Palin blasts White House's rapper invite
May 12th, 2011
08:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin blasts White House's rapper invite

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the anti-Common refrain Wednesday night, questioning the White House's judgment for inviting the rapper to participate in a poetry event.

"You know, the judgment, it's just so lacking of class and decency and all that's good about America with an invite like this," Palin said on Fox News Channel. "It's just so easy to assume that they're just inviting someone like me or somebody to ask, 'Come on, Barack Obama, who are you palling around with now?"

Common's presence at the event, which is part of Michelle Obama's White House Music Series, drew flack from media figures who pointed to lyrics from his songs, some of which use violent language against former President George W. Bush and police officers.

"This rapper, we thought that we were to be united under the leader of the free world, Barack Obama, in tamping down racism and inciting violence and cop killing, certainly, and killing a former president," Palin said. "All those things that this rapper has glorified and really is known for, it just certainly reflects a lack of judgment on the White House's part."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the decision, although he said the president "opposes those kind of lyrics."

"It's ironic to pick out those particular lyrics and – about this particular artist, when in fact, he's known as a socially conscious hip-hop artist or rapper who has done a lot of good things," Carney said.

Palin also took the opportunity to address her White House intentions, saying it is still too early to throw her hat in the ring. But she is "happy" former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decided to announce and is looking forward to more candidates jumping in to the race.

"The more competition the better," Palin said. "I'm not disappointed in the field thus far. I look forward to more jumping in there … competition breeds success. Competition is good for all of us in business, in politics. The more the merrier in a primary."

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soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Bruce

    If there was any doubt before,, now we know it was a good idea for the "White House" to invite Common. LOL!

    May 12, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    And think, just last October Fox News was praising thie same artist for the positive messages he puts into his poems. How many times will the far right shoot itself in the foot? Anyone keeping count? No! Shame on you. They want you to forget.

    May 12, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. FM

    Since when this woman ever supported the White House whatever they do. If a person is always negative as she is, even other people watching what she says always, become negative to her!

    May 12, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. annie s

    Yawn. Could we please stop with the comments from this Fox "News" talking head?

    May 12, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. Vigla

    When will this lady quit the nonsense? Using the "palling around" line again? Really? Sarah, you are irrelevant... Most of the country hates you, and people are getting tired of your faux folksy commentary. You made your millions and now your 5 seconds of fame are over. Please go away. It's best for everyone.

    May 12, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS

    "Come on, Barack Obama, who are you palling around with now?"
    You knew this bozo had to add her irrelevant two cents to the mix. I'm more concerned with who you hang around with Silly Sarah. I see you pal around with a bunch of racists parasites. Out of all rappers in the industry, Common is the most conscious rapper of them all. I thought you wingnuts stood by free speech. Cops abuse their power. I'm not condoning cop killing. But tell that to Shawn Bell and Rodney King.

    May 12, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. The Dude

    Go away, Sarah, there are adults talking here

    May 12, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  8. Sunny

    Palin, Go and take care of Bristol. She needs you more than USA.

    May 12, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. rhumba

    This woman talks about class? What a classless joke she is.

    May 12, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. calvin

    Its amazing to think that Sarah Palin thinks herself above anyone. No less to say a rapper is lower than her. How dare this woman to pass judgement on anyone. Maybe it's not on the presidents agenda yet to invite Stupid, bigoted Jerks!!! Wait your turn Sarah

    May 12, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. Mr. Johnny

    Sarah, sarah, sarah........... Look at the clock, honey. You are WAY past your 15 minutes. Time to go away.

    May 12, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    This woman is a "barker," as in barking up the wrong tree. Says things and invents non-issues to cause a big bang, and lacking any real bite.

    May 12, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. Up2Late

    Palin is pretty much a hypocrite as her speech has been filled with hate towards those who disagree with her. She dishes it out, but has proven time and again she can't take it. I'd still defend her right to be invited to the WH as I would the rapper's. I have a feeling both are just playing roles they know their audience want to hear.

    May 12, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. Larry L

    I suspect her Tea Party friends would oppose the President inviting anybody to the White House who wasn't an angry. old, hateful, and white Christian. This bimbo will go down in history as the first member of the GOP Circus Train.

    May 12, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. trudy schoenheit

    Hmm. And that book with all kinds of genocidal, murderous, and slaveholding views is ok as your religion?

    May 12, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. Saml

    Indecent & unamerican to invite an American socially-conscious rap artist to a poetry event? No.

    Easy to assume they're going to invite someone like [half-governor Sarah Palin] to a White House poetry event, someone proud of not reading (let alone poetry), someone from the opposition party, someone from the other side of the continent? No. Because she's such a big rap fan?

    May 12, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  17. pc

    no sarah palin, you are the one lacking in glass and dignity!!!
    keep your low-glass nose out of our president's business. you might want to look at your own family, bristal palin is nothing but trash taking after her mother in scamming the public with her don't have sex till your married talk while living with her new boy friend. sarah palin ....please you are making such a fool of your self.sarah palin is the most un-american hate munger i have ever seen or heard in my lifetime. i think she has a crush on barak obama and knows he is better than anything she could ever have!!!!

    May 12, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Nobody listened to the whole thing – he layed out what COULD be happening, and then explained why it was NOT the thing to do. Grow up trash. 70% of the people in this country are sick to death of your hate speech NOT followed by sage advice. You're worse than Common. Always hate and fear and egging on the distrust of our 100% AMERICAN PRESIDENT.

    May 12, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. Dave

    Did she give this speech while standing with her witch doctor or after she left the exorcism?

    May 12, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. Tony in Maine

    Hmmm – I wonder if she'd have shrieked had an earlier President invited Johnny Cash, who did time in the Graybar Hotel. Oh wait, Cash was white. Sorry, I forgot that makes a difference to conservatives.

    May 12, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. FBMarky

    Isn't she the one who said words can't hurt anyone?She's just jealous 'coz Common hasn't rapped about her!
    Please, Sarah, throw your hat into the ring. America needs your wisdom.

    May 12, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. Dieter Zerressen

    I can't believe Palin uses the words "class" and "decency" when she has proven time and again she doesn't know anything about them.

    May 12, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. chilly g

    sarah just has to say something, she think that make her looking presidendial.i hope you run for president
    because the american people will then see you for what you are, a hater.

    May 12, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  24. jswang

    Wow, what a loser Palin is. Its funny when it comes to rappers they take one song and try to blow it out of porportion. Rappers only talk about things that happen on a daily basis where their from. They never look at the songs that make impacts in individuals lives. Common is one of the best lyricist and most socially concious rappers out. Out of all the rappers she should be happy he picked him. She's such an idiot.

    May 12, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  25. Dianne

    Sarah speaks again/!!???!!!! Why am I not surprised that – again – she only has negative comments regarding our President? Will she ever come out with an orignal thought that will help move our country forward and not foster more anger?

    May 12, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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