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. smeade

    To those that don't see the fun in watching this, let me spell it out as simple as possible.

    1. The event was about pardoning a turkey.
    2. Instead, the governor gets a backdrop of turkeys being killed.
    3. Incongruity like that is the definition of irony. Irony is funny.

    November 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. jody

    let me slit all of your throats and turn you upside down to drain you blood slowly. sound like a party??? kindness over killing .

    November 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Kereth Powell

    OMG! This isn't SNL people. This is real life, this was almost our VP. You just can't make this stuff up!

    November 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. me votin man

    who knows , what you are seeing , may be that is happening in Russia.

    November 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. John

    You people, How do you think animals die for us to eat. No one wants to think about it, yet yummy yummy, I am pretty sure the one she saved is on the table somewhere next week. THAT IS WHAT THERE FOR. TO EAT. my guess allot of you are the same ones that heard stuff on snl. and thought it to be fact. as for the Russia joke. everyone knows she cant see Russia from her house. Including her you idiots. The election is over. get on with your lives

    November 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. VETS4Obama

    Its not about turkeys getting killed for Thanksgiving, its about the irony of a moron who is "pardoning" a turkey and then has a press conference while they are killing the birds in the background! Completely clueless, tasteless and dim witted – just like everything else she does! The only thing we did not hear was her hatred and attempts to divide the country spewing out of her mouth!

    November 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. KG

    Sarah Palin is the lead actress in the sequel to Clueless.

    November 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Linda Ness

    OK...for her and the folks of her community this is no biggy. Her choice to be interviewed at a local slaughterhouse is certainly that; her choice. However what I find interesting is that her perspective is seemingly so completely local. To go national eventually I would imagine she will have to make a few changes to get the majority of national votes. In the mean time we get to see her on her own and make our own choices about who we want to eventually lead our nation. Not to mention it might not be all that necessary to see how the food gets to our tables. It's an entirely different piece of media coverage -in my opinion.

    November 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. carmen

    I am really disappointed with Grandma Palin. All this time, I thought that as a proud 'Merican she shot her own turkey up there in 'LASKA.

    November 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Shawn S

    This is what happens when people get too far removed from their food supply. Suddenly seeing how their food is prepared is in bad taste. If you can't handle seeing a turkey being killed then don't eat meat.

    November 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. SteveF

    What I can't believe is how many of you elitist snobs can recognize a Burberry scarf!! Sarah is still relevant. This story hit the top of CNN's story list. I think now it will be pulled, as they realize they are being critized for it.

    November 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    How did they know which one was the turkey?!

    November 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Bryan

    "Palin is the future of the Republican party."

    That sentence speaks volumes!

    LOL! LOL!

    November 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Kitty

    Once a bimbo, always a bimbo!

    November 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Perry

    Give me a break all you Palin supporters. She is not a star or an icon!
    Your workship and protection of her is pathetic. If you met her face to face she would not give you the time of day. Quit fantasizing about her and get a life! She is not like you, as much as you would like to think so! You know nothing about her but what the media has said and yet you protect her like...some religious relic or idol.

    For all of the rational folks on this blog that make comments based on information from the media, magazines and newspapers. Know that the Palin folks are worshipers and thay will always claim that the media is biased and unfair, because their committment to this woman is based on FAITH only! She is second only to God right now. It would hurt to much for them to admitt that this woman is flawed!

    November 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. GP

    Why didn't she just pardon a turkey at the capital? Whoever staged this event should probably start looking for another job. Might I suggest CEO of a major US corporation? Failing upwards has become the American way.

    November 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. nobodycares

    Seriously who on God's green earth cares about this? It is suddenly news that Turkeys get slaughtered around Thanksgiving? Stop the presses, news flash, our crack reporter has uncovered incontrovertible evidence that people eat meat. CNN's new motto. "We're here so you don't have to read US magazine anymore."

    November 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Spencer/NY to VA

    She's not too bright, that one.

    November 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. AJKA

    /epic facepalm

    November 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Rafael Pina

    Can't wait for SNL!

    November 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. r.d

    Hey! I think I see Russia behind that turkey!

    November 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Bill in Illinois

    Slooooow news day – ehh CNN? Please spare us any more of Silly Sarah. Of course – in this case it is hard to tell which is the turkey and which is the story!!!

    November 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    More fodder for SNL...

    November 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Yet another shining example of the intelligence of this woman. Imagine that half this country voted to have her but a heartattack away from the button...scary.

    November 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. L.R.

    Listen up people. GET OFF THIS WOMAN'S BACK! and that goes for the press too! We treat Alaska and the people there like they are from a foreign country. Alaska is part of the United States (for those of you who don't know geography, or take after Joe Biden and don't know U.S. History) Up in Alaska, people hunt for food to survive and feed their families, and for recreation. As for the way Sarah Palin talks, well I'm sure that is how they talk in Alaska. Criticizing her for how she lives and how she talks is completely unfair and cruel. I hope that none of you criticize someone just because they have an accent or a lifestyle different from yours. Sarah Palin deserves the same respect.
    As for turkeys, I'm sure that some of you, if not all of you have heard of or went to a turkey farm to pick out a turkey for Thanksgiving. The people that work at these farms are just doing what everyone in the country is doing right now-provide for and support their families.

    November 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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