First, the must-hear audio:
And the AP has the background story:
Sarah Palin unwittingly took a prank call Saturday from a Canadian comedian posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and telling her she would make a good president someday. … The call was made by a well-known Montreal comedy duo Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel. Known as the Masked Avengers, the two are notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state. Audette, posing as Sarkozy, speaks in an exaggerated French accent and drops ample hints that the conversation is a joke. But Palin seemingly does not pick up on them.
As much as I love the concept, something about the execution rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it’s because as much as I think Sarah Palin is a joke, I’m not sure how I feel about the rest of the world getting in on it. Sarah Palin is obviously not a good look for America. But as an American, I feel a kind of knee-jerk defensiveness of– not so much her, but maybe us, our politics. By and large, America isn’t nearly as unserious about the world as Palin’s presence on a major national ticket would suggest. Well, half of us anyway.
My other problem with the execution of the call is that it’s easy to rehash all the old jokes– lipstick on a pig, hunting, seeing Russia from Alaska– and just see if Palin gets it (and it’s not clear that she ever does). But they could have really gotten some insightful cracks in there. Imagine fake Sarkozy asking Palin what she thinks about some really important but slightly obscure recent development in, say, the Iraq War. Or French-American relations. It’s one thing for her to stumble through those kinds of questions from the “gotcha” liberal media elite, but how would she react to actually having to demonstrate basic foreign policy knowledge to a head of state? It was definitely a missed opportunity.