Sunday, September 28, 2008

Video #1: Sarah Palin CBS

I have posted two videos on Sarah Palin. Below you will find part of the interview with Gov Palin and Katie Couric. I watched the entire interview this weekend and feel this clip is a pretty accurate portrayal of the segment. You can go to and watch the entire interview, and I encourage you to do so.

Please turn off my music on the player below and then watch this first video. (There is a 15 sec commercial I can do nothing about. It is worth the wait. Trust me.) Then please watch the SNL video below it. And then PLEASE purty purty please, post me and tell me your thoughts. Cause I REALLY need some help here. Seriously.

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Kim said...

She certainly was not very articulate, but I have chatted with a friend about this issue.

I have a lawyer friend who used to live and practice in AK, and he says that it is a very real point for her to make. Not only are their trade and homeland security issues with both Russia and Canada, but the economies of Canada and AK are a bit intertwined what with the border and people going back and forth to buy stuff depending on the value of the US and Canadian dollars.

He also makes the point that AK is littered with military bases for security in the Pacific Rim and with not only Russia but China and North Korea as well.

Additionally, she has experience dealing w/federal entities because of the enormous amounts of federal wildland in AK and all the economic and regulatory issues with the oil pipelines.

She also has experience dealing with the treaties with the native populations.

My lawyer friend says there is more than meets the eye to Sarah Palin and the duties and responsibilities of the governor of AK.

Unfortunately, she was not very articulate. She should/could have put Miss Couric and the rest of the media on notice w/a great answer.

Lost opportunity.

Lindsay said...

This is a very good article ...

Lindsay said...

This is a troubling article ...

Sorry for the back to back posting. It's no secret that Sarah Palin scares me. I have respect for her as a person, but not as someone to represent me or my country. The odds of McCain surviving his Presidency are too scary for me (see below). This woman is not ready for the mess waiting in the White House...

momto3cubs said...

Wasn't one of her more articulate moments, but she does pretty well most of the time. As Governor of Alaska, I imagine she does have a bit more "foreign policy" experience than a mainlander.

She's had some good accomplishments in Alaska in a short time, and would be a great breath of fresh air in Washington. I'm a fan.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of what you think of McCain or Palin - I shudder to think of the alternative. Enough said.

Thykidzmom said...

That was painful to watch. Did you see the look on Katie's face? I'm all for having a woman in the White House, but I don't think she's ready.

MauritaMason said...

Can you imagine how difficult it would be to suddenly be launched not only into the National spotlight, but to know the world is watching you, too? I like her because she DOES speak off the cuff, and I hope she doesn't lose her candor, no matter how much the media and SNL make fun of her.

To be honest, I never laughed once during the SNL clip. I thought the Bill Clinton interview was much funnier.

I wish everyone would give her a break. Sometimes a person's spirit is greater than the sum of their "experience."

Anonymous said...

She was not articulate here, and everyone else is right in that regard. But considering that these are the only times she's been allowed to speak with the media, she really SHOULD have kicked ass - to really get herself out there, and to put a kabosh on all those negative views out there - but she really did NOT kick ass. Oh, and I also think she's completely unfit to fill the vice presidency, because really? In all honesty, McCain could croak his first month in office. Is she ready for that? I don't think so.

brainella said...

I also agree that she was not overly articulate in that particular segment; however no one has a perfect day. Granted, she should be well versed and spit out answers easily but after watching the Presidential debate on Friday, I'd say that none of them can do it effectively.

And the argument that should John McCain die after a day/month in office bugs me. Just because he's young doesn't mean Barack Obama won't drop dead and then we'd have Joe Biden. Are we all really prepared for that? Please Lord, no.

Cristie said...

I love Sarah Palin. I love that she is not perfect and I feel that she represents me. No, she was not very articulate in that interview, but she still has my vote. Obama scares me. Just the mere fact that he won't recite the Pledge of Allegiene gives McCaine my vote. I don't care what religion you are, if you are going to represent my country, you are going to recite the Pledge. That's not the only thing I don't like about him, but it is a very important one.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous above - I shudder to think of the alternative. Really, what has this country come to when it is willing to put a man who doesn't even salute the flag of the country he is running for presidency of in the white house!!! Please, give me a break. Have we forgotten where we came from????

Adventure girl wanna be said...

I am dumb founded and don't know what to say at this point!

Dana Jones said...

I think her interview skills could be worked on. But I think the media is picking her apart. And let's not fool ourselves, the media does have an agenda is very biased in their reporting.

I'd like to see them focus on what her skills are that would make her a good VICE President since that is the office she will be in if elected.

Sarah said...

1st - Why does everyone want to put McCain 6 feet under? His mom was at the convention, she's in her 90's. I've studied family history & know how they benefit you. Combined with the fact that he'd have better medical care than anyone. The odds are not that great that he'd kick the bucket in his 4yrs.
2nd - While I see concern for her ability, does Obama really have that much more - no, he was in the senate hardly a year & began running for president. I'd say they're about even. But trying for different jobs.
So while I don't know that they are best choice. I fell better about McCain than I do Obama.

Lindsay said...

For those who fall for the spin about Barack Obama ... he is NOT a Muslim, NOR does he refuse to participate in the Pledge of Allegience. I think it's ironic that Cristie reminds us, "Have we forgotten where we came from???" Because much of "where we came from" is white, male and oppressive. I'm pulling back the proverbial curtain. So I'm just going to say what a lot of us "elistist liberals" have deduced ... I think the color of Obama's skin plays more into the equation than anyone will ever admit. Your "information" is a downright lie.

brainella said...

I really hope Lindsay didn't just state that it is racism that is leading people to vote for McCain over Obama. I couldn't care less what his skin color is; I care what he's going to do to the economy and my health care if he's elected. I care that he's more interested in being right about going to into the war than making sure it ends well for everyone concerned.

Lo said...

oh lordy.... first... people, 'funnier' is not a word.

also, sarah palin is frightening. i respect her as a person but as one commenter said above? i do NOT want her to represent me or my country. she can't even get through ONE INTERVIEW without looking foolish- if she represents our country, she is making us sound like unintelligent fools. i'm sorry but at least Obama is a natural-born speaker. and leader. and i would be proud to call him my president.

(and have we forgotten where we came from? uhm, hello? obama embodies all that america is... he worked his way up in the world, paid for his own education, did it HIMSELF with the opportunities this country offered him. and look where he is now. i'm damn proud of what he accomplished.)

Anonymous said...

Lo, FUNNIER is a word, FUNNER is not:

My vote is for candidates that seek God's counsel 1st not their own or advisor's.

I do struggle a bit with Palin, but I do know she is a Christian and is incredibly intelligent. "Natural Born Speakers" make good entertainers, but not always good presidents.

-cb in nm

The Kelso-Winter Family said...

i don't like palin's positions on several key issues very impt. to me but i thought her answer on this was valid and ok. geesh..what was clinton or carter's or reagan's foreign policy exp. before taking office?

Lindsay said...

Very interesting points .... stuff to think about ....

This is Your Nation on White Privilege
By Tim Wise

For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because 'every family has challenges,' even as black and Latino families with similar 'challenges' are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay. White privilege is when you can call yourself a 'fuckin' redneck,' like Bristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll 'kick their fuckin' ass,' and talk about how you like to 'shoot shit' for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of,then returned to after making up some coursework at a community
college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don't all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you're 'untested.' White privilege is being able to say that you support the words 'under God' in the pledge of allegiance because 'if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me,' and not be immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the 'under God' part wasn't added until the 1950s--while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school, requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.

White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was 'Alaska first,' and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you're black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she's being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--and people think you're being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college--you're somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don't even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the
ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a 'second look.'

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn't support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God's punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you're just a good church-going Christian, but if you're black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you're an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a 'trick question,' while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O'Reilly means you're dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a 'light' burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren't sure about that whole 'change' thing. Ya know, it's just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

Anonymous said...

I really don't like it when people try to make this a color issue. Stop it - give Americans more credit than that. I wouldn't try to change someone's vote - but I know who and why I am voting who I am... and none of this bickering about color will change that.
I wonder if anonymous above me has recently read her/his American History. Just wondering.

Leigh said...

First...I love your header photo.

Second, Palin does need some work in terms of her presentation and her delivery. Those types of skills, thankfully, can be honed. This need is what keep handlers, publicists, etc. gainfully employed. But I have to tell you...I just really, really like her. She gets things done and lets the chips fall. She's pragmatic and "real" in a way that Washington has not seen in years. I think she is exactly who we need at McCain's side. Now...if we could only get her to stop winking!