November 12th, 2009
05:56 PM ET
9 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. Jeff in Virginia

    Palin is "not really into the drama?"

    wow. i'm used to politicians who lie. this is just too far. Palin takes the drama all the way back to how it was in high school!

    November 12, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Karen

    SHe's not into drama? Death Panels? Stepping down before her first term of governor is up? Missing all kinds of engagements?

    Yeah, right.

    November 12, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Johnny B

    Wait a minute, is this a change in tune for Sarah Palin? What happened to the Liberal Media being out to get her? Now the Katie Couric interview during the campaign was a "bad interview"? Which is it? A bad interview or Liberal Media Bias? Flip flop, flip flop.

    November 12, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Darlene

    Oh my gosh Levi...don't go to Thanksgiving at the Palins...they are liable to EAT YOU for dinner instead of the turkey. I thought she liked drama ...cause she can sure enough stir it up!

    November 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Dave

    Why does CNN have such an infatuation with Palin?

    Personally, I like her. She is everything most of you scream about: someone on the outside of Washington. Meanwhile you vote for Obama: an inexperienced inside man controlled by the far far left. Pretty funny really.

    Oh well, I hope most of you are paying attention to what Obama is doing. New taxes are appearing EVERYWHERE in every state. Teh deficit is about to bankrupt us. The dollar is on the verge of having no real value. Unemployment is at its highest point since 1983 and rising. New jobs ARE NOT being created anywhere except in government jobs and the health care industry, the one industry they are hell bent on taking over for the government.

    This regime and his czars and community activists are all about one thing POWER.

    November 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Oh Boy!!!???

    She looks like Peggy Hill?

    November 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. james darnley

    this woman is scary like all republicans .just read the last line total contradiction..this woman is not playing with a full deck.this is not 1809 or even 1909 it;s 2009 and yet the republicans want to live in the past like the alamo just happened yesterday i don;t want to live in the past i want to look for solutions and move into the future.the past is dead what applied in the past proberly worked back then but times change and they don;t work now.

    November 12, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. katiec

    The drama queen of America is not into drama? Give us a break!!
    CNN you r undying love and support for this hypocrit, liar, hate, anger and dividing our country agenda has to STOP.
    Bloggers if we just ignore maybe CNN will FINALLY get the message.
    They cannot seem to realize that their idea of what is important has put them at the bottom of the barrel with ratings.
    From this day forward lets ignore any Palin or Palin related headline.

    November 12, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Sea.gem

    Two stories on Palin? CNN continues to feed 'distraction' stories away from the crippled econoy and failed policies...I am NOT buying the "it would be worse" without my stikulus package...creating govt temp jobs does not improve the economy and GDP + C + I + G (govt spending)...take out govt spending and there was no rise in GDP...just a ploy to make it seem like things are better...even though there is no reflection of the increased debt used for the spending....more Obama untruths....

    November 12, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Old White Virginia Female

    I absolutely cannot imagine having Palin as a mother-in-law. What a nightmare!

    November 12, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. judi

    I hope Mrs. Palin is telling the truth about Levi. The only one to really get hurt is the child. Children deserve mothers and fathers in their lives and everything else should not count, unless it is criminal. We need to give our children good lives.

    November 12, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Stephanie

    I am so sick of this woman! I will not watch this episode of Oprah.

    November 12, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. kathy

    What-ever!!! I remain a huge supporter of Sarah Palin. She roots her foundation in values, morals and family and is an excellant example of the good that we all have inside ourselves but are often too selfish to extend to others. If more of us extended ourselves and our lives as she has done, we would be a better country for it.

    November 12, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Dylan from MN

    "We're not really into drama."

    Excuse me? You have ONLY brought drama since you've come into the spot light. I know it's easy to convince your under-educated small town American hicks, but anyone with an ounce of intelligence can see through chatter.

    November 12, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Levi is writing his own book.

    I predict he will make more from missy bribing him about NOT writing the true story of the Clampett family, than he will from actual books sales to the public.

    November 12, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Richard L

    In other words, she may be afraid of what Levi has to say.

    November 12, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Useyourbrain!!

    I can't believe Palin would lie through her teeth on national television, regarding her "warm" feelings toward Levi.

    November 12, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. PEC

    Wow. Is this christian values or what? As much as he has bad mouthed her to say he is still part of the family? This is called turning the other cheek.

    November 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. windrider

    "we're not really into the drama"?!?!?!?!?! Sarah Palin is all about drama, and she loves the 24/7 news cycle because she can always get herself on the news anytime, anywhere. What a hypocrite!

    November 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Sorry folks, but shouldn't this be in the entertainment section along with the spears and hilton trash stories.
    Not interested in the interview not just because I could care a rat's behind about this quitter but just thinking of that shrill pitched voice makes me puke.

    November 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Willow

    Palin is such a liar! If she wants to make peace with Levi then quit interfering by trying to deny him his legal and moral rights to have access his son!!!!

    If this 'snippet' is an indicator of the rest of the interview who would want to watch the "Palin Lies" reruns?

    November 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Bill

    So there is a disney land place for the Palin's and Levi. The guy is making money off the situation. She is making money off the situation..C'mon Oprah, let's just say that family and how Palin came off during the Couric interview is just how things are...the simple truth is that she has all these wingnuts and tea potters ranting and saying they want their country back...its' just the tip of the iceberg regarding how the book will fuel all of this crazy, money making effort on her part ot sell books, make some money and keep america stupid...

    November 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Jim

    Please. Just. Go. Away.

    November 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Susan

    Go Sarah Go!

    November 12, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Jane

    I wouldn't want to be be brought into her fold. Her comments make me suspect that she may have some more dirty laundry in the closet if she's reaching out to Levi.

    November 12, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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