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. Obama2012

    While you're at it, CNN, why not ask Kim Kardashian for her take on foreign affairs?

    Bristol Palin is the daughter of a moron, and the most famous unwed teenage mother in the United States. And she's commenting on morality? Love it!

    May 10, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Doctor Strangelove

    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 – they do not deserve equal rights as citizens, or basic civil liberties that belong to groups such as African-Americans or Women.

    May 10, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Please...go away!!!!

    May 10, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. teena

    So children do better in a mother/father home? so what is going to happen to your child since he lives in a single mother home, huh+
    Grow up Ms. Palin children do well in a family home filled with love regardless of whom is in the parenting position!

    May 10, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Laura518

    Yeah, like this family has values!

    May 10, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Jeff in Virginia

    Where's a current picture of this woman? Her plastic surgery makes her unidentifiable.

    It's also disgusting that this never-married daughter of a failed VP candidate is opening her mouth about marriage.

    It is further disgusting that CNN has given the Palin family more free publicity.

    May 10, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Larry

    Way to go Bristol

    May 11, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  8. t.marino

    The teenage unwed mother is speaking on family values. This family is way over the top and CNN should be ashamed to give this hypocrite and her mother a moments time. Too rich!

    May 11, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  9. sbssue1

    I have to say, Obama's statement is horrific and I too thought they are not teaching their children good values. When his daughters come home with their "companions", then let's hear what he has to say. This was terrible what he has done to our country. If folks want to be that way good, but don't push it off on the rest of us whom have values. Now, the girls are running the WH????? Gotta gag. He took us broke, ruined our values, and now he thinks he's right.....that's what's scary about this whole thing. TV needs to be addressed too.......Quit pushing this crap off on the rest of the world. Sensor TV NOW!

    May 11, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  10. Jude

    Bristol profited mightily from being the most famous unwed mom, yet she pretends to speak for "family values." But since her 15 minutes of fame are over, she's got to do something to stay in the spotlight. Disgusting!

    May 11, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  11. Thierry.S

    And again.... people forget history. Marriage has been changing ever since couples were formed.
    If you want to go back to the old testament the notion of 'marriage' is taking someone's daughter as property.
    Even though that change slightly, it's only very recently that the romantic aspect of it prevail over economic or descent bearings. Sanctification didn't come before the later part of the Middle Ages.
    And when did this country finally accept multiracial nuptials? 50 years ago....
    And maybe that's where the real problem is.... America is a very slow evolving society!!!

    May 11, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  12. Brad

    I thought Glee was her favorite show.

    May 11, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  13. Wayne Weathers

    I'm one who typically don't judge and I had a lot of sympathy for Bristol during the presidential election and never criticize her for becoming a single mom as a teenager. However to say Obama's daughters were watching too much tv, this should be off limits because one would question what she was doing that led to her pregnancy. She has a right to criticize the policy. Leave the children alone.

    May 11, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  14. Gordon1956

    Since when does CNN begin to place Bristol Palin on the same political platform as the Vice President or President. When I saw that Palin comments on President Obama's thoughts on gay marriage; I thought, what does that moron Sarah have to say now. But to put Bristol (even more of a moron) on your web page is just plain insulting to those of us who still view your web page. Please leave the space and news for people who have real thoughts and reason, not someone whose claim to fame is that her mother made a fool of herself by thinking she could run a country from her backyard while looking at Russia. Come to think of it, why don't you talk to Malia and Sasha on this topic! I am sure that what they have to say would be much more newsworthy and insightful.

    May 11, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  15. Palin ponders with more reason...

    How embarrassing must it be for Obama to be showed up by this young girl?... Again! After reviewing some of the replies on this story, it is no wonder why we have the "empty suit" in the WH that we have? That will be corrected in November!

    May 11, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  16. JoJo

    Wait, didn't she have a child out of wedlock? This crazy family breeds crazy children.

    May 11, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  17. Greg

    This coming from a girl that got pregnant when she was 16. Shows how good her parents are.

    May 11, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  18. Tony in Maine

    Since when has Bristol Palin been relevant? She is the airhead child of an airhead Republican half term governor. Her critique of the Obama girls being reported as news is absurd – not worthy of the Weekly World News.

    May 11, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  19. Michael

    Why do Bristol Palin's views even matter? Running this story is utterly absurd.

    May 11, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  20. zanny

    What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The fact that her pregnancy was announed right after her Mother was nominated to be the Vice Presidenial candidate speaks volumes. This young lady's house is nothing but glass. When will this family ever learn to keep their mouth shut around their foot. We will always have John McCain to thank for this family. By the way, where is the father in your mother/father home????

    May 11, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  21. nc1965

    OK, a women that started having sex at 14, go knocked up at 16 to a high school dropout, wants to give us words of wisdom.

    How touching.

    May 11, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  22. pdfpdf

    What is going on CNN?Is that the reason i heard that CNN getting lowest rating as compared to other channel?Is Bristol considered to be politician? How a journalist waste time in looking after her blog?Is there any news worthy information coming form either her or her mom? please get life?

    May 11, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  23. Jack

    Why would CNN waste time on her opinion on anything?

    May 11, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  24. nilla

    The funny thing is I actually care more about hearing what she has to say that I do hearing her mother.

    May 11, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  25. NJGirl

    Bristol Palin schooling the President? Now that's rich. CNN – please send this story to the circular file. It's garbage.

    May 11, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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