October 14th, 2009
08:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Flake camped alone because he 'felt like a pansy'


Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake says he spent a week alone on an uninhabited island made him feel like he was 'was actually doing something again.'(Photo Credit: Rep. Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - So why did Rep. Jeff Flake really spend a week alone on a deserted island? Because, he told CNN Wednesday, he "felt like a pansy."

"Ever since leaving the ranch and the farm years ago, I've kind of felt like a pansy, I guess," the Arizona Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "And this made it feel like I was actually doing something again."

Flake spent a week in isolation on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean last summer, subsisting on coconuts and fish and sleeping in a hammock.

Despite the flawless photographs that show him posing shirtless in front of the sunset and with a fish caught on his spear, Flake promised that he was the only one on the island. His secret: a tripod and a timer.

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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Well that "pansy" made a point of showing the world his admirable pecs and abs.

    October 14, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Brian

    I would prefer he be in Washington working on the big issues of the day. That aside he does have a right to private time and do with it what he pleases. The big question is this: This is news why????

    October 14, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Gus The Willie

    Pansies are a dime a dozen within the ranks of the Republican party these days, and maybe he should have taken a few of the Neanderthals with him. Flake is a real flake in our corner of Arizona too. The guy should have stayed on that island in the Pacific.

    October 14, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. D

    You still are a pansy

    October 14, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Moderate Democrat

    He admits that republicans don't do anything useful. At least he's honest.

    October 14, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Tron

    Good for him! Maybe we would all benefit at some time in our lives by isolating ourselves for a few days. 🙂

    October 14, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Bruce

    whats with this idiot??

    October 14, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Joyce Becker

    I really doubt that he was the only one there. Why would he feel like a pansy, just because he is a flake I guess.

    October 14, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. Censorship in Practice form at CNN--S Callahan NYS

    When man sits quietly in nature they learn the true essence of God, that He is what He is....Love.....Soverign. it's good to quiet the soul your very life depends on it.

    October 14, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Stu- SW Florida

    A week.... a week on a deserted island? Wow, I'm impressed!!! Sounds like a vacation to me. Baaaawwww
    You really, I mean really want to stop feeling like the pansy you are??
    Spend a week on the battlefields of Afganistan.
    Then you'll have something to write home about.
    You can bring your tripod there too... It may get taken out by a .50, though.

    October 14, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Benjamin

    Sounds like an out of touch rich politician doing something your average, ordinary American couldn't relate to (like when John Edwards climbed Mount Everest to feel "normal"). How about you go and live in a duplex and work in a factory for two weeks if you don't want to feel like a pansy?

    October 14, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Charles Dragonette

    Hoo boy, Jeff; if you "feel like a pansy", take it from this one, posing shirtless is a great way to get noticed by the others. But, clean up your language – we can say it about ourselves, you can't (unless that's a coded message that you want to hurry back to DC to get married.)

    October 14, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    This should be MANDATORY for EVERY politician so they can come back with a clear mind and MAYBE, they'll get more accomplished!!

    October 14, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. bluehawk

    So what?

    October 14, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    Hmm, are you sure there is NO ONE else on this Island???? Who took the DOGGONE pictures????? LOL

    Well, I saw him interview with Wolf and he said he had a timed camea!! So, I ain't one to gossip and you ain't heard it from me!!!

    October 14, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Patsy Hodges

    Sorry, Flake, you are not a pansy. Pansies are beautiful little
    flowers that survive snow, storms, and all kinds of harsh
    weather. You, on the other hand, are still a "Flake", in more
    ways than one. So, go back to your island, and take the rest
    of the Republican flakes with you. The rest of us will just
    enjoy the beauty of the Pansy. What a jerk!

    October 14, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Vocal Majority

    Vote him off.

    October 14, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. GLS

    Guess we have another log cabin Republican. I wonder how Larry Craig is doing.

    October 14, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Frank

    Obama goes to Europe and tries for a Olympic victory for America and gets criticized. This guy get press for going to an island for a week?
    News organizations are upside down.

    October 14, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. mark

    So this is what people in DC get paid for? How about getting back to work vs just voting no so you can run off to your island!!

    October 14, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. grasshopper80

    Good for him. I hope it was relaxing. It sounds great. I am disappointed that he "felt like a pansy" and needed this experience to feel all "manly" again. It's unfortunate that numerous men engage in behaviors out of the drive or fear of feeling like or looking like a pansy or other derogatory terms from other men who feel it is their job to define what it means to be masculine. I wonder what else he avoids or does on purpose to avoid feeling like a pansy. Hopefully, it's cooking, mentoring other men, expressing himself, and being a good role model for other men who are struggling navigating masculinity because too many activities are off limits because they are for pansies.

    October 14, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. Bob

    While it may have been a great adventure for Rep Flake, he really should have found some other way to express his motivational goal without using an anit-gay pejorative. One would have thought in this day and age a United States Congressman would have had better sense that to use that kind of insulting language. It just shows how far we still have to go.

    October 14, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Paul H

    This is a joke. Please report some news.

    October 14, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. guy

    He would know what a "pansy" would feel like I guess. What a jerk.

    October 14, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. mike

    um....so you are trying to reaffirm your manliness by going out to some deserted island 'alone' in order to play "survivorman"....but you take along a camera with a timer and a tripod to take glamour shots of yourself?!? Gee, that doesn't seem like a lame publicity stunt.... If you were doing this for yourself, in order to be alone, why are you publicizing it to everyone?

    October 14, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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