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. ed h0715

    Is this chick for real , this isnt mating season in moose country , you idiot . This is as delicate a situation politically as can be . Obama has come down on the side of democracy as he should . As if S Palin would do anything difeerent at all . Oh yes , she would get on bended knee and pary to the spirit of Regan for guidance .. Jees , whats more frightening aboiut this moron , is that there are actually people in this country who would vote for her for president . God , help us all . Sarah , just go away , milk your cash from your sad pathetic followers and leave the real work of politics in this country to those who can .

    February 6, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. EffortPA

    Poor Sarah, not even McCain will support her bid to run for president. I think the only people she has not managed to alienate are the white supremacist groups.

    February 6, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. OhComeOn...

    "Grilled"? Really? Don't you mean "criticized"? Palin on a right-wing media outlet criticizing Obama is hardly a story, and I've never heard that woman do anything but criticize and lecture.

    February 6, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Virgo74

    How is it that Palin...(a half term, quitting, X-gov from a state that joined in 1959, reality TV queen, and Fox News' Anchorage Bureau Chief) allowed to comment on how EGYPT is to run THEIR government? Hmmmm..... Alaska 1959 A.D. vs. Egypt 5500 B.C. Yes Ms. Palin....please tell us how Egypt is to be run.....I'm all ears!

    February 6, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Malcolm in St Louis

    Diplomacy like this is done through back channels. It is not done via the media unless you are a media hungry airhead.

    February 6, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. stephen verme

    She UNDERSTANDS? ....She can see Russia from her house! 3am phone call? : Can she even tell time?
    Please, PLEASE, stop giving this idiot ANY notoriety!!

    February 6, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. Leon L

    My god.... Palin's Egypt comment made Palin an extremist of America.... She is irrespective and unfriendly to any Islamic country. I pray that all 300 million of Americans know what intelligence and wisdom are. Palin doesn't intelligence or wisdom because of Palin's comment here that is a nervous shock...

    February 6, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Maryellen

    Please, please, please go away! Look up your unfavorable ratings and fade into the sunset, you are an embarrassment to womanhood. McCain should be punished for bringing this fool into our lives.

    February 6, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Pecos

    The first thing I notice about Sarah Palin's pronouncements is her consistently substandard English. This suggests that her brain is wired in a most peculiar way, a sort of combination of logical speech and speaking in tongues.

    February 6, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Mike

    Sarah Palin should come clean with the American people and tell them what she knows about anything. Should be 3-4 paragraphs, at least.

    February 6, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Leonard

    Please someone tell this dumb chick to just go away, she is a flash in the pan, and her better days are far behind her. What an idiot.

    February 6, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. Cal

    Palin quit as Governor after 2 years on the job. It was too tough. She should be the last person criticizing Obama. She doesn't know one end of a Moose from the other......

    February 6, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. Fred

    "I can see Egypt from my house" – Sarah Palin.

    February 6, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. Tim

    She speaks from a position of authority. These things came up all the time in Wasilla and she would have handled them with the same expertise as governor had she stayed in that position long enough. Plus, the mountains to the west of her house look a lot like pyramids.

    February 6, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. adam

    You know, I actually hope Palin does run for president so when she loses by a landslide, then maybe she'll realize how much everyone hates her and her big mouth. Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove it. Well, shes definitely proved it, one tme too many!!!

    February 6, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. charles

    For the sake of publicity this moron can spit out any thing . Who in a sound mind can still listen to her? Americans deserve democracy wheras the rest of the world doesnt? Thats why this moron suggests!

    February 6, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Nic

    Is Palin good for anything other than a sound bite? Why doesn't this woman make recommendations instead of just providing questions? Why doesn't she define what would be her plan of action?

    February 6, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Santa Fean

    "quitter" can barely find Egypt on the map unless someone coaches her. She uses "faux" news as her beacon of sense so watch out for her advice. She is a total lackey of Corporate America which means she could care less who runs Egypt as long as corporate democracy is in place. We need to sell the Egyptians more weapons, right?

    February 6, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. Marcus

    Palin please Go are such an idiot.

    February 6, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. W.G.

    She´s got a lot of nerve . I bet she can´t even spell Egypt or for that matter find it on a map !

    February 6, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. DaySpring

    I read the entire speech on Egypt. Media concerns should be ashamed of itself for photo shoppng her comments to come up with 2 usable phrases. The entire comment was horrendous, lack evidence of education, respect for the United States and total lack of any knowledge of Egypt. Comments on this comment board contain more substance and demonstate some alternative to what the government offers. But Mrs. Palin does not. She is a drag on the conversation.

    She may as well said "I don't know the US Government position; but I'm agin em". You CNN are shocking. Why did you not print the entire speech?

    February 6, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. Me

    I miss Keith Obermann saying: This woman is an idiot.

    February 6, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. Toots McGee

    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."

    I have an idea. Sarah, please go fill that void. Please!!! And lose your passport when you get there!

    February 6, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  24. Gregory Hewitt

    Sarah, if you're not going to help, please be quite.

    February 6, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. jake

    This woman doesn't have a clue as to what is going on over there! Please make her go away.

    February 6, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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