This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," April 12, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST OF "HANNITY": I can't think of a more demeaning comment to make about mothers who forego a career to stay at home and raise their children. Now after mounting political pressure, finally Hilary Rosen issued an apology and said that her words were only poorly chosen. Well, that's putting it mildly. And earlier this evening, President Obama finally distanced himself from the remarks calling them quote, "ill-advised." Strong statement. Joining me now with reaction, former Alaska Governor, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin. All right. Before we get to that, which is just insane, North Korea, we knew this was coming. You know, it seems like the President, it might have been Jimmy Carter, he draw a line in the sand, they cross over, draws another line in the sand, I really meant it this time, what’s he going to do?
SARAH PALIN, FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: These threats, these sanctions when it comes to dealing with other countries, too. I think that it's illustrating that our own foreign policy is becoming murkier and messier by the day and people are really craving that peace through strength, pursuit and success of Ronal Reagan’s. We don't have that today and it's really is though getting people a little bit more enthused about figuring out what our foreign policy really is when it comes to dealing with North Korea and their threats, and Iran, and others out there and just the desire for some positive change in the foreign policy direction.
HANNITY: You know when you put this all together. How is it that I as a talk show host had a much better idea what would happen with the Arab Spring in Egypt and the rise of radical Islamists and the Muslim brotherhood and the President gets it completely wrong?
HANNITY: You know he's gotten it completely wrong. He's pressuring Israel not to strike against Iran even though they're very -- security is in jeopardy. It seems that the world doesn't really respect President Obama.
PALIN: Well, because President Obama, he had his chance with the green revolution that was happening in Iran where America could have spoken for those who were speaking freedom and some basic God-given liberties, and Obama took a pass on that and yet did interject himself on some other kind of nebulous policy calls of other countries. We've interjected ourselves there; where a lot of Americans are saying, why are we so inconsistent with our policy and with our interventions.
HANNITY: All right. So, here we had over the years, we've got people like James Carville and Nancy Pelosi and they keep referring to the Republican war against women. The President injects himself in the Sandra Fluke controversy, gives her a call, highly publicized and then all of a sudden, he's confronted in a quandary, in a moral dilemma. And that dilemma is, oh, Bill Maher, who called you very offensive names, attacked your family and children, attacked Rick Santorum's children; he donates $1 million to the president. Now, they don't return the money. Now, all of a sudden, have you ever received a phone call? Has your daughter ever received a phone call from the president?
PALIN: Never received a phone call but I think that's again more of the same of the inconsistencies, the double standards, the divisiveness that is kind of represented by President Obama and the people he surrounds himself with. Look at the class warfare that's being called. Look at what is going on today with Hilary Rosen. She, who has the ear of the president, who is advising the Democrat Party, and making such disrespectful comments about a woman who has made a very honorable choice to stay home and do the toughest job, the most important job there is, and that's raising good kids.
HANNITY: And by the way, and she's fought cancer, and she's battled against MS, and she's raised five great kids that are contributing to society. But just think of this phrase. Never worked a day in her life. Now, look, I know, I have my wife, I have many friends and their wives. Let's see, they got to get the kids off to school, they have to organize their activities, get them to the doctor, get them to the dentist, get them to do their home work, make them behave or try to get them to behave, get them into bed at night, it's a full-time job.
PALIN: Well, the comments that Hilary Rosen made today certainly have awakened many ‘Mama Grizzlies’ across the nation. And I know that, because I got lots of e-mails today. A lot of text messages from apolitical girlfriends. Some who have chosen to stay home over the years, some for financial reasons. And others, finances weren't really a factor in their choice to stay home. And the message seems to be, why is it that some on the left choose to divide, to insight with comments like that instead of just respecting women's choices and what they want to do with the gifts that God has given them.
PALIN: How they want to contribute, because we all have opportunities to contribute.
HANNITY: You know what's interesting? But they got two shots in at one. Because they got a shot in of the class warfare issue which the President has been hammering home, and then they try to take a shot on Republicans and women just like in the Sandra Fluke case and then having to deal with the Bill Maher controversy, which was ensuing. It seems that it backfires. The strategy doesn't seem to be working.
PALIN: Oh, yes. Well, they are underestimating the wisdom of the people, and the people in this case a lot of moms, a lot of women are saying, hey, you overplayed your hand on that one. Let me share with you a quick text my sister had sent to me. She said, oh, wait, didn't these people slam you, who are the same ones slamming Ann Romney because she stayed at home with five kids, didn't they slam you for not staying at home with your five kids? My sister goes on to say, it's obviously not a mom thing they’re slamming, it's a conservative thing that their slamming.
HANNITY: Well said. Because wasn't the argument at the time, how could you possibly raise children and be the vice-president at the same time?
PALIN: Yes, but they really have overplayed their hand on that one. Very sad, very real commentary though on those who want to invalidate a woman based on the choice that she is making whether she is staying home and working her butt off in that house or working very hard at home in addition to being able to have a paycheck outside of the home.
HANNITY: But it's interesting too that conservative women have been subjected to the worst attacks, the most vial names that they have been called, and sadly for you at the top of the list, and their voices have been silent, starting with the president who lectures us about the coarseness of the language and the lack of civility and the culture, but he never speaks out when it's a conservative woman being attacked. And this happens with regularity.
PALIN: We don't look to our president to speak for us. And, you know, we will be silent no more on an issue like this. Really, it is -- as I say, it's a sad commentary on this -- this attempt to invalidate a woman for the choices that she's making when really we should be unified. All women should be standing up for each other when you consider what's going on in this country. All women and all races and all ages, we are all suffering under Obama's economy, and we need to make changes.
HANNITY: I thought liberals were pro-choice? So, you got to make their choice.
PALIN: No, here's the deal. Here's the hypocrisy. They are not for women's choices in equality and respecting a woman's personal values or choices she wants to make unless it has to do with that woman embracing their radical left agenda.
HANNITY: All right. We'll going to take a break. I want to ask you about.
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