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. Phyllis G Williams

    "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5: 29)
    Fear God Who "is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10: 28)

    May 11, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. mabear87

    Sarah and Bristol: the current version of dumb and dumber.

    May 11, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. klemn

    Yes, Miss family values has now given her totally unwanted input. The media needs to stop covering anything the Palins say or do.

    May 11, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. learntoread

    And WHERE is Britsol's childs FATHER? Gimme a break....this chick got drunk in HS and had tons of sex which resulted in having a baby out of wedlock..and she NEVER graduated from HS...but she's weighing in on the idea of MARRIAGE? This is insane..INSANE... the Palins are completely NUTS.

    Hey Bristol–where's your HUSBAND ? Where's the kids FATHER ? How about your Mom cheating on your Dad?

    You blog therefore you are ? ( It's a philosophy reference should have stayed in school!)

    May 11, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. scmom

    She's too immature to make her assessment about a grown and extemely intellegent man. You can bet his daughters won't turn out like her and they are most definitely being raised with open minds and compassion. Who asked her anyway.

    May 11, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Oxbobend

    This little girl need to go to college, get and education, and learn to think before she opens her mouth. She is so much like her mother in that respect.

    May 11, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Ed

    Pretty face, empty head.

    May 11, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. dizzylucy

    I kind of feel sorry for her. She seems ignorant and uninformed, and that she doesn't see the hypocrisy in her statements vs her own life situation is pretty telling. And it's sad that as a parent herself, she doesn't think there's value to listening to your children and considering their perspective.

    The Palin kids grew up in a mother/father home, and the eldest haven't exactly been the model of conservative perfection. Bristol's own child isn't in her ideal family setting either. None of them should be throwing stones.
    In typical Palin family fashion, I'm sure she will now feel victimized by people disagreeing with her, and blame it on the media. I wish she'd step back and think for herself for a change, but it won't happen.

    May 11, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. john

    Please CNN, please, we are begging you, stop reporting on Bristol Palin.

    May 11, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Enough of ANY Palin

    you know, for a girl that had a child out of wedlock, is currently raising her son on her own, I hardly see you as the voice of reason for this topic.. and you had both parents made up of a man and woman ... so give us all a break and just go away.. no matter what gender makes up a parent team, they all make missteps a long the way.. look at the rate of divorce in America today – there is no committment as such – but who are you or anyone for that matter to tell another person how to live their life – especially with your history and current reality.. !!! We all have to answer to our God for our behavior – I wish people would remember the topic of Seperation of Church and State – it isn't any of your business – period – anymore than it is mine to judge you and your past or present behavior .. now just please go away!

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

    She should have followed the neocons advice and kept an asprin between her knees. Then she wouldn't be a single mother. Sarah, get your daughter some asperin. Tell her to keep one between her knees and one between her lips.

    May 11, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. More Tape Please

    Someone please tape her mouth shut. Please???

    May 11, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Stevel

    What change in policy? Obama said how he felt about an issue, he didn't change anything, nor can he.

    May 11, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. Billy, NYC

    " we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview." Then my questions are: What did your father teach you becoming a teen mom and the baby's daddy is no where around to raise the kid with you? If you really follow the Christian value as you and your family does, how come you have a child out of web-lock? Do as I say, NOT as I do ?! Palin, please go get a life and get some help to edcuate yourself about this changing world. Move Forward is the only way to go.

    May 11, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. AEK

    I'm sorry, I don't recognize this individual. Is she someone important?

    May 11, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. RKN

    If kids "do better growing up in a mother/ father home" does that mean she is (1) getting married (2) giving her kid up for adoption (3) admitting her home is bad for her kid?
    Why is this girl's opinion reported here? No one cares what she thinks.
    Go back to your trailer – you left the water running.

    May 11, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Kevin

    "we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home." No you think that and provide no evidence to back that up.

    May 11, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Mapa

    I just cannt imagine Bristol Palin who has no political background, no education no nothing and questionable mrals having the gall to question the President. Just because she is Sarah Palin's daughter does not give her the right to pass comments with the media whih is just as stupid jumping on it. It does nt matter who the President is, eepublican or Democrat.

    May 11, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Smart1988

    The fact she got pregnant at 17 has nothing to do with her family worldview values. Goals in life sometimes are challenges by unexpected events. At least she's taking responsibility and her family supports her. Besides she's got a point, and she IS a parent who is younger then the President and has more wisdom then he does...obviously!

    May 11, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Mateo Raspo

    CNN should have an "irony/ridiculousness" section so that they may place "stories" like this in that said section.

    May 11, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Stephanie

    " Too much Glee in Obama's decision" wow is she serious? And I would have to say there has obviously been too much" sixteen and pregnant" in her decisions. what an idiot! some times kids are the greatest teachers of tolerance and if she were a mature parent she would know that.

    May 11, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. Seriously????

    ARE YOU KIDDING???? The statement " that's not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage" is the dumbest thing I have heard. If this were the case, she as a female should not be speaking without the permission of her husband (oops... won't go there); Slavery should still be around, Witches should be burned...I could go on for weeks about all of the things that should still be in place if you use this moronic line of thinking.

    May 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. alleygator

    And Bristol Palin is qualified to preach to us why? Because she's an unwed mother who was a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars"?

    May 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Anthony

    There is too much 'Palin' in CNN's news coverage.

    May 11, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Zach

    Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    May 11, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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