Sarah Palin Says Obama Wants To Weaken America

Yesterday on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Sarah Palin claimed that President Obama’s insistence that Congress must raise the debt ceiling when the issue comes up was part of some kind of nefarious plot:

Sarah Palin is charging that President Barack Obama is “hell-bent on weakening America” by pushing to raise the national debt ceiling.

“What I believe that Obama is doing right now — he is hell-bent on weakening America,” the possible 2012 Republican contender said Friday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

She accused the president of “purposefully” trying to harm the country and acknowledged that her stinging comments might “get some people all wee-weed up again.”

Palin noted that in 2006 then-Sen. Obama had “said it is a sign of failed leadership to support raising the debt ceiling, and now he is doing exactly that.”

“[H]e understood that debt weakened America, domestically and internationally, and yet now he supports increasing debt,” she added.

Former half-Governor Palin, perhaps you should have a conversation with George Will.

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  1. Bob B. says:

    Even though Gov. Palin would accuse me of getting “wee-weed up,” I can’t believe she would say something like this. If she wants to argue that the President’s actions would weaken the country, fine (I don’t agree, but she is entitled to that opinion). But to take it the next step and claim that he is doing it for the purpose of weakening the country is just one more ridiculous statement that she has made. And she wonders why so many people can’t take her seriously.

  2. Jay Tea says:

    “It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”

    Barack Obama, April 2010.


  3. john personna says:

    Of course she does.

    I don’t suppose she names cuts?

  4. Tano says:

    This is beyond shark-jumping, and moving into full meltdown mode. The GOP establishment is turning pretty strongly against her now, but she retains the enthusiastic support of the fringe wackos in the party – a very substantial group.

    I think there is a fair chance that she will end up ripping the GOP apart in the next two years.

  5. An Interested Party says:

    “I think there is a fair chance that Hussein will end up ripping the Democrats apart in the next two years.”

    Considering that you are probably the same person (using another silly alias) who predicted that DADT wouldn’t be overturned, it is quite clear that your prognosticating skills aren’t worth very much…