Palin disses Michelle Obama over 'dessert'
December 20th, 2010
08:32 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin disses Michelle Obama over 'dessert'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is again taking aim at Michelle Obama over her anti-obesity campaign, taking the opportunity in Sunday's "Sarah Palin's Alaska" to land a diss against the first lady's efforts to improve nutrition.

While making s'mores at one point during Sunday's episode, the former Alaska governor proclaims the marshmallow and chocolate treat is "in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."

It's not the first time Palin has taken a jab at Mrs. Obama over her campaign to discourage fattening foods, especially from public schools. The former vice presidential nominee told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham last month that "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."

Palin also hand-delivered cookies to a Pennsylvania school last month before delivering a speech there, saying: "Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents."

Palin's comments Sunday appear to be in reference to a speech Michelle Obama delivered in July, during which she described her own upbringing when it came to food and exercise.

"In the afternoon, there was no way we'd be allowed to lie around the house watching TV," she told the NAACP in a Kansas City speech. "Our parents made us get up and play outside."

"As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right," she added.

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  1. katiec

    This website should be named the Pallin Ticker, as CNN continues to shove her down our throats.
    Am so tired of the Palin, republican bias of this website.
    Let's boycott it until they start being "fair and balanced".

    December 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Anne

    She gets stupider (I don't know if it's a word but it seems to fit stupid Sarah) by the minute (I'm french by the way which is why I don't know if it's an actual word, in case the word police is looking)

    December 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Norm

    There goes the genius again. Yes, let's encourage our kids to be fat!

    December 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. chris87654

    Good for Sarah. She's the only one who sees how Michelle's support against obesity can lead to jack-booted thugs breaking down doors of American citizens to confiscate Twinkies and Ho-Ho's. Not sure how many voters Sarah thinks she'll gain by twisting another quote, but I guess it makes her feel better.

    December 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Jim Gregware

    Hey I've got a joke. So Sarah Palin speaks.... Get it? Thank you CNN and please give us more breathless coverage of this person, if you can make space between your zombie stories and how to not catch a cold advice.

    December 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. XWngLady

    Uh, Sarah, graduate from Princton and Harvard first before having anything to say to the First Lady of the United States. She has more class and grace than you on her worst day!

    December 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Slim

    While to some extent I agree with Govenor Palin she is completely missing the point here. This is not about the government telling us what we can and cannot eat, this is about the health of our children and some of the decisions that parents are making. The government does not tell me what I can and cannot feed my kids, but my children know that candy and sweets are a priviledge and not a right. Furthermore whenever possible we substitute healthy alternatives (i.e. fruits and veggies) and my kids love it. It gives me great pride as a parent when my daughter tells me that she wants to have a banana instead of some junk food.

    December 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Greg

    I believe Ms. Palin has become certifiably paranoid and should be treated accordingly. What else could have prompted Ms Palin to construe the promotion of a healthy lifestyle as a nefarious governmental policy? One can only feel sorry for her.

    December 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Adam

    The idea of Sarah Palin showing up at a school to pass out cookies seems a little creepy to me.

    December 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. John

    Now who was it who tempted Hansel and Gretel with more dessert?

    December 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. DOS

    Palin doesn't understand also that obese people, like people who drive recklessly, and those who smoke, significantly drive up insurance and federal medical spending for everyone. No one lives in isolation of anyone else, we all affect each other in unknown ways– but this is a direct, clearly known way.

    December 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Darb Pa

    Apparently this twit from the Great White North (no, not Canada but I really wish she were) doesn't understand that obesity is the leading cause of health problems in this country. Heart Disease, Diabetes, certain types of Cancer are all attributed to being overweight and this in turn causes health care costs to spiral out of control. Maybe she has too many smores in between her ears to see a cause and effect here.

    December 20, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. AmandaInTN

    Can someone please tell her how to act like an adult rather than a whiny teenager? Could you imagine her in an actual diplomatic discussion? She would be a total disaster!

    December 20, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Phil in KC

    So Sarah would rather that our children be obese, leading to high cholesterol and heart disease later in life? Is that her message? Good one Sarah – great parenting.
    Honestly, some parents are so stupid that maybe the government does need to step in. Besides, schools decide menus based largely on $$. And parents really have very little input into the menu. So, if the government dictates a balanced diet in schools, they are doing us and our children a favor.
    This is nothing more than a typical right-wing knee-jerk reaction, making mountains out of molehills.

    December 20, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. nurserachet

    OK< some like Paliin, but the majority of us are weary of hearing about her. If the media would not report on her every day, no one would care! Media has made her a celebrity - what other loosing VP candidate EVER got this much press. Stop it!!!!!!

    December 20, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. thomas

    Palin is a BAD Actress ,
    She will stop at nothing to exploit in the name of greed and vanity. Her ignorance and intolerance in the name of God is disheartening to me.

    December 20, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. AM

    Given the insane number of obese and overweight children, it's pretty obvious that parents are doing a pretty poor job of telling their kids what to eat. Government isn't forcing anyone to eat or not to eat certain types of food, only raising awareness of what's healthy in an attempt to help the public make smarter choices.

    December 20, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. dale

    Perfect picture of Sarah. It shows the only thing she is truly qualified to do.

    December 20, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Carol

    Palin needs to stop the cheap shots at Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama is right to address childhood obesity. Nobody is telling children what they can and cannot eat. Palin always puts her poisonous spin on ideas anyone with a brain might have. It is obvious that Palin does not do much in the way of encouraging her children to practice good habits, especially in behavior and education.

    December 20, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. JDQ

    Sarah Palin should just SHUT UP! Our First Lady, Michelle Obama, is totally correct in her attempts to wake this nation up to the health perils (and future health costs) of obesity in children and the terrible body destruction that obesity can bring – high blood pressure, diabetes and its awful complications including amputation of limbs, the strain on joints, etc. Palin is so desperate to keep herself in the limelight that she will say and do anything to do so, including speak against the wellbeing of this nation's youth. SHUT UP, Sarah!

    December 20, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. blf83

    APALlINg Sarah continues to sink to ever lower, more petty behaviors. As Mae West was to have said. "I have my standards. They're low, but they are all mine."

    December 20, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. ATL Guy

    Sorry little girl but Michelle is just not into you. She will not respond to your infantile stupidness. The GOP may love it but that's about it. You are a jerk and a loser. Get a real job and get a life.

    December 20, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Mike S.

    This woman would do or say anything to stay in the news. I pray that what goes around comes around, and soon.

    December 20, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. SAE

    Whether you like or dislike the Obama Administration you have got to give the 1st lady some credit for encouraging people to watch what they eat. It should be the parents responsibility to monitor what kids eat but for so many kids school breakfast and lunch is all they eat. I think it's great that there is a driving force around fitness and nutrition in school. Sarah Palin may have a legitimate beef or 2 with the Pres but she just seem high school b*tchy with the 1st lady.

    December 20, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. edged25

    I think CNN is scraping the bottom of the barrel today .No matter what Sarah Palin does it gets twisted and skewed in here . I think her views most clearly reflect my veiws . So the more you diss her the more I feel that your dissing me . This woman is a rock star and a king maker ( as shown in the last election ). I don't know if she will run for president but if she does it will be like trying to stop a runaway train with the support the great unwashed will give her .So go ahead and insult slur skew Sarah Palin it only makes all of her supporters including me to tighten our resolve and do every thing we can to get her elected President. If you thought the nov election was a wake up call just wait until 2012.
    I can hardly wait PALIN 2012

    December 20, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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