Sarah Palin’s Reading Comprehension Problem
April 18, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Sarah Palin, the shrill former half-term governor of Alaska is making headlines this week with her Liz Cheney-esque attacks on President Obama’s so-called un-American views and policies. Palin cherry picked a quote made by the President and misinterpreted it to mean that he was somehow apologizing to the world for being a superpower. “I don’t understand” such a world view declared Palin. Yes, that’s correct. Sarah Palin does not “understand” much of anything, but that doesn’t stop her from making embarrassingly obtuse comments that are breathlessly reported by the national media.
The Associated Press reported that Sarah Palin was “taken aback” by President Obama’s comment:
“Sarah Palin criticized President Barack Obama on Saturday for saying America is a military superpower “whether we like it or not,” saying she was taken aback by his comment.”
‘”I would hope that our leaders in Washington, D.C., understand we like to be a dominant superpower,” the former Alaska governor said. “I don’t understand a world view where we have to question whether we like it or not that America is powerful.”‘
President Obama’s full statements were made at a press conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit:
“[W]hat we can make sure of is, is that we are constantly present, constantly engaged, and setting out very clearly to both sides our belief that not only is it in the interests of each party to resolve these conflicts but it’s also in the interest of the United States. 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.”
As pointed out by Steve Benen of Washington Monthly’s Political Animal, President Obama’s remarks are not difficult to understand:
“Reading comprehension isn’t one of the former half-term governor’s strengths, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Palin is badly misquoting, and deliberately misunderstanding, what the president said.” [...]
“Palin, who is painfully, conspicuously unintelligent, wasn’t quite sharp enough to understand the president’s remarks. Perhaps he should have chosen words with fewer syllables. He didn’t say there’s a potential problem with the U.S. being a superpower; he said it’s important for Americans to appreciate the global responsibilities that come with that power when conflicts arise, and the sweeping effects of these conflicts on the country’s global interests.”
Thank you Steve. Enough said.