Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama for his weakness on defense and foreign policy while kicking off the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on Thursday evening.
“At this rate that we’re going, this Commander-in-Chief, our soldiers are going to have to exchange their fatigues for mom jeans,” Palin said, according to McClatchy. Palin has previously said that Obama has emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin because Obama is seen as a weak president who wears “mom jeans” and “equivocates and bloviates.” First Lady Michelle Obama may have agreed, because Obama recently admitted that his wife “retired” his mom jeans.
Speaking about the wait-list scandal in the Obama administration, Palin also said on Fox News’s Hannity that some illegal immigrants were getting better health care under Obama than veterans. Palin has previously said it was “un-American” for the Obama administration and Democrats to treat illegal immigrants better than the veterans who have fought to preserve the country’s freedoms.
Palin said Obama does not understand American exceptionalism and what it takes to keep America the world’s superpower that other nations want to emulate. She said that was evident in Obama’s “weak” speech to the cadets at West Point on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, the Obama doctrine dismisses the price our veterans have paid for our freedom,” Palin reportedly said. “Perhaps what our president doesn’t understand today is freedom isn’t free.”
Palin made a surprise appearance at the conference after campaigning for conservative Louisiana Senate candidate Rob Maness, who is a retired Air Force Colonel.