August 5th, 2010
11:47 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin says Obama 'in flux', suggests he wasn't properly vetted

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="'I think he's in over his head,' former governor Palin said of the president."]
(CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin is not letting up in her constant drumbeat of criticism directed about President Obama.

After saying Sunday that Arizona's female Republican governor has more "cojones" than Obama when it comes to immigration and border security, Palin suggested Wednesday night that the 44th president is still trying to figure out his governing philosophy.

Later: Palin an 'expert' in not being vetted, DNC says

Asked about a narrative – which is a persistent theme particularly in Republican and conservative circles – that Obama is too weak when it comes to issues like national security and immigration, Palin shared her insights on Fox News Channel about why she believes Obama is not doing more to secure the borders.

"I think he's quite complacent," the former Alaska governor said. "And I think he's in over his head. And I think he has poor advisers around him. And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is. Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely.

"It's a combination of things that's resulting in a president who's not taking a strong stand on those things that are the will of the people. Obviously, the will of the people is to enforce the laws that we have on the books."

During the interview, Palin also defended her recent use of "cojones," a Spanish term for male reproductive organs that can also be used as slang for "nerve" or "boldness."

In the context of enforcing the country's immigration laws, Palin said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's "doing the right thing and our president lacks the guts to do anything about it."

And Palin took the opportunity to highlight a political setback for one of Obama's signature legislative accomplishments since taking office.

In a primary earlier this week, Missouri voters dealt a blow to the heart of Democrats' health care bill. More than 70 percent of Missouri primary voters Tuesday cast ballots in favor of Proposition C. The measure would allow state residents to opt out of mandatory health insurance, a key part of the new health care law, which was pushed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. The proposition prohibits the federal government from requiring that individuals have health insurance or penalizing people for not having such insurance.

Related: Republicans tout Missouri vote against health care law

Pointing to the successful ballot measure, Palin said Missouri voters had shown Obama how they felt about health care reform signed into law earlier this year.

"The Show Me State showed Obamacare the door yesterday," said Palin.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Rodney

    Ms. Palin, I think you were in "over your head" as Alaska's governor, and you couldn't stay to finish your term.

    August 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. HH

    Maybe Obama should do like Ms. Palin: Quick and become a political commentator.

    August 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Sean Mann

    I think it's so bizarre a woman who has no Washington experience and ran against a candidate is even given a venue to express her frustration. First of all, of course she is going to be angry she lost to him and they are of different political parties. Second, who is she to talk? I loved the statistics proven that the majority of Republicans clearly do not want her on the 2012 ticket. This is not a well-spoken woman (especially as she refudiates) who should not be acting as if she has the experience or knowledge to rectify any of these situations. Not that all commentators do, but she is blasting Obama every waking second.

    August 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. SoCal

    I suppose that Ms. Palin didn't even know what the term vetted meant until she got spanked with it during her unsuccessful attempt to be ruler of the country.

    August 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Twinkle

    Look whose talking . . . none other than the blabber mouth who only THINKS she knows what's best. Get real Ms. Palin. Don't ever underestimate PRESIDENT Obama's qualifications. Harvard grad, remember? And you're from where? WHERE?

    You couldn't even run your own state, what makes you think you're any better, huh? Plain and simple, you're a Phony, period! Everything is about YOU – the limelight, the media –

    People like you, the GOP including Rush Limbaugh are dime a dozen. Absolutely nothing to prove . . .

    August 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Ben

    Everything she just said is true about Sarah Palin.

    August 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. SBM

    And I think....and I think....and I think....That's the problem, Sarah. You don't think. At least you don't before you open that piehole of yours.

    August 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    harold August 5th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

    This woman didn't have the "balls" to finish her term as governor.
    I'm not finding a lot of intelligence in the criticism of Sarah Palin. Not many people can stand up to her on a real discussion of the issues. Ask Joe Biden. She tore him up but fortunately for him the liberal media softened the blow in their review of the debate.

    August 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. VnVtrn

    AND I THINK – he has not QUIT his elected office. How can this air-head state that someone was not properly "vetted"? The FACT that she was not vetted is the major reason McCain lost.

    August 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Orlando Patriot

    Obama is SO FAR OVER HIS HEAD that he needs a stepladder just to tie his shoes!! Almost half of us knew Obama was incompetent . After all who in their right mind would vote for McCain unless there was someone even MORE incompetent running against him (there was – his name Barack Husseing Obama!!). But now the rest of the country is realizing how incompetent Obama is. He has made the Great Recession EVEN WORSE and now looks like it might be 10 years or so for the economy to fix itself (unless government gets out the way but we know THAT'S not going to happen!!).

    Ironically FDR initiated policies VERY SIMILAR to what Obama is doing now and FDR extended the Great Depression for almost 10 years longer because of it. You would think Obama would simply study history and find out that his policies will hurt the economy? No, Obama is so far over his head there is NO WAY he could open his eyes and see what is immediately in front of him!!

    August 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. carlos

    whatever snow is it is a complete imbecile, I have said it before and I will say it again........snow.....and SLM......get a real life,not like the one from the swamps where you come from........

    August 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Gearóid Ó Ceallaigh

    Palin's favorite song: "If I only had a brain."

    August 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. v

    I do believe that Ms. Palin is a true Blonde.

    Lady, Obama has more ability to be President in his little finger than you do in your whole body.

    My God, the things that has come out of your mouth is just unbelivable. I hope American sees thru your act. If America elected you and McCain then we would have been in a depression and probably in a World War.

    August 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. HH

    May be Obama should do as Ms. Palin: quit in a middle of tenure and become a political commentator.

    August 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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