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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Prank Calling Palin

posted by on November 1 at 15:30 PM

Two Canadian comedians get Sarah Palin on the line, tell her that she’s speaking to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, and presto, another instant Palin classic:

The Palin response: C’est la vie.

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What are they saying in the background? Did she figure out this was a spoof and played along? Is she not that dumb?

Posted by The CHZA | November 1, 2008 3:36 PM

A taste of our possible (though, luckily, unlikely) future.

Posted by danhowes | November 1, 2008 3:37 PM

OK, I take that back. This wasn't all that funny until the end.

Posted by The CHZA | November 1, 2008 3:39 PM

Hiding the Hell House link and pushing it to drudge is not very brave.

Neither is close the comments to the Hell House freak out on the Slog.

Please have the courage of your convictions.

And, Dan, nice blue shirt.

Posted by GAUGE | November 1, 2008 3:45 PM

Palin didn't say anything compromising? Other than blathering about having worked with Canadian officials as Governor, but not recognizing the bogus names of the prime ministers of Quebec and Canada? I guess with Palin the bar is so low that doesn't count.

Posted by elenchos | November 1, 2008 3:46 PM

You'd figure her people would have a way of verifying identities of who calls her. Not only is Palin dumb as a stump, so are her "handlers".
The prank was funny and priceless. Thanks, Canadians, for showcasing one of our finest American Idiots!

Posted by Madashell | November 1, 2008 3:46 PM

Somebody's gonna loose their cushy campaign job that's for sure.

Posted by Happy Canuck | November 1, 2008 3:52 PM

The Republicans are -so- going to bomb Canada now if they get elected.

Posted by Flaminica | November 1, 2008 3:54 PM

She is like that friend you have that agrees with whatever you say, even if she doesn't understand it.

Posted by DJSauvage | November 1, 2008 4:00 PM

Their comments in french are quite funny - I'll see if I can find a transcript

Posted by DavidC | November 1, 2008 4:03 PM

They mention some names that would only be funny to the french and/or canadians.

Posted by stinkbug | November 1, 2008 4:09 PM

Things that had me on the floor laughing, even more so because they went straight over SP's bobble-head:

"My special American adviser, Johnny Halliday, you know??"

"On pourrait tuer des bébés phoques aussi![we could kill baby seals, too]"
"Yeah, we could have a lotta fun together..."

" French it's called 'Le Rouge à Levres sur un Cochon" [lipstick on a pig] or if you prefer in English, 'Joe the Plumber, it's his liiiife!'"

"In France we have an equivalent of Joe the Plumber, it's called Marcel the guy with bread under his armpit..."

"...the documentary they made on your life...Hustler's Nailin' Paylin..."

-the PM of Canada is Stephen Harper...
-Quebec does not have a PM...because it is not a country...

Gotta love her!

Posted by twirlawhirl | November 1, 2008 4:25 PM

I wouldn't be too hard on Sarah for not knowing the name of Canada's Prime Minister or that Quebec, as a province of Canada (for now), doesn't even have a prime minister. Most Americans don't know that either. Still, I noticed how interested her staff in the background was in getting the name of the radio station. Remind me to stay away from Montreal if the Republicans win.

Posted by RainMan | November 1, 2008 4:28 PM

#13, "Most Americans don't know that either."

Yeah, but most Americans are also not running for the vice-presidency. I know we're used to the whole President-being-only-marginally-as-informed-as-average-American thing, but really, I want people in government who are way smarter than I am, not who are so easily outsmarted. That's why *they* should be up there, fixin' problems.

Posted by twirlawhirl | November 1, 2008 4:35 PM

I couldn't stand to listen to more than about 45 seconds of this. Whatever I may think of Sarah Palin, prank calling is unfunny and just wrong.

Posted by Pam | November 1, 2008 4:35 PM

They should have called as Rene Levesques the Prime Minister of Quebec and got her to talk about her Alaskan Separatist leanings.

Posted by kinaidos | November 1, 2008 4:35 PM


Come on. Not knowing the name of the Prime Minister of Canada when you're RUNNING FOR VICE FRICKIN' PRESIDENT is kind of inexcusable. You know, Canada? The U.S.A.'s biggest trading partner? Member of NAFTA? Provider of a shit (metric) ton of lumber and oil? Right goddamn next to Alaska? Fuuuuuuuck.

Posted by bearseatbeats | November 1, 2008 4:37 PM

Just what SP needed, more publicity. The only good thing about this stunt is that Palin is prob pissed as hell at having her imbecility touted out in front of her again. In the mean time I'm sure we all hear the rumblings of her loyal Palinits preparing to tote this out as an example of the lefty-socialist-anarchy that lays in store for all unless McCain wins on tues and everyone with an IQ less than a hundred (which BTW is HALF the country by definition) will eat it up.

I pray for the day when we all just forget she exists.

And remember kiddies; Republicans win elections for two reasons. 1. Half the nation is Stupid and 2. a small percentage of the remaining half is obscenely wealthy.

Posted by Jonathan | November 1, 2008 4:38 PM

if she didn't strike me as a soulless, power hungry lunatic i'd feel sorry for her. when he busted out with marcel the guy with bread under his armpit i cringed pretty hard, does palin actually think a prime minister would speak to her that way?

i want to know what palin was saying in the background after the prank reveal, it sounded nasty.

Posted by douglas | November 1, 2008 4:42 PM

You beat me to it, @17. This is why Americans, unfortunately, are sometimes considered laughingstocks by the rest of the world.

Posted by Irena | November 1, 2008 4:50 PM

13: and you live WHERE? It's Stephen Harper. Canada just had their election (and came out pretty much where they started out).

And yes, I can see Canada from where I live.

Posted by Max Bell | November 1, 2008 4:56 PM

@14, 17 and possibly 20: Remind me to explain the concept of a (lame, admittedly) joke sometime. I know there are a lot of Canadians and ex-pat Canadians (myself included) in our Slog community. Every one of us can name the US president, but it is common in Canada to bemoan the fact that most Americans can't name Canada's PM, major political parties, capital city, etc. It's sort of like a national inside joke.

Of course I am alarmed, but not surprised, that the VP candidate is such a complete ditz. If I thought she had a realistic chance of actually becoming Vice President I would be afraid, very afraid...

Posted by RainMan | November 1, 2008 5:04 PM

Besides the fact that she doesn't know who the Canadian PM is (pretty easy fact for a VP candidate to grasp) the way she spoke to "Sarkozy" is completely unprofessional. My favorite part:

"You know I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally and your beautiful wife - oh my GOODNESS! You added a lot of ENERGY to your country, even with, um, hah, with that beautiful family of yours!"

Other than that she mostly giggled like a high school girl. Is it sexist for me to expect a VP candidate to sound intelligent and informed about world affairs? When you're supposedly talking to the PRESIDENT OF FRANCE? I swear a fifth-grader would sound smarter than that, if they thought they were talking to a world leader.

Posted by asteria | November 1, 2008 5:26 PM


Uh, nothing in your comment implied that it was a joke, even a lame one. Are we going to have to hold you back a grade in comedy school? Come on, you're making the rest of us Canucks look bad. John Candy died for your sins, you know!

Posted by bearseatbeats | November 1, 2008 5:34 PM
Posted by sepiolida | November 1, 2008 5:39 PM

Wow what a dumb shit she is compared to us smarty pants Slog-ers. Hell we all know that Quebec doesn't have a prime minister, what a dumb broad she is for nto knowing that. Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk!

We'd never be fooled like that. Once again the world confirms our opinions! Yay us!!!!!

Wikipedia, took 2 seconds:
Government of Quebec
The government of Quebec consists of all the ministries and governmental branches that do not have the status of independent institutions, such as municipalities and regional county municipalities.

[edit] Executive Council
Main article: Executive Council of Quebec
The Executive Council is the body responsible for decision-making in the government. It is composed of the Lieutenant-Governor (known as the Governor-in-Council), the Premier (************************in French Premier ministre***************************

Wow what a dumb shit she is compared to us smarty pants Slog-ers. Hell we all know that Quebec doesn't have a prime minister, what a dumb broad she is for nto knowing that. Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk!

We'd never be fooled like that. Once again the world confirms our opinions! Yay us!!!!!

Posted by PC | November 1, 2008 5:49 PM

ooo mais oui, ce'st tres bien

how do you say, en francais, elle et une penible in the ars?

Posted by charles hammer | November 1, 2008 5:50 PM

Hokay, americans, vous avez de cervelles d'hotdogs, voila une autre piece du font des recherches "Wikipedia"

List of premiers of Quebec
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from List of Quebec premiers)
Jump to: navigation, search

Jean Charest is the current premier of Quebec.This is a list of the premiers of the province of Quebec, Canada, since Confederation in 1867. Quebec uses a unicameral (originally bicameral) Westminster-style parliamentary government, in which the premier is the leader of the party that controls the most seats in the National Assembly (previously called the Legislative Assembly). The premier, sometimes called the ******************prime minister,******************

Posted by PCencore | November 1, 2008 5:52 PM

To bad the guys from Bande à part did not do the interview. Now that would have been completely hilarious from start to finish.à_part_(radio)

Posted by Simone | November 1, 2008 6:14 PM

You guys know that Bill Richardson had to tell Barack Obama during the Democratic candidate debates that Canada has a Prime Minister, not a President as Obama had stated in a response, right?

Since Rick Mercer cornered George W. Bush and told him PM Jean Poutine endorsed him for President in 2000, we Canadians have taken it for granted that most of you have no idea what goes on outside your borders. Unless it's a scary election year.

Posted by just wondering | November 1, 2008 6:24 PM

I'd like to repeat my point, since a lot of you are comparing her ignorance of Canada with the average American's ignorance of Canada.

First, they mention two bogus names of Canadian leaders. Palin not only swallows this, but says "It's been great working with the Canadian officials in my role as governor; we have a great cooperative effort there as we work on all of our resource development projects."

So sure, the average USian might not recognize a fake Canadian leader's name. But would the average USian not only silently assent, but then double down by pretending you have worked closely in foreign affairs with Canada? She didn't just bluff; she tried to burnish her credentials with transparent lies.

This is all about what a huge phony Sarah Palin is. God's gift to Democrats, and the future leader of America's future third party, the GOP.

Posted by elenchos | November 1, 2008 6:35 PM

@24. It is a Canadian inside joke. That's what he was saying.

a 28 bonne point mais realistiquement les anglophones ne le dit jamais, non au Québec et non plus a l'Ontario. Pour les anglophones il est toujours "Premier Jean Charest." J'pense que l'effet des mots "premier ministre" est beaucoup plus fort dans des oreilles francophones... et je pense que c'est destiné comme ça!

Posted by john | November 1, 2008 6:36 PM

part 2:

wikipedia [premier ministre] "Les provinces et territoires du Canada ont recours à un système de représentation semblable, avec un Premier ministre. (En anglais, le Premier ministre du Canada se dit Prime Minister et ******************* les Premiers ministres provinciaux et territoriaux se disent Premiers. ***********************)"

Posted by john | November 1, 2008 6:38 PM

Je me demande si ma mère prend des saucisses laissées. Il y a un rouge à lèvres de port de pitbull fâché hurlant dehors. Le jour d'élection, je pense que la chienne folle va nous mordre sur l'fesses.

Posted by Y.F. | November 1, 2008 7:14 PM


It's actually more of a fact than anything, but yes, I realize it's common to bemoan Americans for not knowing much about Canada. I've watched Rick Mercer, I know the drill. However, what RainMan did was a) he stated a fact, in no way forming it in a sarcastic or humorous manner and b) when he got a few negative comments, he tried to pass off his statement as a "lame joke," thereby assuring his status as a bit of a pussy who is unable to take any (light) criticism. What you have done here John is a) you missed RainMan's cop-out, b) missed the point I was making, and c) defended said cop-out... so, good work.

Anyway, this is all very trivial. Palin is a douchebag, but I don't think (knock on wood) that she'll be VP.

P.S. pour PC. Merde que tu es difficile à aimer.

-MC Crankypants

Posted by bearseatbeats | November 1, 2008 7:32 PM

If there ever was a world summit, at least we'd be safe knowing that Canada would bring the Tim Hortons donuts and coffee.

I'll have a double-double, merci.

Posted by bobcat | November 1, 2008 8:04 PM

Le pitbull dans le rouge à lèvres hurle dehors. Elle veut les Tom Horton's beignets du Canada.

Posted by yucca flower | November 1, 2008 8:19 PM

what i can't believe is how unguarded the repugs are leaving her--still! didn't they learn their lesson with the couric disaster?

you'd think they would assign someone to have master control over all communications with palin, but the assistant was a naive and gullible woman screening her calls. go figure. wouldn't cost more than 150k, would it?

the brains were mia in mccain's campaign. even his own.

Posted by ellarosa | November 1, 2008 8:21 PM

Man, I wish I could have a double double right now...and a crueller.

Posted by Warren | November 1, 2008 8:46 PM

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Posted by todd | November 1, 2008 9:20 PM

It's amazing the the VP candidate for the republicans doesn't know the name of the Prime Minister of the country that is the US's biggest trading partner, Canada?

There's only 2 countries that border the US and she doesn't know the name of the Prime Minister of one of them?

Alaska is next door to Canada, so how hard can it be to not know the name of the Canadian Prime Minister? After all, she can probably see Canada from her front door too:)

Mrs energy expert doesn't even know the name of the prime minister of the country that is the biggest supplier of energy to the US?

Let alone as a her not knowing the name of the Premier of Quebec, the 2nd largest Canadian province. Or that there is no Prime Minister of Quebec, or any Canadian province they're all called Premiers. She's a Governor, she should at least know the title of her Canadian counterparts.

It would be like a Canadian politician thinking there is a president of the state of Florida.

All politicians get pranked, no big shame in that. The big shame is that she's so clueless about the country next door to her. And she's want's to be one heart attack away from the presidency.

Posted by pete | November 1, 2008 9:34 PM

As a student of ethology, I learned about "displacement" behavior. This happens in the case when one animal loses a fight and so he cannot achieve his goal (mate with female, claim a burrow). So he engages in some sort of non-sensical release behavior like kicking dirt or ramming his antlers into a tree. (This is often referred to as "kicking the dog").

So, since the Democrats can argue their case in a rational way, they resort to foolish pranks and childish displacement behavior.

Posted by John Bailo | November 1, 2008 9:55 PM

you know, i thought about it some more, and i can only come to this conclusion:

mccain's camp has kicked her of the helicopter, to be devoured by the wolves below. they've taken the guard from her door, they're packing it in and turning their backs on her. she's on her own.

Posted by ellarosa | November 1, 2008 10:37 PM

I'm glad Sarah Palin is leaving her elitest know-it-all Harvard attitude & intelligence at home during this race.

Posted by Heather | November 2, 2008 12:15 AM

Oh, JB(comment 42), your typo could not be more, erm, "sarah"ndpitious?

"I learned about "displacement" behavior. This happens in the case when one animal loses a fight and so [s]he cannot achieve [her] goal ([...] claim a burrow). So [s]he engages in some sort of non-sensical release behavior like kicking dirt or ramming [her] antlers into a tree. (This is often referred to as "kicking the dog").

So, since the Democrats can argue their case in a rational way, they[Reps?] resort to foolish pranks and childish displacement behavior."

Posted by medium | November 2, 2008 12:21 AM

"Professor" Bailo:
1. The pranksters are Canadian. How do they figure as blue-balled bucks not getting their way?
2. Democrats--who are gleeful over said Canadians' efforts which demonstrate once again that Palin is a moron--are using humor as a defense mechanism, as they are suffering post-traumatic stress from 8 years of Republican ruin. This is more a case of human psychology than that of animal behavior.

Posted by Madashell | November 2, 2008 12:32 AM

@ 32, 33, 34, 37

Please post more often. French is soooo beautiful to hear and look at, though I don't understand a 'lick' of it. It also reminds me of the kind of kiss I will give my sweetie after 'getting off' the night-shift, between those American Thighs ;P

Posted by Must Eat Pussy | November 2, 2008 1:07 AM


I'm being nit-picky, but Quebec is the largest province in Canada, not second largest. Nunuvut is larger, but it's a territory, not a province.

Posted by Bont | November 2, 2008 6:01 AM

putain comme elle est vraiment une connasse. Laisse-tomber l'economie, Palin est le cadeaux le plus parfait qu'on a jamais reçu cette election.

Posted by mintygreen | November 2, 2008 6:14 AM

Skillet has delicious, if inauthentic, poutine. Just so ya know, eh?

Posted by uncle baggy | November 2, 2008 5:00 PM

And who would call Palin a gifts?

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 2, 2008 5:30 PM


Seulment les Americains trouve le Quebequois beau, en Canada sauf des parties du Quebec, c'est equivalent a etre du "french trash" :)

Posted by Wurm | November 3, 2008 8:26 AM

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