May 10th, 2012
02:44 PM ET
3 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. john

    Why do you waste your time and ours by reporting on this. WHO CARES what Bristol Palin thinks?

    May 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Mlondon

    The levels of ignorance and prejudice sometime astound me....if you go back 100 years, not centuries Miss Palin, you would see shocking levels of treatment of minorities, cultures, colonialism and also the fact as a woman you would not have even really probably been free to express yourself (let alone vote for an elected official) as you are doing today. Your ignorance lies in the fact that you say you shouldn't change opinions that are old...the fact is if the world didn't change and modify it'd be a much scarier place! I think you're best left to Alaska and the wilderness

    May 11, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Steve D

    I am sure the President really needs advice from her. He graduated from Columbia and Harvard, not sure her high school education (or the lack of) qualifies her to question him. If his decision on the matter was in some way shaped by his children, then the question is what is wrong with that. Part of being an adult is listening to the opinions of the people around you even if it child and then taking all of it in to form your own opinion. If parents/adults never listened to the thoughts or beliefs of the next generation then I am sure this country would be far behind where it is now.

    And when does her opinion even matter on anything. Anything she says is probably something that is being regurgitated by her mother

    May 11, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Merlyn Bolen

    Bristol what's-her-name is now an arbiter of parental behavior & ethical behavior?

    May 11, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Bet

    Oh, gosh, this sure is great advice coming from someone who didn't bother to learn about birth control. Maybe she'll take on Planned Parenthood with her deep insights next.

    May 11, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Carol

    Bristol Palin is the last person who needs to chime in on how to communicate with your children. Obama and his girls were having a conversation at the dinner table exchanging ideas, which is what good families do. The Obama's are very strict with their girls about too much television and social media, so Bristol has come up with nothing but a cheap shot in her comment. I think it is very amusing that she can comment on how much television Malia and Sasha are watching! And who is addicted to TV and reality shows???????????? Mama Palin.

    May 11, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Cedar Rapids

    you know usually i will stick up for cnn when people moan about the stories but in this case i have to join them in the chorus of 'what the hell?'
    bristol's comments about watching too much glee causing support for gay marriage really has no place here cnn, seriously. Though what I will say is bristol, you raise your kids to be judgemental and hateful or you raise your kids to be understanding and accepting, your choice; 'its traditional' has never been a strong enough reason not to change something.

    May 11, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. asdf

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

    And to think, only a few hundred years ago, she would have been referencing selling daughters into marriage.

    May 11, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Dave, CA

    Let's clear something up CNN- Bristol didn't "take on" President Obama. She opened her trap and babbled something which clearly she has no business discussing as she has a miserable track record in the marriage department just as she has in the abstinence department. Who in their right mind would think that this brainless hypocrite is qualified to offer judgement on the subject? Bristol, keep your mouth shut and concentrate on raising your child. He needs you. The rest of us sure don't.

    May 11, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. TJTMTT

    Alfuc - Are you kidding?? Why on earth would you think Bristol Palin is "presidential material"? She is neither intelligent nor does she have the character to be president–or contribute anything other than that famous "Palin touch" to any other aspect of our political system. If you need proof of that, just review her blog post or the rest of her illustrious "career".

    May 11, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. David Kilmnick

    I think Bristol Palin fell on her head one too many times during Dancing With The Stars!

    May 11, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Dan Cain

    Another voice from teh Kardashian's of politics.

    May 11, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. seriously?

    Families of ALL sorts are families, and Bristol Palin is the last person to judge whether one couple can raise a child better than another. She was raised by a mother and a father, and yet, still made questionable decisions in her life.

    I was raised by two women in an unusual circumstance. My father passed away when I was a child, and my aunt moved in to help my mother raise me. There was no male figure in my life, and my "parents" were not a couple, but I grew up, graduated from college and law school, and got married, without any further life-altering setbacks.

    Successful child-rearing has nothing to do with the sex of the parents, or for that matter, whether they are even a married unit. It has to do with the committments they make between themselves and to their child to create a nurturing environment.

    May 11, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Christy9

    I often wonder what makes people think they are an authority on everything? Between the Palins and Kardashians I'm not sure which is worse. These people think because they know how to read and write, it entitles them to lecture others, and get paid for doing it. This girl must let go of her mother's apron strings and look for a REAL job. She has a son to support; a home to pay for and far too much time has passed. You had a nice young man and gave him up because your mother didn't like his family. That was your biggest mistake. Following in your mother's political footsteps will be the biggest mistake.

    May 11, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Ann

    Come on now CNN! The real news please!. Bristol's Blog as political commentary.

    May 11, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. DS

    "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."

    Says the woman who had a child out of wedlock, which is a departure from "thousands of years of thinking about marriage." Oh, and the cherry on top, her child is growing up in a single-mother home and not a "mother/father home."

    I suppose it would be helpful to get a college education so that she may make sound arguments.

    May 11, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. PAv

    WHAT??? Didn't this bigot have a child out of wedlock? Not that there's anything wrong with that, but she's the last one to defend marriage. What a hypocrite. That's part of it. The other part is why is what Bristol Palin, the bigot daughter of a bigot, says matters to anyone?

    May 11, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. jlf

    why would anything she has to say have any relevance in todays politcal arena;not that she can't make her opinion known but i don't think it should be a news story! she and her family are so yesterday.

    May 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Phillip

    I'd rather Glee than what Bristol must've been watching "16 & Pregnant."

    May 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. LJ

    CNN, why would you give her space on your website?

    May 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Emily Bohart

    OMG. Look who's talking.

    May 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Dr Beeker

    It is quite a commentary when comments about anything that BP has to say makes the news. WHAT could she possibly have to say that has not been scripted for her. The fact that CNN even shows to run the "story" only further degrades CNN already devolving reputation.

    May 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Piscesgal

    Really??? This is the LAAAAST person that should be talking....PERIOD. She ought to just focus on being a single mom and changing her last name since her mother did her an injustice by proving to the world that she should stay...in Alaska.

    May 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Mark

    If her logic was used on all civil rights issues, women would still be second class citizens and people would still own human slaves...

    May 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Dark Knight

    You truly must be kidding me. Why are any thoughts from Bristol Palin news worthy. She has no perspective; no education; no moral ground to receive such news action from CNN. I am disgusted with what is actually passed as news. No wonder I, along with numerous others, enjoy the non-news sources such as the Daily Show with Jon Stewart over traditional news.

    May 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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