Palin: Obama's 3 a.m. call went to answering machine
February 5th, 2011
08:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin: Obama's 3 a.m. call went to answering machine

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin, in her first comments on the uprising in Egypt, called the situation President Barack Obama's 3 a.m. phone call and said, "It seems the call went right to the answering machine."

Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate, spoke with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody after her speech Friday night at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

In the interview, the potential Republican presidential candidate said, "We need to know what it is America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information (from the administration) yet."

She told "The Brody File" she was "not real enthused about what it is that's being done on a national level and from (Washington) in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt."

Palin criticized the administration's public response, saying "nobody yet has explained to the American public yet what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us ... who will be taking the place of (Egyptian President Hosni) Mubarak."

"In these areas that are so volatile right now because obviously it's not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House," she said.

According to a transcript from CBN released Saturday evening, Palin said there were still unanswered questions on the protests that led to the upheaval.

"Remember President Reagan lived that mantra: Trust but verify," she said. "We want to be able to trust those who are screaming for democracy there in Egypt, that there is a true sincere desire for freedoms. And the challenge that we have, though, is how do we verify that what we are told, what it is that the American public are being fed via media, via protesters, via the government there in Egypt in order for us to have some sound information to make wise decisions on what our position is."

On the question of "who's going to fill the void" after Mubarak leaves office, Palin said "Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood? We should not stand for that, or with that, or by that."

She told the interviewer, "Any radical Islamists, no, that is not who we should be supporting or standing by. So we need to find out who was behind all the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support."

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soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Palin Sit your butt down somewhere you just wants some attention that's all callin your self a woman of God plz.

    February 6, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. hannah

    Lookiks like her 3 AM call went to an answering machine. But then she had to check the map to see where Cairo was and get input from her righties before she made her statement.

    February 6, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Don

    Pardon this (and it should be obvious how I am biased here), it seems an awful stretch to ask Sarah Palin for any thoughts about foreign policy in general and specifically the current situation in Egypt. Although her views probably adequately reflect those of a certain minority of Americans, they don't provide any illumination as to the evolving situation.

    For her to express opinions about the Muslim Brotherhood, or to question who is going to fill the void just seems so ignorant as to be completely useless to the dialog.

    February 6, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. ithinkthat

    What an arrogant woman. I hope she runs for president. She is completely unelectable.

    February 6, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. lmc

    she's just desperate for headlines now isn't she?

    February 6, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Catherine

    This shows exactly how little Mrs. Palin doesn't know about world politics or how the State Dept. operates. Diplomats do NOT advertise critical communications involving sensitive subject to the media. She is either naive or she's trying to make political hay out of the Egyptians suffering. Either choice shows me just how unfit for public office she really is. Maybe she should get a job with the National Enquirer. But then again, maybe that publication has standards and wouldn't want her.

    February 6, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Know nothing

    Golly, Palin doesn't seem to remember how Reagan lied to Congress during the Iran/Contra affair. Does she remember how Reagan left Lebanon after our Marines were bombed? Does she understand the Bush ran things for most of their administration and the Bush formally ran the CIA? Does "quitter" Really can't wait to see how she would run our foreign policy.

    February 6, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. rude

    I wonder if she knows Egypt is in the northern part of the "Nation" of Africa.
    Why does CNN think she is a Foreign Affairs brainiac. She once thought Africa was one Nation!! Sheesh!!

    February 6, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Paul

    Are reporters so mindless that they can't ask follow-up questions to demonstrate just how vast this woman's ignorance is? For example, she says we "shouldn't stand by" if the Muslim Brotherhood takes over. So the question is, what does she propose the US do? Intervene militarily? Great move, Sarah! "We need to know what it is that America stands for," she says. What an insightful comment! How full of meaning, how relevant to this situation! Quotes from her are just full of absolutely meaningless hot air.

    February 6, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. dale neste

    Oh Sarah! You are the genius in the room .Read the news and quit relying on ghost writes.

    February 6, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. bjk

    Doesn't the US have enough to worry about in their own country? Palin needs to realize that she, as an ordinary citizen and not political office holder, is NOT entitled to what the President is doing. Does this country really need or can it afford to stick their noses into every country's business? She speaks about trust. Well, I DON'T TRUST SARAH PALIN!

    February 6, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. Hawkeye

    I "betcha" money that Palin couldn't find Egypt on a map.

    February 6, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Squigman

    A more pathetic excuse for a human being, has yet to be born. Wait. The ones who follow her, have got to be considered as pathetic, or more pathetic because they lack the ability of independant thought.

    February 6, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Mike

    Can someone please wake me up when she goes away?

    February 6, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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