October 15th, 2010
12:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin takes jab at first lady

(CNN) - Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin seemed to have the 2008 election – and, specifically, first lady Michelle Obama – on her mind during a speech at a conservative forum Thursday night.

"You know, when I hear people say, or had said during the campaign that they've never been proud of America, haven't they met anybody in uniform yet?" Palin opined during her remarks at a Liberty and Freedom Foundation forum in San Jose, California.

"I get tears in my eyes when I see that young man, that young woman, walking through the airport in uniform – you too – so proud to be American," Palin said to enthusiastic applause.

During her husband's presidential campaign, Michelle Obama sparked outrage among conservatives when she said at a campaign stop that, "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback… not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."

After a media firestorm ensued, Obama sought to clarify her comments, saying, "What I was clearly talking about is that I am proud in how Americans are engaging in the political process. I mean everyone has said what I said, in that we haven't seen these record numbers of turnouts, people who are paying attention, going to rallies, watching debates."

"For the first time in my lifetime I am seeing people rolling up their sleeves in way that I haven't seen and really trying to figure this out, and that's the source of pride I was talking about," she continued.

The remarks nonetheless became a linchpin for conservative pundits, who accused Obama of being unpatriotic.

Filed under: Michelle Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    CNN: All Palin, All The Time.

    Give it a rest already. She's a messy sh-tstain on our nation's politcal underpants. Just wait for the rash to really get going...

    October 15, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Joe M

    pinheadpalin,knothead newt,john boner,glen butwipe beck,rush limpweeny and g w go hide in a bush when things get bad . and all repucks, can all ESAD.
    DEFINTION of ESAD: EAT $hIt and die!!!!

    October 15, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. I'm voting with the Democrats

    This women is an idoit! The Republican presidential candidates will be force to yoke it up with chillbilly. It's gonna be fun watching Romeny and T-Paw get folksy.

    October 15, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    You know, when I hear people say, or had said after the campaign, that they represent "real America," haven't they met anyone from New York City, which suffered the attacks of 9/11 and witnessed the Twin Towers fall? You know, New York, which isn't really "real America" because it's on the East Coast and not in the middle of the country?

    Or met anyone who didn't quit their job when the going got tough?
    Or met anyone who actually stayed home to care for their special-needs child?
    Or met anyone who didn't use their faith as an excuse for all their nasty behavior?
    Or met anyone who didn't spread lies for political gain?
    Or met anyone who didn't steal from their home state by accepting a housing allowance while living in her own house?

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    October 15, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Helen

    I hope Palin feels better after jab against at mrs Obama.

    October 15, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Tina, NC

    With a woman like Palin running around claiming to represent "real" Americans, it's becoming harder to be proud of America. This woman is a disgrace to America. Palin isn't worthy to lick Bo's crap off the First Lady's shoes.

    BTW, ACTIONS speak louder than words. We can point to real, substantial things that the First Lady has done for the troops and especially their familes. What has Palin done for the troops besides use her kid's court enforced military service to promote HERSELF?

    October 15, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Sour Palin again??

    Typical Sour Palin. Always trying to pick a fight or stir up any crap she can, just to hear herself talk or keep her mug in the spotlight. Funny thing is....she can't take an ounce of criticism. She just goes into her whiny-a$s vicitm mode.

    October 15, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Joe Gaines

    Nothing, is this the voice we been waiting for from outer space I still hear nothing and see nothing if you are a human please step forward so we can see you

    October 15, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Dianne

    Oh, no she DIDN"T!!! First, she quoted our First Lady out of context, then she tried to connect her (Michelle) to a lack of patriotism. Pretty dirty stuff. Now suppose Michelle Obama starts making comments about Ms. Palin's lack of time and support for her children??!!

    October 15, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. 18 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Michelle Obozo is fair game if she wants to start campaigning and fund raising. I just hope people are watching her to make sure isn't done using government property or workers. This bunch of leftists shouldn't be trusted to do the right thing. They are so desperate at this point they will do anything to keep power.

    October 15, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Dean

    No one should be smearing the character of Michelle Obama...she is more than capable of doing it herself.

    October 15, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. blkmale

    Don't bother with a respond. She will dirty you up let her and her type do them. You should do you. Youre fine in your mode not hers.

    October 15, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I've got an idea. Why don't we have Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama compare their degrees and the level of success in achieving them? Of course, Michelle took the boring route by only going to one school and finishing her Bachelor's in 4 years, unlike Sarah who apparently did the grand tour before finally garnering her degree and from an unaccredited program to boot..

    October 15, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. jake

    Palin should be doing swiffer commercials and not wasting valuable resources trying to look intelligent. She is not.

    October 15, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. vic nashville tn

    First lady who attend Princeton University, Harvard law School

    From 1982 – 1987 Sarah Palin went to 5 university got one degree

    Half team Governor doesn’t know what news paper she read

    So I have to ignore Plain comment

    October 15, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Get A Grip

    For the first time in my adult life I'm sure not proud of 'The First Lady'

    October 15, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    This woman is toxic and divisive, especially while we're enduring incredible financial hardships and uncertainty. We're not supposed to be enemies to each other. We're supposed to stand together and try to hang on to our democracy by fighting the corporations that want to buy the politicians who will make sure they make more money, while we pay the price.

    CNN, stop posting about Sarah Palin. Have you become the all Palin network. You have a hand in keeping us divided by posting this crap day in and day out.

    October 15, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Abiding Lib

    Jealous much, SP? Ruminate much, SP? You are so pathetic.

    October 15, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    "You know, when I hear people say, or had said during the campaign that they've never been proud of America, haven't they met anybody in uniform yet?"

    PALIN – YOU GOT IT ALL TWISTED – SISTAH!!! You are so PATHETIC and this is going to HURT YOU!!! You are so RAPPED UP into your 'GLAMOUR BOTOX WORLD' to the point where you don't even realize what you just said!! YOU NEED HELP!

    The First Lady has more CLASS and BEAUTY than you will EVER HAVE in your entire worthless LIFE!! This is my first time I have been PROUD in America too and I consider myself MORE patriotic than you – PALIN!!! You NEVER lived an African American LIFE and you will NEVER understand what that statement means!!!!! Therefore, you should LAY OFF IT!!!

    White people are going CRAZY and it's 'sickening'. All you see in the MEDIA is 'White' on 'White' trying to figure out what the other color is all about!! White on White trying to decide how the ENTIRE COUNTRY should be run!! White on White demanding who should STAY in the country and who should LEAVE!!! White on White with their $$$$ trying to BUY ELECTIONS!!! And it's WORST NOW because of an African American President and the WHITE on WHITE feel he cannot run this country – meaning, they would LOVE to see him FAIL- My CASE MY POINT!!!

    PALIN should go back to AK and stay there – since she loves it so much!!! The only problem with that – AK does not want her anymore so we're STUCK WITH HER!!!

    BACK OFF the First Lady!!! You've Got SOME NERVE!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I am PISSED OFF!!!

    October 15, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Doug

    surprise, surprise...same old tired attacks from the group that has the sme old tired ideas that drove this country into a ditch. Palin's next fresh idea will be her first.

    October 15, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Bill

    Why not, generally speaking americans (especially her base) have short term memories. I'm waiting for her to say that they found WMD's in Iraq, and TARP was completely a democrat thing.

    October 15, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. danbeaches

    Sarah Palin (R-Twitter) ....she doesn't even stand out as much an exceptional high school student...who does she think she is really...being a huckster is not equated with class...she is classless...
    Beck and Palin and by billionaires like the Koch brothers who have a self-serving agenda. This radical agenda aims to bring to a standstill not just government spending but two centuries of can-do American initiative. The Tea Party Movement aims, unwittingly, to usher in a sad era of national decline for their children and grandchildren

    October 15, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Peace

    Those are cheap shots Sarah. Just praise your fellow woman. Michelle has emerged as a "powerful woman" and you didn't!

    October 15, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Sesiente

    This coming from a woman who's husband was part of an organization that called for the over throw of the American Gov't and the secession of Alaska from the Union.

    October 15, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. danbeaches

    Sarah Palin’s son Track Palin has joined the army to avoid going to prison.Track Palin is not going to Iraq because he is patriotic but because he was arrested,for vandalizing the brakes of a school bus,in order to avoid jail he enlisted himself in the army.Track Palin will be performing security duties for his brigade’s top officers in Iraq starting on September 11, 2008.

    October 15, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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