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. maljazur

    I'm still trying to figure out what qualifies Sarah Palin to speak on these matters! LOL. I know she has a faithful few followers (bless their hearts), but what are her credentials????? She was on her way to building some...and she quit! Talk about being in over one's head! Being in flux! Not properly vetted! Did she copy and paste those comments from one about herself?
    Geesh! It's hard to accept that there is an appetite for her opinion...except for comedic value.

    August 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Jerry Lee

    Who cares what this quitter thinks? She couldn't even finish her term as Governor of Alaska. Remember when she ran for V.P. and was interviewed by Katie Couric? She couldn't even list ONE DUTY that was a part of the Vice President's job. She is a freak, and a fool, and her time is up.

    August 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Shamus

    Also,, regarding the Immigration debate...

    1. Let's go back to school and review some history, children...

    Native Americans
    English, French, Spanish colonies
    Europeans fleeing various blights and persecututions

    2. I'm Irish – our lines came over during the Irish potatoe famine. Irish were persecuted in America. Italians,, yep. Asians, you got it. Africans, yep. All persecuted against... Yet history has also shown that we lead the world in uniting people of all ethinicities – equally!

    3. Thus, our country was founded directly upon Immigration.

    4. What is needed is a SYSTEM that BENEFITS AMERICA. Aliens should have access to become US citizens through paying taxes, schooling, paying for health care, must not have criminal records. Make this work for America – make us better.

    Now, back to the moron, Sarah Palin. What a waste of breath.

    August 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Sam Hall

    Palin was not a qualified governor nor mayor..nor did anything herself
    to actually make the state or city better. She left as mayor Wallisa
    with much high debt that still is not paid..Wallisa is not really a very
    great place to live..check the real out a town. The oil
    revenue in Alaska is what made Anchorage prosper..period..nothing
    to do at all with Palin as governor..she had to quit when situations while
    she was governor and in power where not as good in many areas..
    so her talk about Obama..experience..decesions..guts etc..and the
    vulgar Spanish word is hardly fitting for a supposely woman of age
    that is is such a Christian. Plain to see from her own words..she is
    very vindictive..losing the vice presidential opportunity..completely
    unqualified to be in any government position.

    August 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. In touch

    It's clear from the comments on CNN that a bunch of liberal, out of touch, Dems are posting. All they do is trash the Repubs and Fox News. The MSM must be brainwashing them. If they would take a look at the polls, they would realize they are out of touch with the rest of America.

    August 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. R. Sparks

    If this women was any sharper she'd be a marble. The only thing she's capable of doing is being a speed bump at WalMart.

    August 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    THIS WOMAN IS RETARDED! WASN'T properly vetted??? I am sure someone on McCain side wish they knew what a stupid whore she was, and that her family was nothing but white trash. She is trash, stupid, and I HOPE TO GOD you FUCKING republican RETARDS Elect here in 2012.

    August 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Tim

    Not properly vetted? Are you kidding me? If ever there was anyone who was improperly vetted it was Sarah Palin. How can a moose shootin small town mayor short time govenor of a thinly populated state have the cojones to cast dispersions? Alaska, perhaps more than any other state, needs a leader to protect its magnificent natural resources. Palin wants to sell the whole state to corporate greed. Get real. Why in the world is this woman newsworthy. She has no intellect, promotes a horrible agenda, was (long ago) at best a beauty contestent / marginal juco student and people believe she's the answer? I hope she does win the nomination in '12. It will only ensure a clear victory for the president.

    August 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Don Beal

    Given Sarah Palin's academic track record, four different colleges in four years including three out of her seven semesters in two-year colleges, I wonder what Newt Gingrich, Ph.D. in history from Tulane University, would have thought of Sarah Palin as a student. Dr. Gingrich taught history at the University of West Georgia for nine years.

    August 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Ayeman

    Surely, Palin's 15 minutes of fame is overdue for termination. She offers nothing and condemns everything. If she's the best the Republicans have to offer and continue to condone then they are truly doomed.

    August 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. mary gail o'dea

    Her arrogance is exceeded only by the vastness of her ignorance. The woman is a classless idiot.

    August 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. MAW

    CNN, why are you covering what this woman says on Fox News! If Palin lacks the "cohones" to make any of her comments outside of the comfort of Fox News, her Facebook page and friendly audiences, she is nothing more than a mere commentator and a cowardly one at that. What she says is not "news", so why do you cover it as if it is when she does not have the guts to give you an interview herself.

    August 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. robert

    What can we expect from the most ignorant and stupid woman in the world

    August 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. sbp

    So the junior-college bounce-around who thinks she's qualified to be President thinks the Harvard Law graduate isn't up to the task?

    You can't make this stuff up.

    August 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. sandy

    Ok, we've heard from the next Albert Einstein, now what? This woman with a pee-brain has the audacity to say these things about Obama!! I hope she runs for President and I hope she has to finally get on TV and debate someone, then the American people will see how really stupid this woman is. I am a woman, and she is a disgrace to us all.

    August 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Monica

    Really Palin???? At least Obama hasn't quit like some people. Oh, that's you, Palin!! Palin keeps putting her foot, leg and butt in her mouth. As she continues to speak, we are reminded how misinformed she, how she lacks intellegience and wisdom.....etc. In the words of Forrest Gump..,"Stupid is as Stupid does"

    August 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. deepeye

    Palin is an imbecile but she is correct on this count. Smoke and mirrors will only get you so far and Obama's been standing in the shallow end of the pool for so long, no one realized he can't swim.

    Too bad, we all pay the price. Hopefully, there will be someone with real talent, experience and skills on the ballot in '12 – it surely will not be Obama........

    August 5, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. GMAN7111

    Gosh! I can see Bama's Vette from my shoreline.

    August 5, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Michael in Houston

    Palin....just out of curiosity, what color is the sky in your world?

    August 5, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. jeff

    Maybe so, but I bet he'll actually complete his first term instead of running out and running off at the mouth. Palin epitomizes what's wrong with the Republican Party ... stupid, loudmouth, ignorant and narrow-minded.

    I'd take Obama on his worst day over Palin on her best... which I'm not sure she has ever had.

    August 5, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Kayce1

    SLM, are you high on something?? Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama?? Wake up and realize that the Palin aura is more stupidity than competence....

    August 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin is like EF Hutton...When she speaks everyone laughs...

    August 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Who cares?

    Stupid is as Stupid does

    August 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    Stupit it what Stupit say, Ms Palin must lost her ever loving mine. Former Governor and Former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin Quit her because she couldn't handle the job as Governor of Alaska because she in over her head.

    August 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Norm Nelson

    But gee whiz she is so fun to read and so off the beaten pad, what loss
    if she should just go away, all dialogue would end and the Republican's would n't have a leader, dang, the sea from Alaska to Russia would
    open and the Right could hike through, Keep it up we are reading everyhting she says.

    August 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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