June 16th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin accepts apology but says time for change

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is accepting comedian David Letterman's apology over the controversial joke directed at her daughter, but says she hopes "men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."

"Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction," Palin said in a statement. "And this is all thanks to our U.S. Military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America's Right to Free Speech – in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect."

Palin's comments come hours after the late night talk show host formally apologized for the off-color joke he made last week about one of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughters that set off a war of words between the Letterman and the Palin family.

"It was kind of a coarse joke. There's no getting around it," Letterman said in the opening monologue of Monday night's show.

Meanwhile John Ziegler, the conservative radio talk show host who has made a film about Palin, is set to lead a protest Tuesday outside the theater where Letterman's show is taped. Ziegler is calling for the late night host’s ouster.


Filed under: David Letterman • Sarah Palin
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. denise

    no doubt it was in poor taste, and as a mother she should have come out swinging, but seriously if we are going to oust someone for stupid things they say, she would have been gone a long time ago.

    June 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Hahahahahaahhahahahahahaha. Palin; if she ever wants to be considered for leadership of this country, needs to learn how to wear armor.

    June 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Illinois 2

    I think that CBS should step up to the plate and get another host for the show and put David out to pasture...

    June 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. T-Trooper

    Well, bravo for Dave for showing that he actually is a classy guy beneath the curmudgeonly exterior. He's done it before, and I'm sure he'll have to again. But is it me, or is Gov. Palin's latest statement a total string of brain-farts? Random shout-outs to the military? Oh, goodness, Madam Governor, the campaign is over! Take a break!

    June 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Raven

    I have lost respect for Dave...apologizing to Palin and her kid! Disgusting! Stand up Dave, your not the man you used to be. Palin put her kids out there and that means they are eligible. If Palin is the face of the republican party, dems have nothing to worry about. That woman is a complete idiot.

    June 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. FMac

    First of all, if Palin would quit trotting her kids out with her everywhere for political purposes Letterman probably wouldn't have made the joke. Secondly, where is Todd Palin in all of this supposed uproar? Obviously, he has no political motive to speak out in defense of his daughters, so why bother? Lastly, this group that wants Letterman's head on a platter needs to get a life and worry about important issues instead of this tabloid crap!

    June 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Todd

    It's hard to believe that the woman who supposedly is in the driver's seat for the GOP nomination for President of the United States has allowed herself to be distracted for a week by a bad joke.

    Seriously, does anyone think this is as big a deal as Palin has tried to make it? Is this really important in any way?

    June 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Educated Woman

    I continue to see/hear Sarah Palin in the news and am continually embarassed by her presence/intellect/respresentation of women. I understand, along with most of America, that Letterman's joke was not very tasteful. However, I do not think that it is something that should have the hate-mongering Palin groupies up in arms, once again. Take the apology gracefully, please. Be a better role model to your children. Unfortuneately, in order to stay in the spotlight, Palin will sacrifice even her children. Let's get AWAY from the crazed Palin scene – we'll see them again when they finally crawl into a cave and drink their kool-aid.

    June 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. ~~ July ~~

    Letterman did the right thing .... and got over it.

    Palin won't let it go because she NEEDS to be on the SPOTLIGHT!! She will use and abuse her kids privicy in order to be in the news .... loser.

    June 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. j johnson

    American soldiers are not fighting for our right to free speech; they're fighting for resources and continued American dominance. The people of this country are the ones who secure and maintain Freedom of Speech. Sarah Palin is an oaf.

    June 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. byron

    the US military is securing our free speech right?

    June 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Tiaunia -Dallas

    Why are we still talking about this? Are you kidding me?
    He is not the only comedian that has crossed the line. Simply because it's Palin this has turned into a Major news story, which it most certainly is not!

    June 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. jude

    Palin needs to learn what armor is if she ever wants to be considered a legit candidate for president. She is a joke.

    June 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Sandra

    My God – will this woman ever shut up. It would be one thing if she had something important to say. Obviously, she needs her own talk show. If she wants to be a celebrity and constantly in the public eye – I say – GO FOR IT, Sarah.

    June 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. rice, bryan

    so we the rethugs think it's time for change. change for everyone, or just the liberals?

    June 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Sandi

    Ridiculous... now we should oust Letterman because he made a joke and then apologized for the joke?? Really? What is this country coming to? I absolutely understand Sarah Palin's disgust at the "joke" he told and I commend her for going to bat for her daughter. As parents, that's what we do. We protect our kids. What I don't understand is pushing the issue so far that people begin to turn on YOU. David Letterman apologized to Ms. Palin and her daughters. She accepted his apology – end of story.

    June 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. makesUwonder

    Good for you Mr. Ziegler and best of luck to you and every one that protest. I'm not there but you sure have my support.

    June 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Shucks

    The only thing I am angry with Dave about is that he gave Palin a platform so that we have to listen to her self righteousness. I find it more disturbing that now we are calling for Daves removal from TV. How pathetic. The right has villified the extremists in this country, and we are worried about a bad joke about the Alaskan dysfunctional family. Get real America.

    June 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Joseph D

    I was incensed and outraged over this. Now I also accept his apology. As Foxworthy said we al do things we wish we had not. As a Palin supporter I don't think there is any need to get a pound of flesh out of this incident. Lets move on. And Mr Letterman will continue to entertain us. I wish him well.

    June 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Marquez

    Ah...Beg to Differ there, S A R A H – It's ALL because of our men and women in uniform who protect and secure our rights of free speech?- perhaps you would like to give some credit to the ACLU watchdogs, attorneys, liberal-minded judges, and the 'left-leaning' media who constantly stand vigilant in protecting our constitutional rights from right-wing Theo-crats such as yourself, and an army of over-zealous hypocrites who are the 'Real" threat to our freedoms! And by the way- how many of our precious young have sacrificed their lives for the 'right' to put an oil-pipeline wherever the "Big Vampire" sees fit?!!! Eventually we will all see through your lies, Babe! In the meantime- do enjoy your remaining time in the Spotlight!

    June 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Dean

    Enough of this already, Doesn't Sarah Palin have better things to be doing up in Alaska .I didn'y know her job was a part time gig maybe the people of Alaska should cut her pay to reflect a part time position.

    June 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Tony, Fairfax, Virginia

    Yes and the troops are doing a great job of securing our rights to free speech, the right to have a militia under the second amendment and the repeal of prohibition.

    God Bless our troops. And please God, help Sarah Palin learn English or keep her from talking. Your choice God.

    June 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. ABChicago

    Palin: "And this is all thanks to our U.S. Military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America's Right to Free Speech – in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect." What the...? Can Palin string ten words together without it sounding like campaign rhetoric or beauty contest speak? Letterman made a mistake with the jokes in question, and Pailn had a right to be upset. But in her usual over the top fashion she turned it into a cartoon show that only played well with the 20% of American voters who are to the right of Ghengis Khan. The Republicans had better hope she gets derailed somewhere along the way between now and 2012. She's a joke, but they don't seem to get it. LOL

    June 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. vette78man

    Only Palin can turn an idiot news story into a chance to wave the flag and congratulate the troops. They DO deserve our appreciation, but in this case ... ?

    June 16, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. TJ

    please go away. i beg you.

    June 16, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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