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.


9 Responses to “Sarah Palin’s Reading Comprehension Problem”

  1. sheilababe on April 18th, 2010 12:38 pm

    I can’t stand her, what she says is doubletalk, and her shrieking with the speech is driving me nuts. I can’t turn any of the News on without them reporting on something she says, where she’s going and the like. All I do know is that she is treated like a queen for no good reason. Palin has to pay for what she has done in one year to our country and our president in her hate statements. She has to fall far ……………

  2. Sonia Kermaz on April 18th, 2010 1:30 pm

    Palin’s confused and confusing speech patterns resemble those of stroke victims.

  3. Marc Lawrence on April 18th, 2010 1:38 pm

    It’s sad that a moron such as Sarah Palin’s is granted a role on the public stage.

    While I had hoped America would get a respite from semiliterate morons once George W. Bush returned to Texas, it was not to be.

  4. What a joke on April 18th, 2010 2:20 pm

    Old news. Remember that when asked about Africa she thought it was a country and not a continent. She came on the scene showing her “intelligence” and continues to prove it time and time again. She is a joke. At least the deeper she digs this hole, the harder it’s going to be for her to run for a presidential spot. Keep up the good work whack job.

  5. Dutch Kronenberg on April 18th, 2010 2:47 pm

    Sarah Palin is absolutely despised in Alaska now by over 73% of us. We hate her for her constant lies and her meglomaniac proclivity for freeloading. A vote for her is two votes for O’bama. Her days are numbered. Enter : Frank Bailey’s tell all. Yikes!

  6. DEO on April 18th, 2010 8:49 pm

    $arah keeps getting paid the big bucks to bray like a donkey, and act like an ass.
    $arah Palin/Tonya Harding 2012!

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  8. Archivist on April 22nd, 2010 3:01 pm

    Sarah exploits the ‘reading comprehension skills’ deficiency of her fans.. nothing new there.

    I think she knew very well what the President said, but …. she wanted to diminish his accomplishment in organizing this Summit.

    Her fans are ignorant AND they don’t read or listen to anything but FOX .

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