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. Larry

    sarah – just as your bullseye on Congresswoman Giffords was not meant as a threat, I'm sure the rapper's lyrics are not either.

    May 12, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Anonymous

    i wonder what little miss class thinks of her daughter shacking up with two black guys to do a reality show? lol

    May 12, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. blf83

    Common has more social conscience than Appalling Sarah could ever read about – if she only knew how. Follow the yellow brick road, Sarah. You need a brain.

    May 12, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. fbysea

    The expert on class, LOL!!

    May 12, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Larry

    sarah – I don't remember you blasting george bush for his inviting jack abramoff to the white House on several occasions.

    May 12, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Consider This...

    Sarah Palin speaking on class and decency. What a hoot! Hey Sarah, you really need to take care of matters closer to home, like your daughter Bristol. You serve no purpose for our country. Please just go away, far, far away.

    May 12, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Wow, i hav listen 2 common for yrs now. he is one of the most conscience artist in the industry. if she actually took the time and listen to the lyrics she wouldnt be spouting such nonsense. has she seen his hbo special spoken word we he has youth frm around the country expressing their thoughts, worries, & goals through poetry. i think not.

    May 12, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. stephanie

    Do we really care what Sarah Palin thinks??? Her opinion means nothing.

    May 12, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. BostonMWS

    Yes, Palin, you and Common certainly have something in common. You both incite people to violence. Think about your own comments during the presidential campaign, and think about how your supporters reacted. Think about your target marks on Gabriel Giffords. I guess you could say that you are more subtle – yet more nefarious.

    By the way, could you be more coherent, please? I'm reading your quotes and it's just, you know, this thing that doesn't just make any sense.

    May 12, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Boytjie

    And Fox was for Common before they were against him, originally calling him "very positive".

    May 12, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. lonewolf270

    i wonder what little miss class thinks of her daughter shacking up with two black guys to do a reality show? lol

    May 12, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. joyost

    I choked on my Cherrios when seeing her use the word "class". This woman knows nothing about class, decency, poetry, the White House, or rapping. But this doesn't stop her from opening her mouth about it. The very same person who has glorified targeting Democratic candidates, complains about inciting violence?
    Her sole purpose in life is to keep herself in the news – daily. The $50,000 speaking fees will dry up if she doesn't.

    May 12, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. A F

    I agree with Palin. There are plenty of talented rappers that don't promote coping killing and assisanation of our presidents that could have been invited.

    PC – You sound like a hater.

    May 12, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Jay Shelley

    Good – very good, Sarah. You show in your retort just how out of touch you are with America and prove that you are not electable.

    May 12, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. LJ

    Sarah Palin needs the easy, lucrative money from Faux News, so she won't "throw her hat into the ring" for a long time. She knows that when she does announce her intention to run–Faux News has to let her go. In the meantime, she needs to take a remedial English class.

    May 12, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. usualone

    She is irrevalent at this point. She is speaking to only stir up her shrinking fan club. She must need more monies. Go away Sarah.

    May 12, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. MP in VA

    If judgement is what Sarah Palin is questioning, then she obviously has never bothered to look in the mirror. I believe some important dude once said, "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" Oh, yeah, I forgot, Ms. Palin, subscribes to the philosophy What Would Jesus Do If By Jesus You Mean William DeFoe (WWJWIBJYMWD).

    May 12, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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