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. TTBALA

    This woman is the joke of the country, why doesn't she just disapear in her alaska so that people stop making her look like she is a stupid clown.

    September 10, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Tim

    While she may not have said the exact words, in her explanation to Katie Couric, she dug her hole WAY deeper than had she said just that.

    September 10, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is a moron.

    September 10, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    You gotta love Arnie's sense of humor. :)

    Too bad we can still see Palin every time there's a newscast anywhere.

    September 10, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. ABM

    Classic and very true. Her comment was totally stupid and she was the worst pick in the history of politics.

    I would love to see these two debate. He would trounce her in every aspect.

    He is not afraid to call out people in his own party for STUPID comments.

    Thank you Arnold!!!!!

    September 10, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. The Big NB

    The only funny joke in this article is that silly hat she's wearing. Is she 15?

    September 10, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Shawn

    Whatever, she's still a boob who can't complete anything she has ever done. Stay in Alaska palin! Stay far, far away.

    September 10, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. rdepontb

    Good one, Arnie!

    September 10, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Shawn

    That's a good one governator.

    September 10, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. plm

    Is this really newsworthy? Politics seems like it's becoming another reality show – something that Palin herself has contributed to mightily. I am no fan of her at all and am appalled at the attention this incredibly unqualified, sarcastic, mean-spirited bimbo receives but think this sort of thing should recede and more attention to the facts and real information that people need to understand the complexity of many issues facing us today. I think the truth would take care of most of this silliness if it were given more serious media time.

    September 10, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. bennie new york

    I don't really veiw this as mocking Palin. Arnold was just joking and didn't really care if it was perceived as him mocking Palin.

    September 10, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. P.D.

    To be honest, Palin makks it to easy for comedians and fellow politicians. She is a lot like Micheal Steele. They open their mouths and insert their foots.

    September 10, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Michael

    Just fade away already Arnold. Just fade away.

    September 10, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Vrazz

    Jeez- Does CNN have a Palin fixation or what? Seems like not a day goes by that CNN doesn't post something about her in their 'Latest News' section- no matter how minor or....un-newsworthy. My figuring is that some suit at CNN decided anything Palin sells and ANY bush-league mention needs to be posted whenever possible.

    Here's a headline: "Sell-out Palin Makes Media Outlets Sell-out"

    Oooooooh. I can't wait to hear witty twitter put-down of Arnold!

    September 10, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Truth4you10

    Sarah can see DC from Alaska

    September 10, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. train wreck

    And her actual phrase was in answer to a question about her Foreign Policy credentials. pathetic

    September 10, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. beevee

    A good shot at the ignoramous Palin Mr. Governor. Keep up the humor.

    September 10, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Christie

    I do not understand the "often misquoted" reference in this article. There was no misstatement that is what she said.

    September 10, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. watching

    thats right CNN continue your campaign to clear things up for Sarah Palin

    September 10, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. nick

    Every day................every day CNN finds a way to put some negative "news" about Palin on the front page. Pathetic.

    September 10, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Publius13

    I'm not sure which is dumber, what SP actually said or the words used by Tina Fey. Either way, SP lacks the credentials of a Fifth Grader in terms of foreign policy.

    September 10, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Norm

    You go Arnie...
    Must be nice to finally have another govenor that's a bigger joke than you are Mrs. Shriver/Kennedy.

    September 10, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. G"NO"P

    good job arnold..but why is this news ? cnn palin article number 979 !

    September 10, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. ABM

    I want him on Bill Maher and SNL saying the same exact thing! Call her out on her stupidity.

    AK – thank you for electing this idiot to office.

    September 10, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Gary, Los Angeles

    He should take a shot at the California economy, before taking shots at other people.

    September 10, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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