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. jim

    like she knows anything. i hope she runs for president. there's no way the majority is stupid enough to elect her.

    February 6, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  2. mark273

    This criticism from Pailin is simply gratuitous. Something happened in the world, therefore it is Obama's fault. She first criticizes Obama for not saying anything and not knowing anything. Then she basically describes the complexity of the situation. Why doesn't she connect the two and allow that Obama cannot predict the future and is trying to work through the situation? Obama's people are working behind the scenes on a sensitive situation. How would it help to release all information as it happens to people when the info is about sensitive negotiation? This criticism from her just shows that her main role is simply to criticize, even if there is nothing worth criticizing.

    February 6, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  3. Mark from Canada

    Two years ago Palin had probably never heard of Egypt. Her comments are stupid, as always. I keep reading stories about her because I'm absolutely stunned that there are people in the world that like this woman. I see it on facebook – there's a core group of people who actually believe that this woman has something important to say. Is there something in the water that I'm not getting??

    February 6, 2011 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  4. Nameryan joy

    I find these comments extremely unproductive and unhelpful. We have no real knowledge of who would fill the power void left and are working with all of the knowledge available. To suggest that information is being held from us is absurd. Palin should look a little less obvious in trying to critize the president who has acted tactfully and responsibly thus far

    February 6, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  5. ChrisInAtl

    Hey Palin could it possibly be because no one really knows who exactly is going to take over in Egypt yet?

    Obviously her 5 minutes of fame are up and she's doing this as a desperate attempt to revive her dead political career.

    February 6, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  6. Im Baffled

    Sarah Palin is a fool, vague vague uneducated blow hard who doesn't know here foot from her ear! What the "F" is she talkin about and what in Gods name does any of this Egyptian uprising have to do with Obama, this administration and our involvement, or lack of during this time? Seriously people....lets be really really reallllllly hopeful that WE are not stupid enough to even think about putting this idiot into the seat of U.S. power EVER!

    February 6, 2011 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  7. tjm

    I'm just glad it was not Sarah Palin answering the call – at any hour. Do responsible people really speak in gibberish?
    Obviously popular with a large percentage of the populace, Palin is in every news cycle. Thank you John McCain.

    February 6, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  8. Scott

    ..."we need strength and sound mind there in the White House".

    And that, Sarah, is why you will never be President.

    February 6, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  9. TM

    "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."
    Does this person's ignorance know no limit?! The logic has obviously escaped this Wasilla dimwit that you can NOT criticize someone for NOT explaining what they know while AT THE SAME TIME admitting that they know more than you do. If Palin's foreign policy experience extended even a foot beyond what she could see from her house, she might know that sometimes keeping quiet PUBLICLY is often the best action.

    February 6, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  10. evanescent

    This Palin of a Moron talks a load of waffle. Why all the attention from the media though? America needs winners and not LOSERS like her.If CNN and FOX could just stop reporting her gibberish then American would be a better place.The main difference between her and the president is that while she could be compared to darkness,President Obama is Light to this nation, and LIGHT always triumph over Darkness.

    February 6, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  11. wiseone

    Palin's criticisms of Obama is like someone who never flew a plane, telling the pilot what to do!! Whoever her handlers are, surely share the blame for her stupidity........Nobody knows how dumb you are, until you open your mouth.

    February 6, 2011 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  12. gotta be kidding I have this right? This nitwit calls President Obama to offer advice? The woman who can see Russia from her porch...the woman who served 1/2 of her term as Governor of Alaska before quitting.... this woman who Republican campaign wonks during the 2008 eleciton thought was too dumb to grasp the intricacies of foreign policy....this woman who took 6 years to graduated from Idaho State University (her 4th college).... this woman who goes up in helicopters to hunt defenseless animals. Now she's decided she is qualified to give advice to Obama about a situation as complex as Egypt.... these republicans have no ideas– they just know how to complain and say NO.

    February 6, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  13. Shell Hari

    the thing about sarah palin and others is that they are not "responsible" enough to take care of the affairs in their homes, but they always want to tell others what "responsibility" means. how can such people like sarah palin who always fail to fulfill their most pressing responsibilities be the authorities on what responsibility should mean to the rest of us?

    February 6, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  14. Billy Erb

    Just the thought of anyone caring about she says is terrifying. The world laughs at her and eat he's in disbelief. It is only in America that anybody thinks anything she says is worth listening to. Sarah Palin... Please go away....forever.

    February 6, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  15. Adam

    Why are people still listening to her and what she has to say? She's no longer a politician, and has no official role in government. Not to mention she probably can't even locate Egypt on a map.

    February 6, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  16. Jack

    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."

    like you have a good idea on how to prevent that from happening, barbie?

    February 6, 2011 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  17. laxer37

    Normal Palin, a lot of talk with nothing to say. I just read her quotes three times and I can't understand a thing she says.

    "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."


    Please forgive the White House for not briefing a part term governor, turned reality TV star, on the "situation there in Egypt"

    February 6, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  18. texaspablo

    "Trust but verify"... very wise policy, only wish that policy was followed before we got into IRAQ on the pretense of the WMD bull. We never verified the 'yellow cake' BS. Well they said they verified, but it was hogwash. WHO CARES WHAT SARAH thinks, it only took her TWO Weeks to make her first stupid comments.

    February 6, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  19. Tony

    Thank you, Sarah, for expressing your complete lack of understanding of the situation. You are a private citizen, and don't know anything of what's going on behind the scenes. The response so far has been measured and negotiations are being done behind the scenes, not in the media. Now shut up and go away.

    February 6, 2011 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  20. Jim

    Who is this airhead to suggest that America has any right to say who the people of Egypt will choose to lead them? Does she not believe in democracy? Does she not believe in the will of the people? I'm so sick of this delusional, ignorant fool.

    February 6, 2011 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  21. David

    And here I thought adults in other countries were capable of deciding leadership amongst themselves. Who knew we needed The Thrilla from Wasilla to point out to those countries who their leaders should be?

    February 6, 2011 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  22. paul

    It seems that this dummy of a human being just wants attention by giving quick rehearsed sentences. She is the queen of glloom and doom and the lie. She also appears to be a good student of Joseph Goebels. If you say a lie so many times the masses will believe you. She is more dangerous than the Muslim Brotherhood.

    February 6, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  23. TX Democrat Too

    Does the moron thinks the President is suppose to have daily briefing her? I don't understand why this woman keeps talking about events when it is obvious and has been verified every time she opens her mouth that she is an intellect retard. She's a half-term quitter governor, a failed VP candiate, a pundit on Faux news (lol), and a face on a non-reality cancelled tv show .... that's alll. The President is not on your time schedule you fool.

    February 6, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  24. Izana Negus

    Why it took this long for SP to comment on the crisis in Egypt? It seems she was busy studying the geopolitics of that area (like in which continent Egypt is) before she comment on the crisis and so that she is not making anymore trivial mistakes. As the world is watching, the US can not rule out openly as to who has to take the presidency in Egypt. So somebody need to tell SP that there is a thing called "Closed door diplomacy".

    February 6, 2011 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  25. Izinegbe

    Ms Palin, is it possible that living in Mr Mubarak's Egypt is not as fantastic as thought to be and that maybe the well-educated but unemployed youth are just tired of the lack of opportunities under the current regime? What do you mean by "verifying" a people's call for change in their own country? Do you have any Intelligence that links the protests to any sinister group or agenda? If not, then please don't insult the Egyptian people.

    February 6, 2011 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
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