August 29th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush phones Palin, White House energized

President Bush called Gov. Palin Friday to congratulate her.
President Bush called Gov. Palin Friday to congratulate her.

(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.


Filed under: John McCain • President Bush • Sarah Palin
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Jose - Texas

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. KG

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Mid-20s Republican

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. ladriver

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Will in Richmond, VA

    "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.

    August 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Hari

    She was Miss alaska and will energize Whitehouse.
    huh!!!

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Carl

    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!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. E.C.Coleman

    Does a Female VP TRUMP a Female Speaker?????? We hope so!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Steve, Madison WI

    Maybe Bush should do some campaigning and photo ops with her!

    August 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Sandi AZ

    If Bush thinks this is a good idea, then it really must be bad!!

    August 29, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. anonymouys

    i will not be voting for mccain

    August 29, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Logic

    Who cares what Bush thinks about anything anymore ?

    August 29, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Sarah

    As endorsed by the head Clown of the current White House circus. How apropos!

    August 29, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. anonymouys

    hey get over it pumas this women will not be vp

    August 29, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. James at 45

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. memfisman

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Ex-Republican for Obama

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Dennis

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Concerned Citizen

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Ben

    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.

    August 29, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Bama for Obama

    Well that's saying a lot.

    ...I hear her husband's in oil, what a surprise.

    August 29, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. kathy in ohio

    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

    August 29, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Sometimes Bush needs to keep quiet....he should understand he isn't helping

    August 29, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. stacy

    Maybe soon Mrs. Palin can outrank Nancy Pelosi, I can only hope.

    August 29, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. D&D

    It's about time he comes out...where has he been anyway?

    August 29, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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