Palin upset with Obama, again
February 23rd, 2011
10:08 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin upset with Obama, again

(CNN) - Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page Tuesday night to criticize the Obama administration's response to the ongoing turmoil in Libya.

She noted the White House released statements about the earthquake in New Zealand, "but nothing on the slaughter in Libya?"

The former Republican vice presidential nominee said "now is the time to speak out."

"For four decades this tyrant has held power. Gaddafi was Osama (bin Laden) before Osama hit the scene," Palin wrote. "Gaddafi is a brutal killer and Libya – not to mention the world – would be better off if he were out of power."

Violent anti-government protests continue in Libya while leader Moammar Gadhafi vows to hold onto power.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the violence in Libya, calling for a halt to the "unacceptable bloodshed" in response to civil unrest.

"The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly," Clinton said in a statement Monday.

But that wasn't enough for Palin. The potential 2012 presidential candidate said NATO and allies of the United States should establish a no-fly zone so "Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people."

"We should not be afraid of freedom, especially when it comes to people suffering under a brutal enemy of America," Palin wrote. "Here's to freedom from Gaddafi for the people of Libya."

Palin's criticism follows similar comments she made about the situation in Egypt. She told the Christian Broadcasting Network the uproar was Obama's 3 a.m. phone call and "that call went right to the answering machine," a reference to a line used by then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton against Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.

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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Tim in Austin

    Give it up Snow Snooki. You'll never, ever be president.

    February 23, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Larry

    Dear Sarah: using the phrase "the world would be a better place without him" is and never was an excuse to get rid of a dictator. George Bush used it after he lied about WMD, and it got over 100 000 people killed, including over 4 000 Americans. Being against Obama is no political stance. It shows you have no grasp of issues, and essentially have a following of morons.

    February 23, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Al

    Sarah go jump in a lake.

    February 23, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Vic of New York

    Does this twit have nothing useful to do with her life? You missed the boat, Sharah. You are nothing more than a faceless clown act in the third ring of the "Barnum and Bailey Conservative Movement Cricus".

    Why don't you join Newt Gignrich and show us how you can do a barrel roll act?

    February 23, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. David

    Please vote for Palin in 2012; the sooner we have our own revolution in this country the bette and there is no one better to lead that than her. PALIN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 23, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. usualone

    It is really easy to criticize the President, especially for Palin. But we are not privy to what the Presidents (current and past) know when they are in office. From everything I've read (and that is a lot) it appears our "friends" in other countries are the ones to speak out if anyone should do this. The U.S. is not appreciated in that part of the world and this would only stoke the anti-America stance if we got involved. Palin's talk is easy to do and she will only stir up her base.

    February 23, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. kwasi Adusei

    Always ready to go to war but will oppose domestic spending.

    what is wrong with these republicans?

    February 23, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Dulcimer

    "For four decades this tyrant has held power" – feel free to turn 32 years into 4 decades, kitten. The people of Libya are doing a fine job managing their own revolution – outside of Tripoli. When they have ousted Gaddafi, it will be the people of Libya (the 60 year old amalgamation of Italian, French & British colonies) that rule their own country – NOT an American puppet.

    February 23, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. paul

    Dear Sarah,

    The situation is highly complicated. Running in and choosing sides without evaluating the situation is very dangerous. Furthermore, how people choose to govern themselves and the way they achieve it is none of your damn business. Setting up another puppet will only generate further animosity. But understanding that is probably too much for you.

    February 23, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. MOUF

    I would love to hear Palin speak about all this in a debate setting, where statements arent prepared, and you have to draw on your knowledge (or lack there of)

    February 23, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. chris

    Uh, what part of the statements given by the Sec of State did she miss?
    I swear this lady does not have a clue about the protocol of Government!!

    February 23, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. AC

    I very glad that our elected President does not respond the Palin's rants and raves. Palin, her's a lesson, "know when to keep your mouth shut and when to speak" I encourage you to run for President. I want the world to know what an IDIOT you are, I want to see you embrass yourself and your family on National TV ok.

    February 23, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Todd

    For all your rhetoric, Sarah, exactly what would you have done differently? Obama is not using your speech because you asked him to.

    So seriously, what would you do so differently?

    February 23, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Oregon68

    This woman knows nothing except her need to express her hot-headed opinion. She's a rebel-rouser and a dissenter. Where are her years of striving for unification before leaving her office...none; only divisive and dissenting rants. I hope she drops of the face of the earth one day......SOOOON.

    February 23, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Pete

    I would trust that the myriad of state department officials and hundreds of others wo are monitoring the situation to know exactly what they are doing, given the potential for the libyan situation to evolve into a bigger conflict. Something Palin does not seem to fathom. But that won't stop her from feeding red meat to her ignorant adorers. CNN, stop reporting this crap, thank you.

    February 23, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Angelique

    blah blah blah – all these talking heads say he's not handling it correctly. Let them explain exactly what they would be doing, and why. Doing so with total knowledge of the situation. Then I might listen. Maybe.

    February 23, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Dave

    Palin is so stupid, and has no knowledge of world affairs. She just continues to make herself look bad. Yeah, she sells books, make millions but is worthless trash as the Tea Party and Conservatives love. She took 6 years to get a degree and is a huge failure. Shut up Palin.

    February 23, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. bill486

    Palin's just mad 'cause The President knows where Libya is.........

    February 23, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Obama is, always will be my President

    Hey Palin why don’t you go over and fight those nasty, mean people and get you some practice on how to be president so you can at least say you know how to be what ever. Just because you know how to open you mouth does not make you know how to be any thing. What do you want another war?

    February 23, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    Go ahead and make your personal attacks on Sarah Palin, but right now Gaddafi is using military jets to drop bombs on his own citizens in their cities. I guess that's okay with liberals as long as you are not the ones being bombed.

    February 23, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Mark in Atlanta

    The thing Palin and other right-wingers don't understand is that the rest of the world gets angry when we act as if we have a right to pick their governments for them. Obama is playing this just right- afirm our interest in freedom, our abhorance of violence, and our belief that other nations also have a right to self determination. By making sure that neither side can accuse the other of being "American puppets," we preserve our ability to productively engage as these countries choose their futures.

    By the way, it took liberals about 15 minutes to figure out that Palin is a self-absorded know nothing. Her plummeting popularity shows that even right wingers are starting to accept that, as usual, the lefties were right all along. Don't worry, conservatives. We know you are a little slow on the uptake (a side effect of watching Fox news), but we still love you.

    February 23, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Robert - Atlanta

    Why does CNN think they have to cover every moronic statement from the former half-term Governor, current-nothing and future-even-less Alaskan chillbilly! Let her brain dead followers go to Facebook if they need her daily rant!

    February 23, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Candy

    "Here's to freedom from Gaddafi for the people of Libya". Palin, this is not a cheerleading session in a pep rally. Based on the reason you stated, then there are many many more countries we should be going after based on the regimes they live under. Tell me now, where do you want to start next? I've said it before and I'll say it again...Stupid just falls out every time you open your mouth. Having said all this, I'm not necessarily taking up for the Obama administration. But you're not coming off as intelligent. It's clear your agenda is just to stay in the public's eye. Do you honestly think we don't see that? Please tell me you are not so self absorbed that you think we are waiting with such anticipation to see what your opinion is on everything from Libya to Michelle Obama's comments on our children's nutrition or mothers breast feeding. You say or do whatever you need to say or do just to be noticed and quoted. It's either to keep your name out there in case you run for president (Heaven help us), or you will stoop to anything to denegrate the Democratic Party or anyone else who has different views than yourself. Why would we as a country trust you??? Do you have the guts to stand up to oppression in this world?? I think not!!!! You don't have the guts to even face the national media unless it's Fox because you don't think you're treated fairly and they might ask you hard questions. You can't even complete the job you had in Alaska. What's up with that...not a big enough stage for you???? The world is not a stage Ms. Palin. These are very real and troublesome times. Make no mistakes. It's not for the faint hearted.

    February 23, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Ace 79

    Another example of Palin getting international politics wrong. I believe she meant to compare Gaddafi to Saddam Hussein, not Osama Bin Laden. Keep on getting that world view from "all of them" newspapers you read Palin, you are truly proving to be a great potential tea party candidate for the big office. Sorry for the sarcasm, i just can't help myself.

    February 23, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Nick

    Pull the string and Sarah speaks: "Obama, bad!" ... "Taxes, bad" ... "You betcha!" ... "I'm a hockey mom" ... "Drill baby drill"

    February 23, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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