Grad student who schooled Sarah Palin: “I had the impression she was clueless.”

UPDATE: Video of Michael Rovito calling Palin “clueless” on Philly’s Fox news added below. Rovito will be on CNN at 2:45 PM ET today. MORE: CNN video here.

Yesterday CBS News aired another interview clip with Sarah Palin. This time Caribou Blabbie was accompanied by her “lifeline/chaperon” Grandpa McCain [video via TPM]:

Katie Couric: Over the weekend, Gov. Palin, you said the U.S. should absolutely launch cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan to, quote, “stop the terrorists from coming any further in.” Now, that’s almost the exact position that Barack Obama has taken and that you, Sen. McCain, have criticized as something you do not say out loud. So, Gov. Palin, are you two on the same page on this?

Sarah Palin: We had a great discussion with President Zardari as we talked about what it is that America can and should be doing together to make sure that the terrorists do not cross borders and do not ultimately put themselves in a position of attacking America again or her allies. And we will do what we have to do to secure the United States of America and her allies.

Couric: Is that something you shouldn’t say out loud, Sen. McCain?

John McCain: Of course not. But, look, I understand this day and age of “gotcha” journalism. Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who you didn’t hear … the question very well, you don’t know the context of the conversation, grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don’t announce that you’re going to attack another country …

Couric: Are you sorry you said it?

McCain: … and the fact …

Couric: Governor?

McCain: Wait a minute. Before you say, “is she sorry she said it,” this was a “gotcha” sound bite that, look …

Couric: It wasn’t a “gotcha.” She was talking to a voter.

McCain: No, she was in a conversation with a group of people and talking back and forth. And … I’ll let Gov. Palin speak for herself.

Palin: Well, it … in fact, you’re absolutely right on. In the context, this was a voter, a constituent, hollering out a question from across an area asking, “What are you gonna do about Pakistan? You better have an answer to Pakistan.” I said we’re gonna do what we have to do to protect the United States of America.

Couric: But you were pretty specific about what you wanted to do, cross-border …

Palin: Well, as Sen. McCain is suggesting here, also, never would our administration get out there and show our cards to terrorists, in this case, to enemies and let them know what the game plan was, not when that could ultimately adversely affect a plan to keep America secure.

Couric: What did you learn from that experience?

Palin: That this is all about “gotcha” journalism. A lot of it is. But that’s okay, too.

McCain and Palin were incorrect in referring to this as “‘gotcha’ journalism,” but it was a “gotcha” question (in that asking her anything tougher than “what color is the sky?” is a “gotcha” moment) . Sarah Palin, the woman who could potentially face down tough, experienced and wise world leaders, was totally schooled at a Philly cheesesteak joint by this twenty-something Temple University grad student (left):

Michael Rovito schools Sarah Palin

Michael Rovito, who has admitted to not being a McCain/Palin supporter and is not a professional journalist (his MA is in urban studies), totally schooled Palin in front of hungry journalists and forced both her and McCain to later awkwardly backpedal on her gaffe with both Couric and George Stephanopoulos.

Rovito, who knows more about current world events than the possible next VP of the United States and—did I mention this yet?—totally schooled her, was supposed to appear on CNN yesterday but got bumped due to coverage of the bailout bill.  He did make his way onto the local Fox affiliate in Philadelphia and unbossed blogged about it:

So Fox’s Terry Lee Halkett interviewed Rovito on air to ask him his impression of his discussion with Palin. Rovito said he was stunned when Palin adopted Obama’s position rather than McCain’s. Was it possible, Halkett asked, that Palin was just distracted or didn’t hear his question correctly? Rovito didn’t think so. He said he didn’t want to seem partisan, but…

“I had the impression she was clueless.”

I’m trying to track down video of the interview and also find out if Rovito was rescheduled today to appear on CNN.  Check back later.

RELATED: One of Rovito’s Temple classmates has an interesting take on the “Cheesesteak Gaffe” here.

UPDATE: Rovito may have commented at this blog...

  1.  Michael Rovito Says:
    September 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Palin totally blanked. You should have seen her face when I asked her that question. It was ridiculous.

    Thanks for the congrats. More people need to press her on issues like this.


HERE YA GO: I just uploaded Rovito’s 9/29/08 interview on Fox 29 in Philadelphia to YouTube.  Enjoy…

MORE: Should have added this in earlier… Here’s CNN’s transcript/account of the exchange between Rovito and Palin:

“How about the Pakistan situation?,” asked Rovito, who said he was not a Palin supporter. “What’s your thoughts about that?”

“In Pakistan?,” she asked, looking surprised.

“What’s going on over there, like Waziristan?”

“It’s working with [Pakistani president] Zardari to make sure that we’re all working together to stop the guys from coming in over the border,” she told him. “And we’ll go from there.”

Rovito wasn’t finished. “Waziristan is blowing up!,” he said.

“Yeah it is,” Palin said, “and the economy there is blowing up too.”

“So we do cross border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan you think?,” Rovito asked.

“If that’s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should,” Palin responded, before moving on to greet other voters.

Video here.

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McCain is fucking terrified she’s going to say something stupid! The sexist pig says “let her speak for herself” and then proceeds to put words in her mouth. And the way he keeps reiterating how proud he is of having her as a running mate reeks of desperation.

But you know, there’s more at stake on that particular Pakistan issue than an opportunity for Palin to reveal her ignorance on McCain’s policies. McCain keeps contemptuously sniffing that it was a faux pas for Obama to say he’d pursue terrorists into Pakistan in an immediate threat situation if the Pakistani government would not or could not act. He does so again here, implying that revealing anti-terrorism strategy in advance just isn’t done. But he does it all the time himself!

Obama pointed it out in the debate the other night when he cited McCain’s “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” ditty. And as Bush and McCain were rushing us into the fucking Iraq war, they were all over TV and in every official body proclaiming their intentions with respect to Iraq. And now, of course, Bush is pursuing terrorists in Pakistan with airstrikes, predator drones, etc.

I don’t think McCain himself believes the line of bullshit he’s saying about Pakistan. He pounced on that line when Obama said it, and now he’s stuck defending (and making Palin defend) a position that is not at all compatible with his blustery, saber-rattling style.

When addressing the heir apparent subjects must speak slowly and distinctly or they will be hauled off to the dungeons for some Gotcha! interrogation by Judge Scalia.

This is starting to remind me of the South Park episode where the female celebrity comes to a parade but she’s encased in a big glass dome.

What I also find interesting is before Palin says her completely retarded answer that has McCain so worried, she begins to reply to Rovito by saying something about the economy of Pakistan.  He’s asking about the area that is in chaos and she agrees and then says something like “their economy is in chaos as well”.  WTF is that all about?  I mean, besides the obvious aforementioned retardism.

He’s asking about the area that is in chaos and she agrees and then says something like “their economy is in chaos as well”.

I was thinking the same thing, Jenny.  She’s specifically stating Waziristan’s economy is “blowing up.” She really will just blurt out anything as long as it fills up the “airspace.” What a loon.

John McCain: Of course not. But, look, I understand this day and age of “gotcha” journalism. Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who you didn’t hear … the question very well, you don’t know the context of the conversation, grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don’t announce that you’re going to attack another country

This whole thing is doing my head in.  But what really gets me is that Barack isn’t saying anything about attacking or invading Pakistan.  What he is talking about is striking against terrorist targets that just happen to be over the border.  He isn’t going to try to take Pakistan over for fucks sake.  As McStupidfuckingassholecain says “countries don’t invade other countries in the 21st century.”  Someone needs to tell McStupidfuckingassholecain the difference between attacking a whole mother fucking country and attacking terrorist targets.

Oh yeah I forgot: Sarah Palin is dumber than a box of rocks from economically challenged Waziristan.  I bet she couldn’t recite the alphabet.

She can’t think of any newspapers or magazines she’s ever read either.  Then tries to recover by making it sound like Katie Couric doesn’t think they have reading material in Alaska.  It just keeps coming.

She has also said essentially that facts don’t matter: alin-facts-dont-matter.html

My prediction, she will attack, early and often…look for comedy gold 25 seconds into any response, she usually runs dry of substance 10 seconds into any response.  Everyday her voice gets squeakier and massively more annoying, and her supposed punchline voice is in this condescending babytalk-like voice.  Look for multiple repeats of talking points.

They say Todd is extremely scared.

Yeah.  So sad that she is making Dan Quayle look like a brilliant choice for VP.

This should get more attention: McCain himself said that if Osama B. L. could be taken out in Pakistan, he should be. cains_pakistan_flip_flop.php

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