Palin hits back at Obama, media

2010-11-27 12:30

Washington - US conservative standard bearer Sarah Palin has accused critics of unfairly singling her out after a slip of the tongue reignited debate over her grasp of world affairs.

After mistakenly urging radio listeners to "stand with our North Korean allies," the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, who looks increasingly likely to run for the White House in 2012, protested that President Barack Obama had gotten away with similar gaffes.

"(The media) couldn't resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline," Palin wrote on her Facebook page late on Thursday.

In a satirical "Thanksgiving Message to All 57 States" Palin cobbled together several Obama gaffes and linked to YouTube clips of them.

During a campaign stop in Oregon on May 9, 2008 Obama said: "I've now been in 57 states, I think one left to go," when he meant to say 47.

Another of the gaffes occurred on May 26, 2009, when Obama said the US Constitution had been "put to paper more than 20 centuries ago" during his announcement of the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

"If you can't remember hearing about them, that's because for the most part the media didn't consider them newsworthy," Palin said.

Always divisive and sometimes meandering in her speech, Palin has staked her popularity on conservative views and an unorthodox approach to politics.
But her disregard for the usual verbosity and pomp of Washington has led some critics to portray her as unfit for the Oval Office.

As a vice presidential candidate in 2008, Palin was particularly criticised for her alleged lack of knowledge on key world issues.

In the Facebook posting Palin tried to beef up her foreign policy credentials, claiming she was often "ahead of the curve" on issues relating to the Korean peninsula.

"The one word slip occurred yesterday during one of my seven back-to-back interviews wherein I was privileged to speak to the American public about the important, world-changing issues before us."

"I corrected myself seconds after my slip-of-the-tongue, and... made it abundantly clear that pressure should be put on China to restrict energy exports to the North Korean regime."

  • goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 13:05

    This woman is a combination of the worst bits of humanity: 1. Conservative 2. Ignorant 3. Religious

      dracolusus - 2010-11-27 13:44

      You pretty much said it all right there, couldn't have said it better

      vaneeden.pierre - 2010-11-27 13:56

      And you are? Blanket condemnation of people with different views and dispositions to yourself sounds kind of ignorant.

      goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 14:34

      What is wrong with religion? Oppression of the masses for the last 4000 years. Wars, famine, oppression and the list goes on. Religion is the biggest threat to humanity that we have ever invented.

      vaneeden.pierre - 2010-11-27 14:52

      Once again a sweeping unsubstatiated statement - just shout loudly and everyone will believe you. People oppress people, Religion was not a significant factor during Apartheid, nor used much by Hilter, Statin, Pol Pot. It is not used by all the dictatorships in the former Soviet Union, Africa and else where - simple brute force is good enough. People use whatever is available to suppress others. The very religious USA is probably one of the most free, least oppressed countries in the world

      goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 15:42

      The very religious USA is responsible for oppressing more countries than any other, and they are certainly not free.

  • andrewelvidge - 2010-11-27 15:17

    The only reason people oppose Sarah and support B Hussian Obama is a simple case of political correctness, how ignorant.

  • goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 16:19

    @vaneeden.pierre The very basis of Apartheid, formed within the NG Kerk is based on the word itself and the notion that in order to be pure souls for God they must not mix with others. If you don't know what you are talking about rather be quiet. Hitler and the Nazis? Well a small amount of Jewish people may disagree about religion not really being a part of that one. The whole 3rd Reich was once again built on keeping a pure race... Really mate, you're not going to win this one, you wil just continue to show how religion is a crux that stops you from seeing.

      ed - 2010-12-10 11:58

      I agree with u dude, dont forget the christian crusades during the middle ages or the witch hunting craze in Europe. Religion is dangerous, moreso when used as a tool by politicians to win the masses over, people tend to throw common logic out the window when they start taking there religion to seriously! Good examples are littered all over the internet, just throw creationism or intelligent design into google and see what comes up..... scary stuff

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