(via Boing Boing)
That Alaska is close to Russia is the basis of Sarah Palin’s claim to Americans that she’s hip to this foreign affairs business. The first time we’ve heard of this was when she was being interviewed by Charlie Gibson.
GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?
PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.
And when Katie Couric interviewed her, she was asked to expand on that statement.
Katie Couric: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundry that we have with Canada. It’s funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don’t know, you know … reporters.
Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.
Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.
Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…
Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It’s very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right next to, they are right next to our state.
Yes, Tina Fey did not have to stretch too far for comedic effects. Sarah Palin is just funny already, even though it’s inadvertent.
The jokes write themselves really. In fact, this has now become THE joke of the election and it’s taken a life of its own.
I found some great ones from a post at Gawker. Here’s a few of my favourites:
- I have played literally thousands of hours of Halo, so I have valuable military experience.
- I had this cab driver once who was from the south of India. I talked to him for, like, ten whole minutes and WOW I have such great foreign policy experience. I’m totally ready to be VP.
- I can see billions of stars in the night sky, which is comforting, as it makes me very prepared for the aliens bent on our destruction.
- I go to Taco Bell for lunch pretty often, so I am the Ambassador to Mexico, si?
Can’t wait to watch tomorrow’s debate and hear the waffle from Sarah Palin’s mouth. Oh, and Joe Biden might be good for a few funny ones too. He once said these things:
- A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!
- You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.
Awesome. I can’t wait to read the political and humour blogs the next day too. It’s gonna be bumper issues everywhere.