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
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. blake

    Do you really want to focus on being a good president? There are some obvious steps. Back away from big federal government and Marxism. Slash the federal budget and the deficit. Stop the anti-American statements in dealing with foreign governments. Stop talking bi-partisan and start being bi-partisan. Get rid of all your czars. Surround yourself with people of integrity, not thugs and hoodlums.

    November 24, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Big George in Big D

    The POTUS has a lot of business being on talk shows jabbing other people. Isn't he supposed to be just a little above that crap? Just a little sophmoric he is! The man needs to grow up and shut up. Not everyone likes to hear his lies.

    November 24, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. LJ

    Obama can kick that narcissistic reality show loving ex-governor any day.

    November 24, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Fox Jr (CNN) with it's fake "grabbing headlines". Shame shame. I've turned to BBC for world news.

    This yellow gossip rag that tries to stir up more hate than exists is really OLD. His statement is not a jab, idiots.

    November 24, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Petey1x

    ms palin your Jedi mind tricks don't work on everyone.

    November 24, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. once upon a horse

    REALLY? How is saying that he doesn't think about Sarah Palin be considered a "verbal jab"? Of course she'll probably take it that way and whine about it to her fan base and FoxNews, but as the POTUS Mr. Obama really should ignore Palin and continue on trying to get this country going in the right direction. Something that I'm sure Sarah Palin couldn't do since she failed to do so in Alaska. President and Mrs. Obama, who Palin also takes a jab at ,. have enough class at least publically to stay above the fray and let the "mouse that roared" have her say. Privately though it would not shock me if Michelle would call her everything under the sun and I couldn't say I wouldn't blame her for doing just that.

    November 24, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Little Tommy

    I wouldn't expend the mental energy either. She is not presidential material...never was...never will be. She tried this governance thing once and QUIT in the middle of her term. Is that what we want in the Oval Office??? Please Sarah, go back to Alaska and leave us alone.

    November 24, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Sherri W.W.

    I would certinly expect that President Obama would be concerned with many other things than Sarah Palin right now!~Having said that,if there is ANY possibility that SP can beat him in an election,then this country really has gone to the point of "no return&stupid!"~and,as they say~"You Cant Fix Stupid!"~I would think all it should take for any smart person,would be to look at this situation with N.Korea~we BETTER be very glad indeed,to have a President who is cool&calm and trying NOT to get us in any more wars!and trying to wind down the ones the GOP got us into,that has cost us 4000+lives and Billions of $ we need here at home!

    November 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. steve

    If only progressives and the democratic party base would spend less time whining and complaining about what the white house has not done, they would start winning election again. As an Independent, I watch with frustration as the liberals spend 80% of their time in the media attacking this administration on 20% of what they feel whitehouse and congress has not done and only spend 15% of their time grudgingly praise their achievements which is above 80%.

    November 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. BD70

    Obama should ignore Palin. To give her any thought is to inflate her self importance.

    November 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Headline is misleading. Not thinking about someone is not a verbal jab. He is thinking about jobs, security, foreign affairs, the economy and a few other things to help out country. I don' t think about her either. I am focused on my family, my community and helping others.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all

    November 24, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. joe800

    ....let's see Sarah Palin gain 40 pounds and stop coloring her hair and we'll see how quickly she loses her republican base....remember, those that like her arent much more developed beyond a 9th grade mentality and a 5th grade education...

    November 24, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I don't blame him. The rest of us shouldn't bother to think about (write about, etc.) Sarah Palin. She has already proved she cannot cut it in big time politics by quitting the job of Governor of her state for no apparent reason other than to cash in on her publicity and launch a national political career that has become a joke.

    November 24, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Samantha

    He might be better off spending his time thinking about Palin, because he's not making a lot of progress at being "the best President possible". Maybe the best President compared to Palin, that's possible.

    November 24, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Brian

    Palin is a second rate celebrity who appeals to the lowest common denominator. She has netiher the intellect nor the experience to lead this country.

    November 24, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Seriously?

    Really???? The world is in crisis and we ask the POTUs about this crazy chick with delusions of grander??? Really????.....

    November 24, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. KJ

    While I am sure people will over react to the comment, I don't want my President to br thinking about about a olitical entertainer. I rather he focus his time thinking about solving the economy and dealing with North Korea.

    November 24, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. wtf

    Exactly how are his comments about Sarah Palin a "verbal jab"? The media's obsession with sensationalism is sickening. Don't be a zombie! Cut through the hype.

    November 24, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. jledbetternv

    "I don't think about Sarah Palin" is considered a jab? I'm glad he's not being distracted by a quitter ex-governor attention-wh0re. The rest of America should follow suit.

    November 24, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. "Y"

    Good for you, Mr. President!....That's why I R-E-S-P-E-C-T you. You could have called her a "Pretty Dummy" but you didn't. Great minds think about Great things! Small minds think about small things. (Sarah Palin)..No need to say anymore...

    Obama 2012!!!

    November 24, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. independent

    This week may be Sarah lifetime highpoint. If this is the crest of her wave, and I think it is, from here on out expect to see more foam and froth than substance.

    November 24, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Samantha

    Actually, the point is, there are more people thinking about Palin than about Obama. That's the point of all the publicity.

    November 24, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. bailoutsos

    Kind of like the Aesop's fable about the Lion and the Jackass.

    November 24, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Joe

    Barry can't talk about her because no one programed her name into his See-N-Speek teleprompter....

    November 24, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. AEJ

    You go Mr. President. Sarah Palin is a private citizen – and like her and other private citizen, you are working to make life better for all Americans.

    Sarah Palin would not have been recognized this much, except for the fact the news media pays so much attention to her. So many good people are out there bursting their backs doing good things, but the news media do not have anything to report. Instead they focus on this AH, who went to 6 universities to get a degree in journalism. SHE IS PRETTY!!!!

    November 24, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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