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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  1. Jenny L.

    They already pulled it – cowards...not real journalists...and they won;t post this. I think we've reincarnated communist RUSSIA!

    November 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Chris W in Valparaiso, Indiana

    Aw, kerri, you are adorable!!!

    November 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Mama74

    @ sg:

    Upset, no. Laughing hysterically, YES!

    November 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. C A Wren

    Silly Sarah Strikes Again.

    What a lack of common sense and political savvy. She was asked about the back ground activity and if it was OK. She said You Betcha.

    Every day thank God that she is back in Alaska.

    November 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Frank, Las Vegas

    Let's just all give thanks on Thanksgiving that Palin is gone, back to the wilderness of the unknown. Maybe while she's there she can really read some newspapers, maybe watch the news shows, learn something about the world and please, learn the English language! How on earth did she graduate college?

    November 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. oliver

    LOL, THIS IS HILLARIOUS. JOE THE TURKEY KILLER.

    November 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Rick

    Excellent. That's what turkeys are for.

    November 21, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Darren

    This is just too funny, it made my Friday! Thank you Sarah Palin, gobble gobble!!

    November 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. drew

    WHAT?!?! SARAH PALIN LIVES IN A STATE WHERE THEY KILL TURKEYS?!?! HYPOCRITE!!! LET'S ALL STIR SO THAT THIS WILL BECOME HEADLINE NEWS

    November 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. WakeUpPeople

    We allknow that turkeys are killed so we can eat them! The problem people is that any sensible governor would know not to do an interview in front of a turkey slaughter. Children may be watching, plus who wants to see that bloody mess!

    November 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. America demands answers

    To 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain...You are still as clueless as any of them that voted for Skin color and not intellect. What is relevant in this story is not actually what she said but where she is and what was going on behind her

    November 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. ME

    Obama and his wife are boring. Sarah is interesting and real.

    November 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Lani in Los Angeles

    What on earth is she talking about???? "I am where I need to be or that" ??????????????????????

    She is too strange for me. I'm glad she's not my mail person let along vice president.

    November 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Joe Green

    That was a funny video. Sam the slaughterer seems to enjoy his work, often looking right at the camera while he snaps the heads off the turnkeys and bleeds them out (while he holds the thrashing body).

    I think he enjoyed "Dissing" Governor Palin.

    November 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. matt

    Turkeys are for eating, not pardoning. OMG...I still love her!

    November 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Margo - TEXAS

    Why is this a story?

    November 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Dick Cabesa

    where do you pansies think thanksgiving dinner comes from? those of you who aren't having tofurkey I mean.

    November 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. JW

    She continues to be her own parody. Who needs Tina Fey when we have the real thing.

    November 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Bobbie

    OMG!!! I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants!!! She just keeps on opening her mouth and out comes the dumbest stuff you've ever heard!!! How did she get to be govenor of AK???? They must be growing "wacky weed" up there and smoking it, cause this can't be for real!

    November 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. joey from sd

    it wasn't the fact that a turkey got slaugtered on camera that made this bad for her. IT WAS WHAT SHE WAS SAYING!! line after line of non-sequiters and stupidity.

    November 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Vivienne

    Okay.... I don't like Sarah Palin because of her views and her politics but, this is stupid. Why does this imagery upset people when this most American’s will do anything they can to have one prepared for them during Thanksgiving and Christmas? People actually cry their eyes out if they can't afford to have one for the holidays. I think that we should recognize when we are being stupid.

    Sarah Palin didn't slaughter the turkeys... she's just going to cook one in her oven... and so all of you bozos. I think that it is good when the country has an ah ha moment. Guess where our food comes from ding-a-lings?

    November 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. OBAMERICANADA

    PALIN LAPIN PLAIN (E-BAY)

    Watch for FRENCH PRESIDENT SA

    May-be he is arround for the hunting as promised---oh was that a p--
    PALIN will be good in a comedy movie.

    From tony
    CANADA

    November 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Rob Johnson

    "Palin appeared unaware of what was going on directly behind her,"

    Does this surprise anybody?

    Palin seems unaware, period.

    November 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Jane

    FAIL.

    November 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. zaphod2000

    "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."

    Even if this bimbo had known that a turkey was being slaughtered behind her she would have NOT cared. This is a woman who supports killing wolves from helicopters and killing pups in theiri dens.
    COULD WE PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE STOP HAVING TO READ ABOUT THIS PIECE OF TRASH ONCE AND FOR ALL. THERE ARE 50 STATES – ENOUGH OF THIS AIRHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!q

    November 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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