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. Bermille

    Whenever she speaks up, anyone with a brain should do the opposite of what she says.

    February 11, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. repulsed by palin

    Oh, no! It's back! The one who thinks Paul Revere was warning the British with bells! What an idiot. Why doesn't it ever go away so the republican party can try to gain some respect back?

    February 11, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Jake

    Nobody cares what she has to say. Please stop putting that woman on the CNN site. Really, she's totally irrelevant.

    February 11, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Redeye

    Ms. Palin is an prime example of free speech gone haywire.

    February 11, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. TM

    Oh how quickly the QUITTER forgets that her dear, beloved President Bush forbade us from seeing the caskets of our soldiers killed in his war of choice returning to the US. My respects go out to the family of this SEAL, but his death is no more or less worthy than dozens of other veterans. Why has the Quitter not demanded similar observances for ALL of them?

    February 11, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Big Joe

    $arah Palin is just using this as yet another attempt to get her name in the spotlight. Same thing when Rolling Thunder came to DC, she showed up to grab attention. Same thing when Romney was about to announce his run for President , she just had to come to NHampshire for a "publicity" stunt.

    $arah is nothing more than a bitter, washed up, failed, defeated 7th grade mean girl who wants the spotlight

    February 11, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Guest

    Chris Kyle went to Iraq and did his job. He did it particularly well, but nonetheless he went where he was sent and did the job he was supposed to do, just like tens of thousands of other American service men and women. Hundreds of thousands, even millions, if you go back through all the wars we've fought from which veterans are still alive. They deserve honor just as much as Chris Kyle does. They went where they were sent and did the jobs they were supposed to do, and some of them died doing it, and some of them came home broken, and some of them went back to their lives and never talked about what they did and saw and remembered. It would be a disgrace to those millions of ghosts to elevate Chris Kyle above them, saying that what he did was somehow more important than what they did, more deserving of honor, more worthy of recognition. And I suspect that he, too, would agree.

    February 11, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. itsovergetoverit

    Who is this Sarah Palin person anyway?

    February 11, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Joe

    Your 15 minutes are up, Sarah. For God's sake go back to hunting moose in Alaska.

    February 11, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Larry L

    I have never considered Sarah Palin to be completely useless. Many nations supply their military with comfort women and of course our Defense Department would never, at least in modern times, sanction such activities. Still, nothing prevents a dedicated patriot from providing comfort of a purely voluntary basis. However, I recommend she actually finish that job...

    February 11, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. steve

    From Palin's perspective, media celebrities like herself deserve special treatment.

    By the way, why would anyone write a self promoting book describing killing one hundred and fifty people. How is that a more compelling story than any other warrior's who put his butt on the line for his country. On the other hand, it's easy to see why Palin identifies with him. She knows all about crosshairs.

    February 11, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. realitycheckplease

    Seriously? I mean really, seriously? Queen of the Word Salad has spoken. How long before she does Playboy to get some more attention?

    February 11, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY


    Sarah Palin would have made a MUCH better president than that lying con artist Obama.

    Here's a big L for you to put on your forehead....ignoramous

    February 11, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Edward_S

    Like Dick Morris, she no longer has the fig leaf of Fox News to provide the illusion of relevance and credibility. Is CNN looking to give her a landing pad too?


    February 11, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. ljabarr

    Sarah Palin is a MILF that I want to plow.

    February 11, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Kentucky Burbon

    can you say OBSESSED!!! Todd Get your wife!

    February 11, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Kentucky Burbon

    Sure cant make anymore jokes about Blondes

    February 11, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Bryan

    If all veterans are heros, what was the veteran who killed this hero? An anti-hero? Go away, Palin, obscurity awaits you.

    February 11, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Jim

    I am sure the POTUS does and will mourn the loss of the SEAL. He certainly does not need an idiot like Palin to tell him to. Moron!!

    February 11, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm surprised she did not demand that Obama award her and Todd the Medal of Freedom as well, since they both just learned to spell the word "freedom" only yesterday. For a product of the Alaska Public Schools, this would be a tremendous accomplishment.

    February 11, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Mark in Seattle

    Wonder who she grifted money from for the first class seats for her and toad to travel to Texas.

    February 11, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Bob

    WE, just want you to go away!!


    February 11, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Is CNN looking to give her a landing pad too? "

    Ha...too funny...I can just imagine how fast their ratings would drop even lower. Care to wager, CNN?

    February 11, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. DumbasRocks [R]s

    "The words "criminal" and "treasonous" comes to mind."

    Yes they most certainly do when those of us with brains think of you Nick, and all the other idiots sucking at the rightwing underbelly.

    February 11, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. ray

    send this moron in a cell for a week with some brothers and i bet anyone that she will never say anything about this president again

    February 11, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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