Saturday, November 01, 2008

Sarah Palin, pranked

By Michael J.W. Stickings

As you may have heard already, a couple of notorious radio hosts on Montreal's CKOI-FM -- The Masked Avengers -- called Sarah Palin today pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

I generally don't like "comedy" like this -- tricking people and making them look stupid -- even when Palin's the target.

But it is somewhat funny when "Sarkozy" talks about wanting to go hunting in helicopters with Palin (and, in French, mentions killing baby seals); claims that he can see Belgium from his house (which he obviously can't); says his "special Canadian advisor is Johnny Hallyday; says that singer Stef Carse is the prime minister of Canada and comedian Richard Z. Sirois the premier of Quebec; and asks if Joe the Plumber is Palin's husband (and then says the French equivalent is "Marcel the guy with bread under his armpit" -- in response, Palin says, "right, that's what it's all about...").

And, of course, Palin is utterly oblivious throughout.

She even laughs when "Sarkozy" says he just loves "killing those animals" ("take away a life, that is so fun"), and, in response to "Sarkozy"'s comment that they shouldn't take Cheney, says that she'd be "a careful shot."

She also doesn't catch on when "Sarkozy" gives the wrong names for the prime minister and premier. (Though it may be too much to fault her for not knowing the name of the premier -- it's Jean Charest, by the way -- but she doesn't even blink in responding that "Sirois" hasn't been to one of her rallies.).

It's also funny when she brings up the real Sarkozy's "beautiful wife," singer Carla Bruni: "You've added a lot of energy to your country with that beautiful family of yours," says Palin, chuckling, adding, "give her a big hug from me." Whereupon "Sarkozy" informs Palin that his wife is "so hot in bed" and has even written a long for Palin. In French, the title of the song is "Red Lipstick on a Pig," but "Sarkozy" translates it as "Joe the Plumber."

And when "Sarkozy" refers to "the documentary they made on your life," the "really edgy" Hustler video Nailin' Paylin. Palin replies, cluelessly: "Oh, good, thank you, yes."

Whereupon "Sarkozy" comes clean: "Governor, you've been pranked." Leading to an amusing last few seconds of confusion on Palin's end.

Well, okay, it's actually much funnier, as I'm going over it again for this post, than I first thought. But, if check it out for yourselves. Here it is:

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  • It's amazing the the VP candidate for the republicans doesn't know the name of the Prime Minister of the country that is the US's biggest trading partner, Canada?

    There's only 2 countries that border the US and she doesn't know the name of the Prime Minister of one of them?

    Alaska is next door to Canada, so how hard can it be to not know the name of the Canadian Prime Minister? After all, she can probably see Canada from her front door too:)

    Mrs energy expert doesn't even know the name of the prime minister of the country that is the biggest supplier of energy to the US?

    Let alone as a her not knowing the name of the Premier of Quebec, the 2nd largest Canadian province. Or that there is no Prime Minister of Quebec, or any Canadian province they're all called Premiers. She's a Governor, she should at least know the title of her Canadian counterparts.

    It would be like a Canadian politician thinking there is a president of the state of Florida.

    All politicians get pranked, no big shame in that. The big shame is that she's so clueless about the country next door to her. And she's want's to be one heart attack away from the presidency.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:27 AM  

  • She's amazingly ignorant. That's all there is to it.

    But I would add this: In Quebec, in French, the premier is known as the prime minister (or "first" minister).

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 1:36 AM  

  • Sarah Palin was simply being diplomatic and polite. A charge critics lodge at the feet of many Republicans when it comes to foreign affairs. She respected the decorum of the conversation between herself and "President Sarkozy." Let us suppose she picked up on some obvious gaffes on the part of "President Sarkozy" but giggled instead. This doesn't mean she accepted such mistakes or didn't notice them. It merely indicates that in the presence of a powerful Head of State, she simply went on with the flow of the dialogue.

    Remember the phone quality might not have been good and the language barrier another obstacle. We also must remember Sarah Palin is under immense stress. She is after all running for Vice-President of the most powerful country. There must have been many different items on her mind.

    Ambush journalism or pranking doesn't prove or disprove any point. Sarah Palin is not only highly qualified and capable of being Vice-President but she will one day make an excellent President. Shame on those tasteless pranksters and all of you for egging them on!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:31 AM  

  • Sarah Palin highly qualifiert? Maybe if you also consider George W. Bush highly qualified.
    Was she just polite? Maybe, but her deficiences are well documented, she is certainly not a well informed person und not a very substantial thinker.
    Remember that she was asked to name important international newspapers, important legal procedures and failed.
    She is a pretty face with no substance behind. That's it. That somebody like her is allowed to criticize somebody like Obama for unsufficient experience is simply ridiculous. You cannot have less experience in life than George W. Bush has and had and also Palin.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:04 AM  

  • If, on Wednesday morning, scary Sarah wakes up to find herself a heartbeat away from having her finger on the nuclear button, it will be the American people, and the people of the world, who will have been pranked. Sadly, it will anything but funny.

    By Blogger Bob's Blog, at 8:53 AM  

  • You are absolutely right. If you have seen the discussion of Sarah Palin with Joseph Biden, you had to notice that for every complex question, Sarah Palin had a longer look on well prepared sheets in order to be able to answer the question.
    If Sarah Palin becomes president and has to decide and take action immediately to a catastrophic situation, be it a nuclear attack or something else, where do the sheets come from she needs in order to decide complicated matters? Who will decide for her? Sarah Palin is a puppet und could become president if something happens to John McCain. Bush was already a proof of the American dream: that an idiot may even become a president. Sarah Palin may be similiar.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 AM  

  • This whining about ambush journalism and pranking is funny---especially in Palin's case, a woman running for high political office, sequestered from the public eye and, after a few disastrous initial experiences, "regular" journalism such as in-depth interviews etc. It's not like they prank-called a private person, they exposed the ignorance of someone aspiring to lead the U.S.A. in the only way available to Us The People these days. Remember the complaints about ambush journalism ("gotcha questions" in Palin parlance) when Palin was asked about the Bush doctrine? That's just what happens when you send idiots into the race for the highest political office, every probing appears to be "gotcha" because, well, it does expose their ignorance.

    But the "fix" here is not to whine about the journalists exposing these fakers and posers for what they are, but to get better people to run for office, people who are better informed so they'd know the names of important political figures or even French singers, people who are disciplined so they'd vet a phone call like that (or perhaps even their running mates) before letting their vanity carry them away. I am sure that there are plenty of those in the Republican party, too, but they won't have a shot until Republicans realize that being smart and "elite" is not a bad thing, and that chanting "values" slogans and thumping the Bible is perhaps not a sufficient qualification to run this important country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:10 PM  

  • Very funny... and surely someone got their head bitten off after this one...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:21 PM  

  • The comedian left plenty of clues, but Palin, true to her style and her words, just "ploughed on". He called her "my dear", misnamed the Canadian Prime Minister's name, saying he loved killing animal, um, um, taking life for fun, is Joe the Plumber your husband...... He could have gone on for another 10 minutes, and she still didn't know. Her staff could have blamed for the beginning. But she should have been smart enough to wake up half way thru. Palin is just a pitbull when she dealt with Obama; but with a big name French politician, she turned out to be a wide eyed french poodle.

    By Blogger SongThanTien, at 5:39 PM  

  • Anyone in Governor Palin's position during this phone call should have easily seen through the prank and disconnected the line. That's if the person were informed or qualified. The fact that she even considered she'd receive a phone call from Sarkozy is absurd. Wonder if she would have had a similar serious conversation had the caller suggested he was phoning on behalf of God? She would have gone right along with it, apparently. Her head is so far up her $150,000 dress that she thinks the world loves and wants to know her. "Oh, yah, Jesus. He was yer cussin, right God?" Idiot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:41 PM  

  • This is a reply to the first comment... actually i'm from Québec, Canada and there is a Prime Minister here and his name is Jean Charest. In Canada, each Province has a "provincial" prime minister... We don't call them Governor, but Prime Minister as the main one..

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