Posted by: dinainsuburbia | September 25, 2008

wow, I actually feel a little BAD for Sarah Palin.

Yes, she’s not my favorite person.  And I think her “photo op” tour around NYC the past day is ridiculous.  That said, her photo-op with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari left me seeing red.

Here’s a blurb from a Cnn.com story you can find here.

Pakistan’s recently-elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, entered the room seconds later. Palin rose to shake his hand, saying she was “honored” to meet him.

Zardari then called her “gorgeous” and said: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.”

“You are so nice,” Palin said, smiling. “Thank you.”

A handler from Zardari’s entourage then told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras.

“If he’s insisting, I might hug,” Zardari said. Palin smiled politely.

While Palin certainly doesn’t have the level of experience we’d expect or demand in a potential VP, I dare say (even though I’m not voting for her) that she is more than just a pretty face.  It just sort of pissed me off that Zardari would reduce her worth to a pretty face, a good hair-do, and expensive glasses.  I would think that type of pass is a political no-no…. in any culture.

I’m actually shocked that I am upset by this whole thing- considering that I so desperately want her to lose… but I just get this feeling that if women want to aspire to a high-office of any kind (whether in government or in business) they have to dress matronly and hide all the beautiful aspects of themselves.  Why can’t we look good and be in power at the same time?  Why do we have to get a nasty Hillary hair-do and where bad business suits to do so?

Ugh- the whole thing annoys me to no end.

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  1. Because men simply can’t control themselves. The onus is entirely on them. That’s why I bristle at any religion that requires women to cover up, be it orthodox Judaism, fundy Mormons or certain branches of Islam.

    Let the men bump around all day blindfolded if they can’t keep their wits about them in the presence of beauty. Or make them wear ball gags and chastity belts. See how they like it for a change.

    I feel badly for Palin in regards to the above encounter, but also in regards to how her own campaign has been trotting her around like a show pony to the point of only wanting cameras present at her interviews with heads of state and foreign dignitaries.

    If that doesn’t say, “No, no. She’s just eye candy. You don’t need to hear what she has to say…” I don’t know what does.

  2. You need to look at Zardari’s history. Most of America does not know him. It is good Zardari on this occasion exposed himself; let me tell you a bit more about him:

    He is probably the most corrupt politician in Pakistan and comes from a feudal Sindhi family, where women generally receive little or no respect as human beings. Zardari is not well educated and is well-known throughout Pakistan as “Mr. 10%” for demanding 10% kickbacks on all major government contracts when his wife was Prime Minister. Moreover, he has always been a playboy figure, never being faithful to his own wife and, currently, strongly suspected of having an affair with Sherry Rahman, Pakistan’s Information Minister (who was also present in the meeting between Palin and Zardari).

    He cannot even pretend to be a decent man when representing Pakistan. As a Pakistan I feel utterly ashamed and embarrassed at Zardari’s encounter with Palin and hope you do not judge all Pakistanis based on this corrupt moron.


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