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. RLove

    Does Palin's opinion really matter to anyone?

    April 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. david

    if the GOP really wanted to just fund the military, that is the only thing that would have been in the bill. This is a no brainer...oh...yea...I forgot who we were talking about...a GOP poster girl

    April 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Michael Yeboah

    see who is talking. beauty queen turn politician and making all these million dollars just for making noise with no real solutions to our numerous problems

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

    Can you slurp on more makeup? The wrinkles are starting to show.

    April 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Johnny B

    Jingoistic self-serving hysterical rants as usual. No one is surprised.

    April 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Rickster

    Palin is correct. Obama could guarantee military funding with one signature but he won't do it because he's playing politics. Democrats are not serious about spending cuts. When will people wake up to the fact that the federal government is so far out of control it's ridiculous? The federal government should have no involvement whatsoever in 80% of what they currently have their nose in and that includes Planned Parenthood and NPR.

    April 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. steve from puyallup. WA.

    nailin palin needs to work on her next film.... and mabye tell her daughter about how not to be a unwed preggy. the gop hates...... its sunny in al. so maybe she could see alaska... while she reads everything in front of her on her porch.

    April 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. tsb610

    It is amazing to watch how Sarah Palin and other Republicans can repeatedly twist and distort what they are attempting to do to the American people. This fight is more about Republican policy positions than it is about the budget. How can they demand tax cuts for the super wealthy and corporations (that already pay very little or no taxes) then claim that they are concerned about the deficit so we cut funding in health care and education? Repugnant, greedy people!

    April 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    The more this STUPID OPEN HER BLAH BLAH BIG MOUTH, THE MORE SHE SOUNDS STUPID. I wonder whose talking points she stole? Planned Parenthood DOES NOT USE FEDERAL MONEY FOR ABORTIONS!! Sarah, please say after me 'PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES NOT USE FEDERAL MONEY FOR ABORTION – EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF INCEST, AND THE HEALTH OF THE MOTHER. Even I knows this and a past VP doesn't know this!!!!

    April 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. orchid

    Soo..... you expect the President to give in to all of your demands, but you won't give at all in return. Yeah, that sounds like a reasonable argument.

    April 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. adam

    She is so idiotic it makes my brain hurt.

    April 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. ds

    Please shut up!!

    April 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Robert Collins

    Why don't this idiot just shut up

    April 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Jane

    And there is even one soul on earth that cares what this private citizen thinks?

    April 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. carly

    what a moron. when will coverage of this twit end. she seems oblivious to the fact that the GOP is holding the government and budget ransom like 2 year olds until they get their way on planned parenthood and the EPA.

    April 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Barking Alien

    Sarah Paling has never been one to back down from a "squirmish". The real problem is empty headed twits that comment on things they know nothing about.

    April 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Kate

    Too bad her jaw is not wired shut!

    April 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Really?

    The same thing can be said of the GOP. They are pushing their agenda over the well being of soldiers. If they were really concerned they would strip the riders from the bill and pass it. The GOP would get their cuts, the soldiers would get there pay, and the Dem's would still come out on the bottom of the heap. But if they keep pushing the riders and the government shuts down they will end up on the loosing end in the eyes of most of the country with the obvious exception of the Tea partiers who seem to want everyone to suffer.

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

    Why do the news outlets keep giving her opinions any print space ??? She thrives on attention and I don't believe she really has any political aspirations. The only words she ever spews are criticisms, never any solutions.. Sarah cares about Sarah only. Maybe if we ignore her she will fade off into the Alaskan sunset..... but then again she does provide great
    fodder for the dems....

    April 8, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Jake Taense

    Sigh... even putting aside the asinine stuff that normally comes out of her mouth, how do you become governor of anything without knowing what an analogy is?

    April 8, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. lila

    Palin is as ignorant as ever. Democrats have an emergency pentagon funding bill that they can pass with unanimous consent already in place if shut down is imminent. The house bill makes Americans choose between our troops and the welfare of millions if American woman. It is a grotesque choice and a grotesque political play by republicans.

    April 8, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. A Floridian

    So what happened about focus on creating jobs and getting the economy going Republicans?

    Instead it is all social issues and you can very well say the Republicans are holding the military hostage. Either it 100% their way or the military doesn't get funded. A playground mentality of taking my ball and going home unless you play my way.

    April 8, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. JustMe

    Oh give me a break Sarah – everyone knows that its the Tea Party that isn't willing to compromise on anything!

    You know people like her and Trump really annoy the s*** out of me, because they have no purpose in this race except to criticize the President. They have no concrete solutions to any of our problems and have no real issues they stand on.

    They both need to get actively into the race and act like someone who is running for President instead of acting like a child whose milk just spilled or they need to get out of it, sit down and shut up (personally I would prefer the latter as I am absolutely exhausted by their nonsensical talk 24/7). And I would also include Bachmann and Gingrich in this category too.

    April 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Offword

    How much longer do we have to put up with the media's coverage of idiotic statements made by Sarah Palin? Let's exile her to Alaska with Glenn Beck.

    April 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. steve

    Shaddup twit. Go take care of your kids and let the adults take care of things.

    April 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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