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. Mac

    Let the nasty insults from certain in this great nation begin... 3.....2......1......

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Anthony

    Are we going to hear the republicans go to the "sexism" card this time as well?

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Arkansas Undertaker

    Wasnt tha a sexist remark? He should be repremanded for that remark.

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

    sigh... we are truly the laughing stock of the world if her and Mccain are the follow-up act to the Bush comedy tour

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. North Dakotan FOR Obama

    Oh Please. I guess that winking she always does worked.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Sacto Joe

    What's the difference between Governor Palin and Vice President Cheney?

    Lipstick!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. KJL

    Bravo to the Pakistanis. They found a topic that Palin was actually able to understand.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Rita

    Palin should have come back with something better than "Thank you". His sexist comments are sickening.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. I Smell a McRAT

    WOW..now that's news!!!! I don't give a rats a$$ what he tell her...she still doesn't have any substance...Oh yeah...she doesn't talk to the press..she only give speaches...my bad!!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Black Truth AZ

    What a Lie! Palin Gorgeous? I don't think so! Nice try but looks will not stop the fact that she has ZERO foreign policy credentials!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. NO McBush

    Sounds like the president really took the meeting Painlin seriously! Hilarious.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. barbara from upstate NY

    must be the liberal sexist side of him...

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Texas Voter

    Okay once you get past the looks where is the substance?

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Rache from Bowie

    Gorgeous, but all fluff, no substance at all. She apparently spends all of her time on makeup and outfits. I'm glad to see the VP training is going well but would like to see McCain let her talk to the media.

    Why won't she talk to the media???

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Jeb

    Enough of the photo op's already.
    Folks, there is no substance behind these photos. They aren't talking about anything important!
    Quit publishing this crap CNN!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. WhoCares?

    Great....She's hot.

    I mean helll...what other qualifications does a VP need?

    God help America.......from itself.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. In IN

    You've got to be kidding me. Really? If there are any women out there who think this is "a compliment" or "nice" or "appropriate," you are out of your mind.

    This is foreign policy heading in a bad direction.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Patricia

    Sorry Sarah, but looks don't qualify you to run the country. Get over yourself.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. American Son

    you have got to be kidding me???

    for the love of God. stop the madness!!!!

    moose-munch & bunch,,,,, GO HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    obama/biden '08

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican for Obama

    "It's going great," Palin said. "These meetings are very informative and helpful, ..."

    On the job training? For the second most powerful person in the world? You have GOT to be kidding. What a joke this is!!!

    Obama/Biden '08. Voting for something more then looks...voting for substance.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Blayne

    Sexist, sexist, sexist! SNL should hire him. Haha.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Nando, Florida

    Just what we need a BIRD giving these guys CHEAP THRILLS this is like some BAD PORN MOVIE !!!! WHAT A JOKE THE REPUBLICANS ARE !

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. dave in RI

    She's Gorgeous is very informative? No wonder why she was "vetted" for VP

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Vincent, Great Lakes IL

    Eye candy is all she is...

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Jan

    Can't wait for the jealous rant of Campbell Brown on this one! Nice try, idiot, to try and blame the sexism on McCain. If it were not for CNN and other vicious attacks, they might have access to Palin. We see none of the hate toward Obama/Biden that we do for Palin/McCain. MSM simply transferred their hate and vitrol from Hillary to Sarah. Fire Campbell and her bias–Cafferty, too.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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