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. ChuckB

    Bristol has no credibility commenting on parent's communication with their children. Given her history, it appears that her parents either didn't give her good advice regarding abstinence, which they claim is a family value for them, or she didn't listen. Apparently Obama didn't inculcate Palin family values in his children because he doesn't share them. Since her family couldn't instill its values in her, it appears as if she doesn't share their values either; she only pays them lip service. What is she complaining about? Who is she to come across with this holier than thou attitude? Bristol, get your house in order.

    May 11, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. When will the Palins just go back to their inbred hole in the ground?

    Ah Bristol Palin - the tramp who got knocked up and then refused to marry her baby-daddy. Yes, she's a shining example of how gays are missing up marriage for all those straight people.

    (Just curious, but did she ever get her G.E.D.?)

    May 11, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  3. Lily

    Said the unmarried teem mom

    May 11, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  4. jimatmadison says the unwed mom.

    Obviously the family gene pool didn't give her much to work with.

    May 11, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  5. Arthur

    Bristol Palin's life experience and accomplishments obviously make her opinion very important.

    May 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  6. Greg in Arkansas

    I sleep better knowing that this teenager is no where close to the White House, we dodged the bullet in 2008 when we passed on electing her mom to the VP post...

    May 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. charles bowen

    Ah yes the size of the mouth is in direct proportion to the size of the brain.... The Bigger the brain the smaller the mouth the bigger the mouth the smaller the brain.... She is Definately a Palin that big mouth a flappin proves her Genetic Purity she is definately a Palin........ Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    May 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  8. Gary

    Hey Bristol!

    Where's the father of your child?

    Answer: NOT living with you and NOT wearing a wedding band.

    Yeah, we should ALL be so wise that we might follow your example of what a good Christian is. (not)

    May 11, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  9. Richard

    I wonder what kind of advise her dad gave her. Unfortunately, I hope she finds someone who can instill the correct morals into her life. It doesn't seem her parents did. I predict she will go from one guy to another for her whole life. Can anyone imagine being married to her!

    May 11, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  10. Kay

    Like she's some sort of stellar role model?

    May 11, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    American public: Too much "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader" anytime a Palin speaks.

    May 11, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  12. Bear

    STOP IT! STOP IT STOP IT!!!!!!! PLEASE? Giving this child a national platform is insane. She is disgusting and I certainly believe she is unqualified to comment on a local bake sale let alone the Presidents policy. PLEASE STOP GIVING HER A VOICE! There MUST be SOMETHING else you can "report" on right? Try the WAR, the TROOPS, the ECOMOMY, HEALTHCARE, LYING POLITICIANS... ANYTHING other than promoting a child who knows nothing about what she is talking about. Get some reporters, will ya? PLEASE?

    May 11, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  13. RinosRwinos

    For someone who got knocked up at 18, out of wedlock, who is she to talk about family values? She needs to practice politics.

    May 11, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  14. Robert

    Just. Go. Away!

    May 11, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. PulTab

    Palin vs. Obama. This is some kind of terrible joke right?

    May 11, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  16. Joan

    I think it is funny for Obama to talk about family values when he was an abandoned child. The liberal media is trying very hard to save their failed leader. Too bad the American voters ousted the democrats last election, because they have been destroying the economy since 2007. The next election will end the liberals noose on America's throat.

    May 11, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  17. Phantom

    Guess Obama should teach his girls that as God fearing christians, it's okay to have children out of wedlock and It's okay to have unprotected sex?

    May 11, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  18. TR

    Bristol has the audacity to talk about family values when she was front and center stage with "out of wedlock" pregnancy and the "role model" dad of her child is a playboy and disses her and the family on national tv???? WOW.

    May 11, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  19. Linda

    OMG! Like mother, like daughter... over stepping her bounds and being to presumptuous as she had the right to criticize the Pres. of the U.S. Pres. Obama used his daughters' friends as an example.
    Obviously, Bristol was not watching enough tv when she conceived her child...

    May 11, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  20. Larry Pooface

    She missed the point. The speech may have gave credit to his family and Biden; but it was a statement he had to make for political reasons; they all are. Every politician has to say something to entice their base; like when Palin misquites our founding fathers, or gives some religious reason to hate someone; that's not because she belives it, but she needs to support her base.

    May 11, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  21. JDinHouston

    Bristol got an F in values, she's not exactly an upright picture of morality. Why do people keep quoting her? Oh yeah, because she has a famous mom.

    May 11, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  22. Bob

    CNN - this type of pandering by CNN moves you closer to the National Enquirer. Anything for notoriety and ad revenue regardless of journalistic relevance. To call this "political" is inane. Set up a new category for "Stupid Statements".

    May 11, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  23. steven stevens

    looks like the apple hasn't fallen very far from the tree wherre the palin family is mouth = stupid statements..

    May 11, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  24. Steve

    Just like mommy. Who cares what this closed-minded person thinks?

    May 11, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  25. want2believe

    "we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview."

    I find the hypocrisy just enlightening.

    May 11, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
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