Oprah talks Palin, 2012
December 22nd, 2010
08:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Oprah talks Palin, 2012

Washington (CNN) - Oprah Winfrey says America may "fall in love" with Sarah Palin as a TV star, but is dismissing the idea that the country would vote for the former Alaska governor in the future.

Asked in an interview with Parade magazine if the thought of Palin's running for office scares her, Winfrey responded, "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."

Winfrey, who interviewed Palin shortly after her first book was released, said she was not sure if the former Republican vice presidential candidate would run for president in 2012.

"I don't know her so I can't speak to [whether or not she'll be a candidate]," Winfrey said in the interview.

But, Winfrey complimented Palin's new reality show and said of Palin's performance, "I would say that America's going to fall in love with her [from her reality series, Sarah Palin's Alaska.]"

"When I saw that first episode, I went, 'Whoa! She is charming and very likable.'"

Much attention was paid to Winfrey's political influence during the 2008 presidential election; she threw her support behind then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama early on in the race. Winfrey also hosted fundraisers and stumped for Obama on the campaign trail.


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  1. Truthseeker

    I agree with everything Oprah said except for the part where she said America would fall in love with Sarah Palin, that she is charming, and that she is likable.

    Well, okay, so I only agree with the part where she says she isn't scared of a Palin Presidency b/c she has enough faith in the electorate.

    December 22, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Jon

    "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public." I wish I had her optimism.

    December 22, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Larry King

    This is one of the more graceful Palin trashings I've seen. "I believe in the intelligence of the American people."

    I think Sarah looks a little like a tranny.

    December 22, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Jacob

    well unfortunately the "intelligence of America" helped vote Bush in for eight years (and the Supreme Court took care of the rest!)

    December 22, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Alistair

    Oprah knows that this woman is an idiot.

    December 22, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Sally

    Charming? No. Likeable? No. What is to like about a woman who rides to fame based on having five children and being the Governor of a sparsely populated state, then when she loses an election (by being mean, dishonest, and unprepared) she quits her dream job, blaming others, quits on her family by running around like a maniac collecting checks for speeches she doesn't write, then signs up for a TV show proclaiming yet again that 'family is first.' Right, after money, the next photo op, and more money. She isn;t even involved with her prop child, Trig, unless there is a camera around. She is a disgusting person, and as her book sales have already peaked, even her fans are becoming disenchanted with the money grubber. Bye, bye, Sarah.

    December 22, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. GOP Clone

    Palin just can never seem to make it an entire day without making headlines...yet again.

    December 22, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. The King

    "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."
    Uhh, the same American public that voted for GWB43 after the Supreme Court had installed him in office? The same American public??

    December 22, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. JFK

    Thank you Oprah. Another person stands up for the intelligent people of this country. I still blame McCain for unleashing this publicity seeking fool on America. Palin keeps talking and it just gets funnier and more pathetic daily. You would think she would clue in and rethink what she says but that just it, she doesnt think apparently.

    December 22, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Laverne

    This woman always has a silly smirk on her face, one of mischief!

    December 22, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. hughiewis

    You have got to be kidding!!! Please stop inventing news with Sarah Palin. Enough is enough!!!!

    December 22, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. GODZILLA1

    The "intelligence" of the American people????? WHAAAAT?? Remember Bush in 2000 (although he really didn't win) and again in 2004 (when the GOP stole Ohio). Sorry Oprah but the American people tried 'STOOOOPID" twice and while it didn't work you can't rule out the redneck, beer-swiling, NASCAR nincompoops doing the same again only this time it will be voting for the Mother of all airheads.

    December 22, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Joanie H

    Thank you Oprah!!!! Good grief can the Palins go home or what? I am sick of those goofy glasses that stupid hair do and that "Aw Shucks" B/S of the Palins. Does anyone have a photo of Sarah pregnant with the child that is mentally challenged? Why did she hide her "pregnancy"? Or was it HER pregnancy she was hiding? Maybe another Palin or the same one had a child in their teens!!!! That whole family is nauseating. Thanks Oprah for your intelligent response regarding that goofy backwards woman with the intelligence of a rock.

    December 22, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. w smith

    Why does CNN continue to have a fascination thing about palin? They and FOX love her.

    December 22, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. Jim

    "Asked in an interview with Parade magazine if the thought of Palin's running for office scares her, Winfrey responded, 'It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public.' "

    The American public voted "W" into office, not once but TWICE, and this same American public just gave control of Congress to a political party whose policies seek to destroy the middle class and re-distribute more wealth to people who already have most of it anyway.

    Yeah, we're really an intelligent lot, aren't we?

    December 22, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. mike carter

    Oprah is plenty smart enough not to endorse or vote for Sarah, but are the American people smart enough ?

    December 22, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Tony

    Here is Sarah Palin (SP) at the top of the political ticker again.

    Despite numerous complaints, CNN's political editors persist in keeping her at the top of the ticker for no reason.

    She is NOT real political news, and this is not Faux News.

    Enough!

    December 22, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. Big John

    Like Oprah knows anything, NOT!

    December 22, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Sarah is "likable" if one can get past her self centered, self serving agenda where she plays the role of "savior" while fully exploiting each situation to her full advantage. Her ignorance would be a likable trait if it is accompanied by innocence, unlike Palin and her snarky remarks for answering her critics and foes. One example is the way she has gone after The First Lady for calling attention to what a nation of fat, pampered, soft slobs many of us have become and the fact that we are raising our children in a way that is shortening their lives and quality of life. One can only wonder what will happen to health care in this country when a third of the adults are diabetics. Get a grip on reality...

    December 22, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. xyz10

    Oprah is being exceptionally kind to Palin: Palin will still find a way to say something negative about Oprah, though. That's her pathetic style.

    December 22, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. JM

    There you go again CNN. You make a story about one private citizen's comments on another private citizen. Why is this news?

    December 22, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. Pauter

    Good for Oprah, we are sick of hearing about the PALIN FAMILY OR SARAH PALIN! Palin is a laughing stock of America. I am glad that Oprah is here to clarify this!

    December 22, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin should go inhabit a planet that has the room for their over inflated egos!

    December 22, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. GonzoinHouston

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!!! Enough with the trivial non-stories that happen to mention Sarah Palin. She's just not that interesting any more. I understand that one reason CNN runs so many Palin stories in the Ticker is that they always seem to garner a huge number of posts. OK, let's all have fewer posts on Palin. This will be my last. I promise.

    December 22, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. Monster Zero

    Winfrey responded, "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."

    Hey, a whole lot of them voted for Obama in 2008 didn't they, so I wouldn't put too much faith in their intelligence. Oprah, go have a twinkie with Michelle...

    December 22, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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