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

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

'I think he's in over his head,' former governor Palin said of the president.

'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.

Filed under: Health care • Immigration • Popular Posts • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. cwalk

    she is just a hater that is jealous.she need to spend time with her family.because bristol is very confuse right now.

    August 5, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. ralph

    "And I think...."And I think...."And I think. The problem is Sara, you don't think, you react and make nonsensible comments.

    August 5, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Sherry

    And, should he be taking advice from a "quitter." Remember, Palin, you "quit" your position as Govenror of Alaska - for what? Answer - to cash in on your 15 minutes - period!!!

    August 5, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Marc

    Not being fully vetted is something that Palin has plenty of experience with, adding her to the ticket without any research helped sink the McCain campaign.

    August 5, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Carol

    Palin's track record is horrible – 5 different colleges to get a Bachelors Degree versus a Harvard Law degree (Obama's) – a failed run for vice president of the U.S. – resigned from a Governorship. She just loves to hear herself talk! Now she can count the Latino vote out if she ever actually runs for public office. I think she has a far greater chance of being Rush Limbaugh's heir apparent.

    August 5, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Matt

    Says the lady who couldnt complete even 1 term as Governor... come on CNN, who CARES what Phailin thinks?

    August 5, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Donna from Colorado Springs

    This woman is just unbelievable! She can't put two sentences together that make sense, and she couldn't find her rear end with both hands and a flashlight, yet we have to endure her snarky criticism of the President on a daily basis! She is an incompetent woman who had not the intelligence or the will to even finish her job as Governor of Alaska, yet she feels it is her duty to trash the President on EVERYTHING HE DOES OR SAYS! The public is sick of her tirades about everything and we wish she would just slink back under her rock!

    August 5, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Michael

    If Sarah Palin knew what teh will of the people was, she would not run for any office, ever. The will of the people is that she is unqualified to hold any office. It is she who is out of touch. But in her defense if you only attend Tea Party functions, then those people are the only will you know. Maybe she should try venturing out of her little circle.

    August 5, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. HCharles

    First of all, the current administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any other. Secondly, it's going to be interesting when Missouri's state taxes and insurance premiums go up. What people need to remember is that business are in business to make money. Not to serve the people. So if they are against the health care bill because they want to aid the free market, they'll get exactly what they asked for.

    August 5, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. A little sad

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

    The tart of the tundra is saying someone else was not vetted is the best laugh I have had today.

    August 5, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. vet in tx

    I can see Palin's head from my front porch and I'm thousands and thousands of miles away. It looks like a blimp in the distance with the words "the world is yours" scrolling across her forehead

    August 5, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Steve in Denver

    Is this drivel from a member of the same party that supported bush's rudderless bungling of the two wars we are engaged in?

    Obama is in over his head?

    You are an idiot. I'm so glad we went with the smart one this time!

    August 5, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. g

    this lady doesn't deserve the time of day. the camera is her friend that's all she has. Mc cain knew he didn't want office so he went with a lame duck. Shes no women, Hillary would mop the floor with palin

    August 5, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    Simple Sarah didn't have a governing philosophy...oh wait, she did . SHE QUIT!

    August 5, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. anagram_kid

    Honestly, I have never seen such a bitter person in politics. Part of being a responsible adult is knowing ones limitations. She poses no abilities to move this country forward and only serves to hold us back as a nation by continually inserting herself in conversations where she has no knowledge or authority. It takes a lot more than common sense to be an expert, a decision maker and a leader.

    August 5, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. arias

    It's absolutely amazing that his quitter is too dumb to realize that all the criticisms she's making about Obama is actually a spitting image of herself. The joke's actually on her ... as she's too clueless to know WHAT it means to be "in over your head" as she's been most of her life including now.

    Does this broad actually think she has any credibility with anyone outside her tiny minded base? The woman that had to go to six undergraduate schools before she could finally graduate is a mental midget compared to Obama. It's not surprising that the Gooper propaganda wing at faux gives her stunted mind a voice. And I guess I can understand CNN repeating her Faux rants; after all, when someone with so little credibility like Palin continues to front like she has any idea what she's talking about, it's somewhat intriguing in a pathetic sort of way to continue to witness the train wreck in action. That she's being hailed as Obama's 2012 challenger is indicative of how pitiful the party of NO has become. As if they couldn't outdo their own ineptitude, the GOP finds ways to pull it off ... going from Dubya to Palin is like walking off a cliff. Talk about a crisis of republican leadership.

    August 5, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Wayne99

    Sarah Palin is a D-, at best, in any category (including F+ as a Governor) and she believes that our President was not properly vetted? 100 Years from Now President Obama will still be remembered fondly as one of the great Global Leaders of this Century ... and Sarah Palin will only be studied by political humorists and racists. The American people will grow tired of your "cute-sy" spite, hate and above-all, your profound IGNORANCE. American will only listen for so long ...

    August 5, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. The Dude

    Dear Sarah: No one really cares what you think, you are an idiot.

    Everyone on earth

    August 5, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. mar

    and all this wisdom from someone who couldn't even make it through one term, you are nothing more then a half-baked Alaskian

    August 5, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. howie

    A large number of democrats think this this lady is a lugnut, however, I think she is on the right path. This country is in terrible shape and our current president sure as hell isn't helping with his economic plan. He needs to listen to the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. stike 1

    This lady ? should just get on her broom and ride into the sunset. The only tongue viler than hers is her Uncle Rush. Still trying to figure which one of these figure heads has done the most for their country except get rich. Will have to admit that she probably does know a little about cojones.

    August 5, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. John

    This coming from Saran Palin,a woman that knows nothing about politics or anything else. And i wouldn't vote for anything not even dogcatcher,but she probably quit that too. When is this woman going to shut up and go home? Nobody cares what she thinks about. I don't even watch Fox Television any more because they put Sarah Palin on the air. I don't know how Fox can give someone that stupid a T.V. show.

    August 5, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Marge

    I think Palin is in more than flux, I think what little brains she had is flowing rapidly down the hole. All she thinks about is money money money and the more she bashs someone with intelligence she would never see the likes of she is told by those scanks around her "it'll make you money"...and she can't pee her pants fast enough to prove it.

    August 5, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Ex-republican

    Oh boy!
    According to her writting, I want to see her degree! Whatever college she attended, their license to teach students should be revoked!

    August 5, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Jon

    Most of independent voters will believe what Palin says about Obama (though they don't like her personally) as polls after polls show that they are deserving Obama. While the country's economy is dying and the employment is not improving at all after 2 years after Obama took office and spent 3 trillions, we have a president who flew into Chicago just for a birthday bash costing half of millions of taxpayers' dollars if you count the AFO, helicopter, Secret service personnel, companions, etc. On the other side of the world, we have a material 1st lady of the united states on a luxury vacation bash at the expenses of taxpayers in a Spanish Resort with hundreds' companions. We don't know what to say about Obamas. We think they should blame George Bush for their behaviors.

    August 5, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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