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. Abe

    I thought we got rid of her and her comments about the president and his actions. She is a disaster written to our political system and I hope she does not enter the presidential race. These country needs smart people, not someone so ignorant, politically challenged and has no political savvy. The president can invite who he wants and rapper can say bad lyrics but might be very helpful in different areas. Palin how about comedians old/ new who tell bad jokes and get away with it. I think your true color is showing and also your preference for color, if you get my drift. Please be civil and call the president our president and not Barack Obama. It is disrespectful and shows that you do not have class. Sorry for being hard on you, but you asked for it. As far as Fox news I want even waste my time watching them and there arrogance.

    May 12, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. Roscoe

    Sarah should focus her attention on who her daughter is palling around with and who's watching her grandson......and what's she's going to do with the next out of wedlock child that Bristol produces.

    May 12, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. BB

    I encourage everyone to listen to the poem that Common(the rapper) recited at the event. It was very uplifting and positive.

    May 12, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. duke

    I guess only ted nuggent and jimmy rebel should be allowed in the white house to perform??
    When do the people demand more from the media and force them to stop reporting what this woman has to say?
    Its never positive and its never productive,where I'm from those are considered the lames of the world,
    But where sarah supporters are concerned its called being a leader??
    You people in the media have no conscious and should be considered un american for promoting hatred and division!

    May 12, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Joan

    Palin should watch last night's Daily Show. Jon Daily put it all in perspective. The lyrics about "cop killing" etc. were early in the song and he finished it by denouncing all of that negative activity and challenged the kids to act properly instead. Clever editing by Fox. He also showed Pres. Bush presenting Johnny Cash an award alongside horrible lyrics about shooting someone just to see him die. He also showed Ted Nugent, a Fox favourite, singing really rude, ignorant songs about Hilary Clinton and Pres. Obama and they were loving it. Palin and her Fox buddies cherry pick anything that they can exaggerate and then make the naive public believe it. With all of the serious stuff going on in the country and world, why would a serious politician be so petty and concentrate on such unimportant details? She really needs to set some better priorities and show she has some depth. Right now her topics, arguments and understanding seem pretty shallowl

    May 12, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. hilarious

    Hearing Palin speak of class is like hearing a clown speak of serious things... but I repeat myself.

    May 12, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. TIGER2

    I guess the President should have invited Eminem and all would be well. After all, he may be a rapper with foul mouth lyrics, but he is white.

    May 12, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. Dying in Pensacola

    Palin should be the last person talking. She gets mad when the media points out all of the stupid comments she makes and ignores the few good things that she does. Most of the people and pundits who are pointing fingers at Common have never really listened to him. 85 % of what he talks about is thought provoking. The targeted verse is talking about police brutality in the inner city and Bush's lies about the Iraq war. When you burn a Bush, is that obviously talking about killing a president or exposing him for what he did?

    May 12, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Frozone

    Sarah Palin can put targets on the heads of politicians she doesn't like, but heaven forbid Common use a gun as a metaphor.

    May 12, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. Tuna

    I think that she feels left out!!!!!!! Maybe she can go on a hunting show!!

    May 12, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. Anthony

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant!

    May 12, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. cubvespa

    Where was she when her fellow Faux News were demanding the POTUS to be targeted by anti-Obama snipers? She certainly wasn't going to defend the protection and respect of Barack Obama!

    May 12, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. Ben

    Now if Obama did invite you sarah to the white house, that would be the time for moral outrage. You are all that's bad and indecent about American. You're a quitter, a money grubber, a panderer, and yet, somehow you make a living with absolutely no talents. Amazing.

    May 12, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. gozinoz

    Watch the Daily Show from last night. That will show you how little Mrs. Palin knows about the real world.

    May 12, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. xxdesmus

    This is just hilariously hypocritical considering how often Sarah Palin talks about guns and shooting things. Give me a break. You're a hoke Sarah. Just stop talking already.

    May 12, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. Dean

    Are there other reality stars whose views you treat with such importance? Sarah Palin was the governor of one of the least populated states for the blink of an eye. Yet you give her the same station as long-term public servants who are intellectually and politically serious. Perhaps Miss Schwarz possesses a long-term goal of working for E! and, like that cable channel, believes that celebrity=relevance. If so, I wish her the best and hope the transition begins as soon as possible.

    May 12, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Eric

    ...and she is just the one to be talking about lack of class and decency. The pot calling the kettle black.

    May 12, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. TheOneIndependent

    Why is anything this moron says important enough to write about? Havent we all had enough of this political prostitute?

    May 12, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Just Me

    Get lost Sarah! Go and get your jaw realigned like Bristol or something. Better, get your mouth wired shut. You are irrelevant and a circus side show.

    May 12, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. Video Guy

    This lady, is not one to talk about somebodies lack of class.

    May 12, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. nintex

    If President Obama and Mrs. Obama had invited the New York Philharmonic, Palin would have found something to complain about. She will take the opposite side of whatever President Obama does, just to be oppositional. I for one am getting tired of her predictability. Actually, I'm just getting tired of her!

    May 12, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  22. Indy

    Once again Palin speaks about which she knows nothing and has obviously not read the whole poem that talks about peace and unity at the end of the poem. Palins fame has fizzled out and it is easy to tell she has nothing serious to talk about so she spews hate towards the sutting President and the First Lady, nothing new or original here just someone who has no ideas for anything good or progressive for the country.

    May 12, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  23. w l jones

    Rapping in the Colored community is a part of there folf history they being durn it for over four million years. Bless.

    May 12, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Palin calling for class and decency???????? Now that's funny!!!!!!

    May 12, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. David

    My lord Sarah Palin... PLEASE SHUT UP.

    May 12, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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