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:
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."
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'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."
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.