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Sarah's Gridiron Press Club transcript

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Good evening. It's great to be in Washington. I am loving the weather [it was snowing]. I braved the elements and went out for a jog! Or, as Newsweek calls it, a cover-shoot. I feel so at home here in DC. I can see the Russian Embassy from my hotel room!

It's a privilege to be here tonight at the Washington DC Barnes & Noble. Tonight, I'll be reading excerpts from my new book. Perhaps you've heard of it? "Going Rogue."

Yukon wasn't sure if I'd go with that title and somebody suggested I follow the East Coast self-help trend and go with, "How To Look Like A Million Bucks...For Only 150 Grand."

Todd liked, "The Audacity of North Slope." [She nods to him as he's at the head table]

Hey, I considered not having a title at all. I've said it before, but you Beltway types just don't seem to get it. You don't need a title to make an impact. But anyway, let's get started.

I'll begin my first reading on Page 209.

It was pitch black when we touched down in Arizona late on August 27, 2008. The next morning we drove to John McCain's ranch in Sedona. John was waiting on the porch. Before he can say a word, I tell him, I'm quoting now,

"I know why I'm here, and I'm ready. But, I'm worried. The cost of credit protection for the largest U.S. banks is rising precipitously. Have you given any thought to the run on the entities in the parallel banking system? Do you realize the vulnerability created when these institutions borrow short term in liquid markets to invest long term in illiquid assets?"

John said, "you betcha!" I thought, "you betcha?" Who talks that way?

Well, sometimes you just have to trust your instincts. When you don't, you end up in places like this. Who would have guessed that I'd be palling around with this group? At least now I can put a face to all the newspapers I do read.

It is good to be here and in front of this audience of leading journalists and intellectuals. Or, as I call it, a death panel.

To be honest, I had some serious reservations about coming to visit your cozy little club. The Gridiron still hasn't offered membership to anyone from my hometown paper in Wasilla, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley Frontiersman. And my dad thought it was just a plain bad idea to leave the book tour for some football game.

He might have a point! [She waves to her parents at a table at the back of the room] Hi, Dad! Hi, Mom! They crashed the party, you know.

I've been touring this great, great land of ours over the last few weeks. I have to say, the view is much better from inside the bus, than under it!

But really, I am thrilled to be with you. And I'd like to thank the Gridiron for the invitation and Dick Cooper for his introduction.

To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, this has to be the most extraordinary collection of people who have gathered to viciously attack me since the last corporate gathering at CBS.

Despite what you have read, or more likely, despite what you have written, I do feel a real bond with all of you. I studied journalism, earned a communications degree and for a time only wanted to be a journalist. I was even a television sportscaster back home.

I'm guessing some of you probably got your start the exact same way... once there was television.

Let me get back to the book.

There's more... and it's all good.



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Comments (14)

Hey VIC, jp2, Adrian, Stevi... (Below threshold)

Hey VIC, jp2, Adrian, Stevie....you all can go piss in your pants now.

Heh heh... they're definite... (Below threshold)

Heh heh... they're definitely gonna be needin' some Depends... watch 'em all come out of the woodwork...

I lay odds the first to sho... (Below threshold)

I lay odds the first to show is VIC

"Hey VIC, jp2, Adrian, Stev... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

"Hey VIC, jp2, Adrian, Stevie...."
Looks as if one of them made a trip to Minnesota:


re: Carlo's comment...... (Below threshold)

re: Carlo's comment...

The "experts" kept telling us that if large groups of conservative Americans continued to congregate across the country, we'd start to see these aggressive acts of violence taking place.

And they were right!

This woman is amazing. She ... (Below threshold)

This woman is amazing. She not only forgives those who were so damned mean to her, but she even has the courage and confidence to make fun of herself. What a woman!! I'd like to see a man in public office right now who could compare with her.

It's a good set. Just the ... (Below threshold)
James H:

It's a good set. Just the right mix of cleverness, corniness, and inside baseball.

COURIC: Have you ever been... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We . . . we do. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America where . . . where do they go? It's Alaska! It's just right over the border! It is . . . from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to . . . to our state.

A politician not afraid to ... (Below threshold)

A politician not afraid to poke fun at herself...

Don't see that much on the Democratic side, do you?

Hey Adrian, do mean this Co... (Below threshold)

Hey Adrian, do mean this Couric?

And with an average of 5.18M Total Viewers, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric had its lowest viewership yet. In fact, it's the lowest viewership since at least the 1991/92 season, as far back as Nielsen records track.

Won't it be ironic when Palin sells more books than Couric's daily viewership? It must be a tremendous twist in Couric's girdle to know that she still has a few liberal minions available to puppet her "triumphant fifteen minutes of fame". Can you mimic Matthew's leg tingle too Adrian?

COURIC: You've cited Alaska... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land . . . boundary that we have with . . . Canada. It . . . it's funny that a comment like that was kind of made to cari . . . I don't know, you know? Reporters . . .

Adrian:I'd much ra... (Below threshold)
JustRuss IT1(SW) USN [retired]:


I'd much rather have someone who has trouble speaking the truth from time to time, than someone (Clinton, Obama, etc) who lies very eloquently.

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman!"

"It depends on what the definition of 'IS' is."

"I never said I was for a single payer health care system."

"I don't have any connection to SEIU."

"We are going to get single payer health passed!"

(to SEIU meeting) "I'm one of you! I was right there with you on the front lines..."

etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc

At least Clinton was a fairly good President once he moved toward center. Not a very good man, but a good President. Obama is neither.

Shrill "humor" from angry b... (Below threshold)

Shrill "humor" from angry bus-planet, indeed. Yikes!

Best part of post:

"Let me get back to the book." THE END.

pULL DowN CurTaiN!!!!

Don't worry AB. You outwei... (Below threshold)

Don't worry AB. You outweigh Palin by at least 8 full courics.






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