Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin weighed in on the Common controversy Wednesday night during an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren”
Palin lashed out at President Barack Obama for inviting the hip-hop artist to the White House poetry event.
“The judgment is just so lacking of class and decency and all that’s good about America with an invite like this,” she said. “They’re just inviting someone like me or someone else to ask, ‘C’mon Barack Obama who are you palling around with now?’”
The former vice presidential candidate went on to assure Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that she was not trying to stifle free speech and also emphasized that she’s not “anti-rap,” pointing out that she knows the lyrics to Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.”
The White House has been under fire by some conservatives and police officers for inviting Common to the event because of some of his lyrics.
The conservative “Daily Caller” pointed to an appearance the rapper made on Def Poetry Jam where he recited a poem entitled “A Letter to the Law.”
Some of the lines in the poem included, “Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton/I walk like a warrior,/from them I won’t run,” as well as, “Seeing a fiend being hung/With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?/Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction/How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one.”
Common performed at the White House Wednesday night without making any mention of all the recent criticism, although hours before his performance, he wrote on his facebook page, “Politics is politics and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I respect that. The one thing that shouldn’t be questioned is my support for the police officers and troops that protect us every day.”
President Obama spoke at the poetry event and did not mention the controversy either. “The power of poetry is everybody experiences it differently. There are no rules on what makes a great poem,” Obama said, “Instead a great poem is one that resonates with us, and challenges us and teaches us something about ourselves.”
OTHER INTERESTING BITES FROM THE PALIN INTERVIEW ON “ON THE RECORD WITH GRETA VAN SUSTEREN”:
ON A 2012 PRESIDENTIAL RUN:
“I think it’s too early to throw my hat in the ring and I know that other potential candidates are thinking along the same lines.”
REACTION TO NEWT GINGRICH’S ANNOUNCEMENT:
“I am happy that he is running the more competition the better, we need vigorous debate in a primary, this is gonna be good…what newt is going to bring to the table is of course that experience he had in the 1980s in congress and he’ll be able to share what some solutions can be and maybe what maybe some failures were so we don’t repeat those failures.”
SPECULATION ABOUT WEAK GOP CANDIDATES:
“We do have strong candidates out there and you will see more strong candidates be willing to throw their hat in the ring and engage in that vigorous primary that the electorate deserves to see. But I do think it’s too early and I’m not disappointed in the field thus far. I look forward to more jumping in there. Again as I say competition breeds success, competition is good for all of us, in business, in politics, the more the merrier in a primary”
REACTION TO KILLING OF OBL & DOES THIS MAKE OBAMA A MORE FORMIDIBLE CANDIDATE IN 2012?
“I’m very appreciative that Osama Bin Laden is gone and we have contained that little aspect of evil that wanted to spread and destroy America, but that is just one aspect on the war on terrorism. No, I don’t believe that Barack Obama is a stronger candidate, personally, after our navy seals did what they were able to accomplish, under, yes, the guidance of our president.”