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. texasgreenacres

    Hey ding bat the amercian public don't care that it went to the answering machine.What we do care about it wasn't you answering the phone.No room for dummies you betcha

    February 5, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. Tisha

    Why is CNN making this lady relevant. I don't care what she has to say. I believe she has missed several 3 AM phone calls. Like the one for her to shut up!! Enough of SP already

    February 5, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. AW

    Not quite sure I would have preferred Sarah Palin to handle this issue... after all, her only experience with foreign relations was the fact that Russia was in her "back yard"...

    February 5, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. wow

    what a contradictory idiot. blames obama for not supporting the protesters and then criticizes the opposition groups as people we cant get behind. if she were running things she would be more dependent on mubarak in the region more so than we are now. she also says we have to trust but verify and then goes on to say how nothing is reliable. same old media is awful blah blah. run for the republican nomination, lose to romney or some other hack and then please go away.

    February 5, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. teresa

    Would someone shut this woman up?! The president has done what he should and that is let Egypt handle themselves. Like he said, no other country has the right to tell any other country what to do. She keeps running her mouth may cause more trouble for the US! Just ridiculous!

    February 5, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. Mike - Las Vegas

    Thank god Quitter Palin wasn't anywhere near the phone. She would just hit the red button & start bombing everyone and everywhere. Does she even know where Egypt is? Hey Wasila Chillbilly, you lost, get over it already, grow up and stop sounding like a scorned high school cheerleader.

    February 5, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. dmcelhoe

    Another mindless comment from a quitter. Why does CNN continue to focus on the pronouncements of this individual who deserves no more publicity – and perhaps less- than the rest of "average America?"

    February 5, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. pooch

    you're nothing but air, palin. and you'll never be president. you're too comfortable being an armchair quarterback while you rake in your millions.

    February 5, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  9. Mr. Obvious

    It's unfathomable how so many people follow every word she spews the putrid hole in her head she calls a mouth. She's a coward, a bully, and still thinks she can get by in life by giving her dumb-ass, beauty paegant answers to question of subjects shes clueless about. I can't wait to see her fall from grace on day soon. I hope that Sarah Palin gets eaten by a bear or trampled to death by a moose. Or hell, I'd even settle for someone just cutting her damn head off!!

    February 5, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. me again

    It's such a shame this bimbo has no idea what she's talking about. It's becoming quite clear where her offspring got their mental disabilities from.

    February 5, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  11. RLS-Cleveland, OH

    This is what CNN considers "trending" on the Political ticker? Really? An uneducated Quitter's opinion about current events. Sigh.
    Refer back to the article "Why America is growing tired of Palin" CNN, and maybe CNN will see why people are getting tired of these mindless tidbits about Palin and CNN in general.

    February 5, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. Mike - Las Vegas

    She sure didn't have any problems with the way the two Bush president handled our relationship with Mubarak. Oh, and stop invoking Reagan's name. He's dead and he would have hated you.

    She (and most of the right wingers) had never even heard of "The Muslim Brotherhood" before this week. I guess they have a new bogeyman to scare their ignorant Rushpublican base with. Dolts!

    February 5, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. Candy

    I think it's quite clear the Egyptians don't have a clue who is the front runner in taking Mubarak's place. I don't think they even know who all the players are by any means. Not that I'm necessarily an Obama supporter, but how in the crap do you think our administration knows, let alone should be announcing it to the American public!!!!!!!! But I guess what can we expect from someone who thinks Russia is her neighbor??????? Once again, she opens her mouth and stupid falls out.

    February 5, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. Bill

    Why is everything of someone who walked away from one job and was defeated in an attempt to run for the vice presidency reported as if it is the only opinion worthwhile. ow many other average Joe blows have their opinion and picture in the press every day? Tired of and fed up with hearing from someone who is a nobody made important by her loss.

    February 5, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. dres

    Shes an idiot. Theres a turnover in a major ME country and she wants the President to give us a play by play. She should shut up. Now is not the time for America to rile up the radical factions in Egypt

    February 5, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  16. magic

    Are you kidding me, this women is really lacking in the area of self awareness. Sarah listen up: Nobody is taking you seriously on any subject....period. Go away, please. You add no value.

    February 5, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  17. Why Does Anyone care about Quiter PALIN??

    Why does anyone care what this pathetic excuse for a losing presidential ticket says? She's a quiter, ignorant, and full of grandiose visions of grandeur when all she is is an attractive women every limp GOP voter has an attraction for? YOU BETCHA!!!!

    February 5, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. JT

    Please stop posting stories on this uneducated idiot. She is not worth it! Besides, she has her own network.

    February 5, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. Are You Kidding?

    Palin thinks something went to a answering machine? 1st her comments about Reagan the worst president ever....who over the years the Republicans sainted because well it allows there spoiled brat mentality to destroy the middle class and the country...and say we are on the wrong path. Now she thinks a call went to a answering machine. Now I am really happy she isn't any place near the oval office....guess she figures her stellar policy experience makes her the expert on all things on the world stage...are you kidding me? Really I been to Alaska and there's a mountain range in the way of her seeing this? Somebody please tell cut and run Palin her 15 minutes is up and no one wants to hear from her or her dysfunctional family!

    February 5, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. Michael

    This woman is a complete tool. She should stick to Alaska politics, because she's out of her league here.
    Very cafefully prepared aggressive statements that say nothing. God forbid this woman ever gets near
    the White House.

    February 6, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. rev3000

    Obama should really listen to Sarah Palin ... and follow her example by quitting his job half way through and starting a lame reality tv show.

    February 6, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. guy

    Who does this "quitter" think she is? She gave up the one job she was elected to serve.
    Sarah Palin is a woman who does nothing but talk and complain about America. She mouths what is wrong with everything but NEVER gives a specific solution to any of her complaints. She quotes politicians of the past. She thinks our world should be brought BACKWARDS to the 1980's. We are in 2011--get with what's happening NOW. It's a GLOBAL society--diverse and complicated. We all have to adapt.

    February 6, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. Kris

    PLEASE!! She says it herself, we don't know exactly what is going on, or what is going to happen. There are things that are happenning behind the scenes, and that's the way it should be – for now. Would Sarah Palin just shut up and go home!

    February 6, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  24. Nancy in WA State

    Why do we always have to hear what SP thinks. Why don't we hear what Snookie thinks, and Justin Bieber's thoughts, and Lindsey Lohan's take. Why not post what all the Housewives in Beverly Hills, Atlanta, and New York are thinking. What do these people all think about the situation in Egypt? Because I care what they think about as much as I care what SP thinks. SP is a big ol', first-class nobody. Can she please just go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  25. Cameron

    Why does this woman get press coverage? It's quite obvious that she STILL doesn't know what she's talking about.

    February 6, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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