Palin Grades Obama, Mainstream Media

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SANTA BARBARA, California -- President Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Egypt received a failing grade from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

She made her first public comments on the Egyptian situation during an exclusive interview with CBN News in Santa Barbara, Calif., where Palin spoke during former President Ronald Reagan's 100th Celebration Opening Banquet sponsored by the Young America's Foundation.

Some have compared Palin to Reagan, but she said there's only one "Gipper."

After her speech, she not only discussed Reagan, but also about the crisis in Egypt.

"Mubarak, he's gone, one way or the other," she said. "He is not going to be the leader of Egypt, that that's a given."

"Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood?," she asked. " We should not stand for that, or with that or by that."

"We need to find out who was behind all of the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support," she added.

Also, Palin said that's where the Obama administration hasn't been forthcoming with information.

"This is that 3 a.m. White House phone call and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House," Palin said. "It seems that call went right to the answering machine. And nobody has explained to the American public what they know."

During Palin's visit this past weekend, she and her family visited Reagan's ranch north of Santa Barbara. Reagan would return there often to get away from Washington, D.C., to recalibrate and think. Palin has contemplated running for the presidency and whether she's ready for even more media scrutiny.

She said that if she runs, she won't be backing down from the media or anyone else.

"I'm reminded so often of 2 Timothy 1:7, knowing that 'God does not give us a spirit of timidity or of fear, but He gives us a spirit of power and love and a sound mind,'" she said.

Palin doesn't think the media has a sound mind and said she would like to help them do their job.

"I want to help them," Palin said. "I have a journalism degree, that is what I studied. I understand that this cornerstone of our democracy is a free press, is sound journalism. I want to help them build back their reputation."

"I think much of the mainstream media is already becoming irrelevant," Palin continued. "Because there is not balance in many cases, there is not truth coming out of the mainstream media."

In the meantime, Palin's busy family life and time on the political road doesn't allow much spare time, but she said she stays focused on what's important.

"I am going to read my Bible every day," she declared. "I am going to dig in there and seek God's wisdom and direction in every step that I take."

"But it's not just carving some time out of the day to read the word and to journal what you know," she continued. "I believe I am gaining from the Word, but it is ongoing minute by minute asking God for the strength, for the direction."

Palin said she is honored to be thought of as a leader like Reagan.

"There is no one individual for Ronald Reagan," Palin said. "He was so one of a kind. But there are so many Americans who believe in the great ideas he believed in, that he espoused, and I thank God for that.

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