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.

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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Clay

    "In over his head"....well, she should be familiar with the feeling! Frankly, I think she is merely projecting how she feels onto Obama.

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

    Yeah, he's in over his head, which is why he resigned as governor half way through his term. Oh, wait.

    August 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. kesha

    And this coming from someone who doesn't know her basic geography...yet she has plenty of idiotic followers who don't know any better? Go figure...

    August 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Michael

    I think all Palin does is eat, sleep, and think about Obama. Can she just get over the fact that she lost and move on?

    I know thank God that we live in a country where there is free speech, but can she ever shut up and stop trying to be a political attention whore?

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

    @ snow... That is the dumbest thing I ever heard. Palin is a moron. Talk about sounding like an elementary student... republicans constantly reveal their ignorance through public appearances. Look at Bush, he sounded like he never passed the third grade. Just because Palin says she can see Russia doesn't mean she has any experience. I'm also tired of people calling her Gov. Palin... she quit, she is not a governor and never should have been. She quit due to scandal and would destroy the nation if ever given a shot at a higher position than the one she vacated. You republicans constantly amaze me at your willingness to follow the pary line blindly. Thank god some Americans still use their heads at the polls and that is why Obama got elected. Keep up the good work Obama. Palin... quit wasting our time!!

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. phonylies

    This airhead should tend to the dysfunction in her own house. Why any self-respecting news org or individual would waste time paying attention to this trailer trash is beyond me.

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. jboh

    Who cares what this quitter says. I won't say thinks because that requires more intelect than this idiot is capable of . She failed to fulfill her commitment to the people of Alaska to chase $. What would this media whore do as president? Probably push thru some more give aways to the richest 2%, who own the GOP, and then quit for a do-nothing bribe, excuse me, job with some Wall St robber baron firm.
    She represents the worst of the worst in this country. Divider, hate monger, fear monger, and total liar.

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Scott

    Hey, even Palin can figure him out! It is really THAT obvious that King Obama has no clue!

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Hap

    She thinks? Could have fooled me. Sarah, SLM and the other know nothings say things but as usual are just spouting something they heard on Faux News that is pure opinion or just plain made up. You guys keep "thinking" and spouting someone elses opinions expecting real thinking people to buy your crap. We'll go with facts thank you. I'll say it again if your're not a millionaire republican then you are a stupid republican. Sarah figured that out and made herself a millionaire, how about you?

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Ramona

    Hi, Sarah? Is it Sarah? Look, honey, go home. Seriously. You're embarrassing yourself and women everywhere. And, before long, your party will realize you're embarrassing it as well, and you'll be asked to please go home. So, save yourself and us this awkwardness, and go on home. I know it's fun to talk on the television and have people to write some of your words for you, but it's time. Your daughter is about to make the second biggest mistake of her life and could benefit from some of your sage advice, I'm sure.

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. keeping it real

    Ms Barracuda don't you ever get tired of making yourself look like a complete fool. You are always trying to criticize President Obama, do you remember those disastrous interview you had with Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson (Ms I can see Russia from my house and I read all the magazines but you can't name a specific magazine or newspaper that you read). You had to be taught with que cards how to debate with Vice President Biden. You ignorant Republicans have called President Obama everything from a terrorist to a racist. But what you all really want to call him is the "N" word but none of you have the cocks or balls to say that word in front of the media. Sara you cannot get over the fact that a black man kicked your ass in the Presidential campaign and he is now President of the US.
    Sara deep in your heart and mind you know that you are not qualified to be President of the United States. I doubt very seriously that you will run for President in 2012. The Democrats would love it if you did run for President in 2012. You know you won't run for President in 2012 but right know you are having too much fun being an idiot to say that you won't run. You don't have the cojones lady to be President of the US get a clue

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Another Anti-Palin American

    Sarah is buttering her bread by appealing to the Tea Party types. The more money she makes, the more mud she slings. Now, how ethical is that sort of behavior?

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. blarkin

    The 1/3 term governor of Alaska who was picked to be vice president candidate at the last moment says President Obama was not properly vetted .Please let her run for the presidency in 2012 so she can have 2 full years of the media tearing her life and every thing she says apart,she cannot even handle a interview with Katie Couric(who does best when talking about muffin recipies)

    August 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Ron Nospam

    Pot. Kettle. Black (oooo – did I just write THAT?)

    August 5, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Vinny

    You gotta be kidding! Palin talking about President Obama not being vetted correctly is a joke. Hey miss I quit being your governor to let,s make money talking to idiots. Had you been properly vetted from the McCain camp he might have been president. Can anyone possibly see how dumb this women is!!!!

    August 5, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Paul

    Says the governor who QUIT HER JOB IN THE MIDDLE OF HER TERM. That woman is an idiot.

    August 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Geo

    The verbal diarrhea emanating from this megalomaniac may excite her followers, but accusing President Obama of being in over his head appears to be more of an indication that she is drowming in her own ignorance. How can anyone take her drivel seriously?

    August 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Here is a woman who could not even tell you what newspapers she read when she was running for vice president. I f she was so gereat then why did she quit the governiship of Alaska. She is a quiter who was more interested in making money and not running the government of Alaska. PALIN GO BACK TO ALASKO AND DIG A HOLS AND BURY YOURSELF IN IT.

    August 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Donna

    I would like to witness Sarah Palin on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader".

    August 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. GDB

    This from the abdicating former Gov of AK who, when asked by Couric what she read, couldn't answer (because she probably doesn't read, she simply believes in this America thingy). At least Obama has a head to be over. Way to go Fox for promoting the inane & ill informed.

    August 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. JoeSchmo2000

    She is saying Obama has no experience? What exactly does that make her then? She has even less experience than him. Honestly, are people still listening to her anymore or do they only care about the normal stuff the media cares about, which is whether or not her daughter is hot or cold again with her baby's daddy? Really, someone needs to tell Sarah that she is an IDIOT directly to her face. Maybe write it on her hand so she understands.

    August 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Blkman

    OMG...........................were NOT talking about you her stupid S. Palin. WHY on earth are so many white people giving this idoit the time of day?

    August 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. David

    She can think? I have not seen any evidence so far.

    August 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. matt

    well if anyone would know what it is like to be ill informed and un prepared its maybe she is right

    August 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Chris

    Man, this bimbo has long made it common knowledge she isn't worth a damn. She is NOT worthy or committed to anything but being the countries biggest bigoted airhead...

    put her on the ground and fly in a helicopter above her head... please!

    August 5, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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