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. Mickey

    I've got to say it - the more this woman talks, the more I laugh. I just wish it was a "funny" kind of laugh instead of a "pathetic" kind of laugh. This woman so utterly clueless.

    November 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Rosemary Storaska

    CNN GET OFF THIS PALIN STALKING! Give her a break and let her to her family. What is your problem?

    November 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Independent

    Sarah Palin isn't what's so confusing here. What's confusing is why CNN thinks there's something wrong with killing turkeys a week before Thanksgiving or why Sarah Palin should be blamed for it. She is pardoning a turkey. Where do you pardon a turkey? You pardon it at a farm where they kill turkeys, DUH. And obviously that means being surrounded by other turkeys being killed because you're only pardoning one turkey, not all of them. Use your heads, people.

    November 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. turkey from a tree

    Oh come on! It's not like they grow on trees! There's a reason we're higher than turkeys on the food chain.

    On a lighter note, I'd like to nail the governess.

    November 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Matt

    wOW what's the big deal? It may not have been the most delicate planning for an interview but you have to a kill turkeys before you eat him- I think this "uproar" that is being reported proves just how far from the farm our society is these days it really is kind of lame

    November 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. GA Independent

    This is just another example of her stupidity. She can't even conceive of being PC enough that she doesn't yammer on in front of the butchering... Can anyone doubt that she said/did some of the really dumb stuff after seeing what her idea of a great photo opp is???

    Her kind of publicity is actually great for the Republican party – they are gathering plenty of ammo WHY she should NOT be a future candidate for anything – not even Alaska Gov.

    November 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Sunnyvale

    That is so horrible. Was the turkeys family notfied? Was that turkey the sole breadwinner for the family? How many under age turkey children were left behind?
    What will happen to the dead turkey? When and where is the funeral?
    I want to be there to eat a turkey sandwich and show my support. Someone should start a help fund so we can donate money for the turkey family, maybe a candlelight vigil?
    Somebody help!! Don't show any more pictures!! The children, my god the children!!

    November 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. C. Dagher

    Can someone tell me how a turkey is supposed to die for us so we can eat it? What is the big deal people?. Leave the governor alone. Where all these meat come from in the supermarket? Do they grow on trees? Do they just showed up in the groceries stores decending from haven? These animals must die so we can survive. That is life.

    November 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. VETS4Obama

    Hey Clint and Liberals hate America why don't you take your hate spewing BS and call into Limbush's radio show so you can discuss with other hate filled, shallow minded, unintelligent people? Its comments like yours that put and will keep your worthless party in the minority for a long long time....enjoy it because you earned it!

    November 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Thinker

    This is just stupid. Not to mention all the mindless idiots who believe everything the media tells them as gospel using this to criticize her.

    November 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Allan

    A perfect metaphor.

    The Turkey is the Republican Party.

    While Sarah Palin blathers on cluelessly, the party's throat is cut, its blood drains out as it thrashes about helplessly, then it dies.

    November 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Onlyhonestonehere

    Hypocrisy knows no bounds for you lazy, elitist cowards. Are you too sophisticated (in your own mind) to watch the death of a turkey? Have you tricked yourself into believing that turkey meat, chicken, fish and beef is manufactured? It's raised and then killed you twits! Two short generations ago, people still walking this earth woke and toiled all day on farms and ranches. They hunted and killed their own game or herds. Wake up and either become vegan or accept the realities of your carnivorous ways (and stop apologizing for it).

    November 21, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Tim

    I'm tired or her and the media running after her. Call it a done deal and stop giving this kook attention. She didn't get elected (thank God!) and no way she'll ever have a chance of being up for election again, so we don't have to worry about her. That said, it's time to let her and all of this nonsense go away. It's just annoying at this point. I can't wait for the day when we won't hear or see the name Palin in any news reports for years and years and years.

    November 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Rcohelle

    Just as the less than studious governor was unaware of the turkey being slaughtered as she was speaking, she was that unaware of the issues of the electorate in the 2008 presidential campagin. She can't learn everything she needs to know about "real" politics in 40 years, let alone four.

    November 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. JonnieD

    Just beyond the turkey in the background, she can see Russia.

    November 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. CNN :)

    Hey Karen, Do you eat beef??? Have you SEEN the BULLDOZING of those poor SICK animals that can't even stand???? Bulldozed into the slaughterhouse????? Enjoy your steak tonight.....

    November 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Pua, HI

    This is bizarre, as is the Governor herself. Glad I didn't see it on TV.

    I give thanks for the country having elected the right people as President and Vicepresident... Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Day!

    November 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. dan

    Guess what. That's what they do at turkey farms. Does that surprise anyone, other than the media? Where do you think our Thanksgiving turkeys come from!

    November 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. CL

    The election unfolded as it should have as the people spoke. But this poor woman can't get a break. People are now looking for stuff to happen to her. leave her alone already. It's over. Let it go.

    November 21, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Jamie

    Give me a frickin break – who cares if Sarah Palin had in interview and a turkey was being killed in the background!? Really, who even bothers to talk about this, vegetarians I guess? What kind of a CNN story is this? I will admit right now that I am going to eat part of a dead turkey next week, anyone want to interview me about it? I prefer my meat to be free range however, rather than farm raised – industrial meat production is nasty. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Cheryl from Minnesota

    This is not unlike the Palin we all got to know during the campaign. Not thinking again before she speaks to the media. Oh dear God, don't let her run for President in 2012! Please!

    November 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. v

    Talk in English Sarah. I don't understand anything you say.

    November 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Joanne


    November 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Kelly

    LiberalsHateAmerica.... Nice name. I'm sure glad there are people like you wondering aimlessly through life making blanket statements about people you have never met.
    That should be you in the background, strung up by your feet with your pea-brained head in a meat grinder.

    November 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Christopher Johns

    Everybody understands how turkeys go from the coop to the china, democrats and republicans. What makes this incident so farcical is that she finally got a chance to do something nice and fuzzy, and her "handlers" couldn't even keep her in a photo frame that didn't undermine what she just did for one lucky turkey. Palin has bush-level ineptitude. Please just ignore her–she will go away in time if you do! Does anyone know where I can send a donation to the Alaskan secessionist movement?

    November 21, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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