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. Dave

    Didn't the McCain campaign jump all over Obama when he did his world tour. Didn't they say things like he's acting like he's president already.
    Um...what the heck is all this about then?

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. CM

    And this is supposed to help her and America how?

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Chuck

    We have important issues to consider as the current economic crises and McCain is wanting to suspend his campaign and the debates and you report this crap.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Marie C.

    OH....BARF!!! I can't take this anymore. Not even world leaders take her seriously. And who said anything about the americans being crazy about her???

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. VIRGINIA will be blue

    Isn't the Pakistani president suppose to be griefing for his deceased wife? I can smell scandal if they ever put this empty suit chick in the White House.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. mnoel

    OMG!!! even the world leaders do not take this woman seriously!!
    lets get real here and have her speak with the press !! these leaders are laughing at America behind close doors!! This is truly a disgrace!!
    McCain should be ashamed of himself anything to win.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. jm for sc

    Will he be labeled as a sexist for commenting her? He would if he was supporting Obama.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. awww, so cute

    nuf said...

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    ...and the monkey pushed the button.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Mark Hudson

    An added bonus for implementing our foreign relations goals. McCain/Palin08; Hillary 2012!

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. KS

    What a JOKE!!!!!

    Now the Republicans should be ashamed of the comments their candidate is receiving from a Muslim leader -

    But Wait, Looks like she is thrilled to hear the appreciation for America from the borrowers whose main focus is the extract our tax-payers money and she should have been informed that these Heads of States will always praise America no matter what.

    If this is what she considers helpful and informative foreign policy experience, she should have met with French, German and Russian Head of States. Who knows, she would have fainted!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Mike D. in San Diego

    The "whole of America is crazy" about Palin Mr. Zadari??? I'm pretty sure I'm not and I think there are others. Its nice to see that America isn't the only one stuck with shallow leaders. In these troubled times, I'll take ugly with a brain over gorgeous any day.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Jeremy

    This just shows how little she is respected.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Nevada Mom

    this is how seriously the world takes her...

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Hector, CA

    AWKWARD! Man, and we think OUR politicians are weird.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. JOfromATLforObamaBiden

    THATS ALL SHE HAS, LOOKS AND NO BRAINS

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    We all know the being gorgeous is a qualification for Vice-President. Come on CNN. Report something of substance.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Recipe for Moose Chunk Stew

    Most of the old guys I know are voting for her for that very reason. They look at her the same way McSlimey does. They have abandoned their political ideology for something much more base. Who ever said that THINKING had anything to do with decision making. Idiots.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. ohio

    hahaha this is getting tooooooooo funny toooooo meeeeeeee

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Dan - Orlando

    Hey GOP

    I thought complimenting her on her looks was sexist. Where's your outrage????

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Lisa in NC

    I just thow up

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Oh.. wow now she DOES have foreign policy experience. That did it for me, I'm voting for McCain / Palin now for sure!

    Sarcasm....

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Eugene

    How do you say, "I'm about to puke" in Urdu?

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. catya

    Will Fox go crazy over that "sexist' remark?

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Jennifer

    I havent laughed so hard in a long time. All he seemed to care about was her looks. Gosh, if that was all it takes, G'W'B should have got a facelift and pumps. We would have world peace by now!

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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