Palin: Obama 'very tone deaf' with vacation
August 18th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin: Obama 'very tone deaf' with vacation

Washington (CNN) - While the White House is still working on the jobs proposal the President will put forth in early September, former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has already drawn some conclusions.

Saying it will be based on his past record which she said has failed to spur growth, Palin called the upcoming plan a "third stimulus" program and said it will be counterproductive to the president's aims of creating jobs.

"Unfortunately he is of that mindset of incurring more debt will get us out of debt," Palin, a paid contributor to Fox News, said in an interview on that network on Thursday.

While administration officials have said there will be new spending proposed as part of his initiative next month, they said any of that additional cost will be offset by deficit reduction that is included in the plan put forth by the special congressional super committee.

On the president's vacation to the resort island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts beginning Thursday, Palin said Obama is "very, very tone deaf" for continuing with his vacation because of economic problems facing the country.

Asked if he should go, Palin responded "I wouldn't if I were he, especially to Martha's Vineyard," and added, "I think he will hear from enough Americans that he will come back early."

Known for her criticism of the media coverage she received during the 2008 campaign, Palin on Thursday did not join in with those who lambasted the cover of Newsweek magazine earlier this month as being sexist when it showed an unflattering picture of presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann with the title "Queen of Rage."

"Every candidate is going to be vetted. I think now so more than ever because we learned a lesson with electing a president who was not vetted by the mainstream media, and you know we are now asking what did we get out of that," she said in the interview.

"I think there is going to be a lot of vetting, and some will interpret that because a female candidate will be vetted the same as a man even more so as being sexist. I don't know if I would characterize as being sexist. I would just characterize it as the new normal. I think it is quite healthy," she said.

Regarding an issue that dominated much of the campaign conversation this week she complimented her former gubernatorial colleague and current presidential candidate Rick Perry for some of his criticism of the Federal Reserve. She was not specifically asked if he went too far in saying some of the actions of its chairman Ben Bernanke could be considered treasonous. She has criticized some of the Fed's actions in the past to prop up the economy.

"More power to Rick Perry for calling it the way he saw it," Palin said Thursday.

She said she agreed with some analysts that President Obama elevated Gov. Perry by responding to a question about the governor. The president told CNN's Wolf Blitzer earlier this week, "I'll cut him some slack. He's only been at it for a few days now."

The president referred to comments by Perry that some in the military would have more respect for him than Mr. Obama.

Palin said Obama's advice to the candidate showed "arrogance."

"I wish President Obama would stay focused on what matters," she said in the interview. "Quit picking on other people like Rick Perry."

She continued to remain coy about her own intentions on whether she or will or won't enter the 2012 presidential sweepstakes, saying, "I am still considering it."

And Palin said she is "still listening to the debate and the discourse in the GOP line up right now and still looking for that candidate who I can put my heart and soul behind to support. If I don't see that person here in short order I would be willing to put my name forward in the name of service."

Asked what she thought about the current field, she said "I am impressed with the lineup but there is still quite a long process. There is going to be lots of comings and goings with this lineup, and I know that because I have spoken with them I know that I am not the only potential candidate still on the sidelines waiting to see how things are going to unfold."

Palin refused to name names. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, have both received a lot of renewed attention this week. "There is a bunch of them. There are a bunch of them who are doing the same thing that I am doing and that is considering the life changing impact on family decisions that have to be made before jumping in."

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soundoff (364 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Sarah Palin is not running for any political office! Sarah Palin has not completed her entire "Tenure" as Governor. Sarah Palin is another pundit who the media gives credibility to when she has not done a damn thing to deserve it. This is the reason why she is not running for President because she can make more money saying stupid things and the people believing her stupidity. Why don't some of you "Media Types" get a pair and challenge her on the comments she makes instead of listening to her nonsense and not challenging it!

    August 19, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  2. Franny

    Obama victim, NO she's nor right. when has Palin ever been right except with her extreme idealogy! President needs a darn vacation after the fiasco of the last 3 years! He has yet to take as much vacation as the last President. So please stop with this nonsense, and CNN can't you find better issues to write about? The media has become a big propaganda machine, and it's time they start doing some real honest journalism!

    August 19, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  3. hq211acr

    When are you in the news media going to quit posting what this woman says? She is not a politican, just a publicity seeking woman with no real credentials. She is not newsworthy, and frankly, I am tired of looking at her pictures, and having to glance at what drivel she has to say.

    August 19, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. Kyser

    For someone who resigned from their job to talk about Jobs is kinda silly, please stop talking about this lady already shes not even in the race and no one cares who the hell she is......she's just some ranting ex-vice president candidate who LOST! god forbid she ever became commander in chief.

    August 19, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  5. gtbdave

    Most Americans don't get vacations, we are the no-vacation Nation. They don't get many paid Holidays either. Congress is on a 6 week vacation. It's the typical thing, they ruin the economy, then take a 6 week vacation, while Americans have bigger economic hurdles to overcome, on their own, with no help from government, who get extensive vacations, and get paid like 1/4 million a year, and up. I guess if they don't do anything except cause economic damage, then it's a good thing they are on vacation. It's sort of like anyway you look at it, they are on vacation. Given the trillions it cost when they are working, you wouldn't want them to work too much. Anything that they are proposing will just costs more jobs, more in losses, less growth. Sure the election is about jobs, it's about who will cause the least amount of job losses.

    August 19, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  6. David

    Let's see: at this same time period in their presidencies, Bush had taken 180 real vacation days and Reagan 116 real vacation. Obama 61 working vacation days. As usual, Palin speaks before she checks things out or more importantly, before she thinks (or is that impossible)

    August 19, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  7. JOE

    That's ok Sarah. I just hope you and your teaparty keep spreading your hate, racism and bigotry across America and I hope it continues even after president Obama leaves office in 2016. Your constant attacks on race, ethnicity and religion on Americans in this country would eventually lead to revolt and a civil war. Just keep it up and see what you would end up doing to this country.

    August 19, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  8. Bobby222

    As a Canadian looking at things in an objective way, may I comment. If i had inherited the damn debt caused by the Republican adminstration ruthless spending , plus the cost of the stupid wars based on lies presented at the United Nations I don't believe that all can be resolved in on term of office. But of course now they expect Obama to erase the damages done by their administration in one term????????? Hey guys wake up. You Republicans with the Bush administration inherited a government in a good financial state from the Democratic Clinton administration. Now you expect a President who inherited your mess to clean it all up in one term. Obama deserves another term to be able to clean up your stupidities.

    August 19, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  9. Starman

    Palin's brain is on permanent vacation. Another "zinger" from the vacuous nitwit of the North.

    August 19, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  10. Kathy

    Bush Jr. spent nearly a third of each year on vacation. Reagan spent only slightly less time than that. Obama needs time away from toxic atmosphere to think and work - surely you don't think he's avoiding phone, BlackBerry and meetings just because he's out of town.The man's not on some Outward Bound trip in the desert. Lots easier to formulate plans when you don't have Washington press pool occupying every waking moment. W just put it all on automatic pilot and went away to cut brush and ride horses. What did he care - had already given his millionaire constituents all they wanted so they were happy, spent all our budget surplus and put his pals in all available government jobs to do his bidding so nothing for him to do but vacation.

    August 19, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  11. SCOTO

    Are there any photos of this woman that even have the appearance of some sanity. ?

    August 19, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  12. Frank

    Why does the media continue to follow this woman? She's not a candidate! She never says anything of value or proposes interesting legislation. Please, please just let her fall out of the limelight and focus on politicians who are actually running.

    August 19, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  13. Fritz Hohenheim

    In Germany there's a saying I like, Mrs Palin: Before turning on the mouth, turn on the brain. If you have one, that is...

    August 19, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  14. Bible Clown

    She's taking a permanent vacation from serious work. Tea Party, here's your candidate!

    August 19, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. Light In The Black

    Why do all Teabaggers and Palin lovers sound like angry six year olds who cant spell ?
    They love to make up words, like......Obummy, odummer, ect
    and call Democrats "Libtards".
    These are some very sad people.

    August 19, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  16. Dean

    Same woman who went on permanent vacation without even completing a single term as governor, right? Palin criticizing someone's commitment to public office is like a teen mom lecturing about abstinence. Oh wait...

    August 19, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  17. kf

    At least he did not QUIT his job before his term was over.

    August 19, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  18. Jack V

    Is it true the nutty right doesn't believe in evolution because they haven't evolved?

    August 19, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  19. alolmsted

    I wish the press would take a vacation from covering Palin.

    August 19, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. Just me

    Palin will enter the race, but only after she avoids as many debates as possible and at the last minute in an attempt to keep from looking like a complete idiot. She knows she can't debate or go toe-to-toe with the other candidates and her only hope is to sneak in at the last minute in hopes none of the other candidates stand out enough where she can get the votes needed to win. Of course, if she's nominated, she'll lose miserably, but she can't avoid that.

    August 19, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. Joe

    My guess is that since Palin is pretty much like the rest of the people doing just fine even in this economy (she's raking in MILLIONS and ever economic analysis shows that the wealthy are not being hit nearly as hard by this recession as working class people), she likes the status quo just fine.

    August 19, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  22. John

    Palin keeps running at the mouth for the money. I don't give a crap what she says about anything.

    August 19, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  23. RG

    She's just doing what Fox tells her to do, keep bashing Obama at every step

    August 19, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  24. Kate

    If congress can take 5 weeks off, after their less than stellar performance on the debt ceiling, why can't the president? The man has a difficult campaign year ahead of him and two children who probably don't see nearly enough of him. While I'm sure the Republicans would love to see him work himself to death, I think he needs a break. As for Martha's Vineyard....well, bet those rich Republicans are having far more expensive vacations than to Martha's Vineyard. At least the Obama's are stying in this country and helping give jobs to people here who cater to the tourist trade. Palin, the half term governor, should go back to Alaska and shoot something.

    August 19, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  25. Vigla

    rick s. - Ron Paul will most certainly cause gridlock. If you want NOTHING to be done, let's elect him for POTUS. Neither Republican or Democrat will support him. Instantly a lame duck the day he is inaugurated. don't waste our time with Ronnie P.

    August 19, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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