December 10th, 2009
07:02 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin on Obama speech: 'I liked what he said'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="'I liked what he said,' former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said of the president's Nobel acceptance speech."]
(CNN) – Sarah Palin had some rare praise Thursday for President Obama after the president delivered his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo. But the former Republican vice presidential nominee added that she would like to see the president act more like his predecessor, George W. Bush.

"I liked what he said," Palin told USAToday in an interview after the speech.

Palin said the president's remarks had a familiar ring. "I thumbed through my book quickly this morning to say 'Wow! That really sounded familiar.' because I talked in book too about the fallen nature of man and why war is necessary at times."

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But Palin suggested Obama could learn a few things from former President Bush.

"We have to stop those terrorists over there," she told the paper. "We've learned our lesson from 9/11. George Bush did a great job of reminding Americans every single day that he was in office what that lesson is. And, by the way, I'd like to see President Obama follow more closely in the footsteps of George Bush and [Bush's] passion keeping the homeland safe, his passion for respecting – honoring our troops."

Palin is the second prominent Republican to praise Obama's speech accepting the Nobel Prize, after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called it "very good."

Polls indicate that most Americans believe the award was given to the president prematurely. In his remarks, Obama acknowledged the controversy as he accepted the esteemed international prize after less than a year in the White House.

"I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility," Obama said in the speech. "Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize ... my accomplishments are slight."

Read: Obama's Nobel acceptance speech

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  1. Ohio Lady

    Yeah, right, Obama should be more like George Bush and Dick Cheney??? The reason he even got this honor is because he isn't. Do you dummies really want that woman running the world???

    December 10, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  2. ray

    I remember referring to people of Sarah Palins ilk as bimbettes.

    December 10, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. Jean

    How many writers have to go back to their books to see what they wrote?

    December 10, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. Linda

    It will be HILARIOUS if it is determined that Obama plagarized from Palin's book for his speech.

    I will be laughing about it for DAYS!!!

    December 10, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. Sacha

    I am not too sure what is going on inside that head of Sarah Palins'. She just seems to be a strange human being. I don't think her brain has fully matured yet. She doesn't seem to rationalize things and is too quick to make statements that have no meaning. Her communication skills are worse than George Bush. She needs to leave politics, because quite frankly the world is sick of hearing her voice.

    December 10, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. Michael

    Obama should be more like Bush??? Huh??? What an idiot!!!

    If Obama was more like Bush he wouldn't have even been considered for this honor. And while the award may have been premature or as of yet unearned, much of the reason he was granted the prize is because he WASN'T like Bush. Bush had to continue to promote the need to fit the terrorist because if it wasn't for that he wouldn't have anything to show he had some value. Obama may not have changed or corrected everything the last administration of the past 8 years did to the US, but Obama has done more in the past 11 months to restore than the standing and reputation of the US in the world view than Bush even thinks he did to be a world leader.

    Obama is exactly what we need right now even if he can't accomplish everything he wants because of partisan politics or simply lack of resources; but we'll be headed in the right direction.

    December 10, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. Mike

    I'm surprised she didn't accuse him of palling around with peaceniks...

    December 10, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. Sheila

    How President Obama can send 30,000 more troops to die in a war we shouldn't even be fighting, then accept the Nobel Peace Prize in the same month, boggles the mind.

    December 10, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. Rick

    This women is a loser....

    December 10, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. Zach

    You mean honor our troops by fabricating a war and unnecessarily throwing them in harm's way.....underfunded with no viable exit strategy? That truly is an honor. Soldiers and civilians that otherwise would still be alive couldn't thank you any more, W!

    December 10, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  11. New Yorker

    Sarah Palin is now comparing herself to Barrack Obama?!?!?! Hahahahahahahahahaha!!! What an idiot she is! You betcha!

    December 10, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  12. Ron

    he could support our troops quicker and believe what he says,he could protect the second amendment and quit his socialist trends thats breaking America for no good return.

    December 10, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. The President Sucks

    Can someone please tell me what this guy did to get the Nobel Peace Prize? Is it because he was a Community Organizer? Didnt someone nominate him like 2 weeks after he became President? How is that enough time to know that he should get this award? Im sure he begged someone to nominate him. He sure is a joke.How can anyone like this man. You people that do need to be examined quickly!!! He hasn't done anything from what I have seen except ruin this country. What an idiot!!!!!!

    December 10, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. EasyWriter

    Probably the first time Sarah has read her book.

    December 10, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. Lawton, America

    Make sure you plug your book.

    December 10, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  16. Chris

    I congratulate Palin for praising obama's speech. he gave a good speech and the proof for that is in how little applause he got from the Nobel people. Sometimes saying whats right and true doesn't get you the biggest applause.

    And what's wrong with Palin saying Obama needs to be more like Bush? I think Obama already knows that. Have you noticed how similar his foreign policy is compared to Bush's? That's because it works.

    December 10, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  17. robert

    ooo please palin go away!!!!

    December 11, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. Thomas

    Sarah , you to can learn from others mistakes .
    Look in the mirror baby !

    December 11, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  19. NatTurner

    Really? She has to thumb through her book to recognize that Barack said something similar? Why cant she just recall it in her head? Doesnt she realize she comes across as a a third grader. "Oh wait, let me look in chapter 3 or 4, I think I said something similar."

    December 11, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  20. Alex

    The reason President Obama can say these comments and be praised by the international community and President Bush would be chastised is because President Bush proved that he cared nothing for diplomacy or peaceful negotiations and instead preferred to use the U.S. military as a tool to get whatever he wanted. President Obama on the other hand has proven that he is willing to use diplomacy even in situations like North Korea and Iran to work towards a peaceful solution. Most people agree that force is at times necessary, but the Bush Administration had an attitude of shoot first, talk second which anyone but a right wing conservative can see is wrong and unjust. Unlike Bush, President Obama hasn't invaded a country without just cause killing hundreds of thousands of people. That is why President Obama can say what he did while still receiving the respect of the international community.

    December 11, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  21. Pat

    Her comments are so ridiculous, their brilliant, a ridiculous kind of way.

    December 11, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. jules sand-perkins

    Many of you Democrats, socialists, and communists may laugh at what Sarah Palin is saying today, but you will probably revisit her thinking in 2010 and 2012 to see what hit you and President Obama.
    A few of you may even examine a little Ayn Rand and scatch your heads.

    December 11, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. Daniel

    I'm not exactly the biggest Palin fan.
    But to those who say she said the President got talking points from her are not reading this correctly. She is saying they actually agree on a something

    December 11, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. Ross

    Ok, I was fearful of reading this story because I hate any Palin press being justified by more people clicking on the links. I came to read the comments... And I was well rewarded. I would very much like for her next story here to only appear when she's actually relevant.

    December 11, 2009 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  25. Habiba

    Obama deserves more than that,his speech was good and encouraging keep it up.

    December 11, 2009 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
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