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. Peter

    Why does CNN even bother giving her press time at all? We already have FoxNews for that...

    It's apparent that stupidity runs in her family......

    May 10, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. gr8usa

    In other news, another unwed teen mom thinks gay marriage is just fine. Listen, everyone in this country has an opinion on the President's statement on gay marriage. Why does this person (who has done nothing of significance in her entire young life) get thrust upon ONCE AGAIN.

    May 10, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. gr8usa

    If I need parenting advice, the last, absolutely last family I would turn to was the Palins!

    May 10, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. The REAL Truth...

    @BEND – I'm sure all the rightists are on their best behavior and being respectful to the POTUS. Or is the hate filled bigoted rightist War on Women going full speed?

    Can't wait for the Sarah Palin response to this idiotic Palin commentary. She should stay home and raise that "family values" underage, out-of-wedlock child she has...

    May 10, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Hey, Bristol. How's that new show of yours coming along, "Alaskan Shore"?

    May 10, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. That Guy

    Can someone remind me why this is news?

    May 10, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. el-frio

    "there's also a time when dads simply need to be dads," where was her "dad" when she got knocked up. also, where is her baby daddy about now?

    May 10, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Lionel

    OMG – I think some Republican operative gave this to Bristol to write. Shame on you Bristol, you should write your own material and how much are you making from special interest.

    This reads like the pot calling the kettle black to me. She obviously did not take advice from anyone.

    Please send the Palins back to Alaska.

    Obama 2012

    May 10, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Tammy

    When did Bristol Palin become newsworthy? Other than being an unwed mother who used her "unwed mother" status to make money, why is CNN reporting on what Britol Palin has to say? Enough already....

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

    CNN this is important news. Why would you cheapen it by imagining that this sideshow act's opinion means anything. To stand up for the equal rights of all Americans, in an election year is a courageous thing. Guess it has something to do with it all being about people...not politics. Bristol, guess you were the only Republican out there stupid enough to open your mouth. Oh by the way. You can take your foot out now.

    May 10, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. MP in VA

    This is all McCain's fault. I will never forgive him.

    May 10, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Montana Dude

    Excuse me, but who is Bristol Palin?

    May 10, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. mark

    Why is her opinion news?????

    May 10, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    well I guess we have to get at least ONE Palin to say something. So far we haven't heard from her mom yet I don't think but it seems the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree here.

    May 10, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. SF

    How are those conservative marriage first, children later rules working out for you Bristol? oh ya, that's were knocked up out of wedlock...good ol christian hipocracy! go suck a rotten egg you moron of a person!

    May 10, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Michael Robinson

    As is usually the case with the Palin clan they are way off base. It's like they here the first part of a story or sentence and then go to thier talking points without any thought what-so-ever. I don't blame Bristol she is gentically challenged. President Obama wasn't taking advice from his children he was noticing that his children didn't have the pre-conceived ideas and predudices that color the thinking of the ultra-right.They see a loving family and don't have a problem with accepting that family as it is. The president sees the same thing and understands that times are changing aand so should the law.

    May 10, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Michael

    I'm sure that Bristol's opinion really affects Obama. She should stick to subjects taht she really knowledgable. Politics is not her strength at all. Just like her mother, she's not politically intelligent.

    May 10, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. ART

    Obama2012 I guess you have selective amnesia and have forgotten how we got into this mess. The years of failure you must be talking about must be the 8 years of Bush and Darth Vador, you are in dire need of a history lesson

    May 10, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Maria

    (CNN) - "A nearly 25-year study concluded that children raised in lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers." ... "The results surprised Gartrell.
    "I would have anticipated the kids would be doing as well as the normative sample," she said. "I didn't expect better." Children from lesbian families rated higher in social, academic and total competence. They also showed lower rates in social, rule-breaking, aggressive problem behavior."

    May 10, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Ed Scanlin

    Bristol, of course, is an immature Republican airhead. They are a dime a dozen.
    I think that it is heart wrenching that Bristol has put into this World another Bristol
    that will reach the same level of common sense as her Mother and Grandmother.
    It's all a matter of "breeding". They should be registered by the AKC

    May 10, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. OxfordVoter

    Bristol Palin is incapable of opening an intelligent dialogue on any subject. However, she has demonstrated she is quite talented (and at a tender age) of opening her legs and her mouth.

    May 10, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Mike

    And we care what this hypocrite daughter of two hypocrite parents thinks because...?

    May 10, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. LynneSki


    I am suppose to give a flying fig what she thinks??????????????

    I am laughing so hard I think I may pee my pants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. TiredOfPalins

    Apparently Bristol just doesn't approve of marriage, period. Unless there's a bun in the oven.

    Oh, wait. He dumped her before THAT ceremony could take place.

    May 10, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. fernace

    This is too rich! Bristol Palin is giving her"family values" speech to the classiest family the WH has had in years, a family who doesn't just talk "family values," but lives it daily! She seems to suffer from the same "open mouth, insert foot" habit as her mother! Also, BTW, Bristol, gay peoples rights are already guaranteed by the const.itution! The blocking & banning of those rights is unconst.itutional! I thank the President & Vice President for standing up for all human & const.itutional rights of the American people!!

    May 10, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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