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)

    Why fly the National Ensign at half-mast for Kyle? Did he sacrifice more, or less than every one of our sons and daughters who have been lost? Should the flag be flown at half-mast almost every day? Do us all a favor, shut your pie-hole, and go away.

    February 11, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Bernarda Collins

    Her brain is trying so hard......

    February 11, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Tom

    She is sooooo stupid!!!

    February 11, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. juge

    That Navy Seal was doing something that he was NOT trained to do. This kid needed professional help and not a trip to a firing range.

    February 11, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Pam

    That insane woman really needs to stop rattling her cage. She's an opportunistic, crafty and maniupulative person, but not all of us are ignorant! Please someone make her shut-up because she's so boring and ridiculous! .

    February 11, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. gahh

    GW Bush should be the one mourning. Chris Kyle was sent to Iraq 4 times, thanks to Bush's useless and unnecessary war. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, none had the decency, to attend Kyle's funeral. 3 Cowards. Palin should shut up, and go back to Alaska. If she and McCain had won the election, our soldiers would still be in that hell hole, dying for nothing. McCain said we would be there for a hundred years.

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

    Why does CNN or any ot the media outlet give the has-been any relevance as to her "shooting from the hips" dogma? She is SO irrelevant to this country. She's just trying to score points with the Texan. Hope Texans do see through and ignore anything she has to say.

    February 11, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Logic N LA

    She's a publicity hack like the Kardashians- no value to society but the press keep giving them ink.
    Her comment is stupid and given without any thought.

    February 11, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. KathleenVS

    Chris Kyle was an EX Navy Seal working as a mercenary. We don't fly flags at half staff for each soldier killed in Afghanistan. More than 50 diplomats were killed on Bush's watch in at least 12 separate attacks. How easily Palin seems to forget. She needs to go away.

    February 11, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. had it with her

    It’s sad to see a CNN reporter put out this kind of trash. Instead of continuing on Sarah Palin’s 15 min of fame that really should have been over so many years ago, it would be nice if we had some real investigative reporting. Why note report on the any number of Cops or Firefighters that lost their life over the last few weeks…they are hero’s too. The loss of a human life is tragic and the same goes for this Retired Navy Seal. I would like to emphasize that he was not active duty…we have current soldiers killed every day and we hardly notice any more. Are we so use to War that we forget the part about Americans dying in battle?

    February 11, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. JLO

    Enough, just enough already. When is CNN going to quit treating this woman as if she is relevent.

    February 11, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. George

    You can fly it in Alaska and see it from Russia! Leave us alone!

    February 11, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. brian

    The US of A has a monopoly on self-serving angry people...

    February 11, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. PtBarnumBoy

    Every day a veteran dies. Going to every funeral wouldn't leave much time for anything else. Sarah is nothing more than a bomb thrower.

    February 11, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Joe The Plumber

    Using a slain vet to make pollitical points is classless. Sarah please ask God if you are acting out of love.

    February 11, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Ancient Texan

    Funny how one attractive knowledgeable lady, that has every right to use her freedom of speech, drives the left to frothing at the mouth.

    February 11, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Hawk in Texas

    Will we never be rid of this trailor trash. McCain still needs an butt kicking for bringing this upon us.

    February 11, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |

    While Bill Clinton was doing – you know what – in the Oval Office with his intern – Osama was plotting away. There's no way Bush could have stopped something that quickly right after taking office – Clinton's the one who should have prevented it. Incidentally, Bush kept our homeland safe for 7 years after that dreadful day – Obama is nowhere around when Americans are being murdered at consulates.

    February 11, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Fr33th1nk3r

    "If Bush had done something similar he would have been excoriated by the media for months on end."

    2002 U.S. Embassy Karachi, Pakistan: 10 killed, 51 injured
    2004 U.S. Embassy bombed in Uzbekistan: 2 killed, several injured
    2004 U.S. Consulate Saudi Arabia: 8 killed
    2006 U.S. Embassy Syria: 1 killed, several injured
    2007 U.S. Embassy in Athens: bombed with an anti-tank grenade; fortunately it was unoccupied
    2008 U.S. Embassy in Serbia: set on fire; 1 dead
    2008 U.S. Embassy in Yemen: bombed; 10 killed

    February 11, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Jack

    He was a sniper, not a soldier. Not that many years ago he wouldn't have even told his family what his job was.

    February 11, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. DPLJLB

    I would gladly have a pebble in my shoe for the rest of my life than to hear this non person spew her nonsense. She will say and do anything to be in the media.

    February 11, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. David

    I'll tell you this... I won't be mourning when Palin punches out.

    February 11, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Clark_Nova

    Hero? Snipers aren't heroes, they're killers.

    February 11, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Really?

    Palin not married anymore? Left hand ring-less?

    February 11, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. JiminNM

    So, Mrs. Palin, have you read the charges of treason filed against the U.S. Federal Government officials and the Federal Reserve by U.S. Representative Louis McFadden in 1932? Do you know the U.S. Federal Government is a private foreign owned corporation posing as a government? Do you know the military is actually serving the Corporation which is working for the interests of the elite to enslave the people of the world and own the world's resources and not to protect the people or the nation? Do you care?

    February 11, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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