Palin calls Obama actions 'appalling'
April 8th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin calls Obama actions 'appalling'

Washington (CNN) - Calling President Obama's handling of the budget showdown "appalling," Sarah Palin is adding her voice to GOP clamor that he is playing politics with the U.S. military in an effort to get his way on spending.

In a posting on Facebook Friday, Palin blasts Obama for his refusal to sign a Republican-backed bill that aimed to cut spending by $12 billion and fund the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

The president and Democrats opposed the measure because of the programs it would cut, including a provision that would prevent Washington, DC taxpayer money to be used to fund abortion providers.

But Palin charges the president's real concern is about funding such organizations as National Public Radio.

"Essentially, he's holding military funding hostage to NPR funding. This is a perfect analogy for what is wrong with this entire budget showdown," writes Palin. "Our federal government has strayed so far from what is constitutionally mandated that they are blind to the fact that NPR funding is not a constitutional duty. Funding our military at a time of war is!"

"It's about time the President step up to the plate and lead responsibly. Our troops who are putting themselves in harm's way deserve a Commander in Chief who is not AWOL from the debt debate," Palin continues. "The American people deserve a president who will take on the tough challenges and understand that funding 'Car Talk' is not as crucial as funding our troops at a time of three wars."

Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Concerned Voter

    You stupid, lying airhead. You want the GOP to cut funding for women's health care services and you cheerlead that. YOU are APPALLING, Sarah!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. nintex

    WHAT???? What is this moron talking about? She has missed the whole point, again. Sarah, you would do yourself and the nation a big favor if you would just keep your big dumb mouth shut!

    April 8, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Laverne

    Here we go.......Palin trying to find a way to make herself relevant again. Nobody cares what you think Sarah Palin, your credibility is shot to hell at this point. Sarah Palin, just shut the hell up!

    April 8, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    Bush invaded a country we weren't at war with. That wasn't appalling?
    Bush destroyed the first, fourth and fifth amendments. That wasn't appalling?
    Bush violated civil rights and personal liberties time and again. That wasn't appalling?
    Bush lied, Bush lied about the budget, Bush is guilty of creative accounting to fund his illegal wars. That wasn't appalling?

    President Obama is trying to keep this country out of the gutter that Bush put us in. There's nothing appalling about that.

    April 8, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. J.B.

    She calls Pres. Obama "AWOL." Strange, he's still on the job and doing what he can whereas she cut and ran, i.e. quit, from being Alaska's governorship. Besides being hypocritical, this lady has no shame.

    April 8, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    Palin continues to prove she is an idiot – nothing more need be said.

    April 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. David

    I would rather have Tina Fey's take on the political scene. Far more sophisticated and enlightened.

    April 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Karen in FL

    Who cared what the Quitter has to say. CNN was are SICK to death of hearing about this person who could not even fulfill her obligation to the people of Alaska. Enough!

    April 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Mark in Seattle

    For appalling look in the mirror lady!

    April 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Robert P

    Seriously? Not that anyone takes this nutbag seriously but the whole impasse is due to the right wing idealogues sticking it to women's health and the environment. The Rightgot most of what they asked for but these two points are simply unacceptable right wing fanatacism being inserted into our budget. They do NOT meaningfully reduce the budget so the Right needs to stop saying it is about fiscal responsibility. It is pandering to their extremist base. They are willing to shut down our government while we wage three wars to kill planned parenthood even though NO federal funds can be used to fund abortions. FYI Planned Parenthood prevents exponentially more unwanted pregnancies than they help end. This is class warefare at its worst and voters will not forget this in 2012. Ever heard of compromise?

    For those of you who voted these extremists in last year, you got what you asked for. How does it feel?

    April 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. kat

    Sit down and shut up Sarah

    April 8, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Name Creole

    Oh Shut Up!!!!! Dummy!!!!Ms. Half Term

    April 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. CandyBee

    Happy Birthday, Sarah. What is apalling is your lack of information, your willingness to show off your ignorance, and your incessant chatter about things of which you are extremely misinformed or uninformed. I wish you would put your strengths to good use, encouraging kids to read, stay in school, to graduate high school and try to get post high school education. Stop, already, pretending you are some kind of an authority. It seems that you re not really an authority on anything that is of interest to the world. Make lots of money if you can, and you want to. But shut up.

    April 8, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Stevareeno

    Does she still think anyone cares what she says or does? Talk about being out of touch!

    April 8, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. lou

    Quit using the military as a pawn. Republicans could end this just as easily as Obama by agreeing to compromise. If they shut down, it will be because both parties failed.

    April 8, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Jim

    Palin critizing someone? Say it ain't so! What a bimbo. So he should let your Tea Party accomplices (that's what fellow pepertrators of criminal actions are called) shove a budget that is long on dumb and short on smart down his throat? How about you and yours keep your piehole shut. You are about as smart as a brick, and that's insulting bricks.

    April 8, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. REG in AZ

    What can anyone really expect from those who use gross dishonesty as their standard? It is like a Karl Rove tactic to just say it loud, say it often and never back down. Bush and Cheney did it often and boldly without any conscience. Now Donald Trump runs around not only offering the ridiculous but shouting it again and again. Limbaugh, Beck and Palin have been constant practitioners with their bazaar antics for years. The Republican Party has fully adopted it as their standard operating procedure with Boehner, McConnell, Kyl and several others continually doing it. The Tea Party readily uses it to excite emotions. What is actually totally crazy is that they are so obvious, not ever logical and never even trying to be rational, always simply depending on being stubborn and bold and actually arrogantly just treating people as if they are stupid. The bold self-serving guise is readily apparent yet it has worked.

    It isn’t like differences of opinions or debatable facts as they really are just obnoxious and obvious lies. What is really so ridiculous is that there are people who accept and even repeat the absurd to try to convince others. You would think that most would be totally offended with being taken for granted and even angry and alienated by the effort, yet there are those who with their biases and prejudices refuse to be objective and who irresponsibly accept and use the subterfuge to rationalize and justify their predetermined positions. We have paid the price with the manipulation of the Christian block, then again with the Swift-Boat propaganda and already with the Tea Party focused and fully sponsored effort; hopefully the voters won’t again be so gullible and naive, so easily emotionally manipulated and once more accept loosing further just to satisfy their biases and prejudices. The con is totally ridiculous but scary because it has worked.

    April 8, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Justsaying2U

    I'll tell you what's appalliing; the fact that Palin does not know that the US Budget is the responsibility of Congress. If the government shuts down, NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE should be getting paid. This goes for the President, Senators, Congresspeople and yes, the military. Perhaps then, all parties involved will realize the gravity of the deliberations going on.

    April 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Observer

    If anyone knows appalling it's Palin.

    April 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. ingrid

    seriously it has now reached a point that it does not matter what the issue or even if she is right, as soon as I hear her name attached to an issue, I automatically take the other position of what she is taking.

    April 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. S.positive

    A pity she is still talking...

    April 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Fed Up

    Obama play politics??? Oh no. He would NEVER do that! The military is good for photo ops, remember? Now he can get some poor military wife on TV with him and make her think he cares. I'm a military wife. Forget it.

    April 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Linda

    What a brain dead media whore. Please do your country a favor and drown yourself.

    April 8, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. GrogInOhio

    I "refudiate" Sarah Palin...

    April 8, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. jimmie Singleton

    Sarah Palin doen't have the sense to know everyone is hip to her jive

    April 8, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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