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    I still can't believe that there are people around that consider that woman a serious political candidate. She is absolutely ridiculous.
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    On personal note--she says that she and Todd have always had "an unconventional marriage."


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    Wrap up--I have to give huge props to Oprah for he way she handled this. She did it absolutely straight--as though interviewing someone that no one knew anything about. She did not inject any emotion into any of it. Or any of her personal politics. Not only was this smart but it made for a very informative experience of Palin.

    We can see for ourselves Palin's poor-me, blame-game mentality--everyone is against her and things would be great if only the left would leave her alone. And if the McCain people hadn't messed her up so much.

    My hat is off to Oprah for her excellent work on letting the real Plain come through without giving Palin a chance to blame Oprah for picking on her--because Oprah did anything but.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wind Dancer;3751603;
    On personal note--she says that she and Todd have always had "an unconventional marriage."
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    What the hell does that mean? I probably don't even want to know...
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    Wind, you're cracking me up.

    I'm trying, also. And, I'm trying to be as impartial as possible.
    With the comments about the daughter's pregnancy, I thought she was delusional. It's not as if she has never before participated in a campaign. And, actually, she really went for the jugular with some of her prior opponents in Alaska. They showed that on TV and on the Internet at the time. So, if she didn't know what she ws getting into, then she sure fooled a lot of us who do not see her as Mother Theresa incarnate.
    I do like that she did not blame McCain at all. I also thought she handled the Levi questions well and tried her best to fan the flames rather than incite them further. I do give her credit for that.
    Oprah also asked about the Couric interview. I've seen that interview replayed numerous times now and I feel like it's committed to my memory.
    What still gets to me is that Palin was extremely defensive in her answers to Couric. And, she got defensive even before the questions were asked. I was very surprised, in fact, at the time when she labeled Couric as the biased liberal media, as I had always thought Katie was a Rep. I had never thought of Couric as an extreme liberal.
    They also showed footage of Sarah's home life in Alaska - showed her going to work out, dressing Trig, making candy apples with the whole family for Halloween, taking Bristol out to trick or treat, showing she and Todd in the kitchen. The family values video footage at its best.
    Oprah aked why she quit the governorship. She again reiterated that she thought she was hampered in office and could better serve constituents by being a regular citizen. She mentioned, also that there were so many opposition people who were now working there - she attributes this to Obama's camp - and that that, along with the Ethics violations investigations - made her feel like she could no longer be effective in her role as Gov. but could be by doing things as a private citizen. She didn't elaborate on what she's done, thus far, as a private citizen, though.
    Oprah asked her if she, Oprah, should worry about Sarah being a competitor if / when she gets her own talk show. Sarah never answered that but, instead, gave kudos to Oprah for being the pioneer at that, helping all women, etc. Obvious, to me at least, to see how Ms. Palin has been able to rise to where she's at. People love flattery; even Oprah Winfrey. Not aying Oprah didn't recognize it. Just saying that it was obvious Oprah enjoyed it, nevertheless.
    Like I said, I did try to watch it with a very impartial eye.
    Every so often, however, I'd remember back to Ms. Palin's rally last October. For someone who now claims that she had to do everything the campaign told her to and she didn't like it, I do still remember a vision onstage who revelled in telling the audience that Obama was a terrorist and the only true Americans were those sitting in the audience. But, I guess that vision on the stage was just Ms. Palin as victim - that seems to be a role that she wears quite proudly and comfortably.

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    Noreality--thanks so much for posting the additional info.

    I thought that Oprah did a very bad job interviewing the two Ft Hood police officers last week who took down the shooter and she went down a lot in my estimation. (there were a number of factual inaccuracies dealing not only with the specific incident but with police work in general--as well as an attitude of sexism in who of the two officers she asked which questions.)

    But she more than redeemed herself today.


    One unanswered question I was ITCHING for Oprah to ask during the entire interview--how much did Sarah's suit cost?

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    I have to say that when Sarah Palin first walked out I got a big smile on my face.....I hadn't realized I missed her. She gave me sooooo many laughs last year.
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    Here are some excerpts from the New York Times review of Oprah's interview with Palin--



    "There were no questions about the Bush doctrine, but Sarah Palin’s appearance Monday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to promote her memoir looked less like a celebratory comeback than a redo of the presidential campaign.

    For all her aplomb and telegenic charm, Ms. Palin still had the hunted look and defensive crouch she wore in television interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson last year. And it would seem that the pain of those tongue-tied encounters was not exorcised by writing “Going Rogue: An American Life,” a tell-all book that blamed the McCain staff for the way it “handled” her on the trail.

    When Ms. Winfrey pressed Ms. Palin about why she would not mention the names of newspapers or magazines she read when Ms. Couric asked her to, Ms. Palin said she found the CBS anchor’s persistence “annoying.” Still looking annoyed, she recalled how she left a rally “pumped up” and aglow, only to pull back the curtain and discover Ms. Couric waiting with camera and crew, or as she put it sourly, “There’s the perky one again.”

    Ms. Winfrey, who didn’t hide her surprise at Ms. Palin’s impolitic wording, came to Ms. Couric’s defense, noting, “You’re pretty perky too.”

    It was a surprisingly unsmooth performance for a politician-celebrity who insists that the McCain campaign stifled her spirit and smothered her natural talent for communication. But there were reasons for Ms. Palin to be wary: Ms. Winfrey was one of President Obama’s most prominent supporters during the campaign.

    On the show Ms. Winfrey treated Ms. Palin the way she handled former child star and self-described incest victim Mackenzie Phillips — with guarded civility and thinly veiled skepticism.

    Questions about her decision to quit her job as governor of Alaska, her handling of the infamous Couric interview and tabloid coverage of her family seemed to unnerve Ms. Palin. When Ms. Winfrey asked about her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnston, who has been saying unflattering things about Ms. Palin and may be shopping a book of his own, Ms. Palin tried, and failed, to stay on message. She began by saying that “national television is not the place” to air grievances against the father of her first grandchild, then proceeded to call him “Ricky Hollywood” and say that his plans to pose for Playgirl magazine amounted to “aspiring porn.

    Ms. Palin is obviously hurt and angry about the way Mr. Johnston has exploited his connections to convert fame into fortune, but there are other reasons for resentment. In the age of balloon dads and transformative reality television Ms. Palin has emerged as quintessentially American, in terms of the America of the moment. Her career gyrations, life and family continue to feed a spotlight-hungry media carnival. In some ways her almost son-in-law’s quick and callous cashing-in looks like a junior version of her own quickie book campaign.”



    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/ar...h.html?_r=1&hp
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    Thanks, Wind.

    I forgot about Sarah's remark about Levi's "porn". I did think, as far as him, she showed a lot more reserve than he has. In my review of the interview upthread, that was one of the things I commended her for.
    I do agree with the article about most of the other stuff, esp. the Couric interview.
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    I still want to know what was meant by "unconventional marriage"..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margaritaville;3751921;
    I still want to know what was meant by "unconventional marriage"..
    Basically, she mentioned that Todd is away for several months at a time with his job. She also has a busy schedule that takes her on the road a lot. She said they're very lucky to have a wonderful extended family - parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. that tey are very lucky to have. She also said she/Todd are very supportive of each other, share household chores, etc.
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