November 12th, 2009
05:56 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. Becky Blanks

    "Going Rogue." A book title almost as ludicrous as the VP run. Appalling.

    November 12, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. spicoli

    Taking the high road to Crazyville.

    November 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. SuperHiro

    Man... I think I have to buy her book. Should be a funny read.

    November 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Karl

    Regarding Johnston...Hmm! She would not mind that he visit them on turkey day. I keep seeing the image after the campaign whereby the turkey farmer slaughter that one turkey. Now substitute that turkey with Johnston. Don't want to be crude. Just saying.

    November 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Michelle

    Thanks, Oprah, for extending this idiot's 15 minutes of fame. It's shameful that she was ever in the national media to begin with, but the fact that the media has allowed her stay to extend to more than a year is inexcusable.

    November 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    I can see now this interview was all PALIN's!!! Oprah will allow her to show fake 'compassion', 'lie about her LOVE for Levi', 'make everyone else around her the culprit and she an innocent bystander – naive, lost, small hometown girl brought out into the BIG WORLD by force and did her best to BLEND IN!! Aww, poor SARAH!!!

    GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    November 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Billy-Bob-Joe-Darrel-Darryl-12 pak-Capt. James T. Kirk in a pink tutu

    Does ANYONE believe a THING this woman says? She's just doing damage control to sell more books and grab the loot! $$$$

    November 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Michele

    I am so proud of Sarah Palin! Good job. Can't wait to hear the interview.

    November 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Barry

    Another reason to hate Oprah. That she would even host this disgusting human being on her show is another unflattering glimpse into her character.

    November 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Charles

    Look, her interview's have never been "bad", she's just bad at them. When asked about which magazines she reads, "all of them" she replied. Really? Of course not. It's as though she ran on this "real Mom" premise and forgot to be a "real Mom" when the questions came. Someone needs to tell her to stop tying to be a Hallmark card and get back to Hockey Mom.

    November 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. greg greenman

    You are not into drama but you release a book called "Going Rogue"? What a hypocrite.

    November 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Leopard (in lipstick) trying to pretend "it" has changed it's spots.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    November 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    Sarah Palin is full of SHISH-kabobs!!! If she wanted a REAL interview, she would have not turned Oprah away a long time ago.... She's a manipulator and she might be able to take Oprah's position because she will GET OVER... I wonder what the audience will ask??? Or were they also screened or given prepared cue cards?

    November 12, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Obama 2.0

    Under her bat wing!

    November 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. kevin

    gotta say, i am a conservative. Like palin alot. but i must agree with other cnn viewers and people who write to these stories. please, not just cnn, but all media, this woman needs to be left alone. I think if all leave her alone, we will see if she can or cannot stand alone and add positively politically to america or if she is in fact a fraud, a cult up personality or well basically what is up with her. we are not learning anything really about her true grit with these stories. thats my take. i must agree with both republicans and dems, leave her alone and lets see whats she really about. I think for what america really needs, this woman doesn't fit the bill. heck, i think hilary clinton, as much as i can t stand her, is a better fit as a leading woman in politics than sarah. thanks

    November 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Tales from the Trail

    Hey Sarah, it was a "bad interview" because you didn't have intelligent answers to reasonable questions. It wasn't Couric's fault or the "mainstream media's" alleged bias – you were clearly not the best candidate at the time and it showed. Not that I expect such extremely obvious truths to change the way you continue to portray yourself as a victim.

    November 12, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Waller, Texas

    Finally, she tries to take the high road!

    I blame McCain for giving the woman a platform. Please go home to Alaska, Sarah. Start by making changes there!

    November 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. as much as I wish a normal life for you

    you have been such the 'Jerry Springer' of politics it would be sad to see you go

    November 12, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    I don't know who is less credible, Palin or Oprah.

    Oh, yea, Oprah.

    November 12, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Scott

    I wonder if Obama's biggest supporter will interview her fairly?

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    November 12, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. fmjk

    Palin not into the drama? That's hysterical. Palin made him a star.

    November 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. vette gal

    Palin said. "We don't have to keep going down this road of controversy and drama all the time. We're not really into the drama."

    Yeah, right! Then how come she instigates the controvery and drama that surrounds her? Because that's the only way she can stay in the limelight!

    It's because of these kind of lies that I won't watch Oprah on the day Ms. Palin is the guest. I don't want to hear the constant stream of lies that come out of her mouth. Out of one side of her mouth, she's all sweetness and light and out of the other side, she's constantly riling up people with lies and outrageous statements that only incite the far conservative right.

    November 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Michele

    Wow, she talks a good game, doesn't see? Too bad her actions have spoken far louder than her polite,caring words here on national TV. On Oct. 28 she called Levi "mean spirited and malicious." Sure sounds like she wants to give him a big hug and forgive him. Oh wait, Sarah is for no apologies, no forgiveness. Somehow she missed those lessons in her conservative church. If anyone is buying this "I'm such a warm caring human being" nonsense, they deserve her. She is a cunning politician who is trying to sell books. It's almost comical to hear her say that she doesn't like drama: she thrives on it, or she would have done what she said, quit her job and taken care of her family. But no, out she goes, never to set foot in her beloved Alaska again. Betcha they have Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant, on her PAC money.

    November 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Jose

    What a BOLD FACED Lie!!!

    "We're not really into the drama."

    Yeah, that is why she is on OPRAH!!!! To downplay it all.

    November 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. val

    I am so glad that Oprah is a smart woman educated woman, because I am reading this mess and the whole thing sounds like a lie and if it sounds that way to me while reading it I couldn't imagine the hard time Oprah was having trying to keep a straight face.

    November 12, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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