November 21st, 2008
01:23 PM ET
10 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. deadeye

    Could this woman screw up any more. Seems like everytime she makes an appearance she becomes the laughing stock of America. She as a bad case of Open Mouth Insert Foot Disease. Good Grief!!!
    How much you want to bet that this will end up as another skit on SNL? While she's still in the news SNL will always have material. God what a bad joke she turned out to be. She will go down as the lamest most ridiculed politician ever and it's all her own fault. She won't be eating much turkey as her mouth is full of foot!!

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Steve

    I could care less what's going on behind her. She could be in front of a mall, or church for all I care. All that I can see, is she comes off like a clueless, twit moron that makes President Bush look like a MENSA member. If she was blonde, she would give Paris and Britney a bad image. The dead turkeys are brighter.

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Linda

    Governor Palin, the real deal straight talk reformer.

    Will be a breath of fresh air in 4 years after all the empty talk we will be sick of.


    And all you poor saps that know she will be a force to be reckoned with that can't help trying to smear her.

    Gee, who's trying to make something out of nothing.

    It's ok, you will have over played your smear tactics. ....a mightyt strange reporting of this as well. Where the video?

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Dan K

    City slicker liberals strike again. They think their Butterball turkey falls out of the sky, ready to put in the oven. . Give me a break from all this PETA inspired nonsense.

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. mt

    get a grip Peter in Austin. a little time....

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Redneck from Kentucky

    What an idiot!

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. dumbdumbdumbdumbdumb

    carlso November 21st, 2008 2:04 pm ET

    This was awesome, the guy in the background was hilarious. Who cares it is a dumb bird, you people are dumb. How do you think turkeys get to the dinner table? Hahahaha, liberals are so predictable.


    I'm going to guess that you are either 10 years old or your IQ is less than 90. And I don't see what this would have to do with being a liberal. There are conservative people out there that believe in animal rights.

    The way this was displayed is NOT a humane way of killing a turkey.

    – A REPUBLICAN vegetarian

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. mike from manhattan

    This is soooooo sick.
    Almost a little psycho,Yes, No?

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Paula Siderewicz

    This is very distributing. Why does anyone bother to interview this moron. She said nothing of interest, talks in circles, and kills the English language. Please Sarah, go away, farther than Alaska

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. HouseDiva

    That turkey probably couldn't stand hearing Sarah Palin talk, and begged to be slaughtered.

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Jack walden

    If she can see Russia from her back yard I wonder how she could not see what was happening so close. But then killings animals does not shock her

    November 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Matt

    I suppose it's ok that she doesn't believe in evolution since she sort of constitutes evidence against it.

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Roger

    1. This is a HILARIOUS moment! I would find it hilarious if it happened to any politician, but the fact that it happened to a prominent figure like Sarah Palin just amplifies the hilarity.

    2. For those who would take this opportunity to engage in some liberal-bashing, give me a break. Are you guys so tied down to your tired anti-liberal rhetoric that you can't find this video clip funny at all? I'm no liberal myself, but you people are just acting childish.

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Jules

    I'm sorry which one is the turkey on the tv? It's a little confusing.

    Anyone who says this woman has political instincts needs to be shown this video.

    I was so distracted by the guy killing the turkey in the back, I almost missed her murdering the english language. AKA Gov of the run on sentences... sheesh.

    What a gem she is, I hope she doesn't something silly every day.

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Bryan

    FYI folks: Don't blame CNN for reporting this. This story is on all the major news sites, including FoxNews.

    Personally, I think it's hilarious. If you don't want to read this "non-news" story, then don't.

    We're lucky America! She's not going to be our VP! Woo Hoo!

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Wanda

    Why are there so many angry people in this country? You think you have it bad, go live where there are problems with just getting water and a morsel of food, if that. I like Sarah Palen, so why don't we talk about all your wives and girlfriends like this, have some respect. Some people have no turkey to eat and would love to have anything at all. Go help somebody and get off the net.

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Todd (indianapolis)

    Aww..come on people. just laugh! The whole scene is just funny. Sure, there a more critical things going on in the country right now, but let us be thankful as Americans that there are other things to talk about besides the trivial. There is so much out there to frown at, just use these precious moments to laugh when you can. We have had eight years of pain and uncertainty. Now is the time to embrace each and every day and pray in hopes for a better tomorrow. For some of us tomorrow may never come. So I beg everyone to enjoy everday while you can. Look around the world, things here could be alot worse. Consider all who, including myself, can afford the time to use resources like the internet, to comment on the ridiculous very fortunate. We all have food on our tables, and clothes on our back. We are lucky no matter how you look at it. So laugh, play, and enjoy each moment, and hope that we as a country make and have made the right decisions for the world, our country, our kids, and the future. Remember: "Our destiny has no more certainty than leaves drifting in the wind. We are all subject to subtle changes that could alter our life patterns at any moment". Love what you hold dear, laugh when u can, fight for what you believe, and adapt when the situation calls for it.

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. gg

    thank goodness she did not make it the the white house just a dits

    November 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Z

    Even Fox News reported this one: "Palin, who called the pardoning experience "neat" was reportedly told by the station videographer what was going on behind her, but allowed the interview to continue"
    What a ding-bat

    November 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Matt

    Is there a word for the antithesis of clairevoyance? If not, I nominate the word "Palin."

    November 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. RP

    I was accosted by some homeless African-Americans last night in downtown Detroit. I was so happy to help them out by telling them that Obama has come to save them.

    November 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Bryan W

    derrick November 21st, 2008 3:19 pm ET

    the turkey represents her career in politics….DEAD!!!

    Last time I checked, she was still the Governer of Alaska. Great point though!!

    November 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. palinlvr

    This is absolutely news worthy. I personally think that Sarah Palin is the messiah and proves what a great country we live in. I plan to move to Alaska as soon as possible.

    November 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Rob in Sacramento

    palin is the next reagan? well she obviously suffers from some brain deteriorating disease, she has a problem with the truth, & she thinks russia is coming to get us, so maybe its true.

    i think this turkey thing is humorous, its just like the election only the turkey then was poor old john mccain.

    November 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Once you vote Black

    Lighten up Peter in Austin. If you dont like this story go read another.

    November 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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