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Sarah Palin Takes Aim at Barbara Bush, Michelle Obama

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Yes, it's Thanksgiving, but there's just no holiday from Sarah Palin news. While promoting her new book, "America by Heart," she's managed to toss barbs at two first ladies, one current and the other past (and a Republican at that).

Responding Wednesday to Barbara Bush's comment that Palin is "very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there," the former governor of the 49th state lashed out at "blue bloods" in an interview on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

"I don't think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods," Palin -- who is considering a run for president in 2012 – said. "With all due respect, because I love the Bushes, the blue-bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition."

sarah palinShe said she would not be deterred by Republican leaders who ignore "the will of the people." She also called their statements "inefficient," "unprofessional" and "immature."

In the same interview, Palin took aim at Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity, saying it reflected "government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife priorities. Just leave us alone, get off our back and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track."

Of the effort begun by Mrs. Obama last February, Palin said, "She is on this kick, right? What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."

The first lady has urged the nation's food makers to produce and market healthier products. She said in March that she doesn't want to demonize junk food and rejected as "extreme" having the government order warning labels on foods contributing to obesity.

"A Twinkie is not a cigarette, you know," Mrs. Obama said at a forum on obesity. "And what parents need is just information about what's in the Twinkie and how much of this we can eat."

She has, however, been emphatic in noting that over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and that pediatricians "are seeing kids with high blood pressure and high cholesterol -- even Type II diabetes, which they used to see only in adults."

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