Palin urges Obama to express condolences for slain ex-Navy SEAL
February 11th, 2013
11:29 AM ET
1 year ago

Palin urges Obama to express condolences for slain ex-Navy SEAL

(CNN) – Sarah Palin said she hopes President Barack Obama "pays his respects" to the slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was killed at a shooting range by a fellow veteran on February 2.

In Dallas for the funeral, the former Alaska governor said she and her husband "find it sad to see that flags aren't flying at half staff for this American hero."

"We're surrounded today by American patriots here in Texas – by Chris' fellow veterans and active duty warriors," she wrote on Facebook Monday morning. "In honor of them, I hope our commander in chief pays his respects in some gesture of condolence for their comrade in arms who sacrificed so much to keep him and all of us safe."

Kyle, who was 38, served four combat tours in Iraq and received two Silver Stars, among other commendations. He left the Navy in 2009. He was most known for declaring himself the "most lethal sniper in U.S. history" with more than 150 sniper killings in Iraq, which he described as a record for any American.

"We may never know to what extent Chris kept us free or how many lives he saved by his brave actions in the line of fire. But his fellow warriors know how important he was," Palin wrote.

Shortly after his death, Palin wrote on Facebook that she had lost a friend. She explained that she and her husband, Todd, first met Kyle in Pella, Iowa, when he helped out with security for the premiere of "The Undefeated," a documentary about Palin that debuted in June 2011.

"Later we became friends with Chris when he was on 'Stars Earn Stripes' with Todd," she said, referring to the NBC reality show in which competitors took on missions based on military exercises.

"Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably," she continued. "He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten."


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soundoff (482 Responses)
  1. pdaddy

    Sarah,

    Please go away. Nobody cares about your pathetic attempts to stay in the spotlight even using the tragic death of this man as a platform for your to bolster your ego.

    February 11, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. kevin w

    Yeah...lets fly flags at half staff for every veteran. Flags will stay there forever..so what is the point.

    February 11, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    I do not want you to pop up...

    February 11, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. robert Jay

    Iwpould expect the President would follow whatever is custom for a retired soldier who dies of any menas – whats so special about him? Doesthi woman ever look at things logically and rationally? What a waste she is!

    February 11, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. K in Miami

    I have no idea why CNN would run a story on this woman, this woman represents whats wrong with what a few select Americans Value.

    Unfortunetly we have come to value incivility, ignorance, stupidity and mean spirited personas. For example, people like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Joe Wilson have been rewarded with WEALTH as a result of their personas, this is what Americans have put on such a high platform.

    The best thing about Sarah Palin is that her star has dimmed and she is fading away, if only CNN could help mitigate her fading completly out of American life it would benefit the nation.

    February 11, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    the shreiking harpie once again trying to stay relevant.....pathetic

    February 11, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. yanni

    "known for declaring himself the "most lethal sniper in U.S. history" with more than 150 sniper killings in Iraq, which he described as a record for any American."

    God knows how many of the people died to break a record?

    February 11, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Ask the Chief

    I find it sad that she is politicizing the death of a highly decorated combat veteran just to take a jab at the Commander in Chief.

    February 11, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Brian Romkee

    Sarah Palin give it a break!! it is aweful and you and your husband should be ashamed of yourselves using this American Hero as a platform to get back on the national stage. As a veteran I understand the sacrifice to be made, but I would think that this American hero would NOT want his name to be used as a platform to push your agenda and have him being a American Hero. I would bet he is a very humble man and for you to say this is outrageous!!!!

    February 11, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Shortly after his death, Palin wrote on Facebook that she had lost a friend. She explained that she and her husband, Todd, first met Kyle in Pella, Iowa,
    ------------------------------------------------- Were they "friends" in the same way that Romney was "friends" with one of the soldiers that died in Benghazi?
    You know 'never really knew him but good enough for some cheap publicity and a chance to tell the President what to do" type of friend.
    I hope this soldier rests in peace, in spite of Sarah.

    February 11, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. wm Scot

    Lets have the flags fly half staff for all thoses killed by fire arms too Sarah ! Yes this man did an outstanding job eliminating the enemy but his killing is like so many in this country.

    February 11, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. bear

    She must be low on endorsement money. I guess only red states have heroic veterans,

    February 11, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Bill from Baltimore

    Is there anything or anyone more irrelevent than Sarah Palin?

    February 11, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Joe The Plumber

    Only Palin could come up with this red herring – politicizing a slain vet. Classless!

    February 11, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. anonoymous

    Live by the sword.....why should the president offer anything but another good reason for gun control? Palin go away

    February 11, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. California Gary

    I guess that since she lost a friend to gun violence, she will be getting on board with reforming the gun laws.........yeah right........like that's gonna happen. Go away Palin......

    February 11, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. GRS62

    After being dropped by every media outlet, Palin is saying anything to get back in the spotlight. Her 15 minutes ended last year.

    February 11, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Grady

    This man was murdered...a shooting victim, killed by a deranged individual at a target range.
    Another unfortunate caualty of gun violence...
    His death is not a reason to fly our flag at half staff. If a reason is needed for a period of national mourning, then the reason is because we as a nation are so polarized in our thinking that to have a rational discussion about fire arms is virtually impossible.

    February 11, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Larry L

    We have many patriots and we fly flags at National Cemeteries in honor of them all. Sarah Palin's pitiful need for attention is pathetic but serves a purpose. We are reminded to select our leaders more carefully and place less emphasis on physical appearance and marketing potential. This mindless, under-educated, unethical shrew, could have become POTUS.

    February 11, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    K in Miami

    I have no idea why CNN would run a story on this woman
    -------------

    LOL. I've been trying to figure that out for a few years now. I'll get back to you if I ever find out why CNN idolizes her enough to continue their Sarah Palin love-fest even though the rest of America has so gotten over Palin ... and then some.

    February 11, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Buzzwad

    I love it! On the same page as Sarah, there's picture of Gov. Bobby Jindal with the quote " to the GOP, stop being stupid".

    February 11, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Oh, that would be nice but think of all the men and women of the military that should be honored that way. Is it fair to comment on one and not the others? What about all those that came back from service and then committed suicide? Should they be talked about as well? That would take hours to go through all the names.

    February 11, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Completely Disgusted

    I am astounded by the hateful comments made thus far. Did you not read the above? She and her husband considered this man a friend, and it would be impossible to dispute the fact that he was a HERO and should be recognized as such. He saved countless lives, and when he returned to American soil, he dedicated his life to serving and supporting veterans and their families. Put your political views aside and try using common sense. Of COURSE the Commander in Chief should in some way pay his respects to this man, his family and to his brothers and sisters who have served or are serving to keep us all safe. How can this possibly be disputed?

    February 11, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. sonny chapman

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God-Matthew 5,9.

    February 11, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. sassysticks53

    I can just picture President Obama doing what Sarah wants – NOT! Go fly a kite in the Alaska wilderness, Sarah. No one cares what you think nor what you have to say, least of all President Obama!

    February 11, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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