Video: Sarah Palin’s Interview With Charles Gibson

Part One:

“Doesn’t that take some hubris?” he asks????

Wow, Charlie, I hope you asked Obama about hubris, when you interviewed him, because if there’s anybody in this race who has an over inflated opinion of himself,it’s Barack Obama.

Part Two:

Regarding the “task from God” prayer question…I think Gibson was channeling the loony left, by leaving out the most important part of her remarks, and taking what’s left, out of context.

Ace says:

Write Charlie Gibson:Ask him what “exact words” means, especially when the words are deliberately Dowdified in order to make Sarah Palin’s explanation implausible.

With the censored words included, her explanation makes perfect sense– in fact, it’s pretty inarguable.


Well, hey…it turns out Gibson did ask Obama about hubris during their interview 10 months ago. At least the guy’s consistant:


Obama conceded that there “is an element of megalomania involved in thinking you can be President”, and  “There’s a slight madness to thinking that you should be the leader of the free world”. Whew! Speak for yourself, there, tiger.

Gibson was much much friendlier with Obama than he was with Palin in this interview. Granted,  this clip only dealt with Obama’s bio, but it was a virtual love-fest.  He did not question Obama’s experience.

I don’t know about you, but I noticed a degree of condescension in Gibson’s treatment of Palin. Did anybody else notice that?

Oh…I see I’m not the only one who noticed it.

Michelle Malkin thinks ABC blew it. it’s not worth watching the rest of this hatchet job.

Overall, I think Palin did a competent job, but she would have done better in a less hostile environment.


Okay, I did find this interview that Charles Gibson did with Obama during his visit to Israel, last July. His questions are more probing, this time, and he does question Obama hard on his flip flop on the divided Jerusalem issue:

No, this was not a love-fest, but there was no condescension that I picked up on, either.

Also, did you notice that he asked Governor Palin the question of what her position would be, in the event that Israelis had to take out Iranian nuclear facilities,  three times.

So she had repeat her answer, “I don’t think that we should second guess the measures that Israel should have to take to defend themselves for their security…” three times, which made her look like she was hedging.

He asked the same question to Obama only once, and got basically the same answer,”It is not my job, certainly as a candidate for President to tell the Israelis what their defense posture should be”…

“Thank you, Senator”.


Ace is Palin’s knight in shining armor on her “Bush Doctrine” gaffe. I definitely got the impression that she was not terribly familiar with the term, myself, but Ace is arguing that it’s more complicated than Gibson makes out:

A common misconception is that the Bush Doctrine states that America has the right to preventively attack any country that it believes in the future will be a threat to America, as Charlie Gibson seems to believe. This is simply not true. Rather it is part of the Bush Doctrine. The Bush Doctrine, which was laid out largely in the National Security Strategy of the United States in 2002.

Ace has such a cute crush on Palin. He says he would have made the same mistake…he forgot what it was, too. Hee!



Down the Memory Hole: ABC Edits Out Gibson’s “Exact Words” Insistence, and Palin’s Accurate Statement That She Was Being Misquoted, In Order to Spare Gibson Additional Embarrassment

Edited out of the West Coast feed — and yet they refused to actually issue a correction. Correction, See Below: Edited out of all 6:30 feeds.

I guess that’s the media’s offer of a “compromise correction” — “We won’t admit we were wrong, but how about if we hide the evidence we were wrong and even delete your statement that we were wrong? How’s that work for ya? You end up looking like you agree with our mischaracterization, and we look like we didn’t insist we were right even though we were wrong! You look worse, we look better! Everyone wins!”
Charlie Gibson didn’t really demonstrate the preparation, experience, and fluidity with the issues that I expect of a network anchor.

Are we sure he’s fit to step in and lead a nightly network newscast? He could stand a bit more coaching.

Un. believable.


Video: Newt Gingrich puts Palin’s prayer in proper historical context.


The coiner of the term, “Bush Doctrine” has some stern words for Charles Gibson.

9/11: Never Again

Seven years after 9/11, Islamic terrorists are the run. Their evil plots against the United States have been repeatedly stymied, and disrupted. Their war against the U.S. has been distracted by our offensive actions in the Middle East.

Seven years ago, we thought another terrorist attack was imminent. We would never have imagined that  the terrorists’  goals for jihad in America would never come to fruition. We assumed more attacks were on the way.

Not a single major attack has happened in seven years.

Who deserves the credit for this?

President Bush’s strategy has succeeded far beyond what the experts predicted would be the case in the weeks following the horrors at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the rural field where Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa.

The cynics, though, shout that we lost our focus on terrorism by invading Iraq. They are dead wrong. If the war and reconstruction of Iraq was really a dangerous diversion from the war on terrorism, as so many liberal politicians and commentators say, then why have Americans been so safe in our homeland? Why haven’t any “dirty nukes” exploded? Could it be that the effort in Iraq, as messy as it has been, has undercut the terrorists by sucking a host of them to Iraq only to die there, as die they should?

As we reflect on that, let us never forget the horrors of that day. I was no where near the World Trade Center, like these people were, but I remember watching in horror (on the small black and white t.v. I had in my kitchen), from my mid-west home, as the events unfolded. I remember being glued to my spot in front of the t.v., shaking my head, hand to my mouth:

We are urged as we reflect on 9/11, to keep politics out of it. I think most of the people who say that, tend to be Democrats, because when you ponder the question of which party will keep us safer, Democrats tend to fall short. In an election year, when so much is on the line, I refuse to keep politics out of it.

I guess right about now would be a good time to ponder Barack Obama’s defense policy:

‘Nuff said.

Some more remembrances throughout the right wing blogosphere:

♦The Birthplace Of Illogical Logic

More links via Michelle Malkin:

Lorie Byrd
The Anchoress
Abe Greenwald at Commentary
Andy McCarthy
Urban Infidel reports from Ground Zero.