New Hampshire is in the NorthwestIs it unfair to include this error, which could easily be just a slip of the tongue rather than a pernicious misstatement or a falsehood borne of ignorance? Probably. But it's a geography fact, and Sarah Palin got it wrong publicly. Plus I like 13 list items more than 12. So it stays!
During a 2008 campaign stop in Laconia, New Hampshire, Palin elicited some boos and jeers from the crowd when she referred to the Granite State as part of America's "Great Northwest."
No, wait, check that...reverse it...
Afghanistan and the US are NeighborsThis one is just flat-out puzzling. At a fundraiser in San Francisco in October of 2008, Palin paused to praise and honor the US troops currently deployed in Afghanistan. She said:
"They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan."
As she was presently in San Francisco, as opposed to, say, Islamabad, one can be forgiven for assuming she was referring to the United States. Which clearly does not border Afghanistan, unless Mexico and Afghanistan decided to quietly switch places and not tell anyone. (Be honest...this is not a bad screenplay idea...)
Many VPs Had Never Met a Head of State Before Taking OfficePalin had her first significant sit-down interview after accepting the VP nomination with ABC News on September 11th, 2008. During the interview, she was asked about meeting foreign heads of state. Palin responded that she was just one of many VP candidates who had never met a foreign head of state before running on the presidential ticket:
"I have not, and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you."
It turns out, this is not just false, but spectacularly so. In the last 32 years, EVERY vice president had met with a foreign head of state before taking office. Every one. In fact, since WWII, the only VP likely to share Palin's lack of familiarity with meeting heads of state was Spiro Agnew. And we all know how well HIS tenure as VP worked out. Well, maybe Sarah Palin doesn't. (Sarah, he resigned from office after pleading no contest to not reporting 1967 income to the IRS!)
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