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. melissa

    As a woman I can say, "HOW UNCOMFORTABLE!" Makes me wonder if they were too busy admiring her to listen to anything she said.. HMM just like Obama supporters!

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Cooper

    I'm not a Palin fan but I do feel bad for her. Because she has no relationship with these people and no foreign experience, all they can see is her physical appearance. No one is taking her seriously. It's a McShame.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Texas

    Really, there is nothing else to say about Palin. She is an ex beauty queen, so she is good looking. That and right wing extremism are the only things Palin can offer.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Joe PA

    How many goats do you think Asif Ali Zardari will offer Todd so he can take Palin back to Pakistani with Him? I's take 5 use them as bait in the wolf hunt.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Pepou

    Everyone knows that this election is about beauty contest. Zardari, a completely corrupt politician should know.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. pro-choice wins

    Why doesn't she just move to Pakistan?

    Pakistan treats women as inferiors, so it will make sense for Sarach to go there, because the press will not bother to ask her important questions.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Joe in DE

    So the most import thing to come out of ther meeting was his comment of Palin's looks.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Jon in CA

    Wow....

    thats pretty much all i can say...

    If Obama-Biden said that it would be SEXIST.

    Well it kind of is... "now I know why America is crazy about you"

    It definitely isn't because she has a great agenda or a good plan.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Diane

    What a joke!

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Enlightened Voter

    Sorry clueless, but being gorgeous won't help our crisis or end the war or fix the ills of the economy. This is not a beauty pageant.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Chuck

    O great!

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. AmusedinTX

    After meeting with her, Is that all he could come away with. Is she that shallow.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Denverdem

    ahhhh, god she's an idiot......................................

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. suzan fahmy

    what a miss. here boss is susspending his campain to save america did any one told her?

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Theresa - Minneapolis

    What a shame... SHe's being treated as fresh meat. And her own party won't allow her to speak. It's like a child who is seen and not heard. So much for pitbull, huh?

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. mccain=bush

    did he also say she is empty headed and knows nothing? where's carly fiorina now, she should be shouting "sexism" at the top of her lungs.

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Faith in Obama

    Wow! Nothing related to her so called Foreign Expertise. Dumb and Dumber, you are a disgrace.

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Well there you go!

    She's gorgeous, good enough credentials for a republican. Gorgeous but inexperienced for the job of VP.

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Joyce, nj

    And this is news because????
    Zardari – not the whole of America is crazy for this woman, OK? Get that straight. Majority of us think she's a joke!

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. MEP

    How professional!

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Yeah... gorgeous

    Yep, that's right, she would be a heartbeat away from the presidency with nothing to add to the table, but hey at least she's gorgeous. What a pandering to the American people by McBush, instead of picking a running mate that is ready, he picks one that is likable and that will draw attention for all the wrong reasons. And then the republicans have the guts to say the democrats are being sexist! Wow, you wont even let Palin talk to the press, she is on this ticket for show, and the democrats are the sexist ones, increadible conclusion!

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. brenda

    Oh how sexist!!! Ha Ha, Well I guess that's Why McCAIN PICKED HER. Everbody does not love Sarah Palin.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Ashely

    Is this sexist? Did they talk about any issues? Is anyone taking her seriously?

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Lin, Southern CA

    What an insult to women.

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. dc but not from DC

    Can this be considered as McCain pimping out Palin???

    September 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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