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. brad

    This makes absolutely no sense. Do you make stuff up, avoid reading/watching the news or are you simply that ignorant.

    February 6, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. RB

    In a recent interview related to the release of her brother Ronnie's book, Pattie Reagan stated that her father would be appalled at the thought of someone like Sarah Palin being the keynote speaker at his 100th birthday celebration. In spite of his conservatism, Reagan was a lover of nature & wildlife and never would have endorsed Sarah Palin's psychotic need to kill animals. Additionally, having been the victim of an assasination attempt, Ronald Reagan was a HUGE supporter of the Brady Bill, and gun control legislation. He knew what it was like to take a bullet. Odd that the keynote speaker would be an NRA gun-nut.

    February 6, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  3. mike

    this woman is still clearly unqualified to be in any form of government, I hate to think how she would handle this with her uncompromising ways.
    the world will never take america serious again if this woman were to ever hold the oval office.

    February 6, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  4. Gerald

    Looks like the smart people are handling this Sarah , now go watch some cartoons or read a book.

    February 6, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. Bess

    What would Palin do? Outside of negating the Muslim Brotherhood, what were her suggestions? Secretary Clinton has made statements as to the U.S. position on democracy and the actions of the Mubarek government.
    Isn't it about time that news organizations stop giving Palin press coverage? The coverage has finally stopped about Christine O'Donnell. How about cease and desist with Palin?!!

    February 6, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. Glenn from Cary

    Taking Sarah Palin seriously should be a test of citizensip. In other words, if you take Palin seriously, you should lose your citizenship.

    February 6, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  7. Tiser

    She really has never been to Egypt, has she???!!! Maybe she should go...

    February 6, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Mike

    Wow. Her foreign policy knowledge is only surpassed by her Constitutional knowledge. ugh

    February 6, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. dale neste

    Oh Sarah,There you are again.The genius in the room. Read the news and you would know who the opposition leader in Egypt is.Please give your own opinions of the world scene and quite using ghost writters

    February 6, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  10. Tia

    Poor Sarah Palin, making snide comments because she knows that the world doesn't care what thoughts her two lone brain cells manage to produce.

    February 6, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. Bob

    This is classic Sara Palin, a hokey little soundbite "the call went to the answering machine", a mention of Ronald Reagan, and blah, blah, blah. Note to Palin: We don't get to decide who leads Egypt and the best way to make a candidate unacceptable is for the US to come out in support that candidate. This is a time for subtlety and finesse, something she knows little about.

    February 6, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  12. josh

    If you know what the Muslim Brotherhood really stands for they're exactly like the Conservative Christians with some small messiah differences. Their rhetoric is interchangeable.

    February 6, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. G Foster

    Every time Palin grills Obama she looks small. My advice to Ms. Palin: learn from your "blood-libel" statement and keep your snarky views to yourself.

    February 6, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. Eddie

    How about we stay out of this one?

    February 6, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  15. Jeetu

    Palin as usual is rediculous and makes no sense. What does she want Obama Administration to do? Take military to Egypt??? It is Palin who has no idea od international diplomacy. You cannot say things in public unless decisions have been made. Obama Administration is doing all it can to ensure a smooth transistion in Egypt and we should support that all the way, with or without Mubarak.

    What did Palin do when she was Governor of Alaska? How much information did she let out including her own expenses which she charged to State without cause.

    The more she pens her mouth, the more she shows her lack of understanding and lack of American values. We do not want to hear her or listen to her.

    February 6, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. Carla

    Right...this from a woman who couldn't find Egypt on a MAP...and whose snippy line is a comment in reference to a campaign slogan...aren't here 15 minutes up...

    February 6, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. carrotroot

    Palin is wrong, the Egyptians need to decide for themselves who they want leading them - not the US.

    February 6, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  18. Thewwie

    Hey, in regards to that situation that is happening there in Egypt......really Sarah Trademark? We need to be told what we stand for so we know who to stand with? We haven't been told all we know......Wtf. You say nothing of substance, depth or breadth of knowledge, yet you say it so poorly. You add nothing but unneeded vitriol to an already complicated and volitile situation. You are a molitov cocktail to civil and productive discourse. Reagan himself would certainy not have invited you to honor him. Go away now, this is serious business.

    February 6, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  19. Jeff

    Good thing Palin isn't in the White House, as she said, "We need strength and sound mind there in the White House..." She doesn't have either. Maybe she thinks trademarking her name will make her strong and smart... NOT!

    February 6, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  20. Leonard

    I hear when Mubarak leaves office...Palin is going to give it a shot...a little test run for 2012.

    February 6, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  21. karen

    I doubt Palin even knows where Egypt is. She spouts a lot of rhetoric with no true knowledge. Sarah, first get a map.......

    February 6, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  22. F

    Why can't this stupid woman keep her mouth closed? She doesn't even know where Egypt is on the map, let alone how to deal with any diplomatic issues. Go Back to Alaska....I hope she can find it on a map.

    February 6, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. Bruce2233

    If Joan of Snark hasnt a clue who is behind the uprising in Egypt by now, she will never know. Rebecca, could you explain it to her please and show her where Egypt is on an atlas as well? PS: Sarah?.. the USA government dosent actually stand back and choose the next leader of a country the way you choose a new pair of $500 dollar shoes, its a little more complicated than that. Try to keep up, ok? Thanks

    February 6, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  24. Folabi O

    First, question for Sarah Palin:
    What does she know about Egypt – can she summarize her knowledge of Egypt in a nutshell?
    And no, I am NOT talking about pyramids and camels, please.

    February 6, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  25. Andy

    She's so dumb...still hasn't done her homework...still.

    February 6, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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