September 10th, 2010
11:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Schwarzenegger joke mocks Palin

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a swipe at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a swipe at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday.

(CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a shot at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday, writing that he was "looking everywhere but can't see Russia from here" as his plane flew over Alaska.

The joke is an apparent reference to Palin's now infamous – and often misquoted – answer to a foreign policy question during an interview in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election.

"Over Anchorage, AK. Looking everywhere but can't see Russia from here. Will keep you updated as search continues," Schwarzenegger joked, posting a photo along with his Twitter message.

Schwarzenegger's flight was destined for Asia, where the California governor is on a trip designed to increase trade.

Actress Tina Fey and Saturday Night Live popularized the joke through its parody of Palin, in which Fey delivered the line: "I can see Russia from my house!"

But that's not what Palin really said. The full quote came in an interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson in reaction to a question about U.S. policy toward Russia.

"They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska," Palin said.


Filed under: Arnold Schwarzenegger • Sarah Palin
soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. K in Miami

    Well isn't Sarah Palin the butt of all JOKES......!

    It's funny that Sarah thinks she's the you know what, but MOST NORMAL AMERICANS see her as comedic releif......

    The dumbed down Americans (Republicans/Fox news viewers) think she's the best thing since sliced bread.....!

    September 10, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Whatever

    At least he is finishing his term as governor but I'm sure he will apologize before end of day!! LOL

    September 10, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Poor Sarah Palin....... such a great subject for comedians.

    September 10, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Jerry - Florida

    Stupid/washed up muscle brain!!! We can not count the times that you have made moronic comments yourself.

    September 10, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Maybe Gov. Schwarzenegger you'll be able to see Russia from Asia, let me check with Palin first.

    September 10, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Cat

    Now that's funny.

    September 10, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Jim

    Love it Arnold!

    September 10, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. BeverlyNC

    Palin is nothing but a joke.

    She is stupid, extreme and a pathological liar. Now she and the fraud Beck are holding a shameful 9/11 event where they are CHARGING MONEY people to attend. Always showing disrespect for our nation.

    September 10, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. anagram_kid

    Nice to see that even though Schwarzenegger is a lame duck governor he is still working to improve his state. I bet Palin’s Twitter/Facebook/14-year-old-girl response to this will overlook that fact.

    September 10, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Joe, San Diego

    Palin will split hairs and make up some excuse of what she really meant... She's such a dingaling, you were running for VP make certain you speak with clarity and annunciate your words, make coherent sentences that will not haunt you in the long run- grizzly bear huh- more like an Alaskan seal!

    September 10, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. John D.

    Even your fellow republicans think you're a joke. Give it up and go back to grinding mooseburgers and popping babies.

    September 10, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. fronco

    One thing about him is he is a true republican, i just wished they were all like him.

    September 10, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. CTSadler

    Uh oh! She's going to tweet at him and refudiate that statement!

    September 10, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. larrywi

    He shouldn't even be looking for Russia, or even be in ALASKA for that matter. La La land is deteriating into a non-functional state, he neds to stay there and get it squared away!

    September 10, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. anagram_kid

    That is one of my favorite Palin pictures. The caption should be, “Look Sarah, a dollar.”

    September 10, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. elka

    Hey stoopit! She never said that. It was Tina Fey. Stoopit,stoopit,stoopit.

    September 10, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Sue

    Schwartzeneger is such a moron he doesn't even realize that Sara Palin never said that she could see Russia from her front yard! It was the comedian on Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey that made that statement. It was a joke made by a comedian.

    September 10, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. MsMHS

    With all the difficulties, financial and cultural, that California has, why is the governor up in Alaska making snide comments about Palin? This is why the State of California is in a mess - people like him running it. Until the residents of California wake up, things will only get worse and more stupid comments made by its leaders.
    This article is absolutely worthless and is not news, CNN.

    September 10, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Danny Cali

    Oh.......yeah, I agree with you about that and I can't see any Russia from here too.

    September 10, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Dave

    Watch out Arnold, you are now on her crap list , and we know what happens to those poeple, right Quitta from Wasilla

    September 10, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Maria Elena

    this low life of a California governor can't even spell or speak. Can't wait for him to go back into his hole. He's left California worse than how he found it. And, he has the ridiculous gall to make fun of the Alaska governor who steered her state to more stable financial footing than California will ever be in.

    September 10, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Linda Wolff

    Good shot, Governor. Love your sense of humor.

    Linda Wolff
    Sarasota

    September 10, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Chad

    Good stuff from the governator!

    September 10, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Debby

    Arnie, Arnie, Arnie, you are a has been actor, a has been governor, and always rode on the coat strings of the Schriver name. Palin is making more money than you even with all the jokes and bad press about her on a daily basis. I wouldn't be so quick to make jokes Mr. Girlyman.

    September 10, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. proud dem in nc

    Palin IS A joke!!!!!!

    September 10, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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