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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soundoff (1,391 Responses)
  1. David Orbach, New York, NY

    I agree with the poster who proposed a "Best of Palin" DVD. I'd pay good money for that.

    November 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. SD

    Executive material, my as*. Now many presidents and politicians have choosen a turkey for Thanksgiving, and then just walked away. They didn't stand there while the turkey was being slaughtered. This woman doesn't have a clue. Crazy as a betsy bug!! But what do you expect from a woman who went to 5 colleges to get a bachelors degree in journalism. MAVERICK!!

    November 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. meme

    Okay, we all get the idea that meat is slaughtered then delivered to your neighborhood grocery store. HOWEVER, what government official does an interview while animals are being slaughtered in the background, and then asked if she wanted to move because of the slaughtering and says "oh no this is fine" . It's completely tasteless, and thoughtless. Gov. Palin is trash I'm sorry. She has a pregnant high school drop out, the baby daddy too, loves guzzling beer and slaughtering animals. I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo HAPPY she's not in the white house. What kind of female role model is she? This is no way to present yourself in front of the country..l.

    November 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. David, Beaufort, SC

    This is really priceless.
    Let that scene seep in - grasp how incompetent, obtuse and stupid 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.

    Ask John McCain "Why would you do this to our country?"

    November 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. George

    What a complete moron!! Trying to ride the wave of popularity that only exists in her own mind. A 30% approval rating is not good...a significant drop from when she began. Another opportunity that should drop it further to where it should be. After all, Governor of the small population state does NOT qualify you for more than mayor of Wasilla.

    November 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Matt

    Golly gee, I am so also laughing that she also didn't know that the turkey was also being slaughtered behind her there and also because she didn't speak in an intelligent and also coherent manner dontcha know.

    November 21, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Joyus

    Padon the Turkey eh?.... which one (Pardon) is next Ted Stevens?
    She could have done the inverview at another angle!

    November 21, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. scully

    OK, CNN you sucked me into clicking on a Palin link again.

    Please ... stop. I can't help myself.

    Think of the children.

    November 21, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Where is the love?

    Does this mean we've gone fron Bush bashing to Palin bashing?
    :-(

    November 21, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Scott

    Don't make the Obama voters look bad with this dialect. I am not one of them.

    My hope is in Christ alone.....

    November 21, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. mark

    Sarah Palin gives a new view on her respect for life. George Bush does the same by ordering the execution of an American soldier. Nice George, criminal no longer suffers and victims are left behind with their grief for LIFE> Can't anyone fi9n a reason to not kill?????

    November 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Sandra - Illinois

    Everytime Sarah Palin opens her mouth I am amazed at how unprofessional and "almost stupid" she sounds. I do not use that term lightly. In fact, I don't use it at all. Please, GOP, if you read any of these comments, think very seriously about what kind of President this woman would be for our country. She makes a "so,so mayor," "okay governor," I guess, but I don't want an "ego chasing" dingbat as my President. Let's keep her in Alaska where she can kill her game and fire those individuals who get in her way.

    November 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. reginald smith fairfax va

    this is such a stupid story!!!

    where is the media on palin/ hannity/ limbaugh rhetoric causing wite supremacist and increase in death threats

    November 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Kyle, MS

    There is no irony here. There is reality. Irony would be Palin pardoning one turkey only to have it pecked to death by the soon to be dinner turkeys. People need to quit whining about Palin, shes a good governer.

    November 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. thewrittenroad

    Over it, over her, and so was the turkey, apparently.

    November 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Josh

    Can we please stop talking about the moron that almost was our VP. She got her 3 months of fame, I have no interest in extending her spot light.

    November 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. D from Apopka, FL

    To Peter from Austin with love! If this story is a waste of time then you sure have a lot of it. Not only did you take the time to read the story , but your blog was longer than the story itself.

    November 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. moose

    Yea we all know where our turkey come from and how they get to the market but if anybody else took a picture with any other animal being slaughtered in the background you darn ripublicans would have them sitting in jail next to vic.

    and like george w, his brother john w and test tube sister sarah w would say...whats good for the goose is good for the turkey.

    then again you cant beleive anything george w says anyway he's got to be the world biggest liar! eat your turkeys and stop your "W"hinnnin!

    November 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Scott

    My hope is in Christ alone.

    November 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. me votin man

    "hey , what is this freaki'n GnUBBLE GnUBBLE GnUBBLE , eh ? Fogge'bout it ok eh. go a home and eat a your own turkey "

    November 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. DIM

    Can't you guys find any usual news to talk about? The election is over. Get over it and move on. Leave the poor woman alone

    November 21, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Mariane

    She was as always way too busy enjoying being the center of attention and clueless to what she sounds like and acts like. She just likes to hear herself talk and it is HER FAULT not the photogs, the media or anyone else that she winds up being the laughing stock of the Republican party! She has done several interviews since the election. She just likes to be in the media. She is just way too stupid to understand that every time she opens her mouth, she opens herself up to more criticism! No one made her take the photos and chat with the media – this was HER decision. it was also HER decision not to consider a different backdrop. She is just CLUELESS.

    November 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. carolina

    ...i also know that people die...that does not mean i want to see the killing and suffering...tasteless on the governor's part...

    November 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Mary

    How much you want to bet the shot was framed that way on purpose?

    November 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Mickey, New York

    Kind of like the GOP!

    November 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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