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. That Guy

    WHY is this still news?! I don't care if it is trending.. Take it off! We don't care about what Briston Palin thinks!

    May 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Eric of Reseda

    HEY, BRISTOL! How does getting knocked up out of wedlock reconcile with "thousands of years of thinking about marriage."?

    May 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. two and out for GOP

    First off she didn't comprehend what he said in his message for her to say this "While it's great to listen to your kids' ideas, there's also a time when dads simply need to be dads," wrote Palin" the President said "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." nowhere in that did he say he was taking directions from his kid listening to what they were saying!! What an idiot!! Go back to school little girl you not ready!!

    May 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. pinkydog

    Bristol, shut up!

    May 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. twophad

    Dear CNN,
    How is it that the comments of a person whose main claim to fame is having an out-of-wedlock child and then exploiting that for publicity are considered headline-worthy by a supposed news organization.?? Sarah Palin is uninformed, but she was at least a political candidate. Bristol had a baby and went on a dance contest show. So what's CNN's thinking here?

    May 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. a_canadian_observer

    Watch out my southern neighbors. She may be your Republican nominee for VP one day in the future.

    May 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Chris

    Why are you even reporting this? Who cares what Bristol Palin thinks? It's like reporting Julie Olivers opinion on Obamas decision from Season 1 of the Real World on MTV. Random? Obscure? Exactlly. Who Cares?

    May 11, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. alexwilliamstakesphotos

    why exactly is this on national news? Does anyone really care what's going through Bristol Palin's head?

    May 11, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Brett

    No doubt Bristol is a great representative of the social baromoter of this country

    May 11, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Mike Botwin

    This is probably the most laughable news story this year. Yes, Bristol, fathers shape their children's world views. Has Levi knocked up any other single women lately? Please, Bristol, keep your mouth and your legs shut.

    May 11, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Dave

    well, consider her upbringing, a mamma Grizzly after all.
    But really is that not what Palin herself always said was so important to her and her family. Family involvement and a understanding of family? Apparently that understanding of what "Family" is and means is a bit lost on the Palin family. Bucman, I disagree, with your statement, there are a lot less airheads like Bristol in the country than you may think, and most of them would not even know how to vote anyway.

    May 11, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Anonymous

    I am beginning to think the Palin's are political vampires. They can't be killed, they won't go away, and for some astonishing reason, new outlets think stuff like this is news!

    May 11, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Shecky

    Bristol's baby-daddy could not be reached for comment.

    May 11, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. East of Eden

    Says the young tramp who had a kid out of wedlock, shut up.

    May 11, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. fbysea

    Ah, Bristol Palin, the role model for young teenagers. She has shown such great wisdom in the past. The Palins just can't heed the great wisdom of Abraham Lincoln :"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt."

    May 11, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. yodaddy

    wow, this coming from an unwed mother? this family jut needs to shut-up!

    May 11, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. katahdin

    If only Bristol's dad had been a dad when her boyfriend was allowed to spend the night in his 16 year old daughters bedroom.
    President Obama is a great dad and a great president.

    May 11, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. JeanYar

    So now it is wrong to talk to your children about life style issues and to admit that in trying to raise thinking caring children who will become thinking caring adults...that one's own view may also evolve? What kind of Neanderthal family does Bristol Palin come from? Her own experiences leave much to be admired. The only thing positive in her life is that she has traded privacy for publicity and money. Every thing in her life since she was 16 years old has been a money grab by her family. Well, until the junior Ms. Palin actually accomplishes something worthwhile...she should be ignored by the American public and especially the Media.

    May 11, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. d

    Oh good, now we're getting lessons in morality from Bristol Palin.

    May 11, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Why is this even news? Who in their right mind even cares what Bristol Palin thinks – Really how can you even comment on her opinion – for shame this girl who had sex in high school and wasn't even smart enough to take any measures to prevent a pregnancy. What I feel sorry for is that her mother is Sarah Palin – OMG NO MORE NEWS ABOUT WHAT BRISTOL PALIN THINKS

    May 11, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Cynthia L.

    Even though I am not a fan of the Palin family, the abusive comments are pretty over the top. That's why the Palin family shouldn't do it, and neither should any of you.
    Times are changing, and with help for, and concern for others in our actions and words, this world will become a better place for all.
    Peace out. It's about love.

    May 11, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Martin

    Why does the media care so much about what kids of former politicians think about issues?

    Bristol Palin is hardly qualified. This would be like asking the son of an architect what they thought about a building design.

    At least Meghan McCain has some political education, but why are we all of a sudden getting into what the kids of politicians think about issues?

    May 11, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Shared_gum

    Bristol Palin = the one who gave birth to a child out of wedlock.

    Do I think that there is anything wrong with that? Absolutely not. But you are the one talking about morals and religion and things of that nature. You should be ashamed of yourself for lecturing others (not for the child – you have to love and accept your kids no matter what).

    May 11, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Pander Bear

    But what does Snooki think? It's important we know.

    May 11, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Justin

    Bristol Palin takes on Obama? Like Obama cares about this mouth breather. This hypocrite needs to go back to having babies out of wedlock and keep herself out of politics.

    May 11, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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