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. Mike D

    I'm not fond of my middle name but it is what it is.

    September 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. kyrianmege

    This woman from Alaska is a nincompoop. McCain should not be forgiven for unleashing this dragon.

    September 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. James McKeane

    What was the point of this post? To somehow imply a racial animus on the part of Governor Palin? You disproved that when you posted her comments from 2008.

    So I ask again: what was the point of this post?

    September 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Andrew

    didn't work last time and won't work this time. Too bad Palin doesn't know anything about the economy, because then she could at least focus on that.

    September 23, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Carol

    Sarah Palin is typical of the whole sorry lot.
    Wake up American.

    September 23, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Jill-IN

    Sarah Palin is hateful and disrespectful. She is undeserving of the attention she receives from the media. But it is making her lots of money. Can't get a pig away from the trough.

    September 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Vetting

    So, many Americans call Palin 'Quitter' because that is relevant to her name, just as 'dabbling in withcraft on the satanic altar' has become relevant to O'Donnell.

    September 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. jaywingfuller

    Oh good God, Palin, just shut up. You lie, you deceive, you call people names, you're spiteful, and quite frankly you are about as far from being creditable as person can be, except in the hideous, mind-numbing, fear-driven bunker that is FOX news. Your precious Christine is following your approach to not taking on real substansive issues presented in the questions of real journalists in a country where free speech is cherished. No wonder the vast mahority of Americans don't think you or those who act like you are qualified to represent them in government, except perhaps as dog-catcher.

    September 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Kathleen

    Really, is anyone surprised by this?

    September 23, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Shownee

    I had reservations about calling Sarah 'Fruitcake' Palin just that, now i don't. I get irritated when people don't give the President the respect he deserves. He was put into that office in a free election by the people. I admire him for the way he has handled what people insinuate about him. Ms Fruitcake has none of the class that Mr President does.

    September 23, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. DIANA

    On another note. Sarah Palin went to bed last night and woke up this morning. REally, this is news?! I love the Palin train wreck but reporting this is ridiculous.

    September 23, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Jackson from Rome, GA

    When President Obama was born, nobody could have known that Hussein would be the last name of a violent dictator. To harp on the fact that the name is the same is asinine and an appeal to the lowest common denominator, which is voters to stupid to make the separation.

    If you want to criticise his policies, be my guest, but don't make a ridiculous connection that only serves to strengthen bigots' sense that President Obama is anything other than one of us.

    September 23, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. bob

    Can the media stop giving this person credibility. We know FOX is not credible, so why is CNN and MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC continuing to spew her name. She is an evil person. Stop Now.

    September 23, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Peter

    Tell Mother Grizzly that there were many false accusations made about Barack (that just won't die.) Christine's admissions are her problems (she regrets her youthful indiscretions.) It's all about character, some have it and some don't.

    I can see how, with Sarah's past and competency, she would be willing to cut Christine some slack.

    September 23, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Marcus

    Excuse me lady, but only if you have a Christian, preferably Anglo-Saxon, name is that you can call yourself a 'real American'?
    She's still with that one?

    September 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Okey Moronu

    There is nothing wrong with using his full name. The only problem is the context and CNN ignoring the reference in it's reporting.
    I am a strong supporter and believer in Obama and his policies and I strongly believe it is time to unite Ms plain.

    September 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Erik

    Palin's just trash. First she loses, then she quits governorship in mid-term, and finally has the gall to purposefully lie about the President so she can make more money for being a cutesy idiot.

    September 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. independent

    Palin is thrusting the Tip of the Right Wing spear into the side of American Politics. In the future, her role will be likened to that of the Roman soldiers: self rigtheouos and odious.

    September 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. smarty

    If John McCain had properly vetted Sarah "Make a quick buck at all cost" Palin, we would not have to hear her yapping now.

    September 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Robert Cloosdoosch

    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."

    That is just flat out crap. Obama is probably the most investigated person in American politics ever. Does anyone in their right mind think that the wing nuts left a single stone unturned in their quest to prove that he is somehow illegitimate?
    Palin would be nowhere without the "lamestream media: and her time would be better spent figuring out how to make herself at least look more intelligent, instead of running around sounding like a 12 year old valley girl.

    September 23, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Eric

    Is that NOT the man's name?

    Should we call him by the the more accurate name of Barack Marx Obama?
    How about Barack Mao Obama?
    Maybe Barack Lenin Obama?

    Words are words... but actions are what truly matter... judging by his actions, I can conclude nothing other than Marxism. I mean, honestly, if the man were actually intent on destroying American prosperity (which, for the record, he claims is not his intent), I could scarely think of anything he could do that he has not yet already done...

    September 23, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Marq

    please Sarah go away- CNN stop giving her free air time!

    September 23, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. al

    This is just a fruther example of how two faced Palin is. She says she favors abstinance all the while her daughter is having unprotected sex. Perhaps if Ms. Palin had educated her daughter about sex, it would not have happened. Now she once again speaks from both sides of her mouth with her Do as I say, not as I do attitude. Very typical of any politician. Say one thing and do the complete opposite.

    September 23, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Xious

    I don't see anything wrong with Ms Palin using his name in full. He should be proud to use his full name and let the people know that he is not averse to anyone using it either. That's his name. If it invokes his detractors it's because he and his supporters bring it up whenever anyone uses it. Just stand up before the nation and utter the full name a few times and no one will ever think of it again as a source of invoking passion. If you yourself has inhibition in usage of your own name then there obviously will be others who will invoke it for gains if they can.

    September 23, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Mike from MN

    Because these imaginary issues with Obama's supposed friends were not news worthy Sarah 'Mamma Grizzy' Palin. There was no story behind it that's why the 'lamestream' media did not cover it. As you probably know by now, it's entertainment that sells. That's why you were a hit with the 'lamestream media'. You are 'entertaining' to watch because of you make a fool of yourself. Christine O'Donnell unfortunately made a big fool of herself in the past and now is the joke of the moment. So blame the American public because the lamestream media will only sell what makes money.

    September 23, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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