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. Andrea

    Why is CNN reporting on what she thinks? Who is she anyway?

    May 10, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. dan5404

    And her opinion matters to who?

    May 10, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. zinger

    Bristol is pretty smart, we should probably listen to her (I just wanted to see if I could type that without laughing – I couldn't).

    May 10, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. ST

    Hey CNN I do think you are trying to chase all of us away from you. This is not normal. Sarah Palin and whatever accompanied with her is totally history. What is the importance of bringing Bristol now. You better do it the right and wise way, otherwise we will all run away from you. It is totally absurd.

    May 10, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Independent BC

    The irony of her message is priceless. Speaking of irony – how many divorced/remarried people in North Carolina do you think voted for traditional marriage between one man and one woman?

    May 10, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Thinker

    I didn't waste my time reading this garbage. What signifcance is her opinion anyway. Clean up your own backyard before you complain about your neighbors.

    May 10, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Since when has Bristol Palin been an expert on any thing!

    May 10, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Who is this tootsie anyway???

    May 10, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Jim

    Can we please limit ourselves to ONE Nut-Job Alaskan? I mean, c'mon Bristol, like you are in ANY position to lecture anyone on morals. You got pregnant, then accused the father of your child of date-rape. Yet, you didn't go to the hospital after the alledged attack, didn't go to the police, didn't tell your parents. So, how much credibility do you think you have??

    May 10, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Andrea

    Well Bristol your mother isn't any kind of leader. She's a quitter

    May 10, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    this money grubbing bia$tch is not 18yr old anymore when she got knocked up....why is she acting like a teenager and attacking the president daughters?

    she can't pick up fights with adults her age?....stop the Palin bullying; your mom was a quitter from Alaska idiot!!!

    May 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Mikey S

    Although Bristol Palin may feel that in what she says is well-meaning, her statement is of ignorance passed down from her mom and dad shaping her thoughts, rather than giving her the freedom to be her own independent thinker on such important issues like marriage equality. I feel sorry for her.

    May 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. ohgoawaycaribourj

    Really? Your genius mind came up with that? You are sounding more and more like your mother. Ignorant and stupid.

    May 10, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Is Mitt a Git?

    Bristol Palin, President Obama stated his personal opinion, and not that he would make gay marriages legal by way of executive order. He also stated he evolved due to careful reflection and discussions with his family and others and of seeing the gay parents of some of his children's friends. Go away with your silly little opinions and blog–don't forget, your family is famous for being idiotic lunatics, not paragons of virture or substance.

    May 10, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Alice Barnaby

    Everyone who believes Bristol Palin actually wrote these comments herself, raise your hand. Helllllllooooooo......anyone? I'm not seeing any hands...........

    May 10, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Jennifer

    Who cares with this twit or her mother thinks??

    May 10, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. rainjam

    CNN is no longer a news org. it has become a sensationalized and over publicized tabloid. what a waste of time.

    May 10, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. cnnife

    BTW, who is Bristol Palin??

    May 10, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    No one in their right frame of mind would respond or listen to ANYTHING this person has to say (I didn't even read it really).

    Now, on to more important matters.

    May 10, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Jake

    Bristol Palin is as dumb as dirt. Neither she or her family has the right to preach any kind of "family values" to anyone. She's a single mother with barely a double digit IQ. Shut up already you dimwit.

    May 10, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. !ST SGT

    She is more of an expert than any of you Zoo animals or brain dead trash.

    May 10, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Wake up people

    This coming from a teen that got knocked up and was FORCED to marry? How did that work out for you Bristol? Divorced already?? Say it ain't so!? Every human being deserves equal treatment, even dumb necks like you and your equally moronic mother. One things for certain, gay couples marry because of love, not a shotgun like the majority of straight couples. Go home and take care of your kid Bristol. No one cares about you or that stupid mother of yours.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 10, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Joi Gibson

    Lady, you have no room to be giving advice to anybody. And who are you to be talking about kids being better in a mother/father home. Look in the mirror.


    May 10, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. GL

    She needs to stay in a kids place.

    May 10, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Bristol says that "kids do better growing up in a mother/father home"

    Where is your baby's daddy Bristol?....your daughter is growing up not knowing his dad right?

    May 10, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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