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. Steve

    You palin haterz are all idiots and seriously delusional. You would really think that this woman is so clueless as to not know she's in an effin' turkey farm? This woman is highly intelligent and very down to earth and real, which is more than i can say for most of the people commenting on this article and the media reporters themselves! I dont know how things are in the lower 48's world, but in AK, killin' animals is a matter of survival. It really doesnt generate any headlines when a stupid Turkey is killed for thanksgiving 'round these parts, television or not. Then again, the people in the lower 48 have no clue what it means to live in alaska. S*** they're lucky if they even knew the place is one of the 50 states of America. Thats right... USA has 50 states!! not 49. Count the stars on the flag if you dont believe me. They have an effin' Super Wal*Mart on every corner in the 48. I wonder what these people tell their children when they ask where their food came from? God must reach down from heaven and place their already prepared meals on the table for them or something geeze!! Life must be nice! And honestly, ya'll dont even know what life is like outside of those cemented cities, paved roads, and heated homes, so dont comment like ya do!
    Ding! Fries are done!!

    November 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. paul

    so what's the story here...big deal a turkey about some real nws...we don't hear much on Iraq these days...I don't suppose it has anything to do with the fact that we are winning now?!

    November 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Dwayne

    It just shows you how rediculous and political it is to pardon the Turkey. We know millions of turkeys are in store freezers for Thanksgiving. The pardon is just for show. I'm sure Gov. Palin will be having turkey on Thanksgiving too. I thought it was a great clip. Why can't we get honest and in sync with the majority of Americans and say goodbye to the turkey on TV instead of pardoning the turkey.

    November 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. LiberalsHateAmerica

    Have any of you heard barry O without a teleprompter??
    "I uh uh uh I uh uh change, er uh er uh ah eu change, uh uh uh spread the wealth around, uh, uh, uh........"

    Palin would have been great for this county,
    -small gov't
    -small taxes
    -big military
    -self reliance
    -loves America

    Barry O is the opposite everything just listed–congratulations America-the socialist has arrived!!

    November 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. moose

    I wonder if she winked at the turkey before it died. maybe the turkey winked at her. oh come on now joe.... you know that turkey was a maverick!

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. mia

    HAHAH that's awesome.

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Matt

    Captain Anti-Grammar strikes again.

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Xitillia

    WOW! In reading these comments I must be in the presence of frigg'n geniuses... And once Obama's economic brain child takes hold, eating Turkey will be a luxury. Hope you all enjoy Mac n Cheese!

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Adam

    Okay, this is a new low in stupid news stories. Palin is a looney toon, but how on earth is it her fault that a turkey is being slaughtered for Thanksgiving in the back ground? Over 90% of Americans eat turkey on TG, and this is the reality of it folks. If you can't cope with that, then become a vegetarian, but don't bully Palin about it. There are far too many legitimate reason to bully Palin.

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. David Grim, Beaufort, SC

    This is really priceless.
    Let that scene seep in - grasp how awful, incompetent, hypocritical, stupid and obtuse Sarah Palin and her supporting cast is.

    A great big "Thank you !!" goes out to 64,000,000 + voters who understood what was on the line in 2008.

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Dan

    If you eat meat, then STFU and ake TFU people–this is what they have to do to get it on your plate. If you don't like it, then too bad, because an animal has to die every time you eat your meat. You might want to think first whether eating animals is entirely necessary. I respect more the hunter than the meat eater who has no idea what it takes to put meat on the plate. Wake up from your dreams people. HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of animals die each year so you can be satiated. It's amazing the hypocrisy in this country. As long as animals are slaughtered for our pleasure, it doesn't seem to me we have the moral high ground on what animal cruelty really is.

    November 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. irene

    Please go away Palin. You are an unfortunate accident. You can't even do a fluff piece without incident.

    November 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Brandon

    Get Over it. You think the Turkey you buy at walmart was made ready for you to pop into the oven? LOL I don't care for Palin, but this is the stupidest article I have ever read on CNN.

    November 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Happy Thanksgiving

    I personally think this story is hilarious, and the fact that people (on both sides) are getting upset about it is also making me crack up. The story is comical and unique, which is why it is newsworthy. For those drama queens whining about the other important stories–it took CNN about 2 minutes to write this, it's not that big of a deal. It's not stealing time from other important issues, it's just a funny piece.

    For those Palin-lovers that are mad about the media portraying her as "unaware" and giving her a hard time, lighten up! Take a step back from politics and realize that it's just plain funny to be pardoning a turkey while another is being slaughtered behind you. With things the way they are right now it's important to take time to have a sense of humor–it is good to laugh now and then.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. John

    So how do folks think turkeys get on their table? Someone has to kill them first. Geez.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Stymie

    I just started checking out this blog. I'm taken aback by how the vast majority of participants have the same point-of-view (bascially "Palin's stupid" and other variations).

    I'm wondering... are there any political and current events blogs in existence that are visited by "normal" people? Normal in the sense that one particular slanted point-of-view is not so dominant (this one fails the test miserably).

    There are pros and cons to Palin. Reasonable and rational people would see this.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Invictus Maneo

    My, My. Reality seems to offend the gentle Liberals senses!

    You want wood to build your homes but you don't want to look at logged off hillsides. You want light weight, water and wind resistent synthetic clothing and carbon composites but you don't want the oil wells or pipelines or refineries that produce those synthetics. You want electricity but you don't want the power plant or the wind mills or the solar collectors or the power lines in your neighbohood. You want turkey on the Thanksgiving table but you don't want to see how it gets there.

    You want to spout snarky comments but you don't want to work. You want rights but you don't want responsibilities. You want more while contributing less.

    As the ecObamanomic depression drives deeper into the USA and world economies and your 401Ks become 201Ks, remember THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED. YOU WANTED A RADICAL SOCIALIST FOR PRESIDENT. THE MARKETS ARE JUST ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR WANTS.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Sara from Arizona

    Some of you people are just so nasty. CNN, what is the point of this non-story???????? People are just jealous of this very popular Governor.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Terry in NY

    So where do you think that Turkey on your table comes from duh? Typical media show anything to get a story.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. R

    Listen, we know how turkeys get to the supermarkets. The fact is that guy did not have to do that while she was there and while she was there and cameras were rolling. Can't she or her people control anything? I don't even like her but I'm totally pissed that they guy had to kill that turkey right then.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Paulash

    I don't know why Fox doesn't give this girl her own show... "Pallin around with Palin"? Who wouldn't watch that? The first episode... She can demonstrate how she keeps an eye on Putin. The second one, she can field dress a moose. Third, shopping at her favorite consignment shop in Alaska. The possibilities are absolutely endless.

    November 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. nat 4 Obama

    I would like to reply to J about democrats being full of hate, First of all if it wasn't for you REPUBLICANS we wouldn't be this mess that we are in. So you can say that democrats are full of hate because you REPUBLICANS don't know what to do when they are in the WHITE HOUSE and if don't believe me then ask BUSH! And then on top of that The Republicans be stealing everything they can get. Ask Cheney about that $ 1 billion dollar contract that YOUR REPUB President gave to him. And Tell me that ain't stealing from the country, i don't say, so i think you should back about Democrats being full hate, cause stealing from your country is not showing ANY LOVE 4 Your COUNTRY!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH ! OBAMA IS MY PRESIDENT!!

    November 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |






    November 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Sally from Cali

    This is a woman who is in love with the sound of her own voice. Of course she's not unaware of the what's happening behind her. Image her as president...'nuff said.

    November 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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