October 1st, 2010
03:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin jousts with Rouse

(CNN) - Pete Rouse was just installed as White House chief of staff on Friday, but he's already been facing fire from Sarah Palin for over a week.

Now White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is hitting back, calling the former Alaska governor's accusations "fairly silly."

Palin has made clear she's no fan of Rouse - the longtime top Obama aide who has been little seen in the public eye until his elevation to the top White House staff job.

Via several tweets over the last week, Palin highlighted the fact that Rouse - who lived in Alaska during the late 1970s and early 1980s - maintained his voter registration in her state despite not living there for nearly three decades.

"Alaska media slept on the job for how many years re: Obama senior advisor Pete Rouse's claim to be AK resident and 'local' voter? For shame," Palin tweeted earlier in the week.

Palin may be suggesting that Rouse maintained his voter registration and an address in Alaska so he could be a recipient of the state's yearly permanent fund dividend, which is usually worth at least $1,000. But according to local media reports, Rouse's name does not appear on the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend records.

Gibbs said Friday that Rouse has changed his voter registration to Washington, D.C.

But Palin's anger toward Rouse goes deeper than that, tweeting on September 22: "Alaska's Pete Rouse (@ least he claims to be 'Alaska') finally comes out of the shadows; Obama looks to appt him COS;strange doings in the WH."

Palin appears to have been no fan of Rouse for a long time. In her 2009 memoir, she accuses him of being among those in the Obama presidential campaign who allegedly tried to smear her when she was named McCain's vice presidential nominee.

She also accuses him of lifting Obama's "change" slogan from her own gubernatorial campaign in 2006.

"Every part of our campaign shouted 'Change!'" she wrote. "We were amused a couple of years later when Barack Obama, one of whose senior advisers (come to think of it) had roots in Alaska– adopted the same theme," she wrote in reference to Rouse.

Filed under: Pete Rouse • Sarah Palin
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Red

    A more bitter, disgusting woman you could not find.


    October 1, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. John

    Palin - what a bad joke. This woman is incredibly bad for America, as she is nothing more than a demagogue.

    October 1, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Larry

    Wow, Palin is completely insane!

    Enough said

    October 1, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. J. Samuel Cook

    More smears by the Palin camp.

    Simply put–you must be registered to vote where you claim homestead exemption.

    Sarah's grasping for straws.

    October 1, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Michael in Houston

    Hey Palin...shut up. Do you EVER stop running that toxic mouth of yours? You really are convinced that most of us want to hear what you say...your wrong. Your convinced we want to see your outdated mug on camera. Your wrong.

    You represent the worst of this country and your about as appealing as a scorching case of the ebola virus.

    Get lost loser

    October 1, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Cosmo

    What an idiot. There should be a license for tweeting and it sohould be able to be revoked for immature behavior.

    October 1, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Gasman

    Palin thought that hers was the first campaign in the history of politics to use the word "change?" Seriously?

    October 1, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Dan

    GO AWAY SARAH! (and we thought Bush was dumb)

    October 1, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Jacob

    and America was not a big fan of you, so there! (mean girl)

    October 1, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Lori in St Pete

    She's also a liar. "(A)ccording to local media reports, Rouse's name does not appear on the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend records." But that didn't stop this hateful lying POS from saying it. Rouse should sue her for defamation of character. Everyone that she attacks should do to her exactly what she does to them, only three-fold.

    Additionally, I want to see HER birth certificate. English isn't even her first language, so she needs to cough up a birth certificate – the "long form", whatever that is.

    October 1, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Indie Woman in Denver

    I'm sorry, but Sarah Palin is a idiot. And anyway, who cares what she thinks, esp about something this minor.

    October 1, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Palin Tweets . . . CNN Repeats . . . Her Sheeple Bleet . . .

    Victory or Defeat?

    October 1, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. M

    Honestly, grow up. Her actions are nothing more than childish. Tweeting things like this make her look like a 14 year old.

    October 1, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Jason

    Would someone please shut this woman up?

    October 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Could somebody please shut this woman up???? Who cares what she says about anyone. If she doesn't like Rouse that means he is somebody we should all like.
    She stupid retarded imbecillic media folks continue to read her dumb facebook and twitter and report on them!! IF I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THIS AHOLE SAYS I WOULD FOLLOW HER. SINCE I CAN'T STAND HER FACE, HER VOICE AND ANYTHING ABOUT HER I DON'T.
    Enough of this madeness. I was going to say Jesus Christ stop the half term governor insanity, but I really need to call on Satan himself to stop her!! Yes, we want change. My change for you would be that you go off into the wood of AK and we never hear from you again.

    October 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Marc

    Why is the media so fascinated with this woman? I guess it's like slowing down for a car wreck, it doesn't provide anything but we just can't help ourselves? It's amazing she was nearly VP, mind blowing actually. Like a really bad Twilight Zone episode where Jane the nobody becomes Prez because of circumstance and not merit. Imagine her trying to interpret foreigh affairs, dealing with middle eastern countries, North Korea, etc. We would all be dust within months.

    October 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. mike

    Gee...how shocking. The Queen of blowing hot air, and first officer of "I quit" doesn't like somene who isn't a firearms expert married to a snow mobile freak. Less pontification Mrs. Palin, and more "go away" so we can get on with the business of the country.

    October 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. laurence

    What's with this woman? Doesn't she when to close her trap? She is the last somebody who should talking. She couldn't even complete one term as the gov. of the smallest state [in population] in the entire country. Truly sad.

    October 1, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Terry from West Texas

    Sarah Palin is a pathological liar, is not very smart, and is mentally unstable. She is unwilling to face the press, who might ask questions like "On what continent is France?" or "What are the three branches of government?" So she hides behind twitter and her web page.

    October 1, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. JR

    I guess you can now add "petty" to the long list of Palin shortcomings.

    October 1, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Just Go AWAY

    Is that FOOL for real. LOL

    October 1, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Tina in NC

    Palin has to be one of the most narcissist human beings (I use the term human lightly) that has ever lived. She really believes that Obama stole the change slogan from her? OMG! LMAO! She thinks it's strange that he is appointing a man who's worked for him since he was a senator? I doubt Obama even knew or cared to know who Palin was when he was a senator. But, in true Palin form she's making this guy's appointment about her so she can keep herself in the news.

    BTW, I believe the Alaska media was pretty much in a coma because once the truth came out about Palin's complete and total incompetence her approval ratings in the state of Alaska tanked.

    Also, too it's now coming out that Joe Miller tried to get the investigation into the troopergate scandal blocked. Sounds like the Alaska media is out of it's coma and beginning to question the "strange doings" going on in Alaska when it comes to Palin.

    October 1, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. r

    This crazy woman just is plain nuts. I wanted to go to Alaska but would be afraid they are all crazy and firing guns to prtect us from Russia

    October 1, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Tweet This

    Newsflash to CNN! Every word from Palin is not news. I don't like Rep. Ryan ideas but at least he is one Republican wiling to put some detail his ideas. His ideas are real news and the stuff we should be debating about versus some tweet from another political ego maniac (you can toss Newt, Spitzer, Grayson, and Demint into the pot as well).

    October 1, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Donna

    OMG would this woman please just go away! How much $$ will it take to make her just disappear?

    October 1, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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