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. Pete

    Palin should restrict her absurdities to domestic issues. What a demonstration of a lack of undersatanding of diplomatic processes and the right for a nation to determine its own future. What a bloated sense of the importance of our country.

    Does it ever end with these Republican potential candidates for president? They should all pile into a clowncar onto the debate stage and then all rush out to the frantic applause of their simple-minded supporters.


    February 6, 2011 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  2. DMWhipp

    It would be wonderful to know exactly what's happening in Egypt and to foretell the outcome, but the situation appears to be volatile and unstable at best. But Palin what's Obama to tell her what's going on,who will follow Mubarak, what America stands for, etc. Perhaps he's verifying the information at hand before trusting it...

    It's hard to believe how many words Palin needs to make so little sense.

    February 6, 2011 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  3. Christine

    I wish that she would be quiet. Like forever. She doesn't know anything about Middle Eastern relations, let alone National Security.

    February 6, 2011 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  4. Aezel

    No see Sarah, you total idiot, he just doesn't take your calls. Obama is doing what he is supposed to do if you are president. He is balancing many opposing viewpoints and trying to have a complete understanding of the situation before he makes any rash decisions. This is the complete opposite of what Sara Palin does which is just open her mouth constantly and insert her foot in it.

    February 6, 2011 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  5. really sarah?

    i'm sure they still use answering machines @ the white house, genius. &, i'm also sure that she has no idea of what's happening but would rather criticize obama because she's clueless & wants to deflect any negative attention away from her but it doesn't work. but that's politics for you.

    February 6, 2011 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  6. WTF

    We need to know, so we can know, so we can know...did I get that right? And when we know, we'll know what we know. Why doesn't Obama know yet? If he knew, then we'd know. I think this must be all his fault. Give me a break Sarah. We ALL know WAY more than you ever will. You don't know jack and you don't have a position on this issue, so you just repeat gibberish. Go back to Alaska and speak your Palinese there. We don't understand you here in America (we speak English here)

    February 6, 2011 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  7. hwy9

    Oh my good lord – what the devil is the woman blathering about? I challenge any of her supporters to read that word salad, out loud, without all the narrative around it – just read it aloud – and tell me, please, like I'm a four-year-old, how in the hell anyone with a brain could support – even for a second – Palin for President... Shudder.

    February 6, 2011 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  8. john

    It seems as though Ms. Palin has a very limited capacity for understaning any more than what was learned during a short-time governorship of a state with mostly useless and a population the size of a big city. It appears that she does not study and engage with thinkers, educated populace and those who are experienced in governing. To hear Ms. Palin's responses and answers is like listening to a child. Her handlers seem to use the dumb-down american reality show approach to politics. It is amusing.

    February 6, 2011 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  9. ysidero

    And why would anybody care what this airhead thinks about an issue like revolution in Egypt? Everything she says is just a word salad of buzzwords and cliches.

    February 6, 2011 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  10. Along The Way

    Well, here she goes again. Completely nonsensical and asinine.
    Anything these days or a headline - to the point that even if Palin *might* have an opinion, it's now nothing but an irritating buzzing sound.

    February 6, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  11. mrbones

    Palin needs to shut up. She is a no-body right now and she needs to get behind the pres instead of hammering him all the time. She will never be in his chair and she needs to act like an america instead of a fool. She really needs to shup up and they need to stop asking her what she thinks. Tell her to go hunting or fishing an do something she knows something about instead of just running her mouth.

    February 6, 2011 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  12. why???

    why are this woman's opinions and senseless interjections still making news headlines? For someone with ZERO International Diplomatic experience, aside from paid investment group appearances, she has a lot of ignorant suggestions.

    February 6, 2011 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  13. Isidore Tamo

    I did not know that who will lead Egypt will be determined by a Mayor somewhere in Wasila. I really wonder how many Egyptians do know that their future leader is being chosen by a pup-it. As my grandfather used to say: if you don't know anything, you are better off keeping your mouth shut.

    February 6, 2011 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  14. Brian

    More meaningless drivel and run on sentences! Not a substantive statement from her in the article. Why does she keep getting press coverage? Why do I keep reading this crap? She is beyond dumb.

    February 6, 2011 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  15. Jim in Raleigh

    Apparently Palin is pro-democracy in the Middle East except for when a nation wants to be a democracy and the President of the United States is a democrat. For God's sake, we invaded Iraq in the name of Nation Building, but because we call on Egypt to listen to her people, Palin is wailing once again. Get a life and get out of my life, Palin!

    February 6, 2011 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  16. ED

    she actually thinks the president would want to talk with her she is just a regular american citizen now plus all her advice backfires she knows as much about egypt as she does raising kids to not get pregnant as a teen everytime i see her my stomach turns.

    February 6, 2011 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  17. Micric1

    So the government is "supposed to tell what they know", why? The elected officials in congress that sit on the senate and house representatives intelligence committees get briefed, why should she, does she think she is the president? She is criticizing for the sake of criticizing. If she wants to know what's going on she should run for president and let's see how smart or dumb the American electorate is come election time. Her comments are as profound and deep as puddle after a 30 second rain shower, and just as wet!

    February 6, 2011 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  18. Thomas Veil

    This woman is the political version of Snooki. Who cares WHAT she thinks about ANYTHING? Repeatedly covering her ramblings is a waste of good pixels.

    February 6, 2011 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  19. Micric1

    The only accurate thing she said was " surely they know more than the rest of us". And i think the reason is quite clear, she can't fit much in the way of today's notes in her " IPALM ".

    February 6, 2011 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  20. Keesa

    No Fart Brain Palin!! You Miss Your 3am Phone Call When Levy Was Knockin Up Bristol In Got Her Pregnant!!! So Where Were Your 3am PARENTING SKILLS!!!

    February 6, 2011 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  21. MPLArms

    Headline:Ticker: Palin grills Obama over Egypt
    Can she see Egypt from her house too?
    I doubt Sarah could grill a steak!

    February 6, 2011 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  22. browser

    Does Palin ever express a coherent thought about any foreign policy issue? Her comments in this article should leave everyone thankful she is not in the White House. Is she really that ignorant of the world outside of Alaska?

    February 6, 2011 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  23. Chuck Coulter

    Can we stop extending her 15 minutes please??? If she is not going to bring anything to the table, then please move on to someone who will. Are their any grown politicians in the room???

    February 6, 2011 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  24. whatever

    Well Sarah since you are no longer in politics and are now just an average citizen why do you think you should know what is going on. There is probably secret high level diplomacy you know nothing about. Who are you to have direct access to the president. Much easier to bash than to offer any real ideas

    February 6, 2011 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  25. Amharrison130

    She is an idiot. Who does she think she is to say the we cannot stand for one thing or another with regards to people of another country protesting for their own Democracy. Why should we even care what she thinks, she lost. Can someone fill in the U.S. media to that fact.

    February 6, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
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