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. Jon

    Oh great! Now we have foreign countries that want nothing more than to get in our VP's pants. Does this mean we'll be sleeping with the enemy?? Ha ha.

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Photo ops only. No substance. When the press was allowed in during Palin's meeting with Karzai, all they talked about was his baby son. That's what she calls informative!

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. nerakami

    where's the sexism outrage?

    oh I forgot, she's learning to be a diplomat.

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

    Oh for the love of God – who CARES what she looks like. Does she have a brain? That's what people need to know.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. KATHLEEN

    "EYEBROW RAISING EXCHANGE!!!!! Snap the picture! Cause that
    is all you, the Americans are going to get, pictures!!!! In people magazine. That should get votes for McTrick who wants your children
    to go to war.

    Sarah's son has to be "one of the protected few." Most mothers cry
    when their son goes off to war. Yes, they cry. And they are very fearful
    that they may NEVER see their sons and daughters alive again!

    Obama Biden 2008 Save this Country from this debacle and the huge
    "self created" mess we are in. Fundamentally, financially, and prestigiously. We are not respected in the world.at this time.
    We can change all that. Yes we can.

    I used to like Alaska, now I hate Alaska! Well, it's representation.
    Sarah is not a good representation of your state, Sorry to say to
    you, Alaska!

    Obama Biden 2008

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. AT

    Being of pakistani heritage. i am embarrased by the actions of Mr. Zardari.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. here it comes...lol

    haha..and so it begins. If the right wings think this woman will be respected among world leaders, tespecially in the muslim and arab world, they better think again...lol. nothing more than a pin up doll.

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08'

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Denise

    I thought the press not being allowed in "was a mistake"? That's what the McCain campaign said following the Karzai meeting. So, how does that same mistake happen again?

    It is PATHETIC that she can not answer questions from the media. It is un-American. And all we get to hear about is that she talked to Karzai about his kid, and that the Pakistani president think she's gorgeous? HA! This is a freaking joke. If Americans vote for McCain, they are ridiculous. He will die, and SHE will be your President.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Elizabeth in Texas

    Blah.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Ilona from Alberta

    Wow – That's a little sexist don't ya think?
    I'll bet the Republican's will be outraged by this treatment of their VP candidate.
    Too bad gorgeous is not a foreign policy credential and lipstick won't do the trick.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. HyperD

    Sarah who? The one doing foreign policy 101 in NYC..?

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. John

    That's not what I would call a comment of respect. She isn't, and won't be taken seriously, she's McCain's pretty poodle. (That's the perception, whether it's true or not, I don't what's in the mind of individuals).

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. kathleen , san juan

    Benazir Bhutto must have put up with a lot, God rest her soul.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Mike

    There was obviously nothing else that he could compliment her on.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Palin for President

    Bye Hillary, bye Pumas, Palin will win this election for McCain without your help. No more kissing up to screaming clinton supporters.

    Palin 2012

    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. arun

    Well that is one way to handle an international crisis.

    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. MD in Oklahoma

    First children and now looks; these are really important issues being discussed!

    "Zardari then called her "gorgeous" and said: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you." It's obvious he is not paying attention to our news coverage, or maybe he's watching FOX news.

    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. I feel better already....

    I guess this puts to bed whether she's qualified to lead our great country.

    Being "gorgeous" is clearly the #1 qualification I look for in the next Prez of the US......

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Susan, TX

    I'm going to throw up....Ugh....They only see her for the beauty not the brains....

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Anon

    That's too much, to the point of being inappropriate. For the first time I am feeling bad for Gov. Palin...

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Terry

    Great! maybe geogeous will put her in the VP office.......I want more than georgeous for VP.

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. WASP Member!!!

    This is so sad!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Women in Penn 4 Obama

    Pakistan can have the beauty queen. She will fit right into your society of banning books and covering up things...

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. for Obama

    And this is news ....good grief let us hear issues...let us hear from her what she thinks...let us get a solution for this crisis in Wall Street ...
    this is just too sad for words!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. frances

    Not only is she gorgeous she is a extremely likable. Not only that she
    is someone we can trust. An authentic American.

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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