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. Joe Momma

    That turkey will taste great on Thanksgiving. So all of you who are complaining about how horrible it is, just remember that things like that happen every day so you can have food on your plate. It's not a big deal, you just finally have to see what goes into getting your dinner. Maybe Obama can hide you from the harsh realities of life by giving you a socialist state where everything is provided for you and you never have to kill your food yourself.

    November 21, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. former gop

    You know why she wouldn't release her medical records? We'd find out she has no heart. This woman is abominable, atrocious, disgusting, callous, wretched, inhumane, barbaric, grotesque... just plan evil.

    November 21, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Bubba

    She pardoned Scooter Libby? I thought only the president- oh, I see. Man, she and Quayle should have a baby.

    November 21, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Kath

    It amuses me that people say she is not news, yet there are over 500 comments on this story. Evidently, people are interested. i admit looking at it myslef out of curiosity, even though, I too, am sick of her and wish we didn't hear about her any more.

    Don't blame CNN – it is obvious from the posts that she IS news. We need to quit reading the stories if we REALLY aren't internested.

    November 21, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Ken

    Come on, folks... it's not about the liberals or conservatives, the red or blue, Dems or GOP... It's about the irony of the situation.

    Gotta admit, it's kinda funny, no matter who was pardoning one turkey while the other was getting axed just feet away! Oops!

    November 21, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Jasmine in Germany

    Idiots.

    November 21, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Susan

    Alaska should be ashamed.

    November 21, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. CJB - Phoenix

    aninformedliberal – So if you don't see the blood, does it mean it's not there? I don't understand your logic.

    I have plenty of meat-loving anti vegetarian friends and family(ok well they are not really friends). My take on things if you understand the meat industry and are find with it and want to continue eating meat then I don't have a problem with that. It's the people who stuff there faces with Turkey on thanksgiving then can't watch how they are killed or how they live. It's a fundamental flaw in thinking that goes WELL beyond what you eat.

    November 21, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Tee Tee, VA

    She is just an airhead. Since she is in politics, she should have considered the thoughts and feelings of other people concerning animals. She could have picked a better spot to have the interview. Yes, we do eat turkeys for Thanksgiving but we do not want to see how it gets to the table. She can forget about 2012 because everytime she gets infront of a camera, she looks more idiotic.

    November 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Andrew B.

    Sarah's words are just so full of weapons-grade stupid.

    November 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Reality

    Those calling Palin unaware would not last a heartbeat in a television interview, where rule 1 is keep your eyes on the camera. Just evidence of Palin's experience. The camera crew has, no doubt, been fired. The guy who killed the turkey (and was was only "unaware" person present) has, no doubt, been fired.

    Turkeys will be killed in huge numbers until January. All that is being mocked in this article is a busy and uniquely American industry that supports many American families and brings millions of American families together every year.

    November 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Jon

    I honestly cannot believe the GOP nearly put her in the #2 spot...unless they now claim it was for the #2 as in poo.... :)

    November 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. dc

    how is this news?

    November 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Rachel

    I didn't want to read about what Sarah Palin was doing while running for VP, I have even less interest in her now.

    Give it a rest!

    November 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Reece

    MAYBE Palin was there to give some peace to the bird...dying isn't too bad when you don't have to listen to that shrilly voice.

    Me thinks the turkey is in a happy place away from palin.

    November 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Peter

    YAY!!! SARAH!!!

    November 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Leslie

    And she calls herself a "pro-lifer?" She's a pro-loser.

    November 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Baze

    LOL this woman is a disaster

    November 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Diane M of Los Angeles, CA

    This woman's ignorance has no limits!

    November 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. 2sense

    I wouldn't vote for Palin for any office. However, I feel she has been treated badly by the McCain campaign and the media. Millions of us will eat turkey on Thursday and not one of us really thinks our bounty died of old age.

    November 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Phil in Ca

    This lady is to stupid to even realize she's an idiot.

    November 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Brian

    Come on – I can't believe that made the news. And the media is making this Palins fault also.
    If this doesn't scream bias, I don't know what does. It was the journalists fault for shooting that particular angle, not Palins.

    November 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. justathought

    Now SNL won't have to reenact the skit this weekend – THIS IS HILARIOUS! Even moreso because she's unaware that it's going on while the "executor" tries hard to hear the interview – LOL!

    She can't win for losing!

    November 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Speak Softly

    Palin is palling with turkeys. Bush is a turkey. Are either news? No.

    November 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. MBell_TX

    The video was deliberately set. The view was the cameraman's discression and deliverately squared the shot for the background. Just another media stunt. Don't eat turkey anyone. Especially if you can't handle the truth about where they come from. For those in touch with reality; enjoy.

    November 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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