sarahpalinonpprah 290 Oprah: Sarah Palin talks Levi Johnston, Katie Couric, Thanksgiving

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin finally had her say on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Monday (Nov. 16).

She was clear to Lady O that since stepping down from public office she’s been “reloading, not retreating.”

Of course, Palin did not give a definitive answer about running for the presidential office in 2012 and she shied away from questions about getting her own talk show. However Palin did spill a slew of remarks about the presidential campaign, the Katie Couric interview and the boy who was supposed to be her son-in-law, Levi Johnston.

As daughters Piper and Bristol watched in the audience, Palin admits that she doesn’t think she’s to blame for losing the race, any more than she could be credited for winning the race, had the votes gone John McCain’s way.

Why she thinks their presidential ticket lost:

“The economy tanked under a Republican administration. People were sincerely looking for change and were concerned about the road we were on with the economy and did not want the status quo — unfortunately our ticket was perceived as status quo,” said Palin.

Having been told to stay on script constantly during the campaign, Palin attests that the handlers were just doing what they were hired to do.

“Though my team, the VP candidate’s team — my handlers, if you will — we never did find that script, so we couldn’t really stay on script,” she tells Oprah.

On the Katie Couric interview:
Palin wishes she didn’t roll her eyes and allow annoyance to show during the Katie Couric interview segments in which she was specifically asked what newspapers and magazines she read to stay informed and understand the world.

“I took it in the context as ‘Do you read?’ Are you kidding me? It was like she was discovering a nomadic Neanderthal tribe in a cave in Alaska,” Palin says. “I said this is the problem with the state of journalism today — no matter what I say to her, it will be twisted and perceived as negative … her agenda was to not show me in the best light. If people only know me from that interview, I don’t blame them for  thinking I was not qualified, ill prepared.”

On Bristol’s pregnancy, Levi Johnston and the media:

Palin also cites her naivete in thinking the media would leave her family alone during the campaign. She recalls Bristol’s phone call to her when the pregnancy was revealed to the nation.

“Bristol was quite devastated and embarrassed,” she tells Oprah. “That news shouldn’t have been a top news story and we did not want to send the message that we’re giddy happy to become grandparents.”

When the news leaked, Palin did say she thought the matter showed the realism in a normal American family.

“I did get a D, 22 years ago in a college course, I thought that was going to be the extent of the controversy in Sarah Palin’s life,” she adds.

That was of course, before Levi Johnston started working his 15 minutes of fame. Or as Palin calls him “Ricky Hollywood.”

“It’s heartbreaking to see him on the road he’s on now … Playgirl, that’s what I call porn, but I don’t want to mess him up with his gig. He’s a teenager; I don’t think he realizes quite what it is that he’s being orchestrated around to be participating in this.”

Palin says she’s aware of all the things he’s saying, but she’ll keep praying for him. And as to if he’s invited to Thanksgiving dinner?

“He’s a part of
the family, he needs that too, he’s loved. We’re not really into the drama. There’s an open
invitation to come to Aunt Katie’s house in Washington for dinner.”

Guess we know where the photographers will be on Turkey day.

Not-so-coincidentally, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” former vice
presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s book hit bookstores tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 17).

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