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. gus

    Palin is a money-hungry moron.

    April 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Josh

    As usual, Palin's common sense approach is reasonable, well thought out, and undeniably constitutional. Yet I'm sure all the liberal whiners will crucify her without using a single fact or constitutional basis for their attack. It's a shame when a person with some good ideas is completely vilified for the sake of entertainment. Sarah is what our country used to be made of: common sense, patriotic Americans.

    April 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Stacey

    Blast all you want, Palin. Your opinion is useless to Obama. The President could care less what an ignorant, airheaded, bimbo like you has to say. "Squirmish" and "Repudiate" anyone? You're a joke, Sarah Palin. Go back to shooting wolves and moose from a helicopter. The only thing you're good for is illiciting negative responses to your imbecilic Facebook ramblings. Frankly, I look forward to your idiotic ramblings. It gives us all a chance to blast you back on behalf of President Obama!

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

    Sarah Palin regularly blasts President Obama. She expects us all to react and clamor to her side. Sorry, but 3 years in the governor's mansion does not make her an expert on anything. Since resigning her post, she has made money, probably millions. She would like to cut funding for a lot of programs which help others. Unfortunately these people are not in line for millions because they need our help.

    It would be nice to have a week without a report from her on her facebook account. She does not meet with reporters because she would have to answer questions and she believes they will not report the truth. I am not sure her blogs tell the whole truth either.

    April 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. shadysider

    What's appalling is the amount of wasted money within the military. Cut out the waste, extraneous spending and sweetheart crony deals and we would have a hell of a lot less debt to pay off.

    April 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Rodney Jackson

    Reagan did the same thing in the 80's. I was active duty Air Force stationed at Mt Home Idaho. It was a bit tough on us but we made it through it. I wonder if Palin would have said the same thing about her idol if she was around at that time.

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Toothless

    WOW Really NPR, is that what this is about?

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. miriam chorev

    Sara Palin's clones from the tea party are the cynical ones. they are holding the agreement because of abortion and ebvironmental issues, not because of spending . Shame on them and on her for deceiving the public. Americans are not half as stupid as she is and the republicans will pay for this.

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. AC

    President Obama kicked your butt in 2008. Get over it sweetie!

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Robert Camacho - California

    OMG, another idiot joins the GOP bandwagon. Republicans need to get off their cross cause they need the wood.

    I agree with many, if legislators are moving forward with a Goverment shotdown, NO ONE, I mean no one should get paid until they pass a budget.

    I am sick of stupid games Politicians pay and jeopardize the country, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Dave Waring

    What is appalling, is the GOP and the Tea Party Trolls. Again, more self serving ignorant speech by Sarah Palin, a certifiable idiot !!!

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Billy, NYC

    The GOP again contradicts in their budget cut plan. They want to cut funding for Planned Parenthood Services to women and at the same time, they want to cut Medicaid for the single mothers and the children on welfare. Shouldn't GOP allow Planned Parenthood to continue their finding so that more young mothers can have the assistance from PP to prevent unwanted pregancy? With Planned Parenthood services, eventually we can lower the number of young women becoming single mother when they are not ready financially or emotionally. Cutting funding for Planned Parenthood and eliminate needed services for women, REALLY?!

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Dean

    One can make anything appear 'appalling' by ignoring data that is not convenient or supportive of your argument. Both Republicans and Democrats are using this situation to play politics. This is *not* about reducing the deficit, nor is it about serving the public good. It is about using it as a way to either fund or de-fund various programs that are otherwise politically difficult to address. Nothing more. NPR, Planned Parenthood, etc. are a nit, and will do *nothing* to solve the budget crisis.

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. sumdude

    More b-s propaganda of someone serving their own agenda. It's like saying, "Buy my candybar. If you don't buy my candybar then you must hate children. You don't hate children do you?" JMFC!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Jon

    Republicans are as much to blame as Democrats for the budget problem. Palin is just another shrill and incoherent voice adding to the din, proving (once again) that she is not a leader.

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Tam

    Ah, the great authority on finance, foreign relations, family, education, etc. etc. etc. - giving advice and criticizing. Pathetic.

    "mandated," "constitutional," "analogy" - wow, them's big words! and full sentences. Definitely written by someone else for her - also thought out for her.

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. chris

    If only our nation had the wisdom of someone who served half a term as governor of one of the least populated states in the union. Where will we find someone at this dire hour?

    April 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Snuffy

    Here's another way to look at it: the GOP's tactics of adding this provision to the budget bill shows that they have absolutely no regard for the wellfare of military families because they are so willing to dare the Democrats to stand up for what THEY believe (all the while screaming that they are behaving so nobly by doing the same thing). I applaud the President and the Democrats for not giving in to this attempted hijack. Take it out, and it seems a deal is done. THAT'S the honorable thing to do.

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

    Palin is like a bad case of genital herpes: something you never want and impossible to get rid of!

    April 8, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. terdy, va

    Dear Sarah - as your unfavorable ratings clearly demonstrate, you are appalling. Go sit down, shut up, and compare grifting notes with Bristol. You are a has been, better yet: a never was.

    April 8, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. michelle vicente

    you know Mrs. Palin, I'm sooo tired of you and your blasting of everything. the man inherited a disaster, but at least he'sin the trenches. If you were in congress or still a Governor, maybe your opinion wuld have some relevance. But the fact is.. your a media whore, and are interested marketing Sarah Palin and the Sarah Palin BRAND. Your blasting the Presidents decision on this, on that.. Michelle Obama wanting us to eat healthier. C'mon.. can you even spell President?? Please get a life. Your numbers are dropping, and your BIG PLAN to bne presicent is NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN!!!

    April 8, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Paul

    Palin is such a hypocrite, the Republican's added "riders" to the budge which direct impacts abortion, etc. She sure didn't mention this little tiddy!

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

    Poor Sarah....clamoring for attention, clutching at straws.

    April 8, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Candice

    Why is it that the Republicans are making it such an issue to defund NPR and Planned Parenthood? If they really cared about the troops as Palin and other conservatives proclaim then they would just compromise on this to get the job done. These are policy riders that have nothing to do with the budget fight but with their personal emotions about these programs. If they truly believe that these issues are not as big as the Democrats are making them then why are they making it such a big deal to keep these provisions in? I would veto this temporary bill that would push the budget fight back a week to. This is the very reason why we are down to the last hour now and having this intense fight...because we have just been pushing back the inevitable week after week instead of getting the job done. The Republicans act like this bill to temporary fund the government for another week is so great...I would say a bill that funds the government for the rest of the Fiscal Year is what should be done and what the people want to give the workers and the military a feeling of certainty.

    April 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Crooked Bridge

    More simplistic and predictable commentary from the lottery winner of the 2008 campaign. I remain stunned as to how this individual's views are treated as relevant and worthy of coverage. Ms. Palin is nothing more than a self-absorbed "bomb tosser", incapable of little other than periodically popping her head up to spew her highly rehearsed criticisms and dismay. It is a tactic that requires no skill...which must be the reason why she is so successful at it.

    On a serious note, I wonder how our military feels about being political pawns, in addition to being sent off to fight and die.

    April 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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