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. Anonymous

    To all of you who think this bimbo is smart. Go back to school. No, never mind, just like her six years and some sort of phony degree, in communications no less, did nothing for her!!!
    At least the CA Governor can speak two languages. Bimbo can't speak one!! Sad, so, so sad.

    September 10, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Making a joke of a joke is the American way.
    So Schwatezeng ... er .. ... whatever .... is more American than Phailin!

    I'm sure Arnold is looking around at the current Republican party and saying "who are all these wackos and what planet did they come from?", just like the rest of us are doing.
    BTW – it's Uranus.

    September 10, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. lacrosseson

    Schwarzenegger is such a tool. This RINO has done so much damage to "Cullifornia", I can't wait until he's finally out of office!

    P.S. My mom is an i d i o t !

    September 10, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Rich

    I guess he is going to have to borrow Palins bionic eyes. Her being able to see Russia from her house was the biggest joke of the last Presidential election apart from her selection as VP candidate. McCain, I will never forgive you for unleashing this brainless woman on the nation. She has ruined our collective peaceful psyche.

    September 10, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. CR

    Sarah Palin is a two-bit clown. She cost the Republican Party credibility that it will never regain.

    September 10, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    To those of you who think this woman is smart, pardon me while I puke, please wake up.
    It took her six years to get, supposedly, a communications degree of sorts and it's obvious she learned absolutely nothing!!! She also skipped her geography classes, and heck, every other class because she is that dumb.
    She IS a joke and she deserves everything punch line coming her way.
    At least Arnold can speak two languages. The bimbo can hardly speak English.

    September 10, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. kcl

    Hmmm a misquote from two years ago? It'll never die down, ask Dan Quayle (not a fan of). His flash card in that infamous classroom actually spelled potato with an e and his quizical look conveyed that he knew it was wrong when he said it. He'll go down in history as the VP who couldn't spell.

    September 10, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Papasan in AZ

    Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, the GOP loves you that way.

    P.S. latftp.com has the proof that right wing loonies are retards in patriotic clothing...

    September 10, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. slipthalo

    Palin '12:
    You are led far too easily and give more credit than is due. My cat has more ability to lead this country than she does – she knows not of what she speaks 98% of the time.

    September 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Tam

    Palin '12 - you're kidding, right?

    Really scary that you're not.

    September 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. molinewolf

    I can see a meth house from my yard!! I can see pot fields from my fishing cabin. I can see drugs in my kids room. My daughters newest child will called Dancer.

    September 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Poor Sarah

    Why is everyone calling this woman dumb??? She quit a job after 2 years that made 125 thousand to create a job that makes her that much in two appearances.....She quickly learned public service is not the way to make $$$$.

    September 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Don

    Alaska is a welfare state. Palin is a moron and the more we actually listen to what she has to say we are all dumber for it. She couldn't even finish her time as Gov. she saw the bright lights and dashed for the cash. Fame Monster

    Replublicans I warn you: Romney/Palin = world war 3

    Any modification of our constitution removing a right is unbeliveable especially from people who "claim" they support strict contitutionalists.

    September 10, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Steve in CT

    Trust me, Greenspam. You are no rocket scientist. But PALIN '12 hit it on the head. Unfortunately the mob mentality of the ignorant masses seems to feed on itself. Don't research 'cause if you do you'll realize Palin does indeed have what it takes.

    September 10, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Jimbo (the real one)

    Even her own party mocks her. What does that tell you...?

    September 10, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. AK Lisa

    Palin the great pretender, pretending she has foreign policy experience because of Russia's proximity to AK, guess what Palin? Not everyone is dumb as a rock, like your worshipers are! HA HA HA!!! REPUG TEA PARTY: HATE OBAMA? THEN YOU ARE MY NEXT PRESIDENT.

    September 10, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Los

    It's still an obsurd answer she gave Gibson. Especially as a nominee for Vice President of the United States.

    September 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Diane

    It so very easy to "mock" Palin.....she provides us with so much material, it's hard not to "mock" this woman and no one can REFUTIATE this point!! The sooner Caribou Barbie is out of the lime light the safer America will be!

    September 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. michele

    Sarah Palin is NOT a smart person. And anyone who has an ounce of brains can figure that out by listening to her speak. She's an idiot, and couldn't lead the country out of a cardboard box. Anyone who thinks otherwise is not very smart themselves.

    September 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Realistic

    Arnold that was funny and no to one of the post here, Palin can not lead this country unless you want to be lead over a cliff..Yes, Palin lovers, she will lead you and the country over a cliff but as you are falling over the cliff, look up on your way down and you will realize she has brought her parachute to save her own bacon. She will cast you aside and your dreams and America for her own benefit. No, she is not evil, just self serving and self absorbed.

    September 10, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. DJ in TX

    Hey Palin 12 – So it's OK for her to say things like "death panels" and back up people like Dr Laura when they spew racial things, but not OK for people to make jokes about her? She says things about politicians every day, but that's OK.

    BTW – she could not lead anything. She QUIT on the state of Alaska. The governator is made fun of everyday, his state is near bankrupt, but he didn't quit on his state. All she faced were ethics charges (most of which were proven unfounded), but instead of fight for herself and her state, she QUIT. If I don't anything else about her, that's a fact that is undisputed. She QUIT on her state. My question is, when things get tough, if she were president, would she quit on the American people as well?

    September 10, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. carlos

    ALL she saw was the soldiers MOONING her and she loved it.........hehehehehe

    September 10, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. mitchell

    You know you're an idiot when the terminator can mock you.

    September 10, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. lcasey

    "Sarah Palin is a two-bit clown. She cost the Republican Party credibility that it will never regain."

    I disagree..............two-bits is too much. And you can't regain what you didn't have.

    September 10, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Leeta

    Sarah Palin quit as a governor of Alaska so she can make more money. Look at her now-an instant millionaire. But as a woman I will never vote for her because she is dumb. She has a lot of things to learn before going back to politics. Alaskans need to think twice before voting for her again. AND THE REPUBLICANS LOST THEIR TOUCH WITH THE AVERAGE AMERICANS. THEY ONLY KNOW HOW TO SERVE THEMSELVES AND THEIR RICH FELLOW REPUBLICANS. IT'S A SAME.

    September 10, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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