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."

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

"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. juniorbarnes

    Watch out Dems and Obama....... the GOP is pulling out the bug guns this election year! Nobody gave to spits about what this kids Mom had to say, does she think ANYONE besides her Mom cares what she has to say? I guess the nut-job apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. All the Palin women need to zip their mouths and contact Larry Flint..... The proper response to the Presidents stance on gay marriage is to simply say "we are glad that he has finally seen the light and now agrees with a large amount of Americans", period. To try and critique him or find faults shows how weak and feeble the GOP is and further supports that they have nothing else of national importance to base a campaign on. I'm not thrilled with Obama and feel he's fallen short on his promises from 2007, but if this is the best the GOP can do, he's getting 4 more years.

    May 11, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Randomdude21

    Bristol Palin doesn't want to change "thousands of years of thinking about marriage"? So I assume, with her background, that she is a fan of the bible's views on marriage. I think it speaks volumes that she is so dedicated to these views on marriage, that she would sacrifice any chance of getting married herself to prevent gay marriage. After all if we are sticking with "thousands of years of thinking about marriage" and the bible on this one, Bristol is clearly not allowed to be married.

    As we all know Bristol is not a virgin, and thus according to Deuteronomy 22:20 and 22:21 she should be stoned if she attempts to get married. The bible is pretty clear on this one, only virgin women have the right to be married. There are of course some exceptions, such as a woman who has been raped may marry the rapist, if he pays her father 50 sheckles (Deuteronomy 22:29), but I've never heard Bristol claimed she was raped. How sad for her child to never have a father since Bristol isn't a candidate for marriage.

    May 11, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Jim

    Why does this women even have a platform to speak? Who is she that has an illegimate child? What gives her the right to speak. Shut her up.

    May 11, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Informed

    And this is newsworthy because???

    May 11, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. TM

    Who is this child and why should we care about her opinion? Tell us again Bristol about how well you listened to your parents when it came to abstinence? Hyprocrisy has a name, and that name is Palin.

    May 11, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Norm

    Bristol Palin hit the nail right on the head.

    May 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Tex71

    Here's a person who tried to charge Washington University $20,000 to lecture college students about abstinence (!) when she had neither attended college nor practiced abstinence.
    Now this younger version of the Thing from Wasilla lectures the President of the USA on public policy. Worse, she seems to expect to be taken seriously!
    There truly is no limit to the shamelessness of some people.

    May 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Sam P

    Great, this was one person I really wanted to hear from and now my dream has been fulfilled. What a start to my day. I can't wait for Bristol to talk next about using teen pregnancy to mint money.

    May 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Obama 2012

    CNN quit posting comments from this idiotic family. Now she's a political pundit.....a high school drop out is giving advice to the President. The dysfunctional Palin family could take a cue from the First Family. Maybe then one day Bristol can explain to her kid why he doen't have a father. BTW, are we to believe the high school drop out actually wrote this?

    May 11, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Al

    It really amazes me that Bristol Palin, a young woman who had a child in her teens and out of wedlock, thinks she has the moral authority on marriage.

    May 11, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Abe

    Yahoo, what makes this garbage NEWS !!? Our news media that consider junk like this to be worthy of print is certainly contributing to our intellectual decline !!

    May 11, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Cam Spurgeon

    This is truly awful. CNN is to blame for giving such a nothing ticker space to spread her hateful stuff around. Go make some more money off your Mother and fix your face some more .UGH!

    May 11, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Loretta

    She's a great one to talk about values or telling us that children do better with father/mother(where's Levi). How would she know how much TV the girls watch is she there. Frankly am tired of her mouth.

    May 11, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Mike

    This is coming from the poster child of teenage unwed pregnancies.......

    May 11, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. juniorbarnes

    You know, if you really analyze her comments, she's not bashing the President.... what's she's really doing is calling out her own mother and father publicly for the horrific job they did raising her. Had they been good parents, she wouldn’t be a miserable waste of a life at such a young age. I’d still tap that though…..

    May 11, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. simp

    Really CNN? Is this the best you can come up with? an unwed high school dropout's opinion on what and how the President should address his daughter's? Really? This trick needs to shut the heck up and stay in the background. I cannot believe that CNN put this in this blog, pahtetic

    May 11, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Namryan

    The aspirin didn't work for her...

    May 11, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Putting this piece at the top of your news items,is want is wrong with today's media. What Bristol Palin thinks is simply not newsworthy. In fact, you put too many insignificant stories about unknown politicos making some asinine comments. Please get serious. No wonder my college age children tell me they turn to Jon Stewart and Colbert for their news.

    May 11, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Bill

    CNN is now TMZ. This is about as an important story as a frog jumpig contest.

    May 11, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Charles

    Hey! Bristol! O.K.! I guess you won't respond! However I'll ask my question anyway anyway!

    How much "Glee" was there in the Palin household when Mom & Dad Plain found out that their teenaged, unmarried daughter was pregnant? Opps! Sorry! They were wrought with joy, eh? How nice and understanding that is! What a bunch of hypocrites you are! A little free advise, as if you ever accepted any, "People living in glass house shouldn't throw stones!" Now .. go get lost and look after that child of yours!

    May 11, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Anonymous

    hmmmm....I wonder how much of Levi's role as a parent is shaping her son.

    May 11, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Weezie

    The very last person i would want advice or comment from is the younger twerp from Alaska. She's just like her mother too much mouth and not enough brains. How dare she even mention the President's children. Look at her and her sister??? She, like her mother, is the last person to give out parental advice. Maybe she should go back to Alaska, and watch Russia from the porch.

    May 11, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Evan

    Wow now we get sermons on morals by teenage single mothers that don't know how to get another second of TV time?

    May 11, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. badcyclist

    Bristol Palin, who is living La Vida Jerry Springer (and may be angling to star in the Wasilla version of Jersey Shore), ought to count to two and try to think for one of those two seconds before she criticizes other people's life choices.

    I would suggest she count to ten, but she doesn't seem ready for advanced arithmetic.

    May 11, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. JFK

    Has Bristol earned a GED yet? She needs to focus on her family and their educational challenges and leave the punditry to the "adults". Happy Mothers Day Bristol.

    May 11, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42