When Sarah met Oprah: Love is in the airwaves

Happy together: Palin took kids Piper, left, and Willow to Winfrey's feel-good show.
Happy together: Palin took kids Piper, left, and Willow to Winfrey's feel-good show. (George Burns/harpo Productions Via Associated Press)
By Lisa de Moraes
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and daytime talk-show diva Oprah Winfrey got together to further their careers Monday and vie for the spotlight.

Palin has a new book to sell; Oprah has conservative viewers to woo back to her show.

It was a classic "Oprah Winfrey Show" interview, devoid of actual news, but with heaps of adorable-puppy-like moments, and gobs of teen-angst-type narrative as provided by Palin -- real "look what the grown-ups did to me!" stuff.

Based on what we heard Monday, it appears that Palin's new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," is a charming coming-of-age tale along the Rebecca of Wasilla Farm lines -- the narrative of a naive girl who thinks we're so naive that we would believe she's a naive girl who never could have guessed, say, that a candidate from the party of the Decency Police might face just a widdle bit of a pwoblem to have a teen daughter who was pregnant and not married.

"I thought it . . . could show some realism in an American life -- in a normal American family," Palin said, wide-eyed.

Instead, she insisted, she thought the real skeleton in her closet was having gotten a "D" in a course she took in college.

It took Oprah under two minutes to make it all about Oprah, when she took her first crack at a question, which was: "You know there were reports last year that I had snubbed you during the election by not having you on my show. Did you feel snubbed?"

This resulted in possibly the best Oprah-interview moment ever, when Palin responded that "it didn't register -- no offense to you, but it wasn't the center of my universe, okay?" -- which produced a huge disturbance in the Force of Oprah's Universe.

CBS News's Katie Couric was dismissed as having a "partisan agenda" when, during the infamous multi-part interview during the campaign, Couric asked Palin what books and publications she read and Palin never named a one.

"Why didn't you just name some books or magazines?" Oprah wondered.

Palin explained that by the time Couric asked that question, she was already annoyed and, besides, it was being asked in the context of "Do you read?"

When they got to The Levi Question -- Levi Johnston being the father of her grandchild and going pretty rogue himself -- Palin teetered briefly on The High Road, saying, "Because so much of the discussion with Levi has to do with . . . Tripp, my grandson . . . I don't think a national television show is the place to discuss some of the things that [Johnston] is doing and saying."

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