September 23rd, 2010
01:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin calls Obama 'Barack Hussein'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin and John McCain chastised their supporters in 2008 who used the president's full name – Barack Hussein Obama – in a derisive tone.

Now it appears the former Alaska governor did just that.

In an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Wednesday, Palin said the "lamestream media" is asking more questions about Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's background than it ever did about "Barack Hussein Obama."

"Funny… that we are learning more about Christine O'Donnell and her college years, her teenage years, and her financial dealings than anybody even bothered to ask about Barack Hussein Obama as a candidate and now as our president," Palin said.

When a Florida sheriff who was introducing then-candidate Palin in 2008 also referred to the Democratic nominee for president as "Barack Hussein Obama," a Palin spokesperson quickly issued a statement condemning the remarks.

"We do not condone this inappropriate rhetoric which distracts from the real questions of judgment, character, and experience that voters will base their decisions on this November," the spokesperson said then.

Of course, referring to the president's full name is on its face not a slur. But critics of the usage have long suggested detractors who use the president's full name are doing so to suggest the president is something other than American.

Filed under: President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. jim

    So now it's not proper to call someone by their full name.That's funny in that his mother and father had no problem in giving him his name.So why is CNN making a big story out of this?

    September 23, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Zaroizer

    Face it the woman is a world class moron (I can see Russia from my house!) and a wack job to boot.

    September 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Monrob

    you want to know what I call her?

    September 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Ed

    The headline on this article illustrates why Palin labels CNN part of the "lamestream medai".

    At first glance – which is all some people do with headlines – the headlines implies that Palin called the President "Barack Hussein" when she called him "Barack Hussein Obama", which is the President' correct, full name.

    IF Jack Cafferty's middle name was Adolf and Pelosi referred to Cafferty by his full name, would CNN print a headline "Pelosi calls Cafferty 'Jack Adolf'"? No. But, if Palin referred to Cafferty as "Jack Adolf Cafferty" would you print the pejorative headline? I suspect you would – with a smirk on some CNNer's face.

    Shame on you guys. Stop the inflammatory crap. Report the news and demonstrate better thought leadership. I expect you are capable of better, but often you don't show it – which suggests in situations like this that you don't know "Jack"!

    September 23, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. jean2009

    Hopefully this woman will just go away. She offers no solutions just hate and division.

    September 23, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. RAWoD

    Why is it that the half-term governor of Alaska is still so interesting that her half-baked crap gets any media attention at all?

    September 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Joe

    It's his name, what's wrong with using it? Barack Hussein term president!

    September 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Danny Cali

    I still don't see any Russian in here.

    September 23, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Jack in Florida

    She is an idiot now and forever.......

    September 23, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Little Lulu

    OK – His name is Barrack Hussein Obama – what's the big deal???? She didn't name him. Big cry babies.

    September 23, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Oregon Calling

    Do as I say not as I do Palin. Can't wait until she is not a "Newsmaker"
    Peace 🙂

    September 23, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Indie Woman in Denver

    I'm sorry, but Sarah Palin is an idiot. Why does the media keep hanging on her every word? Who cares what she thinks about anything?

    September 23, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. vic, Nashville TN

    Palin has amnesia

    Karl Rove raise the questions about Christine O’Donnell in Fox news she told him to “buck up” now she forget who raise the questions

    September 23, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Marty, FL

    In her usual mean-spiritedness, Palin hypocritically reveals how she does condone rhetoric after all. That should be no surprise.

    God bless President Barack Hussein Obama

    September 23, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    It is so funny to hear someone with NO CHARACTER making character assessments. This from someone who quit in order to make as much money as the Wasilla Wacko could, and doesn't care about anyone except the rich and super rich. As Warren Buffet so aptly said. "This is class warfare, and my class is winning, and they shouldn't be."

    September 23, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin's husband, Todd, was a member of the Alaskan Independent Party from 1995 – 2002 as a full grown man and we know very little about his activities and involvement with this party who planned a revolution to suceed from the Union. John McCain paid a price for his lack of judgement in picking this nut case and then she blamed their failure on him. She married Todd Palin because water seeks it's own level.

    September 23, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. marty

    I really hope that this country will soon get over this silliness and nastiness. Sometimes the 'grownups' prove that they never advanced beyond the sixth grade in ......".judgment, character and (lack of) experience". Ever since Lee Atwater there has been a malignancy of sort re: genuine concern for the American citizenry. When the public is treated to the foolishness coming through on the radio, television and internet, how can we not say that America has been dumming down. And even worse is tha much of this nonsense comes out of the mouths of college and Ivy league institutions. Ms Palin is basically more of the same.

    September 23, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Laverne

    This woman has such a look of hatred on her face. She is so full of hate and she certainly is not calling President Obama by his whole name because she likes his name, it is deliberate not addressing him as President because she has a dark heart. It is so disturbing that people will follow such a hateful person. This woman does not know a thing about being a follower of Jesus because you are known by your fruits and she has not one quality to lead anyone to believe she has an ounce of Christian in her.

    September 23, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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