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. James

    His comments are telling.

    Where are the claims of sexism?

    I have never heard comments like this in reference to Condi Rice.

    She is not taken seriously by other leaders. There is no starting point that appears to be based on mutual respect.

    There is not a person alive who thinks that it is acceptable to stop paying your mortgage, the electric bill, or stop feeding your kids and getting them to school on time just because your mother is on life support in the hospital.

    McCain, Obama, and all of Congress are going to be basing decisions on being counselled and getting the "cliff note" explanation of what's going on.

    There is no need for the debate to be suspended.

    This is the same as the time out after time out at the end of the game to stretch out the game and delay the inevitable in hopes of some type of comeback.

    Debate on!

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Cyndi in Ohio

    Just goes to show that none of the foreign leaders and dignitaries will ever take her seriously! The majority of them do not even respect or value women any way, so I cannot envision them sitting down talking with her about anything important. All she is to them is a pretty face.

    What a joke...this was just a publicity stunt and a photo op!

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. MikeH

    Put a thought balloon over Sarah's head that reads "Oh Asif, you sexist pig you. How much money do you have?"

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

    Talk about inappropriate. Watch the Republicans blame this on Democrats.

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Ben

    The British Newspaper has reported that Palin had an affair with her husband's buddy. Since the incident, the relationship with the friend has been cut. The British newspaper seems to have evidence. Can anyone pick up on this story? Is there another cover up?

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Dee

    All looks no substance.

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I bet no foreign leader has never wanted to hug George Bush.
    Prob. not Obama or McCain either.

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. lizzie

    well, that's a comment hillary certainly wouldn't hear,

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Rob - WA

    Oh my LORD. PUKE!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Steve

    Pretty freaking sad. Whether she's qualified to be VP or not, it says very little for the Pakistani delegation. The first comment was fine, the other ones went towards creepy very quickly.

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Jerry in Boston

    Sorry, did i miss something?

    Is Palin now in the running to be America's next top VP?

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Candace- Texas

    That is why McCain picked her...becuase she is "gorgeous"...have you not noticed that McCain has a thing for beautiful women???? His two wives were former models and now his VP is a former beauty queen....this guy does not need to run this country...he loves money and beautiful women, and lots of power...give him the White House and he will gamble us all away....

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Nan in Nevada

    How sad – sex sells worldwide! Poor little Sarah is really being taken advantage of!!!!! She should have accepted this pathetic role with her eyes open. Oh, they probably were open but she is just so dumb she let Grampy play her for the fool she is!

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Dennis Lee Hoffman, citizen of the world

    Maybe she can just sleep her way to foreign policy experience

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK

    It's good to know that the world will take Palin seriously because she is attractive.

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Evan Brandes

    This is news?

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. zack,new york, ny

    *gag*

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Lies Before Country = Anna Nicole Smith (Lie-a-day Palin) & E. Pierce Marshall (Inane McCain)

    P-U-K-E!

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. the other jd

    I think I am going to be ill..."You're Gorgeous" is her foreign policy?

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. ObamaBiden08

    I wonder if Republicans will can Pakistan's president sexist?

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Jerry Ohio

    This is the waste of time to see someone who runn ing for VP do not answer question from the media it ashame to see this happen how we going to know what she speak about foreign policy

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Anne

    I guess there is no accounting for taste but if they consider everything else such as Obama's sweetie comment sexist then so is telling pain in that she is gorgeous.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Lala

    Are you kidding me ? She is gorgeous... Can't you all see what that is all about ? They won't take her seriously at world forums !!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Emily

    Um, the "whole of America" is NOT in love with her.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. catawungus

    Trust me, he would have said the same thing had it been Paris Hilton. The smile, perhaps, would have been bigger. Oh, and his status back home would have been much higher.

    This was fun. Now, is she smart enough, able enough to actually answer a real question? Or just 'ready to lead'?

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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