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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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (364 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Do any of you really thinks he is on vacation? No matter where any President goes he is in constant contact with everything as if he is in the White House. The pressures of anyone in that position are great no matter what party you are a member. Hasn't the ex-governors 15 minutes of shame ended yet? Isn't she the one who walked away from the people who elected her governor? Good God people, if it wasn't for her looks she would be OUT of the news by now.

    August 18, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. MoeL

    LOL...everyone is talking about Bachmann's crazy picture...please everyone take another look at this Palin picture. Although, a picture is worth a million words...these two women, in my opinion, are totally crazy, both politically and everyday person.

    August 18, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Nounou

    That idiot Palin should start by taking care of her family before trying to criticize the President .
    She is a total waste and should go back to buying expensive clothes like she did during the last elections.Tha is all she id good for

    August 18, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. George

    (In tune with Rain, Rain Go Away)
    Sarah, Sarah...Go away...
    Don't come again another day
    Run for Prez...or shut you mouth

    August 18, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. Ann

    Sarah - Go Back to Alaska. Just like Mama Bush told you to go to.
    No one wants to hear, see you open your mouth. You are a QUITTER.
    Respect the POTUS., at least he is attempting to bring solutions it is just your Party of NO who wants the country to go down the tubes.

    August 18, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. roscoe

    As the grandmother of two grandchildren conceived out of wedlock, it might be more important for Sarah to spend time trying to keep her other children from becoming pregnant than talking about Obama.

    August 18, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. modestmous

    Too bad we dont consider another planet vacation. .if we did we'd suggest she go back to this planet and consider a permanent vacation. .

    August 18, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. BlackDynamite

    Look at the front page of the Politics Blog!
    I haven't seen that many washed-up losers since Hurricane Katrina!

    August 18, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. twalk

    Palin does not get that we don't care what a half term governor aka quitter has to say.. GWB took vacations at bad times I didn't hear the GOP (Grand Old Pompus) party then.

    August 18, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. troll hunter

    i'd rather he went on vacation than quit when the going got tough. ummm, can you think of someone who might do something like that to the people that elected them?

    August 18, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  11. Rick

    Obama went on vacation only unlike this disgusting woman who quit entirely to make money.

    August 18, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. Michael

    Obama's clueless and tone deaf. Only Sarah truly gets it. All hail the chief! In a couple of years, Barack will be relegated to a story in People about how he's issuing a new Fatah against the U.S. and calling on all fellow-Muslims to attack us.

    August 18, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  13. ahetch

    The president has been on vacation 61 days. GW by this time in his presidency had been 181 days on vacation. But then some would say that he had been on vacation for 8 years.

    August 18, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  14. peter

    Once again, Sarah Palin criticizes the president without offering a solution herself. So predictable. I wonder why she doesn't offer a solution to the president's alleged failure to spur growth... is it because she doesn't have any ideas in that thar head?

    August 18, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. David B.

    Caption for the photo: "This is what I think with."

    August 18, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  16. Danni

    Has someone pointed out the hidden IED yet? That would be the part where the White House mentioned that the savings from the Super Committee reductions are being spent already? Yes, the Super Committee that hasn't started to work yet.

    "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."

    August 18, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  17. Rebecca

    I seriously wish this woman could speak English properly.

    August 19, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. R Texas

    Sarah Palin is a bag of wind. Was she vetted when put on the ticket with McCain? Wake up America. Do you really think that the GOP/Tea Party care about the Poor or the Middle Class? Sarah Palin will not run for President.

    August 19, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. Reemo

    Palin's Strategy to Helping the Nation Recover

    1. Ride a big bus that gets 1 mile per gallon.

    2. Avoid difficult questions until the public assume's they've been answered properly.

    3. When in doubt, tweet.

    August 19, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  20. A Ross

    Presidential Vacation 'daze' (after 31 months in office) Obama-61: Bush-180: Reagan-112: Clinton-28. Interesting.
    ABC News

    August 19, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  21. J.V.hodgson

    This is absolutely ridiculous. She has absolutely no idea like the rest of us what this plan will ultimately say and already as far a she is concerned its dead in the water and wrong, it might just pay to read and listen first. We do not need her or any other Republican to assume and act as they have done since Obama was elected that whatever he does is wrong .Got it for gods sake.
    Hey Sarah, as far as we all know you are just a Republican voter at this time not a governor or elected official any more and I do believe you took some holidays from your busy schedule and at present the Congress is off on a 5 week break and more to the point is only in seesion 26/27 weeks a year. every President I know has taken a holiday and where, is nobodys concern other than him and his families!!
    Leave big mouth Perry alone? He responded to an interview question for gods sake, and very politely compared with the dirt coming out of Perry's mouth "Treasonous, re Bernanke," "secession , his own words," and other heinous lies re employment.Who is playing down and dirty?
    Concentrate on what matters.. err I thought all he said re his plan recently was that its main focus was Jobs and the economy which is more than can be said of her efforts or the 214 Bills House Republicans proposed none of which address Jobs or the economy.
    CNN you give this Lady undeserved air time. She's an ex governor ( not one full term) a failed VP candidate and historically they never come back to major political roles, especially President.

    August 19, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  22. palins mom

    Revenge is mine

    August 19, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  23. Joshua Ludd

    So, Ask caribou barbie how she felt about Bush, who set a new record for time spent on vacation.. who went on vacation as soon as he took office, and then after declaring war... TWICE. Then there was Katrina when he couldn't be bothered to come back to DC. Then ask her about her own recent "vacation" and how wise that was given the state of the economy and her bloviating and lecturing on it.

    August 19, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. Odlaniger

    Dear Sen. McCain: why?

    August 19, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Justin

    I don't get people who get on his case for taking a vacation. So uhhh.. what exactly CAN he do? Congress and the Senate are out till September 5th and you kinda need them to you know...actually do things in government.

    August 19, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
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