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. Edit like a 5th Grader!

    Why in the world is this on CNN? Your damaging your credibility as a trusting new organization when you print articles like this! Please edit your stories like Adults and stop with the 5th Grade "News Letter" content. You can do better!

    May 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Jack

    When Barack Obamas' daughter's get pregnant out of wedlock, Bristol Palin should speak, otherwise she needs to keep her mouth shut. Bristol Palin needs to read the good book (unedited version) from the beginning to the end to see what it says about getting knocked up out of wedlock, etc.

    May 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Just because women wanted equal rights, was that a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about women? Men were responsible for hunting, and women raised the children and picked berries for thousands of years. Actually, if women were never recognized as equals, and that meant that Sarah Palin never became "Sarah Palin", that might actually be a sacrifice I'd be willing to make.

    May 11, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. grumpyolddragon

    I'm gonna applaud CNN for including this. Everyone knows she's a hypocrite for suggesting a child have a mother and a father when she had a baby out of wedlock and ol Levi didn't stick around. She's digging her own grave and CNN is helping her. lol

    May 11, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Anita Hooey

    oh, and I also heard that Bristol Palin is only for heterosexuals having children out of wedlock...hmmm

    May 11, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Layla

    Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, this IS still a Christian nation and MOST of us are not going to be voting for you. Good Job, Bristol. Brave girl.

    May 11, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Anita Hooey

    This from the poster queen of unwed teen pregnancies....I could go on and on

    May 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. keeth

    The irony of a parenting lesson from this little one, bemoaning the lack of a mother AND a father for each child. Her child's half-sibling is going to named after a gun (so says the daddy!). Perhaps Bristol needs to focus on her own family before telling others what to do with theirs (oh, wait, she's a conservative, and that's what they do, tell others how to live while allowing their own lives to fall apart).

    May 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Enitan

    I can not believe this out of wedlock high school 17 old trash has the gull to talk about the President of the United States.

    Getting ready to have another one out of wedlock? Who will be the baby daddy this time?

    May 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Kyle

    i would rather here the opinion of young girl who has made correct decisions in her own life over Bristol Palin.

    May 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. jurby

    Bristol, Bristol, Bristol... you truly are closed-minded, just like your mother, aren't you? and for someone who preaches about abstinence yet is a teen mother yourself, you certainly are one to talk about morals and family values, aren't you? not... grow up Bristol.

    May 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Bristol is incorrect on so many points. In fact, recent studies have shown same sex couples offer some advantages to children, and they are certainly not worse off than children with opposite sex parents. She also makes some major leap in talking about thousands of years of thinking on marriage... maybe she is referring to folks with multiple wives? Since that is a "marriage" way of thinking that seems have been more common "thousands of years ago" Anyway, she is just an average teen who has a platform. Go to school, get some life experience, read some real studies, then get back to us.

    May 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Megan

    There is so much wrong with this, I want to bang my head on a desk.

    First... if we didn't change "thousands of years of thinking about marriage" her parents would have forced her to marry her moronic baby daddy, and she never would have had the option of divorce.

    Second... I hope she's not holding herself up as an example of how kids do "better in a mother/father home". I'm sure most parents aspire to have their children become unwed high school dropout teenage mothers.

    Does doing better in a mother/father home mean that we should outlaw divorce? Take kids away from single moms? Not allow people to be artificially inseminated unless they're married? I would think only one parent would be worse than two stable, loving parents even if they happen to be the same sex. But apparently not.

    Clearly she is the best person to be giving people advice on what is best when raising children. She was raised so well herself.

    May 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Expects higher quality discourse and comment

    It is extremely discouraging to see serious space given to this woman's opinion on national issues. If you must give space to her opinions, please do it on the social or school page.......not that she is in school;.

    May 11, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. j

    I agree with Bristol; but I do think that "civil unions" should be made law, not "marriage". I have several friends, who are gay, and I know that a "civil union" would be just fine with them. That would make it possible to share in the financial responsiblities and be able to make choices about the health of their partner.
    "Marriage" is sacrid, to me; but a "civil union" makes a lot of sense.

    May 11, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. guy

    What's next? A new TV show with the "voices of reason" on women's issues starring Bristol Palin, Casey Anthony and the tanning Mom!
    A round table format where insightful and current family challenges are solved by today's fresh female personalities.

    May 11, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. me

    Bristol Palin proves that there is someone dumber than Sarah Palin... the skank, who was knocked up at 16 is now giving advise to the President of the United States? Seriously? Why doesn't this moron focus more on relationships and raising her child, rather than suggesting that two people who actually love each other not to get married. Shut up trash... if it weren't for your idiot of a mother, you would be knee deep in dirty diapers in some low end trailer park in the backwoods of Alaska...

    May 11, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. BigSir

    I just hope Bristol Palin keeps taking birth control and that CNN does not continue to amplify her blog.

    May 11, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Yes, marriage HASN'T changed for thousands of years. Women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites and divorce is still illegal.

    This is ridiculous.

    May 11, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. HollyW

    Can someone PLEASE tell me why anything Bristol Palin might have to say about anything would be newsworthy?

    May 11, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Brad Bonessi

    Bristol...Please keep your thoughts to yourself ..AND
    have have no reason to judge anyone on moral issues..Do you even know what a condom is?

    May 11, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. mjinmd

    I can't believe the audacity of this spoiled brat. She is worse than her mother, who evidently taught her well to be disrespectful of the President of the United States. Just who does she think she is?

    May 11, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Anne

    If Bristol Palin thinks children need a mother and a father, I think the state of Alaska should take her child from her and give him to his dad. That way, he can have a healthy childhood, with Levi, Levi's new girlfriend, and his future baby sister Beretta Handgun instead of being deprived in a single mother household.

    May 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. What the Heck

    Read what the President said. He did not consult his daughters. He said it occured to him that they have freinds who have parents who are of the same sex. It is no different than if a family member had a son or daughter who was gay it may change a person's perspective on gay people. The Palin's always try to skew what was really said to their perspective.

    May 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Hawkeye321

    This "White Trash Quote of the Day" is brought to you by Waste Management Corp.

    May 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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