Obama doesn't think about Palin
November 24th, 2010
08:44 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama doesn't think about Palin

(CNN) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin spends a lot of time talking about President Obama, but the microphone doesn't swing both ways.

"I don't think about Sarah Palin," Obama told ABC's Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Friday.

Instead, he said he's focused on being "the best possible president," while he acknowledged Palin's lure.

"Obviously Sarah Palin has a strong base of support in the Republican Party and I respect those skills," Obama said. "But I spend most of my time right now on how I can be the best possible president."

His comments came on the same day Palin's new book "America by Heart" hit bookshelves and her daughter Bristol Palin appeared in the finale of "Dancing with the Stars."

Palin told Barbara Walters in an interview last week that she thinks she could beat Obama in the next presidential election. The hypothetical match-up has also been measured by recent polling.

According to a Quinnipiac survey released Monday, Obama had a 48 to 40 percent advantage over Palin in a hypothetical general election match-up. The president also held an 8-point advantage over the former Alaska governor in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 52 to 44 percent.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Sarah Palin
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  1. C Smith

    She is like that little fly just buzzing around. Of course he doesn't think about her. She is irrelevant to anyone but her brain dead followers.

    November 24, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. bj, texas

    He doesn't think about Palin? Sure, and I bet he doesn't think about his abysmal approval ratings either or the message America sent him on Nov 2. Can't wait till 2012 so we can run him and the rest of his regime out of town. Time to take back our country America from the brink of socialism.

    November 24, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Joy

    Someone needs to pat little Sarah on the head and send her home to play.

    November 24, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Darren

    What a sad indication on America that 40% of people would want this woman running the most powerful country in the world. Unbelievable people! Yes she's attractive and she can read what's written for her to say and she's folksy, but really, she is in so far over her head. How can we judge who she is when all we ever see of her is on the FOX News Republican propoganda machine and her own produced shows.

    November 24, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Tam

    Your headline on the home page is wrong - this is not a "verbal jab" - he just said the truth about what he is doing. Don't put words in his mouth.

    November 24, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. MAhole

    Congratulations to our president for his professional attitude. He rises far above the lies and hate that this woman represents.
    Oh – and about the Palin snub of Katie Couric – a pimple on Katie's behind has more class than that whole Wasilla hillbilly clan. If Palin thinks that not granting Katie another interview will win her my vote she is nucking futs.......

    November 24, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. jane

    The president should focus on running the country, staying in the US, and at least pretend he is president. Not spending time talking about or putting verbal input on people who criticize him.

    November 24, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Zeibodique

    Why should he? Sarah Palin is a non issue. She's too busy enjoying her stardom with her TV show, playing the part of cheerleader for her offspring on DWTS and ripping Katie Couric for presenting Sarah Palin as she truly is.

    November 24, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Tom in Delaware

    It's too bad that Obama can't treat the North Koreans and the Iranians with the same attitude as he does Americans......if ever there was a time and a place to use 'The Chicago Way' it's with the NORK's right now.....but what's he do.....let's talk to them.....what a nancy-boy.

    November 24, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Robrob

    Almost two years before the 2012 Elections, this isn't worthy of mention.

    November 24, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Sgt. Joe

    If I was Obama, I get a doormat with Palin's face on it and wipe my feet on it daily. But, no, he has way more class than I do. She's not even in the same league. Her over-the-top narcissism however, leads her to believe otherwise. Her followers share some of that delusion. Oh well, the media loves it and we all seem to lap it up for daily entertainment too.

    November 24, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Just Me

    CNN has a pathological fetish with Sarah Palin. For the life of me, I dont understand this. Every day, Palin this, Palin that. I wonder if they realize how so many people are SICK of hearing about this woman. It has got to be about money...no other sane reason why anyone would keep going on and on about this. Get some therapy CNN.

    November 24, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Nicole from Ohio

    Good for you Mr. President! You have enough on your plate, than worrying about that filthy, sorry excuse for a woman.

    November 24, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. TheTruth

    If he spent time correcting the BS she spews, he wouldn't have time to brush his teeth.

    November 24, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Tim

    My lord, how thin of a skin does he have? It's so thin, we have our first translucent president.

    She really gets his craw. When he goes off telemprompter, he is not presidential at all. Way to go O, keep up the good work. You've brought down the dignity of the office of the president to a level every man can relate to. In 2 years, you've completely transformed how the world views the president of the United States.

    November 24, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Katie

    Here Obama shows everyone how to take the high road. No name calling, no ranting, no complaining, no mocking, no jeering. That's the kind of integrity a true leader has. He's right, he has way better things to think about. If Sarah Palin should decide to become a serious politician and truly run for the highest office in the land, Obama can spend time thinking about her. He'll calmly and reasonably, not to mention respectfully, point out that she has no clue, that it takes more than a pretty face and a little anger to deal with the complex issues facing this great country – it takes understanding, integrity, and above all, commitment. The POTUS not just leads this country, but is responsible for it. Sarah Palin has yet to show she'll take responsibility for anything.

    November 24, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. a little sad

    Palin is the political Barney.

    The adults in the room from all political points of view know that she's not real.

    We just have to hope that her true believers will grow out of it.

    Unfortunately, while Barney's messages were usually benign, Palin's are often malignant.

    November 24, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Ted van Tol

    Well said Mr. President. Support you all the way!

    November 24, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Northdakotax

    CNN is TRULY pathetic... latching on to ANYTHING with "Palin" in it. Get a grip on yourselves... why would Obama be thinking about Palin... he should have better things to do, like run the country... doncha think???

    November 24, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Joe

    Sarah Palin is an embarassment to women everywhere. She embraces and embodies the "Anti-Intellect" approach to, well, everything she says. She can't even answer a simple question about what newspapers or magazines she reads! Homer Simpson would run circles around her in a debate.

    November 24, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Paul

    How on Earth is this, as CNN's current headline has it, a 'verbal jab' at Palin? Really guys, you're working far too hard to make everything about the half-termer from Alaska.

    November 24, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Cappicola

    Our President doesn't think much about anything these days. "....and the beat goes on....."

    November 24, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Cambridge131

    The question by Barbara Walters was just dumb! Palin – whether likes her or not – is a political celebrity and she would have destroyed her brand as such if she had said anything else. It was a stupid question asked by a news celebrity who has been out-of-date for a couple of decades. Walters only reason to exist is to do celebrity interviews to enhance her own celebrity status. The President was right to ignore it.

    November 24, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Right Leaning Independent

    Thats ok, he also does not think about what the majority of Americans want for our country so we sent him a clear message on November 2nd!! Can you hear us know one termer???

    November 24, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. GP

    Palin would be the first president that wouldn't speak to the press. Although she would probably create a cabinet postion and appoint Hannity to it. Something along the line Secretary of Information.

    November 24, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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