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. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Zardari must have thought someone had sent him a prostitute, he was right!

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. RUDOLPH BROWN

    SENATOR McCAIN KNOW THAT HE IS NOT WINNING SO HE TRYING TO STOP SENATOR OBAMA . DO NOT LET HIM TRICK HIM . YOU HAVE THE MOMENTUM DO OBAMA GO YOU HAV E NOTHING TO LOOSE GOD BLEES YOU YOU ARE CHOSEN

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Tyrone Brown

    You have got to be kidding me. Is this American Idol or what?

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Ann from Idaho

    Wow – she's gorgeous. Impressive comment on the substance of the republican VP candidate. Did they review any issues??? Did they talk about the state of affairs between Pakistan and the US? War in Afghanistan? Anything besides how darn good looking she is? What a bunch of bull shisha

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    Did someone share with him that "the whole of America" isn't necessarily Palin-crazy? Besides, beauty really is only skin deep. No one is denying she's a beautiful woman. However, it does not qualify one to be a hair's breadth away from being the president of our great country.

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    Do we even need to comment?!?!

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Cindy

    OMG... So we're suppose to vote for Palin because she's pretty?

    SNL's gotta make another skit about this...

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Palin the Truth hurts.

    This is Worth the price of Fish Guts in Taipei?

    They havent seen her without the Lipstick... :P

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. joseph from Georgia

    It's Official! She Now has Foriegn Policy Experience..
    I feel so much better now! Palin/McCain 2008 – 2012..
    and I have a Bridge and Road in Alaska and a 700 Billion dollar bailout to sale you to :)

    P.S. for those who listen to Rush talk about Obama taking money from Freddie and Fannie, it was regular workers, your every day joe/jane, McCain got more money from the Executives/Lobbyist, but you didn't hear Rush mention that!
    Wake Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. lym

    Ahhhhhh that so sweet! and I can see Russis from my house!!!
    What the ????!

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Lee from FL

    and thats about all the credentials she needs to be president

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. WhiteWomenforObama'08

    What a joke

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. MD for Obama

    How nauseating!

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. katie in texas

    well that's reasurring. so we are safe now! our foreign policy is safe becasue the VP candidate is hot... yippy

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. shakin..not stirred...

    Asif...you sly dog you! Now that's what I call foreign affairs!

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Mary

    Wow- just what we want- world leaders thinking our VP is a babe. What about smart, qualified and ready to be VP? The exchange is just another sign that world leaders are not taking her seriously.

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Jan in CA

    Giggle Giggle... Geez as a women I am disgusted that they "handle" her like she is an idiot. Don't talk... just look pretty. McCain is such a womanizer and his votes on women's issues prove he holds all women in as much disdain as he treats Palin. This is not a good example of how Palin will negotiate with foreign leaders. The pretty wears off as soon as the issues come to the table and McCain won't even let her talk to the press, let alone work with foreign leaders. What a pretty little VP she will make for his trophy cabinet though.

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Fed Up

    What??

    Now Pakistan's new President is going to give up Bin Laden if he can get some Alaskan tail?

    Another joke provided to us by McLame.

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Even leaders of Foreign Nations recognize that Palin has no VP appeal aside from the fact that she is a woman... That is sexist and sad.

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Hmmmmm, well i guess if she's good lookin......

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Tired of W, OH

    Gives new meaning to foreign policy "experience", doesn't it?

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Eyckie

    Who cares. Let's hear her voice. LET PALIN SPEAK. WE WANT TO HEAR WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY.

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Lara

    If Palin was a man do you think they would be making the same comments. They obviously don't look at her as Vice President material..

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. chris

    She is gross- what are they blind??

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Transparency please

    She's a token....a joke to the international powers.
    Next!

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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