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. Concerned Voter

    So, they all want to "do" her...that doesn't make her a good VP choice, and I definitely don't want her running the country. She is all wrong for the choice of VP....especially when McCain is so old with health issues. Just Say No to McCain/Palin.

    OBAMA/MCCAIN 2008

    September 24, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. mel

    well it's good to see them tackling the real issues of the world today

    September 24, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Ms. Palin... meet the Sexist men of the Middle East.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Aspire

    Shame to Zardari whose wife was murdered just months ago. Why stop with a hug...go on you fool.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. tired of delusional blind sheep

    oh wow.. now we have a look inside at what is wrong with the middle east.. they think someone being gorgeous in politics is relevant..

    and president of pakistan.. not all of america is crazy about palin, most americans think she is grotesquely underqualified and out of touch with mainstream america despite what the republicans say.. and those that do like her.. well.. you said it. they are CRAZY

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. priysmom

    thats just swell!
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. HA! WE KNOW YOUR GAME

    DANG! I know there's a DANGLING PARTICIPLE in there somewhere. And could someone teach her how to use
    some PROPER NOUNS.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. gorgeous doesn't cut it

    ugh, so I guess this would be a sexist remark. I glad even the Pakistani President realizes the only reason she is on this ticket!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Ronda

    This is the exact time we need a debate! The crisis makes it more important that we learn about our choice for leadership, not less.

    Since the election can not be canceled, we simply can not cancel the information we need to make that choice.

    Maybe I'm cynical, but my first reaction was this was a political ploy and not done out of concern. Probably because debate was shut down during the decision of the Iraq war.

    We need to go forward and chose our next leader. We need this information.

    Keep the debate!!! We have leaders to take care of crisis. We as voters also need to make an informed decision!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Bruce

    all fluff and no substance...maybe her foreign affairs expereince will be on her back or knees.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. J e r o n i m o !

    GREAT, SO NOW WE HAVE A VP CANDIDATE THAT WORLD LEADERS WANT TO BANG.

    THIS IS NOT A PAGEANT, THIS IS OUR FUTURE!

    GET LOST PALIN!

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Dave in NYC

    My fellow Americans: in case you were wondering what *real* sexism looks like, *this* is what it looks like.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. fella from Chicago

    Yes, President Zardari she's gorgeous and we Americans are proud of our next VP. You say you want to meet the other VP candidate? Barack, go tell your boy to get his foot out of his mouth for a minute and come meet President Zardari.

    September 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Redneck from Kentucky

    I'm glad to hear they discussed important issues. No wonder the MCacin campaign kept reporters out.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Oh gosh, I'm all a flutter!

    Puh-lease. She is qualified to be a MILF. That's it!

    Is it me, or is McBush always looking at her behind whenever she is speaking on stage and he is standing behind her? Just asking.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Great, now the g.o.p. will start calling the President of Pakistan, "sexist".

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    OH, now that is JUST the respect we need in the world. THE USA could potentially have the PRETTIEST VP......makes me feel secure !!!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Dan Sireci

    FREE SARAH PALIN

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Marie

    Style over substance! Lovely, world leaders lose blood in their brains from the distraction of this hot babe... It's all about the distraction!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. cardiboy

    This is soooo sexist, soooo disgusting....soooo sad!!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. CarolO MI

    Oh good. Now that means she is qualified to be Vice.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Typical man, thinking with his other head instead of the one that has a so-called brain in it. Looks will only get you so far in life. You have to have a brain, which Palin truly don't have.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Cindy from NC

    Now are they going to call the Pakastanis' sexist... and run AD against them. And she has the nerve to smile and say thank you.

    I guess they will find a way to blame Obama for Pakastanis' behavior.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. R.I.F.

    Are you kidding me? When does the swimsuit round start? If she's not going to answer any questions or talk to the press then she is nothing more than a beauty queen.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Mercedes

    Pres. Zardari,
    The reason why she looks so good is because this woman doesn't do anything else than sit around her governor's office and let her husband make the decisions for her. When she is bored she will look out the window and see Russia. Her children are home with who knows taking care of them. We just hope they are well and doing good in school. As a mother of three I'm still waiting for her to answer that question. I don't find much time for anything these days when my life is all about my family.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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