(CNN) - The White House is "energized" over John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the No.2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket, White House press secretary Dana Perino told reporters Friday.
Perino also said President Bush phoned Palin earlier Friday morning to congratulate the Alaska Republican for being selected for the position.
President Bush believes the McCain-Palin ticket is "very strong," and he looks forward to a "great victory in November," Perino also said.
If the White House is exciting about McCain's pick for VP then that should tell us all – this is a disaster.
God forbid that something happens to McCain if President – We would be in trouble then. This is the only way to look at this selection. Nothing else matters.
A potential forthcoming disaster.
Gov Palin is a great choice. The fact that the Dems feel it necessary to attack her experience only highlights the fact that they have a Presidential candidate who is totally inexperienced and not ready to become Commander-in-Chief.
This is insulting. McCain seems to believe that women will vote for another woman SOLELY because she's a woman. Thanks. Thanks for NOT giving us the credit we deserve. We are capable of evaluating issues, experience, and ability without regard for gender or race just as effectively as any male. Bringing on a VP who is YOUNGER than Obama and MUCH LESS EXPERIENCED than Obama not only destroys whatever arguments against him we had left but it also insults half the population of this country. Palin may be a woman, but she's definitely not Hillary. Do you mean to tell me there are no qualified female republicans McCain could choose? This is a disgrace.
Since Bush has been so wrong on all of his other decisions, him saying this is a "very strong" ticket and is looking forward to a "great victory in November" just makes me feel so much better about it.
"Marty Pacino Chicago Il August 29th, 2008 3:06 pm ET
McCain/Palin 08 … Did you hear that? I think I hear a Regan style landslide incoming"
Dude.... what are you smoking?
If anything, this will cement a landslide for Obama. Basically the only real hammer McCain had against Obama was the experience argument. Now, he doesn't even have that! And he really hurts the perception of his own judgment. Now maybe over time, we will get to know Palin a bit better and she won't seem as bad, but this is not a move that will help him in the short term, and at best, it will keep him neutral in the long term.
Not a good move from McCain.
She was Miss alaska and will energize Whitehouse.
What did McCain think.. This is an insult to Hillary if Mccain thinks this young lady from a 3-mule state can win over Clinton supporters.
As an African American, member of the Republican Party....I am disappionted in McCain. For months, he has been telling America that Obama is too inexperienced to handle the issues of this nation. What does he do, pick an unknown, Nationally inexoperienced person to be his 2nd in Command. Equally, if her husband is an employee of BP...what do you think the American People are going to think with the current price of Gas? If anyone is OUT of TOUCH WITH AMERICA...It's McCain I have no doubt about it now!!....Reps....sorry but you have just lost ANOTHER VOTE to OBAMA!!!!
McCain...do this country and party a great favor.........RETIRE & GO FISHING!!!!!
Does a Female VP TRUMP a Female Speaker?????? We hope so!!!
Maybe Bush should do some campaigning and photo ops with her!
If Bush thinks this is a good idea, then it really must be bad!!
i will not be voting for mccain
Who cares what Bush thinks about anything anymore ?
As endorsed by the head Clown of the current White House circus. How apropos!
hey get over it pumas this women will not be vp
Ha – just wait, Dems. Palin enjoys a 90% approval rating in Alaska, and, unlike Obama, who did nothing to clear out the rat's nest of corruption in Chicago, actually went out a slew some dragons in her state. Yes, let's bring the focus on "experience." It will only serve to highlight your lead dog's lack of the same.
Now, let's see. Bush has been right about so many things...global warming, tax cuts for the wealthy, illegal hiring practices at Justice, torture, outing CIA agents and pardoning crooks, et al, he must be right about this historic VP pick by John McCain. He is also right about "the great victory in November". It will be Obama's and America's, not Johnny McCain's.
What an endorsement..the worse President in history makes his choice known. That should be all it takes coming from this man...
McCain: Bush's oval office boy toy.
Is anyone surprised he'd say this?
The Republicans I know are underwhelmed by this selection. None of them plan on not voting for McCain, but they feel a better selection could have been made.
For those accusing those of us that question the selection of Palin as being mysogonists, I think you are missing the point. It is not that McCain picked a woman, it is that he picked Palin when he clearly had better choices for a woman running mate that he could have made. If he had selected Senator Kay Bailey Hutchenson for instance, I wouldn't question her experience for a second. However, given that Senator McCain has made a mountain out of Senator Obama's perceived lack of experience, he has opened himself and her to these criticisms.
Of course they're energized!
Another oil VP who's under investigation. How could they not be energized? McCain chose a soccermom with sick kid(s) and has no clue of what a VP does. It's remarkable how the Republicans take Americans as gullible fools. If anything, this ticket is laughable, very funny.
America needs able people and not this question of men or women!
There is no time to try to play with emotions..Americans aren't stupid. What happens to America should McCain kick the bucket due to poor health?..Palin isn't ready...and is the wrong person. There are so many better candidates ..Men and Women...why Palin? Is McCain worried about a strong VP bothering him and questioning his judgement? Is McCain power crazy thus running the whitehouse as a dictator?..Sad day for GOPs!.....McCain is likely to isolate Palin.
Well that's saying a lot.
...I hear her husband's in oil, what a surprise.
In response to Senator Boxer from CA your right Hillary supports wont vote for McCain because of his VP choice we are simply just voting for McCain because of McCain quit analyzing us
Sometimes Bush needs to keep quiet....he should understand he isn't helping
Maybe soon Mrs. Palin can outrank Nancy Pelosi, I can only hope.
It's about time he comes out...where has he been anyway?