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

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. Janet Holmes

    If parents are so good at making the right choices for their children, why is there an obesity problem in this country for children. This obesity problem will manifest itself in more health problems as this generation of overweight children ages. Someone shoud have taken that plate of cookes Sarah Palin brought in and said to her "no thank you, my children eat healthy".

    December 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Meowth

    Thank God that at least not all Republicans feel they need to back up Palin. The way she's acting about this issue is like it's a nefarious KGB-run plot. Sorry, but the government isn't out to get you in everything they do.

    December 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Pete

    In other words, blabbering-Palin wants the government to keep paying the $20 BILLION for medical treatment of the obese masses.

    Please, someone take out this pimple of a low-life she is.

    December 22, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. bob

    Palin misunderstood something, there's a shocker.

    December 22, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Brandon V. in DFW

    Its sad that Mrs. Palin feels as though anything and everything Michelle and Barack Obama say and do is wrong. I was really offended by her comments that 'some congressman's wife' didn't need to be telling her how to feed her family.

    First off, that politician's wife is the first lady of the United States of America. Second, every first lady finds a cause to sound off on and fight against. Was Nancy Reagan wrong or intruding into people's lives when she told kids to stay off drugs and pushed for that? Was Laura Bush wrong when she told families to read together and stressed education?

    Childhood obesity is a problem in America and Micelle Obama is "NOT" saying this is what you must do or have to do. She is taking the advice of doctors and pediatricians and making recommendations on ways Americans "can" eat healthier and be healthier. Unfortunately Sarah Palin just sees it as someone from the government trying to control people's lives.

    December 22, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Alaskan Sourdough

    I agree with Mr. Huckabee. As usual Sarah the quitter is wrong about everything she opens her mouth on. She's an embarassment to Alaskans.

    December 22, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. me

    Palin needs to start eating brain food, IE, fish, vegetables, etc. What she's been consuming has obviously not done the trick.

    December 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. DYLANSDADDY

    Michelle Obama said "As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right," she added." So who is telling her kids what to eat? The parent or the government. I think Sarah is right on this, as a parent I'll be damed if I let the government tell me how to raise my child.

    December 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. MplsSkinny

    Finally!! More 'intelligent' people should stand up to Palin and call her on her ridiculous statements.

    Mrs. Palin is arrogant, misguided and completely off her rocker. She is 'bashing' the first lady for encouraging healthy eating & living habits. At no time did Mrs. Obama state that desserts should be banned or denied kids by the federal government. Palin is an idiot to try to turn proper eating and exercise into a partisan "socialist agenda" issue.

    My mom told me the same thing when I was growing up. Get a grip Palin. Dessert is fine in moderation – but you turning it into an inalienable right to cookies and smores, by taking a stand against gov't intrusion into our dessert and exercise habits is not only stupid, but it is counterproductive.

    December 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. C'mon

    lets move on...enough govt control and enough parental stupidity...

    December 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. vikingslost

    Mike Huckabee is correct in supporting what First Lady, Michelle Obama, is bringing to the table on obesity and exercise for young and old alike.

    Thank you Michelle Obama and Mike Huckabee for speaking your mind on this subject.

    December 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. ConsiderThis

    Sarah Palin is so busy trying to politicize EVERYTHING that she misses the point. According to her logic, the government nor anyone else should EVER WARN people about the danger of a particular behavior; EVERYTHING should be "left up to the parent." So, I suppose she's for removing the warning labels from cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, hair pen curves in roads, potential electric shock, expiration dates on food and drugs, etc., etc. She's such a moron and I long for the day that CNN stops reporting every stupid word that comes out of this moron's mouth. We're sick of this woman, CNN. Don't you get it?

    December 22, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. doug

    Mr.Huckabee, you need to get into high office so Wall Street can start up some gamble casinos again. We haven,t got enough GOP in yet to start the breaking of America again.!!!!!! Please go back to church,where you can do some good. Your friend Palin,she needs to go to college,and major in politics!!!! LOL

    December 22, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Good4Huckabee!

    Glad to see not all Republicans cater to her every word! He actually thinks for himself! The woman is such an idiot. It's obvious we have a problem with obesity in our children and she's defending desserts!! C'mon one missing dessert for one meal is not going to kill anyone. The woman should show more respect towards the 1st Lady and the President..,. Be an American for Godsakes!

    December 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Palin is wrong on so many levels, where does one begin to count them? With the census indicating over 308 million people in the U.S., why does she and her tea bag followers think she's the best of the best when she only has to open her mouth and show her ignorance.

    December 22, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Miguel

    God forbid the First Lady should promote the good health of our nation's children. Our children are growing up to be lazy, couch potato, video-game addicts. Parents have to promote physical exercise among children, such as playing outside, climbing a tree, getting dirty, etc. If your kid gets a scrape on his knee or a busted lip, it shows you that they're being active.

    December 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. mamajohanna1

    Sorry, Mike! You're a day late and a dollar short with this realization. We've known this about your "colleague and friend" for a very long time already.....as a matter of fact every time she opens her mouth!

    December 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. hughiewis

    Can CNN please stop writing about this woman on a daily basis!! This woman is an absolute a..hole. The more publicity she gets, the more morons in this country will actually think that she has political clout.

    December 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Mark Henriksen

    I'd like to give Sarah Palin a pie in the face but she would enjoy it, evidently. Please, Ellie May, stay at home with that future first man wannabe, Jethro and the rest of the wasillahilibilles and just fade away!

    December 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. David

    I have a dream. I have a dream that someday CNN will go an entire day with out doing a meaningless article on Sarah Palin. Please CNN, find another obsession.

    December 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Mike

    Wait A SECOND HERE!!!.....Sarah Pay-lin didn't understand something, correctly? Misunderstood the first lady? Let's mark this on your calender, b/c its a first I believe. I'll make sure our allies North Korea put this down on their calenders too. GO SARAH! WE LOVE YOU! PAY-LIN/GOSSELIN in 2012!!!!!

    December 22, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. AndyG

    We have sky-high unemployment, record number of foreclosures (significant numbers of which are of dubious legality), paralysis in Congress, a Republican party dedicated to undoing the New Deal and CNN is continuing to cover what they will no doubt soon refer to as "Dessert-Gate". Not only are they covering it (again), but now it's "Trending".

    This country is doomed.

    December 22, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. KathyC in Minnesota

    Sarah Palin continues to show her IGNORANCE about much at every step and spoken word. If she stopped to comprehend what the First Lady has been speaking about, she would understand that foods loaded with Sugars, Trans-fats, Salt, and chemicals, eaten in large amounts, CAN and DO cause children to become unhealthy over time! There is nothing healthy about an obese child! Obese children tuen into obese adults with health problems that burden the Health Care system and drives up costs for everybody else.

    Having a treat now and then in moderation is permitted. Healthy habits learned when a child turns into healthy habits as an adult. That coincides with excercise and staying active. The health issues Americans face like Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Presure, Joint problems, are preventible with healthy living from an early age.

    Perhaps Sarah Palin should read up on these issues and stop poking her face into places she has no knowledge of.

    December 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. cel

    first time The Huckster has made sense, ever !! mom's apple pie and McDonald's are just a couple of sources of the fatness in America. Get rid of fat and sugar in your diet and you'll likely be very much healthier.

    December 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Old Guy

    It is finally great to see a Republican come out and point out Palin's short coming and disagree with her.

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