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. Joanne

    "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."

    And this coming from the same girl who had an out-of-wedlock child with a guy whose next out-of-wedlock child will be named after a gun? She's giving advice on proper parenting and traditional household advice?

    Don't make me laugh!

    May 10, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Joe

    Why is what this woman says being reported by CNN? Where are Snooki and Kim Kardashian's opinions?

    May 10, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Dan Cain

    And we care what this person has to say, Why?

    May 10, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Dignan

    Oh, bless her soul. This little moron is a national treasure. And, she's right – we should always continue on the same path if there is thousands of years of history to back it up, which is why I assume she wants to bring back slavery and revoke a woman's right to vote. It's history, people!!!

    May 10, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. ST


    Palin is free to Blog her opinion BUT come on CNN why highlight this ignorant dribble?
    We all need to boycott CNN. It has become a joke nowadays. It is not the CNN we used to rely on and respect.! What is going on at CNN? it must be things are turning upside-down How sad!

    May 10, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. rainjam

    @ !ST SGT

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

    wwooowwwwww....really? in your mind maybe, or she maybe smarter and more expert than YOU. but she is not even more of anything than a ZOO Animal. not even sure what you think she is an expert in? having a father who was a great father who guided his kids to know right or wrong? being able to not be knocked at age 16? not going to college? setting a good example for her younger sisters? yeah not sure what she has expertise in?

    May 10, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Yomi Olalere

    I believe this is more of a personal issue than a national issue. Your religion is a personal thing that affirms your belief in God. Yes, marriage is believed to be a union between a man and a woman so is equality.

    This is a sensitive issue and I have my opinion, which is guided by the dictates from the Bible – a man and a woman, but whatever everyone does is really up to them. Every one will give his or her account on judgement day (if you believe there is one) of her/his position on host of issues and not just marriage.

    You will also be judged based on how well you have exercised the principle of fairness, equality and respect to every man or woman. President did do anythign outrageous by saying they should be allowed to marry. The decision to marry as gays or lesbians depend on every individual.

    What I don't understand is Bristol Palin judging the President based on his decision. Her historical background has not lent her the credibility to criticize President's decision. Just too much of nonsense about her and the boy friend saga. Not even to talk about the "6-pack mum thingy." Sorry Bristol, Obama isn't as stupid.

    May 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Joe

    Wow. Since when did CNN start reporting on statements by Bristol Palin? Pathetic.

    May 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. retired 1 twit...isn't being an unwed mother "wrong" also???

    May 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. patNY

    Oh Bristol – those who live in knocked up homes should not throw stones!

    May 10, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. freidamurray

    Not that it matters, but the Obamas have said on numerous occasions that they rarely let their kids watch TV. Idiots seem to run in the Palin family.

    May 10, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. rs

    CNN- really this isn't news at all. That said, the Palins are a gift that just keeps giving....

    May 10, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. anotherGDlefty

    Oh her.

    Well I guess by choosing to remain in the public eye she has chosen to be ridiculed by said public.....

    So Bristol baby, how did your father manage his "fatherly duties" in your case?
    Pregnant, unmarried AND hiding it...
    Sounds like proud papa behavior to me.

    Are you just upset or jealous because someone elses daddy may value thier childs input more than your daddy did?

    May 10, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    She should run instead of her idiot mother or should go to swiserland with bockmann.

    May 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. NorthStar I'm not sure there have been extensive studies on kids doing better in a mother/father household to prove her point. Second, would we include mothers/fathers that are abusive to each other and their children? Finally, this coming from a person that had a child out of wedlock, is not married with that "male figure" around. Guess as long as someone teaches the child how to hunt wolves from airplanes, everything is good in AK.

    May 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. IndeeOendant

    how crooked and twisted is CONservaTEAs' thinking – they support children out-of-wedlock for their ilks, they support their own VP having kid who is a Lesbian and they support their beloved radio Dueschbag Bimbaugh, who is a known drug abuser, women-seeker, slanderer and a pathological liar. No wonder they want to elect a flip-flopper like Romney the MOR(e)MON(ey)!!!

    May 10, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. wwf

    She is worthy of being in the news? Goodbye CNN

    May 10, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    The young lady isn't a person I would seek comment from in respresenting young people. She and her mother ouyr clueless and opposite of the values we teach our children. Bristol Palin iswhat Hitler was to Jewish people, a cancer.

    May 10, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. kirri

    To say she is as bright as a box of rocks would be insulting boxes of rocks everywhere.

    May 10, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. ME24601

    And people care what she has to say because...

    May 10, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. getoverit

    Again, more red meat tthrown out by CNN. LMFAO!

    May 10, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Thomas


    This coming from an unwed bimbo self centered , uneducated mother who can't dance worth a dime .

    Bristol Palin / Ted Nugent

    Education First America ?

    May 10, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have to admit, Bristol is a lot smarter than a underground hate group Ist SGT.

    May 10, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. RocketV

    Go to college and learn something. The media needs to stop providing her a paycheck.

    May 10, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Moderate Sean

    Bristol is as dumb, if not dumber, than her mother! Didn't think that could be possible!! Based solely on her obviously ignorant comment that the Obama girls "watch too much tv" we as rearders can sum up that Bristol is bothfoolish and uniformed. It has been reported often, as well as stated by both Mrs. Obama and the President in various interviews, that neither girl is allowed to watch tv during the school week and there are some restriction on the weekends as to watch they can watch.

    Hey Bristol, if I were you, spend more time worrying about your petty life and the many mistakes that you have made before you rush to judge others. Wow.....that saying, "you can't fix dumb" holds so true here!!

    May 10, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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