From calling Katie Couric “the perky one” to skewering Levi Johnston’s career in “porn,” here are our favorite moments from Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Sarah Palin.
Palin on Couric Interview: She Annoyed Me
Palin offers a new spin on her catastrophic, I-can’t-name-a-newspaper-I-read interview with Katie Couric: The CBS anchor irritated her. Palin says she thought Couric was being patronizing when she asked the question, and the former governor was further unnerved by the very appearance of “the perky one,” whom Palin had to face after an uplifting rally with supporters.
On Levi’s “Heartbreaking” Career in “Porn”
Palin may have danced around a few questions—but not this one. “I hear he goes by the name Ricky Hollywood now,” Palin says (a tidbit she may have picked up from The Daily Beast) when asked about her former future son-in-law’s recent publicity efforts, including his forthcoming centerfold in Playgirl. “A bit heartbreaking to see the road he’s on now,” she says.
On the Media’s Unfair Treatment of Her Kids
“I was naïve to think the media would leave my kids alone,” Palin says. She appears to feel she’s on pretty firm ground here, arguing that unlike President Obama’s children, her kids were subject to a double standard by the press.
The Final Word on Wardrobe-Gate (Maybe)
It’s a bit hard to remember how much of a frenzy there was around Palin’s clothing—first there were the outfits themselves, then the controversy about who paid for them. Here Palin glosses over the money question and raises a gender one: Does a man face the same pressures a woman does about what he wears?
Why Did McCain/Palin Lose? The Economy, Stupid
Granted, no politician, when asked why they lost an election, will ever credit the opponent or point to their own shortcomings. But still: Was there more to Obama's victory than the fact that voters associated McCain and Palin with a souring economy?
Talk Show? What Talk Show?
Let’s leave aside the issue of what it means to be seriously asking someone whether they want to be the president of the United States or a talk-show host. Palin is asked the question, but evades it with monologue about how great Oprah is. Oprah smiles, the audience applauds, the two move on.
Palin Uses Weapon Metaphor to Describe Her Future
So why did she quit as governor of Alaska, and is she running for president in 2012? Palin quotes a relative about the former: “She’s not retreating. She’s reloading.” “Does that mean you’re reloading for 2012?” Oprah asks. See the video for Palin’s answer.
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