WASHINGTON — President Obama’s speech Thursday in Oslo where he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize appears to have placated his political opponents and struck a nerve with his supporters. He’s receiving kudos from one of the most unlikely sources: Sarah Palin.
Following an interview with the former vice presidential candidate and fierce Obama critic on Thursday, USA Today reports that Palin “praised” him for his speech in Oslo, and “said the president’s defense of war to combat evil could have been taken from the pages of her memoirs.”
“I liked what he said,” Palin told USA Today. “I talked too in my book about the fallen nature of man and why war is necessary at times.”
The speech “sounded really familiar,” Palin said. “Of course, war is the last thing I believe any American wants to engage in, but it’s necessary. We have to stop these terrorists.”
A flurry of conservatives were livid when it was announced that Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. But they’re largely happy with Obama’s speech at Oslo, as well as his decision to escalate U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.
Former Republican leader Newt Gingrich said it was “actually very good,” adding that Obama “clearly understood that he had been given the prize prematurely, but he used it as an occasion to remind people, first of all, as he said: that there is evil in the world.”
“The irony is that George W. Bush could have delivered the very same speech,” said Bradley A. Blakeman, Republican strategist and former Bush official. “It was a truly an American president’s message to the world.”
Obama’s speech and his Afghanistan move have ruffled feathers in the progressive base and defied key Democrats who strongly hold the view that it’s unnecessary and counterproductive — including Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).
Many liberals criticized him for touting the virtues of war too heavily, agreeing with conservatives that many of his declarations were reminiscent of those Bush often made.
Palin is winding down her cross-country tour promoting her new book, “Going Rogue.”
Wisconsin teacher labeled a ‘rogue’ instructor by community just for talking about Black Lives Matter in class
A teacher in the town of Burlington, Wisconsin sparked a massive backlash earlier this year when she talked with her fourth-grade students about the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that teacher Melissa Statz at the start of the school year decided to talk with her students about Black Lives Matter after hearing students ask questions about violence that erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin after a police shooting left local Black resident Jacob Blake paralyzed.
Which Americans will get the COVID vaccine first?
The Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines could be approved in a matter of weeks, but who in the United States will get them first?
Though nothing has yet been decided, US experts may differ from other countries in prioritizing "critical workers" who keep society running -- potentially even before people at highest risk.
To be clear, there won't be one single set of rules for the whole nation.
At the risk of creating confusion, which was the case during the vaccine campaign against the H1N1 flu in 2009, the federal government only makes recommendations to states, who decide for themselves how to distribute the doses and who gets priority.
‘Saber-toothed tiger’ skeleton up for auction
A nearly 40-million-year-old skeleton belonging to what is popularly known as a saber-toothed tiger is going under the hammer next week in Geneva a year after its discovery on a US ranch.
The skeleton, some 120 centimeters (nearly four feet) long, is expected to fetch between 60,000 and 80,000 Swiss francs ($66,560 to $88,750; 55,300 to 73,750 euros) at auction on December 8 in the Swiss city.
"This fossil is exceptional, above all for its conservation: it's 37 million years old, and it's 90 percent complete," Bernard Piguet, director of the Piguet auction house, told AFP on Tuesday.