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. Dona

    I cannot forgive John McCain for unleashing this newest "Munster Family" on the American Public. Lets see. Sarah is the the Mother of the most famous knocked -up "teenager in America" now preaching abstinence. You have to be dumber than a "bucket of rocks" to get prognant after the age of 40, knowing the risks, and also knowinly bringing a challenged child (we used to call them Retarded) into the world. She is running around the country and doesn't even take care of the kid. I could go on and on and . . . . .

    December 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Dan Halen

    Sarah Palin has the intellectual abilities of a 6 year old. She will no doubt now start attacking Huckabee. You see, in Sarah's world, you are either completely with her, or against her. There is not "in-between". A childish woman pandering to a childish crowd.

    December 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. DJ in TX

    Even though I disagree with Mike on almost everything, I'll say thanks for this. Mrs. Obama is NOT trying to get the government to tell people what to eat. We have an obesity problem in the US. Schools are funded by the federal and state governments. They should HELP in the fight against obesity by providing good food choices for our kids. Dessert is fine, but why not make it a healty choice. I'd prefer my kid's school to offer fruit or something like that vs a cookie and ice cream at school.

    December 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Terry

    Is that blood in the water or did some ketchup fall from Sarah's fries?

    December 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Jo

    Looks like Huckabee is already starting his 2012 bid with laying the ground work of being the not so crazy Tea Party candidate. Also, if my taxes are paying for you to eat, we should be allowed to make the menu. Palin attacking Michelle proves once again how low she will sink. Also what her qualifications again, being a quitter?

    December 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Carol

    Sarah Palin is a nit wit. Seriously, would she have been against Nancy Reagan's Just Say No campaign. Who was Nancy Reagan to tell our children not to take drugs, it's up to the parents. This woman will say or do anything to gain attention. Sarah, didn't you get enough attention as a child. Get some theropy.

    December 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Erin

    "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."

    Clearly, she's right when half of the kids in the country are obese....most parents are too lazy to make sure they're kids are healthy. Its easier to stop in McDonalds and plop down in front of the TV. I think its funny that Huckabee is saying he thinks Palin misunderstood what MObama was saying, I mean doesn't Palim pretty much not understand ANYTHING?

    December 22, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Norm

    It amases me how many people worship this lady who has the mentality of a high school cheerleader.
    Not only is she not educated enough to hold an important office, but has proven time and time again that she lacks the common sense most people are born with. This vindictive attitude towards our current administration is not only childish and stubborn but most unpatriotic. You can disagree with a candidate all you want, but then when the votes are in and the people have stoken, be mature enough to move on and get things done.

    December 22, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. buckydog

    Palin is such an idiot, its almost sad that some folks actually agree with anything that she says.

    December 22, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Alistair

    Huck is trying to be the sensible Republican but his social issues I cannot support.

    December 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Yep...definitely trying to position himself for another run...no question about it. Someone please ask him about evolution.

    December 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Alex Santana

    Why does CNN cover this moron Palin? She is totally stupid and only attracts people with the same IQ level as she has, about the same as her shoe size. Her arrogance and feeling that real people want to listen to her opinions, which they don't. She is an embarrassment to this country and what the US stands for. .She "hides" out at book signing in the dumber parts of the US who think she is a saviour..like Iowa, the midwest and south. I would love to see her try and show up in real cities, where people would eat her up. She is so full of herself and CNN should be ashamed to even give any coverage of this jackal.

    December 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. ryan

    When will Palin go away? Republicans lost the election because of her.....What was JM thinking trying to make her his VP?

    December 22, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. doug

    Sarah Palin is asking that all Americans are to eat moose meat,caribou, and fish,freshly killed by her. She,s got tons of moose meat she killed, for extravagant prices, come one,come all!!!!!! No Credit Cards

    December 22, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. RDM

    "With all due respect to my colleague and friend Sarah Palin, I think she's misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do,"......Mike, I hate to be the one to break it to you....but $arah's misunderstands absolutely EVERYTHING.....

    December 22, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Dustin

    I don't like the man's politics, but I have a load of respect for Huckabee as a person and a politician. I may be wrong, but I don't recall a time where he has taken ignorant shots at his political opponents, which is why he won't win the primary.

    December 22, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Joe, San Diego

    Sarah Palin misunderstands a lot not just what the First Lady meant...

    December 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Jerry

    Mike, you are screwing it all up. Let parents exercise their responsibilities and decide what is good or bad for their children. Please stop and don't let the Democrats in your corner down. People are fed up with President NObama and his sidekicks (Michelle, etc.) taking over everything. Again, let parents exercise their parental responsibilities.

    December 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I am not sure what Mrs. Palin thinks the First Lady is saying. Parents are welcome send any food to the school with their child when they pack their own lunch. I work in an elementary school....the lunches that we tax payers are paying for are terrible. They are deep fried, full of carbs and saturated fats. I want my tax dollars to go to healthy lunches for the children. I hate paying for crap.

    December 22, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. al

    Thank God for Sarah! Without her, obese, willfully ignorant hillbillies would be left without a voice in this in the battle against healthy eating and exercise.

    December 22, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. trex

    Palin is ALWAYS so wrong, it amazes me she can walk and talk at the same time.

    December 22, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Sam

    As a parent myself (and one who fed my children wholesome food and taught them a good lifestyle), I have to side with Huckabee and Mrs. Obama on this one. The parents of the U.S. have proven time and time again that they in fact, as a mahority, can't really be trusted with their childrens health. I guess from Palin's perspective, its o.k. to kill the children slowly, allow them to be overweight and lethargic. Is it also o.k. with her if we beat our children within an inch of thier lives? After all, the government says a parent can't do that either...

    December 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. trex

    maybe palin can smell russian cookies being baked from her house.

    December 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Nick

    "Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents."

    -> Actually parents have no say over what kind of c..p the school serves their kids for lunch. With the millions of obese children, Palin's mindless attack is a direct insult to those concerned about health, quality of life and medical expenses.

    December 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. trex

    buggs would say, "what a maroon".

    December 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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