Sarah Palin, the 2008 U.S. vice-presidential nominee, who is considering a 2012 White House bid, told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday morning that Mrs Obama’s anti-obesity push reflected a belief that parents can’t be trusted “to make decisions for their own children.
“I think she has got a different worldview and she is not hesitant at all to share what her worldview is. And I will take heat again for saying it on your show Laura but she encapsulated what her view of America is.”
“I believe, unless she has evolved and things have changed in the last two years, but she said it on the campaign trail twice that it was the first time that she had been proud of her country when finally people were paying attention to Barack Obama.”
“I think that’s appalling. We can think of this infinite number of reasons to be proud of American exceptionalism and it baffles me that anybody would have that view and then allow that view to bleed over into policy.”
“Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat.”
“And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities.”
“Just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track,” said Sarah Palin.”
It was another swipe at the U.S. First Lady that stood out in a notably charged interview. For the second time this week, Sarah Palin threw jabs at Michelle Obama (the first instance came with the publication of Palin’s book).
Mrs Palin also hit out at Mrs Bush, the U.S. First Lady from 1989 to 1993 when her husband President George Bush Snr was in office, and mother of President George W. Bush.
The comment comes after George H.W. Bush said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is his favorite potential Republican presidential contender and Barbara Bush said: “I think she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she stays there.”
When Miss Ingraham suggested that this and other comments by senior Republican showed that party “elites” wanted to “kneecap” Mrs Palin, the potential presidential candidate agreed.
“I don’t want to sort of concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing, because I don’t think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods.”
“And I say it with all due respect, because I love the Bushes, but the blue bloods who want to pick and chose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners.”
“I don’t know if that kind of stuff is planned out but it is what it is, we deal with it, and as I say we forge ahead and we keep doing what we’re doing,” Palin added.
Top Republicans are reportedly working behind the scenes to keep Palin from winning the Republican nomination out of fears that the polarizing former vice presidential candidate would lose badly to President Obama in a general election.
Mrs Palin drew fire herself when she mixed up North and South Korea on another radio show, referring to the need to stand with “our North Korean allies”. Political blogs had a field day with the slip, arguing it showed Palin’s poor grasp of foreign policy. [via The Telegraph (UK), CBS News and Huffington Post]