November 17, 2009 by USA Post
Sarah Palin sat down with Oprah Winfrey on Monday November 16, 2009 for an exclusive interview. During the talk, Oprah asked the former running-mate of John McCain all the hard hitting questions one would expect, regarding her family life, the Katie Couric interview, her new book and more.
Oprah kicked off by mentioning the controversy of how everyone though the talk show host had snubbed Palin during last year’s campaign. Palin said she heard more about it in recent weeks than during the campaign itself, so she never felt snubbed. Oprah said she made the conscious decision to support a particular candidate for the 2008 election, so due to that she chose not to invite any candidates onto her talk show.
Much of the conversation was generated over Sarah’s new book. “Going Rogue: An American Life” is Sarah Palin’s book which arrives in stores on Tuesday. It’s already a best seller. In her book she discusses the scrutiny placed on her past that “Team McCain” made, which included background checking everything from her early teen years to recent issues she voted on as part of city council. Palin said she thought the big controversy would be that she got a “D” in a college course. She soon learned that her daughter’s teen pregnancy would eclipse that.
Oprah visited the topic of Sarah’s daughter Bristol becoming pregnant. Palin said she never approved the press release message sent out by Camp McCain which made her and the family sound “giddy” about the impending pregnancy. Sarah said she’d prefer to tackle the issue of teen pregnancy in America via the message, but it was not delivered that way at first. Palin said she was naive to think reporters wouldn’t pry into her family life to get media attention. Sarah said she respected how Barack Obama handled the discussion about her kids with the media.
The well-known interview with Katie Couric was brought up with Palin saying she expected more of a lighthearted discussion. Palin said she felt a bit perturbed with the first segment of the interview and felt she was badgered by Couric. Palin says in her book she felt Couric had a partisan agenda. On Oprah, she said she felt maybe Couric was trying to not show her in the best light. She admitted she was wearing her annoyance with the interview on her sleeve, which made her seem less qualified. Palin added that the Couric interview wasn’t really a defining moment for the campaign.
The show wouldn’t be complete without the topic of Levi Johnston, who was originally scheduled to be Sarah Palin’s son-in-law. Levi is the father of Bristol’s son Tripp. Palin said Levi now goes by “Ricky Hollywood” and is delving into prn, including Playgirl. Palin said Levi’s on an unhealthy path right now and said a lot of inconsistent things about her and her family. She added that Levi will forever be the father of her grandchild, and she prays that the best happens for him. Palin said she would welcome Levi aka “Ricky Hollywood” to Thanksgiving dinner in the future, because her family’s not really into the drama.
Palin also discussed being constantly coached by Team McCain, including a discussion of the Atkins Diet, and index cards she was given for debate preparation, Palin praised McCain for choosing her as VP, calling him a “bold man” and a maverick who places great importance on the equality of women.
The big question of course – “Will Sarah Palin run for president in 2012?” Palin said she’s concentrating on 2010, and wouldn’t tell Oprah even if she was considering running for president.
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