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. luke,az

    Palin is a complete idiot !

    January 20, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. John

    I am 38 and have never seen the country more racially divided then it has been since Obama took office. White america is on the decline. We will be phased out by spanish, blacks, and muslims. Will people think differently when in a few years we are all forced to face mecca 5 times a day?

    January 20, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. joelc

    She reminds me of an audience heckler. She loves to snipe at other people but she has little to offer to the discussion. What Obama said is true, that he receives obstruction based on his skin color. Mitch McConnell made it his goal in 2008 to make him a one term president. What does this say about Mitch McConnell and the objectives of his party? My only advice to Obama is to stand above the weakness exhibited by other people. It is a position of weakness when someone refuses to deal with a standing president yet has nothing to offer to help America.

    January 20, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. tatanka

    "I had the right to remain silent, but I lacked the ability."

    January 20, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Netoriya

    Sarah Palin is a loser and is ignorant and uneducated. GOP put use her as their mouthpiece so that the liberals can win elections after elections. What a sad woman this one is!!!

    January 20, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Laverne

    It's true some despise him because of his race and Palin is one of those people. Some people don't like the truth and want to make sure he never tell the truth. Actually, I can't wait for Barack Obama's to write his own memoir once he is out of office. I think this nation will be shocked at what this family really went through during this terms at POTUS.

    January 20, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. JIMM

    Sarah Palin criticizes Pres Obama...and in other news, the sun rose from the East today.

    January 20, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Stay Current

    What? Sarah Palin is still around? Who knew?

    January 20, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Reality Really

    Ms. Palin –

    You really should climb out from under the mental rock you seem to live under!
    Why not visit us here in Pennsyltucky! No not Kentucky! Pennsyltucky! The
    portion of Pennsylvania between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. PLENTY of times,
    I often hear white Repubs refer to the President of the United States of America
    as "That N'er in the White House!" There's plenty of racists living just to the
    North of Gettysburg.

    You just need to stop living in the weird dreamland you seem to be in!
    Or are you just jealous of the President for actually finishing his first term –
    unlike a certain Alaskan governor I know.

    On second thought, keep making your silly comments. Sometimes they are

    January 20, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. VJ

    Sarah Palin is a disgrace of Republican party... Period.

    January 20, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. jimmy

    She is the biggest joke ever in any political party. And Fox News pays her...what was McCain thinking..please run Sarah, run for something-Democrats like having you around.

    January 20, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. xophr

    I honestly can't believe why this scattered brained airhead is still relevant. Her 15 minutes should have been over years ago. She is absolutely disgusting.

    January 20, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Lucky18

    This is one disturbed human being. Just think, she could have been the 2nd most powerful person in this country!

    January 20, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. PeterD

    MLk had a Dream to Liberate Black People from Slavery and gave Equal Rights. And President Obama is doing Nothing to Teach, Inspire and Motivate Black People to do their Fair Share of Work and Contribute and Move away from Being a Needy and Live Prosperous Life RATHER He is taking Black People Back to Not So Good Old Day of Slavery by Encouraging Giving Handouts.

    January 20, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. The Film Professor

    Ahhh, CNN. What a story to be running on MLK Day. Caribou Barbie shares more of her sentient wisdom with us. Sigh.

    January 20, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. ray

    damn i thought ugly freak of nature palin has gone,,,,,,, she is back, please stop covering this racists moron

    January 20, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Why do so many like "her" think our finances and history started in January 2009?

    January 20, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. me

    Maybe if Sarah Palin had spent half as much time raising her children properly as she does flapping her narcissistic lips, she wouldn't have a white trash daughter and ex-SIL or a grandchild born out of wedlock to a teenage dolt... Clean your own house before you worry about others you mindless fool...

    January 20, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. rs

    I'm sorry, who is this Palin person again?
    I like to say she is the Vice Presidential candidate of the failed McCain/Palin campaign of 2008. A woman who was a member of the Alaskan Separatist Party; someone who quit before the end of her term on the Alaska Oil & Gas Commission (the one that hands out "socialist" checks in the thousands of dollars to each and every Alaskan), who ran her little town into debt, and who failed to finish her term as Governor of the same state, narrowing escaping prosecution. She also quit FOX News, and her "reality" TV show tanked. Sure she no doubt made millions of dollars, but she is still as stupid as a log.

    January 20, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Al

    Ms. Palin every time you open your mouth you never fail to prove that you are that special kind of stupid.

    January 20, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. xophr

    I for the life of me can't understand why this scatterbrained airhead is still relevant. Her 15 minutes should have been up 5 years ago. She is absolutely disgusting.

    January 20, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Mark

    Palin hates the truth-like how smart she isn't, that she is unqualified for much. STOP GIVING HER AIR TIME! Let her little minions read her crap an her web site.

    1/2 Governor Palin doesn't get out of fox enough. I thought we as a country didn't see color so much–the Republican's would like us to think that that is no issue now–ostrich time. When I heard a woman say live on TV that she would never vote for a black man I realized that race is still an issue and that these backwater slugs have no shame to say their sick bigoted opinions in front of a camera. some things you just have to save for the local KKK rally.

    Who makes him out to be a monkey in posters? democracts? no it's at tea party rally's where the stars and bars of the losers is proudly displayed. Like I said Palin need to get out more and see her own party's issues.

    Biased opinions are not meant for government leaders-but they all have them but don't legislate them hopefully. plus the fact we have a black president doesn't mean that racism is gone.

    Obama might be right and its sad–these issues are not gone and denying it makes Palin more of a na├»ve idiot that is unqualified to be anything but an expresser of opinions.

    Opinions are like butt holes everybody has one and sometimes they stink.

    January 20, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Josh

    I'm the furthest thing from an Obama supporter but why does the media (or anyone for that matter) care what Sarah Palin thinks? I have a theory:
    Pretending Palin is still relevant in GOP politics scares the independent voter towards the left.

    January 20, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Spuds Mackenzie

    There are truly, truly a bunch of idiots in this country. Sarah Palin is the least of them. You get a good sampling of them here though.

    January 20, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. The Rave

    Sarah Palin Reads the New Yorker??!! Maybe someone read it to her.

    January 20, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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