January 20th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Palin slams Obama in MLK post

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reposted a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech on Monday–and took a swipe against President Barack Obama at the same time.

"Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card," she said in a Facebook post Monday, a holiday that marks the civil rights icon's birthday.

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While the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee didn't give a specific example of Obama playing the "race card," her comment comes after the President referenced his race in a New Yorker article published over the weekend.

"There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President," Obama said.

The quote came in a section of the story about his declining poll numbers among white voters over the last year. He also lost the voting demographic by a wide margin in his 2012 re-election bid, the article notes.

According to CNN national exit polls, Obama won only 39% of the white vote.

"Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I'm a black President," Obama added.

- CNN's Sara Fischer contributed to this report.

Filed under: President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Twenty days into 2014 and CNN just couldn't wait one more day to give us a useless, brainless brain fart of the AK screecher.
    I am also getting sick and tired of Maher continuing to give this piece of turd air time! First show back he had to mention her.
    Even as the joke she is let's forget that this monstrosity is still alive after being unleashed onto the world by the old man from AZ!!!!!

    January 20, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Are you kidding me?

    What a disgusting mentality she has. She is a disgrace. Happy she is not in an elected official anymore – quitter.

    January 20, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. vikingwoman

    What's new from Sarah Palin:Nothing!!

    January 20, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    No; it’s not about you being black; it’s about your Lies, the Trillion Deficits, six years of FAILED policies, just plain being the worst president in the history of America.
    Your ignorance is remarkable. When did your selective amnesia kick in? Have you forgotten the last 13 years all together?

    January 20, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Rusty Krus

    @just saying
    obama has a dream too.... he dreams that someday he will live in a country where all will be on food stamps and the government dole. then there will be equality for all. abject poverty of course but equality for all.

    Thanks for your daily dose of negativity. Dear GOD you must hate yourself.

    January 20, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. RWB1956

    Gee, I must be a taker then because I voted for him. I take 11 hours out of my day to work two jobs 5 days a week.

    January 20, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. chucky1169469

    Is it kinda crazy that the same people who defended Phil Robertsons right to say something racist are now blasting people who are speaking about racist people?

    January 20, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. 1twinsfan

    I curse you, John McCain, for bringing this spawn of the tundra down to the lower 48. Sarah, dear, as a pretty white woman, you cannot possibly begin to understand what a black person, particularly a man, goes through.

    January 20, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Rusty Krus

    @Harold Read
    “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” = blatant playing of race card.

    Hey Harold, I'm white and I know, just as you do that a lot of white people hate Obama for being black. Stop pretending it isn't true.

    January 20, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    So did President Obama come up with the slogan, " Put the white back into the White House"? Did he come up with don't reneg? Did he Photoshop his and his family's pics to look like chimps? Was it Obama at the last RNC throwing peanuts at the black workers? I could name many more instances but why waste my time when my comments get moderated out.

    While there are many, many fair whites in this country, the election and subsequent reelection has caused many of the racists to speak up and out.

    You want people to stop being racist Sarah, start with your party.

    January 20, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tommy G

    Tampa Tim
    As a white person, I truly like our president, and think he is trying to help all Americans.

    Your statement is a total lie. Since day one he has been a divider not a uniter. He pits one group of Americans against another. These that don't agree with him well they are just bad, evil or racists. He represents the takers, not the makers, the people that are actually paying to support this country.
    No, you and your ilk made a very conscious decision to oppose him at every turn, to interpret every decision or statement as proof positive that he hates this country.You chose to be in opposition to everything he tried to do, and you have personalized it to an enormous degree. I vividly remember watching conservatives cheer when Chicago lost the 2016 Olympics bid: conservatives, so filled with hate and resentment that they could not bring themselves to support an Olympics bid by their country. If they can't support us in that, how could we ever expect you to support anything of real importance. Instead, you concoct this fantasy of how much he hates our country so you can feel justified in the hate, fear, and paranoia you already feel.

    January 20, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. fr114

    palin, need we say anymore

    January 20, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    "There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President," Obama said.
    That is true. Sorry but he is speaking the obvious. There are some people out there who have made it apparent they do not like the color of our president. The most appropriate time to mention this in a speech would be on MLK day.

    From the Christian Science Monitor: " that racism was apparent in the 2008 contest, too, citing a Sarah Palin rally in Johnstown, Pa., a month before the election, during which a man in the audience held aloft a monkey doll with an Obama sticker wrapped around its head."

    January 20, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Obama the Divider

    Obama prefers the words of Rev. Wright to the words of Rev. Martin Luther King. Racial hatred towards whites and this country preached and Obama sat and listened to it for 20 years. Yes, it is truth and it hurts but the truth will set you free.

    January 20, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    Actually John it has nothing to do with policies. People were saying most of what they say about him before he was even sworn into office.

    Birth certificate please????

    How many other presidents had to publicly show theirs?

    January 20, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    The President spoke truthfully. Is Palin trying to say that there are no longer any racists in America? Or if there are any racists left, is she saying that they don't vote?

    January 20, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. current state of the union

    She's only slightly detached from reality. She attacks without prejudice, then crys when she's called on something she said, pathetic woman I swear.

    January 20, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Thomas

    @Freddie MacDonald
    It is just a darn shame that Obama will go down as our country's worse president. He hasn't done much but talk for 5 years. No results to speak of. He has poisoned the well for other blacks that might want to run. People will not vote for them because they fear that they too will be an empty suit.

    Were you home schooled in a cave ?

    January 20, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Jonathon Powelly

    Obama is more correctly a mixed race president even though his physical appearance makes him appear black.

    January 20, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Tommy G – my statement is the truth, but to the brain dead, nothing our president does is correct. Your bagger party has difficulty accepting the poor, seniors, women, minorities, veterans, etc, while catering to billionaires. The Republican Party has waged war on the vast majority of Americans. Nice try though.

    January 20, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. gotta ask

    @TammyG, your takers are Koch brothers, rich people to take off from Tax-paying brackets, not the unemployed, not needy not poor Americans. These Republicans evade taxes, loot this nation, to further evade they out money in CAYMAN ISLANDS,SWISS ACCOUNTS. USA needs tax code needs redone...

    What planet do you come from? Your posts never make any sense.

    January 20, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. sifto

    Good day for CNN–Palin bashing and baiting session! when will they leave this woman alone ?

    January 20, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Tampa Tim

    Obama the divider – You do realize you are reality challenged, don't you? You are the reason the GOP will become the permanent political minority.

    January 20, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. jinx9to88

    Great!! Who woke the beast?

    January 20, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. current state of the union

    So its obvious we have a nation in divide, now please explain to me how a bkackman who was elected by his piers be the one responsible for racial hate, how did he make you a racist, no, he merely brought to light feelings you've already had. Again.,,how is it his fault some can't handle his being president, that's your problem, not his, grow up already!

    January 20, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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