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. Grace

    I had to laugh reading the headline.. By what measure of intelligence does this person feel qualified to make such a comment as she KNOWS that children do better with a mother & father. If she's an example of that, one wonders how she might have messed up her life without Momma or Dad.

    May 11, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Matt Skavnak

    Shame on you CNN for reporting what Bristol Palin thinks. Way to raise the level of discourse.

    May 11, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. bedwetter777

    If Bristol really thinks that she is doing her child a disservice because she is not married then why is she not married yet?

    May 11, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. streetdude66

    Smells like pre-hype for another Palin reality TV show. I liked iher better when whats-his-face kept her barefoot & pregnant but like mother like daughter: it doesnt matter if you have anything intelligent or relevant to say. Say it anyway and it might lead to some kind of media gig. Why cant she & her mother due a pPayboy pictorial like all the other political bimbos and just go away

    May 11, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. J

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! It would be easy to say that this girl has lost it, but she never had it to begin with!

    May 11, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. LInda

    And we should care what she has to say because??????????

    May 11, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. GimmeABreak

    @ Paul
    Her having a child out of wedlock disqualifies her to judge other lifestyles!

    May 11, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. maryyooch

    CNN~ Why do you give this Grifter and her Mommy Dearest a platform to bash OUR President??
    Who the hell cares what a 20 yr old, who knows NOTHING about politics, has to say??
    This is $arah using her dumb-ass daughter as a surrogate.
    Your organization should know this. You are the reporters. Don't you think their are more pressing issues than what a skanky little brat has to say??
    I am completely disgusted by this!

    May 11, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Clayton

    I think the best explanation of why this is wrong, is science itself. Whether you believe in God, as I do, Or you believe that we evolved from apes. There is one very clear problem with two people of the same sex being together. In both humans and apes, two people of the same sex can not reproduce. God created marriage to be between a man and a woman. His second human on this earth was a woman. God did not create Adam a buddy to play ball with or hunt with. God created a woman for him to mate with and populate the earth. Of course we have found ways to pervert nature, and have children in test tubes, or implant sperm in one or both partners in a lesbian relationship, but in nature, it just doesn't happen. This once great nation is on a path of self destruction, in many many ways. We have become a culture where, if you get enough people to believe that it is right, then it must be right. This country does not need to worry about terrorism or war. We will destroy ourselves from the inside out. A great man once said this "The greatest threat to the future of our nation – to our freedom – is not foreign military aggression ... but the growing dependence of the people on a paternalistic government. A nation is no stronger than its people and the best measure of their strength is how they accept responsibility. There will never be a great society unless the materialism of the welfare state is replaced by individual initiative and responsibility"

    May 11, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Zenichi-Maro

    Another Palin, another idiotic "statement." So much there to pick apart, but let's just start with the idea that an unwed mother who got pregnant by an absent babydaddy really has about as much credibiltiy on marriage as her mother does on Russian cultural issues.

    I have to hand it to the Palins, though. They are collectively masterful at turning retardation into cash. Derpa Derpa PAYDAY!

    May 11, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Maryellen

    Who does this stupid punk think she is? Teen pregnancy is at the lowest rate in recent history due to education and birth control. If it was up to her mother (miss not sex education in the schools) all teens would be pregnant.

    May 11, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Louis

    Lets all hate on the President because he actually listens and learns from the experiences of others....isn't that a quality a good leader/parent has? ....i think EVERYONE in the Palin Family should take notes....absolutely ridiculous...Bristol Palin is truly..not as a smart at a 5th grader

    May 11, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Keith

    Everyone has the right to voice their views. When you have a child out of wedlock and then go on tv and speaking tours and so on speaking the of the importance of abstinence. Then speak of the importance of a mother/father household for the bringing up of a child then do everything in your power to take the father out of the picture in your childs life you do desrve to be highly critizied. I would expect that if you ar from the left or right.

    May 11, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Alan in NJ

    Funny that she is spouting a version of yesterday's FOX and Friends (Rush, Levin, et al) talking point. Did Rupert send out the memo or just hack into her voice mail? Anyway, this idea that her mom was criticized for listening to her dad and (yesterday) Romney was criticized for consulting his wife and, yet, Barack Obama takes his cues from his kids is another right wing attempt at setting up a false equivalency. (I loved the first two years when things happened and were called "Obama's Katrina" and by the time the actual hurricane came, it was too embarrassing a memory, I guess, to say it was his Katrina.) The president never said he took his lead from his girls. He said in speaking with them about their friends, he realized he would have been hard pressed to explain to them why the kids with same sex parents should see their parents treated differently than the others. He didn't ask them about it or discuss it with them. He said thinking about it gave him pause. Stop arguing against statements he didn't make. Will we have to hear everything her son has to say when he gets to be 18 or so? God save us.

    May 11, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Thank you Bristol!

    Good job Bristol! Excellent way to use your fame and may the Lord bless you for this. I agree, Obama missed an opportunity to stand up for righteousness. Also, yes we're supposed to love others as we love ourselves. Does Obama want to go to heaven and care of gays & lesbians to go to heaven? Then he should just stick to the truth that marriage is between a man and a women...end. I'm an African American and for this, I'm sorry I voted for Obama last time. That was the last time.

    May 11, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. petunia0921

    HOLY CRAP. Seriously, Bristol Palin, seriously?!? Given your abundance of offspring and extreme lack of husband, I'm pretty darn sure you do not have a freakin leg to stand on here according YOUR OWN religion. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, correct?? My mind is absolutely blown.

    May 11, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Allen Hussein

    So I guess Obama's decision does not go over well with the Wasilla trailer trash. What on earth will Obama ever do to get over this?

    May 11, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Steve in Denver

    How is it the right wing celebrates a family where the teen-age daughter engaged in pre-marital sex, had a baby out of wedlock, and now we are supposed to see her as some moral guiding light?

    May 11, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. nevada39

    She should go back to school, learn to think for herself and then enter the conversation..

    May 11, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. GTA

    As John Cleese sadly pointed out, Michael is no longer the funniest Palin in the world....

    May 11, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Roberto

    Bristol Palin, I am pretty sure Obama's daughters will not get knocked up drunk at 16. Your mom shaped up your mind pretty well I see...

    May 11, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Tom from Canonsburg

    Way, way too much attention is being paid to this young woman. She hasn't even learned to control her own life and she's critizing Obama. Crawl back into your hole.

    May 11, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. John

    Suggestion: get a little education. Go to school. Learn to think. As Alexander Pope said, "A little learning is a dangerous thing." Get smart. Then come back and post something intelligent on your blog.

    May 11, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. clarke

    Oh my, she is so self serving. Hard to believe that CNN would even run this article. Such disrespect for the President and his family. She is how old and has all this wisdom. Disgusting CNN, you have hit a new low.

    May 11, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. khorvth

    Why is the media giving her and her pompous mother the time of day. They are over. You need to let them go.

    May 11, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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