TRENDING: Huckabee takes Michelle Obama's side over Palin
December 22nd, 2010
09:02 AM ET
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TRENDING: Huckabee takes Michelle Obama's side over Palin

(CNN) – Mike Huckabee is weighing in on the Sarah Palin v. Michelle Obama face-off when it comes to suggesting nutritional guidelines for Americans – and he's taking the First Lady's side.

"With all due respect to my colleague and friend Sarah Palin, I think she's misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do," Huckabee, who has long documented his own battle with weight said Tuesday on the "Curtis Sliwa Show."

Huckabee's comments come in response to a remark from Palin on her TLC reality show Sunday during a scene in which the former Alaska governor is seen making s'mores - the not-so-healthy dessert of chocolate and marshmallows.

"[This] in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert," Palin quipped as she served up the tasty treat.

But 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."

Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee has previously expressed support for efforts to improve America's eating habits, himself having once weighed in at 280 before shedding 110 pounds in 2004. He's also the author of the 2005 healthy-lifestyle book, "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork."

Palin's comments Sunday were 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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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Many things we see in politics were planned.Whether or not this was a contrived refutation of Sarah Palin's position, I think this is the begining of a GOP strategy. Use the very unpopular Sarah Palin to make the real GOP frontrunner look more moderate and credible. This might be the plan for 2012. I'm just saying, it's possible.

    December 22, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Tiffany

    The tea party should be proud.

    December 22, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Randy McLeod

    Palin is nothing but 'mouth'. She talks to hear herself talk, that's all.

    December 22, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. RobA

    Only someone as ignorant as Palin would take issue with someone advocating healthy eating. Palin represents an ignoble, stubborn anti-government mindset of a degree we've not seen since the Civil War.

    December 22, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    One loser telling another loser that she is wrong. Mike get a clue, there are numerous things this woman is wrong on and you finally get around to criticize her for. Why don't you just go to Florida and live in your multi-million dollar mansion?

    December 22, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Ernie

    Palin is the biggest idiot in the world. She obviously takes care of herself and knows the importance of a lean diet and healthy eating. However she will say anything to the opposite of the Obamas to further polarize American politics. That type of divisive rhetoric keeps her support base in tact for future endeavours.

    Dessert is not a right. I could stand to lose a few pounds myself.

    December 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. USA401

    "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."
    –Well when 35 % (and growing rapidly) of the country is obese then its clear parents are not making the right decision. Nobody is advocating the 'Government' to regulate diet; Michelle Obama is creating awareness to the problem affecting young children. Once again Sarah Palin demonstrating she has nothing to say but idiotic smug comments that mean nothing.

    December 22, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. dmyers

    Mike Huckabee is a good person, but he should not weigh in on Michelle and Palin comments. Michelle made some comments about healthy food and Palin critisized them. There was no need for Huckabee to join in the conflict, unless he's afraid Palin is going to beat him out for the GOP nomination in 2012. BTW, if Palin wants the nomination, she WILL get it.

    December 22, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Ben

    Sarah Palin is letting her paranoia about the government cloud her rational thinking. She needs to think about reality rather than ideology on this issue. We, in America, ARE fat. We have been getting fatter. This has been leading to a significant increase in diabetes, heart disease, health care costs, decreased self-esteem/quality of life for obese people, etc. Parents have obviously not been making sure their kids are healthy. If the government wants to make changes to encourage (but not force) healthy eating habits, I am all for it. I don't know why anybody would think any differently.

    December 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Fed Up in Texas

    Good grief, Ticker, give it a rest! Re-runs under the auspices of "news" regarding Pain in the Neck is getting old. This is
    not a Pain vs. Michelle Obama fight, this is Pain vs. Pain nonsense. So Huckabee has some common sense, and
    concern for nutrition in schools, which you see as another chance at parroting verbatum every word this woman says.
    Where is your story about Mitch McConnell threatening Democrats, thereby threatening the American people when
    he says "If you think it is bad now – just wait until next year". This guy is obstructionist personified, licking his chops
    at the idea of a dictatorship. He has more "power" than she does in his little finger, and needs to be watched and
    listened to so "We the People" know what he has planned for America, which is pretty scarey stuff.

    December 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Roger Simpson

    Why doesnt that lady please just go away! Wanna see America's influence in the world drop to ZERO? Elect Sarah Palin

    December 22, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. C Smith

    Good job Mike. You just scored a few more points in my book.

    December 22, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sarah responds like a nasty middle school cheerleader in 3 . . .2 . . 1. . . Huckabee has just lost the right wingnut voters who support Palin because their IQ is under 85.

    December 22, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to disagree with Stupid Sarah. This nitwit is just pandering to bigotted people in her party.

    December 22, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Dave

    Huckabee is giving Palin too much credit. Even Palin is not that dumb where she could misunderstand Obama on this. All Palin was looking for was a chance to make one of her typical obnoxious and misinformed digs. Palin is nothing more than a childish twit with a big mouth, a tiny brain, an enomous ego, and a very thin skin. I expect nothing more from this idiot.

    December 22, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Birdwatcher1

    Thank God Huckster has some balls... but it is all just political posturing. And Palin is an idiot who doesn't deserve media attention. Dumbing down of America.

    December 22, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. RS

    Sounds like Michelle Obama & Mike Huckabee have the right idea when it comes to keeping kids healthy. When I was a kid, my mom portioned the meals for us kids, and once in a while we'd get one cupcake or two cookies. If we were very good we'd get one small cup of soda. That's it. My brother & I played outside with our friends, or in our own back yard & we had fun. The only video game systems we owned were Coleco Vision, and Odyssey. And we were only allowed to play them for a limited amount of time. Same with the computer when we finally got one. As a result, my brother and I were very healthy kids growing up, because we ate the right foods, and we were active. My nephews and nieces are being raised in the same way, and all of them are healthy & happy kids. When I have kids, I intend to raise them the same way.

    December 22, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Born Again Christians Against the GOP and Barbie Bimbo Palin

    Palin is again the top story on CNN. She is a dumb, loser, yet CNN just can't break their addiction to this low IQ twit, who doesn't even read newspapers or know or can explain in one sentence in an interview what she reads while claiming to be a journalist. WHAT JOURNALIST ON EARTH DOESN'T READ????! Palin was a runner up in a beauty pageant and decided she'd be famous somehow. But you gotta give the GOP some credit, afterall they managed to propel this unqaulified dumbo to center political stage in spite of any comprehension of politics, national affairs or even without having read a newspaper or be able to name JUST ONE!

    December 22, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. nintex

    The contrast between Michelle Obama and Sara Palin is astronomical. An intelligent, thoughtful, wise First Lady trying to do something good for the country, compared to a loud-mouthed, ignorant shrill-voiced nincompoop with no brains – take your pick. Palin reminds me of one of those annoying little dogs that yaps and bites at your heels – you want to kick it in the teeth to make it shut up. I'm glad the First Lady doesn't respond to her noise and doesn't stoop to her level of pettiness.

    December 22, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. twiddly

    More and more republicans are going to publicly trash Palin's ignorant rants as the 2012 election nears.
    This is going to be so much fun!

    December 22, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Peter

    Palin certainly is a strange person. Michelle Obama never said that we should never, ever have desert. She never advocated the government mandating how parents how to feed their children. She is just saying what just about every administration has said (including GW Bush's) similar to the recommendations issued by such organizations as "The President's Council on Physical Fitness". The USA is, next to Australia, the fattest nation on earth. We are #1 in childhood obesity. If Palin thinks there's no problem and makes fun on Michelle Obama for pointing this out, then God help us if this
    superficial lightweight ever gets within a mile of the White House. Why people think that Palin is a "leader" is beyond me.

    December 22, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Jack

    Michelle Obama never said the gov't should decide what foods people should eat. All she is trying to do is to make Americans (parents and chiildren) more aware of how to eat healthy. Obesity in this country, especially among young people, is out of control. If Palin wants to live on fast food that is her right. She and her family can eat all the junk food they want. She can pose next to a dead bear and talk about bear meat sandwiches but most Americans do not live in rural areas. Most Americans live in suburbs and cities. They can't just go out and shoot deer in their back yard (neither can Palin, by the way). Helping disseminate good nutritional information is a vital function of the gov't.

    December 22, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. texasmoma

    Palin once again shows what an ignorant and mean-spirited person she is.

    December 22, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. jake1969

    Palin overstates everything. No one's calling for a ban. Guess what, if your local schools stop selling junk food, you still have every right to pack them cookies or whatever for them to bring. This is not doing anything to limit parents. In fact, it's empowering. If I want my kids to eat healthy, at least I know if they get hungry they won't only have junk food to choose from. If you want your kids eating cr@p, buy it yourself and pack it for them!

    December 22, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Jack London

    Palin was misunderestimating Michelle.

    December 22, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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