Palin in Testy TV Interview: I Didn't Blame Obama for PTSD
'What did I say that's offensive?'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2016 12:46 PM CST

(Newser) – A Sarah Palin interview on the Today show Monday quickly got testy when the subject of PTSD and her son came up. After discussing Iowa for a few minutes, Savannah Guthrie changed the subject to Track Palin and his mother's recent comments about his domestic violence arrest. "You mentioned PTSD and you said that President Obama may be to blame for some of the PTSD that's out there," said Guthrie. But Palin interjected, "I never said that, I never said that," reports Politico. She elaborated: "I never blamed President Obama. What I have blamed President Obama in doing, though, is this level of disrespect for the United States military." When Matt Lauer asked if Palin rejected the earlier comments, she shot back, "What did I say that's offensive? I don't regret any comment I made because I didn't lay PTSD at the foot of the president." The comments in question came last month when Palin said military vets like Track "come back a bit different—they come back hardened," and then added:

  • “It's a shame that our military personnel even have to question, have to wonder if they're respected anymore. It starts from the top. The question, though, it comes from the top, the question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, 'Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?'"
Palin objected to the matter being brought up, but this Washington Post blogger thinks it's "fair game" because Palin is the one who raised it on the campaign trail.