April 3rd, 2012
09:37 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin plays anchor, mocks herself

(CNN) – Sarah Palin channeled her history as a television reporter, politician, mother and cultural phenomenon into a new role on Tuesday morning when she became a temporary member of the self-dubbed "lamestream media" through a guest hosting gig on NBC's "Today."

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee talked politics with host Matt Lauer, defended Jessica Simpson's recent weight gain and dubbed Tori Spelling an "inspiration."

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Looking forward to the 2012 presidential election, Palin offered some advice to the eventual GOP nominee's choice for the No. 2 spot on the party's ticket.

"Don't play it safe and do just what the GOP establishment expects them to do and that is to get somebody kinda just going along to get along, not wiling to go rogue and shake it up and say that we need relentless and we need sudden reform of our government to put it back on the side of the people," Palin told Lauer.

She also said her party "doesn't know what's coming," and predicted the Republican ticket will be clobbered by the media, whether or not the eventual choice has experience on the national stage.

"They don't know what's going to hit them in terms of double standards being applied to them in the positions that they hold and the records that they are running on," Palin said.

Palin managed to make fun of herself throughout the morning and was seen surrounded by stacks of newspapers, a reference to her 2008 interview with Katie Couric when she failed to name any newspapers she read. She sat in Lauer's dressing room during a tease writing on her hand, which conjured memories of a 2010 appearance when she was seen glancing at notes written on her palm.

Weighing in on cultural affairs as part of a panel, Palin said Oprah represents what "makes America great" and is "showing the grits it takes to succeed."

When asked about the ridicule surrounding singer Simpson's weight gain during her first pregnancy, Palin said it is "none of anybody else's business," adding she would have wanted to punch anyone in the neck who mocked her during her pregnancies.

Although she gave a thumbs down to Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs in a potential biopic because she is not a fan of people being paid to play real individuals, as actress Julianne Moore was to play Palin recently in HBO's "Game Change, she gave a thumbs up to Tina Fey.

"Tina Fey was good," Palin said of her famous impersonation. "Tina Fey's been pretty clever."

During a segment with Tori Spelling, Palin, a mother of five, said the actress was an "inspiration" given her role as a mother and career woman. She also encouraged her to have more children. Spelling is currently pregnant with her fourth child.

"Only four? Keep going. The more the merrier," Palin said.

At the end of the show Palin acknowledged she had a "great morning."

"You guys are awesome, thank you," she added.

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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • Sarah Palin
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. ST

    I do now find the reason why we do not go a step further in whatever we want to achieve. What is the use to make this woman the centre in whatever we are planning to do. She is history. She tried in 2008 and she completely failed. Please, media folks, if you are really serious of what we want to achieve, get rid of this woman. No one gains anything from her. You really look awful, if you try to engage yourself in something which is not beneficial to people.

    April 3, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |

    This is news how?

    April 3, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. brian in denver

    The uber-airhead strikes again, defending obesity, hatred and narrow mindedness in all her vapid magnificence!

    April 3, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. hate and lies from the right

    Is she a serious political figure or a serious television personality? Niether

    April 3, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Logic N LA

    Palin's guest hosting only proves journalist no longer inhabit the news.
    Can't you see her resume for this job?
    Capable of saying nothing at the drop of a hat
    Believe in family values but couldn't seem to pass them on to my kids
    willing to do anything for a buck...unless I quit
    I hope GMA trounces them in the ratings today

    April 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. keeth

    What shred of respect I had left for NBC is now gone.

    April 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Patrick

    a political failure mocking herself just multiples the sadness quotient.

    April 3, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    I didn't watch because if I want to listen to someone whine and act like a child, I'll just be with my children when they're hungry and tired.

    April 3, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Canuck

    "we need sudden reform of our government to put it back on the side of the people"

    This is certainly true. The GOP is not the party to do this however.

    April 3, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Orwell shrugs

    "SNL Today", all new time, all new joke.

    As anchor, they should send her overboard to the bottom, and ditch the chain.

    April 3, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Eri

    If NBC wants to dumb down the "Today" show, who I am to judge? It's a free country, after all.

    April 3, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Bill from GA

    I didn't watch the show, but it sounds like Sarah did alright. She seems to understand humor better than, say, mitt romney.

    W was funny, too, except that he was 'running' the USA at the time.

    April 3, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. VSLR

    NBC jumped the shark on this one. As a loyal viewer of Today when I work from home, I won't be watching going forward. GMA can count me in their ratings starting tomorrow.

    April 3, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. The Jackdaw

    This woman is already a joke. She is only just seeing that herself. She is proof you do not need to be smart to make it in this country. You just need decent boooobs.

    April 3, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Bessy

    It is beyond me why The Today Show even had her on their show. Nothing she said to Matt Lauer even made sense.
    I didn't watch it and will never watch anything this idiot is on. Really no need to, everything she says is repeated by the media over and over.

    April 3, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. midloo

    Good to see her back where she belongs: as a vapid anchor for a safe show. Let's hope she enjoyed it enough to take her old career back. We don't need one more unintelligent voice in the political arena... it's a full house already.

    April 3, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Realistic

    I hear that she will be WIll Ferrell's coanchor in the Anchorman sequel.....she can play herself!

    April 3, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. harleybike

    Palin is truly talented. To people who thinks she's an idiot...what have you personally accomplished? If Palin is an idiot, what does that make you? Everything is relative.

    April 3, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Hingie

    Oh the jealousy of the libturd left. You people are pathetic losers and your true colors of your boring uneducated lives show it.

    April 3, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. lisa

    If NBC wants to have the real "Dangerous" clowns on after Palin, "Get Romney,Ricky,and Gingrinch on next" I,ll stick to "Watching informative programming,not rhetoric"

    April 3, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Chris

    All conservative republicans are simply entertainers – they nonsense they spout is just an imitation of the highly successful heroin addict Rush Limbaugh. This brand of nonsense is particularly appealing to the elderly when they start to become a bit senile.

    April 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Lizzie

    So she goes on NBC and all of you who consider themselfs nice, civil, have nothing but degrading things to say, apparently she is smarter than all of you. You must be a bunch of frustrated, ugly individuals.

    April 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. WMoonFox

    I would point to this as yet another example that this woman will do anything for a buck, but I honestly thought she had made enough money by now. One would think that the millions she raked in over her utterly failed reality TV series would have satiated her desire for ever-more cash...

    April 3, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Jenna

    So all you liberal duncies think Game Change was an accurate portrayal? She appears in the book past page 300 and she's the focus of that stupid movie?

    The comments on here continue to confirm my opinion that liberals are sheep that follow their parties lies about any and anyone who has a differing sometimes CORRECT opinion. But then why waste your time with facts.

    Get a clue, sheeple.

    Want to hear dumb comments? Obama off-teleprompter. Get me the popcorn!

    April 3, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. johnborg

    When I saw this on CNN on Sunday, I thought it was an April Fool's joke. I can't believe it actually happened. Wow.

    April 3, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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