September 24th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Pakistan's president tells Palin she is 'gorgeous'

Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari told Palin she's gorgeous.
Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari told Palin she's gorgeous.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Sarah Palin and the foreign leaders she has met with in New York have said very little to reporters over the last two days, but the press happened to be in the room on Wednesday for one eyebrow-raising exchange, as the new president of Pakistan lavished praise on Palin's looks.

On entering a room filled with several Pakistani officials this afternoon, Palin was immediately greeted by Sherry Rehman, the country's Information Minister.

"And how does one keep looking that good when one is that busy?," Rehman asked, drawing friendly laughter from the room when she complimented Palin.

"Oh, thank you," Palin said.

Pakistan's recently-elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, entered the room seconds later. Palin rose to shake his hand, saying she was “honored” to meet him.

Zardari then called her "gorgeous" and said: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you."

"You are so nice," Palin said, smiling. "Thank you."

A handler from Zardari's entourage then told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras.

"If he's insisting, I might hug," Zardari said. Palin smiled politely.

The Alaska governor did not answer questions from reporters at her first two appearances on Wednesday, when she joined McCain in meetings with Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, and then traveled downtown to meet with Iraqi president Jalal Talabani.

But she did offer brief remarks to a reporter at the Zardari meeting who asked about her day.

"It's going great," Palin said. "These meetings are very informative and helpful, and a lot of good people sharing appreciation for America."


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soundoff (361 Responses)
  1. Jacqueline

    Are you kidding me? This lady is a joke!

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. elm

    How sexist can you get!

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. McHoover Will Destroy What is Left of America

    Answer: A hug.

    Question: What do world leaders need to create peace?

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. average joe

    u got to b kidding me

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Micheal shoemac

    i guess he is sexiest to

    lol

    i want them to tell him that he is sexiest

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    This is so dumb..............................!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. javier

    WHAT A JOKE !

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Disgusted

    Oh give me a freakin' break. "These meetings are very informative and helpful... I bet they are when you don't know anything.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Big Ed

    All fluff, no stuff. I feel a lot better now that Gov. Palin has her foreign policy chops...NOT!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. joe kiloz

    R E M E M B ER,,,,,,,,,T H A T,,,,,,,,,O B A M A,,,,,,,,,,,H A S,,,,,,,,,

    P R O M I S E D,,,,,,,,,,N U C L E A R,,,,,,,,,,,,W E A P O N S,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    A G A I N S T,,,,,,,,,P A K I S T A N,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Gov Palin, WHY WON'T YOU SPEAK TO THE PRESS?

    I HAD NO IDEA THAT PIMPING STRATEGIES COULD BE USED IN THE CAMPAIGN OF THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. SOMEBODY SPEAK THE TRUTH

    well...that sounds sexist.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. CW in PSL

    Every man in America make wish to have a one night stand with Sarah....makes her equipped to do one thing, but doesn't make her qualified to be VP or 1 heart beat away from POTUS!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Sexist comment that will be ignored.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Rob indetroit

    I hope every-body ignores this crap.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Just a face

    That's all she is – a face. But then again, so is Anne Coulter.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. lydia

    disgusting!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Wait, where's the outrage from the Republicans for this sexist comment? So she's attractive, we'll grant her that. But from what little I've heard from her, she's a right wing, Christian extremist with no foreign policy expertise, other than seeing Russia from her house, and no economic experience outside running one of the least populated states in the country.

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Cathy

    So is the McCain camp and Fox News going to call Zardari and call him sexist.

    I can't believe that Palin met with foreign leaders for two days and this is the ONLY news we get. Palin is full of crap and CNN is starting to fail in my book by letting the McCain/Palin Campaign get away with this "no questions" attitude.

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Obama/Biden 100%

    Now is this sexism Palin? All he could say is that you are gorgeous?
    Wake up America!!
    Obama/Biden0'08

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Debby

    Campbell Brown sure will be seething mad at this remark. Its so obvious her and Borger are green with envy over this woman. Borger even darkened her hair and put the same color highlights Palin had in her Fox interview. hahahaha

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Kate

    My eyes have rolled so far up into my head, they may never be able to be dislodged.

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. ct voter

    wow...this is a joke...like a comedy sketch expect it's real...so i guess it's more of a horror movie...

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    this is crazy conversation while some Americans are without homes and jobs. PALIN YOU ARE NOT IN A BEAUTY PAGEANT.

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. leapfrog

    I can't stop laughing. This appears to be the extent of her knowledge of foreign policy...turning the heads of foreign leaders. If she can't negotiate, she can distract by opening the collar a little wider or hiking up the skirt a little more...

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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