November 12th, 2009
05:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin: We're 'not really into the drama'

Palin discussed Levi Johnston and the Katie Couric interviews in her sit-down with Oprah.
Palin discussed Levi Johnston and the Katie Couric interviews in her sit-down with Oprah.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin and her almost-son-in-law Levi Johnston have been in a war of words for months, but the former Alaska governor told Oprah Winfrey in just-released clips of the highly-anticipated interview that he is still "part of the family."

While not directly saying whether or not Johnston is invited to Thanksgiving dinner, Palin said her family still has affection for Johnston.

"It's lovely to think that he would ever even consider such a thing," Palin told Winfrey. "Because of course you want - he is a part of the family and you want to bring him in the fold and kind of under your wing. And he needs that, too."

Discussing her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," on Winfrey's famous couch, Palin said she and her family want to make peace with Johnston and move past the dramatics that have unfolded in the media over the last year. Johnston was once engaged to Palin's daughter, Bristol, and is the father of Palin's grandson, Tripp.

"I think he needs to know that he is loved and he has the most beautiful child, and this can all work out for good," Palin said. "It really can. We don't have to keep going down this road of controversy and drama all the time. We're not really into the drama. We don't really like that. We're more productive."

Palin also called her interview with Katie Couric during the campaign a "bad interview," but said the campaign staff encouraged her to continue to do others after that.

"The campaign said, 'Right on. Good. You're showing your independence. This is what America needs to see and it was a good interview,'" Palin said. "And of course I'm thinking, if you thought that was a good interview, I don't know what a bad interview is because I knew it was a bad interview."

Palin's full sit-down with Winfrey will air on Monday, the day before her memoir hits bookstores.


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  1. Four and The Door

    Sarah Palin is really a gracious, intelligent woman. I look forward to her continuing participation in Federal government and the strong influence she can have in getting this country back on track.

    November 12, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. TiminDallas

    Glad I've got something more important to do Monday, like clean the bathroom and kitchen.

    November 12, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. RSB

    Sarah, you are in to drama (especially when there are cameras involved). Didn't you think talking about death panels and saying the president palled around with terroists was dramatic? Not to mention lies! I'm sure you think by going on Oprah's show it will help your book sale. Heck, in your mind you probably think she'll make it part of her book club.
    From what I hear it's only five chapters which tells me it doesn't take much to go rogue.
    While you'e doing this, who's watching your kids? Who's paying for your health insurance these days?

    November 12, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. SamSunny

    Really? Wow, Levi must be getting to her. I don't buy that Sarah is all that forgiving. I would advise Levi to be very careful.

    November 12, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. mijnoss

    I love Sarah Palin. I hope she is our next President.

    November 12, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. HD

    This woman is such a fake. She just tells her followers what they want to hear and acts like a underdog for the people. Clearly she is not and her treatment of Levi Johnson, the father of her grandchild is proof of her horrible hypocrisy. It would be nice if the media could focus on some real issues that concern the country and not this political soap queen.

    November 12, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. JB

    Not into the drama, my arse. This woman feeds on it. And if I were Levi, I'd stay the heck away from that house. We may never see him again. Wait ... that's not a bad thing either.

    November 12, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Chuck

    "Not really into the drama" OMG!!!!

    November 12, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Chris C

    "...you want to bring him in the fold and kind of under your wing." haha, yeah right.. that's politician speak for we want him to shut up.

    November 12, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Mark C. Williams

    No drama? If you say so, but my observation, among others, is Palin is all about trailer trash drama. She does nothing different than I expect for an uneducated person.

    November 12, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Naldo

    Everything she says is the opposite of something she said before.

    November 12, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Karl Hungus

    So she abandoned her post of Governor of Alaska to go on a book tour? That's responsible. And just what the American public deserves.

    November 12, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. TerryMD

    How can she say she's not into the drama, when she is the source of all drama?

    November 12, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. theotherguy

    I'm sure he would know a lot more about his child if he were allowed to see him.
    I think Palin is only saying she wants to get past all the drama because he said that a lot of things were going to come out about her in his own book.

    November 12, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Charlotte

    HAHAHAhahahahahahaaaa!!!! Tina, get your specs out and get ready for a deluge of material, SNL's ratings will go through the rooftop. Meanwhile, Oprah has completely lost what minor credibility she might once have aspired to.

    November 12, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Sharon

    Yeah, and Santa Claus is real. Levy better watch himself, before she announces to the world that he is a terrorist or pals around with terrorist. No, he is part of the death panels!! Basically, she lies or hallucinates- whichever floats her boat on any particular day.

    November 12, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. They call me "tater salad"

    Last time I checked, Sarah Palin is not a politician nor does she hold any public office and neither does Oprah!........ Shouldn't she be in the entertainment column?

    November 12, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Tim, Seattle

    HA HA HA HA!!!

    Really? The Quitter Twitter isnt in to drama? HA HA HA HA HA

    November 12, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. WI Cheesehead

    Palin thrives on ignorance. She came to Milwaukee the other day to address a "pro-life" group. Of course politics got in the way and she went after President Obama, mocking his signature phrase "Change we can believe in" and suggesting he had authorized moving the words "In God we trust" from the face of a new $1 coin to its edge. FACT, the coin's format was re-engineered several years ago by Republicans in Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush.

    November 12, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. aa

    Palin you destroyed your image already... soooooo please leave us alone

    November 12, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Julius

    We're 'not really into the drama' – says the drama queen.

    November 12, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Lynne

    When is CNN going to cover Palin's once again false claim about her conspiracy about the new coins? Even Fox News called her on this!!

    November 12, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Antonio_elizabeth-NJ

    The woman is unbelievable. Not in a good way.

    November 12, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. kcl

    Seems she is sugar coating the Levi connection from this bit of what is to come. You can tell by these few comments that they haven't spoken in quite awhile.
    But I particularly loved the "We're not really into the drama..." and "We're more productive". What planet is she on?
    Maybe she doesn't read these posts. Nah, she's too narcissistic to ignore anything written about her.

    November 12, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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