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. LiLa

    Shut up, Sarah Palin. Just shut up.

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

    -Health Care Reform
    -Financial Reform
    -Prevent a second Great Depression
    -Getting BP to promise $20 Billion for Gulf Coast Claims
    -Saving Euna Lee and Laura Ling
    -Lilly Ledbetter Law
    -Averting the H1N1 Catastrophe
    -Ending the Iraq War
    I think Obama has done a pretty good job in 1 1/2 years. At least he didn't QUIT like ex-Govenor Palin

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Bob

    Sarah hit it right on! Obama is a media created president with little experience or leadership.

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Wasilla Willie

    Talk about the kettle calling the pot black in regards to vetting!
    This woman is an embarrassment to all sane Alaskan's. Our former
    half-term Governor is akin to that little yapping dog, locked up safely in the car barking from the shadows-Palin needs to emerge from the Face Book/Twitter shadows and Fox News and face the people out in the open, now that would show some real "cajones"

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

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day. No matter what you think of Palin, Obama IS in over his head and destroying this country.

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Bobby

    Let me get this straight... we have an administration that has accomlpished more in his first year and a half since FDR, and hes in over his head??????

    BTW Palin, if you asked voters if they wanted opt out of car insurance and taxes, youd get the same results... but its obviously not in the best interest of society as a whole.


    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. cjr

    sarah and her constant need for recognition! she needs some help and fast. -can't write, can't speak – just babbles – on and on and on. if mccain had not chosen her – no one would be talking about her today. no credentials of any kind- just the tea party crowd and we all know how crazy they are!

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. thatguy371

    This coming from someone who, if reading a comic book, would be over her head. Let alone the fact that this bimbo is a complete idiot, is the sad fact that most repubs are dancing around her like the new messiah. What a pathetic, sad joke.

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

    'nuff said

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. bigJM

    Sarah Palin just wants to make money, and spouting off will do that for her. If she really cared she would not have quit her job where she could have made a difference....But that job did not pay millions!

    August 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Barbara

    This is rich, the President is in over his head? This from the woman who confuses being able to see Russia from her porch with foreign relations experience? My, my, my.

    August 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Jeffrey

    You realize, of course, that somebody writes all of these talking points, winds her up and then she spits them out. It'd be funny if it weren't so sad. She's sooooooooo astonishingly stupid! As for you Tea Klux Klanners thinking she intimidates us "Libtards"...go ahead and run her in 2012..."make our day"...LOL!

    August 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. mic

    As Keith Olbermann points out on a regular basis..........THAT WOMAN IS AN IDIOT

    August 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. darren

    While some of this may be true she is hardly one to say it. She has got to be the most unintelligent politician there ever was. Her 5 minutes of fame were up last year. Good riddance,

    August 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Paul

    Words of wisdom from someone who is in over her head in the kiddie pool.

    August 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Meka


    August 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. In Awe

    Wow. Unbelievable. Who would no more about being in over their head than the woman who couldn't finish her first term as governor of a state with the population of Boston? Who would no more about 'not being vetted' than the running mate who couldn't handle an interview with Katie Couric?

    Palin is a 'fiscal conservative' who hired lobbyists to generate earmarks from fellow 'fiscal conservative' / porkmiester "Uncle" Ted Stevens. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling, but more mind-boggling is that so many people can't see it.

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

    So it's come to this.
    CNN "reports" on this silly little person who has no credibility on any issue except for maybe what the right-wing fringe has hatched as a daily talking point, and she is in some way legitimate or relevant.

    This is what the Republicans have been reduced to – pointless negative and devisive chatter followed by the mindless minions posting snarky little comments based on right wing fantasy that has been spewed out by fox followers and ditto-heads.

    And to top it off it's our fault it comes out as gibberish – such is the Republican culture of the mind set of perpetual victim.

    August 5, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. bppack

    What a dope. She still can't put together a coherent thought or a diagrammable sentence. It's just the same few catch phrases put together in different orders. And isn't she getting too old for the cutie pie winks and nods?

    August 5, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. bluej

    ZOMG if the POTUS doesnt meet Palins high standards as a !/2 term Gov. of a state with less population than los angeles we are doomed. No really she has got her 2 year at a community college and was even the weather lady, not to mention the Queen of Wasilla, and she sure did some good acting in her moovie nailin pailin. Amuricans would follow her to the gates of hell so there. 😉

    August 5, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. GloriaSeattle

    Who would think someone with this little intelligence would still be newsworthy; flapping her jaws at any opportunity to be quoted years later? It's like a nightmare of a train wreck that never ends! I'd hoped after she made a fool of herself and the Republican Party she would have slid back to Alaska – back into the obscurity she crawled out of. Instead we have to edure her endless slams of all things not GOP; where she joins her other fellow Republicans in DC ranting about anything they didn't think of first. It's like High School or Jersey Shore with this bunch. No wonder many Republicans are ashamed to admit their party, ack! We can only hope CNN will quit quoting the "train wreck former VP hopeful" who singlehandedly ruined not only McCain's chances for election but her own credibility for generations to come; by merely opening her mouth.

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

    As a Republican, I am very glad that Sarah Palin did not make it to the Vice Presidency...if Obama is a bumbling idiot and weak, and stupid, then obviously the majority of Americans who voted him in were taken in...which is an insult to the electorate! This President is doing great given the circumstances and the mess of a time he inherited. It is not going to take 4 years to undo the mis-deeds of the past 8 years.

    August 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Ben

    Palin is in over her head just to twitter, let alone walk and chew gum at the same time.

    August 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Steve - Minneapolis

    From my perspective Obama is methodically working through the list of objectives described during his campaign. Soon we will put closure on the useless war in Iraq. We have health care legislation – although somewhat wounded by the republican changes. And we finally see a comprehensive energy policy emerging. I agree with Sarah that Barak is challenged. But fortunately he is cool headed enough not to take action before consideration. I think the mess was bigger than he expected.

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

    So I'm to take the opinion of a failed governor of one of the least populous states who was unable to even conduct a coherent interview as being worth more than a bucket of warm spit? I'm not sure that's going to happen.

    August 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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