It’s not quite dishing, but Palin chats to Oprah about Levi, Couric

November 13, 2009

Apparently all is forgiven.

Sarah Palin tells Oprah Winfrey she wants to welcome Levi Johnston back into the fold.

Her daughter’s ex-fiance and father of her grandchild has been all over TV shows and in print media making unflattering comments about Palin, but the former Alaska governor says he’s part of the family.

sara3Palin, who ran for vice president on the Republican ticket with Senator John McCain last year, also had nice things to say about Oprah, who had supported the other party’s candidate — Barack Obama.

The interview with Oprah Winfrey will air Monday to kick off a book tour for Palin’s memoir, “Going Rogue: An American LIfe.”

Last year, Palin was skewered for fumbling a question about what she read, and she tells Oprah she knew that interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric had gone badly.

“The campaign said ‘Right on, good. You’re showing your independence. This is what America needs to see’ and, of course,  I’m thinking ‘if you thought that was a good interview, I don’t know what a bad interview was.’ So I  knew it wasn’t a good interview,” Palin says in a clip of the taped Oprah interview released Thursday.

She also talks about what went on inside the McCain campaign and entertains questions about her family, Oprah said on her Web site.

Winfrey asked whether Johnston would be at the Palins’ Thanksgiving Dinner table.

“He is a part of the family and we want to bring him into the fold and kind of under your wing, and he needs that too, Oprah. ”

“I think he needs to know that he is loved and he has the most beautiful child and this can all work out for good. It really can. We don’t have to keep going down this road of controversy and drama all the time,” Palin responded.

You can see more on Monday. Much more, says Palin. She wrote on her Facebook page that the taping went way over on time and the rest will air on But anyone looking for drama or tension may go away disappointed. Palin says she and Oprah got along just fine.

“Oprah was very hospitable and gracious, and her audience was full of warm, energized and (no doubt) curious viewers,” Palin said.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Steve Marcus (Palin at a rally in Nevada October 2008)


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Why does the media follow this woman so closely. She might be a good mayor in a town in Alaska, but she is over her head in a national election scene. As soon as she showed her true mettle (about three days after the announcement) I was convinced that Barak Obama would be our new president. That was the kind of bonus he needed to get over the top. What was John McCain thinking? Sorry, but she doesn’t warrant all the attention you are giving her.

Posted by Ardis | Report as abusive

ms. palin is full of it…..i cannot believe she believes any of the stuff that comes out of her mouth….i think tina fey should run for president…she is alot smarter and honest than ms. palin… palin is a BIG HYPOCRITE!…..she may think she will get away with all her lies…..but she will pay for it when her life is flashed before her when she tries to enter heaven…..remember sarah…in the Bible it says….”Thou shall not LIE”….also “Thou shall not commit ADULTERY”….go kill some more animals…..maybe you should hook up with soon ex-2-be governor mark sanford… both have alot in common….BIG HYPOCRITES!

Posted by robert | Report as abusive

I wish Palin would just go away. Her damage to the Republican party is immense.

Posted by George Franzen | Report as abusive

Let me get this straight. Sarah Palin wants us to believe that she is the modern-day prophet of strong family values ? Or that she is the blessed damsel who embodies the noblest of the christian principles of forgiveness ?
All readers should do a google search ” Palin and ex-brother in law” to read how she shamelessly abused her authority to harass her Alaska state trooper ex in-law.
What sort of values does this woman communicate to our young women ? That it is o.k. to reproduce without benefit of marriage, husband or any concrete plans for the child’s future and well-being ?

Posted by Lily Lorber | Report as abusive

keep it up haters,it all endorses the well being of the conservative ideals of many in this country.These lies and character attacks helps us to see through the pretence and hypocrisy that the progressive liberals would try to suggest that they are above.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

As much as I despise the liar-Palin I cannot help to look forward to the comedy acts that are born from her feeble attempts at any future national office. BTW any palin supporter is either a hypocrite or completely misinformed, or both.

Posted by Garrett | Report as abusive

Folks– It’s “dissed” (like “disrespected”), not dished.

Get a copyeditor!

Posted by emma | Report as abusive

I cannot believe what is comming out of you small minded haters. Nothing you are saying is true about her but the results of what the media fed you.

You are so easy to control. You deserve the socialist agenda thats being shoved down our throats.

Posted by Bob Marioni | Report as abusive

Brian I can’t believe you’re falling for her bull. Her actions do not match her rhetoric.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Keep it up Brian Lee. People like you are heping this woman destroy the Republican party.

One wonder why someone would describe the opposite side politically as “progressive”

Progressive: Characterized by going forward or onward. In favor of Progress.

Antonyms. (Big word Brian you’ll need to look it up) Obstructive, Regressive, Conservative.

Some people are PRO (progress, professional) and some are CON (congress, con man)

Posted by macrhino | Report as abusive

Bob Marioni-

For someone so worried about “small minded” folks blindly accepting the “agenda being shoved down our throats”, you are doing a pretty great job of reciting a different “news” channel’s agenda.

Seriously, I am pretty sure that you are plagiarizing O’Reilly or Hannity…

Maybe YOU should think for yourself instead of replaying another person’s logical fallacy (appeal to fear).

Posted by J | Report as abusive

And Emma–
You need to relax and get your own copyeditor!

“Dished” means gossip or juicy details… So Reuters is saying that Palin didn’t reveal anything particularly exciting or unexpected.

Posted by J | Report as abusive

I like her – she’s a real person who isn’t afraid to voice her thoughts and opinions. She has been a good governor to a very large state in this country while raising a family with a disabled child. To belittle her shows little intelligence and understanding of the job she has done.

Posted by Jennifer Maddux | Report as abusive

Hasn’t the citizenry of the US heard enough for this ignorant ex-candidate?

Posted by Mr Diplomacy | Report as abusive

yes you are smart Macrhino you don,t even have to use spell check!are you by chance another liberal telling again how to save the Republican party?Again thanks but no thanks.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

I do not know how this lovely woman puts up with all the dissing or dishing or whatever word you want to attach to the narrow minded garbage that is continually thrown at her. No wonder the country is in such a mess with such people voting for the self serving liberals that are trashing our great country. I only hope somehow there are enough of us left to restore decency values, dignity, and work ethic values back to the United States way of life. Donna

Posted by Donna Schmidt | Report as abusive

There you have it brian lee. The wise Eric put you in your place with his superior intellect.

Too bad the far leftists are so hateful of someone who chose to have a disabled child rather than abort it. They are jealous of the success she has and that their diatribes prove they are in the minority and on the losing side. If she is so stupid, then why do they spend their time frothing at the mouth and commenting every single time an article is printed on Reuters?

They truly are afraid of her, otherwise they would leave her alone…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

She may not be as smooth and polished as BO, but whatever lies you people are alluding to certainly are not of the magnitude and number that he has told to the american public and the world. Our country needs a leader that is strong, focused and stands on principal. She would have been a much better leader because of her belief system and principles, not because of her interview skills. While our current president interviews well, he tries to be all things to all people (by using vague and misleading language which is worse that lying) and is failing at everything he is doing, leaving us weak in the global community he so fervently tries to appease. That weakness translates into risk for all of us, as well as economic disadvantage. Watch what happens as the dollar weakens against his spending spree to reward his leftist supporters, watch what happens as his fickle indecisiveness leads the flailing military action, watch what happens as his attempt to use the US legal system to fight terrorists leads to more weakness in our national security, watch him attack personal ownership of firearms, watch him control and stifle our industry, watch him bring this country to it’s knees in order to align it with his idea of a global society and then look around you and see if you like what you see. If you don’t like what you see, it will be too late to do anything about it.

Posted by J.VanA | Report as abusive

TC still doesn’t get it, you don’t have be far left to be disgusted (not hate) by Palin. There a lot of talk about the “socialist agenda” being shoved down our throats but what about the far right religious rhetoric being forced by Palin? TC will not except that moderates are opposed to her as well, (see election results for upstate NY district 23) Palin endorsed the conservative candidate and republicans voted democrat.
I would love to see a viable third party in this country but one that is in the middle not on the fringe of either side.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

I am saying nothing of the sort Eric. I stand by what I said about the far left. Find one who supports her. It goes without saying that moderates will be divided on their support of her. Most conservatives (not all) will support her. Again, that goes without saying. I am sorry. I assumed you would understand that.

As for NY 23. Doug Hoffman got into the race 3 weeks before election day. He was at least 15 points down. It was with less than 2 weeks until the election that he was competitive (quite a feat by an unknown). He only lost by 3 percent…ONLY 3 percent. So, it doesn’t add up that Sarah Palin did not influence the race in a positive way. An unknown who is an accountant nearly won. He had no business being within 3 points after being down 15 or more points a few weeks before the election.

As for Sarah Palin being my choice for president? Well, you already know she is not my choice and I am not convinced she is going to run for president. She hasn’t shown her card either way though.

It is interesting how you speak for the minority as though it is the majority. Sarah Palin is supported by the majority in this country. Otherwise, people like you would leave her alone. But she scares you. That much is certain.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

I am having a difficult time figuring out whether J. VanA is pro-Obama or pro-Palin. The early remarks suggest the latter, but after attempting to visualize (as the invitations go) the future under Obama, I can’t help but see 1) a thoughtful, carefully considered and effective military presence in Afghanistan, one that allows more American soldiers to avoid the massive trauma of armed conflict while providing the necessary support to that country’s own autonomy and safety, 2) a society in which, though the value of the dollar admittedly declines, the basic needs of all Americans are met to a much fuller degree than they have been for decades, 3) a newly self-consistent, fair and humane legal system in which justice is served without the use of impulsive, desperate techniques that have more in common with terrorist tactics themselves than with a humane and enlightened society, 4) a society in which people do not feel like the act of purchasing a fire-arm is their only guarantee of personal safety, security, and control, 5) industries that operate efficiently, honestly, and with the intent of generating the highest quality products, not simply of undermining the competition, of maintaining a strangle-hold on the market, or of serving the bottom line, and 6) a society in which all voices are heard, considered judiciously and weighed before final decisions are made, not a society in which all differing opinions and contributions are stamped out by a stubborn reliance on single principals, very few of which would ever apply singly to a given decision.

I’m in agreement that Sarah Palin is a woman of principle, and I also agree that the ability to answer televised questions extemperaneously does not make or break a person’s decision making or leadership ability; the skill is obviously one that requires serious practice and drill, neither of which Palin had time to recieve during the campaign.
But I have never understood the argument that supports “principle” as the sole factor upon which to base decisions that will affect many people of diverse backgrounds. Not everyone, after all, believes in the same principles as everyone else. The best decisions seem clearly to be those that weigh several different principles and include elements or shadings of each in a well thought out way. The trade-mark of a good decision maker is the ability to see and understand as many of these existing principles as possible, and to arrive at a decision that combines the most valid and compatible elements of each. The process takes time, requires a very open mind and a strong sense of empathy, and often results in a decision that advances no one particular view point or principle completely, but that somehow manages to advance the greater good by a little rather than the smaller good by a lot. This seems to me the very meaning of “The Democratic Process,” and it is not only a skill that a given person can have, but a skill built into the operation and structure of our government.

It is also a skill that, as best I can see, Sarah Palin does not have, and one that she in fact seems to diminish as much as possible despite being a self-described fan of a country built on the democratic process. In a country in which there has never been complete national support for any one cause or value or system of beliefs, shouldn’t we continue to have a president who acknowledges that debate and due process are essential, that having many beliefs, opinions and voices actually makes us stronger instead of weaker, and that no single governmental decision should ever be a simple appeal to something as safe from scrutiny and debate as a one person’s private principle?

Posted by William D. | Report as abusive