Palin Brutally Punk'd by Fake French President Sarkozy

The popular Montreal comedy duo Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel, aka "The Masked Avengers" ( Les Justiciers Masqués ) are notorious for prank-calling heads of state and celebrities who take themselves a little too seriously. Surely none take themselves so seriously as Sarah Palin. She was pranked by the pair today when they social-hacked their way past security and convinced her she was speaking to Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France.

Fake Sarkozy tells Palin that his wife is "hot in bed," drops plenty of hints it's a fake call, and suggests Palin would make a good president "one day you too." She replies, "well, maybe in eight years!" Snip:

He tells Palin one of his favorite pastimes is hunting, also a passion of the 44-year-old Alaska governor.

"I just love killing those animals. Mmm, mmm, take away life, that is so fun," the fake Sarkozy says.

He proposes they go hunting together by helicopter, something he says he has never done.

"Well, I think we could have a lot of fun together while we're getting work done," Palin counters. "We can kill two birds with one stone that way."

The comedian jokes that they shouldn't bring Cheney along on the hunt, referring to the 2006 incident in which the vice-president shot and injured a friend while hunting quail.

"I'll be a careful shot," responds Palin.

Playing off the governor's much-mocked comment in an early television interview that she had insights into foreign policy because "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska," the caller tells her: "You know we have a lot in common also, because ... from my house I can see Belgium."

She replies: "Well, see, we're right next door to different countries that we all need to be working with, yes."

(...) He also tells the Alaska governor that he loved the "documentary" made about her and referred to a pornographic film with a Palin look-alike made by Hustler founder Larry Flynt. She answers tentatively, "Ohh, good, thank you, yes."
Perhaps most damning of all: at the very end of the call, despite the prank caller identifying himself as phoning in from MONTREAL, Palin tells "Bexie" as she hands the phone back that it's a "radio station from France." Don't forget to vote, folks! Coverage: Washington Post, AP via HuffPo. Here's the comedy duo's home page. (thanks, Richard Metzger)


  1. …oh my god! That was amazing! She just…went along with everything! Although I’m not sure how much you could go against/correct what he was saying, if you thought you were speaking to the president of France.

  2. I think it was a totally unfair thing to have done, but I appreciate the sentiment. I’ll wait another day or so before I believe it’s real, or not.

  3. This made me laugh. But then after thinking about it for a bit, it made me almost cry. It really, really hurt to hear how a VP candidate can talk like this.

    Sadly, this has only made me more certain that McCain-Palin cannot win.

    1. joemescher,

      Your comments all seem to contain a link to one of your blogs. Please link only to things that are closely related to the thread and add value to the discussion.

  4. Why don’t we have radio like this in Washington. They could just make rounds calling everyone on the hill.

  5. It sounds to me like she’s playing along with the joke. What did you expect her to do, get all mad and hang up the phone?

  6. Fake Sarkozy says really quick in french while he’s talking about hunting “on peut tuer les bébé phoques aussi!” or “we can kill baby seals too!”

    Poor Palin couldn’t understand 90% of what he said.

  7. I particularly like the song called “du rouge de levres sur une cochon” aka “Lipstick on a pig”

  8. Man, I hope this is real.

    Somewhere, some minor female republican functionary/intern is getting reamed right now. “You’ll never work in this party again!”

  9. From the Daily Kos:

    Some have questioned whether Palin “deserved” this prank. Kossack novelle puts it best:

    She deserved it for sitting down with no pre-conditions.

  10. I am not a Palin fan, but this entire post was so sub-par for Boing Boing.

    First, it was completely lame. Palin actually earned points in my book for providing answers that were completely innocent and at the same time seemingly informative. If you review the conversation, what did she actually say that was substantial? Nothing…

    If you ask me, the radio station only earned an award for getting through the staff who FAILED at filtering such calls. As for pwning Palin – they failed miserably.

  11. Love the post by Hal about ‘no preconditions’.

    Who in the world is handling Palin these days? Joe Biden went AWOL after the “they’re gonna test him” statement.

    From the San Francisco Gate blog –

    1. How did Palin’s staff – who never let her near reporters from outlets to the left of Hugh Hewitt — allow these wacky DJs through? FOREIGN ones at that. Shudder.

    2. Does this mean that Palin has met — without preconditions — with world leaders?

    3. Isn’t France a little too socialisty for her to be so chummy with Sarkozy?

    4. They were talking for SEVEN MINUTES! That’s longer than a Palin press availability. Who is their agent?

    5. Palin didn’t seem to have a reaction to the mention of “(H)Ustler’s Nailin’ Palin” the porno made in uh, honor, of Palin. Does she really not know that’s out there?

    1. Isn’t France a little too socialisty for her to be so chummy with Sarkozy?

      Sarkozy is France’s George W, and just about as popular. He’s trying to root out every vestige of socialism in France.

  12. @ fogez: sorry, but any presidential candidate who gushes thanks for a call from the president of France not once, but twice? Hard to picture her seeing herself as an equal if they ever need to sit down and negotiate. Bad mojo, there; dangerous for the US, I daresay. That’s not avoiding substance, it’s revealing a lack of it.

  13. Brutally pranked? Seems youre throwing that word around rather loosely…

    Agree that this “prank” only made Palin look better in my eyes..

    I suppose this joke was rejected as being too lowbrow over at, huh?

    1. I suppose this joke was rejected as being too lowbrow over at, huh?, where they have a sense of humor by the way, is busy with Hallowe’en submissions. You might want to check out that sense of humor thing. You may need it soon.

  14. relax, if the mob gets her in as president they’ll just wash off Bush’s old control box and plug it into her spine.

  15. These Masked Avengers have nailed a bunch of politicos. Who are the only ones that didn’t find it hilarious.

  16. It’s amazing the the VP candidate for the republicans doesn’t know the name of the Prime Minister of the country that is the US’s biggest trading partner, Canada?

    There’s only 2 countries that border the US and she doesn’t know the name of the Prime Minister of one of them?

    Alaska is next door to Canada, so how hard can it be to not know the name of the Canadian Prime Minister? After all, she can probably see Canada from her front door too:)

    Mrs energy expert doesn’t even know the name of the prime minister of the country that is the biggest supplier of energy to the US?

    Let alone as a her not knowing the name of the Premier of Quebec, the 2nd largest Canadian province. Or that there is no Prime Minister of Quebec, or any Canadian province they’re all called Premiers. She’s a Governor, she should know the title of her Canadian counterpart.

    It would be like a Canadian politician thinking there is a president of the state of Florida.

    All politicians get pranked, no big shame in that. The big shame is that she’s so clueless about the country next door to her. And she’s want’s to be one heart attack away from the presidency.

  17. You might say this wasn’t a “pwning,” but really, if you ask me, just getting through to a high-level (sigh) politician (sigh) of her stature (sigh) at all is impressive in and of itself. And the fact that they fooled her the whole time is even more impressive (though probably less so, considering who they’re dealing with). I’d say it qualifies as pwnage. Not “brutal,” though.

  18. @ fogez: why do all the posts claiming sympathy for these poor underdogs get prefaced with “I’m not a fan of Palin” or some such BS. I mean it happens almost every single post. Just say what’s on your mind. No need to try to legitimize yourself and set it all up for us – beating around the Bush as it were. Just stop. She made a bit of an ass of herself, poor thing. That was the point.

    I think the call sounded so suspicious from the gitgo that if she couldn’t figure it out over the course of almost 6 minutes she has not bullshit detector and therefor is useless in politics.

  19. or very useful indeed to Cheney. What? You actually believe he’ll step down if they manage to screw Obama?

  20. Brutally pranked? Seems youre throwing that word around rather loosely…

    Agree that this “prank” only made Palin look better in my eyes..

    I suppose this joke was rejected as being too lowbrow over at, huh?

    who wouldn’t think this is a ‘wonderful thing’? COME ON! ITS FUNNY!

    as for the brutality of the call, hitting the 7 minute mark on a(n obvious) prank call (to the f%$&ing VP CANDIDATE!) is brutal in my book.

    you could even change the headline to “National Election Candidate Prank Called for 7 Minutes!” and i’d STILL probably laugh before reading it.


    No way. No way. No way.

    Did you listen all the way to the end?

    She was absolutely not playing along.

  22. Please for the love of everything let’s all vote for Obama/Biden on Tuesday. If she’s in charge we should all, and I mean all of us, just move to Canada or Mexico.

    Holy crap is she dense.

  23. Also, in this context I don’t think the ‘brutal’ refers to “haha, we got the bitch!” More like “ouch, that was brutal to witness”.

    I felt an inner squirm, like when you watch the Office (UK version, more so), it’s so incredibly embarrassingly uncomfortable.

    In that context, this was indeed, brutal.

  24. Also, might I add that their impersonation was horrid. Which makes it all scarier. It’s like whoever was on the phone had a beret, a striped shirt and baguette and less talent than Pepe Le Pew.

  25. or very useful indeed to Cheney. What? You actually believe he’ll step down if they manage to screw Obama?

    The man sized safe would make a good bio-capsule for Darth Cheney if his Sith ascendant achieves the Vice Presidency.

  26. Listening to this I found it hilariously funny, maybe because I am Canadian, and numerous CBC comedians have had regular access to our politicians, and while they might not always come off the best they snicker about it nonetheless.

    It was seriously lowbrow, but honestly I think Ms. Palin was just trying to tread water with the accented english. I listen to hard quebequois accented english quite often and even I have trouble with what they are saying sometimes (as I am sure they have serious difficulties with my atrocious french) she was just kind of going along with anything she didn’t understand. Shes still a dimwit in my opinion, but her ‘going along with the conversation’ was nothing more than many other people who when the communication between people due to language differences makes it difficult to understand each other.

  27. For a radio announcer to impersonate the leader of a foreign country in order to embarrass a candidate in the election of a third country is criminal international incident, not an entertainment prank. I recommend that you copy- and-paste the text below and email it to the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission that oversees commercial broadcasting in Canada. This kind of behavior is inexcusable and deserves a fine and job termination for all involved.

    I wish to encourage your agency to take actions against the station CKOI in Montreal for permitting Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel to impersonate the President of France in an over-the-air conversation with the USA vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. For a radio announcer to pretend to be a world leader of a foreign country contacting a leading candidate in an election in a third country is a criminal international incident. This goes far beyond a simple ‘prank’ for radio entertainment. As an American citizen I encourage your agency to take actions to prevent activities of this magnitude from occurring again in the future.

    Thank you,

    Je souhaite encourager votre agence à agir contre la station CKOI à Montréal pour le Marc-Antoine laissant Audette et Sebastien Trudel pour personnifier le président de la France dans une conversation d’au-dessus-le-air avec le candidat vice-présidentiel Sarah Palin des Etats-Unis. Pour qu’un annonceur par radio feigne pour être un chef du monde d’un pays étranger contactant un principal candidat dans une élection dans un pays tiers est un incident international criminel. Ceci disparaît lointain au delà d’un ‘polisson ‘simple pour le divertissement par
    radio. Comme un citoyen américain j’encouragent votre agence à agir pour empêcher ce des activités de cette grandeur de se produire encore à l’avenir.


  28. i thought it was awfully rude (i’ve never been into morning DJ tricks), but still pretty funny that she didn’t catch on to what was going on.

    what i can’t help but wonder is if the people who feel so sorry for Palin would feel the same way had the same thing happened to Biden, or any other man. (or even Hilary, for that matter.)

    i’ve thought from the beginning that was a lot of the plan in her nomination in the first place… a lot of people would feel sorry for a woman like her and give her slack, and that would ultimately give McCain some wiggle room. have to wonder if this isn’t a bit of that “poor little lady” attitude in action.

    i don’t expect many of you to agree, but… would you feel as sorry for a man who had been punk’d like this? think about it.

    1. Criminal international incident? As long as we’re tidying up, can we give some people a fine and job termination for the Iraq War? Or this week’s bombing of civilians in Pakistan? Or Syria? Because those would fit the definition of criminal international incident a little better.

  29. “would you feel as sorry for a man who had been punk’d like this? think about it.”

    Once you step into the arena, you are already dead.

    In any case, the very idea of sympathy for a politician shows a complete lack of understanding of politics.

  30. Simonetta can you please specify the international law that this violates, and provide a link to the text of it?

    That would be an important part of any message to broadcasting authorities.

  31. ya can’t write this stuff!

    “The message of the video borrowed (and presumably watched) by Wasilla mayor Palin was this:

    Society can be transformed by mapping strongholds of demons, witches and “spirits of witchcraft”, and through driving those out through “spiritual warfare”. The result will be the almost complete cessation of crime and addiction, almost 100% Christian church membership, the growth of farm vegetables to enormous size, and a miraculous reversal of environmental degradation.”

  32. I think #36, Simonetta, is actually serious?

    I’ve thought about having a funectomy too. Simple procedure. It makes you free to say things like, “This comedy show is offensive to my sensibilities. Someone ought to file a complaint and commence an investigation into the cultural sensitivity of this act.” Incredibly good times result.

  33. Please for the love of everything let’s all vote for Obama/Biden on Tuesday. If she’s in charge we should all, and I mean all of us, just move to Canada or Mexico

    Umm, you do understand that you can’t just move to Canada, right? We actually have standards up here, eh. You’d need to achieve a suitable score on the immigration points system; speaking French for example. Being properly educated. Stuff like that.

  34. actually, I think there is more legal exposure in not immediately removing Simonetta’s post since it is advocating violation of both Canadian and American law on freedom of both press and speech. Plus it creates an angle for a civil suit.

  35. @#39 POSTED BY TAKUAN , NOVEMBER 1, 2008 9:41 PM

    Once you step into the arena, you are already dead.

    Bingo! That’s the whole nightmare of the idiocy of this. If this were a friend being pranked, whatever. Someone aspiring to the level of being one old man’s heartbeat away from running a global super power like the U.S.? She deserves the scrutiny she’s getting.

    If people don’t like this then please just go back in time to the “vetting” the McCain campaign supposedly did and really recommend they spend a wee bit more time on choosing a VP candidate.

  36. #36 Simonetta

    Sorry Simonetta, but it’s not against the law to make someone look foolish. Especially a public persona such as Sarah Palin, who, btw, doesn’t really need anyone’s help in looking foolish.

    On a completely unrelated note, as I type this, there is a cat named Simon sitting on my lap. Heehee.

  37. Wow, seven minutes, he lists fake prime ministers of canada, Nailin’ pailin’, says his wife is hot in bed, uses a bad accent. She doesn’t get it until he says, you have been Punked and then she sounds scared shitless and then tries desperately to get the call letters of the station so she can do damage control.

    This interview proves two things:

    1. Palin and staff are morons

    2. Palin apologists are delusional(“playing along” Lol)

  38. # 36

    As an American citizen I encourage you to take actions to prevent activities of this magnitude from occurring again in the future, by voting for someone that is not this utterly moronic.

    Thank you,


  39. I’m american, but I’m married to a quebecoise, and I can tell you that this is totally in line with their irreverent sense of humor. They make fun of themselves and everyone else.

    Come on, lighten up! It’s a JOKE, and it’s funny! Too bad our country is the brunt of the rest of the world’s jokes, but what do you expect with our “leaders”??

  40. @24
    Prior to his election to the office of the President, one Governor Bush, Jr., was recorded by Canadian comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS, addressing a response from “Prime Minister Jean Poutine” after the fake journalist from the comedy show disguised as a fake news show passed on Prime Minister Poutine’s support for Bush’s bid for the race. This was broadcast nationally in Canada.

    Here’s one of the incidents (Bush on the screen starting at 1:40):

    I’m unable to find an online copy of the second incident, a more formal interview where Bush actually says the words “Prime Minister Poutine”.

    Us Canadians may not be surprised that Palin appears to know squat about her neighbours.

    (Bonus: Watch this clip until at least 1:20 to hear Mike Huckabee get tricked into making a very dumb statement about Canada by the same crew: )

  41. I can’t get over how saccharine and servile she sounded. Dripping with phoniness is the only way I could describe it, but at the same time terrifyingly naive considering how close she is to becoming arguably the most power person on the planet.

    She did have a word to say about the working man, and, despite her tone, I thought it was sincere. She is not evil, just very, very dumb, and that is almost as bad.

    She must accept, with child like faith, one of the central tenets of the right that the only way to help the poor is to give as much as possible to the rich–a proposition which is, on its face absurd. I guess the only reason Republicans feel that taxes are necessary at all would be to keep wars and prisons going. In any case, the sincerely held views of people like Palin and others on the right reminded me of something Pascal once wrote:

    “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.”

  42. I’ll be glad when this election is over. Boing Boing will (hopefully) return to its old self, without the incessant dirt-digging on Palin. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of hers, but it’s all rather wearing. Running stories like the one about Palin getting that guy improperly sacked make a lot of sense; but ones like this one and the ‘redistributor’ story – it’s all a bit much.

  43. She did have a word to say about the working man, and, despite her tone, I thought it was sincere. She is not evil, just very, very dumb, and that is almost as bad.

    I agree with you insofar as I think Palin is usually trying to do what she thinks is right and that she’s very, very dumb. I’m not sure her “word about the working man” was particularly benevolent, though. The way she emphasized the word “normal” in “he’s a normal American” definitely seemed to imply that there are a lot of abnormal Americans out there to watch out for. That might be harmless coming from someone who hadn’t just very publicly made an explicit distinction between “real Americans” and Americans who don’t live in small towns, but not Palin did say that. When she says “he’s a normal American,” I don’t hear concern for the working man (or, ahem, woman). I hear hatred and fear of people who are “different.”

  44. #48 tim , November 1, 2008 10:08 PM

    Umm, you do understand that you can’t just move to Canada, right? We actually have standards up here, eh. You’d need to achieve a suitable score on the immigration points system; speaking French for example. Being properly educated. Stuff like that.

    Exactly, so the US shouldn’t dismiss the whole ‘close to Russia’ thing just yet – there might a backup option here. Send a few Google street view vans over and check the place out.

    “On the bridge to Ruuuuuusssiaaaaaaa, I wish you’d fall but not drown….”

  45. Palin is taking the art of Giggling About Jokes to new heights. That is, in some way, quite amazing. She could become one of the most powerful persons on the planet – would she still giggle then?
    (quietly enjoying my zen moment – if Palin hears a man joke in the forest and does not giggle would the joke still be bad?)

  46. The best part is that they couldn’t get her to hang up before they ran out of material.

    I think McCain must be a secret Obama supporter. Why else would the 72 year-old candidate choose such an obvious ditz as VP.

  47. It’s the subtext that’s disturbing: he’s a foreigner. He talks funny. He’s from France. So it’s believable that the President of France, a world leader, would make such inappropriate comments.

    It just shows how truly unprepared she really is for the job she wants. That’s she appears to be ignorant of the leadership of one of the very countries that she claims gives her some sort of foreign policy experience is even more telling.

    Also too, it’s difficult to have sympathy for her considering some of the things she’s said on the stump.

  48. #63 –
    If this had happened to Obama/Biden, it’d be just as funny, and I’d expect it to show up here just as well.
    But I’d imagine that Obama/Biden would get the joke, hang up, or refuse the call outright (or their staff would).

    The really sad thing here is that Palin was literally one step away from the “common man” as it were. Someone called her aide, then spoke to her right away. That was it. No other middle-men, no fact-checkers, none of that.

  49. HOW on earth could she think it was a real call!! She must think Pepe Le Peu is the president of France… the saddest part is that she thinks she will be a national, republican political figure in years to come and she is a lightweight as this call proves. Somewhere along the line people told her she could do “anything” or be anything and she was stupid (or arrogant) enough to believe it. I don’t like her but I cringed for her. Ouch!!

  50. Rleass @ 71 + 72 – I get “yC3ns0r3dyB1Th3
    M1n1styr10fyTr00th” – i assume you meant “C3ns0r3d B1 Th3
    M1n1str1 0f Tr00th” – should’ve researched it b3tt3r – disemvowelling here leaves the ‘y’s intact. :)

  51. rleass @ 74 – much better – but i believe you can leave the gaps in too, you know, for l3g1b1l1ty… although maybe you want to disguise the gaps with dashes or underscores? in case they catch on…

  52. What I think is interesting is that while the story is now being covered by television news networks, none of them mention the “Nailin’ Palin” part…

  53. crytallyn @ 77 – that ~is~ interesting, perhaps behind the scenes they’re all fighting over the exclusive screening rights?

  54. That’s a good one. And that’s comments Sarkozy could actually have done, he’s not so different from Palin except that he’s maybe more intelligent and way more aggressive.

  55. I got the impression she was just going along with it, waiting for the joke to run out of steam. She remained psychologically closed throughout the call, and just allowed the caller to babble at her until he ran out of things to say. Then she wouldn’t hang up, which made it awkward for the prankster.

    I’m not a McCain/Palin supporter, but I do think it’s wrong to pull a weak prank like this, then basically high-five each other for days afterward.

  56. “Or that there is no Prime Minister of Quebec, or any Canadian province they’re all called Premiers.”

    Actually that was more a case of Franglais than a line to make her look foolish. In French both the Prime Minister and provincial Premiers are called “Premier Ministre”. Which literally translates as First Minister. So it’s not really surprising that in the heat of the moment a franco would slip up and call them by the same name.
    BTW I think the whole thing is LOLriffic. I’m glad that Québec is keeping up André-Philippe Gagnon’s work.

  57. That was hilarious!
    And I don’t think that the accent was really all that difficult to understand.

    Bravo to Audette and Trudel.

  58. @ 36

    The only reason I’d contact the station would be to congratulate the two guys for pulling off such a sweeeet prank! I just cannot believe how long she went with it. Canadians (especially Quebecers) have a solid sense of humour. Lighten up. And Antinous pretty much nailed it on the head: If you really want to write complaint letters, there are so many better reasons to do so.

    That prank pretty much reinforced my own impression of Palin: That she’s not necessarily a bad, evil person, just an incredibly, hopelessly dumb one. It’s like she gets on auto pilot when she talks instead of truly pondering on the conversation at hand and appropriate answers. She gets into these enthusiastic, breathless tirades but makes no sense.

    I wonder how long it would have been until she gushed at her next rally that the French President personally called her with encouragements. Since the callers told her it was a prank, we can only wonder.

  59. @ #36 posted by Simonetta

    Brillant! Reminds me of the time some Québécois comedians called Jacques Chirac impersonating the Prime Minister. Jacques Chirac fell for it, and when he later figured out it was a prank, took it as all in good fun.

    So, if you want to sue these comedians for calling Palin, why weren’t you making any noise when Chirac was pranked, huh?

  60. # 62

    “She did have a word to say about the working man, and, despite her tone, I thought it was sincere. She is not evil, just very, very dumb, and that is almost as bad.”

    What is evil other then the combination of stupidity and certainty?

  61. All politicians are celebrities; and it would seem the other way around as well. Oh well, media exposure makes you fair game. Too bad she wasn’t paying more attention.

  62. I want to learn more about Sarkozy’s “special American advisor” Johnny Holiday. 1-minute into the video, and about half as long into the actual conversation…c’mon, they practically asked her if her refrigerator was running! Idiot.

  63. I read half of the comments before I listened to the clip and developed a slight sense of sympathy for her since a prank call “could happen to everyone”, but having heard the clip I just despise her even more than I did before.

    Let’s consider the fact that she is being called up by one of the most powerful leaders of the world and she doesn’t actually have anything to say to him. She lets ‘Sarkozy’ do all of the talking and merely quips back with some details about the campaign so far.
    She shows no knowledge of the relations between the two countries (i.e. G8, NATO etc) and does not refer to a single policy issue. Instead she merely says that her and McCain “loves” him without stating why.

  64. To RJ @ 84

    “I got the impression she was just going along with it, waiting for the joke to run out of steam.”

    That is of course possible, but it still proves her as a dimwit since any intelligent politician could have revealed a prank caller by showing superior knowledge about politics and international relations between the US and France (or Canada for that matter).

  65. @95
    You might be right. Or maybe she just figured she’d remain as blank as possible in order to deflate the situation. It’s rather ambiguous, either way. I was just underwhelmed by the prank, more than anything. It was a good effort, but it didn’t really get the payoff I would’ve liked to see.

  66. The AWESOMENESS of this prank cannot be understated. You can totally tell she is pissed at the end!!! BWAHAHAHAAAA!!! This woman is DUMBER than a bag of rocks. Back to Alaska with you. Just go, go ,GO ALREADY!!!

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  68. One really can’t ask for a better example of a wholly mediated and managed person. She’s emptied herself of every aspect of individual will, thought, reflection, and replaced it wholesale with a patchwork of stereotypes and pre-recorded soundbites. She is nothing and everything vile, all at the same time.

  69. #93 Johnny Halliday is a French rocker and actor who started his career in the ’60s and still performs. He is extremely famous in the Francophone world, but practically unknown outside it.

  70. Ooooohh…I just noticed something. If you listen really close at the end when she asks for the radio station call letters…. she says “For chirssake….” I’m sorry but isin’t that like taking the lord’s name in vain or something? Not very Christian is it? It will be great to isolate her reaction at the end…tone down the audio of the pranksters so we can catch the rest…I think she even say’s something like it’s “some radio station in France”…..does she not know Montreal is in Canada!?!?!

  71. Boingboing celebrates “brutal punking” of the opposition. But don’t you dare make the slightest snarky comments about their chosen candidates.

    Boy I can’t wait for this election to be over. The ugliness is really becoming disturbing and sad.

  72. Hello? Sarah Palin has five children and she cannot sew? How can she dress them for church? What, does she buy them clothes with her $150,000 clothes allowance? I bet the jezabel doesn’t even pay tithe on it. What church is she a member of? Heathen?

  73. Politicians are public domain.
    The moment you accept that responsibility you shove a mike down your throat, and a knife up your back.

    Here in Canada we get it.
    Politicians can, will, and must be tested in every way possible.
    If they’re going to represent me, they’d better be quick on their feet.

  74. Dang. By the time I’d read down the thread to around #70, rleass’ posting had already been expurgated. I always miss out on the fun angrynoise…

    On topic, however, faaah-haaaw-quin’ classic humor! Vous avez fait très bien, messieurs!

  75. #101 — The ugliness? You’ve got to be kidding. Spare me. Ugly is equating trying to help poor people with being Joe Stalin. Ugliness is taking the most tenuous connection and having it equal that someone running for the President of the United States is a terrorist. Ugliness is blaming black folks for the current housing meltdown. Ugliness are commercials by Liz Dole saying her opponent doesn’t believe in God! Disgusting. Ugliness is calling concerned moms about guns — Morons. Ugliness is turning a grieving mother, Cindy Sheehan into a hate bullseye. Ugliness is turning a war veteran into a coward, and a person who avoided the war into a hero for flying a “dangerous” test plane. Ugliness is telling the votes of S.C. that John McCain has a black baby, and then the prize for true ugliness goes to McCain — for hiring those people to run your campaign. Your tactic of borrowing our arguments and attaching them to your own weak ones grows tedious.

  76. This campaign has now dragged on for two years. And look at what we’ve got for all that trouble and money, hand-wringing and name-calling, careful consideration of crappy alternatives.

    Clearly we’d be be better off if we just let the Canadians lead our country for 10 or 20 years. Then we could call them and make El-snore jokes. And complain. Beaucoup.

    They just keep chugging along, decade after decade, without all the horror and misery. It’s their turn.

    1. Clearly we’d be be better off if we just let the Canadians lead our country for 10 or 20 years.

      I’m not seeing the upside for them in that arrangement.

  77. @101 Ernunnos , November 2, 2008 10:15 AM

    Methinks Obama would not fall for this as he seems astute. At worst he would handle it like Tony Blair, not like Caribou Barbie.

  78. Note the name of Sarkozy’s “assistant” who connects the two “world leaders”: Franck L’ouvrier – Franck the (blue-collar) worker.

    And Sarkozy’s US specialist, Johnny Halliday, was born Jean-Philippe Smet.

  79. I have to say I think any of us could be socially engineered. I mean how many people give their credit card #s to fraudsters every year?
    In anycase this did get to the refrigerator running point pretty fast . . . sigh.

  80. In a recent survey, it appeared that 70% of the Canadians would like to see Obama win, 1% for McCain and the rest asked what was a US.

    I’d say that those two guys just voted.


  81. I really abhor the thought of Sarah Palin in the White House and I don’t think much of her as a person either, but I didn’t find this prank funny or damning of her in any way. I can enjoy a good phone prank, but this wasn’t one of them.

  82. I didn’t find the call funny, I found it astonishing. It was painful to listen to, but it sure wasn’t wrong or unethical or illegal! It was a public service.

    I’m pretty flabbergasted by the number of posters popping up here saying this was wrong to do, or that they think better of Palin because of it, or that she was playing along. Get real guys. I know that goes against the grain of the folks who support the current administration, but GET REAL.

    And just because someone is stupid, and Palin is certainly that, does not mean she is not dangerous.

    I did have a good laugh from the thread. Caribou Barbie? I love it! Perfect. Does she come with her own helicopter and high-powered rifle? Now there’s a must have gift for the little neocon moppet on your holiday list.

  83. I cannot think of a single adult I know personally who wouldn’t have been more professional on that phone call. How could that person reasonably represent any group of citizens, no matter how small or remote the community? I have been feeling more and more pity for Alaskans as time goes on, because they’re the ones who (hopefully) are going to be stuck with her in a few days.

    Even worse than the idea that an “average” American is qualified to be VP is the truly horrifying reality that this level of ignorance represents “average” in our country.

    *face buried in hands*

  84. At least this proves that she talk in complete sentences. I heard none of the verb-depleted run-ons she used in the debates and interviews.

  85. #99

    I agree, I hear what sounds like “fer chrissake” and “some radio station in France”.

    Anybody out there able to clarify these details properly?

  86. Lauren O @55, if you really mean that, my first-approximation short answer is that privilege infallibly puts incompetents into positions for which they’re not qualified.

    Simonetta @36, Dewynken @58, I give you Mike Huckabee Congratulates Canada on Preserving Its National Ice Igloo, and Tom Vilsack Congratulates Canada on Its New 24-Hour Clock System. (They woofed Kathleen Sibelius, too, but that segment isn’t up on YouTube.) Simonetta, do please notice that neither Rick Mercer nor his show, Talking to Americans, have been busted.

    Gammablog @69, Obama and McCain both gamble. Obama plays poker. McCain is a high-stakes crapshooter. He’s got a long history of impulsive decisions. It’s also possible that he simply didn’t care.

    Anonymous @71, I suspect Audette and Trudel are aware that the McCain/Palin campaign organization is increasingly chaotic.

    Sammich @73-80, that was nicely done. If we gave out awards, I’d give you one on the spot.

    RJ @82: Yes, RJ, you’re not a Palin supporter, but.

    Ernunnos @101, pointless partisan snark gets you nowhere. Funny conquers all.

    Goldmatenes @103: True. Other countries do it as well, and the United States used to do it. The idea that we have to treat our elected officials like we’re peasants and they’re the gentry is new, and deeply unAmerican. I hope we can cast it off.

    JPhilby @108, I’m quite happy with one set of the current alternatives. The really embarrassing period was when we had Reagan and they had Trudeau. The Great Communicator’s handlers had standing orders to keep them from having unscripted interactions. (See also, Pirouette à la Reine; fuddle-duddle; “Just watch me.”)

    Pipenta @115: I’m astonished. I wish I were more astonished. A few thoughts while listening to that: First, after all the gaffes she’s made, why isn’t she keeping a laptop with wireless router to hand at all times, with tabs open to Google and Wikipedia?

    Second, it’s obvious she can’t follow everything they’re saying. Why is she faking it in that girly way, instead of telling them to please slow down, she’s having trouble understanding them? That’s not the response of someone who understands the responsibilities of high office.

    Third, U.S. political journalists haven’t been trying hard enough.

  87. Finish that thought, Teresa. I’d like to read exactly why you’re taking me to task for being unsatisfied with this prank.

    Tell me the correct way to think. Unless, of course, you were just venting.

  88. In contrast to this kind of bushwhack Borat humor, I saw Mort Sahl last night. He’s for Obama, though he described him as a black man as assembled by white people, which is pretty funny. Mort doesn’t think much of Palin’s politics. Neither do I. She’s not cut out for national office. But I admire her climb. State champ basketball player, beauty queen, outdoorsman, commercial fisherman, Mom, mayor, governor, a woman who walks her talk in terms of acting on her own values with the little baby. I think Camille Paglia nailed her (in print) when she described Palin as offering a new type of muscular feminism. An interesting counterpoint to the more intellectual Sarah Lawrence Woman’s Studies type. Palin was stupid for taking McCain’s bait to be his token female attack dog against a popular candidate, so this kind of humiliating prank and more comes with the territory. I don’t feel sorry for her at all. She hunts. She knows what fair game is.

  89. @#48 POSTED BY TIM , NOVEMBER 1, 2008 10:08 PM

    Umm, you do understand that you can’t just move to Canada, right?

    I have a truck. And a desire. And the hope that if somehow she does get into office Canada and Mexico will add a “Yeah, we understand… It’s cool. You know computers?” clause to their immigration requirements.

  90. I agree with everything Fogez says.
    I respect Palin more now (and I’m a liberal). She also shows in this so-called “prank”, that politicians and rulers of the world aren’t demons behind closed doors in cahoots against the innocent populace. Talking to whom she thinks is the real French President, she is a normal person and says nothing the rest of us wouldn’t say if presented with such a conversation. And most of all she comes across as nice. And nice is the new black.

  91. so, you are bright enough to be a`doctor, yet call yourself a “liberal” while in the same breath supporting someone who is basically an avowed fascist and racist? And you think amiable incompetence is qualification for high office?

    1. Are there organizations called Longtime Liberals for Palin or Obama’s Biggest Supporters for McCain? Because they sure seem to make a lot of comments here, boy howdy.

  92. FYI, as far as the Nailin’ Palin thing goes trust me it’s more of a turn off than on; my wife went as a convincing Sarah Palin for Halloween, first prize at the office and she got a lot of double takes every where we went, but it just ended up freaking me out. Even after taking down the colored hair, removing makeup, and getting out of the damn pantsuit it still took a while to get the image out of my mind. Most of her old neighborhood we hit with the kids are Palin fans, they loved her, but I’m still trying to forget.

  93. a timely and useful warning Mr. Nail. Unless of course you are into exploration of limits in a corporal context.

  94. @Teller – Palin offers us gals a new type of “muscular feminism” you say? Here is some news for you: There have always been women that live in rural areas, hunt, fish, fix mechanical things, ride dirt bikes, snowmachines, and do the stuff that dudes do without wondering if it fits within the guidelines of a brand of feminism.
    And um no…we are not in the least impressed with this “new feminism” that Palin is offering. Paglia didn’t so much ‘nail her’ in print; more like perform a vigorous, adoring tongue bath.
    I am left wondering if Paglia may someday reread her work after the honeymoon is over and notice how silly it came off to many readers of all types.

  95. In response to Wbb882:

    What they said: “mettre du rouge à lèvre sur cochonne”, doesn mean “putting lipstick on a pig. “Cochonne” is French slang (French from Québec, where Montréal is, and not French from France) for “naughty” (in a sexual way), as in “that girl is naughty!.

    So the translation reads: “Putting lipstick on a naughty girl”.

    For those of you who doubt the veracity of this prank, know that these guys have been doing this for ten years and you can find their material everywhere. They’ve pranked presidents and prime ministers from around the world like Nicolas Sarkozy et Jacques Chirac, and also celebrities like Paul McCartney, Britney Spears, Tiger Woods and Bill Gates.

    They will be on the ABC Monday morning show and maybe on other networks during the day and evening.

  96. Marcel The Guy With A Loaf of Bread Under His Armpit understands the needs of the working French, but has recently been outed as operating without a license. Coincidence?

  97. The one good thing about Palin’s candidacy and this little episode is that it should put to rest, once and for all, the dumb blonde jokes.

    I bet they could have fooled her even if they did a video conference, as long as they dressed appropriately. I would’ve loved to see her try one of her patented street-walker eye-winks on these guys.

  98. RJ, I wasn’t taking you to task. I was observing that on some issues, you’re just a wee tad bit predictable. I will not have a quarrel with you about it. If you try to have a quarrel about it, I will pat you on the head and say, “There, there.”

    Takuan, thank you. I love Sinfest.

    Teller @125, my first thought when they wheeled her out at the RNC was that the right had once again gotten a woman to do the dirty work and the heavy lifting.

    I don’t think I’d like her personally. I’ve read a lot of her backstory, and the impression I get is that a walk in the ocean of her soul wouldn’t get my ankles wet. That doesn’t mean I can’t see that she’s been misused. When she got tapped, she was a newbie governor with what looked like a promising future. They turned her into a strictly partisan attack dog, which is going to be a lot harder for her to get re-elected Governor of Alaska.

    That’s a lousy career move. Politicians have salaried jobs they can keep even when they go through spells of being boring, assuming they’re good at being reelected. Their expenses get reimbursed. People come to them. Attack dogs are essentially entertainers: only as good as their recent numbers, and constantly in danger of being superseded by someone more charismatic.

    Druranium @133, thank you for saying that. My granny was just like that, adjusting for being born in Arizona Territory in the oughts, and I don’t recall Republicans ever thinking she made an inspiring political icon.

    If Camille Paglia were capable of noticing when she’s saying silly things, she’d have died of it by now.

    Anonymous @134, I just want the skinny on how they do it.

    Takuan @140:

  99. Teresa, sometimes after I read your comments/critiques I think that I should ask you first before I make any big decisions in my life. Just sayin . . .

  100. AGF, I’ve gotten some close looks at electoral politics, but mostly you can chalk it up to all the years I spent working in publishing.

    Ever hear of the Iron Law of Fame?

    1. Ever hear of the Iron Law of Fame?

      The one that says that nobody who was in the 1980 film would ever work in movies again?

  101. Druranium. Paglia may regret the tongue bath. But I thought her piece had merit by challenging ideological constraints of feminism.

    Teresa. Nice ocean/soul/ankles metaphor. Now stolen.

  102. Ah, Canadian comedians VS politicians.

    The politicians never win. Ever. It’s like clubbing baby seals, except without the cute factor, the gore, and the cold. So, not actually much like clubbing baby seals, but whatever.

    That said, I don’t take any Canadian federal politician seriously until they’ve been lampooned on one of CBC’s comedy shows, and my respect for them is directly tied to how they handle themselves when they *appear* in person on the same shows. :)

  103. hai, hai, mukashi mukashi

    Go placidly amid the noise and waste,
    and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.
    Avoid quiet and passive persons, unless you are in need of sleep.
    Rotate your tires.
    Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself
    and heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys
    Know what to kiss… and when.
    Consider that two wrongs never make a right… but that three do.
    Wherever possible, put people on hold.
    Be comforted that in the face of all erridity and disallusionment,
    and despite the changing fortunes of time,
    there is always a big future in computer maintainance.

    Remember the Pueblo.
    Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle, and mutilate.
    Know yourself. If you need help, call the FBI.
    Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
    especially with those persons closest to you…
    that lemon on your left, for instance.
    Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
    would scarcely get your feet wet.
    Fall not in love, therefore; it will stick to your face.
    Gracefully surrender the things of youth,
    birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan,
    and let not the sands of time get in your lunch.
    Hire people with hooks.
    For a good time call 606-4311. Ask for Ken.
    Take heart amid the deepening gloom
    that your dog is finally getting enough cheese,
    and reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot,
    it could only be worse in Milwaukee.

    You are a fluke of the Universe.
    You have no right to be here,
    and weather you can hear it or not,
    the Universe is laughing behind your back.

    Therefore, make peace with your god,
    whatever you conceive him to be:
    hairy thunderer or cosmic muffin.
    With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal,
    the world continues to deteriorate.

    Give up

  104. e to ne,
    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.

    Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

  105. @82 RJ: She really has that much spare time on her hands? Just sit there, listen, gaff it up, and then let the joke run out. How perfectly tolerant of her. What a good sport and all around lovely human being.

    “I’m not a McCain/Palin supporter” but I play one on the internet.

  106. “My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood. The ’80s were about acquiring — acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn’t I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn’t I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don’t know who will lead us through the ’90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul.”

  107. @wirelizard (~150) — reminds me of the incredibly creepy manner in which harper made a sandwich for rick mercer, before putting him to bed very early in the evening. The man managed to look simultaneously more human and more terrifying than i’d previously seen him.

  108. About stupid stuff I just read above, the truth is that Obama is seating on the right of Sarkozy

    And France is seriously a communist country with
    such thing as “Ligue Communiste révolutionnaire”
    or “Parti communiste Français”…

    Everything on the left of Sarkozy wouldn’t be acceptable in USA

    Political Standart are so NOT compatible between Europe and USA. And each country has his own priority.

    France need to work more to pay is out of control expensive social protection and USA need social unity behind a new young leader to RE create the USA we love…( Open, generous, not thinking about war and wheapon crap all the time, negociating, respecting the rest of the world…)

    The french socialist party is always critical with no solution, no leader, VERY VERY sectarian,
    so old-school…

    Sarkozy, family from immigration, put for the first time in a french gouvernment black and north african origin people that is great and a big deal in France is critized by the socialist party that is jealous and full of 50 years old WASP and did nothing against Jean-Marie LE PEN (right extremism) for 20 years. Sarkozy destroyed
    LE PEN by himself.

    Sarkozy and Obama would work so well together.

  109. I reckon none of these Palinites would be cheering if Obama were stupid enough to fall for something like this. Seriously, get some senses of humor already.

    Not like Sarah Palin has much of one, but still. “Fer Chrissakes!” Hilarious.

  110. France is socialist … if I was convinced that people in the US had an educated and useful understanding of the word, and the position on the political spectrum that its philosophy represents, I’d be more convinced of their capability to use it.

    As it is, the usage is coming across as empty jeers, egged on by years of Republican training. Fuelled by beer?

    An awareness of world affairs – something that the average plumber in Copenhagen has in spades, when compared to the average plumber in Minnesota – would allow them to realise that Sarkozy is further right-wing than Bush, and bordering on extremism.

    France has traditionally been socialist, but note it’s a G8 economy AND its banks are doing rather better than American banks.

    Besides, what’s wrong with balanced socialism? Drive on a wonderful French highway and you start to see some benefits!

  111. Walter, it never ceases to amaze me, the contempt with which ‘socialism’ is thrown around in the US.

  112. It amazes me that the Palin fans even know about BoingBoing…..I always think of us as a home for smart, intellectual people with a great sense of humor…..not things I equate with Palin fans.

  113. Takuan, the fact that you got personal confirms to me that you are a knee-jerk liberal. So I thought I would reciprocate. Knee-jerk liberalism does not become you. You should try to be objective before applying your liberal values, as do most of us here being unfairly labelled Palin-McCain supporters. I await your hyperbole. With little interest.

  114. It should not be that easy to prank call a woman who is running for the second highest office in the American government. Wow. I really hope that after tomorrow, she will go back to being the unheard of governor of Alaska.

  115. Palin has an unfortunate illness – Fameandgreed. It’s addictive, and she’ll be back for more. However, with Obama in situ, as we must all wish for, perhaps the political environment will be more level in four years time, and we can indeed wave at ex-Governor Palin in Alaska.

    Or, if she fancies boning up on her foreign affairs, she could wave to the Russians.

    Anyhow – happy waving is what we all want.

  116. well, she didn’t say anything foolish, she was nice to the man, she showed all of us how she would handle a phone conversation with another politician. Of course it is a really bad feeling to get pranked, but if she looks back at the conversation she will realize it actually went well. OK, she licked some a**, but hey, that’s what you do, when you are “honored” by a president’s phonecall. I mean people talk like this with their boss calling, nonetheless the president. (sorry if nonetheless is not the correct word..English is not my mother tongue..nor my second language as a matter of fact..)
    so I think noone deserves to get pranked, but she was cute. and I don’t know her. I don’t follow politics, especially in other countries on other continents, unless it is showed in my face through the news :) that is my mistake I guess..
    so this is what I think..again..a very hippy comment..but that’s how I am. you can hate me for it, or be annoyed, I don’t mind. But keep it to yourself please. there is no need to attack me just for my thoughts. thank you.

  117. if your chosen leaders are stupid, ignorant, weak, dishonest and lazy, then your life will become worse when they deal with other people’s leaders that are smart, educated, strong, honest and hardworking.

    Not all people get to choose their leader. Choose wisely.

  118. This is definitely a fake. Perhaps the closing comments were real, or something of the sort, but a lot of the earlier responses seem canned or very ambiguous. I’m betting on copied voice clips, though I can’t explain the final bit.

  119. DrUranium @ #134:

    @Teller – Palin offers us gals a new type of “muscular feminism” you say? Here is some news for you: There have always been women that live in rural areas, hunt, fish, fix mechanical things, ride dirt bikes, snowmachines, and do the stuff that dudes do without wondering if it fits within the guidelines of a brand of feminism.

    Even some of us urban-type feminists know how to fix mechanical things, do household/handyman repairs, drive competently yet aggressively in heavy traffic, and drink most men under the table (non-froufrou drinks, please). I am so sick of the negative stereotypical labels describing only a small subset of a small subset of women…especially when they come from other women (like Paglia).

    And um no…we are not in the least impressed with this “new feminism” that Palin is offering. Paglia didn’t so much ‘nail her’ in print; more like perform a vigorous, adoring tongue bath.

    That last sentence wins the thread!

    I am left wondering if Paglia may someday reread her work after the honeymoon is over and notice how silly it came off to many readers of all types.

    Paglia? Please. Why would this nonsense out of her mouth embarrass her more than any of the other things she’s said?

  120. @172

    Yes I also thought it was fake- I could tell by the accents and also I’ve seen a few radio pranks in my time.

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