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.


Filed under: Bristol Palin • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (1,038 Responses)
  1. J

    How in the hell is the Palin family relevant to anything anymore?

    May 11, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Thom

    Yet another set of body parts little Ms. Palin needs to learn how to keep closed.

    May 11, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Keith

    People who use the argument that we should not change a thousand years of thinking about marriage, GET REAL. Then should we have not done away with slavery or women not have equal rights and so on.It was consider proper for many years. In some countries women are still treated as second class citizens becuase it is considered ok and been that way for a thousands of years. Should that view not change. People, countries and views evolve. Just because it was considered ok for a thousand years does not make it right. Where would we all be if that was the reasoning being used. Find another arguing point.

    May 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Bill

    The day people start getting lessons in morality and values from this piece of trash is the day this country is doomed.

    May 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. TexaSAM

    Too funny coming from a women who, between her and her boyfriend, couldn't figure out how to use BC. Bristol should stick to ... ah.... to.... ah... whatever her day job is these days.

    May 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Jessie Schlosser

    "We know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview." – words of a single teen mom. Lets stop giving this attention starved child so much time and energy.

    May 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. charles

    Simple reply where is your baby daddy!!! Go back to school and get some common sense. you don't get it on dance shows honey!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Senor Ed

    Well, now that Bristol has given her opinion I can rest easy.

    May 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Arthur

    so Bristol 'knocked-up-teenager-out-of-wedlock' Palin is commenting against the President's views about gay marriage, yeah makes sense to me......

    May 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Johnny

    What about the thousands of years of tradition of having children in wedlock? How's Levi? Hypocrite much?

    May 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Donut Burger

    Wow...The last person is this world who should be talking about the sanctity of marriage. I guess having a kid before getting married is her qualification.

    May 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Mr. Publius

    It's clear that history will not be kind in it's opinions of the Palin family....they will be viewed as backward, intolerant, and mean-spirited. Cast aside with similar people who derided interracial marriage.

    May 11, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. mom2homer

    Bristol Palin is an excellent spokesperson for traditional marriage.

    May 11, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. D$

    Bristol as much as I agree with your response I wished you lived by it. Well said

    May 11, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Mark

    This from a girl who is a single teen mom? Which is fine with me. It happens all the time. But this religious hipocracy has to end from all humans that are religious or pretend to be religious. This girl has a child as a child and is not married but has the audacity to dry and dictate how someone else should live their life? I'm so tired of religion. It needs to go.

    May 11, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Jmacq1

    It's a little hard to effectively "take on" someone when you clearly didn't understand what he was saying and thus misrepresented it throughout your entire statement. Guess Bristol's been coached by her mother and her friends.

    Also love how apparently watching a couple episodes of a TV show apparently shapes someone's entire world view, as opposed to coming to an informed opinion that something is unjust or wrong.

    May 11, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. BOB FROM BRIDGEPORT

    Can you say pet rock ! Take a deep breathe.

    May 11, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. edzepp

    It's hard to believe, but in Bristol we've actually found someone who is even less-informed and more incompetent than her mother.

    May 11, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Big_D

    Nothing like a irresponsible teen to tell the President what to do. She must get the inflated head from her mother and her intelligence from whoever Sarah was fooling around with when she got pregnant.

    May 11, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. brrrrrrrian

    This is insane that CNN would stoop to giving this little brat any news time. A single uneducated teen mom who chose an idiot baby daddy from a backwoods meth town in Alaska. To top it all off she has an insane monther.

    You really want to hear her thoughts? Let's hear what an educated individual has to say on the subject?

    Poor class CNN. especially now.

    May 11, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Big_D

    I see hypocrisy must be inherited by genetics.

    May 11, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. SAC

    Yes, President Obama doesn't make a policy decision without conferring with his two young daughters? Bristol Palin has had one two many hits of something if she thinks this..,

    May 11, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. James Pounders

    Gosh, if we continued in thinking the same from years ago, Bristol would have been ostracized, sent away to have the baby and made to give it up. Little Miss Single Mom needs to grow up. And any gay person who associates with her needs to back up and see who they are around. She is a bigot just like her Mom. Why should she have more rights than me as an American?

    May 11, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. danel

    Her 20 minutes of fame gone long time ago. She'd probably need some money to finance a new car or something.

    May 11, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Big_D

    Wow, she really does look a lot like Ted Stevens.

    May 11, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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