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Palin goes 'Rogue' on Oprah: We watch so you don't have to


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and daughters Willow (left) and Piper pose with talk show host Oprah Winfrey during a taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." (Image: REUTERS/George Burns/Harpo, Inc.)

Sarah Palin kicks off the TV leg of her campaign to sell copies of "Going Rogue: An American Life" this afternoon on Oprah's syndicated talk show -- which, in one of those happy coincidences, is happening at the exact same time Oprah is deeply mired in a campaign to revive that same show's ratings. We're live-blogging at 4 o'clock.

4:00: Oprah Gets Rolling:
"You've been waiting and I've been waiting," Oprah says. Palin comes out and Oprah "woo-hoo's" her. They hug. Palin finger waves.

4:02: It took Oprah under 2 minutes to make it all about her:

"You know there were reports last year that I had snubbed you during the election by not having you on my show. Did you feel snubbed?" she asked and yes it was her very first question.

Palin says no, apologetically, she was really busy what with this and that.

"Really?" Oprah asks incredulously. "So at the time of the campaign when everybody was saying that I was snubbing you, you didn't even know about it?"

This is already the best Oprah interview ever.

"It didn't register. No offense to you -- but it wasn't the center of my universe, okay?" Palin says.

4:09: Bristol Pregnancy Missed Teachable Moment

Palin says she thought the skeleton in her closet was the fact she had gotten a D on a college course. Really? Imagine her surprise when it turned out to be her daughter, Bristol's pregnancy.

"I was surprised that they knew; but I was surprised, too, that we didn't handle that issue, that challenge, better," she said."If we had been given that allowance to deal with the issue in a more productive way, we could have sent a message [that] "this is not to be glamorized'."

4:21: Katie Couric is the Enemy

Oprah notes that in the book she says Katie Couric "had a partisan agenda." Oprah replays that infamous bit in which Katie asked Palin what she reads and she could not/would not name a publication/book.

I'm obviously a lover of books and magazines and newspapers," Palin says. By the time she was asked the questions, she said, "I was already so annoyed" adding she thought it was asked "in the context of 'Do you read?'"


4:28:The Baby

Oprah and Palin talk at length about Trig, Palin's youngest child, who has Down Syndrome. Weirdly, neither of them ever calls Trig by name.

4:33: The Levi Question

"Everybody's waiting on The Levi Question!" Oprah says. The crowd "woo-hoo's!" with gusto.

Palin teeters briefly on The High Road:

"Because so much of the discussion with Levi has to do with his most beautiful baby boy, Tripp, my grandson, and Tripp's future, that I don't think a national television show is the place to discuss some of the things that he's doing and saying."

Then, plunges off that road and lands smack in Snarkville:

"I hear he goes by the name Ricky Hollywood now," she says. Oh snap!

"If that's the case, we don't want to mess up his gig he's got going," she adds. That gig? "Aspiring porn...I call it porn."

4:41: "Palin's Funniest Home Video"

Palin with Trig; Palin at the gym: "Sweat is my sanity."

Palin on taking daughter Piper trick-or-treating on Halloween: "I promised Piper that this time I would keep my distance so that I don't disrupt the fun that she has planned for herself and her friends," Palin said.

The ad breaks are now coming fast and furious, with little content in between. We're nearing the end.

4:50: Palin re-enacts resignation speech

After Oprah and Palin do the "women can have it all" blah, blah, blah, Oprah asks Palin why she resigned as Governor of Alaska last July. Palin dusts off the "I was heading into a lame-duck term" and that cues up Oprah for the old "why not just finished what you started?" follow-up question. It's all old material.

4:56: You are the Queen, Oprah

Only a few minutes to go, Oprah has to find a way to bring it back to being all about her. Can the queen of daytime TV do it?

"One final question," Oprah says. "Should I be worried? Because I have heard that you're going to get your own talk show."

"Oh," Palin says.

"Yeah -- come on," Oprah says sweetly -- only maybe not. Palin's not taking the hint. Finally, she gets it:

"Oprah, you are the queen of talk shows. There's nothing to over worry about."

"No, no," Oprah simpers.

"Yes," Palin insists, then, sensing this is playing big with Oprah, she plows ahead: "You can't shut off my mic so let me say this -- or maybe you can. You're the boss."

"No, I won't," Oprah assures her. "Go ahead" she insists.

"Okay, the inspiration that you have provided.....those were the years where I was a stay-at-home-mom -- got to watch you more than I watch you now... and being quite inspired by some of the challenges you were facing...you provided a lot of inspiration and I appreciate what you have done all these years," Palin cooed.

"Thank you for saying that," Oprah gushed.

It's official. They are in love.

5:00 The After-Show

The broadcast is over but, Oprah warns viewers, her interview with Palin continues on her web site. We are moving over to those bits now......

But Enough About You -- Let's Get Back to Me

Oprah, who appears to have felt not nearly enough time was spent during the show explaining how it's all about Oprah, returns to her favorite subject: "Even when people were saying I was snubbing you... I didn't appreciate it because I don't snub people" -- said the woman who snubbed David Letterman for how many years?

Then, remembering Palin was in the room, she adds: "Often times when you are a public figure, people say a lot of things about you that are, first of all, not true, can be painful, can be upsetting -- what was the worst for you?"

Palin, relieved to have finally found the question in there, says it was having her personal e-mails hacked....zzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

On a lighter note, Oprah wonders how Palin "honestly" felt about having Tina Fey parody her during the campaign.

Palin again goes into too-busy-to-have-noticed mode.

But, Oprah reminds her sweetly, she gave a quote to the press during the campaign, saying she had seen Fey play her, but with the volume turned off.

Palin recovers and says the first time she saw Fey as Palin, she actually thought it was herself on TV. Seriously, she did. We can't make this stuff up.

Palin also notes that when she finally went on "Saturday Night Live" with Fey, Fey needed some instruction in basic parenting skills, which she was only too happy to provide. Specifically, Fey was holding her baby, Alice, who kept looking back and forth between her mother who was made up as Palin, and Palin. So Palin stepped in and explained to Fey: "We are confusing your child."

"And we were," Palin adds, for good measure. We'll let you know how Fey responds to that crack.

And, finally, Oprah wonders whether the whole family got to decide whether she would run for vice president of the United States.

"This time there wasn't a family vote," Palin says.

"This was a mommy rules?" Oprah wonders.

"This was -- yep, " Palin says. "I'm going to make the decision," she adds, then quickly amends it to, "Todd and I would make the decision together." Great save.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  November 16, 2009; 3:38 PM ET
 
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She's a rogue pachyderm
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Posted by: jd121 | November 16, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This is how Sarah Palin protects her family from the harsh glare of media attention -- she takes them on Oprah? Oprah is giving up all street cred by asking only softball questions. This is not an interview of a movie star -- this is a person who believes she is qualified to be the President of the United States.

Posted by: fmjk | November 16, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"I'm obviously a lover of books and magazines and newspapers," Palin says"

Why is this obvious?

Posted by: mikem1 | November 16, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey fmjk. Did you see Ofrah's (yeah, that's what I call her) interview with the obama's after his second book was published. Talk about a gushing interview with softball questions. Mrs. Palin's interview as 10x harder than barry's.

Posted by: rush_b_right | November 16, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm obviously a lover of books and magazines and newspapers," Palin says. By the time she was asked the questions, she said, "I was already so annoyed" adding she thought it was asked "in the context of 'Do you read?'."

Makes one wonder if Palin will react with similar annoyance when asked the same questions over and over on her book tour. Not a wise way to woo potential purchasers of her book.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the "Smoking Gun" will get a copy of the agreement that gets signed by Ms Palin and each interviewer.

There are probably clauses in it about what gets to be discussed.

In Oprah's case, Ms Palin had to agree to gush all over Oprah and Oprah agreed to ask easy questions.

Posted by: bmschumacher | November 16, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of "teachable moments", could someone PLEASE let Sarah Palin know that the first person singular pronoun is "I", not "we".

Posted by: exco | November 16, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Great snark, Mudge!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It would have been nice if Oprah had followed up the Couric clip by asking Palin what, then, she does read.

(If nothing else, it would've set the stage for "Going Rogue -- Again: The Sequel," with whining about Oprah's hatchet job.)

Posted by: TheProFromDover | November 16, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

If this interview is any indication, Palin's book is mostly whining about McCain's staff and saying she was out of control and uninformed.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of why she's fit to be president.

Posted by: Hillman1 | November 16, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Is Tina Fey available for the cold open on this weekend's SNL? Oh, I do hope so!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Weirdly, neither of them ever calls Trig by name."

Well, according to her former-future-son-in-law, Palin simply calls him "the retarded one".

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2009/09/rs-levi3.html

Sarah Palin seemed to dote more on her new grandson, Tripp, than on her own infant, Trig. "Sarah has a weird sense of humor. ... Sarah would call Trig -- who was born with Down syndrome -- 'my little Down's baby.' ... and sometimes say, playing around, 'No, I don't want the retarded baby -- I want the other one,' and pick up Tripp. That was just her -- even her kids were used to it."

Posted by: B2O2 | November 16, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey to "TheProFromDover"...

if you were truly up on things you would have learned back in October of 2008 many of the types of material the Governor does read.... She was perfectly clear in many interviews when she named off the many industrial periodicals and informational reports she read almost daily to aid her in making informative decisions for her State of Alaska..... as well as the numerous main stream periodicals and newspaper she would also read.... Now how bout if do us all a favor and go bury your nose back in that rag you got in the grocery line over the weekend......

I watched the Oprah/Palin interview in it's entirety ... Now that's what I call the proper way to conduct an interview....Ms. Winfrey did a fine job asking a variety of questions and Gov. Palin did equally as well with her words and substance as she responded. There were no underlying traps ready to be sprung, and the woman was allowed to respond as long as she wanted..... The balance of the interview is shown on Oprah.com....Maybe it would be wise for Katie Couric to take a few lessons at Harpo Studios before attempting another interview......

Posted by: Spartann | November 16, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Barbara Walters will agree to any "pre-conditions" for the interview.
I'm assuming she did because I don't see anything but softball media appearances in her future.

Posted by: Reader18 | November 16, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I think that this book tour will prove that our Sarah just likes being popular.

Posted by: bmschumacher | November 16, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Who is watching the babies while they are on this show?

Posted by: jethro1 | November 16, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse


erp! Todd! I forgot . . . who's got the kids!

Posted by: bmschumacher | November 16, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Mudge:
our Sarah just likes being popular

She's not so different from all those celebs we snark on over at Lizard Island, huh?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

jethro
Who is watching the babies while they are on this show?

Are Willow and Piper the designated babysitters?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Nosy,

Our Sarah is not sooooooo different . . . just not so smart as the others.

Posted by: bmschumacher | November 16, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"Fey needed some instruction in basic parenting skills, which she was only too happy to provide. Specifically, Fey was holding her baby, Alice, who kept looking back and forth between her mother who was made up as Palin, and Palin."

Really? Really? REALLY?!? Tina's daughter Alice was already 3 years old by then, so I imagine she'd already seen her mother made up as characters quite a bit.

I'm betting Sarah's the one who got confused.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What was this article about? I was so distracted by the misspellings and typos I gave up reading it.

Posted by: patilee | November 16, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow Lisa. You really are so open-minded and tolerant, aren't you? OMG, y0ou are such an awesome person!

Posted by: nlcaldwell | November 16, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

patilee, the point of live blogging is not to make it a typing test, but rather to report the ongoings as rapidly as possible.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

nlcaldwell, Lisa's a darn sight smarter than Palin any day!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

please don't let her give you "basic parenting skills".
she depositing her younger kids with the older ones,little piper putting spit on baby trig's head, last and certainly not least teach your daughters and sons about basic birth control, so you have no one to blame for unplanned pregnancies, but you and the grandfather.
the mccain campaign were inept, but some things you have to take the responsibility for.
stop the blame game, you lose.

Posted by: ninnafaye | November 16, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Spartann: Imagine that. Weeks after the Couric interview, long after she was no longer on the spot, after having time to do some research and receive some consultation from her handlers, Palin was able to come up with a list of periodicals she allegedly read. And you're impressed with this.

Pardon the rest of us if we're not so easily impressed.

Posted by: CuckooRaja | November 16, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Pretty face, nasal twang, ugly soul. Certainly nothing that comes out of that gash of a mouth indicates that she reads anything heavier than "My Pet Gloat" (typo intended)

Posted by: 10emlet | November 16, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, AP had 11 reporters go over her leaked book and came up with a dozen items that they claimed weren't true. After fact-checking it turns out that AP was just spinning it the Left-turn way, as usual, and their house of BS fell to the ground. I would suggest that everyone study what she said instead of what her political enemies say; you might find out how the people are being taken for a ride by the media and politicians that caused most of the problems we are now facing. Enjoy!

Posted by: DL13 | November 16, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin's the one trying to take people for a ride with all her self-serving lies. Yessiree, it's so dang unfair of the media to dare to point out the facts when they incontrovertibly contradict her lies. No one challenges Queen Sarah! Off with their heads!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 16, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Last thing the world needs is a "Rogue" leader. there are enough of them and look what the bring.
The only thing I see here is the Michelle Bachman makes Palin sound rational.

Posted by: sd-mouth | November 16, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, AP had 11 reporters go over her leaked book and came up with a dozen items that they claimed weren't true. After fact-checking it turns out that AP was just spinning it the Left-turn way, as usual, and their house of BS fell to the ground. I would suggest that everyone study what she said instead of what her political enemies say; you might find out how the people are being taken for a ride by the media and politicians that caused most of the problems we are now facing. Enjoy!

Posted by: DL13
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It is pretty hard to fact check something so full of fluff and so lacking in fact.

I mean, when the delightful Mrs. Palin says she is "slaying salmon" how does one fact check that? Does she use a sword? Do the salmon breath fire? Are they in the lists? Is it fair combat to the death?

So many questions, so little...interest.

Posted by: arancia12 | November 16, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

And with that, both TV and politics reaches a new low. What a world.

Posted by: tdp123 | November 16, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Can't we simply ignore her? Won't she please vanish?

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 16, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Please go away Palin.

Posted by: jtsw | November 16, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, are you assuming that by your deadline few people actually saw the interview and needed a play-by-play recounting or are you assuming that there was so much subtext and nuance in the chat that lesser minds need you to point out what we might not have perceived?

"They hug. Palin finger waves."

Whoa! You're right. I'm going to watch this again in an entirely knew light. I can't believe that went right over my head. I think it was because of the Newsweek cover.

Is it just me or are those legs going to sway a few delegates?

Posted by: zsauna | November 17, 2009 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Best and funniest TV writer in the country. Love it! You cold make an informercial funny.

Posted by: janehowze | November 17, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin's ratings rise while she dodges all substantive issues; Obama's fall because in less than a year he hasn't cleaned up the generational mess Bush left him: Clear signs that America does not have the collective will and intelligence to solve its real problems. We still think our prosperity is ordained, and we don't have to take this policy stuff seriously. Yell "no taxes" and "socialism!" with no clue to what you are really talking about, avoid all genuinely challenging questioning, and you're a potential future President? Really? Why don't we just have a lottery, then? And for the person who will inevitably say something like "it couldn't be worse than what we have now," thanks in advance for proving my initial point.

Posted by: NomoStew | November 21, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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