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. KingPellinore

    She has a point. This is obviously the first time a president has invited an artist with a body of violent work to visit the White House.


    May 12, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. Obama is, always will be my President

    "inciting violence and cop killing, certainly, and killing a former president," Palin said. Palin did you forget the crosshair? How can you talk about any body, when you are keeping the company you keep. I wonder who you are paling around with Palin?

    May 12, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Joan

    Palin should watch last night's Daily Show. Jon Stewart 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 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Henry

    Oh Sarah,

    So irrelevant, yet so loud. You are a has-been. Just like those C rated stars who play at local casinos wearing the old suits.

    You are toast, along with the Donald and Michele. Leave politics to the adults you gutter snipe.

    May 12, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Sacmar

    Seriously?! I am so sick of people dwelling on small things, when there are more important issues in this world. I want to hear solutions to our problems and see our leaders working together to make our country better. This crap is getting old.

    May 12, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. twiddly

    You know, Palin's judgement, it's just so lacking of class and decency and all that's good about America when she quits the governorship half way through the first term so she can rake in millions.

    May 12, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. oldsteer

    Here we raised a daughter to capitalize on having child out of wedlock and going to be in a reality show with 2 men. Quits a responsible elected position to enter the world of twit and aptly named. Last person in world to preach about moral values.

    May 12, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. margie

    well just put 'em in your cross hairs sara-that will make 'em behave

    May 12, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Laverne

    It amazes me that these are the types of things this witch love to comment on, but yet again NEVER any solutions or complete thoughts on real issues. I think she should be more concerned about all the family issues she has going on and by the way it is President Obama and your little statement about who the president is palling around with didn't work 2 years ago and it won't work this time around either. You are such a loser and America is lucky you won't EVER be president you quitter!

    May 12, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Sue

    It amazes me that Sarah Palin has the audacity to talk about "lack of class"! She is the butt of a million jokes for many of her comments/rantings, not to mention parading her pregnant teenage daughter around – her daughter who began a charity for young pregnant teens, collected $250,000 and only disbursed $35,000 of it – I guess "corrective jaw surgery is expensive! Oh, and then there was Bristol's stint on Dancing With The Stars and now she's moving to L.A. and moving in with two brothers/friends with her young daughter to star in a reality show!! "Class" is a foreign word in the Palin family!

    May 12, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. NoWay

    Palin just doesn't get it. If this is the extent of her expertise, the White House is surely better off not catering to her kind.

    May 12, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Angry Vet2

    What's good about America is that we tolerate idiot like Sarah. Wrap yourself in the flag, oh, btw, when did you wear the uniform of the U.S. military?

    May 12, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. Ancient Texan

    And "you shall know them by who they associate with"

    May 12, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Nick

    These people need to watch The Daily Show.

    May 12, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. FactCheck

    Palin then winked at the camera and said "Oh who am I kidding? What do I know about class and decency? I've been shilling wing-nuts for every last cent they have".

    May 12, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. Jonathan

    I remember late great Johnny Cash having pretty nice lyrics..." I shot a man in Reno, just to watch hime die. " amongst others. How many times was he invited to the White House? The fact is these people are artist, and reflect society in numerous fashions, and ways...The good, and the bad. I would be absolutely shocked is Mrs. Paulin does not like at least one artist who as song, penned, or represented something that could be consider as contreversial. She knows this, and knows how to play the political game, but must realize that it is not helping her image in any way shape or for. Actually the more time passes the more she becomes unliked, and passes off as being shallow, and hypocritical.

    May 12, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Mary

    It is funny a woman with no class, anilmal killer and a bubble head, talk about class, woman just shut up! you are so stupid to be in media. just go away you and your stupid family all go away.

    May 12, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Do you think she knows her odds of winning the nomination are not looking good at the moment, but if she plays the role of team player she may got another VP selection? You know that she would accept a VP nomination in an eye blink, which is why she will contine being the "barker" against Obama. Barking is what made her so popular.

    May 12, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. DemFL

    Please, I really enjoyed having you silent for two weeks. Please go back to your Igloo and stay there.

    May 12, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. Chuck

    So Palin thinks Common's lyrics are violent but her saying "Don't Retreat, Reload" is just a-okay?

    May 12, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. judy king

    Come on "SAINT" Palin, you are such a two face person here you are critizing the white house about inviting a rapper and yet your "fame hungry" daughter Bristol in heading with her son in tow to do a reality show about living with two guys, why don't you try to get your kids to get an education like "real Americans" instead of trying to keep yourselves in the limellight while making money, you and your family are the prime example of WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA, God help us all.

    May 12, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. Richimus

    Sarah do some laundry and make some food!

    May 12, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "You know, the judgment, it's just so lacking of class and decency and all that's good about America
    Hmm. Interesting comment for this douchebag to make considering that EVERYTIME she opens her mouth decency and class fly out the window.
    Please continue to DREAM about getting invited to the White House Sarah because that is the ONLY place where that is going to your dreams.

    May 12, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. Mike

    What! Now IF she had been invited to the WH, That would be a huge lack of class!!!!

    May 12, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Sarah Says Read

    Sarah Palin COULD NOT be more wrong. Common is not known for promoting violence of any kind, and both quotes are taken completely out of context. Common has never advocated the murdering of police officers. He's very well known as a socially and politically aware hip-hop artist, whose music is thoughtful, introspective, and relevant. He's not a "gangsta rapper", and he's not a thug.

    This is just an example of conservatives jumping at any chance they can to try to criticize the White House and give the Obamas a bad name, and an example of the kind of racism and hate-spewing that they promote.

    May 12, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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