Palin Slams Obamas for Views on Race in New Book

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In her new book "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggests President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama perceive the United States as racially unjust, according to leaked excerpts of the book.

In a chapter entitled "We the People," Palin referenced Michelle Obama's verbal gaffe from the 2008 campaign trail, in which she said, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."

Palin writes that "in retrospect, I guess this shouldn't surprise us," according to an excerpt from "America by Heart" first leaked by the anti-Palin website Palingates, "since both of [the Obamas] spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church listening to his rants against America and white people."

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and others quickly criticized Mrs. Obama's comments in 2008, and then-Sen. Obama clarified that his wife was specifically talking about her cynicism of the political process.

In other passage of her book, Palin writes that Mr. Obama seems to believe the United States is an unjust, unequal country, CBS News Correspondent Nancy Cordes reports.

Palin's book is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, and she is unhappy about the leaked excerpts. On Thursday night, Palin tweeted, "The publishing world is leaking out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn't that illegal?"

So far, most of the leaked excerpts focus on Palin's family life and social commentary. For instance, the Washington Post reports, Palin writes that she appreciates the "subversive moral messages" in the movies "Juno," "Knocked Up," and "The Forty-Year-Old Virgin."



Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.

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