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Sarah Palin Bats Michelle Obama Breastfeeding Initiative

The hypocrisy of Sarah Palin is mind-boggling…

Huffington Post

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took a shot Thursday at First Lady Michelle Obama’s breastfeeding initiative during an appearance before a gathering of business officials in Long Island.

“No wonder Michelle Obama’s telling everybody, ‘you’d better breastfeed your baby.’ Yeah, you’d better, because the price of milk is so high right now!” Palin told the crowd in a rare event in which she answered questions from the crowd.

Palin’s comments build on ones made earlier this week by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), another potential 2012 presidential contender, who claimed the first lady’s effort to provide federally subsidized breast pumps as part of her larger mission to reduce childhood obesity amounted to a “nanny state” overreach.  

“For them, government is the answer to every problem,” Bachmann said of Obama’s plan. “To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition.”

Palin has also jabbed First Lady Obama for her childhood health program in the past. Last year, she blasted the initiative for infringing on the nation’s “God-given rights.” She later mocked it on her TV show, defiantly saying she planned to feed her family s’mores to protest Obama.

Now contrast the above with this article…

FLASHBACK: Palin Proclaimed Oct. 2007 “Breastfeeding Awareness Month”

Fox News contributor Sarah Palin joined her colleagues today with an apparent swipe at First Lady Michelle Obama’s support of women who choose to breastfeed. Politico’s Ben Smith reported:

Palin knocks breastfeeding initiative

Sarah Palin, who has made a frequent target of First Lady Michelle Obama, poked fun at her attempts to encourage breastfeeding in her Long Island appearance today.

“No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody ‘you’d better breastfeed your baby,’” Palin said, after suggesting that increases in prices for commodities and gasoline since 2009 are the consequence of her husband’s policies. “Yeah, you’d better, because the price of milk is so high right now.”

Obama supported including breast pumps under a tax exemption that covers medical equipment. Rep. Michele Bachmann has also criticized the push as a feature of the “nanny state.”

The perceived dig is quite a turnaround from the position Palin had as governor of Alaska, when she declared October 2007 “Breastfeeding Awareness Month” and issued a proclamation that said, “government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality.”

From a 2007 news release (via nexis):

Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, has issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, breastfeeding is recognized as an unequalled means of providing food for infants.

WHEREAS, throughout their lives, breastfeeding can offer children protection against serious health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Breastfeeding also saves lives by reducing the incidence of life-threatening cancers in women and preventing premature death in infants.

WHEREAS, breastfeeding forms the most basic bond between mother and baby and is a foundation for lifelong health and wellness.

WHEREAS, government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality.

WHEREAS, during October, organizations throughout our state will promote the importance of breastfeeding. This year, in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week – October 1 through October 7 – the State of Alaska will support networks that encourage and promote breastfeeding in all communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim October 2007 as:

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

in Alaska, and encourage all residents to recognize and support the important contributions breastfeeding makes in improving the quality of life for all Alaskans

 

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Sarah Palin Standing Tall On ‘Don’t Retreat, Reload,’ Says Aide

Hmmm…”Caribou Barbie” is going to make sure that there will be no “Sarah moratorium” for the month of February, I see…

Huffington Post

Sarah Palin’s camp is pushing back against recent reports that the former vice-presidential candidate dropped her “don’t retreat, reload” slogan during her keynote speech at a gun-rights convention in Reno, Nev. over the weekend.

“The governor actually did use the phrase ‘Don’t retreat, reload,’” Palin aide Rebecca Mansour told Politico in an email. “She also said, ‘Don’t retreat, stand tall.’”

According to some reports, which the Washington Post writes stemmed from reporters listening at the door of the closed-press event, Palin used the phrase “don’t retreat, stand tall.” Some saw it as a sign that she was toning down her gun-themed rhetoric following criticism in the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson that took the lives of six and wounded 12 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

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Sarah Palin’s Arizona Shooting Statement Blasts Journalists & Pundits’ ‘Blood Libel’

It’s hard for me to understand how Sarah Palin doesn’t address the cross hairs map, but accuses the media of manufacturing “blood libel“, essentially turning their criticism of her around by criticising them of the same thing.  

In the past, Palin has accused the present administration of creating death panels within the Healthcare reform bill.  

Palin has accused Obama of “palling around with terrorists”  during the Presidential campaign in 2008.  On one occasion during that campaign season, someone in her audience yelled “kill him

It’s ironic to me that Mrs. Palin has decided to speak out on the same day that President Obama will address the nation at a memorial service in Tuscon, AZ this evening.

I guess my question is, why is it ok for her to commit the same “blood libel” against the POTUS and Democrats, yet when the tables are turned, she cries “victim”?

Mrs. Palin appears robotic and disconnected from the reality of the situation.   One more thing, who has a Flag near their fireplace?   The video seems so contrived, in my opinion.  It will play well to her base, but I have no doubt that others will not be as kind.

Huffington Post

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin broke her silence on the tragedy in Tucson Wednesday, releasing her first comments on the shooting since a brief statement following the incident Saturday.

In her extended remarks — transmitted in a nearly 8-minute address — Palin expresses sympathy for the victims and responds to a flurry of criticism that has been leveled at her and others for supposedly pushing vitriolic political discourse in a manner that may have encouraged the violent flare-up:

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

In her statement, she also blasts “journalists and pundits” for “manufacturing a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.” She adds, “That is reprehensible.”

Palin has been criticized for placing Democrats — including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — under crosshairs during the 2010 election. A Palin aide denied that the crosshairs had anything to do with violence or guns, even though the former Alaska governor referred to the “bullseye” list on at least one occasion. Scroll down for a video as well as the full text of her remarks.      More…

 

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Sarah Palin: ‘I Believe’ I Could Beat Obama In 2012

There’s something in the air in the state of Alaska that makes some of its political figures over confident.  Joe Miller comes to mind (sorry fella, it’s over, Murkowski won!) Then there is the half term Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin who Sen. Lisa Murkowski believes “does not like governing” and “lacks the intellectual capacity to become President”.

Yet, Sarah Palin says she can “take Obama down in 2012″.  The collective progressive message to Mrs. Palin is bring it on!

Huffington Post

On a day with increased buzz over Sarah Palin’s potential decision to announce a run for president in 2012, a video released Wednesday provides a clear indication that if Palin lacks anything necessary to embark on that mission, it isn’t confidence.

In an interview with ABC News scheduled to air in full on December 9, Barbara Walters asked Palin, “If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?”

“I believe so,” Palin responded.

“I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and … trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing,” Palin said in the segment, set to be part of Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People” of 2010.

Her response is no huge surprise. Most candidates who would be willing to pour millions of dollars and thousands of hours of work into a campaign presumably can be expected to believe that they could end their quest in victory — especially a contender with a strong following, like Palin. Nonetheless, the former vice-presidential candidate’s response appears to be the most expressive of her still undecided, yet increasingly anticipated, 2012 presidential run.

Earlier Wednesday, the New York Times Magazine released a profile that seemed to insinuate similar aspirations for Palin. In her interview with Robert Draper, the author of the piece, Palin spoke candidly about her need to prove herself to voters and to add more substance to her political persona. Talking to the New York Times, a symbol of Palin’s commonly degraded “lamestream media,” may be a sign that Palin is trying to nip some of her most common criticism in the bud.

Video here.

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