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. Tim

    or Sara ....... the Republicans could wait til after the budget is set to fight their partisan social causes ..... instead of holding up the gov't funding to get rid of NPR and Planned Parenthood.

    April 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. ellid

    Palin is, as usual, wrong. Why does CNN give her a platform?

    April 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. GoldsteinLives

    She's kidding, right? Last I checked, the Dems had made all kinds of monetary concessions to get to the GOP number. It is the GOP that is holding the troops hostage so they can kill NPR funding and birth control. The Dems even offered them LARGER cuts that didn't cut family planning funding, and the GOP refused. This isn't about money or they would have taken the deal, the GOP has turned the budget into a tired ideological fight about social issues.

    April 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Christopher Ritchey

    interesting rhetoric from sarah palin, but evidently she is unaware that all of this government shut down business wouldn't have the slightest effect on active duty troops or war funding, which is funded differently from administrative operations. no troops in harm's way are threatened by this impasse

    April 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Bill

    Who cares? This half-term quitter couldn't even hack a full term as governor of the fourth-least populous state in the country and she's going to lecture the president on how to handle a federal budget impass? To her extremist followers, she's a 'maverick'. To the rest of us, she's just a fool.

    April 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Mike S

    CNN you just could not resist, you could not leave it alone, why do we care what Shara Palin thinks. I enjoyed not hearing from the Facebook queen.

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. dH

    Here comes QO1 the Queen of one liner twitter.. Quitter.. Could she elaborate her proposal the way she did for QE2?

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. MSHMiami

    Oh, Little Miss "I Hate This Job" Half-term Palin has the right to comment on what Obama does. Give it a rest, Sarah. Hardly anyone cares what you think anymore, and the number of those that do are rapidly declining as they see you for what you really are. It's time to head back to Wasilla and disappear into obscurity, but that's impossible for anyone as hooked on fame (and money) as you are. Gee, wasn't it you who railed against Obama as a "celebrity" until you realized you were becoming one? Your time is up, missy.

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Obama is, always will be my President

    Please go home and take care of your children and I am a woman with children. You do not need to be in the president business at ALL. Go Home! I am sick of looking at you.

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Greg

    OMG. This is exactly what is wrong with so many politicians: create a bill with hundred of billions for something popular (the troops), throw in a couple political assassinations (de-fund Planned Parenthood, who perform 0 abortions with federal money, or NPR), and then blame other people for not supporting the troops. Please, Sarah, the American people can read and we know you lie. Thank God that Obama and the Democrats have the courage to stand up to the rape of a woman's access to repoductive health care.

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. H.

    Finally a voice of reason in this mess. She will save us all, reality shows for all US Military personnel!!

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. sgrier

    I like it how she totally forgot to metion that the Democrats agreed to most of the budget cuts that the Republicans asked for however maybe because Sarah Palin and her family can afford a great health care the defunding or Planned Parenthood would not be important to her. She is trying to make it seem like its about NPR when we all know its not. I think that it makes no sense that the republicans want to make spending cuts on the backs of the middle class and poor. They want to cut things that people with no money or little money need. If people really thought about it it we cut all the so called "charity " that poor or middle class got it would not fix the deficit. What we really need to cut is defense spending to start. I mean the amount of money we spend there is outrageous.I really hope that someday soon CNN will stop caring about what this crazy lady has to say!

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. When will she shut up!

    Please God, give her a case of permanent laryngitis. It simply amazes me the drivel that comes out of this person's mouth. The only thing I can say is:

    BACHMANN/PALIN 2012 (or vise versa)

    That truly would be a democratic dream come true.

    April 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Denise

    The GOP is holding the budget hostage over a controversial issue that's been around for what, 40 years? What a crock.
    Murkowski was absolutely spot on when she said that Palin "lacks the intellectual curiosity" to be effective in politics. The Queen of Crosshairs has once again opened her mouth and reinforced the accuracy of this observation.

    April 8, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Sarahs An NoBrainer

    Sarah your the poster child for people without brains.... Please stay in Alaska and keep that mouth quiet. You single handedly have brought your party to the laughing stock of the US......

    April 8, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Jordan

    This woman always have something to say, you QUIT your job, so shut up. ANYTHING TO STAY IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.

    April 8, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. dan

    I don't even know if its worth responding to this, but the Democrats did not introduce these hot button issues into a budget debate. The reason the stop-gap was introduced in the first place was for republicans to have cover if the government does shut down. If this is truly about cutting the budget there are plenty of places to cut that don't involve issues politicians have been arguing about for ages. Had the Democrats introduced a bill to defund faith based initiatives the GOP would have come back with pitchforks and torches.

    April 8, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Tommy A

    Just as she was dwindling from the media, she found a way to inject herself for another week or so. She's so predictable, it's pathetic. LOL

    April 8, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Oh Lord. She's such an expert on everything - NOT. She's not in government so we don't care wtf this nutjob says.

    April 8, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Kady

    someone get her a muzzle

    April 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Gregory Giardini

    We should really take serious the comments by someone who quit her job in mid term. Sarah should keep her comments to herself if she is really serious about throwing her hat in the ring for 2012 nominations.

    April 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Dave V

    The only thing appalling is this woman every time she opens her mouth. Another Tea Bagger nut laying blame instead of an answer to a problem.

    April 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Sd

    She is missing the obvious fact that the same argument can be said about her and the rebuplicans. The republicans are playing politics with the funding for troops. They are holding up funding for troops because they don't want npr or planned parenthood given any funding. If funding for the troops is so important to them (which it is to me) then just provide a bill that would fund the military for the rest of the fiscal year and stop attaching other issues to the bill. They are disrespecting all troops by using them for political gain.

    April 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. EducatedAmerican

    Why does anyone report what Palin says? My 9-year-old has more reasonable opinions than that waste of space.

    April 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Really? You don't have any clue lady. Just talk talk bla , bla, bla written by a paid tea bag aid.

    April 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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