Palin: Obama 'very tone deaf' with vacation
August 18th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
12 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. jack

    Talk about tone deaf! Most everybody wants her to shut-up and just go away, but does she listen? She offers absolutely nothing and everytime she opens her mouth, she proves me correct. She is worse than finger nails on a black board.

    August 19, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Dave Jaipersaud

    This woman is so stupid and dumb that not even a bull moose would find her interesting. She should go jump in the sea that separates her house from Russia. Maybe a great white shark will find her interesting.

    August 19, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Brainpower

    Those who are fortunate enough to have jobs, should go on vacation and spend money! It provides jobs for many people in the travel industry! Furthermore, President Obama cannot pass legislation. Contrary to what the Tea Party may suggest, he is not a dictator. He cannot sign a jobs bill unless Congress first passes one. With the current GOP-controlled House, is that likely? And why is no one talking about all of the members of Congress who are currently on vacation – probably on junkets paid for by the lobbyists!

    August 19, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Dev

    Sarah, thank you very much for the early morning laugh. You can always be counted upon to act as a clown.

    Now to all the people who support Sarah and her clan include Miss Bachmann. You guys are the reason America is going down the tubes. You are not in minority but you are stupid and that is grave concern for the rest of us who do no agree with you.

    August 19, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. once upon a horse

    for the folks here critcal of Sarah Palin the lady is only doing her job. FoxNews pays here big bucks to be critcalnof President Obama no matter what he does. And it doesn't have to be based on facts either. (well FACTS I think is a bad word over there) I think they give Sarah talking points and they just let her go from there and it pleases her fans and those who follow FoxNews like it was a religion. Coming soon I bet will be Sarah's talking points on the president's Syria decision.

    August 19, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Mikky_H

    When will we stop giving this opportunist a place to broadcast? She has not declared her candidacy, holds no position of office and is has been eclipsed by Michelle Bachmann as the voice of the Tea Party. She is no more than an "opinion guy", as Bill O'Reily would say, and deserves no more attention than those people receive.

    August 19, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Banda53

    Prototypical Republican. Saying "NO" before Obama's plan is even presented.

    August 19, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Huh?

    Maybe Sarah can learn from Obama what it's like NOT to quit when the going gets tough.

    August 19, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. GOP hates Middle Class

    $arah would you kindly ask the orange guy to get back to work, you know he's the speaker of the place where they make those law thingies that the President signs, you betcha.

    August 19, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. derp

    At least he didn't just up and quit.

    August 19, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Michael in Houston

    the trite, simpleness, and smallness of the republican party has never quite been on display as it is these days. Their obsession with droning America with their 24-7 criticism of everything and everyone has gotten so boring and predictable that its almost painful. Its time to rid this Nation of the republican party. We dont need them...they are nothing but a collective bunch of mindless haters who are in bed with corporations and the wealthy and want nothing to do with America but rather governing only those who support them. These republicans are a savage cancer that needs to be radiated into oblivion. I am so utterly sick of every single of them. They are worthless to America.

    August 19, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |

    And what about Palin's brain taking a permanent vacation from her skull? Huh? what about that?

    August 19, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. GOP hates Middle Class

    Oh yeah, $arah, the orange dude and your party campaigned on jobs jobs jobs, so why is he on vacation when there are so many people out of work? Your party is charging the commoners to meet with them lately, too; so who are the elitist?

    August 19, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Republican for President Obama

    And she is one to talk. Our President has done more in one hour today than a year she spent as governor.

    Her about her resigning as governor to focus on her media profile. Her comment is STUPID – and that is mild.

    Does she have any idea what his working hours are. Has she spent any time in the white house to observe the work that is going on. Why doesn't she also mention the Speaker of the House who was on the golf course last week?

    The phones will not be disconnected where he is staying for goodness sake. Just because he is on vacation does not mean he is not doing work or capable of being reached.

    August 19, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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