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. the Situation

    This coming from a unwed, teen mother that boyfriend wants nothing to do with her. I wonder what advise did the "First Dude" give her prior to getting knocked up!

    May 10, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Mike

    wow....Yes lets not change since this is how it has been for thousands years, I agree. Also, as a man, I would like to take away your voting rights, women weren't able to vote before, why do we let you now! Also, as a father, I am going to "shape" my kids views on this, i dont want them believing that some silly girls in school should have the same rights.
    ahhh.... fortunately I know too many brilliant women and these Palin women are a shame to all of them.

    May 10, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Really Bristol?!!!

    She blasted the Obama girls for watching too much glee?!!! I think it's better than watching 16 and Pregnant. Look what happend to her! Yeah...people will look up to you now seeing how great of a role model you are for teens today.

    May 10, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. RobbyCanuck

    Why in the world woud a respected news organization like CNN do a story on what the airhead Bristol Palin thinks about Obama's stance on gay marriage. NOBODY cares what any Palin thinks about anything!

    May 10, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Go away and back to your all important reality show. Ya know, the one that sensationalize your single teenage mother soap box.

    May 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Jack in Florida

    This coming from an unwed mother......enough of the Palins already.

    May 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. dveyzab zee

    Bristol Please do not even speak,you know nothing,the only thing you know is being pregnant @16.

    May 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Scott Lee

    Bristol, I have some sad news for you. Nobody really gives a rats as what you think. Nobody.

    May 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Alan

    Ms. Palin sugests that children do better in a mother/father environment. I think children do best when one or both of their parents are NOT idiots!

    May 10, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Jenni

    A woman who got pregnant as a teen and is unmarried. Great person to dish out advice. Maybe if her parents worried less about gays "ruining" the world and more about what was going on with their own children then this wouldn't have happened.

    May 10, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota


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

    I agree.

    May 10, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Maybe SHE should have been home watching TV instead of getting knocked-up by a boy that didn't love her.

    May 10, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Moderate Sean

    Corrected version, hopefully error free (sorry):

    Bristol is as dumb, or if not dumber, than her mother! I didn't think that could be possible!! Based solely on her obviously ignorant comment that the Obama girls "watch too much tv," we as readers can sum up that Bristol is bothfoolish and uninformed. 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 other restrictions in place for the times when they can watch tv on the weekends, along with what they can watch.

    Hey Bristol, if I were you, I would 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 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. bill

    who cares what this bimbo thinks? It's bad enough that the press repeated everything that came out of her simpleminded mothers mouth, now we have to have this nitwit's ramblings presented as news? Her opinion does not matter and is not newsworthy.

    May 10, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. prediction

    Someone has been giving you bad advice. Stop listening to them before your life gets any more messed up. Move to a new address and find new friends. Good Luck

    May 10, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Francine

    Duh ... unwed, teen mom lecturing the President of the US on morality. No doubt she's a rising star in the Tea/Republican cast of future politicians.

    May 10, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Brad

    And the same law of moses in the old testament that the likes of Bristol the unwed use as a basis for their bigotry also prevents her from putting oil on her meal, and 612 other things, which if you break one you break them all. I'll be waiting to see if she carries out the ritual of the red heifer anytime soon.

    May 10, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. ART

    Well the dumb apple does not fall far from the dumb tree maybe if her father had sat her down and she had listened she would not be a single mom at 17. Oh and by the way she needs to wash that crap off her face she looks like a clown, is she looking for baby #2

    May 10, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Miguel

    Yes, why is CNN covering this Z-list celebrity's opinion? She is not relevant at all to be included in a news section. Who's next, Kate Plus 8 shares in her thoughts? Or perhaps to Long Island Medium lady? WHO CARES

    May 10, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Billy

    "not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage" you're right, let's never change anything. because obviously if something is done for a long period of time it had to be right! (ie slavery, anti-women's rights, world being flat etc.) keep your religion in your churches, it has no place in government.

    May 10, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    I'm sure all the leftists are on their best behavior and being respectful to Ms. Palin. Or is the hate filled bigoted leftist War on Women going full speed?

    May 10, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Hey, Bristol. You crossed the line. Liberals and Democrats should start screaming for an apology from the Team Romney.

    May 10, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Wake up people

    Who wants to bet me that by this time tomorrow, there will be a blog of her equally stupid mother slamming the liberals for staking attacking her innocent little girl? Anyone?

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 10, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Gotta Be Kiddin

    Who really cares what she thinks.

    May 10, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    Blitz has the hots for anything in a skirt. It's sick.

    May 10, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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