Palin Gets Pranked - Call From French President?

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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 07:36 pm



TORONTO " 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.

"Maybe in eight years," replies a laughing Palin.

The Republican vice presidential nominee discusses politics, the perils of hunting with Vice President Dick Cheney, and Sarkozy's "beautiful wife," in a recording of the call released Saturday and set to air Monday on a Quebec radio station.

Palin campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt confirmed she had received the prank call.

"Governor Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy and other celebrities, in being targeted by these pranksters. C'est la vie," she said.

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.

Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 07:47 pm
... and drops ample hints that the conversation is a joke. But Palin seemingly does not pick up on them.

Why am I not surprised?
Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 08:25 pm
Cdn humour can be very subtle. Many Americans don't pick up on Rick Mercer, after all. Not that Cdns would know that much more, I'd bet, and it IS getting a bit OLD up here.



Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 03:27 am
I heard a bit of this phone conversation today on the radio. I'm definitely not a Palin "fan" (as if!), but I found it excruciating to listen to. Rather cruel & nasty, I thought.
Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 04:35 am
Agree that it was difficult to listen to, but then again... if she doesn't have caller ID, a staff that actually vets her calls, or just eagerly takes the phone and believes without question who is on the phone is who they say they are, do we really want her in DC?
Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 04:35 am
msolga wrote:

I heard a bit of this phone conversation today on the radio. I'm definitely not a Palin "fan" (as if!), but I found it excruciating to listen to. Rather cruel & nasty, I thought.

I find such practical jokes very nasty and untoward, too.
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 04:55 am
I think what offends me, squinney, is that it was a deliberate set-up, intended for media consumption. Sure, it shows that Palin is gullible & not very sharp, but ......
Anyway, I'd say she has enough going against her politically at the moment, without the need to resort to this sort of stunt.
Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 08:01 am
In the moments that her crazy cluelessness didn't frighten me, I quite liked it.

She is seriously dim.
Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 08:03 am
Mame wrote:
Cdn humour can be very subtle.

these guys are never subtle. that's what I found particularly disturbing.
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 08:30 am
All roads lead to Rome and no opportunity to bring Palins' stupidity, cluelessness, and the fact that this woman does not belong in the White House should be allowed to pass. Humor will do just as well as any other vehicle.
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 08:35 am
I just heard a bit of it again on the morning news.


I've been known to mumble and grumble quite a bit that American politicians are too coddled for my liking. They don't do scrums the way they're done here, they're rarely in settings where they don't have a script to follow. Real life emergencies don't come with scripts.

If McCain is elected in the U.S, there are better than even odds that Sarah Palin will become president of the U.S. sooner rather than later. I think it needs to be seen/pointed out in whatever way possible that the woman doesn't know what to do without a script.

I think it is frightening to consider what she might do if faced with an international emergency, and there was no script, and she had to make a decision on her own.

Hopefully this little stunt pointed out her inadequacies to a few more people.

Point point point point point.
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 11:07 am
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 12:22 pm

Here is a full transcript of the call:

Assistant: This is Bexy [?].
MA: Hello, Bexy. This is Frank L'Ouvrier, I'm with President Sarkozy, on the line for Governor Palin.
Assistant: One second please, can you hold on one second please?
MA: No problem.

Assistant: Hi, I'm going to hand the phone over to her.
MA: Okay, thank you very much I'm going to put the president on the line.
Assistant: Okay, he's coming to the line.

SP: This is Sarah.
MA: Okay, Governor Palin?

SP: Hellloooo...
MA: Just hold on for President Sarkozy, one moment.
SP: Oh, it's not him yet. I always do that. I'll just have people hand it to me right when it's them.

FNS: Yes, hello, Governor Palin? Yes, hello, Mrs. Governor?
SP: Hello this is Sarah. How are you?

FNS: Fine, and you, this is Nicolas Sarkozy speaking, how are you?
SP: Oh... So good, it's so good to hear you. Thank you for calling us.

FNS: Oh, it's a pleasure.
SP: Thank you sir, we have such great respect for you, John McCain and I, we LOVE you and thank you for spending a few minutes to talk to me.

FNS: I follow your campaigns closely with my special American Advisor Johnny Hallyday, you know?
SP: Yes! Good!

FNS: Excellent! Are you confident?
SP: Very confident and we're thankful that the polls are showing that the race is tightening and--

FNS: Well I know very well that the campaign can be exhausting. How do you feel right now my dear?
SP: I feel so good. I feel like we're in a marathon and at the very end of the marathon, you get your second wind and you plow to the finish-

FNS: You see, I got elected in France because I'm real and you seem to be someone who's real as well.
SP: Yes, yeah, Nicolas. We so appreciate this opportunity.

FNS: You know, I see you as a president, one day, you too.
SP: Well... maybe in eight years. [laughs]

FNS: Well, ah, I hope for you. You know we have a lot in common because personally one of my favorite activities is to hunt too.
SP: Oh very good, we should go hunting together.

FNS: Exactly! We could go try hunting by helicopter, like you did, I never did that.
SP: [laugh]

FNS: Like we say in France, "on pourrait tuer des bébés phoques aussi" [We could also kill some baby seals].
SP: [laugh] Well, I think we could have a lot of fun together as we're getting work done, we can kill two birds with one stone that way.

FNS: I just love killing those animals. Mm, mm. Take away a life, that is so fun!
SP: [laugh]

FNS: I'd really love to go as long as we don't bring your Vice president Cheney.
SP: No, I'll be a careful shot, yes.

FNS: You know we have a lot in common also except that from my house I can see Belgium. That's kind of less interesting than you.
SP: Well, see, we're right next door to other countries that we all need to be working with, yes.

FNS: Some people said in the last days, and I thought that was mean, that you weren't experienced enough in foreign relations, and you know, that's completely false, that's the thing I said to my great friend, the Prime Minister of Canada, Stef Carse [a Quebecois country singer].
SP: Well, he's doing fine, too, and yeah when you come into a position underestimated, it gives you the opportunity to prove the pundits and the critics wrong. You work that much harder-

FNS: I was wondering because you are also next to him, one of my good friends, also, the prime minister of Quebec, Mr. Richard Z. Sirois, have you met him recently? Did he come to one of your rallies?
SP: Uh, haven't seen him at one of the rallies, but it's been great working with the Canadian officials in my role as governor; we have a great cooperative effort there as we work on all of our resource development projects. You know I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally and your beautiful wife - oh my goodness! You've added a lot of energy to your country, even, with that beautiful family of yours.

FNS: Thank you very much. You know my wife, Carla, would love to meet you. You know even though she was a bit jealous that I was supposed to speak to you today.
SP: [laugh] Well, give her a big hug from me.

FNS: You know my wife is a popular singer and a former top model and she's so hot in bed. She even wrote a song for you.
SP: Oh my goodness! I didn't know that.

FNS: Yes, in French, it's called "Du rouge à lèvres sur une cochonne" [Lipstick for a pig] or if you prefer in English, Joe the Plumber: [sings] "It's his life, Joe the Plumber..."
SP: Maybe she understands some of the unfair criticism but I bet you she is such a hard worker, too, and she realizes you just plow through that criticism like..

FNS: I just want to be sure, I don't quite understand the phenomenon "Joe the Plumber," that's not your husband, right?
SP: Mm-hmm, that's not my husband, but he's a normal American who just works hard and doesn't want government to take his money.

FNS: Yes, yes, I understand, we have the equivalent of Joe the Plumber in France, it's called, "Marcel, the guy with bread under his armpit," oui.
SP: Right. That's what it's all about, is the middle class, and government needing to work for them. You're a very good example for us here.

FNS: I seen a bit about NBC even Fox News wasn't an ally, an ally, sorry, about as much as usual.
SP: Yeah that's what we're up against.

FNS: I must say, Governor Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life, you know, Hustler's "Nailin Palin."
SP: Oh, good. Thank you. Yes.

FNS: That was really edgy.
SP: [laugh] Well, good.

FNS: I really love you. And I must say something, so, Governor, you've been pranked.
By the Master Avengers. We're two comedians from Montreal
SP: Oohhh, have we been pranked? And what radio station is this?

FNS: This is for CKOI in Montreal.
SP: In Montreal? Tell me the radio station call letters...

MA: Hello? If one voice can change the world for Obama, one Viagra can change the world for McCain.
Assistant: Hi, I'm sorry, I have to let you go. Um, thank you.

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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 01:10 pm
similar stunts have been pulled on many canadian politicians - and if memory serves me right , they even got the "queen of the commonwealth" on the line at one time (they are from quebec , where politics is much more part of everyday life than in the rest of canada) .


just good clean fun !

Queen Elizabeth II

In 1995, notorious Canadian prankster deejay Pierre Brassard posed as Jean Chretien, the Prime Minister of Canada, and called Buckingham Palace. To his radio audience's amazement. he managed to get through to the Queen and they had an amiable 15-minute chat regarding subjects including Quebec separatist proposals.

Pope John Paul II

Again posing as Prime Minister Chretien, Pierre Brassard called the Vatican and got through to Pope John Paul II. In the course of their conversation, "Chretien" suggested that the Pope affix a toy propeller to his beanie.
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 02:08 pm
In the moments that her crazy cluelessness didn't frighten me, I quite liked it.

She is seriously dim.

Agreed and then some.
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