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. JP

    Bristol Palin sounds as ill-informed and idiotic as her mother.

    May 11, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Steve

    who cares what she says

    May 11, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Progressive from Georgia

    Why does CNN call this news? Why is Bristol Palin's opinion on anything newsworthy? Because she
    is the daughter of Sarah Palin I suppose. In the 24/7 news cycle we are lowering the bar so low that
    pure rubbish and banality is being published. This is a disservice to all informed citizens.

    May 11, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. babs

    quite the strumpet!

    May 11, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. John

    Seriously? How many times are you going to get complaints about non-stories and yet continue to ignore them? This is NOT news or newsworthy. Simp's got it right.

    May 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Mary

    "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?
    She didn't get it, right> What do you expect from someone who didn't finish school? First of all, there is "NO POLICY CHANGE". He just said what he believes in. Second, I am in my 50s and a I have learned a lot from my daughter (she is not a lessee). Parents learn a lot about current generation trends and believes from their children.
    Mark Twain: ""When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

    May 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Albert Einstien

    This is some funny stuff!

    May 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. vgsb2001

    Who the hell cares what this Twit thinks! Yes Bristol, Obama should also say to his daughters as a true christian, don't sleep around and have children out of wedlock and make it sound like a good thing. Here you are a good, gay-hating christian girl who is a single mom, never married, bringing up your child based on your worth in the news cycle. I see the values

    May 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Roy

    I really amazes me why CNN, a respected source of world news, would post anything from Bristol Palin! Am I missing something here?

    May 11, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Sara

    Here's the thing: "traditionally," women who were pregnant out-of-wedlock were ostracized for their circumstances and their children often suffered the consequences. In modern times, single motherhood is much more accepted. (Although judging by the comments section of this article, BP is still be flogged for making a fairly common, teenage mistake).

    There are a lot of traditions associated with marriage and family life, but they don't necessarily apply to modern day society. BP has benefited from these changing views, why not others? She said that there is no "reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage." If BP argument against same sex marriage resides solely on the fact that modern thoughts on marriage are the same as people's thoughts on marriage a thousand years ago, she is wrong.

    Marriage has been evolving, changing for centuries. No longer do we marry to secure allies or to acquire power and property. Most marriages are not arranged by parents, but by the participants to be married. Sex has never been, and should never be, confined to the marriage bed. Women do not need the protection and security of marriage to survive in this world - they can work to support themselves and their children. Am I saying that marriage is an out-dated, useless institution? No. In this day and age, marriage is an emotional, spiritual commitment, rather than strictly monetary or familial transaction. Two consenting adults, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, should be able to enjoy the benefits of marriage.

    May 11, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. BobInIrvine

    Like others here, I'm shocked. SHOCKED.

    That this female bozo would be given a byte of space on CNN's pages.

    May 11, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Michael Golden

    Is Bristol married yet? :-)

    May 11, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Religion=Cult

    CNN for real, Who TF is this?

    May 11, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. AJW3

    Bristol.......It's called having an open mind......you know, when you listen to someone's opinion and then you process the new information and then form your own opinion. I forgot....the term 'open mind' is not in the republican dictionary. Bristol......shouldn't you and your mom be barefoot and pregnant?

    May 11, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. mehh

    So, if "Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview.", then wouldn't having 2 fathers have twice the effect and be better for the kids?

    May 11, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Anonymous

    CNN, we don't care about the opinions on marriage made by a teen who thinks she didn't sin because she's rich and famous. Thanks. All this does is add another thing to my list of reasons to hate the Palins in their quest to drive America back into the Dark Ages.

    May 11, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. glorydays

    Personally, I can't wait until Mickey and Minny speak up....

    May 11, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Slamming Stupidity

    @Joan.... "Joan –I think it is funny for Obama to talk about family values when he was an abandoned child"
    - – - – - –
    You got this pretty much back azzwards and wrong, hun. BECAUSE Obama was abandoned he is trying to be a better dad.
    And bimbo Palin doesn't have a dancing leg to stand on to criticize BECAUSE she got knocked up and remained an unwed single mother. She is denying her child a father. Now, who's doing the bad parenting here , eh?
    Let me hold the door to your trailer open for you, sweetie...

    May 11, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. steven

    So if your name happens to be Palin, you are news worthy?

    May 11, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Cynthia

    IOW, they should have been watching her pathetic "Dancing With Thw Stars" appearances – got it.

    May 11, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. WIGUY

    Bristol Palin is as much of a political moron as her mother! Why is this even making news CNN?

    May 11, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. cathip

    Why again is she relevant.....and why does anyone care what she thinks?

    May 11, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Souris

    That's right Bristol, "no reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage." After all, you do think it's right and proper that Levi owns you and controls every decision you make for the rest of your life, right?

    May 11, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Ex-GOP Con

    Where is Levi the dad again? You obviously don't respect the institution of marriage and the mother father home since you didn't fight hard to get marred now did you hypocrite?

    May 11, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Tony Torres

    It is not Palin's fault, if CNN gives her the spotlight to voice her opinion. Who the heck is Bristol Palin to advice, admonish or scold the POTUS? Please stop throwing these idiots at us, interview and/or quote people that first are smart and second know what they are talking about. In the long run it's CNN who is giving us this garbage.

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