…well, that’s what my Father would have said, had he been around to witness the smarmy perviness (thanks for submitting this to the news tab, KXB!):
For those who (like me) can’t see wideo at work, here’s what went down:
Sarah Palin and the foreign leaders she has met with in New York have said very little to reporters over the last two days, but the press happened to be in the room on Wednesday for one eyebrow-raising exchange, as the new president of Pakistan lavished praise on Palin’s looks. [CNN]
But first, his wing-woman conveniently buttered her up:
On entering a room filled with several Pakistani officials this afternoon, Palin was immediately greeted by Sherry Rehman, the country’s Information Minister.
“And how does one keep looking that good when one is that busy?,” Rehman asked, drawing friendly laughter from the room when she complimented Palin.
“Oh, thank you,” Palin said. [CNN]
Cue goosebumps from Uncle Slimey:
Pakistan’s recently-elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, entered the room seconds later. Palin rose to shake his hand, saying she was â€œhonoredâ€ to meet him.
Zardari then called her “gorgeous” and said: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.”
“You are so nice,” Palin said, smiling. “Thank you.”
A handler from Zardari’s entourage then told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras.
“If he’s insisting, I might hug,” Zardari said. Palin smiled politely. [CNN]
Blogger Teeth Maestro has this to say:
I do not mean to suggest that this is in anyway a crime, but being the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan there are some protocols that should be adhered to in an effort to uplift the respect and dignity of Pakistan and to the office with which he has been assigned to. [link]
Such protocols or standards shouldn’t just be adhered to by the leader of Pakistan, they should be expected of any leader, period. Palin looked uneasy and Zardari seemed sleazy; I don’t think this is what McCain had in mind, when he sent his vice-MILF to New York. Silly Republicans, it ain’t sex and The City* for nothing.
*One of my pet peeves used to be the lazy and inaccurate substitution of “in” for “at”, when it came to the title of that now defunct series which became an awful movie. AND. AND. It was always AND, damn it.