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. Rick Lyons

    The person who recently confused the political system in North Korea from that in South Korea is lecturing anybody on world affairs? Ridiculous.

    February 5, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  2. Peter DeAmicis

    This gal is such a fraud. A true soap opera, as Ron Reagan, Jr., described her. Most of all, she has the brain of a small farm animal and is down right cruel.

    February 5, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. PA

    Fascinating, coming from her. She doesn't even know where Egypt is.

    February 5, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. Herman

    Sara Palin does not understand that when a sensitive international crisis arises like the Egyptian uprising, all information cannot be publicly disclosed immediatly. She just don't get it. I still hope she runs because she is a gift that keeps on giving.

    February 5, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. Sad

    And the idiot continue to speak!

    February 5, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. Doyle Wiley, MI

    I Palin thinks the President should be doing anything more than what he is going, Thank god she is not Vice President.

    February 5, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. doc


    February 5, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. Phil

    Why is her nonsense even newsworthy? She does more to divide our country than any other political figure. She condems Obama without any knowledge of the facts! Incrdible. Egypt will decide who governs Egypt.

    February 5, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. sean

    This woman is off her rocker. And the people who stand by her is off their rocker and chair!

    February 5, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. billy bob

    This woman cannot put together a single sentence that makes any sense.

    February 5, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    If that call came from Palin, I'd screen it and let it go t the answering machine, too. She's an empty headed opportunist who knows ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about anything other than quitting.

    February 5, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. bobby

    this woman`s idea of her self importance is so over blown it matches Trumps monstrous ego..who the hell does she think shes kidding.If the 3am call came to her we would be at war with Egypt now. This woman is a complete disgrace to or country and world leaders must be bemoaning the possibillity of her running for the presidency. She doesnt have a clue about foreign relations or much else for that matter!

    February 5, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. Starman

    Reagan just again rolled around in his grave when Crazy Palin used him in a quote. Its outrageous that a solo reality TV star takes pot shots at the president of the United States who's surrounded by his many government entities (non-political) directly involved such as the state department, Pentagon and CIA with surly vaults full of classified documents. What a true "politician" she is.

    February 5, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. lmc

    She continues to astound us with her stupidity. The situation in Egypt really isn't our business, is it? It's so easy when you aren't the one in office! She already proved she couldn't take the heat when she quit being governor of Alaska half way through.

    February 5, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. JK

    Ack! Does the woman not know there is no democracy (and much worse happening) in egypt?

    February 5, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  16. kk

    They did say who would take over for Mubarak. It is the vice president. If Palin spent less time talking about her self and more time paying attention to whats going on she would have know that.

    February 5, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  17. MS

    Palin doesn't even understand basic diplomacy much a less a complex crisis like the one in Egypt.

    February 5, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  18. ehwilson429

    Obama knows nothing and didn't have his teleprompter.
    But Palin is a quitter, so who's who?

    February 5, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. Zen24

    What gives Palin any credibility on foreign policy? Call me a cynic but I strongly doubt that before the crisis she even knew where Egypt is located geographically; she probably required a briefing by someone to edify her on the entire matter. But, I'm sure in her naive little way she believes if she were in power she would do a much better job than Obama – give me a break!

    February 5, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. leo

    WOW!! Palin is crazy, clueless, and absolutely scary. She would surely support a tyranical government in Egypt who routinely tourtrues it's citizen's over a form of government in which it's people were free if they decided not to "stand with America". I wonder how many wars she'd start if she were president.

    February 5, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. Greg

    This woman is a complete and utter moron. I'm sorry, but if Americans somehow find their way to see this woman in contention for the Whitehouse, you will find nothing but ridicule from the rest of the planet.

    February 5, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  22. Palin is a Fraud !

    OMG ! I can't stand Palin ! Her 15 minutes of fame was up over a year ago ! Now she is just running around behind the President trying to criticize anything he does ! This woman is a pimple on the rear end of our great society ! I am so sick of her because she doesn't add anything useful to the public discourse, she only offer's vile non-sense ! Please somebody close to her , tell her to shut up ! Nobody with half a brain takes her seriously ! What a joke Palin is !

    February 5, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  23. Savannah

    Palin Grills Obama–give me a break, that woman can't grill a fish but she's real good at being a nuisance to us all. I keep hoping she'll fall in a hole someplace and never be heard from again.

    February 5, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  24. Tish from ATL

    This lady is a bunch of crock. Even the Rebubs have indicated that our POTUS is handling this well. All this lady does is point finger .... complaining Palin. Pathetic

    February 5, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  25. vriper

    You tell 'em, Sarah; you foreign policy marvel, you. No way the uprising is just "real" Egyptians finally getting fed up. A turbaned villian has gotta be somewhere lurking. A little mind needs something like that to wrap around, doesn't it? Anyway, hope you get through, but I don't think the president is going to take your advice that we shoulda nuked somebody by now.

    February 5, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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