Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says President Barack Obama’s priorities are misplaced, because instead of focusing on the nation’s fiscal and military problems, he is concentrating on running for re-election.
Palin also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Tuesday she has tremendous respect for potential fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Well, Greta, [Obama] wrapped up . . . last week on the campaign trail trying to raise his billion dollars that he’s promised he’s going to need and spend in order for his re-election bid — which is 19 months away — and he spent the week in that mode instead of dealing with the challenges facing America,” Palin said. “There need to be questions asked of him: What is he doing about gas prices that are going to hit five bucks a gallon here shortly? What are we doing about Libya? How are we going to explain our intervention there as we’re letting Syria suffer from this bloodbath, and Yemen, and Egypt, and Israel's civilians not being protected?
“The inconsistencies in his befuddled — and befuddling — foreign policy, there need to be questions answered from him on what we’re doing militarily and economically,” she said. “And instead, he spent the week on the campaign trail — and I think it’s appalling — we can’t afford our commander-in-chief, and our top CEO of our nation, to be in that mode, not at this time, not when there are so many woes that people are suffering from in America.”
Van Susteren asked whether Palin was saying Obama is not doing his job and whether Obama cannot multi-task.
“I’m sure he can multi-task — other presidents have also engaged in vocations, vocations, and still done their job,” Palin replied. “But the job that the president is supposed to be doing is not only protecting us with strong national security policy, but helping getting this economy back on the right track — this needs to be first and foremost his job.
“And instead, the perception that he is giving Americans is that he almost can’t be bothered with some of the issues that are facing the rest of us,” she continued. “And if he’s not willing, Greta, to engage in some of these tough issues that have to be addressed, then it’s all the more reason for government to just step aside — get out of the private sector’s way.”
Van Susteren asked Palin, if she was president, what she would do about skyrocketing gasoline prices.
“Well, I never would have done what President Obama did, and that’s engage in that moratorium after the tragedy in the Gulf with the spill,” Palin replied. “He should have been more sensible in figuring out what the problem was — what the solution was to the Gulf spill, but not take it out on the rest of the country and prohibit drilling onshore and offshore.
“It is extremely difficult, and it’s going to continue to be so. And you combine the devalued dollar that the Fed has made Americans suffer from — and that’s going to get even worse unless Obama intervenes there, too,” she continued. “You combine the devalued dollar with lack of domestic supply, and unfortunately, Americans can count on some higher gas prices for a while here, which is so unfortunate. That just weighs down the economic growth that is potential here in America — it really stymies the potential of development in our country.”
Van Susteren then asked Palin her opinion on the controversy surrounding Trump, his relentless pursuit of Obama’s birth certificate and, more recently, asking the president to produce his college records. Palin re-iterated that she respects Trump for “putting his money where his mouth is.”
“He’s actually investigating his speculation there on Obama’s birth certificate and Obama’s college records and all those things that Obama — though he promises to be a transparent official — certainly isn’t, because he could certainly reveal many of these documents and put many of these issues to rest,” Palin said.
“But here’s — here’s the point with Donald Trump . . . right now, he’s got the spotlight — he’s got the megaphone,” she said. “Now is his opportunity to really force a shift in debate and discussion in this country — get his media friends or his media enemies — to really start listening to the other issues that Donald Trump really wants to talk about, and that is the high cost of fuel, that is our relationship with China.”
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