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. Laurie in Spokane

    Sure glad Obama doesn't waste time thinking about Palin. What's there to think about? I think her 15 minutes of fame have lasted long enough.

    November 24, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. beevee

    The president has many other things to worry about than pay any attention to the reckless rants of this bimbo Palin. I hope she shuts up for a while and then make intelligent and informed conversations with the media (other than Fox) to gain any respect in public opinion.

    November 24, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. geecee

    Mr. President – glad you don't think about that dimwit, Sarah Palin, because she isn't worth a moment of your time or thoughts. On the other hand, evidently you are the only thing she thinks about night and day. She just can't seem to stop bashing and trashing you every chance she gets on the Fake Noise Channel of hers. She just won't shut up about you. Talk about obsessed. There are other serious topics and issues she should be discussing if she wants to have any credibility whatsoever as a Presidential contender, but she doesn't have any knowledge about anything, so she just disses the current President, oh, and Katie Couric and the "lamestream media". That woman is an idiot!

    November 24, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. mesamick

    Sister Sarah is nothing more than a media spot light, self promoting political grifter. Any one that even thinks that this self-proclaimed "good conservative chrizzjun woman" is POTUS material is a feloney-level idiot and should be neutered to stop passing on the gene pool that creates such delusional fools and moronic suckers...

    November 24, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Yet another day of Palin being CNN's lead story. CNN- why are you so fixated on her?
    The President had to be asked about 5 times beforehe said he doesn't thin about her- why can't you take the hint and put REAL news in your lead spot?

    November 24, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. carlos

    she is not worth commenting on.........she should follow Mrs. Bush s advise.

    November 24, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Richard T.

    Is CNN doing some kind of payola scheme with "the half term" Govenor? Stop feeding this mental midget's demands for attention in her never ending quest for the almighty dollar..

    November 24, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. trismeg

    What an inspirational story. Man works hard, attends a reputable collage, has degrees in the specific fields needed for the job of president, wins presidency.... looses Presidency to an attention grabbing, barley educated out of high school, ex-governor of Alaska who uses her "folksy" (if that's what you call it) way to dumbed down to the entire aspect of being presidential. I mean really? really? If this race even takes place we are in a lot more trouble then we think. I'm sure a large percentage of you out there are quite a bit more qualified then this flash in the pan Palin could ever be. Do you think you could run this country?

    November 24, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. kds562

    Another reason I like the President, he doesn't waste his time on inconsequential topics like Palin. He has more important things to take care of like fixing the mess the Repubs left him.

    November 24, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. sick and tired

    ok CNN, this is getting ridiculous. ENOUGH ALREADY! you have had ticker updates about this dingbat on the main page for days...several a day! I am really starting to hate the media. it's like you guys don't care about anything but making money. you have to know that she is bad for America, yet you promote her constantly. IF YOU IGNORE HER, SHE WILL GO AWAY!

    November 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Joseph Agunbiade

    Good talk President Obama!

    November 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. kyactivist

    CNN labels this as a verbal jab? He's showing he has more pressing this to worry about than that moronic media whore.

    November 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Gerardo

    well done President Obama – I will support you all the way

    November 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    90% of Americans would rather not think about Palin as well. Unfortunately, Palin's Kibbles and Bits mentality has worked the media into a frenzy of Sarah Palin word salad vomit, staining the credibility of American journalism as it drags America into a gutter of regurgitated stupidity not seen in decades.

    November 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. mtb

    What jab? According to the headline this is supposed to be a jab at SP? Sounds like he just said he doesn't think about her (thankfully, I think he has his plate full with other, more important thigns.) and he's focusing on his presidency. Getting a little desperate CNN?

    November 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. I don' t think about you, either, Obama!

    Not for a second, buddy! Thank god you'll be gone after your first term expires!

    November 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Carol

    Excellent remark by Obama. Shows class, whereas Palin spends most of her time picking petty battles and screeching about how unfair the press is. Palin behaves at the ninth grade level.

    November 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Nice front page headline: "Obama takes verbal jab at Palin." He answered a question...whoopty do. It was even a reasonable, low-key answer that included a comlpiment to her that wasn't backhanded. Could CNN be more obvious about trying to turn something completely non-controversial into a controversy? Seriously. It's the holiday season...perhaps a little more focus on unity and peace would be a nice change from bringing all your vast media influence to bear in a never-ending attempt to divide the country into "us and them" in order to increase the profit margin. It's one thing to criticize someone for doing or saying something asinine...like "more tax cuts for the rich will create jobs even though it hasn't for over a decade"...but blatantly mischaracterizing things just to stir the pot shreds any semblence that remains of CNN maintaining any journalistic integrity.

    Moreover, you misquoted him. I'll let your crack team of or truth arbiters in the advertising department, who are no doubt hunched over the ratings numbers and ad contracts, figure it out...they know what they did.

    November 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    Husseni, looks like you are worried, 2012 is the place we will stop you, We The People are determined to make you a OTP. You have done as much destruction to America that we will allow and now its time for We The People to help you pack you bags and kick you out, 2012 is getting closer.

    November 24, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. F Daniel Gray

    This early in the "game," an inordinate amount of "what ifs" can be floated. Suppose a surge in voting, say over 60%, seemed likely, could all the pundits rationalize/explain with any certainty such an event? For example, most predict unemployment will not soon decrease, and a lot more people will have exhausted their benefits. Not to speak of the fact that corporate America's bottom line is not hiring but reducing that cost. It is not likely the venture in Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan will look any more promising by then, despite an allocation of over 2 billion dollars a week.
    Our culture is addicted to showtime, sensationalism and vicarious stimulation. (sports, "reality," entertaining news reports, and the simplistic punditry exhibited, typically, on Fox broadcasting. And gambling (lotteries, Las Vegas, "investments," etc.) With the typical response of wordiness, obfuscations and saying many things at the same time, but usually lacking in specificity, by politicians, all Palin needs to do is keep it close to the vest, be reasonable, palatable and do a "rope a dope" routine. While being "charming." She may be a hick, but she's no fool. The pundits of the polls seldom mention that a significant number of people go in the booth and toss a coin. Or, on an impulse, think, why not take a chance? An uncertain environment, which is becoming more and more evident, becomes more and more unpredictable.

    November 24, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Nurse Lisa

    I'm glad the president doesn't waste his time mulling over this scandal ridden media hound and her daily drivel. She may quit running before long (but would miss out on using her PAC money to buy a new wardrobe) so I expects she will simply deny access to reporters other than schmoozy Hannity and avoid debates by running as a tea partier thereby splitting the GOP votes allowing Obama his second term with ease.

    November 24, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. larry

    In my opinion the best thing Obama could do for the country is resign!!!

    November 24, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Phonz

    Yes We Did & Yes We Will, Again!!!!!

    November 24, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Liberal4Obama

    Why would President Obama spend time thinking about the Palins three ring circus? Thats what the lame stream media is for... you betcha !

    November 24, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    Bring on that egotistical, incoherent Palin....I look forward to 4 more years of thoughtful, progressive governing....How can people think she is really capable? Paying someone to ghost write your books and quitting office part way through your term doens't make you qualified.

    November 24, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6