November 21st, 2008
01:23 PM ET
6 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. Allen, Sugar Land, Texas

    Palin is the reason why Bush is evil. Palin and Bush caused that turkey to die.

    Obama '08

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. dejah thoris

    and if she'd been elected president, that would be common sense, decency, and respect for others being slaughtered behind her.

    Oh... wait... she already did that.

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. altapres

    Look at yourself charlene before you despise her or others .As the bible says check the log in your eye before others.Maybe you are worse than others.Shame on you.Change as Obama says.

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Trisha

    WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? If my small kids had been in the room and had seen that they would be horrified. They are too young fo me to try and explain the whole slaughtering process. How can someone be that clueless?

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Teresa

    Why would this be hard for people to watch all of the sudden? What do you think is on your plate each Thanksgiving?? Billions of animals are slaughtered each year for consumption, clothing, etc. Maybe the point is...if it bothers you...maybe you should consider not eating meat or wearing animal skin/fur/feathers??!! Seems like a simple fix to me. :) I stopped eating animals 13 years ago and I feel so good about that decision.

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. cahill

    just so everyone knows, fox is also running this story...

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Whitespideralex

    Why bring her up again? She was well on her way to be forgotten. And that is truely the best way for her.

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. sg

    Gee – Maybe folks will know where turkeys come from now. They're not grown in Walmart freezers. It figures the media would make a big deal out of this.

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. garrett

    Why did CNN feed us this information?

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Please!!

    Please, please, please!!! Leave Palin completely out of the limelight! The election is over, everyone knows that Palin is an idiot, and now the media needs to let her slip back into the oblivion she came from. She is bad for politics and extremely bad for this country. Imagine what the state of this country would be under a Palin administration. Granted, Bush has done a horrendous job in his 8 years, and as hard as it is to imagine, it would be worse under Palin. I truly think it would be the total distruction of this country. It's sad that there are so many ignorant people that like her, it really gives a telling tale as to the intelligence of this country. It's a real eye opener as to how important a good education is for America. Enough of Palin!!!

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. fred

    How dumb can liberals be? I can't wait until Obama starts to disappoint you, you all will turn on like a bunch of rabid wolves.

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Butch Dillon

    Palin seems to have taken some glee away from the slaughter. You don't have to be vegetarian or vegan to appreciate and respect the life that was taken to feed you. To joke about it as she did is callously disrespectful.

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Kimberly

    Yeah, we know where the turkey comes from. Doesn't mean we want to see that crap on television.

    Either of them!

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Sunnyvale

    Was the turkeys family notfied? Was that turkey the sole breadwinner for the family? How many under age turkey children were left behind?
    What will happen to the dead turkey? When and where is the funeral?
    I want to be there to eat a turkey sandwich and show my support. Someone should start a help fund so we can donate money for the turkey family, maybe a candlelight vigil?
    Somebody help!! Don't show any more pictures!! Think about the children, my god the children!!

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Reality

    she's such a loser !!!!! I hope she does run in 2012 !!!!

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. nate

    A true reason to give thanks in a down season: Sarah is back up in Alaska where she belongs.

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Mike

    Inappropriate is the only word I can come up with to describe this event. I could only imagine what the white house would be like if she were in it. Thank God that didn't happen.

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. BC in NC

    Give thanks she's not helping pick the Cabinet. Forget about the turkey.

    November 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Martee

    Is no one aware that this is how the turkey makes it to the table?

    November 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Brad

    I'm curious as to why none of you liberals out there are calling the camera crew idiots as well... it is more their fault than it is Palin's that this was captured in the interview, and why you people feel the need to insult her because of it is simply amazing. This was a local news story, so I'm also unclear as to why you idiots think she's hogging the national spotlight again. Seriously, you liberals need to wake up and move on with your lives.

    November 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Mario In Texas

    That was a rogue terrorist turkey from none other then Turkey. She gave it the death sentence because she was Hungary and didn't mind all the Greece that's left behind.

    November 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. al

    That idiot trainwreck Palin makes the headlines again.

    November 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. KLEE

    I guess next she will go and pardon a moose! oh well, that's life & death – its just that some folks don't care to watch it on their TV – thats why we like sponge bob for heaven's sake.

    next article.

    November 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Thomas

    That turkey being killed is symbolic of the McCain campaign which she helped to kill...

    Or it may be symbolic of her political career which will never go further than governor of Alaska, where she really does not do much expect attend ice sculpting events and snowmobile races, and is only poular because she increased the amount that Alasakans receive every year for oil windfalls.

    November 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. anchorage-jen

    Oh she knew what she was doing. I think it is hilarious. If you eat meat you know they have to die somehow. If you are a meat eater (like myself) how can you be offended? This video isn't going to stop me from stuffing my face full of turkey this holiday season. Heck i am going to eat ham as well. Just be glad she didn't pardon a ham!! lol

    November 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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