Happy Birthday, Mr President? Palin takes on State Dept in Twitterburst
Sarah Palin has a beef — and a tweet or two — for the U.S. State Department.
Palin tweeted her outrage following a tongue-in-cheek tweet from State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley that wished Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a happy birthday.
Crowley, who regularly tweets as @PJCrowley to about 6,250 followers, marked the Iranian leader’s birthday on Thursday with a plea for the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, two American hikers who have been detained in Iran for more than a year and face trial on suspicion of espionage.
“Happy birthday President #Ahmadinejad. Celebrate by sending Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer home. What a gift that would be,” Crowley’s first message read.
“Your 54th year was full of lost opportunities. Hope in your 55th year you will open #Iran to a different relationship with the world.” he continued.
Palin, the former Alaska governor who has become a favorite of conservative Tea Party activists, was incensed and quickly communicated her outrage to the more than 285,000 followers who track her on Twitter as @SarahPalinUSA.
“Happy B’day Ahmadinejad wish sent by US Govt. Mind boggling foreign policy: kowtow & coddle enemies; snub allies. Obama Doctrine is nonsense,” Palin wrote.
“Americans awaken 2 bizarre natl security thinking of Obama Admn: Ahmadinejad b’day greeting after call 4 Israel’s destruction speaks volumes,” she continued in a second tweet, recalling Ahmadinejad’s repeated verbal attacks on Israel.
Crowley appeared bemused on Friday when informed of Palin’s response (he apparently doesn’t follow her on Twitter).
“My tweet was simply to suggest that a reasonable celebration of President Ahmadinejad’s birthday would be to release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal..I can’t imagine why Sarah Palin would object to the release of the two hikers who remain in custody we think inappropriately,” Crowley said.
Asked if he thought Palin — often floated as a possible future Republican presidential candidate — lacked a certain sense of irony, Crowley demurred.
“I have no particular comment,” he said.
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/Scott Audette (Sarah Palin speaks during Republican 2010 Victory Fundraising Rally in Orlando, Florida)