w/a loser like Levi has to say? Why are you wasting space on this fool?

    May 11, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. mamivaqui

    This TOTALLY newsworthy. Bristol Palin is the BRAIN of the GOP. Who else is left?

    May 11, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. N. King

    It is amazing tome how some conservatives have double standards and voice opinions on issues that they have little or no knowledge of. Bristol Palin is not an authority on anything, not educated beyond high school and yet garners national attention just because of who her mother is. It's embarassing that their opinions matter on a national scale. Bristol needs to realize her mother's opinions are certainly not formed by credible sources, since she herself cannot name publications she reads to keep up with current events. Bristol Palin should not be questioning President Obama listening to his dauighters. Please tell me where she got her child development degree that she can state what is good for children and what is not? Stay with your relaity televeision show Bristol, it's about all the intellect you need to be successful.

    May 11, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. sonnie3

    As the liberal left who are pro gay and anti marriage to only be only one woman and one man, it is obvouis that Bristol is on the right track and obama (the flip floper) on the issue does not have Americas best interest in mind.

    May 11, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Mike in NJ

    Honey, you don't qualify to pick up this man's suit from the dry cleaners'. Anything you say is "Too Long, Didn't read."

    May 11, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. conniesz

    I would suggest that the "thousands" of years Ms. Palin speaks of includes a few thousand where men had multiple wives and treated them as possessions – not something I think worthy of retaining. People and social norms evolve. What doesn't evolve becomes extinct.

    May 11, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Cant believable

    "Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home."

    We know this??? How?? Do we have statistics to prove this? Where is the data?? I bet in fact that most children that are raised by same-sex couples are much more well adjusted, because the family is much more open to discussing things openly, fostering communication between parent and child.

    Bristol, you are looking more and more like your mother every day. Spewing ridiculous intolerant statements with nothing to back it up. More conservative pre-election chum.

    May 11, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. sonnie3

    Bristols thoughts are the right ones

    May 11, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Jenny Rome Ga

    we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview." Rally Bristol? And just where is your baby daddy? Like mother like daughter.

    May 11, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Mike

    How is Bristol relevant? Simple! She isn't! Couldn't keep her legs crossed and so oops she got pregnant out of wed lock. Yeah! That's all Obama's fault isn't it Bristol? Because your the moral compass of the world. How is this even a story?

    May 11, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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