During an interview as surprising as a cold winter night in Alaska, Sarah Palin took issue with Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.
But TV stations in Anchorage still hire weather casters and Fox News still interviews Palin, who had some particularly harsh words on Wednesday.
“That was a tough speech to have to sit through and kinda’ try to stomach, because the president is so off base in his ideas on how it is that he believes government is going to create jobs,” said the former vice presidential candidate. “Obviously government growth won’t create any jobs, it’s the private sector that can create the jobs.”
Host Greta Van Susteren had specifically asked for job creation options that differed from Obama’s, but Palin decided to keep the focus on how much she disliked the president’s.
“His theme last night in the State of the Union was the WTF — winning the future,” continued Palin. “I thought, ‘OK.’ That acronym? Spot on. There were a lot of WTF moments throughout that speech.”
When asked if she agreed with what the president had to say about the “Sputnik moment,” Palin identified the matter as one of those “WTF” instances. “He needs to remember that what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that race to space, yeah, they won, but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it led to the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union,” she said.
After Van Susteren kept pressing for specifics besides emphasizing the private sector over the public sector, Palin said she would cut funding for “fluffery” like the NPR and NEA, along with “Obamacare” and entitlement programs.
Asked about Michele Bachmann’s response to the State of the Union, Palin indicated that she liked her speech, as well as the official GOP response by Rep. Paul Ryan, saying both “were really good and they were sound. They were sound because they were in opposition to president Obama’s message.”