January 20th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
3 months ago

Palin slams Obama in MLK post

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reposted a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech on Monday–and took a swipe against President Barack Obama at the same time.

"Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card," she said in a Facebook post Monday, a holiday that marks the civil rights icon's birthday.

While the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee didn't give a specific example of Obama playing the "race card," her comment comes after the President referenced his race in a New Yorker article published over the weekend.

"There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President," Obama said.

The quote came in a section of the story about his declining poll numbers among white voters over the last year. He also lost the voting demographic by a wide margin in his 2012 re-election bid, the article notes.

According to CNN national exit polls, Obama won only 39% of the white vote.

"Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I'm a black President," Obama added.

– CNN's Sara Fischer contributed to this report.


Filed under: President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Who cares what this GOP DOLT says or does??????

    January 20, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Jason

    hen will the next book be out...I am dying to read what palin has to say

    January 20, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. roofinreality

    $ister $arah,
    Thank you for trying to create a controversy where none exists. His statement, unfortunately, is true. There are many who don't like him strictly for the color of his skin. And, there are many who like him solely because of his skin.
    Now, why don't you go back to living in your "real America..." wherever that is.

    January 20, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. nick

    Did Ms. Palin read the full article to get the context of what the president was saying? Of course not, it's Sarah Palin, she does not read but shoot her mouth. Thomas Thistlewood.

    January 20, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Jeff6187

    Nobody takes this B!mbo seriously anyway. Serious ... accusing Obama of playing the race card when half her sales pitch while running for VP was "the soccer Mom" ... tossing around the gender and Mommy cards. And the thing about Sarah is ... tossing out all those cards means she's no longer playing with a full deck!

    January 20, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. greenaxe

    Not only a sorry excuse for a politician...a sorry excuse for a human being is 'Ol Sarah.

    January 20, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Snooki Palin proving to be a dunce again. What's new?

    January 20, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Megan Hunsdale

    Ugh. What a revolting woman.

    January 20, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. RAV

    i can't believe this dumb wannabe president is still making comments about president, why can't she shut up

    January 20, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Insight

    She must quit politics.

    January 20, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Failin Palin

    Until you have something useful to say, shut the He!!!!! up. Why people waste time or brain cells on you I will never know. Find something usefull to do to justify the food you eat and the air you breathe.

    January 20, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. magicpanties

    Obama will be remembered as an historic and effective president, while Palin will be remembered as an ignorant buffoon that quit.

    January 20, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. M

    Did anyone even read the article?

    "There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President," Obama said.

    In the context of declining pole numbers.

    "The quote came in a section of the story about his declining poll numbers among white voters over the last year. He also lost the voting demographic by a wide margin in his 2012 re-election bid, the article notes."

    Which I find hard to believe. 13% of America is black, 77% white. That's 90% of the vote right there. Whites still support him and in large numbers. I appreciate Obama putting race out there, it needs to be discussed but it seems in this context he is trying to make whites feel bad about themselves. The ideas that I were taught about Dr. King don't seem to be the ones shared by this president. Dr. King wanted the starting line equal for everyone, this president regards of his color wants the finish line equal regardless of effort.

    January 20, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. adibese

    Don't really like Obama. Don't like the spying, broken promises, weak leadership and attacks on whistle-blowers. However, the alternative is MUCH MUCH worse.

    January 20, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. JohnRJohnson

    This is the same person who attended several different colleges until she found one that was virtually all-white. She left the University of Hawaii because there were too many people who weren't like her… nudge-nudge.

    January 20, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Michael

    is a conservative republican for all of my life I have now concluded that the republican party of so out of touch and people like palin are so ignorant and hateful that I am now a democrat. others I speak to feel the same way. palin and her kind are vocal but in the minority- trust me it is the beginning of the end for her and them

    January 20, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. MNClownfactory

    Sarah Palin....imagine she could have been 1 heart beat away from the presidents seat. I think, America is one lucky country. Thank goodness we have more we reasoned people than we do Tea Publican supporters.

    January 20, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    To the Quitta and all the haters out there: What President Obama said about people disliking or liking him because he's black is the truth – something you folks don't have the STONES to accept.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    January 20, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Jon

    She's a stupid ignorant moron who knows nothing about adversity and what means to be on the outside looking in. I'm just thankful she is not serving as the Vice President. John McCain is a smart guy but WHAT WAS HE THINKING?

    January 20, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Brian

    She's a disgusting person.

    January 20, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Waryaa

    Now there is an old Somali saying in which a hyena was asked what he disliked the most about humans...Hyena said eating the sheep that belongs to a woman...when asked why..hyena said because they never let it go..

    January 20, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Back Out Now

    John McCain needs to be charged with treason for inflicting the US with this terminal cancer. She cant just keep her stupid to herself. She has to keep spreading it and infecting the entire country. Ghyrl, your political career is OVER! Go home and bake cookies for your kids. Um...Cut the oven on first. Its located in the kitchen....where the food is stored.

    January 20, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. it must be said

    The Real Tom Paine
    cheer when Chicago lost the 2016 Olympics bid:
    --–

    The WORLD cheered when Chicago lost the bid for the Olympics. How insane is holding the Olympics in the murder capital of the USA? Chicago is a failing Democrat lead city that is imploding without money for such nonsense. Maybe they should have had it in Detroit?

    Face the truth.... Obama was just looking for one more celebrity event to show up at.

    January 20, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Downey

    Ms. Palin...I'm going to play the race card, stop embarrassing the human race!

    January 20, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    Playing the race card, eh, Quitta? From the woman who whenever someone dares to disagree with her, she immediately starts to whine about how they do so because she's a woman, she's a repub, she's a Christian, or some other lame excuse except for the fact that she's a hateful, ignorant, trashy media junkie who'd be nowhere if she weren't photogenic.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    January 20, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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