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. Texas

    McCain wants to show leadership, FACE Obama, FACE the people, FACE the questions, FACE the cameras. Dont be McRun. Fake leadership is not real leadership

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Are you kidding me! Is America really going to elect a vice-president who wows foreign leaders with her looks? How about her intellect and knowledge of foreign affairs?

    Obama-Biden 08
    The only sensible choice

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Greg-Mpls

    I'm appaled that you are covering this farce. Have some media scruples and refuse to cover this dog and pony show unless the press can witness the whole process and Palin holds a confernece instead of going through her advisors

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. IndependentThinker, NY

    You can bring her to Pakistan nobody in America will be bothered

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Oh good...she can go to Pakistan and become President there.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Worried in NYC

    This would be great if we were looking for eye candy but we are looking for a VP that can do their job. Thanks but no thanks to Palin.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Maggie from Virginia

    Why aren't women outraged about this exchange? All Palin can say is thanks, you are nice!! How pathetic!! This lady is a joke?

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Amy

    great, we need someone to tackle foreign leaders and they just want to tackle her! yikes, this is adding discomfort on top of discomfort for me. She does not belong in "these positions" so to speak. How creepy. Stuff like this makes me think Palin is not the best pick at this time.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Jeff from Hamphsire, IL

    Oh God, gag me with a spoon.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Never obama

    AMERICA RESPECTS JOHN McCAIN.
    AMERICA LOVES SARAH PALIN.

    And the obamabots need to get over it.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Don

    So why aren't McCain's people screaming sexism on that?

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Matt

    You suck CNN. I just lost my lunch.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Emma

    Are you telling me that the McCain campaign didn't say what a "SEXIST" remark he made? I can't believe that they did not comment. After all, doesn't Palin have brains and that is the issue, not her looks.

    Shame on the McCain Campaign......................I smell double standards!

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. someone from Alaska

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

    Is it just me, or does this sound like an underhanded insult? Honestly, I can see where it's coming from.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Honestlady

    Ha, ha....did anyone catch this..."Zardari then called her "gorgeous" and said: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you."

    So American aren't crazy about her due to all of her executive experience and abilities??? Ha,ha......

    I guess Sarah Palin's one qualification for being a heartbeat away from the presidency is that she is gorgeous.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Reality Check richmond virginia

    One word of the conversation really stuck out for me........"Crazy".

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. FL voter

    HA!!

    Thank you sir! That makes her an even STRONGER candidate for Vice Presidency.

    Oh wait...

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. America will be free again

    Sorry first Dud,
    What do you expect from miss Alaska?

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Michael, watching from Canada

    I guess its more important to judge someone by their looks.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Stupid is as stupid does!

    Hey McCain. Why don't you tell the Pakistani president that was sexist? He wouldn't say that to a man right? Go ahead! I dare you! you can say anything Obama says about Palin is sexist. C'mon...grow a pair.

    Yes, she is so nice and as smart as two rocks.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Kristina, Seattle

    Oh this is terribly, TERRIBLY important. Thank you.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. mitchell

    the only qualifying aspect needed by nascar fans.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Angela

    He sounds like a dirty old man! Poor Palin, why must she be subjected to such treatment. She wants to be appreciated for her brains not her beauty.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. No More McCain/Palin

    What an airhead bimbo. Does she really think comments like this will actually help her? You have gotta be kidding me, is that the extent of the conversation?? He tells her she is gorgeous and she gushes...oh thank you, you're so nice!! This is utterly ridiculous. She can't run a country by batting her eyelashes and smiling. She is an insult to American women, a horrible representation of American women, we are so much more than that!

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. A GOP NO MORE

    Take her with you, our way to say congratulations on your recent nomination.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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