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. ReasonableXX

    Isn't it ironic that the same people who whine the loudest about the Obama administration taking away their personal freedoms are also the people who are most vocal in banning same sex marriage and supressing the rights of others?

    May 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Shelly

    Egads. Is she still regurgitating nonsense? This entire family is so yesterday. And Bristol, honey? Need we make comparisons with your motherhood choices and the legions of stable and effective gay couples who could show you PLENTY?

    May 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. bucman

    I believe this statement by Bristol, the voice of her generation, will doom Obama this fall.

    May 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. smithk_80

    So, father's supposed to lead, uh? Your dad lead you to have pre-martial sex and a baby out of wedlock? Here's a thought...take care of the log in your eye before you talk about the splinter in someone else's. Your entire family has no place to talk to anyone about values, morals, or much of anything else. How about someone take away your child because single mothers aren't fit parents? Doesn't sound so good now, does it?

    May 11, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Linda

    People that live in Glass Houses should not throw stones......or......let those who are free from sin cast the first stone......or.....make your words soft and sweet you never know from day to day which ones you'll have to eat......or....clean out your own closet before trying to clean up someone elses.......what makes what this girl has to say quailfy to hit the news cycle? This girl made the choice to have sex, get pregnant, have the child out of wedlock and is raising her child without a father......and from what I gather the relationship with the Palin family and the father is not the best in the world......so what kind of a loving relationship is she bringing this child up in......two women or two men that love each other will provide a better life for their child than she is giving hers.......

    May 11, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Remember this is the girl who "wrote a book" where she called her kid a rape baby after breaking up with her boyfriend, then left her infant child to go to Hollywood and make reality tv.

    May 11, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. BrowardCountyBoyFL

    Let's see – The Obamas finished their education, established themselves as autonomous people outside of mommy and daddy's residence, got married, and THEN had two beautiful daughters. By the way, they are STILL married, and both are actively involved in their daughter's lives.

    Ms Palin had a fling with the local hockey jock, had a child out of wedlock, and by most accounts, the daddy is not helping her at all with the baby, and is now involved with another woman, and will soon have a child with her.

    Now, which set of parents actually followed the "thousands of years" of cultural norms Ms Palin so fondly mentions? And therefore, whose advice on parenting is actually more meaningful? Oh please, give me a break!

    May 11, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Jersey George

    Hey Rush, you got it wrong, the real slut was Bristol Palin, not Sandra Fluke. I wonder how Bristol's celibacy is working out for her or is she now using contraceptives. Don't let Rick Sanctimonious find out if you are.

    May 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. tangledthorns

    I'm not religious and I know gay marriage is wrong. Bristol is a sharp woman for calling Obama on his B.S. statements.

    May 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Bill, NY

    And her opinion really matters because?!?!?!?

    May 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Jeff

    Well the apple does not fall far from the tree. It seems the Palin women are intent on not getting their facts straight and take things out of context. All the President said was that the tipping point was listening to his daughters (who by the way have a greater education, intellect and grasp of reality than either Ms. Palins have) speak on the issue and realized it was time to rethink his position.

    Like her mother, Ms. Palin pontificates and moralizes, while maintaining little, if any, moral high ground. I hardly think either of the Palin women have the right to speak on issues relating to the raising of a child or how to relate to them. Obviously, Sarah Barracuda did not have a great deal of influence on her daughter's moral compass or sex education. Maybe if she had been more practical (and shared her personal exeriences) she would not be a grandmother and her daughter an unwed mother without a high school education.

    It is time CNN and other news outlets stop giving credence to the ramblings of anyone with a certain last name and pretend it is news. Shame on you CNN for making this a story. And shame on you John McCain for the gift that keeps on polarizing, the Palin family.

    May 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Travis

    LOL. Bristol Palin, the authority on positive family structure.

    May 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Donaldbain

    Bristol, Bristol, Bristol. Where is your baby-daddy? Do you understand how foolish and ignorant you sound? Look to your own life as a poor example for others. Have you even finished high school? Everything you have was given to you because of your mother, you haven't earned a thing in your life. Go away.

    May 11, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. P7

    VERY DISAPPOINTED IN YOU, CNN! There is no reason whatsoever that this nobody should warrant any type of press attention. Let the millions of Tweeps take her down on Twitter and keep your news site classy and focus on what needs to have attention paid to it. This idiot, obviously, is not news worthy.

    May 11, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. klangster

    She "wrote a book' calling her child a rape baby so she could make a buck selling abstinence, then leaves infant child and goes to Hollywood to be on reality tv and gets massive plastic surgery at age 18

    May 11, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. daemonreaper

    She should stop taking cues from her mom and stay out of politics.

    May 11, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Paul

    Clearly having a mother and father didn't help this poor excuse for a mother learn right from wrong. Or is she saying that she followed her parent's advice when she got drunk while camping and then got knocked up by some random high school jock? Really. Bristol?

    May 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Hal

    What a simpleton. Yeah let's go back to arranged marriages and trading daughters for goats. Someone need to shut the Palin's microphone off. We need to keep reminding people that the world is a complex system with complex problems and that looking to people who want to answer those problems with slogans and anectdotes is a recipe for failure!

    May 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. FactCheck

    Hey CNN, why stop at Bristol Palin? Tell us the opinions of Kardashians, the Jersey Shore tribe and the rest of the dolts like Bristol who are famous for being famous.

    May 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Mark M

    OMG!!! So let me get this straight. An unwed mother who has no man, professing to know about raising children? what does this have to do with gay marriage? The only money she has ever earned was on DWTS – a TV Program? Boy, that's what you have to love about the Christian Al-qaeda – hipocrites. I love it. Bible thumpers who get caught with their pants down (LOL).

    May 11, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Anonymous

    This is, at best, a high school debate team essay hoping to win readers over with its sense of maturity. Yawn.

    May 11, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. sgurdog

    Just like her mother, too much mouth and not enough brains. After her teenage pregnancy out of wedlock you'd think she's understand that she has NO room to speak on anyone else's sexuality, much less the president's own personal beliefs. These Palin's are the epitome of hypocrisy.

    May 11, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. yem

    Bristol had to grow very fast forward after she was subjected to the worst teenage trauma she experienced. She is doing great so far. And now my suggestion for her is to pack up backpack and go to college of her choice and graduate from and go further. You have the resources. You are young and you can do it. Just to enter into the adult world unprepared like what you are doing, is the worst you can do to yourself and to your lovely child. Don't try to be a politician just because your mom jumped into it unprepared.

    May 11, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. JJ

    I'd be more interested in what the Curly of the Three Stooges would have to say, if he were still alive, than in Bristol's musings.

    May 11, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Kristysgodmother

    "thousands of years of thinking about marriage". You mean the part where you get married and then have babies?

    May 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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