Monday, September 29, 2008

An emergency: You can't possibly think she's qualified....

The second installment of Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin aired 9/25/08. The topic was the great wide world. One exchange deserves special study. From the transcript provided by CBS:

COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

PALIN: Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundary that we have with Canada. It’s funny that a comment like that was kinda made to…I don’t know, you know…reporters.

COURIC: Mocked?

PALIN: Mocked, yeah I guess that’s the word, mocked.

COURIC: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…

COURIC: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It’s very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right next to, they are right next to our state.

OK -- no matter your own political stripe, you just can't tell me this woman is qualified to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. Please take a moment to express that, no, you don't think she's qualified.


Natalie said...


Lesley said...

And the old codger who's their main candidate is not much chop either!

pretty essential said...

I am so pleased to read this post. On the other side of the world from you I have been listening and reading the interviews in bewilderment.

I don't begin to have a great understanding of American politics, but at a time like this when we are all being affected by the financial situation, surely a potential vice president should have more experience and intellectual credibility, oh and actually be able to string a sentence or two together!

Okay, that's my rant for today - thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.