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. Nick

    ...."that's not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage"...

    We fear change. Repeal civil rights. Repeal the 19th amendment.

    May 11, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Boo

    Norm – noooooooo....I think Bristol Palin hit herself on the head.

    May 11, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. TimSul

    This is a story I would expect to find on Fox.

    May 11, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. ptown

    And we should listen to her why?

    May 11, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Zokus

    Bristol Palin missed the boat on glee, but she was living Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant before it was pop culture

    May 11, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. shoshanah

    The Palin Family is too self absorbed with THEIR OWN importance! I do NOT CARE what any of the Palin Family thinks.
    We wouldn't even know who they are if John McCain hadn't brought this family to the forefront.
    Ms. Palin needs to get a REAL JOB and raise her child the way she feels is best and STOP trying to tell others how to live their lives. BRISTOL......................TAKE THE BEAM out of YOUR OWN EYE before you attempt to remove the SPECK from another person's eye!

    May 11, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. mbcoh

    To quote my teenage daughter, "Really CNN?! Really?!"

    May 11, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. HorizonLLM

    LOL hit the nail on the head. To what? She's not altering political votes, she's just a chatty young "adult" trying to make an early path for herself in the media for an entertainment/political future. Not to mention her Momanager.

    May 11, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Really?

    Palin arrogance at its best!

    May 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Edith Jones

    You got to be kidding!!!!!! A high school drop out that got rich for doing nothing in life have the audacity to said that the President gets his clues from his daughters. If you really knew what you are talking about, the President's daughters have very limited viewing of television. The First Lady and the Grandma monitored what the girls watched. What Bristol needs to do is to concentrate on her family and not make anyone statement until she get well inform.

    May 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. brit lass

    as my name says, im from england, dont have a lot to do with goverment, but what i do think is, the President is thinking on the right lines. The children are the next voters and i believe that he is talking sense, why shouldnt you have the right to marry the person you love. Happy peolpe make happy voters

    May 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Anthony

    Yep. THIS is exactly what we need to read. From the advocate who is pro teenage pregnancy and against abstinence. Wait, I think I may have that turned around. Oh well – who cares. Really CNN – WHO CARES?

    May 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Ol' Yeller

    Ahhhh... I look into my crystal ball and I see story in the near future where Sarah attacks anyone in the media or politics who responds to this attack by her daughter... It will then be Bristol who is the victim.
    How many times do we have to play this scenario out?
    Like the photo though... it isn't often you see a young lady with the esteem to have her double chin exposed for all the world to see.

    May 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. SarahP

    I am proud of my teen Mom. We spent months teaching her how to attract teen boys to knock her up. Did you know Tripp is hers too? Yes, she had 3 teen babies in high school. Pubic assistance here she comes! Goin rogue with the babies!

    May 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Georgia Tee

    Like mother, like daughter, clowns one and all...

    May 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Jules

    Geez, really, this person is suppose to have insight on marriage of any kind? Is she still practicing abstinence? Come on, Bristol, give the scoop on how people who want to get married before raising a family are just terrible because htey are gay or lesbian. She is just another person who doesn't understand what civil rights really mean.

    May 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Unknown

    She is a high school dropout, so how can she attack high schoolers when she didn't even finish it?

    May 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. newz4i

    This is sad to read coming from Ms. Palin: "While it's great to listen to your kids' ideas, there's also a time when dads simply need to be dads ..." ... when she does not allow visitation for her kid's dad.

    May 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. An old Man

    I think that Bristol Represents what I wrong with hetrosexual marrage. When 40 percent of babies are living in single parent families maybe we need to do more to encourage young hetrosexual couples to marry. If we believe that marrage is important, then we need to put our money where are mouth is.

    May 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Imran

    She said that children grow better when both father and mother are present in the picture. Now my question to her is does this mean that her own child will suffer or will not be raised as well as other kids because the father is absent from the picture. Now she can come back and say that the father visits and take care of duties or the grandparents are fulfilling the duties of the father. Both of these arguments could be true and are definately valid, but are also applicable in same-sex couples. Grandparents or the missing birth parent can have fulfill those duties quite easily while not living in the same household.

    May 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. David in Houston

    I'm getting really close to passing on CNN for my news these days...

    May 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. PotD

    Yes, it's a very scary thought that Obama based his policy on what his daughters said. American people never voted his daughters into office. Just imaging what if his daughters want to push the Nuke button for fun ...

    May 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Charles

    Spoiler Alert: – CNN has provided more coverage of the Palin family than I think any other new agency or network. For those who are lost in the moment and not able to step back I will provide a clue – It is because their reader / viewer's goes absolutely ape over it. It is like those chicken jerky treats (aka Crack for dogs) their consumers become piranhas.

    As to this article – Posting Bristol's views are no more different than their iReporter segments. I do not see such rabid frothing at the mouth over those posts – often from equally well educated participants – nor is their educational level required for participation in discussions. Only those who like to pat themselves on the back resort to that. Bristol is entitled to her opinion – you will notice that this article is not submitted by her nor fully quotes her – it is a summary / report on what she wrote. If she wrote any of it, regardless of your opinion of her views, it is better than 90% of the submissions in response which give us snapshots of the commenter's on critical thinking.
    Quit being hypocrites who have to lash out at someone (never in person mind you) before your day can be good..

    May 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Ol' Yeller

    Norm, you got that backwards... Bristol didn't hit the nail on the head, she got nailed in the head (actually I think it was a tent, but I'm sure she's been nailed in a bathroom, too).

    May 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. bluedogboy

    Unlike Ms.Palin, I guarantee Malia and Sasha will go to college, get post-graduate degrees, get good jobs, get married and have children.

    That's the difference between an Obama and a Palin.

    May 11, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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