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Read this: Barbara Walters grills Sarah Palin

A Costco employee in Orem, Utah, prepares a display with copies of Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue," on Monday. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Good afternoon, everyone. There's still time to jump into this week's Reliable Source chat. Submit questions here.

Meanwhile, Lisa de Moraes brings your daily Sarah Palin fix. On Tuesday Palin continued her TV book tour on ABC, which aired several parts "of an epic five-, six-, or maybe seven-part (depending on whom you are talking to at the network) interview with Barbara Walters."

Walters dared to tread on plenty of topics avoided earlier in the week by Oprah Winfrey: the Newsweek cover, grandbaby daddy Levi Johnston's absence from Palin's book, how seeing Russia from Alaska constitutes foreign policy experience. And there was more!

Babs, for instance, wondered whether Palin thought Obama deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This is like asking Kim Basinger whether Alec Baldwin deserved the Emmy for best comedy actor.
"Maybe someday there will be some deserved event and issues that he tackles that will allow that presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize -- and I'll be the first to applaud," Palin responded. Raise your hand if you believe that -- I want to play poker with you.

Walters also brought up David Letterman, who apologized over the summer for telling a joke on his show about one of Palin's daughters getting knocked up by Alex Rodriguez. Now, de Moraes writes, "Dave's running a 'Late Show' segment called 'Things More Fun Than Reading the Sarah Palin Memoir.' No. 14: driving a jeep into a tree."

"Can you just shrug this kind of thing off?" Babs wondered rhetorically.
"Well, I can, 'cause those aren't even funny," Palin said, the truth of which was undeniable.

Elsewhere in today's Style section: D.C.'s Catalyst Theater is closing. Blake Gopnik calls Terri Weifenbach's latest show of photographs "a breath of fresh air." And Wil Haygood profiles Beltsville-based Bishop Harry Jackson, who's been campaigning vociferously against gay marriage across the country.

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By The Reliable Source  |  November 18, 2009; 12:27 PM ET
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I', sorry. I'm not the most articulate person around but, Can anyone out there who has been keeping up with the Sarah Palin phenomenon, or who has any intelligence at all, imagine this dimwit as the president of this country in 2012? Her book spends so much wasted ink on every perceived indignity perpetrated on her by the media and her critics while changing historical facts not only in her book, but in her recent appearances that one has to wonder what reality she actually lives in, or should we say fantasy?

Posted by: dncevans | November 18, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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