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. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Palin is criticizing the president for taking a vacation??? It is absolutely offensive that these republicans criticize Obama for a vacation once in a while, when Bush spent 30% of his presidency at his Texas ranch. If they truly wanted to cut spending, they should be asking Bush to pay 30% of his salary back to the taxpayers. These modern day neo-con fanatics feel they are the elite and have a distinct double standard when it comes to their elected officials and their wealthy contributors vs. the average working American.

    August 19, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  2. neil

    Why not go on vacation why the working class are losing jobs and their homes?

    August 19, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. Kelly

    (As of August 17, 2011) "So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

    Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days."

    August 19, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. Russ

    The sooner she gets in, the sooner she can be written off. Come on Sarah, jump in.

    August 19, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  5. Tonyl

    Ronald Reagan and both the Bush's, took more vacations until this point in their presidency then Obama so far. Only Bill Clinton took a whole lot less then all, including Obama. Clinton only took 28 days at this point in his presidency. But we all know why Bill liked staying in the whitehouse working alone in the oval office with the interns. He was busy working on the lewenski project.

    August 19, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  6. Lenny Pincus

    Another dominionist whose sole intention is life is to replace the Constitution with the Bible. Interesting to see Blitzer and Cafferty finally wake up to the fact.

    August 19, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  7. josh

    she quit her job and she is on vacation for 2-3 she is telling other people how to do their jobs??? really???

    August 19, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  8. Patrick

    Her speeches sound so much more impressive in their original German.

    August 19, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  9. Mdub3000

    The only people interested in what this person has to say is the media. Stop putting a microphone in her face and she will go away.

    August 19, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  10. Lawrence

    Where did the term South White House come from? Bush took an average of 109 days per year. That is over 15 weeks of vacation. Comparing Obama to Bush there 61vacation Obama days to 180 vacation Bush days to 112 Reagan vacation days.

    August 19, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  11. Brad

    I seem to remember President Bush and President Clinton (and members of congress) taking plenty of vacations the prior 16 years of the presidency, so I'm not sure why Obama should be held to a different standard. As several others have stated, the president is in constant communication with his advisors. All men and women who aspire to the presidency are power hungry and have enormous egos, but the suggestion that they don't work hard is ridiculous.

    It's interesting that many of the people who slam Obama's economic policies are the same ones that were begging for bail outs a few years ago. It's easy for people or businesses to advocate for "small government" when things are going well for them, but the minute things turn rocky, they want an immediate fix from the government. Why don't we tell GM or Chrysler or Wall Street "just kidding guys, we want every penny back."? Wouldn't that really be capitalism at it's finest? Survival of the fittest?

    And lost in all of our talk about debt and Obama's "disasterous" financial policies, are the costs of President Bush's war in Iraq. Would we be any less safe if our country hadn't sacrificed thousands of lives and billions of dollars in Iraq? What if we had focused on Afganistan, killed Bin Laden 5 years ago, kept the respect of the world community (that acknowledged our right to deal with the Taliban & Al Quaeda after they declared war on us)? Yes, Afganistan might have still been the quagmire it is now, but maybe not. And then maybe our debt would be smaller and more improtantly, thousands of families wouldn't be mourning their sons and daughters. And then the country may have well elected another republican president to follow Bush. At least then all of this Tea Party BS could be aimed at one of their own...

    August 19, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  12. tallfeather

    palin has bachmann-eyes too...

    August 19, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  13. willard

    I was really surpised that secarty duncan said no good about school
    In texas well I said mocked to secarty duncan that chicago school have problems with drugs. Kids make learned gangster for drugs at dangerous chicago

    August 19, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  14. Bill

    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    August 19, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  15. willard

    I'm belived that presdient obama like play game for 3 year scause. He have problems with his job

    August 19, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. Ellen in CA

    Sarah has been earning a very good living for three years. A large part of that income was earned for bashing a Christian–President Obama. Day after day she makes sure her words go out to her many followers. She purports to be a Christian, however I see NO evidence of that. Why? Because true Christians do not devote their lives to bashing one another for money! She will be judged for every word as we all will. Most people who spend their lives bashing, or trying to destroy the work of others, do not pretend to be Christians. In my book those who hate others and say they are Christians are really just hypocrites!

    August 19, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  17. macallen23

    This from a woman who uses her PAC money to take her family on a luxury bus vacation to important historical locations, only to botch the story behind said locations. Anyone who is giving money to Sarah Palin(still not a candidate) needs to be slapped around some

    August 19, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  18. Intermountain Mediation Center

    Dear Sarah,

    I have never been the leader of the free world and I suspect never will be. But after 49 years of life this is what I have come to think:

    You need that down time, you need to have a place to go and think. If all you are doing is trying to catch up and ultimately win–whatever that is– you will most likely miss the point of what the universe is trying to whisper to you. If you want to see a person and what they stand for you have to understand what it is they are doing when no one is watching them. Hard to do, but for yourself.Perhaps that’s why there is a Camp David. Perhaps that’s why Lincoln had a cottage that he would ride to about 3 miles North of Washington, D.C. As he rode to that Victorian cottage to find refuge, he would have undoubtedly seen the scores of Union troops encamped for a cause he believed deeply in, a cause to which thousands were dying and would continue to die. Quietly, and by himself, and away from the confusion of the White House he drew up the plans of how to unite a divided country, mourn the death of his son Willie, and dream up the Emancipation Proclamation. He understood the necessity of space and just being there.

    So if President Obama wants to go to Martha's Vineyard to unwind and actually think before he decides matters of great importance why don't you take a deep breath, go for a walk and allow him to do that without any reservations from you. By the way, MV is a great place to get away and think. You may want to try it. Todd Gardner

    August 19, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  19. Johnny B. Goode

    I think Sister Sarah's able to be on a life-long vacation because of the money given to her by people who have been fooled by her. What a racket!!!!!

    August 19, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  20. CaliforniaBC

    Yeah, maybe someone needs to tell Palin that when she is capable of completing ONE FULL term in an office she is elected to THEN and ONLY then can she criticize someone else.

    August 19, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  21. Good/Bad

    But its not tone deaf for congress to go on their vacation. You know the people who actually are responsible for writing the bill that the president would ultimately have to sign for it to actually do ANYTHING.

    August 19, 2011 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  22. Len

    I often wonder how long it's been since this woman got laid.

    August 19, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  23. peter liebisch

    she deserves a vacation .too . recommend :some isolated island in Alaska with no power or cell .
    problem : they don't want her neither, because she screwed them around, already.
    i,m Canadian , and i'm so sick of her, her voice, her hair,her face and mainly her disrespectful behavior.
    poor america, the world is just wondering, why she think's she is on the same level with Obama, honestly.
    if she would be Canadian , she could be a hockey coach.........,not really!
    coaches have much more class then this individual.
    sarah, just go away, far away very far and don't ever come back,even we're are sick of you, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  24. Dee

    Palin is the last one to talk about the President taking a vacation when she quit as Governor of Alaska. She spends her time criticizing the President but never comes up with any solutions on how she would fix the economy the same is to be said about the other candidates. Whever the President goes he is equipped with the White House on Air Force one or the new bus.
    How convenient Sarah Palin or the other candidates are not saying anything about this new bus. I wonder why?

    The President is on call all the time and has taken less time off then bush they need to ckeck the records he has the right to spend quality time with his wife and children. Whether you like him or not he is a human being and the body needs rest and some down time. Mitt Romney is in Martha' Vineyard but yet he can criticize the President for being there this is so sad.

    August 19, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  25. logic in LA

    Maybe the President should take a page out of Plains lead and tell Americans out of work to hire a publicist and make a living for being nothing. Write books, spout off your mouth with no facts behind what you say or maybe exploit your kids- Bristol seems to be doing well for an unwed mother that has no real celebrity except for being a daughter.
    They have both made millions- how many people have they hired with that tax savings they said the wealthy deserve to stimulate jobs?

    August 19, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
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