Palin urges Obama to express condolences for slain ex-Navy SEAL
February 11th, 2013
11:29 AM ET
8 years ago

Palin urges Obama to express condolences for slain ex-Navy SEAL

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said she hopes President Barack Obama "pays his respects" to the slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was killed at a shooting range by a fellow veteran on February 2.

In Dallas for the funeral, the former Alaska governor said she and her husband "find it sad to see that flags aren't flying at half staff for this American hero."

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"We're surrounded today by American patriots here in Texas – by Chris' fellow veterans and active duty warriors," she wrote on Facebook Monday morning. "In honor of them, I hope our commander in chief pays his respects in some gesture of condolence for their comrade in arms who sacrificed so much to keep him and all of us safe."

Kyle, who was 38, served four combat tours in Iraq and received two Silver Stars, among other commendations. He left the Navy in 2009. He was most known for declaring himself the "most lethal sniper in U.S. history" with more than 150 sniper killings in Iraq, which he described as a record for any American.

"We may never know to what extent Chris kept us free or how many lives he saved by his brave actions in the line of fire. But his fellow warriors know how important he was," Palin wrote.

Shortly after his death, Palin wrote on Facebook that she had lost a friend. She explained that she and her husband, Todd, first met Kyle in Pella, Iowa, when he helped out with security for the premiere of "The Undefeated," a documentary about Palin that debuted in June 2011.

"Later we became friends with Chris when he was on 'Stars Earn Stripes' with Todd," she said, referring to the NBC reality show in which competitors took on missions based on military exercises.

"Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably," she continued. "He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten."

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soundoff (482 Responses)
  1. Lizzy10

    Ms. Palin, please, do not diminish this man's service with your typical nonsense.

    February 11, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Chris

    Has been trying to make trouble. She ought to apologize for ever running for the office of VP. So absurd she owes the country a big apology.

    February 11, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    Didn't all this divisiveness and hate start with Sarah being nominated for VP?

    February 11, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Dee

    Honestly, who cares what she thinks.

    February 11, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. CTYank

    Dear CNN

    Please pay Sarah the attention she deserves- none. Even fox noise understands that now. Sarah is of no significance, and a legend only in her own mind. (Yeah, that's stretching things some- for the mindless one.)

    Sarah only divides. Set her adrift. We'll be the better for that.

    February 11, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Disgusted

    Just like Sarah to to glorify an assassin. When will she ever shut up?

    February 11, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Former Tea Party Activist

    Sarah, do the country and our party a parting service and shut your damn mouth and fade away quickly and silently.

    February 11, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. barbra k

    Sarah is not concerned about the seal, she is only concerned about Sarah.........her earning level right now seems to be at a stand still since Fox News dumped her. So, to earn any income she has to open her big mouth. I say "who cares what you have to say Sarah".

    February 11, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Brent

    I thought we had ridded ourselves of this moron.

    February 11, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Swan

    Hard to live with being the answer to a trivia question. It's over, Sarah.

    February 11, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. JayneQP

    Appalling lack of respect for the rest of the soldiers who have been killed, maimed or otherwise permanently damaged by war. What a train wreck she is.

    February 11, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Denise Orr

    Oh Sarah please please go away.....far far far away........

    February 11, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. SFC Mike

    He's a former SEAL, not killed in the line of duty. Thus he is in no way eligible for the lowering of the United States' flag.

    From a legal standpoint, he's a private citizen killed in a criminal act.

    February 11, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. ohsnap

    "Let's can I exploit this death so I get a little press?"

    A pitiful excuse for a human being.

    February 11, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. ski

    and yet, we lover the flags at half mast for a freaking junkie, great singer, but still, a freaking junkie – ok, what is wrong with this picture??

    February 11, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Exactly why..

    Liberals don't need to do anything to destroy the Republican party. We have people like Palin to handle it for us.

    February 11, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Robert Austin

    Sarah is classic "blind leading the blind'. I can see why they where friends. She is not smart enough to keep her mouth shut and Chris wasn't smart enough to not hand a gun to a mentally unstable vet. This guy killed 150 human beings some of which may have been taliban and he ends up for all practical purposes killing himself.

    February 11, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. TomGI

    Well, if Sarah wants it then it shall be so.

    February 11, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. tricia

    Sarah, please go away

    February 11, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. jigger

    Why does this woman still get press coverage?

    February 11, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Moonbeam

    Sad though his death is, he has been back in civilian life for several years and was not killed in the line of duty. Further, he was shot by a man who would probably not be allowed to have had a gun under the tightened gun control laws that Ms. Palin so arduously opposes. Even the shooter's own father threatened to take his gun away because he knew his son was unstable. Flags fly at half-mast for former Presidents who die after retirement, but not for every soldier who dies after retirement. The flags would never be at full mast. You can't just single this soldier out because he wrote a book and was a famous sniper. He may have been trying to help the shooter overcome PTS by gradual desensitization, i.e. exposing him to the gun range again, but he was not a qualified therapist to deal with the problems that are so deep. Ms. Palin seems to be really scraping the barrel to stay in the limelight any way she can.

    February 11, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Robert Austin

    In Dallas for the funeral, the former Alaska governor said she and her husband "find it sad to see that flags aren't flying at half staff for this American hero."

    You can blame your buddy Rick Perry for that Sarah.

    February 11, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. CaptD

    Sarah, shut up! Its shameful to use the death of a true American hero as a political attack. It's not about you, in fact you have not done one thing to unite the people of this country. Your hateful rhetoric is self serving and you spew it to make your pockets fatter. The real shame is that there are enough ignorant people who feel you speak for them. RIP Chief Petty Officer Kyle, on behalf of a grateful nation.

    Capt D, USAF

    February 11, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. BajaDelMar

    How about this pea-brained embarrassment to anyone with an ounce of intelligence and her brain-dead minions show a minuscule amount of respect to OUR President the leader of this country???

    February 11, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Tom

    If this half-term quitter knew anything about the government she wanted to have a hand in running, she would know that there are specific protocols for flags to be lowered to half-staff. Tragic though it may be, the death of a single soldier on American soil is not one of them. If so, then the flag would NEVER be lifted to its full height.

    February 11, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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