April 9th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
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Obama brushes off Palin on nuclear deal

President Obama on Friday brushed off criticism from Sarah Palin that his agreement with Russia to restrict the use of nuclear weapons amounts to a dangerous sign of weakness.

President Obama on Friday brushed off criticism from Sarah Palin that his agreement with Russia to restrict the use of nuclear weapons amounts to a dangerous sign of weakness.

(CNN) - President Obama on Friday brushed off criticism from Sarah Palin that his agreement with Russia to restrict the use of nuclear weapons amounts to a dangerous sign of weakness.

"I really have no response," the president said tersely in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America. "Because last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues."

Speaking on Fox News earlier this week, Palin said the recently negotiated treaty with Russia - seeking a reduction in the number of nuclear weapons held by the two countries - is an "unbelievable" move and that "no administration in America's history I think would ever have considered such a step."

"It's kinda like getting out in the playground, a bunch of kids ready to fight, and one of the kids saying 'go ahead, punch me in the face, I am not going to retaliate, go ahead and do what you want to with me,'" Palin said.

Obama said Friday: "I would say to them is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin."

The treaty requires approval from two-thirds of the Senate to go into effect. Some of the chamber's Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, have indicated that they are not ready to support the deal.

"The Senate will assess whether or not the agreement is verifiable, whether it reduces our nation's ability to defend itself and our allies from the threat of nuclear armed missiles, and whether or not this administration is committed to preserving our own nuclear triad," McConnell said in a statement.


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  1. Charles

    Sarah Palin for some reason believes she is an expert on everything.
    First of all, the nukes that we will no longer have in our HUGE arsenal are deteriorating at their natural rate, and would not be usable anyway. So why not make a show of peaceful negotiations while the opportunity presents itself?
    Second, we still have more than enough Nuclear weapons (or since she's a rebuglican, she would say "nuculer" weapons) to destroy the entire planet several times over.
    And the whole playground metaphor is ridiculous. She would be the kind of person who would want a bunch of kids to fight on the playground, including her retard grandchild. She's pathetic.

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. cj

    Palin – 6 years to get through college
    Obama – President of Harvard Law Review

    You compare.

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Jim

    Boy, Palin is sure onto something there. No administration would ever consider a mutual reduction of nuclear arms. Well, no administration except Ford's, Carter's, Reagan's, and George HW Bush's. Obama's going way out into crazy town on this one. (cough)

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. J

    It's like Obama wants to repeat our history of the 1930's. Do any of you know what happened then and why? Probably not, thanks to the liberals success of "dumbing down" our public school system...And those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it!

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. al in memphis

    Let's see, President Palin thinks that the more nuclear weapons in the world the safer everyone will be. Two atomic bombs almost wipe Japan off the map and the type of bombs they have now make those look like toys. How can the USA take a strong stand against other countries like Iran getting nuclear bombs while we continue to build up an arsenal.
    We were once viewed as leaders of the world because our power was control by intelligent thinking. Now we are just viewed as powerful and arrogant thanks to Rove, Palin type thinking.

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Jay T.

    I want to thank Sarah Palin for offering the worst analogy in the history of humankind.

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Michael

    Sarah knows everything you need to know about Russia. She can see it from her house. That makes her an expert. And why shouldn't the republicans not approve the treaty. They will not approve anything that they cannot take credit for. They are like the little boy who brings the ball for a playground game. You either play by their rules or they'll take their ball and go home.

    April 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. SCOTO

    Defence budget is amongst highest in recent times under Obama and the nuclear talks with Russia yielding no advantage to either side yet the 24 hours FOX "Goebbels" channel produces their idiot of the moment to scare the dopes out there once again with the excact opposite of the facts. And the chumps who watch this garbage gobble it up rather than actually do any research

    April 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Texas Doc

    If she is so tough why did she quit a job people elected her to do? Answer that and stay fashionable.

    April 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. mike

    nuclear reduction treaties? no self-respecting Republican president would agree to suhc a thing...not even Ronald Reagan! oh, wait....

    April 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Mike from Brooklyn

    Mrs. Palin: It's like one kid says to the other, "if you punch me in the face I won't mow you down with an Uzi - I'll punch you back harder and faster". It's about proportionate response - do you knwo tht big word? It won't fit on your hand so I guess not. Do us all a favor and go back to Alaska - we need you to keep an eye on Putin since you can see him from there!

    April 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. newt

    Just like two kids in a playground!
    Dat lady's crazee-stoopid!

    April 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. green

    "unbelievable" move and that "no administration in America's history I think would ever have considered such a step."

    Maybe palin was referring to our involvement in Iraq . . . .

    April 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Jay Robertson

    Actually it's like two adults saying, "Hey, how about we reduce the unnecessarily high amount of nuclear weapons we've amassed so we can work towards peace and reduce the possibility of terrorists obtaining nucelar material?" Sarah P is the child in the playground, looking for a fight, for attention, for relevance. What a loser! Thank God we have an adult in the White House, a beacon of peace for the rest of the world to follow.

    April 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Palin-Stupid

    Another problem with Palin is that she attempts to critisize everything that Obama does. This leads her to make stupid comments that make no sense. Both the U.S. and Russia are reducing their nuclear war heads, so how this one sided, like Palin said.

    April 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Prahlad

    "Because last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues." – Obama.

    Nothing can be hilarious than this. Yes, Palin's "new-killer" instinct is far more awful than Ahmedinajad's.

    April 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Joel Miller

    Watch the Republicans try to make political hay out of this. If the health care fight is any example, they'll lie and distort to break public confidence in the treaty. Just like on health care, when she lied about non-existent death panels, Sarah Palin is throwing out the first rotten tomato.

    April 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Liz the First

    Talk about engaging in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent. palin is so stupid she doesn't even know how stupid she is. i have yet to hear anything out of her mouth that makes any sense. she needs to go back to her trailer park and never be heard from again.

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Karen

    If Palin would keep her mouth shut,maybe she could pretend that she was educated.

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. EDDIE

    So was she looking at the notes on her palm?Because if she needs notes to remind her of the repub battle cry she will need them on nuclear issues.Can you imagine this airhead in office dealing with these issues? She would quit right after she pushed the red button.And say it was god's will.Wink

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Virginia

    Responding to her fruitcake ideas only gives her status. Ignore the bimbo and her tea party gang. Americans are going to get tired of her strident and shrill mouthings and it can't happen soon enough.

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Jesse

    I like Sarah! But is she really that dense. I'm at a loss for words, and now believe her rhetoric is only to chastise and create controversy. We already have enough nuclear weapons to disintegrate this earth many times over.

    I am embarrassed to say that I was going to vote for her!

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Tony Monsanto

    God forbid our president does something to make the world a better place. Why dont people like Playboy Palin not understand, as the leaders of the world we must do things first, to lead the way for others that fear us.

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Palin is an idiot

    Palin is an idiot. Bush destroyed more weapons in his term than Obama just did. Furthermore, we STILL have enough bombs to blow the entire world up at least ten times! Let’s destroy some of them so we can keep better track of what we have and where it’s going.

    I’m sick and tired of Palin and other extremists shooting down ANYTHING he does. How can I take Republicans seriously when all they do is complain about everything? Nothing is more disgusting to me than the AMERICANS who want their president to fail. Guess what, if he fails, we fail! Palin needs to take a geography lesson before she even considers running for president next term!

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. whatsup

    Both countries agree to reduce nukes...that's fine with most people. Is it necessary to have more then 2000 nukes for each country? How many does it take to destroy a country...10-12 maybe. They have enough to destroy each other multiple times...a little overkill don't you think. Why I'm I not surprised @ Mitch not supporting this?? This guy never supports anything...he needs to be out of there. He's become a very rich man from being in the Senate.

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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