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. NVa Native

    It was an honest mistake, honestly she's an idiot.

    September 23, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Russ

    Look who's talking. No body had even heard of Sarah Palin until the day McCain's group picked her. Talk about not being vetted. Besides Obama was no where near as radical as this second coming of Palin woman.

    September 23, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Bob, Virginia

    And using the term "lamestream media" really gives Palin a ton of credibility.

    September 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Marco

    What a surprise. With the right raising fears about Muslims, Palin is throwing more gasoline on the fire. In Orange County, CA, hate crimes against Muslims and Jews have increased from the prior year. And unfortunately it will probably get worse.

    September 23, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. DickNH

    Sarah's Rule : "I make my own rules!"

    September 23, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. just saying

    betcha she cant spell it

    September 23, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I am old enough to remember that from the 1940's through today, 2010, one of the Republican strategies is..... FEAR. Calling President Obama....... Barack Hussein is meant to enflame the fear of the ignorant people who listen to this ignorant woman! Keep up the insults, hate, fear, slander, division Republicans......... it will backfire on you!

    A public figure who calls the President of the Unites States, "Barack Hussein" as an INSULT, should be ASHAMED of herself!

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    September 23, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. All the news that is fit to omit

    CNN O'Bots, she is using the FULL name as he wasn't FULLY vetted by you in the Lamestream media, FACT.

    She has every right to be angry, right after she got selected as VP a cadre of reporters descended on Alaska to dig up dirt but NOBODY in the LSM made the loooong drive to Chi-town and stuck a microphone in Ayers, Rezco or Wrights face, NOBODY.

    When people are ticked at someone they sometimes use the full name, get OVER IT, it IS HIS GIVEN NAME.

    September 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. James McKeane

    Well that is his name, if I'm not mistaken.

    September 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Karma6338

    This idiot fembot still cannot get over that they LOST! She is a disgrace and has no place in a leadership role for anybody.

    September 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Cybersport

    Palin is showing her true colors. Bigotry is what the Tea Party is all about. When they talk about 'Taking back America' they are is essence saying that a black man has no right to be President... I myself am Caucasian by the way.

    The sad thing iis a lot os people, egged on by the likes of Fox News, Beck, Hannity, etc. give voice to these ideas...

    September 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Bertina

    This isn't news. It was done continually throughout 2008.

    September 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Anonymous

    The woman acts like a 12 year old. Even is you over look the comment about our President- which we should not over look, the phrase "lamestream media" is childish and shows how out of touch she is. If it is the mainstream media- it mens it is what most Americans watch or listen to- the same group she claims to represent.
    Then take that a step further- FOX is the most watched of the mainstream medis so she maybe be correct in the statement Lamestream media.

    September 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. SayWhat

    I do not know which celebritie's conduct is more mature – Lindsey Lohan or Sarah Palin.

    September 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Joel

    If a person introduces remarks about President Obama using his middle name, and doesn't use the middle name of any other president, the question then becomes whether they are prejudiced against Blacks or Muslims. Whether they are prejudiced has already been established by their own words.

    September 23, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. krippendorf

    Given all the other examples of her hypocrisy, this is news? The woman is an immoral, unethical parasite.

    September 23, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Paul

    Did O'donnell say there were mice with fully functioning human brians, or was it humans with partially functioning mice brains.

    September 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. geecee

    It's okay if Sarah Palin (the dimwit) uses President Obama's full name. What's the problem? He is named after his father. The name "Hussein" happens to be very common (though not in this Country) and she can rest assured that our President was thoroughly vetted before he was even allowed to run for office. She is just too stupid to realize that if any nefarious connections were found in his past, the information would have been blasted all over the place (and not hidden by the "lamestream" media.) She is just desperate for more fear-baiting soundbites.

    September 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Too bad being stupid and evil isn't a crime because Palin would have a rap sheet longer than a lot of convicted felons.

    September 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. GL

    She continue to incite hate. If this country think they are in bad shape now just want until Sara Palin is President. This woman feel off of hate against President Obama.

    September 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Willa-PA

    What can I say that a lot of us don't already know...what a dispicable illiterate lowlife just like the rest of the teaparty/republicans who are so full uf hatred they can't see straight. They are not christians and are so stupid, just like the guy on tv right now that is misinterpreting Obama again.

    September 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Rachel

    I am not a Palin supporter but, I am tired of the drama with his name. The media always goes ohhh when someone uses his full name It's how he was sworn in as president.

    September 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Nancy, CA

    I laugh every time I hear Sarah Palin speak about the "lamestream media. " It has been the constant attention by the so-called "lamestream media," and the way they focus on every word she speaks as if she were some intellectual being, that has kept her name in the news and allowed her to make tons of money!!!

    September 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Bruce

    she's no longer running for office, she can say what she wants. And it IS his name so what's the big deal?

    September 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. jerry atkinson jr

    Sarah palin rminds me of the slave master's wife. In public she talks bad about mandigo(President Obama). In private she fantasizes about him. Someone had better tell Todd to check her panty drawer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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