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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  1. Rah Carney

    I will respond to Mrs. Palin and the rest of the fools looking for the day's distraction as opposed to substantive argument. Rap music as a whole is just like EVERY OTHER GENRE of music in it is prose set to music. You must have a poetic mind to create it just as any songwriter has. The only difference is rap is less apart of the "elder" version of the mainstream because it is predominately African American. Not that, that alone has much to do with it other than it usually portrays a SMALL portion of African American life that most don't understand let alone agree with. The issue with this article is the Republican Party again playing on the ignorance of its supporters. Common is one of the most upstanding, SOFT, socially conscious and responsible rappers out! Heck, he stars in romantic comedies for goodness sake! This is not Lil' Wayne or some other hard core rapper. Common long ago hung any resemblance of that up. Palin and others know that the simple change of the "TYPE" of people and implied understanding their feigned outrage as real and rational emotion is enough to sway you and their supporters to act in a similar fashion due to ignorance. Not unintelligence but ignorance. Because if you knew who Common was as a follower of his music you'd see how appropriate it was to recognize him as a poet in this setting and in addtion, how ridiculous it is to be outraged at this recognition let alone feign such. Get it together people.

    May 12, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. carmelle

    Does Sarah even understand what Common is saying in his rap? Common's work is very artful, and very 'deep' (with a lot of substance). Which makes it hard sometime to understand his full message.

    The right is totally picking the wrong fight on this. Common is a very very very popular artist. He is a John Legend type of guy who is very into using his success to help others around the world. He is very down to earth, just watch some of his interviews..geez ppl! Common?? Do you know how shocked ppl were to hear the right attacking him as a "vile" and "violent" person?? He is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet!

    As misogynistic rap can be, Common is one of the few who put women on a pedestal in his work. (the movie 'Just Wright' was a perfect role for him – ck it out)

    Sarah is trying to get back in the spotlight...The hip hop world can't stand her...they'll finish her for good!

    May 12, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Coloradan

    Ms Palin certainly embodies all that is good about America, um, like, quitting the post that the people of Alaska honored her with because things were um, going to be hard, because well she was being investigated, oh my. What if Clinton had quit due to the bogus GOP investigations? We may never had had the 20 million jobs created under his guidance or the three consecutive balanced budgets that he gave us to close out his term.

    May 12, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Jay

    Didn't Sarah Palin try to have LL Cool J on her show on F- news once. LL has way more controversial lyrics than Common, and she did not have a problem with that until LL spoke up about it. It's funny how someone who knows very little about hip-hop can have so much criticism for one of the most respected, intelligent artist today. I encourage all of you who don't know Common to look him up and buy his songs– they're beautiful. As for Sarah Palin and F-News, they are just a bunch of haters.

    May 12, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. unretired05

    I've heard more than enough from half term Sarah the surveyor of Alaska. She is just a Twitter Tweetin Twit.

    May 12, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. And?

    "Palin blasts ..." I'm seeing that alot here, CNN. Let it go. She's finished.

    May 12, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. HA HA HA


    You've got to be kidding me. Do your research Palin and Fox News. Common is one of the most socailly conscious rappers ever. He uses love as his weapon of choice. Is he not allowed to be as critical of past presidents as you are against this one? Is he not allowed to defend himself or have a right to bear arms against all enemies foreign and domestic? Give it a rest already. He has developed, made mistakes, learned, matured and evolved like all normal adults. If you knew of him I'm sure you'd much rather have him as a son in law than Levi.....believe me.

    May 12, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. SCOTO

    "Lacking in class" this from Palin

    May 12, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. AEJ

    For someone who QUITS her day job so that she can "tweet" – obviously UNABLE to multitask. She certainly looks very tired for somebody who doesn't work. Are you surprise that she is critical of the President. This stupid woman is still campaigning since 2007. She still is in disbelief that a black man could beat her daylight!!!!!

    May 12, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. sue

    I am not a fan of Rapper's and their isn't my style of music but .......Palin has no right to condemn this man for his lyrics in a song .......remember this is the woman who put cross hairs on democrats and told people to not RETREAT but to RELOAD and a democrat woman was shot and other people were killed even a 9 year old girl......she can comdemn others but when someone condemns her she says that it's not fair.......just another remark to show America how idiotic this woman is........

    May 12, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. John McCain

    Again, nothing from critisism and nasty remarks from Mrs. Sour Grapes. Rap is poetry. Just because it I personally dislike it, doesn't mean it shouldn't exist. I just don't listen to it. For her to use it to attack the president's intentions is typical of her. It just makes her sound just like one of those old stuffy white politicians in Washington.The ones she claimed not to be like when she was running for vice president.

    May 12, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. scott

    first of all, did i read correctly...sarah palin, saying that somebody else's move lacks class???? 2nd, is this bitch still talking????

    May 12, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Gen

    Class, look in the mirror.

    May 12, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Ricky

    Sarah Palin is a hater. Some people in the U.S. governement are crooked, and she wants to mock a succsefull person who make a living being a musicain? Get out of here!

    May 12, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Eric in RTP

    Wow... just wow.. how can anyone be so stupid? Ms. Palin has never heard a single Common lyric yet she is ready to spew lies given to her by some un-knowing publicists. Common does not glorify killing police or violence at all.. This is just more proof the the "right" just doesn't get it... absolutely clueless. And yes there may be a song or two that criticizes Bush for his lack of action in Katrina or many of his other policy moves... but none of his lyrics attempt to demonic Bush or make him out as unAmerican... I wish I could say the same for all those on the right who constantly demonize Obama on non-ploicy related speculation.

    May 12, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Mike_T

    Ok! Who told Sarah about Common's lyrics?

    May 12, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Michael

    Yes Sarah. It is good to be an exclusionist. It's why you are such a devisive individual and have lost your luster. You exemplify intolerence and stereotype people. Loser is what you are and who you represent. Your attutude is not that of a God loving Christian. Keep talking. You dig yourself deeper and deeper into that political hole you will never get out of.

    May 12, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Aaron

    she's not relevant. Who cares.

    May 12, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. Gary

    Palin .. you just can't sure stupid ... sure can laugh at it though
    I really hope she runs ... just by her running period no matter the outcome will get President Obama a second term
    I mean which ever party she runs for is insto-stupidified

    May 12, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. citizenbychoice

    I don't think his lyrics are more incendiary than the rethoric used by the tea party, and the vitriol spread by Palin herself.

    May 12, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Skokie

    I would rather listen to common than listen to you.

    May 12, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. gina

    With all the important issues that our country has to deal with, this is what she has a fit about!!!!!
    Again it shows Palin's lack of intelligence and the ability to discern what is necessary to be real leader.

    May 12, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Funny...she invited the neighborhood boys in Alaska to stay at her house and have sex with her daughter. But the President inviting a rapper to perform at the White House lacks class and decency?

    May 12, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. NYCL poster

    To be honest, I am having a REAL good time watching this administration fail just as I predicted it would. The irony of the situation is this administration has hurt the people that supported him the most....and they STILL support him because of color. Sad....even more ironic is the fact that I have been able to raise all the rents in my buildings because people are flocking to the big cities to look for jobs. Gotta love it....

    May 12, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. Christian, huh?

    Straws and rafters Palin.....
    Straws and rafters....

    May 12, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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