Sarah Palin left her office as governor of Alaska on Sunday, off to pursue the next adventure in her life - books, TV, radio, more politics ...
And, of course, she had a lot to say on the doorstep, wishing her state well and dishing politics, but did she do it well? Maybe, but certainly her rendition was nothing like William Shatner's poetic pass on Conan O'Brien's "Tonight Show."
Palin was famously lampooned by Tina Fey in the runup to the presidential election in a series of whip-smart, scathing bits of satire. But here is something completely different. Shatner doesn't play Palin. Shatner, as always, plays Shatner. But who does the speech better?Compare it to the original (in 2 parts):
Of course, this isn't Shatner's first foray into dramatic, poetic interpretation of original content. He was, in fact, perhaps best known (until now) for this gem - Elton' John's "Rocket Man," about which there is nothing not awesome. Check out the beat poet, Shatner, at the 1978 Science Fiction Awards, cigarette poised and Kenny G-esque soft jazz flowing for full effect: