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. rof

    ok so what she is saying is that the president should not come clean of what he think her girls are saying wow, i wander if she really talk to her kids or kid? i wander if she know how much time our little one say things that really get to us .o. sorry she dont i for get that she don't talk to her kids or kid, i think some time we need to stay in our little place. i would like to know what is wrong with been gay i'm not gay but who am i to tell he she and the old lady to do and say? that is what my mom would say. we all have right and dont for get that is the us and it don't just run by she alone it run by us and who are us? i want her to answer,

    May 11, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Reddog9500

    I think Bristol has the hots for the President.

    May 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Chuck

    WHY is this news? WHO CARES what she thinks and I'm being generous to assume there IS any thought considering the shrill, mindless plastic that is her mother. Typical repuglicans – we'll tell YOU how to live, but OUR Peyton Place is none of your business!

    May 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Nan

    Why would anyone care what an unwed young mother of a 1/2 term former Governor has to say on this subject? I'm sure she is a lovely young woman but seriously, why is she famous? Why does her opinion matter? Come on CNN this is reaching.

    May 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    How many jobs did Obama create today???? None? OK, thanks, now back to the Obama Smoke and Mirror Show.
    Wake up, Smarten up America.

    May 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. firebird9999

    Geez! Why on earth is the media giving space to Bristol Palin's opinions about anything?

    May 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Bible Clown©

    "What does the good book say about Hermaphrodites? Are we supposed to ignore them?" Same thing it says about potatoes and tomatoes and iPads: nothing. Make up your own mind.

    May 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. darrellj

    Here is a good quote that explains all of the Palins perfectly: "You can't have a tea party without a few fruitcakes and a few nuts." Enough said.

    May 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Bristol Sucks

    For her to make that stupid of a comment she must have been paid by the even stupider koch bros. Palins will do anything for $$$$. Mom help me. They're making fun of me again.

    May 11, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Jon

    Bristol Palin's achievements:
    1) High school drop out,
    2) Unwed teenage mother,
    3) Unemployed,
    4) Was on "Dancing with the Stars", and
    5) Probably claims to be a Jesus-loving Christian.
    So she's the ideal spokesperson for conservative Republicans.

    May 11, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. davec.0121

    Bristol Palin: noteworthy for being unwed and pregnant at 17 (so much for abstinence-only), having no education beyond high school, part-time mother at best, intermittently dabbles in B- and C-list celebrity events ("Dancing with the Stars"), fond of plastic surgery, Kardashian wanna-be, and mostly famous because of Mommy-dearest. So why does CNN put her on the Political Ticker? She has nothing really intelligent to say and no qualifications to say it.

    May 11, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Bible Clown©

    ". It seems like she learned from it and has turned her life around. ..... Or fundraisers by a domestic terrorist (Ayers a convicted bomber)"
    Actually, today Ayers is a university professor with a spotless reputation and a habit of giving a lot of his time to promising students. Seems like he learned from what he did when he was Bristol's age and turned his life around, but of course there's no forgiveness for him from you ridiculous phony 'christians.'

    May 11, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Sameer

    Jason i am not attacking her because what she did in the past, she made a mistake ok, i am attacking her because of what she said, what about other people's right to live the way they want as long as they are not doing anything wrong to other people.

    May 11, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Maicin

    Like mother like daughter. I guess ignorance trickles down.

    May 11, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Common Sense Dad

    With over 900 responses so far it is no wonder whyCNN thinks The Palins are relevant. To all of you that think she is not worth the attention (and I wholeheartedly agree) please stop giving it to them and the media might stop covering them and get on to real Journalism.

    May 11, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Robert keeler

    What makes ME so special that my comment was "moderated" and is now missing?

    May 11, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Gobama

    And why an unwed teen-pregnant mother is now an expert on "marriage" and "traditional families" is absurd. This girl is only a household name because of her media-attention mother and a brief appearance on a reallity dance show. Stick to what you know, Bristol, which is how to pick up baby-daddies and ride around on a snowmobile. Leave the political decisions to those more qualified.

    May 11, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Dee1030

    Nothing that comes out of any of the Palin's mouth's are news worthy. Bristol Palin is no role model for young people and needs to keep her mouth shut unless she enjoys being labeled as an idiot.

    May 11, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Bible Clown©

    "OK, thanks, now back to the Obama Smoke and Mirror Show."

    So in your view, Bristol Palin is an employee of this Obama Smoke and Mirror Show? She's courageously making this fuss just so she can draw some fire away from her boss Obama by being riduculed? Wow, he's a heck of a bipartisan president! Even the Repubs are on his side now. We're lucky to have a president that competent.

    May 11, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Henry

    I love clowns, Palin clowns in particular...they are entertaining

    May 11, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. goutes

    Who is Bristol Palin and why is this reported as news?

    May 11, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. wendykh

    why is this news? I could see if it was Romney's opinion on Obama's announcement, or even some other democrats, some prominent gay leader... but a girl who has no education and is famous for being her mother's daughter and getting knocked up by a complete idiot at the worst time ever? Wow Bristol Palin has a blog, so does every other 20something. I could not possibly be less interested in her opinion on *anything*. Why is CNN wasting time and money on chasing this story? Isn't there a white girl missing somewhere?

    May 11, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Clyde

    She might be more credible if she understood that a mans shoulders are not a leg rest.

    May 11, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. SoldierOfFortunes

    Wet behind the ears is gonna get em hurt when they hear the truths of her mother, father, and grandparents...not is all what it seems...and now they are pimping her out to the media...common Paris, Snookie, enlighten her to reality please!!!

    May 11, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Stern

    Obama will say anything to get reelected. He is trying to win over Hollywood and that part of the voter's base.

    He will sell his soul to the devil to get reelected. He has always been a flip flopper and does whatever keeps him safe.

    May 11, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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