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."

You can follow Kevin Bohn on Twitter @KevinBohnCNN.

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soundoff (364 Responses)
  1. Jay

    According to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, today's trip marks Mr. Bush's 149th visit to the presidential retreat. The planned three-day stay, during which the president is being joined by family and former and current aides, will bring his total time spent at Camp David to all or part of 487 days.

    Yes, that's 487 days. And Camp David is not even where the president has spent the most time when not at the White House: Knoller reports that Mr. Bush has made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford during his presidency, and spent all or part of 490 days there.

    Of course, that's a White House correspondent making the call, so what would he know, right?

    August 18, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. mangoz

    Once again...she flys over the cuckoo nest...lands and makes herself at home.

    August 18, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. columbus

    I agree, it's poor public relations when your espousing the extreme lack of functional government and the dire need for fixing a broken economy. But Sarah Palin!!!! The women who was so dedicated to helping the people of this country that she quit being a lawmaker less than half way into her term???????

    August 18, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. pprty

    You're a has-been Sarah – get used to it!

    August 18, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. sik

    Who really gives a crap what she says?

    August 18, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. jack johnson

    Palin at least he just went on vacation! He didn't quit. Why O Why would he sit in Washington when he can do nothing until the useless congress returns?

    August 18, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. nuser

    Please just go away, what is it you think you know?

    August 18, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. w l jones

    Except one all the way to the bank! Smile.

    August 18, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Tom

    Not one word of what she would do. As for Martha's Vineyard, maybe Obama can talk to some of the money makers and get some good ideas unlike Palin who, under the circumstances, would head for the hills and lock and load. Criticise, criticise but not one word of policy. One hell of a candidate. She's ready to lead, you betcha.

    August 18, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Buddy

    As always, she's quick to criticize, but offers no solutions. Palin's turning into a Paris Hilton: self-absorbed and vapid, famous for just being famous. Shoo fly, shoo! Isn't there a reality TV show you should be on?

    August 18, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. the_dude

    It's laughable the only response from the Obama drones is that Palin is an idiot or stupid. If he would only do the slightest bit to help the middle-class Obama would have so many supporters he wouldn't know what to do with them all.

    August 18, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Vynn

    Oh, that's funny....Hi Kevin Bohn! My name is Kevin Rohm.

    I guess the Republicans want us to think that the stimulus was meant ONLY to create jobs. Not entirely true. The bulk of that stimulus went to saving existing jobs....millions of teachers,police officers and firemen were spared layoffs, and the total destruction of those local governments saved from the chaos that would have otherwise ensued. In spite of the majority going to saving jobs, the stimulus succeeded in creating more than a million jobs, which stemmed the hemorage long enough for the economy and job market to recover. We still need more stimulus, especially with another recession looming on our immediate future. Seriously...people who spout such ignorance hoping the masses will smoke it don't deserve the jobs they're applying for. I think we're seeing the end of the Republican party. I'm sure a new fiscally conservative party will rise out of its ashes that perhaps has a more "libertarian" lean to it to replace the obsolete.

    August 18, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. Rocket Scientist

    When we want to discourage something (e.g., cigarette smoking or gas-guzzling cars) we tax the hell out of it. So naturally, when Obama wants to shrink the economy, he taxes the hell out of certain "lucky" citizens. Works like a champ!

    August 18, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Rocket Scientist

    When we want to discourage something (e.g., cigarette smoking or gas-guzzling cars) we tax the heck out of it. So naturally, when Obama wants to shrink the economy, he taxes the heck out of certain "lucky" citizens. Works like a champ!

    August 18, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. Jay

    Palin isn't running, just like Donald Trump isn't running. As soon as she admits that, her claim to fame is over and she can go back to Alaska and hybernate. The real shame of is all is; the tea baggers allowed this nitwit to make over $20 Million and she is on a cake walk for life as a result of it. She supported Christine O'Donnell [whom said; "It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can't masturbate without lust." } in her run for the Senate and also Michelle Bachmann [ Whom said; "If we took away the minimum wage - if conceivably it was gone - we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level." Michele Bachmann, Jan. 2005]
    ... a submissive from the state of Minnesota. Count them..... three losers.

    August 18, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Amazing

    Did she take a vacation with her family as governor? This is a non-issue and irrelevant.

    August 18, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Robert

    What a pinhead... the women of this country must be P/Oed by all the blithering idiots representing their sex.

    August 18, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. John Ellis

    When is the last time Sarah Palin actually had a job, a job she performed as required by the terms of her employment? Obama isn't the hired help who doesn't get any time off. His predecessor spent one year and three months on vacation, but he also was on vacation in his head most of the time he was in the White House. Since Palin is not even someone with a job, hard to know why she's being quoted.

    August 18, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. Justin

    It's nice to know most of the people here are rational & have commen sence. There is always that speacial few who feel important when they recieve a messege from thier queen. Teapublicans are hypocrites period. Remember when Bush spent a third of his presidency on vacation? Or better yet he was in crawford texas on vacation just prior to 911? Where was the anger & disgust when that happened? Or where was the anger & disgust when Bush pulled his little stunt operation Iraqi freedom? Where was the tea party then? Oh i remember creating the problems that Obama is dealing with now. I could go on & on about the hypocrite teapublicans but thankfully alot of people beat me to it.

    August 18, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Peter

    Where is that guy who posted that only Democrats who blame? Palin just keeps blaming and blaming. Oh, and speaking of vacations......I believe that Ms. Palin resigned her Governor position without finishing a single term and then took some time off.
    She's not a lot of nerve.

    August 18, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. 63381

    I agree with Robbin. If GOP would devote more time to coming up with solutions instead of worrying about who's going to win office next time maybe the world would not be at the break of a recession, again. All this petty non sense bickering back and fourth really needs to stop. Perry really should stop imitating the Bushes, have some originality about yourself. Sarah sit down please. You couldn't even handle being governor and yet you continue to run your mouth about Obama. You've made your name known and got your money. Try coming up with solutions rather than conflicts. Who is Slick Rick, really? You sound like a rapper. That's not fitting for a political profile. Bachman you are afraid to standup for what you believe in. No matter how wrong others may feel about it. That's not Presidential qualifications. I question why your running.

    August 18, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Tea 4-2

    What's not to love...she's our gal.... soon she will throw her lipstick in the ring!
    Can't wait....Run Sarah Run
    Obama is yesterdays newpapers. We just can't take much more of that guy. Spend Spend Spend
    our hard earned money, as if he has not a care in the world.
    Yep...Pelosi slid him under the wire and did not vet the guy. Now we all will see it bust open soon.
    He sure spends our money to cover himself.... 24/7 just like magic.
    Willing to still vet obama, but it seems he is the untouchable one!

    August 18, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Edward

    Since Sarah was born an air head, so she will always be on permanent vacation. She and others like her should grow some dignity and try to work with Mr. Obama. US Democracy demands and requires compromise from all of us to evolve. She is all show for a buck. Empty wagons make a lot of noise. Mr. Obama is a decent and hard working American. Mr. Obama keep your head up and excuse ignorance people such as Sarah. She has to pay her bills some way. Mr. Obama enjoy your family, friends and try to rest your mind. There are many well intended Americans waiting to work together for the good of all Americans.

    August 18, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. Ron

    I do not understand why the media is still listening to this idiot !!!!!!

    August 18, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. HBnino

    She truly is one of the best comedians out there.
    Let's enroll her in "America's Got Talent" or the "X Factor".
    She might make it to the their finals?

    August 18, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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