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. poor johnny mack

    WHO'S SEXIST NOW DOES THAT MEAN THAT PALIN CAN'T TALK TO PAKISTAN NOW.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Charla in TX

    Well.....Zardari realized real quick exactly what Palin is good for........

    Eye candy.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. shaun

    hmmmmm seems thats the only thing people can say about palin...

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Denise

    What a profound statement.....she is not takin seriously by leaders, just a nice looking alaskan.......

    That doesn't make a v.p. with lots of influence....

    Go back to your Alaska Palin....

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. David W

    Um, Maybe the world will be more peaceful, the economy will improve, and foreign relations will be superb through her beauty! yehhh!

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Sharon

    The Whole of America is NOT crazy about her !!!!!!
    She's nothing but a disgrace to this country and to women.

    McCain and Palin will Never get my Vote !

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Cindy

    This I'm sure won't seen by the McCain campaign as sexist? right? Only if Obama had said something like that...

    What crap!

    Sarah/McCain- THANKS BUT NO THANKS!

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Cam

    Oh my god.......SAD.......I see the McCain foreign policy shaping up. If you follow us into attacking Iran, Russia, and any other country we hate, we will let you hug Palin!

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. America think for you

    $700 billion to bail out wall street how about main street? America do you realize that that $700 billion that you will spend will be use to bail out Chinese banks and other foreign banks bad business and then they will sell these business back to us American. We should not let this to happen because the same mess will come back again in wall street. Wall Street greed, big CEO Payout need to have control over them. This $700 billion just show you that the republicans do not care. Congress please do not let George Bush rush you and us American into this mess. Bush has four months in power and he does not care of whatever mess that $700 billion will make.
    Is that package has a plan to bail out main street as well? The economy cannot run good without main street confidence. If main street do not have money that $700 billions is a waste.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. bert

    This is a mess and we need to take a real good look at the way McCain is keeping us from making an informed decision of the next President of the United States of America.This country makes way too much money to let a little 700 Billion dollar loan get in the way of the RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE!!! The GOP are always using fear to get anything done. They used fear to get us in this wayward WAR that has killed more than four thousand Americans. The way the GOP has been as of late makes you want to see charges brought up against Bush. The GOP needs to stop using fear to get us motivated and stop avoiding the media and the American people. Vote for Obama 08 and 2012.
    .

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Lila

    Wow. What a productive meeting.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. rks

    "a lot of good people sharing appreciation for America"

    duh! what's that supposed to mean?

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. leslie song

    Oh, great, now she has foreign policy experience, right? What nonsense – not even worth the space on this news site.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Greg, NY

    I smell the mother of all sex scandals if they get elected!

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Carlos

    Take her to Pakistan !!! she will do very well there....

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. deb in PA suburbs

    Quite telling. I doubt he would have said such a thing if she presented as a high quality knowlegeable leader. Commenting on someone's looks is not done with people with credibilty no matter how they look. When he says her looks are why so many Amereicans love her its a statement that there is no beef there under the surface. Looks like another backfire on the McCain campaign.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. People make no sense

    She is pretty so what does that have to do with her experience. What does it say about us if a foreign official calls her "gorgeous" and says: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you."

    What does looks have to do with her prepardness to be the V.P.? Isn't that sexist, women?

    So instead of conducting business, he's going to try to get in her pants/skirt.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. jb

    I would never vote for her, but she is bang'n.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Anne E.

    Carly Fiorina must be positively apoplectic.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. karen-phoenix

    This is for the president of the United States of America!!! NOT Miss America!!! Pelin get real!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Jacqueline for Obama/Biden 08!

    Weren't the Republicans deeply offended a few weeks ago when Joe Biden called her good looking? Didn't they consider it "sexist" when he said it?

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Darko

    THIS! is why the McCain camp didn't want the press in the room. This is the kind of crap they keep reporting on. She's a beautiful woman – I know, it's amazing – but...GET OVER IT and get to the real issues.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Franky

    Ohhh my! Watch out Sarah!! The Middle East has very distinctive ways to treat the ladies...TRUST ME! LOL!!

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. anonymoose

    this is too funny !!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Unshrub

    Well, I don't know about anyone else, but that's good enough for me for her to be VP or President. NOT

    If I have the choice or her being gorgeous or Hillary being intelligent I would take Hillary any day.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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