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)
  1. dave oldread

    mom e=mailed her that statement and had her post it, since the gop told her to be quiet this time and you'll get a job down the road.

    May 11, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Rush

    When I have questions about Family Values, I always take the advice of a teen mom from Alaska whom has had multiple plastic surgeries.

    She knows what's real.

    May 11, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Satan

    Yes, Bristol, you should not criticize the president for taking the advice of children to run the world! That is not acceptable to most posters here, and life should be according to posters! Yes posters... Do tell!

    May 11, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Roger Amodio Jr.

    Why are we still talking about the Palins? Please please please go away.

    May 11, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Richard in Atlanta

    Is she for real? She had her child out of wedlock, never married the babies father, who I understand just fathered another child. So let me get this straight, her family values are supposed to trump those of the Obama family or that of loving gay couple .........First...Bristol, those that live in glass houses should not throw stones. Second...leave us all alone and work on your warped family values.

    May 11, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Morgan

    What a hoot, this ho giving her opinion on marrigae ,an instituion she has avoided despite being a mother!!

    May 11, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Noelle

    So what would you have the POTUS tell his children about fornification, and teen pregnancy?? What happened to separation of church and state? Laws should include every citizen. Why do you care that a woman could love another woman, or a man could love another man? Does it make you feel "gay"? Most people that do not agree with gay marriages are homophobes, and it has nothing to do with the bible or the constitution but their own deep seated hate for anything that they don't perceive as normal. I feel sorry for your lovechild. Born out of wedlock with no father. you should be more concern with that.

    May 11, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. Cathy Zaidlicz

    Bristol, really? Are you kidding me? Shame on me for actually even reading this article.

    May 11, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. ssprince1

    I hope she realizes that when they wrote the Bible, only men were allowed to write because women were suppressed, raped and abused and they thought the world was flat.....good thing we don't think what people thought the world was shaped thousands of years ago, like they thought about marriage! Education, education, education.

    May 11, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. Be Sane

    President Barack Obama's endorsement Wednesday of same-sex marriage didn't please Bristol Palin.
    WOW! I bet this will keep our President up nights! Bristol, go away.

    May 11, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. OldieTampaBay

    I don't know who is sicker or more ridiculous here .. CNN for posting such drivel or Ms Palin.

    May 11, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. GreenWoman

    The hypocrisy is stunning.

    May 11, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. NVa Native

    At this point little Missy Palin needs to understand that although she (like her mother) feels she has some right to dictate how other people live, how'd that work out the last time telling people to abstain from sex when you were not?

    This GOP culture of arrogance and ignorance blended with bigotry starts way to young – and unlike being gay it’s not something they are born with.

    May 11, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. ShenShen

    She has half a point about the way society views politicians' relationships with their family based on gender, but everything else she said is hilariously wrong. "One too many episodes of Glee?" That's classic.

    May 11, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  15. Ronald

    BWHAHAHAHA!!!! This is the same person that had sex out of marriage the resulted in a child and she wants to talk about morals...she would have been stoned thousands of years ago..... Two consenting adults that want to get married raising a family have that every right...... At least they will have better morals than the Palins thats for sure...btw hows that mother/father thing going because obviously they taught you great morals huh.....classic.

    May 11, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  16. Angela

    So Bristol just where is your "till death do us part" heterosexual marriage? Bristol, you need to be out there championing for more restrictive divorce laws.

    May 11, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. Russ in Md

    Man you liberal hate successfull conservative women. It would be comical if it wasn't so pathetic.

    May 11, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. david

    Who the hell is this girl who become mother - having illicit relationship at under age - and who was promoted to do that by a mother who is talking about family values. Stop this nonsence to fool ordinary disciplined americans, they know better what the value is. This family is one who looted tax payer money in the name sympathy asking ordinary people and their tax money.

    May 11, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  19. Abberly

    Who cares what this teen mom thinks. Her morals certainly flew out the window.

    May 11, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  20. Nathan

    If this don't beat all. This woman has a child out of wedlock at 17. Her child is raised in a one parent family and she says that the Presdient should have told his daughters that children are better off in two parent households. You can't make this stuff up. This after living in hollywood with two men making a reality show. Only in America.

    May 11, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. Ashely From Ohio

    Please go back to Dancing with the Stars, Bristol. Your political opinions are not relevant.

    May 11, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  22. ALKP

    Really? Bristol Palin? Is CNN that desperate? wow!

    May 11, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. Dave, CA

    "Doctor Strangelove"- your "thousands of years of tradition" is disingenuous. Over those "thousands" of years marriage has changed drastically from what it used to be and continues to evolve. Care to take on the factual subject of the 50% divorce rate among straight couples? I'm sure that is a MUCH larger and REAL threat to marriage, but by all means lets continue treating a segment of the population as inferior, second-class citizens (and ignore their civil rights under the constitution and take their taxes) since pathetic people like you need to feel superior.

    May 11, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. Faber McMullen

    Why are we interested in what a High School educated unwed mother has to say about anything. Give us a break. This young person has no reason to clutter any of the places we get news. Come on CNN....enough already.

    May 11, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  25. Doc_Hollywood

    Really? Taking on Obama? Here's a woman who had a baby out of wedlock and is now an expert on morals? They say the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, and this woman shows that to be true. She's just like her mom, she'll open her mouth and say anything to get in the news. It doesn't have to be true, and it doesn't have to be accurate. It just has to make that squeeky, radical right noise that draws the nuts out.

    May 11, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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