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Sarah Palin sits down with Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' (Video)

Sarah Palin appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Tuesday night, where she discussed her new career in media, her opinionated nature and the sitcom "Family Guy."

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By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 3, 2010; 8:16 AM ET
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Interesting that the Tonight Show added canned laughter to the appearance of Sarah Palin. Says a lot. Confirms suspicions of many who did not believe what they were hearing when they watched the show. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/3/4/843138/-Lenos-Tonight-Show-Reality-Hacking,-adds-Laugh-Track-to-Sarah-Palin-Appearance

Posted by: naughtymonkey | March 5, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

She endorsed John McCain in the primary race for his Arizona senate seat against J.D. Hayworth who is supported by Arizona Tea Party members. It will be interesting to see if she takes any flak for it.

Posted by: CMAN27 | March 4, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Ms Palin is smart, pretty, quick and gracious. She has a great future with the common people of America and we are entering the era of individualism and personal responsibility where politicians like her will be in charge.

She had more experience and successes in Alaska than the entire cabinet of Obama. Too bad America wanted an inexperienced guy who can't do anything right.

Posted by: gsweeten | March 3, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Hell, I could run Wasilla.

Posted by: sturminators | March 3, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

@DwightCollins - Who teabagger?

Posted by: cholly85241 | March 3, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

@Angela5 - I really hope you don't look as stupid as you sound. That entire set with Jay Leno was scripted and you betcha the TeaKluxKlan were the audience using that "applause" signal. She was the entire comedy show.

Posted by: cholly85241 | March 3, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@Angela5 - I really hope you don't look as stupid as you sound. That entire set with Jay Leno was scripted and you betcha the TeaKluxKlan were the audience using that "applause" signal. She was the entire comedy show.

Posted by: cholly85241 | March 3, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@Angela5 - I really hope you do look as stupid as you sound. That entire set with Jay Leno was scripted and you betcha the TeaKluxKlan were the audience using that "applause" signal. She was the entire comedy show.

Posted by: cholly85241 | March 3, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if she still used cue cards.

Posted by: TomCamfield
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It was all on her hand.

Posted by: jjgrah | March 3, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's not the "ignorant masses" we need to fear; it's the easily hacked electronic voting machines, the Supreme Court's unabashed ultra-conservativism and the corporations who help steal elections who are the real forces to watch.

Posted by: RevKit | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The Palin/Party of NO! Platform:

Always vote No if a Democrat is president.
Always vote Yes if a Republican is president.
Only allowed to watch Fox news.
Only allowed to listen to self described entertainer and drug addict Rush Limbaugh.
"We are Fair and Balanced."

Tax cuts to Debt, putting every American on welfare.
War is good, but charge it to our kids to pay.
Give your Social Security to the Wall Street Bonus boys.
More tax cuts for the rich, our leaders.
Lower wages for workers, no unions.

Allowable Death Panels:
40 million Americans without healthcare.
Guns for all.
Death penalty.
Wars of choice.

Don't believe in science, education, or pollution. If you can't see it, if I can't put my hands in the holes, it doesn't exist.

You betcha!
Palin 2012

Posted by: chucky-el | March 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

She will never be President. Right? Please tell me she won't. I don't trust the ignorant, easily-pleased masses.

Posted by: uncivil | March 3, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

She will never be President. Right? Please tell me she won't. I don't trust the ignorant, easily-pleased masses.

Posted by: uncivil | March 3, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I see that there is much gnashing of teeth from the vitriolic left on this board. A very confident, former Alaska Gov., former Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin makes Obama look like the stumbling, bumbling, fumbling idiot that he is - A president completely lost without his teleprompter. The woman ROCKS.

Posted by: Angela5 | March 3, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

When Sarah's wink begins to pall,
And her jokes no longer funny,
She can get herself a shawl
And start reading palms for money.

Posted by: m_richert | March 3, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Complaining about how she didn't get a chance to follow up, elaborate, and explain what she meant when she spoke about the Family Guy thing was, as a Baltimore Sun columnist has pointed out, untrue. She apparently refused all interviews on it, except to make her paid appearance on Fox as a commentator, so she has just tried to do a little revisionist history. And Jay let her get away with it.

While I think Jay should have been more hard-hitting with her instead of letting her prattle on uncorrected, it's not his style. Nor is being a responsible journalist his job. He knows that journalists who are critical, analytical, and courageous will know how to critique her words.

So, Washington Post, loved the videos, but where's the penetrating critique? We can find the videos on YouTube, and expect more than that from you.

Posted by: beanebay | March 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

With Mitt on Letterman at the same time, Jay played this for ratings. Yes, he won. But the American voter lost. SP left us nothing to confirm..reassure us she's ready for the White House. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8e1dncD3XI

Posted by: Victoria5 | March 3, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

My, my - the rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth Dummycr*ps posting here their vitriol at a mom, a successful mayor, a crime-busting commissioner, and a popular governor sure are afraid of her, her populist message, and her popular persona. They must realize that their 'messiah', that empty suited, sophomoronic, anti-American racist currently infesting the Oval Office will be packing his bags shortly, having been booted out of the Presidency along with his marxist agenda. You go, Sarah - and continue to flummox the buffoons :-)

Posted by: segeny | March 3, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It's clear that Palin is being exploited in the most cynical way for political and economic reasons: by the GOP, FOX "news" and everybody else who has an axe to grind. She loves attention and is just too narcissistic to realize that she is woefully unqualified to hold ANY public office, including being governor of Alaska, apparently. Her exploiters gleefully distract and frighten us with the false claim that she can "study up" and be a legitimate contender in 2012.

We have seen the depths to which an ignorant, learning-disabled, draft-dodging, narcissistic alcoholic and his cronies can take this nation in a few short years. Now we have a well-educated, well-informed and truly compassionate person who is arguably the smartest person in the room as our President, and we expect him and his team to undo all the damage of the past several decades in six months?

Politics has become a joke but the mandate of government is to care for their citizens and help improve EVERYONE'S life, not just increase the wealth of the top 1 per cent of its citizens.

We need to stop being distracted by entertainers masquerading as politicians and focus on who can really bring us back from the brink.

Posted by: RevKit | March 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

All you Sarah-haters must just be crabby because you're feeling lonely. You are so sadly outnumbered; ratings say it all: http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/9150

Posted by: ljs316 | March 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Flipping around on the remote when these two boobs popped up on the screen. Might have been an auditory hallucination, but I swear my remote said, "Nothing to see here; keep moving!" I did - and I will.

Posted by: quicksilverer | March 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Leno just needs to fade away...and he can take palin with him.

Posted by: monel7191 | March 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Still don't care.

Posted by: forgetthis | March 3, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

She speaks of the "Tea Party" as an "uprising of the people." But let's not forget the Silent Majority. We, this majority, are a diverse minion. We think individually for ourselves. Our opinions overlap to various extents with various others. We are not part of a simplistic mob formed on a foundation of empty slogans with which we loudly verify ourselves.

Meanwhile, Sarah did o.k. in a stand-up bit on Jay's show. I'm sure that material was well-written in advance, possibly with the aid of his writers. I wonder if she still used cue cards.

Posted by: TomCamfield | March 3, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed in Jay. He sold out for ratings. This show was so scripted it wasn't funny. Also, you KNOW the audience was full of teabaggers using the "applause" button. No wonder Kevin Eubanks is leaving. Jay didn't even ask any hard questions. And when he asked Palin to do a "comedy" skit...I thought she had already done that when she came out! What a stupid show.

Posted by: cholly85241 | March 3, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Dumb broad...so now she's a comedian; she's come full circle giving us great laughter all the way. Hopefully now she'll go home and raise her children.

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

She says the mainstream media is (sic) broken, does not separate fact and opinion--then herself joins Fox News! Fox appears to be the medium that is broken. Most of the other media are comparatively fair-minded.

The tenets of journalism to me appear especially more intact in the print media, relative to television. When one picks up the daily paper, the opinion is readily identified as the editorial and op-ed pages and byline columns perhaps elsewhere. Compare that to a half hour or so of ranting and raving by Glenn Beck on Fox.

Palin, meanwhile, is like a cliche adorned with buzz-words.

Posted by: TomCamfield | March 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

DwightCollins:

You got that right. She's a phenomenal woman. And I don't think we've seen a politician who has managed to connect with people like that since Reagan.

But you know what, even if she weren't all that, she would still be worth having around just because she sends Democrat women into a froth, and Democrat men into a tizzy. I have a feeling they're the type that faint a lot.

Posted by: fishcrow | March 3, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

LOL LOL no we just get continually amused by how inept ,and how stupid, and petty ,and how little you really are thats all. Hard to believe so many people with such narrow little minds who can't think for themselves and who could follow a moron like this but of course I forget being educated is being an elite LOL you trulu never cease to amaze us you small minded idiotic republiCONS

Posted by: lildg54 | March 3, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Let us start a new religion with one commandment, "Enjoy thyself."
ISREAL ZANGWILL, 'Children of the Ghetto.' Bk. ii, ch. 6
http://tinkys1941.spaces.live.com/default.aspx

Posted by: edtroyhampton | March 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Jurnalizm in this country idolizes demagogues like her. What a shame! Do you really believe this woman can lead this country? Only a gutter media like fox would hire such a person. May be fox is just interested in the business side of a deal with her.

Posted by: garaya | March 3, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Well she is a phony, stupid ,hypocrite why would fox not like her she is fox LOL

Posted by: lildg54 | March 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

fmjk writes "Of course she's funny and personable -- no one ever said she wouldn't make a great pal."

*******

Actually, plenty of people have reported what a great pal she makes: one who stabs you in the back as soon as you get in her way.

Posted by: herzliebster | March 3, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Let's let the welfare states (the entire south and Alaska, plus all the other red states) secede, and Bible Spice can be the President of the newly formed Idiocracy that she SO represents. The rest of us can stop sending our federal tax money to support those anti-science, anti-education, anti-woman, welfare-sucking, bible-thumping, klanners and use our taxes for ourselves.

Posted by: beachykeen02 | March 3, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Jurnalizm in this country idolizes demagogues like her. What a shame! Do you really believe this woman can lead this country? Only a gutter media like fox would hire such a person. May be fox is just interested in the business side of a deal with her.

Posted by: garaya | March 3, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

leno is such a lap dog. slobber, slobber, ugh.

Posted by: chrisjakeeuro | March 3, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

roflmfao, liar, hypocrit, and dishonest are all words that conjure up pres. zero's face, not palin's. and anyone who still thinks obama is doing a competent job as president is not paying attention.
dennisintn
dennisintn

Posted by: dennisintn | March 3, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

If she's talkin', she's lyin'. What a complete phony.

Posted by: Jayne | March 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

DwightCollins:

You got that right. She's a phenomenal woman. And I don't think we've seen a politician who has managed to connect with people like that since Reagan.

But you know what, even if she weren't all that, she would still be worth having around just because she sends Democrat women into a froth, and Democrat men into a tizzy. I have a feeling they're the type that faint a lot.

Posted by: fishcrow | March 3, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This woman, whose numerous lies have been documented by impartial media watchdog groups, is blathering on about the media telling the truth?

Absurd.

Posted by: trace1 | March 3, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Nothing new. Same old meaningless phrases and poor me, they're being mean. What is up with that hilarious hair-do? Looks like Donald Trump fixed it for her! lol!!

Posted by: rockynkay | March 3, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin is the real first celebripol in the nation. Others have tried, Bill Clinton,Scharzrneggr, for example. But she has the looks and silliness required.

Posted by: sperrico | March 3, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

It would have been more entertaining if Palin had sat on Leno's face.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 3, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

If she were not such a hypocrite and so dishonest, she would be humorous. Unfortunately for Sarah Palin, she now has a political history as a whacko hackman. To hear her talk about putting out the truth is like listening to OJ suggesting that he is still looking for the killers of his wife. Palin's demeaner is one that reflects assetiveness training rather than a humility that comes with responsible speech. She must accept responsibility for her over-the-top lies about heathcare reform, not to mention key personal lies in her own campaign.

Regarding her family being involved in media exposure duriung the campaign, she is the one who was putting them out front with each and every opportunity. I can still see her "baby" being carried like a cabbage-patch doll now.

As one might say, she learned how to present herself in a certain way without learning the substance. In education, we say they know the teaching skills but have no knowledge of the content. With President Obama, we are fortunate to have both, skills and content.

Posted by: EarlC | March 3, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Of course she's funny and personable -- no one ever said she wouldn't make a great pal. But like the also personable George W. Bush, charm is no substitute for substance. There are a million personable people in this county who would have no business being President of the United States.

Posted by: fmjk | March 3, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

she comes across as funny and personable...
wapo and the dems come across as mean and sexist...
guess who wins...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 3, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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