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. Superhiro

    Wow, if only she were an actual politician I might care about her political opinion.

    April 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. tony

    Killing people overseas fast and un-wealthy Americans slowly, seems to be an extension of the shooting bears from helicopters game.

    April 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Sarah, PLEASE run for President.
    We need you.
    Jay Leno
    Jon Stewart
    Dave Letterman and the entire Saturday Night Live Crew

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

    Appaling? A palin-ing. Always with the critical comments, does she ever have ANYTHING possitive to say
    about anything!? The last thing the country needs is someone like her in office.... gives me the willies!

    April 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Barbara

    PUKE! She threw up-again! She has no clue what is being discussed. Actually even if she was in on those talks (never) she still wouldn't have a clue!

    April 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Gary

    We now know what the strategy is by the right wing tea baggers and the GOP is! Keep mentioning the military as much as they can to bolster their position on the budget. Well I hope it dose not work I am behind the military 100% but it is the GOP that is holding hostage the important programs that the poor and needy of this country need. It is the GOP that has a gun to the head of free speech through NPR, it is the desperate pregnant teen or woman that they have bound and gagged and are yelling give us what we want AND we will kill you. America don’t let it happen call your wacko tea bag congressman and tell them to solve the budget problems not slash and burn the programs for the needy. Many of which are used by the spouses of the military. It seems that the GOP who touts patriotism all the time is the one that abandons the principles of a decent society and often guts the programs that help the military and veterans after they serve. There ides of patriotism is to fight not to take care of the wounds.

    April 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. all the news that's fit to omit

    He DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING until this week and the media makes him appear that he is the grand knight who is going to come in and save us all based on his mere words.

    FACTS are libturds, YOU people had the house, senate and the presentdent all to yourselves AND YOU FAILED TO PASS A BUDGET last YEAR (realizing that most of the LSM chooses to NOT TELL that part of the story.....................).

    TWO, the Republicans DID offer their budget plan WITH Democratic amendments and Harry Reid's Senate cohorts DID NOTHING WITH IT for MONTHS and MONTHS and MONTHS.

    THREE, the Republicans again have offered to broker a deal to give us more time and to FUND THE TROOPS, and Sotero and company SAID NO.

    ALL FACTS and not even open for debate.

    Liberal excuses begin in 1, 2, 3..............

    April 8, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. S.D. Lucke

    What's appalling is the $262,000 her daugher made as a "teen advocate". What's appalling is a woman who ran out of the kitchen when the heat got too intense and left the people of Alaska without a the govenor they elected. These are serious times for serious people to help to solve serious problems in our nation. Sarah Palin is definitely NOT one of these serious people!

    April 8, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Is she serious???? Of all the people to criticize the president. This woman like the GOP is a complete joke and when the shut down happens the public will see the GOP for who they truely are. By the way where are the jobs GOP.

    April 8, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Birdy

    WHO is holding the military hostage? WHO ADDED A POLITICAL RIDER TO THE BILL???? The conservatives, THAT'S who! If they really cared about the military families, they would have submitted a bill free of those riders.

    April 8, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. seriously???

    Trying to catch up now that Bachmann has stolen your thunder?? The American public knows what's appalling: this conservative movement to turn back the clock 60 years. You won in 2010 but now that Americans have experienced Republican's attack on the poor and the middle class, you're going to get crushed in 2012.

    April 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Roving Madness

    Whatevs. Find me someone with credibility and we'll talk.

    April 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Sasha

    When Obama refuses to sign a clean continuing resolution or a bill funding the troops that has no other riders attached, then Palin can legitimately accuse Obama of acting appallingly.

    Until then, so long as the GOP refuses to offer a bill in good faith, Palin is (typically) coming across like an idiot.

    April 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Candice

    Oh and another know what is really appaling? The fact that your uneducated teenage daughter who has never worked a real job in her life makes more than 90% of the hardworking people in this country because of who her mother is. I truly believe in abstinance, have been abstinent all my life, and never had a slip-up that resulted in a child and I do not have anyone knocking down my door asking me to speak about abstinance.

    April 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. me

    falin has no clue

    April 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. ladybugg60

    Sarah needs to shut the hell up!

    April 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. GPC

    If Palin speaks and nobody cares... is she still wrong?

    April 8, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    shut up. just shut up

    April 8, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. tstorm

    Sarah Palin's appalled! "Yikes!" What do we do??

    April 8, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. John Sample

    NPR Funding? Is this woman serious? I really think she hopes and prays every night that her devoted following continue to just be stupid sheep that need to be led around on a leash because they can't think for themselves. Anyone who has any common sense should just shake their head anytime Sarah Palin decides to type something on facebook or twitter, which she does only because she knows that way she doesn't have to answer any questions, such as what planet does she live on.

    April 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. ddj

    What's the matter......Say-rah?! Bristol getting all the attention this week, so you were missing out?! What a media whore!! You just had to have that face plastered on The Ticker again, eh, and CNN is just the one to help you do it, unfortunately!! : (

    You couldn't even run the small town of Wasilla adequately, and you hung AK out to dry, yet you mistakenly believe that YOU are the voice of authority on what Obama should and shouldn't do.....uh, let me think about it......NOOOOOOO!!! Just slither back under the rock you crawled out from!!

    April 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. rick

    There's never a cliche underused in her vernacular. This woman is insane.

    April 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Kodes100

    Wailin" Palin you "jumped the shark" back in January – why don't you let the so-called adults handle this one?
    Either way you are not helping as usual.

    April 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Lou

    Ms. Palin should remember then that the Constitution does not call for the President to submit a budget or really have anything to do with the budget except sign or veto once Congress passes it. Additionally, the vast majority of the budget is social security, medicare/medicaid, and defense; not funding NPR would be like me clipping one less blade of grass on my lawn to save gas.

    April 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Antonio666

    What an imbecile. Why does the media continue to broadcast what this nutjob says. She represents the worst of America and hasn't got two functioning brain cells to rub together. Please, if she won't shut up, then stop magnifying her ridiculous comments.

    April 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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