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. Romelus

    I am wondering if " Alaskan Snooki" knows anything she is talking about? The whole family is as smart as a box of ROCKS...I am just sayin...

    May 10, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. kayla

    you had a mom and a dad, so what the hell happened?

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

    Ahhhhh go have a baby and don't get married LOL!!!!!!

    May 10, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Mike

    Taking after her mother, Bristol is not too bright and really didn't understand what happened. Obama wasn't bowing to his kids' "ideas". What he was talking about was that their experience compelled him to evaluate and question whether his position (or lack of taking a stand) was morally consistent. When he saw that it wasn't, he corrected it. This is what intelligent people do

    May 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Palin is free to blog her opinions BUT come on CNN why high light her ignorant dribble!

    May 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    well one thing is for certain that Obama's two children will always be something Bristol will NEVER be....daughters of a POTUS that lived in the White House at least 4 years of their lives.

    May 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Expat American

    So poor white trash teen mom child of bigot Christ Nazi Palin is given a forum for what reason, exactly?

    May 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Bristol your mom Plain and dad were derelict of their mother/father parental duties when you got knocked up at 16? now STFU!!!

    May 10, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Duni

    So basically, Bristol wants Obama to tell his children what to think and not allow them to formulate their own opinion when it comes to their friends...? Well I guess we can understand now where Bristol got the idea that it was okay to be 16 and pregnant and then get pregnant, AGAIN, out of wedlock.
    But instead of staying out of the spotlight and just raising her children, finishing college or doing something productive for society, she is chiming in on politics? You have too much time on your hands.
    Welp, I guess we all know where her priorities lie... somewhere in the crevices betwix her legs.
    Lady, let the grown folks talk politics... you go and... you just go. Alright. Thanks. SMH

    May 10, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Palin is free to Blog her opinion BUT come on CNN why highlight this ignorant dribble?

    May 10, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. MJ

    Says the unwed mother.

    May 10, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Andrew

    Dear CNN:

    This teeny bopper is not relevant. Please stop reporting on anything she does.

    May 10, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. steve

    I wonder what Kim Kardashion (sp) thinks lol

    May 10, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Laverne

    Bristol Palin is so influenced by her mom. She does not have her own opinion, she only buck against mom when she is hot and bothered!

    May 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Curt

    Too bad her dad didn't explain to her its not a good thing to get knocked up when you're an unwed teenager.

    May 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. IndependentMom

    REALLY CNN??????????????? Incredible how low CNN will stoop to pander to the Cons!

    May 10, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did Bristol get a job on Fox foreign owned media with a 10% hint of Saudi?

    May 10, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Rsquared

    Just when you think you've heard it all this comes along. CNN, why in the h___ did this make the news (yes news, it wasn't listed in the entertainment section)? Articles like this that make me think I should skip reading you period.

    May 10, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. RTB

    Bristol Palin giving the Obama's parenting advice. Now that's funny!

    May 10, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Dani

    Bristol Palin's comments and thoughts are extremely ignorant. Her opinion is worthless.

    May 10, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Troglodrew

    Wow, CNN. Everyday you remind us how long its been since you were an actual news outlet. Bernard Shaw and Peter Arnett are distant and fading memories in the face of constant reporting on the Palin family.

    May 10, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And we are listening to her for what reason? If she bothered to listen or read his explanation was that it wasn't his kids but other adults that he heard and looked at when it came to this decision. I don't think this woman (or her mother) really have a high moral horse to stand on because of their previous statements and actions.

    May 10, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Why did all of the conservativs just suddenly stop talking and seemingly leave the room?

    May 10, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. The "Alaskan Snooki"

    The "Alaskan Snooki" has spoken.

    CNN, seriously?

    May 10, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. BunnyBunny

    Did the person who posted this story been knocked in the head recently? Bristol Palin? Get Snooki's opinion too.

    May 10, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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