Highlights from the Sarah Palin interview

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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's interview on today's edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" touched on all the topics, political and personal. Here's a run-down of the highlights:

Levi Johnston
As we saw in the teaser video for the interview, Palin insists that Johnston -- her daughter's ex-boyfriend and baby daddy -- is still "part of the family." But she was clear about her disapproval of his next career move: posing for Playgirl. "Some of the things he is doing is kind of heartbreaking," she said. Of Playgirl, she added, "I call that porn."

Our favorite bit: "I hear he goes by the name Ricky Hollywood now. ... He's quite busy with his media tours and he hasn't seen [his son] in a while."

As for Palin's claim that Johnston would still be invited for Thanksgiving dinner, Johnston himself doesn't buy it. Johnston said, through a Playgirl rep, that it was "a nice gesture but she didn't mean it," adding, "You could tell by her laugh she was full of it."

But Palin said she continues "to hope for the best, and pray for Levi."

The Oprah 'snub'
Much was made during the campaign of Palin feeling snubbed by Oprah and vice versa. Palin insisted today she wasn't really thinking about it.

"No offense, Oprah, but it didn't really register," she said. "It wasn't the center of my universe."

Wardrobe malfunctions
Palin discussed criticism of her large budget for clothes, which was revealed late in the campaign. She says she's no clothes horse and often felt uncomfortable about the outfits selected for her.

"I don't even like to shop," she told Oprah. "[I was ] never thinking it would be a big controversy."

Then, in a recurring theme during this book tour, Palin praised Hillary Clinton: "It gave me a lot of appreciation for what Hillary Clinton had to go through for her campaign."

Tina Fey
Tina Fey's impersonation of Palin was so spot-on that even Fey's young child was confused when the two made a joint appearance on "Saturday Night Live" last fall.

"So yes, I meet Tina Fey, and she was funny," Palin said. "She said, 'Oh don't worry, they'll put makeup on me. I'll look different in a couple of hours.' She's holding her baby, Alice, and Alice is looking back and forth between the two of us, and I'm saying, 'We're confusing your child.' "

The Katie Couric interview
Amid a string of claims that the McCain campaign mismanaged her, Palin confessed that her interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric was a bomb.

"I don't blame people for thinking that I was unprepared for the office after watching that," Palin said.

"I was annoyed with her badgering of questions," Palin said -- particularly Couric's question about which news sources she regularly reads. Palin infamously fumbled the answer, but she says it's because she was bristling at the question: "It was more like, 'Are you kidding me, are you really asking me? It seemed like [Couric] was discovering this nomadic tribe ... asking me, 'How do you stay in touch with the real world?' I rolled my eyes and was annoyed with the question. ... No matter what I say it will be twisted and perceived as a bit negative."

Working mom
Palin discussed raising her five children while still camapigning and holding office. "It never occurred to me that I couldn't do the job because of my children," she said. "My children are my strength. ... They allow me to be grounded."

Why the Republican ticket lost in 2008
Palin explained McCain's loss this way: "The economy tanked under a Republican administration. "People were sincerely looking for change. They were quite concerned about the road that America was on with its economy. They did not want more of the same. They did not want status quo. And I think, unfortunately, our ticket represented what was perceived as status quo."

Why she resigned as Alaska's governor
"I resigned as governor of Alaska because I wasn't going to run for a second term and I was heading into a lame duck term," Palin said of the decision. "We came back [from the campaign] to a new normal in Alaska. Everything had so changed in my administration. There were so many opposition researchers up there in Alaska that were sent, probably, by the Obama camp. ... It was a point where my state of Alaska was being hampered by my presence there."

A 2012 campaign?
Palin says she's not thinking about a presidential run in three years. "I don't know what Im doing in 2012," she said. "It's not on my radar screen. In 2012, Trigg heads to kindergarten and I'm focused on that."

The upcoming week
Palin has a full schedule this week, with numerous other interviews scheduled to air (including Baba Wawa tomorrow), as well as a book tour -- one that she pointed out is avoiding blue cities (like Chicago). See the full schedule of her tour here.

Her new book, Going Rogue, hits shelves tomorrow. Pre-sales have been big -- though while her book is popular, a new poll shows that Palin herself is not.

For more video of the Palin interview on Oprah, including clips that didn't make the show, look to Oprah's Web site here. Oprah even posted a post-interview summation here.

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Born, raised in Alaska, raised 5 children there. Moved due to poorly run government. We need Sarah to run our country: she does what she says, believes in the right, and her BS detector button is always on. She is not afraid to call you out on the mat if you break the law or try to damage our country's rep. Shame on Katie Couric! Is Katie even a woman? she lost me long ago! Y'all out there who think that old government boys are going to do something? - Your'e crazy! She follows hard after my God, Jesus Christ. He's the one I trust! Laugh at Huckabee, and you're in danger. We need people who aren't afraid to speak the absolute truth in govt. I will move back if she takes the office

I don't think she's unprepared for "office", she just a terrible representative for any person whose not white, not heterosexual and not a Christian reformist. I think- is this ignorant bitch serious?
Your cute Sarah Palin and narrow minded- maybe staying at home like a mom should be a full time job for you instead of a publicity stunt.
Actually the hockey mom and other crap were selling points, a marketing technique.

HEY SWIZZLE:

Are you unhappy in your life? Marriage? Sounds like you're a little jealous to me (and everyone who reads your blog).

Sarah did a fabulous job in Alaska. The state was turned around and thriving under her term...she left because the threatened libs cost the state and her personally too much money to defend the frivoulous attacks against her. She was doing her state and her family a favor. Aside from that, her time is better spent helping reshape the GOP anyways. Shame on you for bringing her children into this. Without even asking, I can tell you're a female...only a female lib uses the "empty words and attacks" above.

Any woman who goes to law school, gets elected governor, does successfully at it, has a baby with downs syndrome and immediately hits the road to campaign for vice president, only to find out that her teenage daughter is pregnant (again, after having a baby w/downs syndrome), and has a son fighting in Iraq....and NOT FALL APART AT THE SEAMS ...still has a healthy happy marriage with a supportive husband IS NOT STUPID! And what have you done with YOUR life other than watch Oprah Winfrey? I bow to Sarah. I couldn't do it, I admit it, and I think she is "the bomb." I would think that whether I agreed with her politics or not. Because I am not threatened or jealous. I do agree by the way. And to call her family dysfunctional? Who is dysfunctional? Her son with downs syndrome? Her son who is fighting in Iraq so idiots like you have the freedom to spew your crap? Her 7 year old adorable daughter who is always smiling and well-behaved? Her teenage daughter who never did anything out of the norm that David Letterman commented about? Her supportive good looking husband? Or her daughter that oops, got pregnant, did the right thing and took responsibility, had her child, graduated college, and speaks out agains premarital sex to other teenagers so they don't make the same choice she did? Sounds like you're the dysfunctional one.

I would argue that she is not a quitter, if that were really the case she would be in hiding, not out confronting both the left and the right!
If you a Lib she isnt popular, but if you not she is, and I would guess she is with most males that are not in the media.
Dont right her off yet, you will probably be wrong!

I hope Oprah didn't give Palin any diet tips. Oh, that's right, Oprah's a liberal, she has to be smart. I wonder if Oprah has endorsed anymore con artist's books?

She cannot run Alaska but she can spend all her time doing stupid book deals? Is this what America wants, a quitter who will sell out and quit her position in Government for $$? Her dysfunctional family is a joke but it's clear they got their problems from her, she's a mess. Anyone who thinks this coward is worthy of running anything more than her sad mouth is a joke. Palin is worth nothing more than a laugh, like Joe the 'has been' plumber, another sad note in the long list of sad notes that are called Republicans.

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