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. !ST SGT

    Please read this (Genesis ch.9 v.20-27) so you will know your position.

    May 11, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. N. Shapiro

    Bristol Who?

    May 11, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. ben

    Bristol Palin needs to read the Bible when it comes to her own sins. What she did wit Levi outside of marriage is a sin also.

    May 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. ShawnDH

    Why do these right-wing weirdos always dive so deeply into hyperbole to try and defend their backwards positions? Bristol says gay marriage "could effect the entire nation."

    HOW? I have never received an answer to HOW. Gay marriage doesn't affect anybody but gay people and their families, and all it does is uphold the American values of LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. Bristol Palin is not affected by gay marriage. Neither are you. Stop lying and hurting people's lives with your bigotry. It's wrong.

    May 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. John

    Bristol who?

    May 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Tom

    There are 700 million people on facebook – most of whom write more thoughtful and intelligent posts than this idiot. Next time, choose some other person's status update to put on The Ticker.

    May 11, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. John

    Who Is Bristol Palin anyway, The Only thing she done Is have a kid out of wedlock. And she got a mother that don't know what she taking about 90% of the time. And both of them do Is Complain and Lie and are the biggest Hypocrite In America. And the Last thing Is that anything that Bristol Palin said Is not News. You News People should just get off this hole Family because NONE of them are news. John McCain bring the Palin Family on to America was the worst thing that ever happen to America,and lost him Election. They all need to go back from where they came from and never show there dumb face again.

    May 11, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. 15 minutes are up

    Honestly, just because your mother's ideology is stuck in the 15th century, doesn't mean that it's correct.

    May 11, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Newton

    Is this what the GOP has come to? Using the giant intellect of Bristol Palin to challenge Obama?? Good Grief !!!

    May 11, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. julie

    this coming from a knocked up teen with no daddy for her baby trying to tell the PRESIDENT how to raise kids
    unfreaken bad her parents did not tell her about sex MAYBE she wouldn't be a teen mama


    May 11, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    How'd her marriage to Levi work out? Oh that's right. Bless her heart, she needs to stick with things she knows about, which pretty much limits it to grifting.

    May 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Bubba

    How about she gets a husband before she pretends to be an expert on marriage? It's like Ozzie giving us his views on sobriety.

    May 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Cheryl Jefferies

    It's odd how when it's a Dem, people say, "Private lives are their own business." But, let a Republican, or a Republican's child say anything, and it becomes fine to hit them on their private lives, their private mistakes. Get off it. She's right. Obama needs to lead. And, if he feels he needs to turn to his children for advice, no wonder we're in such trouble economically. As Mitt said, "It's STILL the economy. And, we're...NOT...stupid!" Get off this manufactured issue and get on with the real problems in this nation...THE ECONOMY!

    May 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. retphxfire

    Really...this child's statement is worth reporting over other events happpening in the world? WOW!!!! All you have done is give Letterman and Leno their opening.

    May 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. WMoonFox

    Bristol is as narcissistic as her mother, and her opinions should be given just as much weight. Go post dissenting opinion in her blog comments and see how long they stay there. She (more likely a paid associate) aggressively polices her blog so that only a tiny fraction of the most vitriolic dissenters (also likely paid associates) get to have their say, conveniently justifying her persecution complex and everything she does based on that personality trait.

    Stop caring what she says, and maybe she will fade away... just like her mother.

    May 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Bubba

    "Yahoo, what makes this garbage NEWS !!?" What makes you think this is Yahoo?

    May 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. G. Fowler

    I'm so glad that the poster child for the single-unwed-teenage-mother-babies-having-babies movement decided to enlighten all of us with her thoughts on the subject of same-sex marriage. If her own romantic relationships should serve as an example to the rest of us, then we should all be scared to death. To be frank, her limited life experiences don't qualify her to offer advice on much of anything. Do we really want to listen to someone who wasn't even smart enough to use birth control? I know same- sex couples who have been together for thirty years, and I've known straight couples who married on a Monday and were separated and on the way to divorce by Friday. Isn't it the love and devotion to one another that should be celebrated and recognized by marriage, more so than the people entering into it?

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

    Read the headline, not the article. Wondering why this is even in the headlines?

    May 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Lurker

    I agree with most of the people's comments on here – why the heck ANYONE should listen to this pathetic person, whose mother was a running joke. Why people think she should even get one second in the media spotlight is just frustrating. How many daughters out there pop out kids, drop out, and then try to judge others when you fail-boated in High school? Seriously, stop giving this trash media coverage. There are real hardworking people out there who have 50 times more intellect and integrity that this joke.

    May 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Jay

    Oh Great! She has pre-marital sex, gets knocked up and she wants to cast stones. She needs to go back to high school and then college. She can't live off her Mommy's $$ forever! Talking about being a hypocrite!!

    May 11, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. christopher ryan cook

    why do people with closed minds always open their mouths. Bristol needs to pick up a history book and realize that blacks and women had to boycott, protest and sit-in to achieve equal rights. The LGBT community is simply another group that will have to assert itself, if it wants equal rights that other Americans enjoy. I applaud Obama for taking a stand in an election year. I'm sure some people who take the "Holy Bible" literally, will not be able to bring themselves to vote for Obama.

    May 11, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. LD

    I am so ashamed of myself for reading this article. We all should be.

    May 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Eddie The Barber

    Why is this little twerp unwed mother mentioned in the same sentence as the president of the US? In her and her mother's world, pre-marital sex is wrong and sinful – no? If she doesn't like the idea of same sex marriage then she doesn't have to engage in it.

    May 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. coy4one

    Being the daughter of a politician does not make you an authority. This article should never have been written unless CNN is going to interview the thoughts of all non-politicians...

    May 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Wasatcher

    You have a lot of nerve to be criticizing ANYBODY! Go back under your rock in Alaska and take your mother with you!

    May 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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