Palin talks 2012, mocks Michelle Obama
February 17th, 2011
02:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin talks 2012, mocks Michelle Obama

Woodbury, New York (CNN) - Sarah Palin addressed a variety of issues Thursday at a gathering of business officials in Long Island, New York including her 2012 plans, first lady Michelle Obama, President Obama's proposed budget, the crisis in Egypt, and her feelings on the media.

Here's a snapshot of what she had to say:

On her 2012 ambitions:
"I am still thinking of leading this country. I am still thinking about it. I haven't made up my mind. We hired a chief of staff because Todd is getting tired of doing it for me."

When asked who else she might envision at the top of the GOP ticket Palin responded, "No one is more qualified to multi-tasking and doing all the things you need to do as a President than a woman."

She then began reciting from her resume, listing her experience as a mayor and running for Vice President.

"What I would look for in terms of character is someone who's been on the front lines, who understands how to administer, how to lead a team, how to run a business."

On Michelle Obama:
"No wonder Michelle Obama is telling people to breast feed their babies, because the price of milk is rising so high."

She then warned the dozens of reporters at her question and answer event, "That better not be the takeaway here."

On the threat from the Muslim Brotherhood:
"We have to be sure a group like the Muslim Brotherhood isn't invited in to take over," she said. "The Muslim Brotherhood believes in sharia law."

"If they're radical enough to have already spoken against liberties and freedom is this good for Egypt and their freedoms?" she also said.

Palin also criticized the Obama Administration for appearing to flip-flop on Egypt.

"There was so much confusion about where our administration was," Palin said. "I won't condemn them for adding to the confusion, but the American public does deserve to know whose side we're on."

On the media:
Asked her about a recent Gallup Poll indicating more than 50 percent of those surveyed have a negative opinion of her, Palin responded, "In a lot of those polls I get my butt kicked."

"The poll you're referring to was taken after the Tucson tragedy. I don't think I ever went through more negative press than after Tucson," she said.

"How else does the public know you except through the press? When the press reports things that have really misrepresented my record as a council member, mayor… and what you stand for and who your family is," Palin continued, pointing to her reliance on Twitter and Facebook for public communications.

"I can't rely on a liberal-leaning press to do that for you. That's why social media will be so important."

On the president's budget proposal:
President Obama's budget plan will take the country "on the road to ruin," Palin said.

"What the people of America are saying is, 'enough is enough no more status quo we don't want to continue deficit spending.'"

"Tone deaf politicians they're going to be fired and they're going to be replaced in the next election cycle if they don't pay attention," said Palin.

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soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Christopher

    As a Republican I am at at lose to understand why this quitter governor is continually quoted. She is too dimwitted to run any other higher office. I wish she and trailer trash family would fade into the shadows. But it is too much to ask for in this celebrity obsessed culture we have the misfortuante to be living in today. Here's hoping for her obscurity in 2012.

    February 17, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Scott

    Note to Ms. Palin – Egypt is a separate country. It doesn't belong to us and we don't control it. In order to tell them who can run it and who can shape their democracy, we would need to invade them and prevent their democracy.

    February 17, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Too bad she couldn't teach Bristol to keep her legs closed before she had to breast feed.

    February 17, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Steve

    Odd, someone makes some intellegent remarks and responds coherently to questions and she is bashed for all it is worth. While the current "group" gets away with lying and defying the law while all of you look the other way and trash the very people that have a chance and inkling of how to fix things. Everyone forgets that Obama was studying "A Post American World" (AP Photo) while campaigning. They forget he said he would end coal and oil production in the country regardless of the cost to the country. Everyone forgets the "We won!" insult he hurled during a White House meeting with Republicans. I could go on, but it really gets old.

    February 17, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. t.marino

    Sarah Palin.....makes GW Bush look like a rhodes scholar. She is the most ignorant individual I have ever heard.

    February 17, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. ART

    A pig in lipstick is smarter than this idiot

    February 17, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Russ

    OMG, this woman is in a constant state of denial. Denial of the facts, denial of her ability, denial of her lack of experience, denial of her knowledge of economics, denial of her knowledge of the world.......need I go on? She is such a hoot!!

    February 17, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Michael in Houston

    get off the stage you classless and clueless fool. and by the way...your face is getting fat

    February 17, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Jack

    Pot calling the Kettle black!

    February 17, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. stickman

    Just another one of those "gotcha" moments sarah? Seems to me that the one whos always trying to bait people on is you.... Your a coward and a traitor to this country. On behalf of the TRUE peoples voice, I invite you to leave the country.... Please...... will you please leave?

    February 17, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. goodgreif

    Duh...what does this Red Button do Todd?

    February 17, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Richard Irving

    Wake up sarah what the hell makes you think you run the the United States, you dont even have control of your family.

    February 17, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    It's sad to see how far we've sunk when the utterances of the ignoramus find their way into our political discourse. And that someone so lacking could actually consider herself qualified to run for president, and that some of us agree with her. And what's with this attacking Michelle Obama? Does she see the First Lady as her political equal? What is she hoping to gain? This does not compute.

    February 17, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Almost two weeks without listening to the imbecilc morong from AK. She comes out of her cofin to spew hate and stupidity. This woman IS AN IDIOT!!
    @gsmith – and your boy bush flushed down the toilet in eight. The President is now trying to be the plumber of the rethug party and get rid of all the pestilence and crap.

    February 17, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Andrew, Mississippi

    Thank you for trolling on here. May I ask what Palin's resume is? Does she even know how to write one? Or does she just complain when someone doesn't like the way SHE does it?

    Say what ya want about Obama, but he did have help, and I'm probably certain, YOU voted for 'em....

    February 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. t.marino

    Oh please run for President Sarah...I want to see anyone else wipe the floor with stupid hag!

    February 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. sarah

    She will never run - just giving these little teasing remarks. The woman is an entertainer and is only saying these things for the money. I do wish the media would just stop covering her and let us live in peace, and that would crimp her style.

    February 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. D.T. Cali

    Most of you need to get your facts from more than just CNN. I understand you are all liberals, but come on. Educate yourselves, and stop making fools of yourselves. The comments written here were not posted in completeness. In other words, they only write what will get the uneducated fired up. Most of what she said was accurate. Is the price of milk not rediculous? ($4.00 a gallon here) Was the government not back and forth on who to support in Egypt? (We actually said we wouldn't pick a side until we knew what the outcome would be) Is spending not out of control? I am not all for Palin so don't get me wrong. But as AMERICANS, NOT republicans or liberals, AMERICANS we need to find a common ground and address these issues, and start supporting one another. It won't be just liberals or republicans that fix our Country, it will have to be both. We will either figure that out together, or lose everything as individuals.

    February 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. JCrawford

    If I am not mistaken we are still in USA so let Sarah say whatever she wants – why would you care? You can anything you want so she should as well. If you don't like it – don't listen to her! I am sure she couldn't care less about what you think of her. She is laughing all the way to the bank.

    February 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. ChiTownArkie

    Wailin' Palin doesn't have any aspirations to run for anything. She is just teasing because that's what puts cash in her pocket.
    She doesn't have the guts or the brain power to do anything but self promote. On that issue she is a professional. Run for office? LOL! The GOP is slowly distancing themselves from her. They know that she is toxic and not good for them or the country.

    February 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. rusty155

    All Saran Palin does Is Put the Obama down on everything they do ,but never give the media how she would have handle It. That all she and the Tea Party does Is spread hate and are Racist. The Reason I think Saran Palin all way pick on the Obama's Is the color of their skin. And Saran Palin you keep thinking about running for President, and Prove too American people just how dumb you really are. You are not qualified for any PUBLIC OFFICE of any kind. John McCain May be President right now If It wasn't for you being his running mate. You may have a lot of people buy your dumb books, but they don't think you qualified too be President or anything else. You are nothing but a QUITTER and allway will be and a dumb one at that.

    February 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Truth

    Sarah Palin is many things but the woman is not stupid. She didn't become governor of a corrupt state by being stupid. The woman you keep callng stupid gave the republicans control of the House, governorships, and lots of seats at the state level.

    Sarah Palin started giving interviews and showing some respect to the corrupt MSM and how did the Obama loving MSM treat her back?? By accusing her of mass murder. That is your scumbag MSM. The MSM that is suppose to be the protector of the people accuse a private citizen of mass murder, knowing there was no connection whatsoever, nothing. They will do and say anything for the clown in the WH. That is what you should be worried about. If they can do it to her they can do it to anyone. Worry about that.

    Sarah Palin will go around the Obama loving MSM. She will go to every corner of the US and shake every hand because that is what she did in AK. AK is half the freckin size of the US.

    Sarah Palin is everything our Founding Fathers envision in a President.
    Sarah Palin is of the people, for the people, and by the people.

    What is Obama when he is not bowing to our enemies and giving the finger to our allies.

    Wake up people. We have someone in the WH that doesn't like America. Right now the rest of the world hates us because of our dear leader.

    Wake up!!

    February 17, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. streetsmart

    Yes Caribou Barbie the left wing media gives the wrong idea of what youre really about. Like when they showed news coverage of you saying you would be good on foreign relations with Russia because you could see it from your house. Or the time you quit your job as governor to hype yourself. Or the time you got caught on film inciting a crowd at a McCain/Palin rally to yell "Kill him" when you lied and said our Pres consorts with terrorists. Or the time you said to "Lock & load" when talking about targeting Dem districts. What nerve the left wing media has for exposing you for what you are by showing you on film for what you really are: A REDNECK MORON!

    February 17, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. chechi

    This woman could use her energy and podium to build up America. Why does she hate her country so m uch that she works so hard to destroy it and its institutions and public elected officials? Lady: grow up you are a mature woman, high school is over !

    February 17, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. ginosmom

    She's an embarassment to all women. Please say this isn't who we, as women, want to be the first women president, not the other one either.

    February 17, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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