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Letterman on Palin: "Something I Said?"

By Garance Franke-Ruta
David Letterman, who famously feuded with and then apologized to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over a joke he made about one of her daughters and a New York Yankee, hasn't let up, coyly asking on his show Monday night, "Something I said?"

A lawyer who helped Palin set up her political action committee told The Post that that joke, in fact, had helped persuade her to step down. Here's the clip:

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Once and for all, the joke Letterman told was directed at the (once) pregnant daughter, not at the younger one. Hopefully, the younger will have learned from their older sisters' mistakes and refrain from having sex while they are still teens and unprepared. However, Palin paraded her pregnant teen across lots of stages this fall, along with the young man who impregnated her. They are no longer considered "kids", by law or by deed, so they are not as "off limits" as the younger children would be.

Furthermore, the Obama children have not been as exposed as the Palin children were. If President Obama were giving a news conference like Palin did last Friday, the children would not have been there. They have had the children present when they were getting ready to do the White House Easter Egg Roll, but not for the ground breaking of the White House garden. The president and first lady have been careful to limit their children's exposure, even during the campaign. The girls were not always present, only on special occasions. Additionaly, the Obama children are much younger, the oldest being 10. There is a difference.

Posted by: alaskan2 | July 9, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

F man should restrict his bad jokes to the conservative politicians he was aiming at not to a child's bad decision.

Posted by: 1uncle | July 9, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

To myopinion3

Letterman's joke was aimed at Bristol, not Willow.

Posted by: Snookie2 | July 9, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

There are many jokes about most high profile politicians. I was surprised that Palin made such a big deal about Letterman's joke when the skit about her family and incest on Saturday Night Live last September was so much worse.

Posted by: Snookie2 | July 9, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Letterman was out of line in his joke about Palin's daughter, Willow.

Palin was spot on by not letting it "roll off her back" and she was correct to say that this type of joke perpetuates the sick psychosis of older men who think somehow little girls would be interested in them.

Can you say, To Catch A Predator?"

Not sure how anyone could defend Letterman making a joke about 34 year old Rodriegez and a 14 year old girl.

Posted by: myopinion3 | July 9, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

MichaelJVentura, seemstome, JackD: Agreed, agreed, agreed. I'd say nobody should be targeting the kids mean-spiritedly, AND Palin deservedly lost face when she handled it the way she did. At best, she could have aimed for a pure high ground, but the way she went on the attack, calling Letterman "pathetic," etc., seemed too personal. It showed again she has a skin too thin for big politics, and not enough class.

Posted by: MttWmtt | July 9, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse


Dave should be thanking Sarah Palin for finally putting him on top in late-night.

Prediction: She'll show up on Dave's show next week. Why not? It would be a huge win-win...

...especially for Palin, who is fast becoming yesterday's news, along with Blago, Sanford, Stevens, Edwards...


But seriously, folks: RE: "GESTAPO USA: Gov't-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 9, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't just ONE crude joke. No one in politics should have to endure those attacks on their own kids. Is it OK to make similar jokes about Sasha and Malia?

Posted by: JakeD | July 9, 2009 12:31 AM


No, it wouldn't be, anymore than it was OK for Rush to hold up a picture of Chelsea Clinton and call her the "White House dog," or McCain saying the reason Chelsea Clinton was so ugly was that Janet Reno was her father."

Posted by: MichaelJVentura | July 9, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Jake,jake,jake one little knocked up joke and you get all indignant. If the lady had class these insults would roll off her back like water. You are just part of her circus act, you and the other million or so backers.
I look forward to the zany entertainment she never fails to provide

Posted by: seemstome | July 9, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't just ONE crude joke. No one in politics should have to endure those attacks on their own kids. Is it OK to make similar jokes about Sasha and Malia?

Posted by: JakeD | July 9, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Just when you thought Sarah was going to keep all the scandal/god headlines, along pops another story on the Senator Ensign affair in his OWN handwriting to take back the news. Check it out:

God told him it was a sin; so he tried for six more months to quit sinning.

Bet he hopes there is more to the Sarah Palin story then just ...stupid is as stupid does...

Posted by: benighse | July 8, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

The only media figure who has been unfair to Sarah Palin is Sarah Palin.

The Governor has a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter and sportscaster.


Posted by: MikeLicht | July 8, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

If a crude joke is enough to sideline Sarah "barracuda", then by all means let her be the marquee candidate for the GOP. They will crumble that much easier.

Posted by: hayden1 | July 8, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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