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. Shannon

    are only black Presidents not allowed to take vacations or have birthday parties. It sure didn't seem like Republicans complained when Bush took vacations, I guess they just can't help being hypocrites. Of course $illy $arah is desperate for attention, as always.

    August 18, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Liam

    I wish he would take a lot more vacations and our economy might recover. Every time he speaks the market drops like an anchor. Take a look at your portfolio and ask if you can take 4 more years of this joker and ever retire. He is the bermuda triangle for the economy and jobs.

    August 18, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Shannon

    Tea Party Mike, please try to pray for a brain

    August 18, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Kyle

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

    lol he was asked a question about Perry and he responded. What is he suppose to do, deflect and change the subject like Palin and Bachmann?

    August 18, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. dnick47

    Sarah, Go back to Alaska and get a job on a fishing boat..... or gutting Caribou..... or drying seal blubber.... just stop trying to be in the national limelight: a bigger idiot has taken your place handsome brainless Ron Perry.

    August 18, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Amazing. The idiot keeps her mouth running and never tries to make a statement based on facts, and the news media in this country eats it up with a spoon. Who's at fault, the moron that cant keep silent, or a mass of morons looking for noiseto publish. Please note: Noise should never be considered news.

    August 18, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Phil

    Where was her criticism of Dubya when he spent nearly half his presidency on vacation at his ranch?

    August 18, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. rick s.

    This is why people don't like Palin and people also liken bachmann to her. They both have nothing but put downs and negative commentary about the president, as if they would do any better. Bachmann especially sounds like some kind of cheerleader; she's got a big mouth but not an intellectually viable idea of her own as to how we can start to rebuild America. All that Palin and Bachmann have is the same old rhetoric we are tired of hearing and it would behoove CNN to stop reporting on all of the mudslinging that these two do. It isn't just them either. The same goes for santorum and perry and gingrich and cain...The only one who doesn't mudsling is Ron Paul and I'm glad Fox and CNN are listening to us. We are the voice and I personally think that the GOP better start backing Ron Paul because he is the only candidate who not only can change America for the better, but he is the only honest candidate and that is what is going to beat Obama. Anyone else and we are doomed as a country to repeat what we've been doing for the last 100 years.

    August 18, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Robbin

    The nerve were was she when congress went on vacation, these guys have a double standard. Ok for there kind to do the opposite. Ok for her to walk out as governor, right about now I'm fed up with this GOP crap. Sarah ,Slick Rick, Romney, and let's not forget Bachman they can stick it were the sun don't shine. All this bashing the president is terrible, wake up America no matter who u have in office this can't be fixed overnight.

    August 18, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. NoWay

    SilverHair was short and to the point

    August 18, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Conrack

    Me thinks that Ms. Palin should concentrate on getiing a command of the English language and learning to express herself so that she does not sound like a petulant eighth grader ,rather than critcizing everything the President does,or in this case what he will do (which by some omniscient power she seems to be able to forecast ahead of time).

    August 18, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. roccyraccoon

    The only credence this person deserves is her rendition of "Bad moon rising" by the CREDENCE clearwater revival. She is on the "sidelines". Let's hope she stays there. Better yet, go back to Alaska and shoot some endangered species. I can't understand why people think she could possibly be a viable candidate for president of the United States of America. The GOP has turned into a carnival of the worst of the worst in their party. The only person in the crowd worth voting for is Ron Paul.

    August 18, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. mav

    The nerve of her! To criticize our President for taking a vacation and saying she wouldn't. Well, that's because she would have quit along time ago. She is a vicious lying, and hateful person. Come on CNN, stop wasting your time on this idiot.

    August 18, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Jack

    Congress went on vacation for a month. Also, Presidents don't really take vacations. They're wired. He's working when he's not spending a few moments with his wife and kids.

    August 18, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. Greg

    At first she was entertaining, in the way that 3 year olds can be when they say what's on their mind.

    For a time, I thought she was dangerous, because we have a whole nation full of ignorant people that listen to people that think through things almost as well as 3 year olds do.

    Then I realized that she is very narcissistic, and really only cares about how she appears to herself.

    Finally I realize that she is one crazy, sick, annoying person. It's like watching a train wreck, except worse.

    August 18, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    "Sista Sarah The Airhead" said, President Obama should "Quit picking on other people like Rick Perry." She's got some nerve talking about someone "Picking on another". If it wasn't for the fact that Sarah Palin was so dumb, she would be stupid.

    August 18, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. cathstar

    Does this idiot know that George W. Bush spent 32% of his time in office on vacation? The only sitting president who took more vacation was Reagan. And Bush was too busy clearing brush at his Crawford ranch to pay any attention to the NSA reports warning of an imminent terrorist attack. And shortly after the attack, he shows up at Ground Zero with a bullhorn. Give me a break!!! He only gets full credit for invading Iraq and Afghanistan, destroying our economy and causing us a loss of worldwide respect. We should definitely revisit those "glory" days.

    August 18, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. optimistica

    Again – why are you covering this nitwit's comments? She remains the archetypal model of the "mean girl" and not a very clever one at that.

    August 18, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. patsylou

    Why does she even matter? She quit....what does that say about her character? Her words just fly through the air and no one catches them.

    August 18, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. heather

    Could not agree more with Palin. But then again, at least while good ole Barry is on vacation he won't be spending any more of our money. Funny how he loves to demonize the "rich", but then vacations in the Vineyard with all the horrible rich people. Such a hypocrite.

    August 18, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Mike

    Please someone, adjust this woman's medication. She just doesn't get it.

    August 18, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Tim

    Palin is sooo cool! Just think how much better USA would be right now if only Dems and poor people didn't belie in fiction.

    August 18, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. happyandmissy

    Yesterday CBS reported that so far Barack Obama has had 61 vacation days. At the same time in their terms, GW Bush had taken 180 days and Reagan had taken 112 days.

    August 18, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. heather

    And i honestly cannot believe there are people left in this country who still believe that electing Obama was a good idea. He will go down as the worst, most ineffectual president of all time. But of course it's not his fault, he just has no idea what the heck he's doing. Gotta love the first downgrade in US history, nice job Obama – well done. Maybe another wasteful stimulus will downgrade us even more. What a joke. Can't wait until he's gone and the adults are back in charge.

    August 18, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. zip

    Fetch me a beer, woman.

    August 18, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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