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'Palin as President' Takes a Rest

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is out of the running for the Oval Office -- for now, at least -- and the self-described "Satirical, clickable animation of a putative President Palin's Oval Office" PalinasPresident is taking a breather, too.

Launched into online stardom the night of the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, the interactive Internet satire has been updated to reflect the election outcome. Click on PalinasPresident and instead of getting the game -- perhaps the single most elaborate one of the campaign cycle -- the page loads with a calm picture of the Oval Office at night, with two champagne glasses on the president's desk, along with a bottle of bubbly, wrapped in an Obama sign and cooling in an ice bucket.

The background music? Will.i.am's "Yes We Can."

At the bottom of the site: "Congratulations, Barack Obama."

(Oh -- and the old site? It's still there, too, just updated and on a modified url: Now Palin, when you click on her, is wearing a 2012 T-shirt.)

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 12, 2008; 4:48 PM ET
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The GOP has a cause; making the rich richer and everyone else poorer.

Posted by: wjmckeon | November 15, 2008 5:14 AM | Report abuse

I think this beauty queen Ms. Sarah Pelin must stop dreaming of Oval office, it will never happened. I think she should stick to her position as a mayor of Alaska. I believe that Bobby Jindal {Piyush Jindal} is the future is the rising power of China and India.!!!!!

Posted by: akber_kassam | November 14, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Full disclosure first: I am a Democrat who happily voted for Obama (and would have done so for Hillary); was DELIGHTED that Obama won. I'm no misogynist (not with two bright, talented and independent daughters!), so I don't want the resident wingnuts here to accuse me of Palin-bashing.

I am not surprised but remain nonetheless disappointed that Sarah Palin has not yet withdrawn from the national scene after the McCain defeat (let her stay on the public stage in Alaska: after all, they elected her as governor). Why I am disappointed in this? Two reasons: 1) her campaign revealed her to be conspicuously unprepared for the office she sought, and (frankly) our national political discourse is NOT enriched by her two-cents-worth; 2) she apparently still doesn't realize her limitations. Does she have the right to say whatever she pleases? OF COURSE, and we'd all be in trouble if she didn't have that right. Unfortunately, Palin seems never to have heard the old New England proverb: never break the silence unless you can improve upon it.

That said, while I thought she would have been a nightmare as Vice President, I don't think she is actually stupid. And I wish people would stop saying she is. I just think she is ignorant, and I would hope that even her most implacable opponents would acknowledge the difference between stupidity and ignorance. It's clear that she has political talent (though persons of my political persuasion are not likely to be her supporters, ever!). If she would ever aspire to national office, it would be best if she first took some time to improve her woefully inadequate knowledge base. And if she bothers to do so, perhaps that very process will broaden her woefully narrow mind. Meanwhile, Gov. Palin, do us the favor of being silent. And the rest of us should let her go away in peace.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | November 13, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Should stop bashing Palin. One day she may be better than Obama as long as she can counter her critics with wit, wisdom and humility.

Understandably harden Democrats will find any excuse to stop her but that is dirty politics which has successfully bring America to its knees now. All you have since John Kennedy are "MEDIA tailored made" Presidents.

Palin just has to remember this and use it better than Obama's team.

Pork-Barrel politics have brought down USA to its present state, Americans have to be more wary of political handouts. We need a Government which can reduce spending in order to reduce TAXES! We need a Government which are less controlled by vest interests as "lobby groups especially for business like the Drug lobby etc, because they normally want to promote and protect their interests at the expense of the general public. Every dollar they donate they will want more in return against at the expense of the general public.

Just wait and see how much those who gave Obama the funding will recoup and cost Taxpayers in the next four years or alternatively the greenback will decline in its buying power. Always remember there is no such thing as " A FREE LUNCH" amongst politicians and in politics, sometimes even amongst friends especially those friends who called you because they want something out of you, even information!

Watch and see what Palin can accomplish in the next four years before trying to write her political obituary. To stop her Democrats with almost absolute power now must deliver on their promises without hurting the pockets of the taxpayers.

Posted by: siburp | November 13, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Post: To call a woman who WORKED her way from PTA to Gov. and then VP candidate "dumb" is amazing to me! Call me stupid but I tend to admire and respect that kind of record. One of reform even against her own party. I don't agree with all her policies but she has earned my respect with her hard work. She has made positive changes to her state...this blind hate and attacks from liberal dems and jealous reps is sickening to witness. I find her to be "real" and a breath of fresh air Obama promised to be as he hires Clinton's old staffers (thought we were getting "new politics")! Disagree with her all you want but to attack her personally shows your fear of her popularity. As a dem of 30 yrs, I switched to Independent this election and Gov. Palin has gotten my attention. I'll be watching what she can do in the coming years. In 2012, she will have alot more to offer than Obama did with his 143 days in the senate!

Reply: No, Palin is not dumb. The people who voted for her are.

Posted by: emtyn1 | November 13, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Picking Sarah Palin as President would be like George Bush with a dress.

Posted by: emtyn1 | November 13, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

She hired 7 of Bush's speech writers so it is easy to see why Hennity and Drugball has such praise for her. In her debate Hennity has her winning 86% to Biden's 12% and the next day O'Reilly said the only reason Biden won was because he had more knowledge on foreign relations. {I GUESS HE DID NOT AGREE WITH HENNITY}

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 13, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope the repubs feature Failing in 2012 because that will guarantee another democratic victory. "I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW HER OFF TO WASHINGTON" It was a big hit for MCSAME and the rest of us was delighted he picked her instead of a winner.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 13, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

To call a woman who WORKED her way from PTA to Gov. and then VP candidate "dumb" is amazing to me! Call me stupid but I tend to admire and respect that kind of record. One of reform even against her own party. I don't agree with all her policies but she has earned my respect with her hard work. She has made positive changes to her state...this blind hate and attacks from liberal dems and jealous reps is sickening to witness. I find her to be "real" and a breath of fresh air Obama promised to be as he hires Clinton's old staffers (thought we were getting "new politics")! Disagree with her all you want but to attack her personally shows your fear of her popularity. As a dem of 30 yrs, I switched to Independent this election and Gov. Palin has gotten my attention. I'll be watching what she can do in the coming years. In 2012, she will have alot more to offer than Obama did with his 143 days in the senate!

Posted by: daisy_mom4 | November 13, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Could some doctor out there please give Palin a cut-rate on vocal cord removal surgery? Soon?

Why the continued interest in Palin?

Fear.

Is some other old and washed up, knee-jerk gut reactionist wanna-be government lifer going to blindly pick the stupidest of stupid people to invite her join their cause?

DOESN'T matter what cause! Doesn't matter who! It CAN happen because there is an idiot parked in every corner of congress--at least until President-Elect Obama gets in the White House, and that is enough to generate sheer panic in the thinking 52% majority of Americans.

Palin is far too dumb to realize that this is NOT her time. No time will ever be her time.

--->We must never forget how close this illiterate maniac got to the Oval Office.

Posted by: dematheart | November 13, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Nothing new from the liberal mainstream media. They will always try and tear her to pieces.

Posted by: nogut15 | November 13, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

It's a little sad that Governer Palin chooses to remain in the spotlight via one-on-one daily "exclusive" interviews, in lieu of enhancing her political IQ for a possible run at her state's US senate seat or as a presidential contender in 2012. I think the main reason for her stardom besides her VP run (and mucking up the McCain campaign)is the paradoxical nature she exudes. On the one hand her down home demeanor is comforting, and palatable to many Americans, but on the other hand her long winded,irrelevant, and off the topic answers to specific questions is cringe-inducing.

She needs to refocus her energy on studying the true complexity of American Politics, and American culture, and refrain from being a Sean Hannity mouth peice, repeating silly mantras over and over i.e. "unrepentent terrorist", "spreading the wealth", "socialism".

Furthermore, Ms. Palin must exhibit an individual identity and individual thought if she wants to truly succeed on a national level.

Posted by: Shaunprophet | November 13, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. Sometime today Sarah Palin will be calling Hilary Clinton to discuss how they are cut from the same cloth.....made of the same stuff......"SISTERS" so to speak. Pleease!!
This woman is so dumb that she does not realise what her shortcomings are. Hilary is like a mechanic who you trust your car to; who knows the inner workings of that car. All Sarah Palin has learned to do is turn the car key. (Winking, little catch phrases.) Who would you trust that car to?
ED THE MECHANIC

Posted by: emontan | November 13, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Whether you like it or not, Gov. Palin is now a national star and if so many people hate her for what she stands for, why do they tune in to watch her on TV anyway? Good or bad - people are interested in her. I cannot understand the hate aimed towards her and her family, especially from women, must be her pro-life stance.

Gov Palin will be back and since she has already been completely vetted by the mainstream media and the country, (no new dirt) she'll be a shoo-in for another run at the VP position.

Now AJ2008, we are 4 years away from another election and you are already bashing Gov. Jindal?

If Obama was elected with his middle name being "HUSSEIN", given the terrorist problems facing the U.S., using 5 different names throughtout his 47 years and not making public any type of documentation, Gov. Jindal's real name should not be a problem.

Posted by: nogut15 | November 13, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

moonglowsun:

Too bad Palin was the headline attraction at the RGA today.

Posted by: JakeD | November 13, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Can I simply vent my frustration here? I am sick to death of hearing about or from Gov. Palin. Barack Obama has not even taken the oath of office and she peppers the news each day with her hokey logic and backwoods slang hinting at a run for office in 2012. Why oh why is she given a stage to spew her inuendos and bias still? We don't allow the KKK the same stage, so why her? How different is she from them? And why give her a platform to offer excuses and schlep blame for her wasteful spending or ethical crimes? Is this really what America needs with all the truly important issues facing us? Turn off the cameras and microphones, silence her and let her go back to "managing" Alaska with her AK-47 and hockey puck. Please!

Posted by: moonglowsun | November 13, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

From Women Against Sarah Palin...

Texas Mom says: Thank You Sarah Palin

I would like to take a moment thank Sarah Palin. I would like to thank her for being a perfect example for my bright and creative 11 year old daughter.

Thank you, Sarah, for helping open a dialog between us to discuss the mockery of pseudo-equality and the men who hide behind a woman, putting her in a leadership role not because she exemplifies the qualities of a leader but because she *is* a woman and their denial of their own misogyny demands they nominate a figurehead with breasts.

Thank you, Sarah, for illustrating so perfectly for my ambitious 5th grader how wrong things go when one participates in spreading ugly rumors and for making my point that what you don't stand up against is just as bad as what you spread yourself.

Thank you, Sarah, for giving my intuitive and perfect girl a glimpse of understanding into how much she could lose if she allows someone else to make her decisions for her - she's already her own advocate for access to sex education, prevention and choice for both herself and for any vicitimized woman/girl who would suffer under your preferred policies on women's reproductive rights, because even a child is horrified at the thought that suffering an attack or abuse could lead to the additional mandatory mental anguish of 9 more months of suffering.

Thank you for being an example of insensitivity in office and inability to empathize with victims of atrocities.

Thank you, Gov. Palin, for being a great example that people in power can make statements opposite of the truth in an effort to put money ahead of global good since she's already understanding that no amount of money made in oil fields can insure the promise of a planet to live on for her future children.

Thank you, Gov. Palin, for being the ideal example of how maliciousness, pettiness, manipulativeness, and viciousness can hide behind an appealing, friendly smile and look and sound a lot like people you can trust.

You've been the best example I could ask for to give her the tools to evaluate the actions of someone and their effects on those around them over how they sound, what they look like, and who their friends are.

As a woman, a mom, a troop leader, a rare disease patient, a volunteer religious educator, a community activist, a believer in humanity, a struggling environmentalist, and most importantly - as a human - I do thank you, but now I want you to go back to AK and stop giving us both nightmares.

Please.

-Dawn M., 31, Cedar Park, TX

Posted by: AlexP1 | November 13, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

I saw the (new) site the night of the election and was moved. As in reality, dignity, peace, and calm had been restored to the Oval Office.

For the first time in eight years, the Presidency is not a sad joke, not something to be ashamed of and wonder, "How did we let this happen?" We no longer have to laugh to keep from crying.

Congratulations, America.

Posted by: squiddy1 | November 13, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Sure, run her in 2012.
Run her in 2016 too.

While you're at it see if you can dig up Harold Stassen.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 13, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Please, leave Mrs Palon alone. She is a by gone, a misfit, a religious fanatic. Man your media must be desperate for news.
The news is, thousands of children are deformed in Iraq, because of your illegal bomb and Awe. Well, The sad part also is many of your brave young men and women will be coming home with the same health issues. Do I hear a disagreement?, because of all the air polution from these bombs. I being a dad and grandfather would want your kids back NOW. They voted for change.
Senator Palon and all your religion fanatics, best save your ass for it is you whom bring on the evil, and this very immature caricature of you as future President. Give us all a break. To all, especially the well wishers and voters of your, could be, great country. May your god bless you President Obama. You can do it.
From Canada. The sad truth is if not for oil we would not be there. There will never be change for we are hated and History does not tell lies. Bombs away until January. Oh man, what have we done?? Please give back the chidrens shorts and clothing. And the Dude needs a sled and monky bar, not a pool. Sorry mam, you made a fool of the dude. The USA and Canada Have plenty, and they don't need beer nor a rifle, nor a mama special. See you in 4 years. You will be as popular as me, but not as smart, NEVER. The Canadian Bull Blower, EMPLOYED

Posted by: justada56 | November 12, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Please, leave Mrs Palon alone. She is a by gone, a misfit, a religious fanatic. Man your media must be desperate for news.
The news is, thousands of children are deformed in Iraq, because of your illegal bomb and Awe. Well, The sad part also is many of your brave young men and women will be coming home with the same health issues. Do I hear a disagreement?, because of all the air polution from these bombs. I being a dad and grandfather would want your kids back NOW. They voted for th?,is change. Senator Palon and all your religion fanatics, best save your ass for it is you whom bring on the evil, and this very immature caricature of a future President. Give us all a break. To all, especially the well wishers and voters of your, could be, great country. May your god bless you. You can do it.
From Canada. The sad truth is if not for oil we would not be there. There will never be change for we are hated and History does not tell lies. Bombs away until January. Oh man, what have we done??

Posted by: justada56 | November 12, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

If the hard right wants the GOP to remain the party of the angry white man, well so be it. Liberals want you to do that as well! This election the GOP became the party of the old, undereducated, rural angry white voter. This group is becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of the electorate. It became the party of the Southern core of the Confederacy and states like Wyoming where nobody lives. It lost in every major metropolitan area. It lost affluent diverse suburbs in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Fairfax and Northern Virginia, Alberquerque and Las Vegas, Miami and Tampa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Boston . It even lost Dallas and Houston. It lost hispanic voters by 2 to l. It lost virtually 100% of the black vote. It lost the "youth" vote 2 to 1. The Democrats won every growing demographic.

There is no longer a GOP Representative in the House from all of New England, including those bastions of Republicanism, New Hampshire and Maine. There are only 3 GOP House members from New York and only one is urban. The increasing Hispanic vote will put Texas and Arizona in play in coming elections. Any party that starts with California, New York and Texas in its column is in a pretty strong position.

TV cameras had a hard time finding a black face at the GOP convention. McCain/Palin rallys were virtually 100% white.

Make Pallin the leader of your party! Please!!

The GOP needs to decide what it is FOR......calling the opposition names ain't gonna cut it as "policy". Continuing to emphasize the culture wars will lead to a smaller, waiting for the rapture, lily-white regional Southern party.

Look at the faces of the new America........the demographics are against you. :-)

Posted by: toritto | November 12, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

My full sized anatomically correct Palinesque4play doll arrived by ups today.
I read the instructions and followed them implicitly. I installed the battery pack and inserted the program chip provided. It immediately started talking and would not stop. When it saw the front door ajar it said it was a sign from God and plowed through it. I haven't seen it since.
Now I can't get a refund and I may be responsible for whatever this thing does before the battery runs down.
I do not recommend this model, it is unfortunately too lifelike to be practical.

Posted by: seemstome | November 12, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

WERE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS MEMBERS OF "THE AMERICAN GESTAPO"?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 12, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Gov Palin is on CNN right now with Wolf. Why???? There must be more newsworthy people to interview..

I've never heard ANYONE before talk so much to answer 1 question and yet say so little.

Now she's offering advice and help to President-Elect Obama.... YIKES.

Posted by: Flabbergasted1 | November 12, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

"Takes a rest..." I'm betting not for too long. Palin will make sure the media pays attention to her...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 12, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't quite understand the media fixation with Sarah Palin. It must be her "HOTNESS FACTOR", because she is not that bright in terms of being a presidential contender.

Now we see Palin doing NBC Today shows and CNN. Plain and simple, Sarah Palin's knowledge (or lack thereof) was an embarrassment to the ticket which is a big reason why McCain lost.

The GOP is lost without a leader and without a cause. I've heard names such as Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal being the leaders come 2012 and running for president. Sarah Palin does not have the goods to even make it out of the Republican primaries. And Bobby Jindal?! He is way more intelligent than Palin but as soon as his personal history is admonished, starting with the FACT THAT HIS FIRST NAME IS NOT "BOBBY", he will be done. His legal name is Piyush Jindal. Combine that with the rising power of China and India globally, and there is no way a majority of Americans (especially white rural conservatives) will follow this guy.

Posted by: AJ2008 | November 12, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin represents everything that is wrong with America. ............

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/11/palin-everything-that-is-wrong-with-america/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 12, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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