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. calvin

    Who really cares what BrIstol Annoyance thinks, says? Too Much EXPOSURE of the Palin clan

    May 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Rob

    CNN, why are you posting this?

    May 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Grazgirl

    I find it funny that Bristol is continually bashed for being an unwed mother and is not worth of anything like her family is always portrayed. What family does not have some dysfunction. Take a look at the celebrities he just had a 15 million dollar fund raiser with. But no one says anything about these guys. Does it mean if you have talent and are pretty you are entitled to speak out more then Bristol. I think she articulated her opinion very well. Look to Obama's own f amily life and political experience and tell me he has the qualifications compared to others. Its all in the perspective. People should look up voting records, policy views etc to formulate your opinion, no matter what side of the aisle you sit on.

    May 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Jefferson Davis

    Shame on you, CNN. You are a disgrace to journalism. Of all the important issues that should be addressed, you chose this waste?

    May 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Alberta

    Bristol, no one cares about your opinion!!! You are NOT a shining example of all that's right in America!!!

    May 11, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. bppack

    clearly she takes after her mom – she either hasn't mastered logical thinking or is just plain dishonest. what a dope. stick to telling teenage girls not to have premarital sex like you did.don't you have something more important to do – like planning your next plastic surgery?

    May 11, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Palin = Ignorance

    Another Palin that should just shut up and keep her ignorace at home. Slavery was also ok for thousands of years until as a society we recognized it as being wrong and finally did the right thing to stop it from happening. Just because something has been done for a thousand years, doesnt make it ok. Inequality is not ok no matter how you look at it. It shows how narrow minded views and ignorance can be spread in narrow minded ignorant families.

    May 11, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. springthecat

    And how, exactly, does gay marriage affect your likfe one iota, child? Your intolerance speaks only to your religious background.Maybe you should concentrate more on the tenets of love, kindness and sharing instead of hate and maliciousness so prevalent in these attacks on gays or anyone else.

    May 11, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Jupiter

    Bristol Palin and Co.– Truly, sadly pathetic. I look so forward to the day-hopefully sooner than later, when we stop hearing anything from the Palin family, including, by extension, news of the various spawn of Levi-could anything be more boring and inconsequestial!?!?

    May 11, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Michael

    Why would you or anyone care what an ingnoramus has to say? After suffering with your giving credence to the opinions of the "mother of all morons" you subject this country to the opinion of an idiot? Why not ask the question to someone who actually matters to an informed voter

    May 11, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Howard

    I think this piece - message and messenger - is the best representation of what animates the opposition to Barack Obama : an extraordinary mixture of total stupidity and shameless hypocrisy. You have to see it to believe it.

    May 11, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Anonymous

    This is news CNN? Keep up the stellar work.

    May 11, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. LLib

    Just how much did her mom pay CNN to do this article? Gosh she looks BAD! For her age bad skin and run down. If I were her and her mom, I would duck the media.

    May 11, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. You Betcha

    Bristol is like the yippy little dog in your neighbor's backyard.

    May 11, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Bigereads

    Bristol is only posting what she knows about. Her mother got knocked up before marriage, she got knocked up before marriage and her brother knocked up his girlfriend before marriage. The Palin disfunctional family has no idea how decent families live but seek to impose their twisted views on everyone else. Hypocrites of the first order. The President's daughters TV viewing is limited because they are busy studying and learning about the world, Both are excellent students. That the President actually discusses societal issues with them is noble and will only serve to open their minds and their knowledge about the world around them. He spoke to them about this equality issue, but the ignorant Palin drop-out inserted her inanity into a subject she has no knowledge of. It is truly a shame that Mama Palin spends so much time on herself and so little on educating her children and raising her family's level of decency.

    May 11, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Tony

    Who is Bristol Palin again? Oh, and why do we care? I don't even care about her mother, so why would I care about her?

    May 11, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Eric

    Her views, though interesting, are irrelevant. Actually, not even interesting. Go to school, get a job, or something Bristol.

    May 11, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Ryan in Texas

    The President needs to talk about the lack of treatment for the genetic defect of homosexuality. We treat autistic kids, blind kids, deaf kids, dyslexic kids – so why do we not treat homosexuals for their condition?
    More research needs to be done on the genetics of this condition. Let's all hope that one day there will be genetic testing for this birth defect so that we won't have 1% of all children born with this problem.

    May 11, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Zach

    Why is Bristol Palin sought after on this issue? Clearly, on this issue – one of the least technically complex ones out there – she's in over her head. This issue "could affect the entire nation"? How? Are you or I going to be tempted to date people of the same gender if it's legalized? No? Then leave other people alone.

    May 11, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. bertha59

    All I can say is that Obama got it right.

    May 11, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Linda Thomas

    CNN – how by any stretch of journalistic imagination does the opinion of Bristol Palin constitute news???

    May 11, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. ProudAmerican

    I could care less what Bristol Palin "thinks" and shame on CNN for reporting this garbage. Let FOX report on the musings of this idiotic and irrelevant family.

    May 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Klars

    Why would I care what she think? What has she accomplished to become a spokesperson worth quoting on anything? Come on CNN, you can and need to better than that.

    May 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. LouAZ

    This brilliant analysis is brought to you by an unemployed twenty something that does not know how babies are made.

    May 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Norps

    I don't Think Bristol Palin is in any position to lecture anybody on morals. Here is the moral Bristol...Close you legs before marriage, or since you obviously are incapable of that feat, at least shut your mouth afterwards.

    May 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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