November 21st, 2008
01:23 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin interview causes stir

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="An interview Gov. Sarah Palin did Thursday is causing a stir."]
(CNN) - It’s the ultimate holiday photo-op for any governor: the yearly pardoning of a turkey to spare it from demise days before Thanksgiving.

But former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin is causing a stir for an interview she gave after pardoning an Alaska turkey Thursday, during which one bird was being slaughtered in the background.

Palin appeared unaware of what was going on directly behind her, though she did seem to take a glance at the unfortunate event at one particular point during the interview.

"It's nice to support a local business and just participate in something that isn't so heavy handed politics that invites criticism," Palin said during the interview. "Certainly will probably invite criticism for even doing this too, but at least it was fun."

"I am always in charge of the turkey so I am where I need to be today to prepare for that," she also said.

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  1. Ken

    Once again she needs someone trained to translate from Sarah into English.

    What was she trying to say???

    This from the mouth of someone with a degree in journalism!

    November 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. jim/redondo beach

    ...she is such an idiot...

    November 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. j. williams

    this proves dumbocrats care more about turkeys especially all the clintonistas that barry obama has appointed to change back to bubbas idea of change

    November 21, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. delighted democrat in florida

    i think it is time for us all to start acting like adults.

    she is an american like all of us, even if her views are different and foreign to most of us.

    she fought to become our next vice president and she lost. she is still a govenor and be respected as such.

    but if you are going to start doing national coverage of govenors, how about taking a look at the bachelor governor Charlie Crist.... i think there is a better story there 😉

    but seriously this is not CNN worthy, imo, i do not care about Govenor Sarah Palins Thanksgiving duties. Thanks but No Thanks.

    November 21, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. DP in CA

    If the governor of Michigan did the exact same thing, it wouldn't be worth a place on the CNN Ticker. It isn't worth it for the governor of Alaska, either. Get a different fixation, CNN, please.

    November 21, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Paige

    And how is this any different to how the White House does photo ops with their "live" turkey before Thanksgiving ??

    Maybe the only difference is that the White House's turkey is brushed down for the photo op.

    November 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. It is getting hotter and better

    Yes, people... We need to eat meat and we eat meat. We also adore children, but we really do not need to see in the news the process of making them. Like we all understand the natural needs (uhm, i mean, after the turkey dinner...), but we'd find it disgusting to be shown here, even it is really natural and every one does it. My point is, there are some things which are better leave alone when you make the talk in front of the camera, especially if you've just got your extra low ratings after dirty political games. Why wouldn't she make the press blah-blah somewhere else, with a bit more appropriate background, with some nicer looking guy? If you are in politics, you must think at least a little bit
    about your image, especially if you are a woman and the mother of five. How unfortunately for you, Sarah.

    November 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. chuck

    NOTED POST "Another Sick Blog…. 98% of America Eat's Meat… But they pick on Sarah Paling, while they their "Ham Samwich"…

    Well now got to ask, is that ham with or without lipstick???

    November 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. chad

    the worlds longest train wreck!
    she reminds me of bush when he was first elected.(or selected)
    she continues to say and do the stupidest things!
    it not that shes news worthy, its that shes entertaining!
    love her or hate her, she makes people laugh!
    she makes me laugh, and i love to hate her!
    i hope she stays around for longer.
    she cant do any harm to us anymore; unless your one of those poor

    November 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Nobody is upset that someone is killing a turkey for Thanksgiving. That is, after all, how they end up on the dinner table. It is absolutely hilarious and so completely in keeping with her brainless persona that she is busy pardoning the poor bird while he is busy being butchered. This bimbo is so clueless, can't believe anyone supported her VP bid! This story is so funny – it's almost too funny to be believed. Any chance the whole thing was photoshopped by one of the many Palin detractors? She has said a lot of disjointed and senseless things while being shown to be a complete idiot, this is almost like an SNL skit taking her over the top!

    November 21, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Mike Licht

    Where was the "Mission Accomplished" banner?

    Too funny.

    November 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Katherine

    I thought of WKRP in Cincinnati when Les Nessman threw the turkeys out of the plane. This is just another sit-com scene that will last for a long time until someone takes it offline. She wants publicity and she's getting it. Palin reminds me of that traffic accident where you don't want to look, but look anyway.

    November 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. tooironic

    Something I noticed in the full broadcast of Sarah Palin's latest politically tone deaf blunder : the pardoned (yeah, right) turkey was too 'dirty' for Ms Palin to touch it, and she 'squeeed' away from it as fast as possible. Is this the same Sarah Palin who bragged about field dressing a moose?

    I swear, this woman is a walking SNL sketch.

    She should try stand up comedy next time.

    (In her defense, Sarah might have been trying to keep her 'on loan from the GOP' clothing clean.)

    November 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    I find it funny that all liberals can do is take jabs at this woman. So disrespectful, just as they took shots at W Bush his whole term. I am a conservative, but am willing to see what he has to offer and refuse to stoop to the levels that liberals did with Bush. Pathetic!

    November 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. less nesman

    As God as my witness...I thought turkeys could fly!

    November 22, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
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