December 17th, 2009
04:51 PM ET
9 months ago

Palin meant no disrespect with blacked-out hat

Palin said she supports McCain '100 percent.'
Palin said she supports McCain '100 percent.'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said she meant no disrespect to the man that elevated her to the national scene after she was photographed wearing a visor on which Sen. John McCain's name had been blacked out.

The gossip Web site TMZ ran photos of the former Alaska governor vacationing in Hawaii earlier this week in which Palin is shown with a McCain campaign visor with black marker covering the ex-presidential candidate's name.

The Web site declared the hat a "frontal attack on Sen. John McCain," but Palin told Politico she was merely trying to "be incognito" while vacationing in Hawaii.

"I am so sorry if people took this silly incident the wrong way," Palin said in a statement to the Web site. "I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his reelection. As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him. And Todd and I were with him in D.C. just a week ago. So much for trying to be incognito."

A Palin source confirmed the accuracy of the former vice presidential candidate's comments.

The four term Senator McCain is up for re-election next year.

The vacation comes a month after Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," hit book stores. Palin launched an around-the-country book tour soon after and has since visited more than 30 cities.


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Jane Evans-Wieder

    This jerk belongs in a cave, there is not much she does which does not cause heads to turn. She should hide her head in shame for the trouble she has and continues to cause. Considering she had no clothes of her own, and a very large amount of money was spent to make her presentable to the public, she must of recycled the hat by blacking out her running mates name. Gotcha

    December 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Lisa

    She is a pathological liar. This incident demonstrates (yet again) her passive-aggressive personality; just about everything else demonstrates her narcissism.

    And yes, I am a Ph.D. psychologist. This woman is *textbook.*

    December 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. JR

    TMZ and Sarah Palin... a match made in heaven....

    December 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. cara

    Dumber 'n dirt. The hat works both ways. Someone should have told Bible Spice she could just turn it inside out if she really wanted to be incognito.

    December 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Why is this news? Seems as though the Media will do anything to try and paint Sarah Palin in a negative light.

    December 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Jay Kay

    This woman is small and petty. She's unfit for any kind of public office.

    December 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Brad - Ohio

    Sarah has the right idea for a change. Now if we could just get America to black our her name from the daily news, the tragedy of the 2008 GOP ticket would be gone.

    December 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. sue

    Why don't all you haters just leave her alone? She is popular , intelligent, and in tune with the common people; and you just can't stand that. More power to her.

    December 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Randolph Carter. I'm no expert but...

    As governor of Alaska, Sarah endorsed end of life counseling. Yet, when democrats proposed the exact same type of thing, on a purely voluntary basis mind you, It suddenly morphed into "death panels." Funny that. Have a nice day!

    December 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Enough

    Big scandal. Geez what's the big deal, she's not on the campaign trail and is just recycling the hat, that should make all the greenies happy. CNN keep on reporting these NON news stories. Guess you can't get enough of Palin. Keep her in the spotlight, we only support her more.

    December 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. jr

    Why don't you post the picture? Her son was certainly not incognito (or protected from the sun), nor was her daughter (not in school still) nor was the ex-first-dud. Clearly a statement.

    December 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Lisa

    I didn't vote for Senator McCain but feel that he deserves more respect than Ms. Palin is giving him. Where would she be without him? up in Alaska no one would have heard of her.

    December 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. al in memphis

    Book signing, island vactions, speaking events– well Palin was right when she quit her job as Gov of Alaska to do that more important work.
    I'm okay with her cashing in on fame if the media is willing to give her the money, but she's not far removed from the Hannity and Limbaughs of the political scene. Not really interested in serving in a government capacity, just someone running their mouth and collecting the cash.

    December 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Chad

    C'mon now, this is starting to get ridiculous CNN. She's on vacation with her family, leave her alone for once!

    December 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Sue in Canada

    She's a tool. A cheap tool at that. What a disgrace.

    December 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Phil Kessack

    Stop the rabid attacks on Sarah! This is getting absurd.

    December 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Ron in California

    Once again..much ado about nothing.

    December 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. sharon pearson

    another "how silly of you to point out my stupidity!". i'd feel much better with some heartfelt apologies when she does something inappropriate. can the woman do nothing but offer excuses and blame others when she's busted? even with something this small, she minimizes and acts like miss piggy's "moi?" how can she continue to say and do such ridiculous and uninsightful things, including blatant lies, breaking all the rules of intelligent politicking and still be standing? someone please explain....

    December 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. MAngeline

    If I were McCain, I would run as fast as I could away from her "support" for his re-election bid. She might have gotten him some votes in the last election, but she eventually cost him more votes than she won for him. I still find it hard to believe he made such a poor choice.

    December 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Disgusted

    What a dingbat! Her 15 minutes were up an hour ago. Please Sarah, go away now!

    December 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Scary woman

    ...Palin told Politico she was merely trying to "be incognito" while vacationing in Hawaii.

    LOL!! Yeah, nothing says incognito like a black marker abusing an article of clothing.

    December 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Anonymous

    There are other hats to be "incognito"....don't you think!

    December 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. d jacobs

    Good grief,

    Spend a little of the book money and help the economy on a new visor with Hawaii on it!

    December 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Carl

    The sadly funny part about all this is that I'm pretty sure Palin thought that crossing out McCain's name would put her incognito. Might as well cover your eyes and yell, "You can't see me!" Just goes to show how low her IQ really is... Wow, just wow.

    December 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. The Film Professor

    Our daily dose from the dimwitted twit.

    I would love to see a polar bear just smack this woman.

    December 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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