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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  1. Anne E.

    There's enough sugar-coating here to throw anyone into a diabetic coma. But beneath it all lies the sneering, winking, divisiveness we saw during last year's campaign.
    The only thing I wish we could collectively "move past" - is Palin herself.

    November 12, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    The drama has been selling books though.

    November 12, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. C.K.

    I can only imagine how silly Palin felt finally admitting she had a bad interview, well, several bad interviews. I'm glad to see she was honest about that. I still do not have confidence in her that she could or would ever be fit to be VP of the U.S., or even the POTUS!

    November 12, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Reny

    He probably has some great dirt on her and she is trying to hush him up.

    November 12, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. ERP

    Of course Palin and "son-in-law" Levi are not "really into the drama", they're really into the white trash tabloid soap opera. Scary that a significant number of Americans still continue to consider this woman a serious candidate for the Presidency.

    November 12, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Roger

    "A bad interview"?

    It was a disaster for her. It pretty much turned the tide on any further support from your average American voter.

    She couldn't name a single newspaper that she read.

    She couldn't name a single court case that she'd like to review (just after the Supreme Court decision that disappointed the state of Alaska, reducing the compensation for damages from the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster).

    When asked about the proposed Big Bank bailout, her rambling response was so muddled and confused, SNL used it in their skit verbatim. No comedy writers needed there.

    "Fiscal Responsibility?"

    Do a search online as to how Wasilla got their new sales tax, and a Big New Hockey Rink for a hockey mom and her contractor friends.

    "Fiscal responsibility" should be more than just a sound bite aimed at the opposition.

    November 12, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Mike

    Does she still think that she has foreign policy experience because she could see Russia?

    November 12, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Dave Levi

    Finally she makes an intelligent policy move...

    November 12, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Mike A

    Sarah Palin is totally self-absorbed and self-serving. She is a sociopath who belives everything she says even when faced with irrefutable proof of her blantant lies (death panels anyone).. She is cashing in; it's time for everyone to ingore her.

    November 12, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. colin

    And how is this political news?

    November 12, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Bertina

    Palin creates her own drama and will not keep from it as long as she keeps putting her face out in the spot light.

    November 12, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Christian Values

    Let us cut all this crap and answer a simple question (most youthful and teens have right now for Sarah)

    how much for a "good" 20 minute lap???

    November 12, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Tom in Delaware

    It's a banner Plain day....cut off all the comments about the Imitation Christ but let the Palin comments thru by the Hundreds.

    CNN=Apologists of the Obama administration.

    Nothing to watch now that Lou Dodds is gone.

    November 12, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Lee

    This lady is a class act!

    November 12, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Albie

    You may not be a fan of Sarah Palin, but Levi Johnston is a supreme media hound who is both thoughtless and egotistical. In his quest for fame, he has attacked for the sake of celebrity. The sad thing is the media seems intent on giving him the limelight he craves just like it's done for Jon Gosselin.

    November 12, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. al

    Why does CNN keep wasting time and energy on Palin. Who cares what she thinks? The only reason Oprah even is talking to Palin is that she thinks it will increase her (Oprah's) net worth. Palin is a has been. No one cares what she thinks, what Levi thinks or what anyone in Palin's family thinks. Let her stay in Alaska where she belongs.

    Is CNN becoming Entertainment TV now?

    November 12, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Alan in Ak

    Got our your crayola's ready for Monday?

    November 12, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Dennis

    We're more productive? Just is what is that suppose to mean? Spreading your lies, hate and discontent? Pretending to be a Christian, when you're not.

    As a Christian, I have a hard time trying to convince the unsaved that Christianity is what they need for their lives when we have examples of Sarah Palin and others espousing their holier than thou attitudes.

    November 12, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Frozone

    Not into drama? Well whoever writes Sarah's Facebook blog sure loves to kick up drama.

    November 12, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Erin Perkins

    He's probably too busy shooting pornographic pictures to spend time with family on Thanksgiving. Am I the only one who developed an extreme distaste for pistachios after Levi started appearing in commercials? I'm not a Palin fan by any stretch of the imagination, but Levi is a pebble in America's shoe.

    November 12, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Michael

    Interesting! "While not directly saying whether or not Johnston is invited to Thanksgiving dinner"....that's not a very 'God-like' thing to elude to Sarah.
    Did she talk about how her teenage daughter got pregnant under the roof of someone who claims absitnence is the only acceptable form of birth control? No, because it would show that her way of thinking ultimately is so flawed that even her own daughter who's likely been raised hearing such things her entirely life didn't even take it to heart.

    What a sham Palin is!!!!! I wonder if she read her book?

    November 12, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. JEANNE

    Sarah Palin is sooooo transparent – she is all about the drama – just a good ale american girl (right)

    November 12, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. etta

    This is a sad day for all

    November 12, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Chas

    Why would Levi want this nut job as a mother-in-law?

    November 12, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. SocialismBad

    Why is this article under politics? Shouldn't be under entertainment or soap Oprahs?! har, har, har...

    November 12, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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