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. CBR

    This is a new low for CNN. To make what this young woman says News is an incredible misuse of this space. The media has been agog ever since her mother was a VP candidate and she was on Dancing with the Stars. which definitely not the training ground for contributors to any news network. Her statements about Sasha and Malia were not necessary. She does not know either young lady and is simply making her statement because she disagrees with the Pesident so CNN ran the story..

    May 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. suzibee

    If our children are taught and grow up believing that we are all equal, then we wouldnt even be having to have this conversation now would we – go figure...

    May 11, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. paul.cos

    now this is who we all need to take our moral ques unwed teenage mother,whos own mother is a quitter,a failure and a diva,whos father was a member of a alaskan sepratist movement.Ah yes,the Palins...the intellectual giants of this great country,the beacons of hope and justice.the illuminating example of how we all are to be.Now excuse me i have to vomit..really hard.

    May 11, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Richard J

    What qualifies Bristol Palin as an important commenter on politics or anything for that matter. Shame on CNN for raising her blog comments to this supposed stature. CNN has lost its way!

    May 11, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Andrei Govorov, Esq.

    Perhaps Bristol Palin would feel just as strongly about other beliefs that the humanity held for thousands of years such as the Earth is flat or that thunderstorms are works of angry gods. I think it is time for Bristol Palin to realize that the world around us constantly evolves and that the Stone Age is over.

    May 11, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Ken

    So let me get this straight – this is the same person who had a child out of wedlock, is raising the child as a single mother, and she is now lecturing on the importance of dad's being dads and children growing up in a mother/father home?

    May 11, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. drshakedown74

    The Easter bunny told her it was wrong.

    May 11, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Thomas

    Bristol Palin: Too much 'Glee'.

    Isn't it sad , when a spiteful , arrogant , dysfunctional and jealous person such as Bristol Palin voices her worldview .

    Bristol , get out of the Trailer Park , Maybe get your Phd at your local beauty college. I don't think dancing is your greatest asset.

    May 11, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Michael

    In her quotes, Bristol could have replaced "marriage" with "interracial marriage" or "keeping separate facilities for different races" to match the arguments from the last generation....

    May 11, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. ohfortheloveofgod

    I've been waiting on pins and needles for Bristol's reply.

    May 11, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Jeremy

    Isn't Bristol Palin the kid that got pregnant as a teenager...AND UNWED. Did Sarah teach Bristol about the part in the Bible in Deutoronomy about the fact that a woman that has had sex prior to marriage is not allowed to ever wed. Which means (by Biblical standards) that Bristol is never allowed to marry now and must live her life in celibacy. Yeah, guess those harsh old testament laws on marriage only apply to others, not ourselves? Also did Bristol ever go to high school? Did she ever take a history lesson to educate herself that America was founded as a safe haven from religious worship...OR NOT one pleases....or that marriage existed ions before Christianity??? Sarah must be proud. An illigitimate grandchild and idiot daughter. By the way, how did those abstinence lessons turn out Sarah?

    May 11, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Steve Obama-HOUSTON

    Says the unwed, unemployed teen mom. Thanks but no thanks to anything you or your mother has to say!

    May 11, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Governor 47th in Job Growth


    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.
    Wrong again. But do tell us how is poor Bristol so brave?

    Christian for Obama (who also believes deeply in the separation of church and state)

    May 11, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. tony

    Apparently what she got straight last time wasn't something that she should have.

    May 11, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Mamaboats

    Why does this girl have any time at all on CNN? Who the hell cares what Bristol who has no life says? She should concentrate on growing can tell she is her mother's daughter..she thinks she knows everything just like mommy...

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

    OMG.. Enough with the Palin's... they already had their two minutes of fame and just won't stop.. If ever there was censorship for the good of humanity.. It's the Palin's that need it done to them

    May 11, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. bob w

    This poor girl! like her mother she doesn't have a clue!!!!

    May 11, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Keith

    Bristol Palin believes that his decision was solely based on talking to his daughters. I believe she is clueless. She also stated that a childs best interest is served in a mother/father home yet her and her family have done everything possible to keep her childs father out of the picture. The divorse rate in america is around 50% and 40% percent of children are born out of wedlock. I think that is a much greater issue than same sex marriage. Having to deal with divorsed parents or a single parent I would say would have a much greater effect on a child than having two loving people raise and care for them even if they are the same sex. Traditional marriage is no longer sacred and so many children are being raised by single parents why not change the defintion.

    May 11, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. tony

    I wonder when Rush Limbo will be pointing out that a shut (sorry need an l in there) is speaking to the press.

    May 11, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. RAWoD

    Who cares what this unwed mother or her half-term mother say? We know they don't think much.

    May 11, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. rslackde

    and we care, why? if this isn't and indictment of the media needing to fill up space and time I don't know what is, there's probably a six year old in some play ground who could also be interviewed...

    May 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Alfuc

    Please be kind to this intelligent young lady. She is a future Presidential material.

    May 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. kerryE

    ""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"........

    I'd ask Bristol, "Why NOT"? Mankind does so in virtually every field/discipline there is. Well, Bristol, "Why NOT"? And please don't give some circular, bootstrap, or otherwise logically unsound "reason".

    May 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. alan

    A Palin is a Palin is a Palin.

    The world is troubled by so many things today, who really cares what she says or does. My problem is CNN giving any kind of space to stupidity like this. There have to be more important things going on.

    This is exactly why the Palins, the Limbaughs. the Sanitariums (Sanctorums), the Hannitys', continue to say the inane things they do. The obnoxious and vile hate that springs from their lips, when shouted long enough brings CNN to their door with coverage all over the place.

    Ignore them and maybe they will go away. Probably not though, they make too much money.

    May 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. sally

    Bristol Palin is now an expert and someone worth quoting? What the h-ll is this world coming to? When she becomes
    president or does something worthwhile with her life, maybe she'll have the right to comment, otherwise, Bristol, keep
    your opinions to yourself. No one cares what you think. President Obama has done the right thing, and GOOD for him.

    May 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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