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. TK

    All I could do was laugh after reading "lil miss palin" article. I doubt if she is smarter then a cotton ball.

    May 11, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. bedwetter777

    Bristol makes a logically fallacious ad hominem attack argument based on an insinuation that Obama got all of his information about gay marriage from his children and that his children got all of their information about gay marriage from the TV show "Glee," and the insinuation that the TV show "Glee" can't be a relevant source of information to form an opinion about gay marriage. Maybe if Obama's children did influence his view on gay marriage, it is because he instilled in his children a belief that we should treat others as we would like to be treated. Perchance, even the TV show, "Glee," that Bristol denigrates, teaches a message of treating others as we would like to be treated.

    May 11, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. sandra

    This is a joke–right? She is a joke. Right.

    May 11, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. paul

    Its just sad that people really believe that because she got pregnant that she doesnt have a say or an opinion. So because she made a mistake, she is not entitled to attack the president's views. Kind of sad, this country is really getting out of control. Yeah Bristol is an idiot, but I am not going to personally attack her because her views differs from mine, and somehow justify attacking her with the thought that "well she had a child out of wedlock, she cant attack other lifestyles". That is a very facist way of thinking, attack her message do not attack her personally. It just really shows how unintelligent someone is when they attack the person instead of the message

    May 11, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Bill

    When Palin Speaks, Obama wins........ Keep on talking Palins

    May 11, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. novirginian

    For thousands of years, people believed the earth was the center of the universe. I don't see why we had to change that thinking... Screw Galileo, freaking liberal!

    May 11, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. ivy of madison

    Seriously? Go away little girl...

    May 11, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Tom from Canonsburg

    Again several people from the religous right weighing in with what the Bible says. What does the good book say about Hermaphrodites? Are we supposed to ignore them? They don't exist? I am a Christian, but I still have questions.

    May 11, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Oftentimes

    And why do we care about what Bristol Palin thinks? Dads need to be fathers? How about you teaching your child abstinence? How did that work out for you?

    May 11, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. cyberpawz

    I can't disagree with her though about Obama changing his views... He Flip-Flopped worse than Romney or Kerry ever did during the last presidential election cycle. I also agree, he needs to stand up and be a father to his kids... when he changes his mind because it's politically viable that is not being a good president. Changing his mind because his kids "influence" his views is not a good reason either.

    I'd like to see where Obama stands for something and sticks with it. I'd also like to see a person in the White House that we can all agree on that we can call Presidential... right now Obama is still acting like a Cultural Personality, and that worries me.

    May 11, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. jim sims

    shut up, stick to birth control

    May 11, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Reality

    This unwed drug using high school dropout make a PERFECT GOP spokeperson.

    May 11, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. dave

    Love to give Bristol and the Obama girls an IQ test. I'm bettin' Bristol would win a bronze medal.

    May 11, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. GimmeABreak

    This girl has had more opportunity than most of our children will ever have and she wastes it spewing bigotry

    May 11, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. papanez

    The Palin's are America's Funniest Family! Each time they open their mouths you say to yourself, "This is the funniest thing I've ever heard!" Then they open their mouths again and you say to yourself, "This is the funniest thing I've ever heard!" Then they open their mouths again and you say...

    May 11, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. mommytwice

    Watching Glee had nothing to do with the president's statement. His administration has shown through actions and deeds that he has always supported gay rights/marriage. This is why I will vote for Obama. I refuse to ever, ever vote for someone who stands in front of me and tells me he feels it's okay to disrriminate against a group of people. The president should never make statements like that, and I find Romney doing so totally unaccpetable. I do not want a president who is willing ot single out a group and make it legal to deny them their rights.

    May 11, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. yearofmonkey

    well bristol, is there anything wrong with "glee"? what would you suggest that they watch, "sarah palin's alaska" instead? oh wait, i think the show got cancelled... go shoot a dear or something....

    May 11, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. bedwetter777

    As to Bristol's claim that children do better with a mother/father household, maybe the cause of that is a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy because there is a long tradition of people getting judgmental about single parents (I'm sure that Bristol herself has experienced this) and denigrating those that have children outside of a mother/father household. Bottom line is that Bristol doesn't site any studies for her to make the argument that we know that mother/mother and father/father families are inherently worse for children than mother/father.

    May 11, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Millerbarber

    You have to much class Bristol! Leave big ears to his own rants. Less than a year left for Big Ears and Dumbo.

    May 11, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Lola

    Gee, Bristol, I guess your dad didn't do well enough of a job in "shaping your world view" since you disregarded everything your parents taught you and got pregnant anyway. Apparently we should blame your dad for that. And too bad that your son won't do as well as other children who grow up in a "mother/father home." You should stick to your reality TV show . . . talk about too much TV?

    May 11, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Norm

    I fail to see why CNN thinks it's enertaining to post what this unwed teenage mother has to say about morality.
    Do the Palins actually pay CNN to post articles about them?

    May 11, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Les Vance

    So, why does CNN provide any space to the comments of an F-list celebrity. Slow news day?

    May 11, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. jon

    Really, does anyone care about this girls opinion on ANY topic?

    May 11, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. acajunthatsagun

    Better watching television than banging your under age boyfriend.

    May 11, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. gary

    When the hell did this little girl grow up and all of the sudden know as much about politics as her mother? oh that's right neither one know anything!!

    May 11, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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