September 24th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Pakistan's president tells Palin she is 'gorgeous'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari told Palin she's gorgeous."]

NEW YORK (CNN) - Sarah Palin and the foreign leaders she has met with in New York have said very little to reporters over the last two days, but the press happened to be in the room on Wednesday for one eyebrow-raising exchange, as the new president of Pakistan lavished praise on Palin's looks.

On entering a room filled with several Pakistani officials this afternoon, Palin was immediately greeted by Sherry Rehman, the country's Information Minister.

"And how does one keep looking that good when one is that busy?," Rehman asked, drawing friendly laughter from the room when she complimented Palin.

"Oh, thank you," Palin said.

Pakistan's recently-elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, entered the room seconds later. Palin rose to shake his hand, saying she was “honored” to meet him.

Zardari then called her "gorgeous" and said: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you."

"You are so nice," Palin said, smiling. "Thank you."

A handler from Zardari's entourage then told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras.

"If he's insisting, I might hug," Zardari said. Palin smiled politely.

The Alaska governor did not answer questions from reporters at her first two appearances on Wednesday, when she joined McCain in meetings with Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, and then traveled downtown to meet with Iraqi president Jalal Talabani.

But she did offer brief remarks to a reporter at the Zardari meeting who asked about her day.

"It's going great," Palin said. "These meetings are very informative and helpful, and a lot of good people sharing appreciation for America."

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soundoff (361 Responses)
  1. LoooseyGooosey

    Ohhhh boy, WOW! SHE IS HOT!!!

    And I can't wait for that Campbell Brown/Sarah Palin catfight.., I mean unbiased interview.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Leslie

    Ahhh! How cute! The pretty liar with no brain!

    We really know how she got where she is, don't we?

    She is a disgrace to all women who have had to work hard to make it to where they are.


    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. PC

    the only qualification I need her to have! what could go wrong with such a gorgeous VP? oops was that sexist?

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Paizley

    LOL. How sexist of him to call her pretty. Speed dating foreign relations style.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. VA 4 Obama

    Well, looks like they're just confirming everything that we're saying over here – she's all looks.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Jason


    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Gorgeous........Maybe that is all that it takes to wooo the male population. A president elected because she is considered gorgeous. From now on candidates may be put into offfice by their looks. Well, then Obama will be president....he is really good looking.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. gringo

    "If he's insisting, I might hug", Hillarious, with McCain and Palin winning (because of deep racism), you american are in for a heck of a ride.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Dolores Spears

    Does Governor Palin's good looks mean she can run the country? Does the fact that foreign leaders think she is "gorgeous" reason to vote for her?

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. jimmy from salt lake city, UT

    lol..funny..that's all they talk about..they don't want the press closer because I want to hear about what she thinks of the "Bush doctrine" now that there is a new Pakistani Leader.

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Biff

    gotta LOVE that hard – hitting stuff !

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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