November 21st, 2008
01:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin interview causes stir

An interview Gov. Sarah Palin did Thursday is causing a stir.
An interview Gov. Sarah Palin did Thursday is causing a stir.

(CNN) - It’s the ultimate holiday photo-op for any governor: the yearly pardoning of a turkey to spare it from demise days before Thanksgiving.

But former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin is causing a stir for an interview she gave after pardoning an Alaska turkey Thursday, during which one bird was being slaughtered in the background.

Palin appeared unaware of what was going on directly behind her, though she did seem to take a glance at the unfortunate event at one particular point during the interview.

"It's nice to support a local business and just participate in something that isn't so heavy handed politics that invites criticism," Palin said during the interview. "Certainly will probably invite criticism for even doing this too, but at least it was fun."

"I am always in charge of the turkey so I am where I need to be today to prepare for that," she also said.


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  1. vic

    I thank God every day that this woman didn't get elected for vice president!!!

    November 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Pure gibberish...

    I saw the interview.

    The turkey wasn't the only thing being slaughtered......she murders the english language every time she opens her mouth.

    November 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Apples for sale

    A true turkey knows a turkey when they see one,I heard her gobble on and on during this speech.Thank goodness shes gone.

    November 21, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Jack

    Sarah will do anything to get into the spotlight and being unaware is certainly her trademark.

    Give it a break lady and just go away!

    November 21, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. FAYE, NV

    This is one lady I do not get, nor do I understand her.

    November 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. matt

    bet she wishes the RNC could have bought her a real burberry scarf to keep... sad

    November 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. dave

    "It's nice to support a local business and just participate in something that isn't so heavy handed politics that invites criticism," - what happened to the pitbull? Oh, yeah, that was just an act.

    "I am always in charge of the turkey," - what governing is really all about. Why did people ask her so many stupid questions when she was running for VP? She knows how to do a photo shoot, people.

    November 21, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Matthew

    Really CNN? This is news? It's a week before Thanksgiving and people eat turkeys. In order for that to occur, turkeys have to be killed.

    Can we just stop talking about Sarah Palin? Please?

    November 21, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. MikeH

    I don't know where to start with this one.

    I watched the interview on MSNBC Countdown, they fuzzed out the image of the turkey being decapitated while held upside down to let it bleed out, while Palin blathered on in the forground.

    What were her media advisers thinking? While it is real life (and death) on the turkey farm, why did they let the interview go to broadcast, since it wasn't a particularly intelligent interview?

    Oh yeah, it's Sarah Palin, gotta fill the airwaves with her face and voice.

    November 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. LiberalsHateAmerica

    We are witnessing the worst post-election selloff of the stockmarket and Palin is STILL getting bad press. Where are the stories of the stockmarket (beginning Nov 5th) being shoved throught the grinder. It appears the stock market knows how to spot a socialist better then the mainstream media. Unbiased journalism truly died in America in 2008....

    November 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. s kennedy

    Bet she knew how that turkey in the background felt!!!!

    November 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. gary n.

    This trailer trash needs to just go away.

    November 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Sue in MI

    "I am always in charge of the turkey so I am where I need to be today to prepare for that."???What? Does she mean she cooks the turkey? Kills the turkey? Who cares?

    November 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Matt

    "Palin appeared unaware of what was going on directly behind her..."

    ...and in front of her, and all around her, and down the street, and across the country, and around the world....

    November 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Beth from Canada

    And this is the "turkey" that the USA almost picked as the person one heartbeat away from being the president!!

    November 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Stevo

    Who really cares what she does anyway ???
    Beat it already!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. fralene

    This woman, besides being clueless, requires a translator to decipher her garbled sentences. What a lousy role model.

    November 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Minnesota

    Its Karma I tell you!! This woman couldn't manage her staff well enough to avoid getting pranked by that Canadian radio station. Now this.

    I am soooooo glad she is not helping to run our country. Sarah Palin is her own worst enemy and, given enough time, will destroy her career.

    November 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Karen - Proud of This Country

    I saw the entire interview last night with the pardon of the turkey and the blood killing of the turkeys behind her in eye shot view. Palin just kept rattling on and noting that she's in charge of the turkey for Thanksgiving this year and that's the reason why she wanted to come to the turkey farm. Right on camera there is this man slaughtering the turkeys and Palin is laughing not phased by the sounds in the background. Just think we came close to this women being Vice-President of the United States with a heart beat away from the Presidency.

    My fellow Americans, we elected the right person for the job. Thank You

    November 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Yahyah

    Gooble gooble gooble!

    November 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Tolu, in Minneapolis

    Could the metaphor be more obvious?

    November 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Leah from FL

    Unbelievable. Imagine how 'un-aware' she is in running her office....

    November 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Liz in DC

    I wish Sarah Palin would go away. She is the perfect example of someone who is egotistical BECAUSE she is super-ignorant. This is the worst kind of person to have in a position of power in any country.

    November 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Bald Ex-Soldier

    Yep.. Clueless....
    And you know that "pardoned" turkey will just get slaughtered tomorrow....

    November 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Jo-Ann

    I saw the interview on CNN...how disgusting....at least some of her people should have pulled her coat or either the news camera people....Another reason why this woman should be out he public eye...need I say more!!!

    November 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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