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. JJ

    Speaking of tone deaf, scientists have verified that Sarah Palin's voice is very effective at causing severe distress in teenagers and dislodging them from areas where they congregate and back to class.

    August 18, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. sickofpoliticalgames

    Palin has got to Go!!! Everyone needs a vacation. Our econonmy was in a mess way before Obama and why can't the ultrarich pay more taxes. We the people are sick of it.

    August 18, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. BillInLA

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

    Bush was working. He was clearing shrubs. I saw the picture. He at least wasn't doing any harm while he was clearing shrubs, so maybe you should lay off.

    August 18, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. BillInLA

    My last comment is awaiting moderation. I wrote that Bush was clearing shrubs on his vacation and was doing no harm.

    Omigod, get the censors.

    August 18, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Robrob

    "continuing with his vacation because of economic problems facing the country" – – Wonder how she felt about Bush taking a record number of vacations while 1) the economy tanked and 2) while at war? Or is it just another case of IOKIYR?

    August 18, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, I am sure the QUITTER governor who has done nothing but spew random bits of words for the past 3 years (while getting paid quite handsomely for it) can fairly criticize the responsibilities, time management practices, and use of WORKING vacations of others...
    (and this goes to the left too: Obama and Bush Jr. both WORKED throughout their vacations. The difference is that instead of 12 hour workdays that the President of the United States works, frequently including weekends,it is maybe only 6 during these 'vacations' )

    August 18, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Tina Stockton

    Caribou Barbie could not stand any vetting...her record is piss-poor. We all need vacation time away from the daily grinds and the President is no different. At least he has not quit his job mid-stream, gone to do reality shows (where she had a double do the grunt work) and purple prose to pad her checking account.

    August 18, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. GinBR

    Palin is like a blood sucking flea or tick. They serve no other purpose but to annoy, bite, and carry disease and filth. Everytime she opens her vile and stupid mouth, toxic fumes come out. The GOP is to blame for unleashing this curse on the American people.

    August 18, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Chel

    Palin needs to slam herself for even trying. She needs to give it up.

    August 18, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Liz the First

    But HER president literally spent one third of his time in office on vacation. i guess it's ok when repugs do it. I guess she and the other repugs would rather Obama dropped dead at his desk from stress rather than take a few days off from the HARDEST JOB IN THE WORLD!!! i don't know about these kooks, but i want a well-rested, clear-headed man at the head of the free world, thank you very much!

    August 18, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. jimbo

    Why is Palin the quiter still being writen about? Dummies are still thinking that she can lead when in fact all she could lead is a herd of lemmings.

    August 18, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Laurie

    The person who walked off the job as governor of her state is telling someone else what they should be doing with regard to their job – please!

    August 18, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Carrie

    Do you think we could convince the Tea Baggers to stay on vacation permanently? I'd be okay if they raised my taxes to fund it.

    August 18, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Dj Rhyme

    The "Silent Majority" with in this great nation will decide 2012.

    August 18, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. sqeptiq

    I guess the people of Martha's Vineyard aren't "American" enough for her. He should buy a "ranch" and cut brush instead.

    August 18, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. Puppett Master

    Oh, she is meandering around the county aimlessly with her bus that WAS MADE IN CANADA. and she has the nerve to question a sitting President for going on Vacation, after THE QUITTER!! quit her constituents. She has some NERVE!!

    August 18, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. LMC

    Did Palin complain about George W. and all of his vacations at the ranch? A president is never realy on vacation. Palin and most Tea Party people and Republicans fail to remember that it took 20 years and a lot of spending to pull the US out of the Depression. In the end, it was actually WW II that pulled the country the rest of the way out of the Depression. Somehow these people think that if taxes are cut, especially for the wealthy, they will be so happy they will respond by producing lots of jobs. It has never happened that way in the past and it won't happen now.

    August 18, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. dave richman

    I'm a conservative Republican, and hope to see our federal government return to the boundaries of the constitution, but Palin is a deep embarrassment to America. Of course the President can go ride a bike with his kids. No president is ever more than a step away from the responsibilities of the toughest job on earth. The idea that he is not working while there is ridiculous.

    August 18, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. sqeptiq

    Bush took 225 days of vacation in the first 31 months of his presidency. Obama has taken 70. But when did reality have any hold on Sarah?

    August 18, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. MoeL

    Please someone save America from these Teahags/Republicans, they will be the ruin of America. The GOP/Teabags are not wanted in America, their hatred, backward views/lies, inciting violence, religious bible thumping, hatered of middle class/poor people is not accepted in this country, at least not by me. What they are trying to do to our President Obama...yea, you all know it, make him fail, is treason.

    August 18, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. David

    Obama is "tone deaf"? There's the pot calling the kettle black. So to speak.

    August 18, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Sharon

    NVa is showing his/her narrow interpretation of statements. The reason folks do not like hearing the President is on vacation is it looks like there is not enough focus and caring going on, no matter how well he works while on vacation. It is how it looks, and believe me, any boss would be seen as that if there were a crisis, especially when there has not been enough work being done in DC at the White House. Visibility at their home base has always been one of the key items needed by any leader. Of course he is working hard, but some folks may not see it that way and it is all in how it is perceived.

    August 18, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. ks

    So Sarah you've been on vaca since high school. She is triing to get back the spot light that now has gove over to Michelle Bachmann's camp. Every pres needs to go on vaca after a few days, congress plays all kinds of games anyway.

    August 18, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. FedUp

    Obama is on vacation, but at least he's going to finish his term as President. More than I can say for the Quitta from Wasilla! This woman revels in her stupidity and inflicts it upon the rest of the world.

    August 18, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. Bob

    If Obama has a plan to put everyone back to work and blames Republicans in the house for going against his ideas, then why didn't he do this when the Democrats had full control of the house?????????????????

    August 18, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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