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.

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soundoff (1,038 Responses)

    It's amazing that whatever our President does, there is always a palin to make such a nonsense comment. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. She needs to get a life and keep quiet or just go away.

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

    I wonder what kind of education this girl has – she does not appear to be very smart.

    May 11, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  3. gdouglaso

    ...I do not think history will be able to look back at the archives of CNN and figure out who these figures were that shaped contemporary news...Lohan, Palin Jr., Tanning Bed Mom, Limbaugh, etc. It would seem that 3/4 of the stories are there for sensationalist purposes with little thought as to whether such opinions should merit the airwaves.

    For out upcoming political series:
    Next up on the political podium to express his views. Five year old Jimmy Smith. We put him on because he is cute.
    After that it will be Samantha Chan. We put her on because she had 27 children.
    Closing will be Arthur Johnson. We put him on because he ran the mile in under 4 minutes.

    May 11, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. First Stone

    So how's that daddy thing working out for YOUR kid, Bristol?

    May 11, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Vader

    Pot... meet kettle...

    May 11, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. Satan

    I hope none of you take offense to poor Bristol. She is a product of her mother and father.... and that wonderful tool... television. Her norms are very skewed from your mainstream "virgin until married" ethics!

    May 11, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Steven Colo

    Hey, Bristol, when Obama makes a comment on teens getting pregnant outside of wedlock, we might be interested in your thoughts, such as they are. Or on being privileged and not having to fight your way through life.

    May 11, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  8. Satan

    ...but... just don't listen to poor little Bristol. There is nothing behind the curtain!

    May 11, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. herpaderp

    Do the opposite of whatever Bristol Palin endorses, guaranteed re-election.

    May 11, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  10. Steven B

    What a hypocrite, I mean like she should the first to be making any kind of comments. I am sure she will be proud to be wearing white some day at the altar. Though she should be dressed in scarlet!

    May 11, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  11. ElmerGantry

    Why is CNN lowering it's journalistic standards to that of FAUX News?

    Could it be that CNN is chasing the FAUX business model of seperating $$$ from the Joe SixPack followers of FAUX.

    May 11, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. Steven B

    Live in a glass house there Bristol so better stay away from the windows.

    May 11, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. a934222

    CNN, how is this news at all?
    this is an unmarried, knocked up young girl, that somehow is trying to teach us about moral values and character.
    All the Palin's should go back to their hole in the ground.

    May 11, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  14. vatoloke

    Why does the "Apple/Tree" thing come to mind here? Priceless, coming from the valuesless[sic].

    May 11, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  15. Steven B

    Exactly Laura518, I agree totally.

    May 11, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  16. Kay

    First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage.

    May 11, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  17. tiger

    Once again I would like to thank John McCain for bringing these
    people into our lives. They make me feel so much better about myself.

    May 11, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  18. Thomas

    And we should care what Bristol says, why?

    May 11, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  19. Brian

    I thought Obama said kids were off limits right? So why does he constantly bring up his daughters? Do as I say not as I do is the libber mantra and it is sickening because every single libber would love to control free speech. Hence their hatred for anyone with an opposing view such as Ms. Palin right here or their undying desire for Net and Air Wave Neutrality. They can't take criticism because their is something inherently wrong with their mental state so they look to squash opposing views. How sad that they have the label "liberals" when in reality they are completely opposite of that term.

    May 11, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  20. Kodes100

    We are listening to this person – WHY????

    May 11, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  21. Michael

    CNN if you are going to report this nobody for her opinion on marriage then why not get Linsey L. for her opinion on the bailout ????

    May 11, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  22. ssprince1

    It's ironic that the girl who got pregnant as a teenager and promoted that people shouldn't have sex at all unless they want a baby, is the girl who is giving advice to our president! I hope she realizes that her child does not spend a lot of time with his dad because they are living separate lives. Hypocrisy at it's best. Education, education, education.

    May 11, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  23. Chris P

    When you are pressed into the Kool Aid by parents like her's it doesn't exactly foster independent thought. I hope she finds herself in all of this mess some day and can actually form and speculate about her own opinions.

    May 11, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  24. Jim McDowell

    Really CNN... Do you have to stoop to this level. Think of you headline "Bristol Palin takes On Obama" that in its self is an absurd statement. What impact will the tweet tweet tweet of this kid have against the President of the United States.

    May 11, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. Dawn

    This is too funny. The last time I checked she was an unwed mother.
    "Kids do better with a mother and a father", so honey watch out.
    The fact that you got pregnant out of wedlock shows that having Sarah and Todd around surely did not help your
    choices. You honestly need to shut up.
    You are not credible to speak.

    May 11, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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