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. James Angus Linney

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. When you rise in the morning, you are over your head. Stay down, stay quiet, stay.

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

    He is absolutely not in over his head. He's succeeded in major legislation, steered us away from a depression and handled a major environmental crisis. That's not over your head. That's success!

    August 5, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Barry

    I cannot believe that legitimate news organization cover Sarah (caribou Barbie) Palin. She is, to be charitable, dumb as a box of rocks.

    It is pathetic to even imagine that she is in a position to judge President Obama.

    Perhaps the news media can wean themselves from the 24×7 news cycle and stop covering this idiot.

    WHO CARES what she thinks?

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Rightwingevangelicalconservatism is a disease

    She doesn't say anything of value. She just spouts sound bites to appease the evangelical right wing parasites.

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

    I can say an airline pilot does not know how to fly a plane properly. even though I know nothing about flying. Does my statement offer any credence? I should say closed.

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Chris

    Pot calling the kettle black.

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Lee

    Ms. Palin, I really believe would be over her head in a 1st grade class.

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Ramon F Herrera

    Mrs. Palin's strategy to deal with foreign dignitaries -for instance, the president of Africa- is to keep on caressing her legs, winking and to bring handy notes.

    She is not properly vetted to be a high school graduate or a mother,

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Disgusted

    I love that Mama Grizzly used a Spanish word to criticize Obama and glorify Brewer? She's too dumb to see her own irony.

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Wanda J. Brown

    Well once again Ellie Mae Palin puts her 2 cents in and always reminds us that she IS a category 5 moron! If McCain had vetted her
    to start with maybe the lower 48 would have been spared her hand
    notes and her brainless opinions. I truly hope she will run for President so she can find out what it means to be Vetted. She might
    want to find paper to write notes on this time around. If she thinks she can win the general election with her stupidity level then She is truly a pig in lipstick and Somebody should be calling Tina Fey!

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Victor

    Stop whining about Palin being attacked by the media. She was a journalist and backed by the Republican party. She had plenty of resources and should have had plenty of knowledge to win with McCain, but she didn't. She quit governing Alaska, why, so she could make more money on the lecture circuit. She's just another conservative talking head, making money off of idiots like you.

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. changermagic

    For Sarah Palin to accuse anyone of not being "Properly vetted" is the height of hypocrisy.

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. 2cents4free

    People actually pay to hear this woman speak?

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. JoJo

    Isn't her 15 minutes of fame up yet? My god. Someone PUH-LEASE shut her up and send her back from whence she came! What's sad is how many people actually listen to and admire her. As if anything she says matters.

    And what you Republicans seem to conveniently forget is that Bush is the one that created the mess we are in over the course of 8 years. HELLO! Have we forgotten that Obama was handed this fiasco? The entire economy implodes in October 2008 at the end of Bush's term. How can you sheeple actually think that ANY of this is Obama's fault? He didn't start an illegal war in Iraq. He wasn't responsible for all the greed and scams that took place under the Bush regime. Wake up and smell the latte people. Seriously!

    August 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Brian

    I mean can the woman be more coo-coo?

    Can you just imagine if she and McCain had been elected, can you just imagine where we would be today.

    This woman cannot even illustrate a comprehension of some of the basic governing concepts, the issues of our times, and unfortunately is out of touch with most people.

    It is really sad that she gets the media attention she does, I know stronger, brighter, more ethical women than she will ever be that never get media attention.

    Another thing we can thank Republicans for, leaving us with an idiot.

    I hope she runs in 2012...

    August 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. JonesyPHD

    Palin is a quitter! She bailed on the people who trusted her, she bailed on her "beloved" state. Why should I care what she thinks...and to the people who talked about the media "grilling Palin" asking her questions like..."what publications do you read?" She's an idiots, and she'll erode the Republican party.

    August 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. w.c.fields

    Pretty funny stuff coming from a woman who was in over her head just talking with Katie Couric :)!

    August 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Haas

    Oh, really?! From the person who's perspective on international police was her ability to see Russia from her living room? From the person whose mouth spills rival BP's oil spill? From the person who abandoned her job as gov for big bucks in the lime light? From the person who...Need I continue? Ms. Palin would be in over head if she had one.

    BTW, I'm an Independent, not a Lib.

    August 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Hey, SLM @12:24:

    How biased can you get???? If any one candidate was vetted more than any other in our history, it was our current President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama. To listen to anything that Palin says is quite unintellegent of your part, since Palin has been not only contradictory in her past remarks but also very uninformed.

    It appears that you choose to subscribe to her perpetual mumbo jumbo which is written for her by her cronies. Please try to accept the fact that President Brack Obama was elected President of our entire country by a plurality of over 10,000,000 votes above what McCain got.

    August 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Brandon

    The economy has only gotten better over the last 1.5 years, not 2, that Obama has been in office. Learn your facts before you have an attack of diaherria of the mouth. The economy is not a light switch that either goes on or off. If you knew anything about economics Job creation is a trailing factor after recessions/depressions. It is the last thing that improves. The rest you obviously just read in the neo-conservative tabloids.

    Palin is the least qualified person in all of politics, yet one the biggest news makers. You talked of Obama the celebrity, conservatives, that was nothing compared to the fawning over Palin that still goes on with the far right.

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

    This confirms it...Sara Palin is an idot!

    August 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. bigdoglv

    It is amazing how scared the left is of this woman. Like their people are any smarter.

    August 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. moron

    baking cookies is over palins head let alone knowing the difference between cats fighting outside and the moans of her underage daughter down the hall.

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Positive

    Quite a bit of snide, nasty commenting from someone who couldn't finish her term as a governor and showed herself to be particularly ill-equipped for national office too.

    I guess people who can ignore all that may take her seriously but I can't see how.

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Riks

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

    Unlike Palin, of course, who quit being governor of a state that doesn't even face the same challenges that other states face. A real trooper she is!

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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