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. Illionois Blue Dog

    As usual, Palin has not read her history books. Governor Palin stated that "no administration in America's history I think would ever have considered such a step." However, none other than Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush did more than "consider such a step" – they actually signed the firts two START treaties with Gorbechev and the former USSR to reduce and keep in check our respective nuclear arsenals. Is Palin really this ignorant?

    April 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    Hello...Kettle, Pot calling.

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Sorensen

    Obama should just totally ignore the little bubblehead.
    And Fox "News".

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. FM

    I will love to see Palin having a serious, constructive interview of any of reporters excluding Fox News, and explain clearly what she means. Instead she goes somewhere (where there is a group of her supporters) and rips off the way she wants! That is not standing for what she really means, it is just: bla, bla, bla, bla!

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Jack of All Trades

    Obama signs a nuke with Russia while a Russia backed takes over in Kyrgyzstan?!?!?!? DUH!! Methinks somebody else doesn't have a clue on defense policy either.

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. JW_OEF09

    Actually Sarah, it's not like that at all. Your example is predicated on the belief that the fight is a foregone conclusion. It shouldn't be. This is where Obama's foreign policy is light years ahead of the Republicans. Engaging the world with brains and not some wild west cowboy bravado. Grow up and start thinking before you speak.

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. badger

    2700 Nukes aren't enough for SP I'm sure she doesn't even know a thing about them. How many times can we blow up the world with 2700 Nukes?

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Brian

    That's the problem, "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,'"

    She views the world as if everyone is about to fight one another. Sure, there's going to be "dust ups", but hasn't Russia shied away from every major conflict with us and used surrogates? We are still in better socioeconomic and political shape than Russia, and the military is no contest...just look at the Russian performance against Georgia. They had just enough in their mechanized force to last the short conflict, and then they began to break down. Ms. Palin, quit trying to scare everyone.

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Jason

    The thought that anything less than our current nuclear arsenal would not be an effective deterrent and is a "sign of weakness" is absurd. How many nuclear weapons does it take to deter a single (or even a handful) of countries? The assertions that the massive and ageing arsenal that we have is necessary for national security is Cold War rhetoric that has no place in the modern day. I am not suggesting that we forfeit our entire arsenal, but scaling back makes sense. And to Sarah Palin and the other Tea Party people, think of what the Federal government has to spend to maintain our current arsenal that is aging and requiring increasing levels of maintenance. But then again, you all just seem to think that Taxes are lining all the Washington insiders’ pockets and not actually being spent on services, like maintaining these weapons.

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Daivie

    Amazing. Palin pretends to be an expert on anything that allows her to be critical of Obama. I think the press knows that Palin is the most repulsive, grotesque reactionary to seek high office since Spiro Agnew, and that she is nothing more than a pawn for the religious right; yet the press is still giving her a free pass, except for Ed and Keith. It's time to respond to her the way you belately responded to Joe McCarthy. Let the truth be known about who advises her for her Twitter and Facebook remarks. She has no depth of knowledge...just depth of hatred. Her main goal is to redeem hersefl from the embarrassing vp campaign. Among intelligent people, that's not possible. The republican candidate that will debate her honestly will have the best chance in 2012. Don't they know that ?

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. gjresid

    What does CNN exactly see in Palin? She is no intellectual, has no policy positions,cannot speak coherently, cannot govern (state or family); and yet CNN is obsessively following her. Is it ratings or all of you have decided to seek lowest common denominator in intelligence?

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. matteo

    Palin is so stupid she has literally attempted to associate nuclear arms with playgrounds...

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Yikes!

    *Sighs* I can already hear the right-wingers response to where Obama said that Palin is not an expert on nuclear issues: "Oh yeah, right... and like YOU'RE an expert, Obama?!" Read the rest of the article, Conservatives. He also said, "...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." So he's not claiming he's an expert as well, just that he is not going to take advice from Palin... which, in my opinion, is a wise decision.

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Un Solo

    Why would anyone listen to Sarah Palin on any subject?

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Eddie

    So Obama is an Xpert????
    Well, let me tell you what an expert is......an X is a "has-been" and a
    "spert" is a drip under pressure......Soooo Obama is definitely a "Has-Been Drip under Pressure"! And that is ALL!
    Palin will wipe the floor with Obama, he is history because "we the people" will not be forced into socialism and the loss of our Liberties!

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. S.G.

    We need experts like Ms.Palin to guide the destiny of US. Yes, we need a buffon in the white house. She will advise the kids on the playground to carry guns to answer those that bully them! Imagine what she will advise us once she gets into the WH!

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Sarah just can’t pass up a chance to show her ignorance

    Guess Sarah has never heard of the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with reduced the US/USSR warheads by 15% or the 1993 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty II (between USA/USSR) which further reduced the number of warheads by 5000. Surprising given that both were initiated by a republican administration (George H. W. Bush).

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. truth

    Sarah Palin is radical and dangerous. She has many uneducated followers who are unable to see what she is trying to accomplish. Thanks to McCain, CNN and the radical right-wing nuts this lady has become filty rich while spreading lies and rumors. There were many old uninformed grey-haired white ladies in the audience in Minnesota. Thank God they are the dying population.

    April 9, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Patrick

    Thank you, Mr. President.

    April 9, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. simonteddy

    "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.

    Spoken like a true follower of Jesus.

    April 9, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. BMB

    The guy who thinks that there are 57 States in the Union, and is 3,000% sure about it; the fellow who's middle name is Hussein; the guy who wants to bankrupt this Nation, to have the audacity to even address a real American, one who really loves this country, one who really cares about this country, that guy is laughable.

    April 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Phil from TEXAS

    Amen Mr. President!!!! She's probably concerned because she "can see Russia from her house"!!!!!!!!! She is a complete IDIOT!! It's so hard to understand how people can trust and hang on her every word!!!

    April 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Reeembers Regan

    Sarah needs to reread her Regan era history ... President Regan made much deeper cuts in the nuclear program and we don't seem to have suffered any negative effedts ... is it that cuts were made or that they were made by someone she doesn't like that offends her so much? I would think reducing the number of nuclear weapons would been seen favorably by anyone who claims she can see Russia from her back poarch ...once again Sarah is much hair do about nothing.

    April 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Speaking on Fox News earlier this week, Palin said........"unbelievable" move and that "no administration in America's history I think would ever have considered such a step."

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well......I believe that while he was President, Ronald Reagan stated that the 'reduction of nuclear weapon arsenals was critical' to world security.

    Yep......pretty sure he said that.

    Palin = Wingnut idiot.

    April 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. grayfox43

    Poor, poor Sarah Palin. She's afficted with a bad case of "Foot-in-the Mouth" disease, and Fox News buys it all, hook, line and sinker.

    April 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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