Palin, Axelrod weigh in on health care
March 23rd, 2012
07:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin, Axelrod weigh in on health care

(CNN) – The vice president called it a "BFD," so why no celebration of the health reform law's two year anniversary, Sarah Palin asked President Barack Obama in a Friday post to her Facebook account.

"Mr. President, you're conspicuously absent from the 2-year anniversary of your 'greatest accomplishment' (described by your VP as "a big f***ing deal")," the former Alaska governor wrote.

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She acknowledged conservative protests of the law and Supreme Court oral arguments on the law's constitutionality, which begin on Monday. Palin joins several GOP presidential hopefuls and the Republican National Committee in using the anniversary as a venue to criticize the president.

In contrast, however, the White House held no commemorative event, and the president's only appearance was for an unrelated event - announcing his nominee to lead the World Bank.

A top White House domestic policy adviser said on CNN's "The Situation Room" that the administration marked the event by publishing a "report celebrating what has happened and explaining to people what has happened so they can understand the benefits and actually get them."

"The president is focused on so many issues right now," Melody Barnes told CNN's "Wolf Blitzer," and won't publicly celebrate it.

Obama's re-election effort, however, sent an email to supporters asking for solidarity in favor of the law: "today, stand with me in saying, 'Hell yeah, I'm for Obamacare'."

And as for the "BFD" comment? When the president signed the law, Vice President Joe Biden turned to him and said, "This is a big f***king deal." The Obama campaign turned the quip into a slogan for t-shirts, and then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted "And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right…."

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Greg

    Sarah who? What's this Facebook thing?

    March 23, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. jboh

    Palin needs to go back to Alaska, sit on the permafrost, and wait to sink into it when it thaws. McCain deserved to lose for inflicting her on America.

    March 23, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Scott

    Honestly... who cares what Sarah Palin thinks anymore.

    March 23, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Mario

    Sarah Palin has a son with a pre exciting condition and if Romney win and repeals Obama Care that will hurt her son because she unemployed and she will NOT get insurance on him. At lest he has Medicaid to cover him.

    March 23, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. NotFooledByDistractions

    Palin obviously doesn't understand the legislation ..."death panels" – her opinion of it now means less than nothing to me.

    She probably thinks the chief of the supreme court is Diana Ross.

    March 23, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Jane

    As long as Ms. Palin, an ordinary citizen just like you or me, continues to spew her bile and ignorance in safe places like her blog, on Twitter, or Facebook like a cringing coward, I will give her the attention and consideration she deserves, which is NONE...

    March 23, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Ken

    Oh My!!! She shows up again- – more than she ever did as the half term governor of Alaska.
    She must be needing more money from her from those that she can dupe in order to live in the style to which she has become accustomed!!!

    March 23, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. Larry L

    I'd like to hear Sarah Palin comment on the right of insurance companies to refuse treatment of special needs children – especially those enduring long-term illness resulting from their condition. If they are required to offer service to these children how does she expect the companies to post a profit when often only the older population, or those with high risk family members, are motivated to buy health insurance?

    March 23, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Who is Sarah Palin? Wasn't she a reality show person or something?

    March 23, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. Wake up people

    I wish this woman would STFU! What an idiot!

    March 23, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Gfoos

    Who IS that? The picture I this someone of importance? Does she hold an office, or run some organization we should know about? Seems I've seen her face before, but it was SO long ago...

    March 23, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Gfoos

    Wait! I've got it! She was "Ms. Live Bait" in that fishing show I saw on cable a few nights ago. Pretty, but no one of substance...

    March 23, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Squigman

    It's hard to understand, how any person could be as full of themselves as Sarah must surely be. Also, why does the media follow this person, when said person is of no consequence to the happenings of the day, or for that matter to the future of the country. This person lost the political race, quit a political position, and authored a poor selling book. Any one else would be made fun of by the media, but our people of the fourth estate seem hell bent on keeping her front and center. We've had our look, smell, and fill of this moron. Could we just move down the road to better things? Isn't it time to turn the page? She can not be that sellable, that she's in the public eye every week.

    March 23, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Pedrons

    The health care law is the best thing to have happened in America today!!

    March 23, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. maf

    Where's the comment from Axelrod? Sarah just can't stay silent! Hasn't said too much since "Game Change" went on the air. The only defense she had was from before the release. Can it be so close to the truth that there isn't even grounds to sue anyone??? Surprisingly silent on that front!!

    March 23, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. poopmeister

    Damn right it's a BFD! The only problem is that reform to healthcare should have been done over 40 years ago. Having Obamacare will not neccessarily fix the inflated healthcare costs that have been crippling us. We let the private sector ruin us for healthcare, the United States will never recover if we let the insurance companies and drug companies continue on the path that they forged. With what we pay for healthcare ,we should have the best mortality rate and our stats should not be close to the bottom of the barrel. Palin was just reading her conservative cue cards for some added attention. Universal healthcare should have been inacted! That is why nobody's celebrating, it wasn't enough.

    March 23, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Dennis

    At this point it is more Roger Ailes' fault that that Bimbo annoys America than it is Mc Cain's fault.

    March 23, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. g arch

    sarah palin is an idiot

    March 23, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. Whatever

    One day CNN will realize that no one cares what S.P. thinks or says!!!! STOP reporting on her! Geez...

    March 23, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. A Southern Lady

    I was hoping that Palin had disappeared from the national scene. Her lack of intelligence and her nasty sharp,shrill voice makes most intelligent women cringe. However, I am sure if she sees an opportunity to "fleece the far-right religious flock" of more cash in contributions and book sales, she will stay in the picture as long as she can. I have always liked and admired John McKane but his intruduction of her to the American people will go down in history as the dumbest thing this smart man has ever done.

    March 23, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin has nothing of credible substance to offer to the health care debate. Her lies about the so called grandma's death panels is an example of her provacative rhetoric and propoganda.

    March 23, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. sodakhic

    Looks like Axelrod skipped out on the meeting before he made a fool out of himself.Where was Joe BFD Biden? Probably applying for his waiver from the colossal plan.

    March 23, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. roscoe

    Sarah, why are you so noticeably absent from office when, according to you, the country needs tea party leadership?

    You obviously care more about yourself and money than you do about your ideals. Stay in the talk show circuit or cartoons on Fox News.

    March 23, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. roscoe

    Sarah, why were not in attendance at Glenn Rice's place this week for the big March Madness party?

    March 23, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. Vitamin Party

    Isn't there real news to report on? I mean, who cares what this clown posts on her facebook?

    March 23, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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