Get up and dance around the room to it!
Palin cited the contrast between Obama’s comportment in bowing to Japanese royalty and the leadership style of former President Ronald Reagan.
“There is where his steel spine strengthened our entire nation,” she said of the Republican icon. “The leadership he provided, where he allowed us to believe in ourselves as a superpower — not in an abusive way as a superpower, but as a power and a light and a hope for the rest of the world.
“That allowed us to be a healthier, safer, and more generous nation to help other nations. So those things that Ronald Reagan did . . . he said on national security issues, he said you know: ‘We win. They lose.’ Leadership like that we need today. [It] allows a very clear path in front of us we’d be foolish not to follow.”
In criticizing the bow, Palin underscored the distinction between Reagan’s view of American exceptionalism and President Obama’s efforts to cast America as but one member of the community of nations.
“That [bow] made me and many of us uncomfortable, and I don’t think it was just an accidental breach of protocol, because we’ve seen it before with one of the Saudi leaders, too,” Palin told Newsmax. “I think it goes along with that same mode of operation that was apologizing for who America is. In order to build relationships with other countries and strengthen our allies and allow more alliances across the globe, we don’t need to apologize for who we are. In fact, I think we would be respected to an even greater degree if we exerted more of the diplomatic power that, again, Ronald Reagan did.”
Palin, who was a lightning rod for criticism during the presidential campaign, warned that America is in “a dangerous place economically” because Congress is debating healthcare reforms that would affect up to one-sixth of the U.S. economy, without keeping the public informed about exactly what provisions are being proposed. And she doesn’t think that void of information is accidental, either.
“There are so many questions right now that I’m like every other American,” Palin told Newsmax, “just kind of scratching my head saying, ‘When are we going to get the answers so that we can debate this very responsibly and very intelligently?’