Palin urges Obama to express condolences for slain ex-Navy SEAL
February 11th, 2013
11:29 AM ET
7 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."

"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. ddrew78

    Why would the President have flags flown at half staff? A private citizen was killed in a shooting. If we did that for everyone, occasions to fly the flag at full staff would be few and far between.

    Don't get me wrong, it's sad that an American hero got killed. But, he got killed 3+ years after leaving the military. What if it had happened 20 years after he let the military? What about all those soldiers killed overseas? Why doesn't Palin care about them?

    February 11, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. SeilnoigileR

    Listen up America! Sarah Palin is the only one that can save America! She is highly qualified (more than Hillary Clinton) to be president of the United States.

    Palin-Bachman 2016!
    Bringing America back from evil.

    You mean bringin' evil to America, right? Highly qualified?!? Hillary has more qualification in her fingernail clippings that either of those women.

    I think I just peed myself laughing.

    February 11, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Shameful the way Rpublican/Tea Party politicians like Palin use a trajedy for political purposes. She should get off her holier than thou pedestal . . . the foundation is made of sand.

    February 11, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. fenson76

    Anyone who brags about how many kills they have is not a hero. He did his job, that's it.

    February 11, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Moonbeam

    @rs: Bush DID do something similar. 9/11 ring a bell? The number 3,000+ dead people ring a bell? No impeachment talk then, was there? And his administration had warning as well. Besides that, the Benghazi consulate had 18 military to guard it. Ambassador Stevens had only requested the previous regiment also be allowed to also stay on, which would have made 36. The consulate was attacked by about 120. Are you mathematically challenged? Further, what about the 200+ Marines who died in their barracks in Beirut because Reagan ignored the warnings of his own Secretary of Defense that Beirut was too dangerous a place to have a Marine base? Still, no talk of impeachment, right? Yet when 4 people die at a consulate (and after the GOP reduced funding), you want to impeach the man that has been rated by 238 Presidential scholars as the 15th best President in history?

    February 11, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Drew

    The flags should've been flying at half-staff the day we were introduced to this woman.

    February 11, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Drina

    Pathetic, really. The President doesn't need advice from someone who we're not sure actually reads the news.

    February 11, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Dan

    Moan Moan Moan.

    February 11, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. aj

    Did she ditch her husband?Where is her ring?
    Is anybody listening to this uneducated ??

    February 11, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Drew

    Flying at half-staff? Why? He died at a firing range, not in any military action.

    February 11, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. hank

    Obama hasn't uttered a respectful mournful word about the hero killed at the shooting range. Why? Obama is so awful.

    February 11, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. buckeye

    The half governor is at it again. Loser!

    February 11, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Jack33

    Nobody cares what Palin thinks. Hasn't this Peggy Hill-looking bozo had her 15 minutes of fame already?

    February 11, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. DemFromSC

    Please, please stop it CNN. No rational human being cares what Palin thinks about anything. Her views are totally irrelevant – don't force us to endure her any longer!

    February 11, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Patrish

    Palin, just can't keep her mouth shut. Since no one is paying any attention to her anymore, she had get attention somehow.

    February 11, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. libertypole

    I dont for see anything being said. Sad truely. Molon Labe

    February 11, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. brsln

    Sarah, get it through your head...the country doesn't care what you think...its time to retire to a family life and just retire from the world stage.

    February 11, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. chuck

    I Will never forgive McCain for bringing this knat out. CNN stop reporting on this miserable excuse of a person. Fox dumped her..she is done. Please put it to rest.

    February 11, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. mojopearl

    Dear Sarah: Please ignore the rude, prejudiced and uninformed comments posted here. I don't think you are a fool. But then, what's MY opinion compared to that of millions of others?

    February 11, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Denise

    Can somone please tell Sara Palin to sit down and shut up....

    February 11, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Katrina Wogoman

    Why are we even wasting our time posting anything about this woman. Her 15 minutes are up. Let sleeping dogs lie.

    February 11, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Jules

    It's over – 15 minutes is over.

    February 11, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Thinker

    Why is anyone giving this brain dead idiot even one line of type?

    February 11, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. Jules

    You'll always be the loser in the history books – forever and ever.

    February 11, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. The Princess Snide

    "In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff, and the same authority is provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia with respect to present or former officials of the District of Columbia and members of the Armed Forces from the District of Columbia."

    You don't need a presidential decree, you twit. Go ask Perry why it wasn't lowered.

    February 11, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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