August 29th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
10 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. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    McCain should have picked Condi if he wanted a women. He said he would put the country 1st. He put his own intrest 1st to try and when the election.

    It shows McCain only cares about his own self-intrest not whats right for the country.

    August 29, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Scott L

    Palin runs an entire state. Obama voted present after 2 years in the senate being elected by having his opponents removed from the ballot.

    Dems are digging a hole on this one. President McCain will get this country back on track and he has put everyone in Washington on notice that change is coming. This is why Barack and Joe are scared too because they represent the same dumb politics.

    Funny how NOBODY is talking about Barack's speech last night. Brilliant chess move if you ask me...

    August 29, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. lovable liberal

    Duhbya's approval? Now that's a perfect indication of the quality of this choice. Duhbya has long experience making lousy choices for America, and he likes the Palin choice.

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

    KEN – Did you not listen to Hillary's speech the other night/? In case you missed it – SHE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO VOTE FOR McCAIN!!!

    Cleary, as she so astutely pointed out, you are one of those supporters who backed her for the novelty of a female president and not b/c of where she stood on the issues. Otherwise, there's no way you could, in good conscious, support McCain instead of Obama.

    August 29, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Conservative

    I am not going to vote for Obama because he lacks experience. I was thinking about voting for McCain, but I just never liked his position and now he picks this woman as his running mate. She has less experience than Obama. Any true conservatives, it's time to pick Bob Barr. I saw him on Glenn Beck last night and he was awesome. I looked at his positions and they are the same as mine. It's time for a real president like Bob Barr. If you are a true conservative, give him a look. You won't be disappointed.

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

    Ken: Your rationale makes no sense. How can a supporter of Hillary Clinton support the McCain/Palin ticket. As Hillary and Barrack said this week the election is not about them but about the issues that so impact our people. Didn't you listen this week to Hillary, Bill, Obama and many other. Me thinks you are really a Republican writing untrue words. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    August 29, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. JoAnn in NYC

    Senator McCain's naming of Gov. Palin as his choice for VP is not going to move Democrats to vote Republican, especially Hillary Clinton supporters. People, women in particular, did not support Senator Clinton because she is a woman, they supported her because they felt she was the right PERSON to lead this country. The fact that she is a woman is simply icing on their cake. Just as, the people who support Senator Obama feel that he's the right PERSON

    August 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Jack

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

    August 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Kjetil

    Why does so called Clinton supporters say they will vote for a candidate that are against what Clinton was for? That dont want woman to chose? That dont want to give folks healtcare? That dont want to stop the war in iraq?

    I think its strange that a strong candidate like Romney was kicked away. I belive its because he was so much stronger than McCain and he dont like that kind of people around him. When he is so old that he dont even remember how many houses he have and have a temper like that we must ask why a woman that loved christan fendumentalist and nra. That praise death penalty and are against gay rights. Why is that a woman to give a chanse to be president?

    August 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Brad

    Good luck, Goodnight McCain

    August 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Obama

    Obama is a scam! Wake up America... You're getting taken for a ride! His brother lives in Africa in poverty, bought his house with a felon, friends with terrorists... You have to LET GO... was just a bad bad bad result of the primaries for democrats...

    August 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Steve

    Sorry, McCain, you lost my vote. Romney was the right choice.

    August 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. CauseNEffect

    Uh.. Why not Condi Rice? Kay Bailey Hutchinson? Elizabeth Dole?... PUMAs, you're getting played like Mario Brothers right now. If McCain gets into office, you really think this country will survive four more years? And after that, you think Hillary even stands a remote chance of winning? It simply won't happen, and you're playing with peoples' lives.

    August 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Open Your 3rd Eye


    August 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. doob

    Just goes to show you how "out of touch" GOP is.

    August 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. pam Eugene OR

    This choice is as weak...if not weaker than Bush.
    Congratulations President Obama. McCain's desperation has just cost him the election.

    August 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. ObamasTheOnlyChoice

    someone said that Palin would fight big oil......are you freaking kidding me? Her husband WORKS for big oil!!!!!!! She wants to drill FOR oil in the Alaska wilderness.......this is FIGHTING big oil......fighting FOR big oil maybe.....

    Wake up people, before its' too late.....

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Susan, PA

    It doesnot matter for me who the VP is. I am voting against McCain.
    I repent voting for Bush last two times.

    By the way, what happened to McCain advertisement where he said that Hillary was not giving 2nd slot even after coming second in primary. What happened to Romney?
    McCain can't use Women this time for his benefit.


    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Patrick Belvin, Lake Stevens, WA

    If McCain and Palin want to win the White House, they'd do best by taking no phone calls from George Bush!

    Go Obiden!

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Chrissy, Texas

    As an ex-Democrat I am thrilled at McCain's VP choice. It doesn't matter about her experience because the Obama camp has been telling the American people that experience doesn't count to be president of the USA and he the "new" politics", if anyone is new it's Palin. Remember McCain does have the experience and he is running for president. I'm sure Palin will learn along the way. I'll be waiting to vote for Hillary in 2012! God bless America, Hillary and McCain/Palin.............................................

    PUMA'S let's get ready to work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Selected not elected

    It has been downhill for the DEMS ever since most of us got Obama remorse and felt outrage over the anti-Hillary hate and bias.

    So now we will see the Obama tank.

    DNC- listen up- fair campaigns next time.
    No sexism allowed. No favoritism shown, no disenfranchising the voters. No overlooking irregularities at caucus. No race baiting that splits the party.

    Learn your lesson well.

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. JoAnn in NYC

    to lead this country. The fact that he is an African American is simply icing on their cake. For Gov. Palin to even suggest that she should get the votes of Hillary Clinton's supporters is an insult. Just because she is a woman does not mean she gets their votes.

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. ket

    political suicide for this country. this is a sham on the american people. the american people have just been called fools. ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Monica, Texas

    Let's see head of the PTA, hockey, Mayor of city of 6k, Gov. for 18 months, has not been vetted by the American people, unknown until today,.....and this happened to be a "man" ; Would he still been chosen? Of even acceptable as a VP? Think about it. As a woman I do not care as long as she is qualified by judgement or experience, this lady is a blank piece of paper. BTW no mentioned her educational background either..........

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Barbara

    So much for the maverick and independent McCain...Palin is a complete right-winger.

    August 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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