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. Brian L

    Rush will label Arnold a socialist by saying the same thing over and over again therefore making it true in the minds of his listeners, Beck will find communist symbols in his movies and Ann Coulter will attack his wife.

    September 10, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Mr. Davidson

    The comment is very insightful ,because Ms. Palin obviously has the foresight to see beyond the obvious.Russia is near our borders in some instances especially in the Arctic where Russia is leading into new thawing Polar regions with discovering and claiming territory for exploration of minerals. Stay focused , Governor ,on the big picture.

    September 10, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Michael

    he sure has a sense of humor and doesn't take himself so important.
    Not like a certain female.

    Good joke Arnold

    September 10, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. dale

    That's just too funny, but now sarah will probably tweet saying he is a left-wing, liberal, activist gov.

    September 10, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Republicans is smart in the head area

    They are both joke governors. Let's see...what party are they from again?

    September 10, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. johnRJ08

    Actually, there is an island off the coast of Alaska from you can just barely see Russia on a perfectly clear day. Of course, when Palin made her comment she had never set foot on that island.

    September 10, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. KEVIN

    You go Aronld. I clearly see from here in NYC that Sarah Plain and Simple Minded is just a dumb as ever. Well, Sarah is not dumb (well she is dumb, real dumb) but the people and new media that follow her are the dumbest of them all. You people keep paying this idiot you money and pretty soon you will be poor and she will be rich. Beck is the same. just a dumb and people follow these idiot, just follow them of a cliff.

    September 10, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Dave

    Uh...considering the mess that Ca is in right now, does Arnold really have the leeway to mock anyone else? I appreciate CNN correcting her quote, the liberal left seldom cares for truth

    September 10, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Clint, Wa.

    No endorsements for you Arnold, not for anything, not even restroom attendant.

    September 10, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. ConstitutionalPatriot

    At least cnn set the record straight regarding what Palin said.

    September 10, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. This Is A Great Story Just Imagine . . .

    A failed governor making fun of another failed governor.

    Y-A-W-N

    September 10, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Clint, Wa.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, for Gov. of Alaska.

    September 10, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. JiminAZ

    It appears that Ahhhnie is as stupid as the writer of this item.

    Too dumb to know that this is Tina Fey's line.

    September 10, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Colorado

    Once a RINO always a RINO.

    September 10, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Karen

    Arnold & Sarah – two of a kind!

    September 10, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Michael

    Arnold, be afraid. She'll call her momma-bears or maybe she'll start hunting you. Now wait, she doesn't hunt. She only posts for pictures.
    Arnold, She'll build a fence around Alaska. Now wait, she quit her job as governor and can't do that anymore.
    She'll close the airport for you and make you land on the bridge that was never build because she didn't take the money.
    Now wait, she took the money and build a street to nowwhere.
    Well, there is you landing spot.
    Enjoy Alaska

    September 10, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Monrob

    Both of them should just get lost. Arnold, take Maria with you. Both of you look like prehistoric beasts.

    September 10, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Patriot

    Anyone, ANYONE who cherishes, backs or in any way supports Sarah Palin is an idiot!

    September 10, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. trombone guy

    I can see palin from russia!

    September 10, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. vinnygallucci

    Palin has made herself such a joke, no one even cares anymore (lack of comments). The only followers she has are crazy ass weirdos...

    September 10, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. josephine

    palin is so thick skinned she either doesn't care or is to dense to realize that she has become nothing but the butt of jokes here and abroad.

    September 10, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Ron in Califonia

    AHHNOLD also can't see a way to solve California's budget crisis. When he is no longer Governor of California he will resume hs movie career. He will do a comedy about his time as Governor. There is lots of material that is funny. He could also do a romantic comedy since he has such a relationship with the Dems in the Assembly. Or maybe porn since he really screwed california.

    September 10, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. David

    Palin is a joke; no mocking needed.

    September 10, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. kenneth fusilier

    It is not hard to make a joke about sarah palin these days.every time she opens her mouth to say something, I go is this a joke or what?

    September 10, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Buster Bloodvessel

    You won't see Palin there, either. She never goes there except for publicity photos.

    September 10, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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