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. Really?

    I grew up in a household with just my mother and have done extremely well in life and, not to sound rude, better than some of my peers that grew up in what bristol would call a "normal" home of a mom and dad. I'm so sick of hearing people come up with excuses to not allow gay marriage. And I will CERTAINLY not take any advice, or listen to any thoughts, from an unwed teenage mother that honestly has no higher education, or any intelligent thoughts. But I guess like mother, like daughter right?? CNN, you really should not take political commentary from somebody that's honestly not competent enough to hold a conversation with a two year old.

    May 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Cindy

    Boy, Bristol Palin sure knows what commitment is all about doesn't she. The Palin family is the last family to set examples for the country.

    May 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Terry

    Bristol – go back to Alaska please we really don't care what you have to say. @Dan Cain That is the best analogy I have seen in regards to the Palin's. LOL Kardashians of politics.

    May 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. rexdogcanadien

    Perhaps they should have outlawed having children out of wedlock. Now, think about how that debate over such an attack on your right to do what you did would have sounded. Your comments about the President's right to state his belief for same sex marriage is null and void.

    May 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. bethjoyce

    Do you really think our President cares if Bristol Palin takes him on. She's in way over her head on this one!!

    May 11, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. gpk

    OMG! Who cares what this girl thinks-Congrats to Obama for speaking out

    May 11, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. M. Simons

    Bristol Nobody is ignorant, as usual. I'm sure the President is really going to listen to this high school dropout.

    May 11, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Lucian

    Well, I can't imagine a better person to lecture others about child rearing and parenting and making good choices! This apple sure didn't fall far from the tree.

    May 11, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. FrankBlourtango

    It's almost entertaining to read how out of touch this young woman is. Whoever told her that people are interested in what she thinks and has to say didn't do her any favors.

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

    This is coming from the SINGLE mom who does not have a husband to raise her child. She should have gotten married before she opened her legs and decided to give this kind of critisism. What a sick hypocrite.

    May 11, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Andrew C

    Criticism on the basis of the speaker's qualification is criticism of the lowest form. The critic shifts attention away from the issue at hand and towards the issuer only when they have no thoughtful or intelligent rebuttal. Nice try, Steve D.

    May 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Emperor Vadik, CA

    An unwed teenage mother lecturing others on how to behave...

    May 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. neil

    What is wrong with CNN. Who is bristol palin and what did she accomplish? She makes a comment and it's news?

    May 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. DR

    Why is this story getting play time? Bristol takes on Obama? Really?

    May 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. TransHuman

    So, let me get this straight: "kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview", said the single teen-mom.... Wow.

    May 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Lisa

    What a hypocrite! Who is she to make these types of judgment calls anyway? She hasn't done anything of note in her life but have a child out of wedlock and then purported to be a spokesperson for abstinence. That should tell you all right there. So, she's the last one I would look to for pertinent political opinions.

    May 11, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. David

    Bristol, where is your marriage between a man and a woman that is supposedly required to raise a child properly?

    May 11, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. are we forgetting someone?

    Yes, having a father-figure is as important as having a mother-figure..... however, did Bristol simply forget about Levi Johnston? Not every man is father-material.

    May 11, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Mark Travers

    When I first read the headline I thought it was a joke. Bristol Palin, the high school grad against President Obama a graduate from law school? This is where our societ has evolved: reality undeducated folks can now offer fatuous opinions and get heard. She is a bozo.

    May 11, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. mr_coco

    I agree... the most powerful man in the world should be taking moral advice from an unwed teenage mother... or not!

    May 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. TR Phoenix

    Sorry Bristol
    go back to school before you have to say something to anybody about Politics!
    you can't even manage your own life! Glad you sold your house here in Maricopa AZ.. BYE BYE

    May 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Dann

    "Too much Glee" from a girl who modeled her life after Beverly Hills 90210. I guess when you need to get your name in the media saying something stupid is the best way to get it done.

    May 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. ReaganDem

    Really Bristol? That 15 minutes of fame must be winding down. Just like Mama Grizzely trying to stay relevant.

    May 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Mother Mitchell

    Bristol Palin needs to sit down ASAP! Raise your kid to make better decisions then you did. Premarital sex is a SIN too!!! What's you world view on that? In the days of the Bible you might have been stoned. Worry about you and yours!

    May 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Betty G

    Puhleeeaassee....she didn't write this – her mother's minions did.

    May 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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