February 1st, 2009
09:19 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin lying low during Washington trip

 Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the meeting of the National Governor's Association in December.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the meeting of the National Governor's Association in December.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sarah Palin has firmly remained in the media spotlight since her bid for the vice presidency ended four months ago, but the Alaska governor embraced a decidedly lower profile when she traveled to the nation's capital this weekend.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate has scheduled a busy itinerary of closed-door events and face time with congressional Democrats and Republicans.

She also announced earlier this week she's making the 4,500-mile trek from Alaska to Washington primarily to attend the Alfalfa Club Dinner Saturday night - an annual closed-door roast of the nation's political elite.

But it's what's missing from Palin's schedule that is causing more than a few heads to turn. In a city that is ground-zero for national political journalists, Palin has not scheduled a single media interview or indicated she will hold a press conference.

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  1. MsRotten

    Hey SaRahRahRah....you have people freezing and starving to death in the Alaskan Bush for several MONTHS now. Yet you do NOTHING about this....WHY???

    Alaskans cannot wait to vote you OUT come 2010!!

    Buh-Bye!! *wink*wink*

    January 31, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Carolyn Jones

    Really, do we need more Palin, I am drowning in the lack of knowledge, why is she continuing to stay in the new??

    January 31, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Gail White

    Palin belongs in Alaska, taking care of state business and her children and grandchild. She does not belong on the national stage w/same and, as far as my opinion, she is a complete failure as a mother, which should be her most important role. According to news reports, she does not believe in literal sex education and eschews birth control, and did not protect her daughter by education from pregnancy at the tender age of 17. Who is going to care for the children – Tryg, especially? Bristol and boyfriend have no education and who will care for their child? The woman's priorities are so backward because she is addicted to lights, cameras and attention! She isn't qualified for national office; she apparently cannot read and certainly cannot speak coherently. Go back to Wasilla and take care of your business, Palin!
    This is not a beauty pageant, honey!

    January 31, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Ed Word

    Palin not parading her tribe in front of the media?

    Now THAT is news..............

    January 31, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. sandee in Portland

    Seems like she's finally listening to all those other republicans who are saying she should stay out of the spotlight for a while so the media and the public can get over the animosity toward her.

    Of course, even if she were to give an interview, we would be confused as to what she was trying to say. I can't understand how someone who graduated with a journalism degree can hate reporters. After all, that's the job she was supposedly educated to do in some form or another. Obviously, she wasn't a political science major.

    January 31, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Dann

    If Palin is avoiding the media can the media not return the favor? That would keep us from having to hear about her.

    January 31, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Sue from KY

    Good for you Governor Palin. CNN, NBC,CBS, ABC, CNBC shame on all of you and your journalists. All the hate that comes out of you would plug a toilet. Leave this woman and Caroline Kennedy alone.

    There are other news worthy events happening to report on and write about such as the current administration's cabinet members that cheated the IRS. Where are you CNN asking the tough questions to "keeping them honest"? Isn't this what you advertise? We, as common citizens would go to jail and pay a stiff penalty if we evaded paying our taxes.

    Don't sweep it under the rug. It should be exposed to the American people.

    January 31, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Larry Houston TX

    Sounds like she's starting to act like a grown -up, for a change...

    January 31, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. CATINA

    I thought you didnt want to here from her no more.Jack Cafferty rail on her now you want to see her. FORGET YOU STUPID

    January 31, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. Mike

    She doesn't want anyone asking her real questions that she can't answer. She will only release statements to the main stream media and will talk to the Glen Beck's, Rush and Hannity whom have fallen for her beauty only and not join the rest of the lower 48 realizing she is dumb as a door knob. This doesn't suprise me – it's exactly what I expected. Wait till she's back in AK and she will release a statement to you guys.

    January 31, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Paul

    Good. She has nothing intelligent ever to say and perhaps she is vaguely aware of that now; thus, the reason for keeping a low profile. Maybe she'll finally get the message and vanish but she's too dumb to do that. Pity, because the vast majority of Americans certainly do not want Miss Brainless Entity in their midst. Not now when they finally got rid of another brainless entity, namely Bush the totally cluess one.

    January 31, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. R C - MI

    [An official with the Alaska Volcano Observatory told FOX News that they were expecting an eruption within days. The level of seismic activity had dipped from Sunday's peak, but the AVO did not feel comfortable lowering the threat level.] Jan 30, 2009

    Shouldn't the Governor remain in Alaska to be available during this seismic event instead of attending events in Washington to further her political career?

    January 31, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Ahhhh!!!

    This woman repulses me so thoroughly I can't even begin to tell you.

    WHERE IS BRISTOL? LEVI? TRIPP??

    January 31, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Sparky

    When will this backwoods, half wit realize that a) she is NOT the future of the party and b) she is not relevant.

    She is trying to be the Spiro Agnew of the new millemium by attacking the press. Yes, those people who did their job and asked her questions to which she stunk at.

    Hate to think what would of happened if Katie Couric asked Sara her full name, date of birth and what planet she was on...

    Sara ..... PLEASE GO AWAY>>>>>>>> NOW !!!!!!

    January 31, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Jeff from Jersey

    Freedom of the press?We need freedom FROM the press!It's getting to be more of a punishment than a right!
    There is one silver-lining to this media side-show : People are going to hate hearing about Palin so much that she'll never get elected to anything south of Alaska.THANK GOD!

    January 31, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Howwy

    Go Sarah! Palin 2012! Our only hope against half muslim Obama and half muslim Jindal.

    January 31, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. CP IN OR

    Dearest Sarah, Please, please, please stay in Alaska!
    We, the people in the lower 48 are tired of your blabber.
    In these very difficult times, we need, someone of substance. Believe it or not, there are people who want educated leaders for a change.
    I can't even imagine you any where near our White House.

    January 31, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. Andrew in South Dakota

    Is anyone surprised by this? This woman can hardly put an intelligent sentance together let alone do it in front of a camera. The best thing for this country would be for Ms. Palin to quietly disappear into the Alaskan mountains and never be heard from again.

    Obama '08/'12

    January 31, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Sorry Sarah

    No one cares.

    January 31, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    If Sarah Palin is "lying low" during this trip to Washington ... why are you reporting on her at all?

    January 31, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Cameron from St.Louis

    For the last 4 months, the media has been saying that Sarah Palin has been doing too many interviews and being too public...now that she is being reserved and not granting interviews, you have a problem with that. Which is it? Do you want her to stay out of the spot light or stay in? Does it help your ratings if she is on camera making a fool of herself? She is the Governor of Alaska. She is not a national figure...let her stay where she is...im happy i dont have to see another interview with her!

    January 31, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Brian

    "Palin is traveling to Washington to lobby senators to approve certain infrastructure projects for Alaska in the economic stimulus package."

    Seriously?! What happened to fighting pork? What happened to being a maverick and rallying against earmarks? Oh yeah, it's Sarah Palin. She literally doesn't know the meaning of the word "hypocrite."

    January 31, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. ALFRED

    I cannot believe anyone in Congress would consult with this woman. She has nothing to offer nor can she provide any intelligent advise on the problems facing this country – she is totally clueless and "dumber-than-a bucket of rocks". My beloved Republican Party has suffered enough of an embarrasment from this woman – Please stop!!!!!

    January 31, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. NCgrl

    I think this air head needs to go back to Alaska and deal with isssues in her own state, she is supposedly still the governor of Alaska right? She better go save her little state before that volcano erupts, that would be a mess! She is such a joke.

    January 31, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Linda

    Well, CNN, it may seem long ago that we've been stuck with Obama to you, but the election was-not yet 3 months ago.

    Palin is calling the shots now and knows to limit her appearances with careful selection.

    Smart lady!

    January 31, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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