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. Doc

    I guess Sorry Sarah flunked out on history and social studies during her multi-year quest for a degree. We have the right to free speech in this country, regardless of how wrong you may think it is. And I can't blame any minority for expressing anger, hate and resentment towards the establishment or law enforcement that for so long oppressed them. Minorities still experience racism and oppression for no other reason than the color of their skin. Oh and by the way, freedom of association is another one of those rights Sarah.

    May 12, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. karolina

    does this woman ever keep her mouth closed? if the media stopped reporting on her she would just go away b/c she is not a true politician! She's a xenophobic hate spewing fear monger! Go away Palin! you are detrimental to our society!

    May 12, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. kyle

    This is coming from a woman who put bullseye over cities and states.

    May 12, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. cuso

    Sadly more positive words have come out of Commons mouth in one song then Sarah Palin has ever spoken in her life.

    May 12, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Larry

    sarah – how does studying important issues like this and Michelle's anti-obesity campaign give you foreign policy experience?

    May 12, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Marcus

    Every rapper has that one anti-police, anti-Bush song, but Common is definitely not known for his. He's brought a lot of positive music to the struggling hip-hop genre and is really making a name for himself in the acting world. The fact that Palin is focusing so much on little media tid-bits instead of big world issues only further supports that she's either not going to run for President, or that she's still completely oblivious to what it takes to be a good leader...or both.

    May 12, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. once upon a horse

    So when is Sarah Palin NOT critical of President Obama? That's all she does is go negative on him since losing back in 2008. Palin comes accross really as a spiteful sore loser and FoxNews is her mouthpiece. That's what they pay her for and that's what her fans want to hear.

    May 12, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. Rsprings

    I've listened to the lyrics and frankly they do not appeal to the core values of most Americans of any race. They do appeal to a segment of the population who are racist and misogynistic. No matter, how socially conscious he is..he didn't need to be at the white house. There are better representatives of black poets to perform and educate. By doing the the President Obama let the message become lost in the hoopla over the guy. Yet another lapse of judgement.

    May 12, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Yeah Right

    This coming from the woman who puts cross-hairs on fellow politicians she doesnt like on her website lol

    May 12, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. CC

    The nerve!! All of the nasty things Palin supporters have verbalized and the signage used at her events. Absolutely amazing. Common did use those lyrics in a couple of his songs but that is not what he's known for so do your homework. She hasn't learn to research events, people and places thoroughly before she comments. Such an idiot!

    May 12, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Ohioan

    this women has to just shut her mouth. She hasn't done anything...quit her job as governor and now wants to criticize Common. Listen to all his songs!!

    May 12, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. gran

    And Sarah knows all about good judgement, class and decency!
    Let's take a good look at JUDGEMENT. You were elected to serve as governor of Alaska and quit before your term expired without any reasonable explanation that served the state well.
    CLASS – well where do I begin. How about taking responsibility for your own failings instead of pointing the finger at someone else for your shortcomings. Remember Katie Couric? Now that's one classy lady!
    DECENCY – Perhaps you might try saying something good and decent about someone besides yourself or family. Isn't that the Christian thing to do? But then you and your family live by your own rules.

    May 12, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. PAT TODD

    The Wasilla hillbilly strikes back in her typically garbled way. If anyone is supremely unqualified to comment on WH policy that person's name is Palin.

    May 12, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Dann DFW

    Why of why do we continue to listen to this former half-term governor who left her elected position to pursue a big payday? Are we really so bereft of people who can inspire us that we have to continually report on someone who has shown nothing but hate and contempt for those who do not agree with her view of what America should be? Have we become so lazy that we fail to see the difference between tearing others down and building ourselves up? It's time to stop worrying about this triviality and start to work on solutions to our crumbling education system. Nothing we do today will keep America prosperous if our students can't compete in the world market.

    May 12, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Eiolgj

    So Palin knows about rappers but she couldn't name what news papers or magazines she reads, and just lately she couldn't name an influential news caster? Talk about lack of class!

    May 12, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Charlie from the North

    "decency and all that's good about America with an invite like this," Palin said on Fox"

    So now we are letting "Fox" define decency???? Where are we going and why are we in this hand-basket?
    Go crawl back under your rock Palin and let the adults decide what they want to hear.

    May 12, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Jess C

    And, Sarah, of course, sets the standard for "class". right? Isn't it clear why this dimwit gets people knarled? We are sick of the ignorance spewed from her "mean girl" mouth. My Labrador puppy has more maturity. Americans with half a functioning brain are sick of seeing this poor excuse of a mouthpiece represented to the world giving them a license to laugh at us and call us "simple." Well, based on anyone who could support this wingnut...yes, then some of us are very simple. Glad that base is down to a tiny fringe of cultish followers.

    May 12, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. AudreyinGa

    I hope the white house never invites this woman. She is so jealous! I wonder what she means when she says "invite
    someone like me."

    May 12, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Mark

    Jesus dined in the house of a sinner and was criticized for doing so. He did this because there is no reason to dine with soemone who has already been converted to beieving in him. If Jesus had turned his back on sinners and not tried to help them, He would be doing exactly what Palin is doing. Shame on Sarah. She doesn't want to help change people, she wants to chastize and banish them.

    May 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Neil

    Clearly, those who felt the rapper "Common" was out of place at a poetry event have no understanding of his music. As far as violence against Cops that is ludicrous, his vitriol for President Bush and his administration is his personal feelings. Poetry isnt just rosey bushes or darkenss its also social awareness and Common is best known for that to those who have any awareness about Hip Hop. I probably would not find Common on Palin's MP3 player.

    May 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Doug

    Typical Democrat, idolizes a cop killer and wants Republicans to be killed. Forget Common, deal with the common liberal Democrat, a being void of the ability to care about the lives of their fellow Americans. Come witness them in the bluest areas, stop laughing at them on MTV and come truly interact with Snooki-crats in their blue area habitat of hate, indecency, and narcicissm.

    You cannot truly understand the Democrat until you witness them in the bluest areas. THere are no words to describe such hateful beings.

    May 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. Glenda

    She has far more class than the Obama Democrat supporters whose mouths far exceed their fido butts.

    May 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    "tamping down racism" – and this from the woman who said Barak Obama was not a like us, and her comments about "we know who the REAL Americans are". All because this rapper rhymed against Dubbya. What about all her supporters going after the President with all the obnoxious, raciest variants on his name?

    May 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. GNoP

    You lost! The White House isn't your house and even if you'd won, as veep, you still wouldn't live there. Airhead.

    May 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Jordan Howard

    As a hip hop fan I am completely insulted by Sarah Palin's remarks. Common is one of the most socially conscious artists of our generation. He doesn't rap about killing people and glorify killing. He raps about being a responsible citizen and raps about social issues. You can't pick one or two lines out of the hundreds of song's he's written and rant about it. ISN'T THAT WAS SARAH PALIN COMPLAINS ABOUT "THE LIBERAL MEDIA" DOING ALL THE TIME TO HER. It's time to take her out of the politcal section and place her in the entertainment section. She is clearly not a politician anymore and at best a reality TV has been.

    For the record I am not writing this as a Republican or Democrat. I am writing this as a Canadian, Hip Hop fan who is tired of hearing about Sarah Palin and bonehead ramblings.

    May 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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