May 10th, 2012
02:44 PM ET
11 years ago

Bristol Palin: Too much 'Glee' in Obama decision

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's endorsement Wednesday of same-sex marriage didn't please Bristol Palin. The daughter of former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to her blog Thursday to slam the president for taking political cues from his two daughters, who she suggested were watching too much television.

In an ABC News interview, Obama explained how his family helped influence his "evolution" on the issue of marriage, saying his daughters Malia and Sasha have "friends whose parents are same-sex couples."

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"It wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently," Obama said. "And frankly that's the kind of thing that prompts a change of perspective - not wanting to somehow explain to your child why somebody should be treated differently when it comes to the eyes of the law."

Palin, in her blog post, expressed a different view.

"While it's great to listen to your kids' ideas, there's also a time when dads simply need to be dads," wrote Palin.

She continued, "In this case, it would've been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that's not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview."

Palin bemoaned the fact that Republican women running for office are sometimes quizzed on the role their families will play in their governing, but that Obama isn't pressed on acknowledging the impact his children make in his decision-making.

"So let me get this straight – it's a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it's a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?" Palin wondered.

The decision to back same-sex marriage was a missed opportunity for Obama, Palin wrote.

"In this case, it would've been nice if the President would've been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee," Palin wrote, referencing the popular television show about high schoolers.

Filed under: Bristol Palin • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (1,038 Responses)
  1. unreal

    Unbelievable that someone who had a child out of wedlock comments on morals. Where were her parents when she made the decisions she made. It is 2012, you should take a look in the mirror before you judge others.

    May 11, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  2. linell ela, Winter Park, FL

    This is laughable. I am incredulous that you continue to give people the coverage they do not deserve. Shame on CNN from reporter roulette to the 30 second answer round you are becoming nothing but frivolous infotainment.

    May 11, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  3. Evangenital

    Why do we give ink to this woman?

    McCain: You don't want to own this, but it is YOUR fault to have unleashed this family on America. Not only do we have to her the noise the mother makes but now this one too?

    May 11, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  4. jim

    bristol palin commenting on family values and "what's right"? and what credentials does she have that would make her an expert at ... well ... anything, actually? while we're at it, why don't we get an expert on the sanctity of marriage to say a few words. someone like ...oh, i dunno ... rush limbaugh maybe. yeah, he's been married multiple times, i'm sure he's got a few words to say on what's right.

    May 11, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. ToldUso

    By that reasoning we shouldn't have changed thousands of years of thinking that the earth was flat.

    May 11, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  6. lcleejr

    why does the media even give attention to the palin family. is this media's way of giving us something to laugh at.

    May 11, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  7. BamabBoo

    fernace, obama and biden didnt stand up for anything they said a few things to get votes and those of you that think bristols opinion doesnt matter....then why are you reading this...I can care less one why or the other but....her values may not be spotless but atleast she has some....some.

    May 11, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  8. Dawn

    Maybe she should keep her mouth and legs closed. Her morality is extremely quesionable.

    May 11, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  9. Mark

    Who cares what Bristol Palin says? She irrelevent - just like her mother.

    May 11, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. Hello from MI

    I am appalled that CNN bothers to even listen to an un-wed teenage mother about her opinion on family values, how to raise kids and a kid who has not even bothered completing college but wants to hit it big on teh talk radio circuit

    No wonder folks say (and they are correct to a great extent) that media in our country is the biggest problem. Let's give the air waves to people who deserve it rather than to anyone who demands it.

    May 11, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. Anderson in NH

    Nothing like an irrelevant comment from a failed non celebrity

    May 11, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. Alfuc

    Are you serious, the President has the audacity not to consult with Bristol Palin about this issue? This is totally unacceptable for President Obama to make this mistake.

    May 11, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. MC2323

    So, she's fair game now? When she's criticized, we don't have to listen to Palin apologists saying "LEEEEEAVE THE POOR WOMAN'S CHILDREN OUT OF THIS, PLEEEEEEEEASE!!!"? Now that she's inserted herself into the story?

    May 11, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. PuzzledInPeoria

    When did CNN turn into the National Enquirer?

    May 11, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  15. Gary

    And here is the problem we have with media...
    This young female of no particular fame or talent, other being the daughter of a failed nominee for VP of the United States is able to use media outlets to express her opinion mainly to gain a certain amount of notoriety to keep her face in the public eye. All for the almighty $$$...

    May 11, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  16. Matt

    Since the media has been throwing parties the last few days in celebration of Obama's announcement, it is highly unlikely that we'll see the other side's story presented in a fair and accurate way. This article is somewhat of a start but we still have a ways to go.

    May 11, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. gary

    Oh look....Another Palin who still thinks her opinion is relevant.

    May 11, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  18. nicotoscani

    The GALL!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable. This little hillbilly skank is telling others how to live.

    May 11, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  19. Married father from NC

    Bristol Palin's comments epitomize the hypocrisy of the right! She makes money teaching others about pre-marital sex, then uses her celebrity to try to shame same-sex households. When she was 16, she didn't know when to keep her legs shut, now she doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut.

    The Palins have made a fortune telling everyone else how to behave, while their own dysfunction is public spectacle. CNN, this should be in the entertainment section.

    May 11, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  20. Montanagal

    Typical right-winger hypocritical "family values" response from a family who obviously doesn't live their "values"! Bristol Palin has a lot of nerve saying the Obama girls watch too much television when she herself benefited from appearing on two reality shows; talking about mother/father homes when she herself is raising a child as an unwed mother. These people just can't relinquish their 5 minutes of fame (infamy).

    May 11, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  21. Satan

    Seems that the pro "rights-for-the-different" crowd are very adept at arguing the morals of the person rather than the morals of the topic. Face it! As long as society values the opposite sex, the norm will be against "same-sex" relationships. When society loses the value of the opposite sex, "same-sex" relationships will begin to rise. Sexual preference is the result of programming, not genetics. I am a behavioralist, and my job is to change the way an individual feels and emotes about stimulus. I can make you like or dislike anything.......Just look around at my work!

    May 11, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  22. W.G.

    Well SHE`S one to be talking about morals ! She has none or those of an alley cat .
    I guess her Grizzly Mom was hybernating or to busy out on the campaign road to
    keep Bristol and her boyfriend from doing "The Wild Thing in her Bedroom !

    May 11, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  23. AreYouForReal?!

    How is having one single mother better than two married fathers? Explain that to me?

    May 11, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  24. Tony

    I blame McCain for unleashing the whole Palin clan on us.

    May 11, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  25. Rick

    Let me get this straight...she, the unwed teenage mom, is giving advice on family vlaues? What am I missing?

    May 11, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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