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. Just Chillin

    I think people are missing the point of the argument. It's all in the word "marriage" that has a religous backing to it. A "marriage" which is recognized by a religous organization and it's deity is between one man, one women and God. Civil Unions which are recognized by the laws of man should be between any legal adult citizen. Straight couplse who go to the court house are getting civil unioins. The wedding ceremony is all tied into the religous marriage. To force a religous organization to go against it's beleifs is wrong and interference of the state on the church, when the church is not physically harming anyone. If a church does not want to do a wedding ceremony that is their right as a private religous organization. The law of the land is to protect peoples right to be able to choose to share bank accounts, deeds to homes and vehicles ect. Just change the word choice and the forceing people to go against their doctrine and the problem will be solved.

    May 11, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. lsself

    Not the most logical young woman. Bristol Palin justifies treating same-sex couples differently because "we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview." Bristol Palin, the single, never-been-married mother, is admitting she, too, is an unfit parent and the law could treat her as such. This is dangerous thinking and is history repeating itself. In the 1940's when my grandparents split up, the state, viewing single mothers as inherently unfit, came and took five of her children and placed them in an orphanage. I thought republicans wanted to keep government out of your lives?

    May 11, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. millerb

    well did she ever consider that kids do better off being raised by 2 parents (regardless of sex) versus being raised by a single mom or that kids do better being raised by an adult versus a teen mom? she really should take a look at her own life before she starts spouting off on what is best for anyone else.

    May 11, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. CC in Vermont

    This is hardly news and a waste of time and space. Further Palin should look inward. If she follows the Bible so closely she AND her mother would be stoned to death for having had children out of wedlock. Hypocrits both

    May 11, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Louis in Wisc.

    Who cares 1 little bit what this useless no brain teenage girl who couldn't keep her legs crossed has to say about anything??? She is about as relavent as her no brain Mom ( I guess it runs in the family) so I want to know why CNN prints anything she says at all like this is real news.

    May 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. Turtle52

    Who really cares what Bristol Palin has to say? Did her parents discuss premarital sex and the possibility of pregnancy
    with her? How much time does her child's father spend with their child? CCN just why is anything Bristol Palin says news worthy??

    May 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. reel american

    It would have only been better if Bill Clintion followed with a speech on family values

    May 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  8. Marco Rubio

    Bristol Palin offers absolutely zero to the world. Literally nothing. If she would go ahead and do a Playboy pictorial or appear in some porn, then she would at least be doing something positive with her existence. But speaking in public – um, no.

    May 11, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. Reb

    Let me get this right,,, A mother that shoots moose from helicopters and a daughter that having kids out of wedlock is the family spokesman for morality. WOW! CNN should be ashamed. No wonder your ratings are in the tank.

    May 11, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. gadzooks

    hmm, what Bristol Palin thinks. Let's see, oh yea, who cares!

    May 11, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. Catherine

    Does ANYONE really care about what she has to say? KIds do better in father/mother households? Well, she better stop blogging and get moving on that for HER son's sake. Do we not all learn from our children? She's young and doesn't realize that yet. Obama's children showed him his bias and he learned from that. It's called evolving. There has been 1000's of years of slavery, stoning of women who had sex outside of marriage, etc. Good thing people have evolved or Bristol wouldn't have been able to express and opinion.

    May 11, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. David

    I wonder what bristol Palin thinks about Mitt Romney and the Mormon church that only abandoned polygamy 130 years ago. Oh wait... I don't really care what she thinks.

    May 11, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Big Al

    Hooray for Bristol!
    Hooray for Bristol!

    America loves Bristol Palin and we listen to you. Your mother is the only one that can save us from evil and all the bad in the world. Your book was #1. One of the best books I have ever read. You Bristol will one day lead our country and I hope I'm around to see it. I hope all Americans will continue to support you and send you money to continue your crusade.

    May 11, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. NK

    Oh my!! Look at this lady talking family values. I thought she grew up in a mother and father home, how come she became a teenage mother at 18? Oh My! she is simply suffering from verbal diarrhea!!!

    May 11, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. Chad S

    Comments on family values from an unwed single teen mom that spends more time in the public spotlight and on reality TV shows than with her kid! Love it!!

    May 11, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. reel american

    You Liberals dont get it yes Bristol has made some mistakes but she asked for forgiveness from her Lord and Savior and repented which is what Gays and Lesbians need to do That is why it is so refreshing to Have someone like Mitt Romney who is not afraid to speak out and on this his position has never changed he even had the courage to embarass and humiliate these sinners when he was in high school ROMNEY 2012

    May 11, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. 2xbamm

    Spoken like a true "Baby's Momma"... IJS

    May 11, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. woodofpine

    If anyone was 'sitting on the fence' about the propriety of Obama's decision, Bristol Palin ought to help persuade. Her scholastic, social, and moral accomplishments pretty well position her as a great 'do the opposite' indicator.

    May 11, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  19. Will

    Please.... An unmarried mother from a "failed" "moral" family is expressing her morality she has no credit... Didn't she have sex out side of marriage??? had a child being unmarried??? and she want to spew bible morality... Again let me say lets's make changes to the marriage law.... separate "marriage" and the government rights of marriage and make "marriage" a religious ceremony and "Unions" for the government rights a two part for couples.... effectively separating church and state!!!

    May 11, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Ngo

    Someone tell me again why this girl has a platform?

    May 11, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. MBA

    he probably consulted them on all other matters he has screwed up on. can't wait for nov.

    May 11, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  22. ReasonableXX

    I love listening to stupid people try to rationalize their bigotry. Bristol's parents failed her. She is barely a highschool graduate with a history of highly questionable decisions already at her young age. Not that every kid her age doesn't make some bad decisions but they also don't voice their ill informed opinions in a national public forum.

    May 11, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  23. Adam

    A reasonable argument

    May 11, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. Al Rider

    Did Palin's talk about sex before marriage or having children before marriage? Did her father shape her view or her mother shape it? I liked as the other guy mention, bring Kardashian for Foreign Policy...

    May 11, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. MBA

    i think her picture is lovely. her hair is straight and her tan is not overdone.

    May 11, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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