August 29th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
15 years ago

Bush phones Palin, White House energized

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Bush called Gov. Palin Friday to congratulate her."]
(CNN) - The White House is "energized" over John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the No.2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket, White House press secretary Dana Perino told reporters Friday.

Perino also said President Bush phoned Palin earlier Friday morning to congratulate the Alaska Republican for being selected for the position.

President Bush believes the McCain-Palin ticket is "very strong," and he looks forward to a "great victory in November," Perino also said.

Filed under: John McCain • President Bush • Sarah Palin
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. george

    "Who cares what Bush thinks about anything anymore ?" – well said, Bush better shut up, and it is he and his failed 8 years that will potentially cause Republicans to lose in November. Bush should be shamed himself, what a loser. The worst president ever, period...

    August 29, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Who Cares!!!! The GOP, Bush & McCain are the biggest clowns in US History!



    August 29, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. TheLeftNut

    I'm married to a soccer mom. I love her very much and she's the greatest. But I wouldn't want to see her as President and I'm sure she wouldn't want to see me as President either.

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. john

    McCain said Obama was not ready to lead because of inexperience. Now he chooses a person one step away who has no National experience of any kind. His maverick judgment is forefront and center and I have concluded he failed the most important judgment test. of this election season. What kind of maverick judgment might he make in a 3:am crisis or any other crisis. No one knows!

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |

    To all the Hilary supporters Sarah is no Hilary on the contrary she
    is quite the opposite and to vote Republican is like being a traitor.

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Chris

    this was a great vp choice make no mistake about it and this coming from someone who is NO fan of McCain.

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Marthaj

    What a good choice. She had just as much experience, even more than, Obama and will be in the second spot to learn. If people will just look at Obama with open eyes this will be a slam dunk. Please look at what he says he will do and then look at the consequences. How will he pay for his programs? Don't kid yourselves, any one who makes any money will be paying new taxes out the wazoo and have nothing left to live on. Just look at the VA to see what national health care will do for you. Even my father-in-law on medicare couldn't get the medical supplies he needed because medicare denyed paying for what he needed. I have a friend dying in great pain because medicade won't pay for the only pain meds that work for her. Get a clue folks–there's no free lunch and we don't have enough rich people to pay for these programs, we will all pay big time and get nothing but big government bungling in return.

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    This pick should spell doom for the McCain campaign when the American people call him out for pandering.

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. CC Atlanta

    She's beautiful and feisty no doubt – but she's under ethics investigation for firing an official for not firing her brother in law – a state trooper no less – because of a custody dispute with Palin's sister.

    The Snow Queen might be spicier than previously thought!

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. R.I.F.

    Bush likes her...

    Enough said.

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Truth Be Told

    If Bush likes her...that definitely won't work! No Way! No How! No McCain....and DEFINITELY NO PALIN. McCain just picked his granddaughter for appearances sake. GO OBAMA!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Sarah Palin! really? come on!

    The choosing of Sarah Palin, is eerily similar to Bush nominating Harried Myers for supreme court justice, both unqualified, unprepared, and not ready to deal with the attack dogs of national politics. Palin might have been able to get away with wining Alaska but then again its just Alaska nobody asks questions in Alaska. Once the attack machines get roaring we will see how much she really is like Harriet Myers and McCain, well this does not bode well for someone trying to shed the McBush stigma.

    August 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. danel

    Based on McCain's history about being a womanizer, Mrs. McCain should be worried.

    August 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |

    Let's hear it CNN. On the bottom of your screen, Putin says, Bush's
    party instigated the Georgian war for Political attention for the
    Upcoming Elections. Is that true. True story please!!!! Are the
    Republicans '"do ANYTHING to win", like tactics being used to aggravate the Russian government and set fear in the Americans
    hearts so that we will vote Republican.

    It was on your screen on the bottom!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. ben

    Energized? The same way they were energized when they lied us into an invasion of a forign nation, and commited the bigest terror act in history by slaughtering over 100000 innocent Irakies , and blew limbs off of children?

    August 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Nick

    I can't belive that those republicans dont see the hypocrisy behing the choice of Palin. After saying that Obama was too young, and not experienced enought, being on the national scene for only 4 years...Mcain choses a woman that has governed a state that is almost as populated as the suburb of pembroke pines near Miami! Talk about hypocricy. She will get owned by Biden at the vp debate. Just goes to show you what kind of bad judgment Mcain has...

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Steven

    Hold on Democrats, hold on-

    Be careful what you say- She has no experience you say? Yet interestingly, she has more EXECUTIVE experience than your candidate for PRESIDENT! (Governor trumps senator) If I were you, I would avoid the whole, "she is so inexperienced" line; you may find it being sent right back at you. Who would you rather have an inexperienced VP or an inexperienced President?

    August 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Jim

    I'm always amused when I read explanations of why Clinton supporters will now vote for McCain. It almost gets surrealistic when they try and justify voting for someone that embodies everything that Clinton opposed.

    " My candidate didn't win the nomination so I am going to vote for an anti-choice, tax cut for the rich, pro war with everyone, spend and borrow Republican."

    With supporters like those Clinton doesn't need any enemies.......

    August 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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