Katy Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read – before you were tapped for this – to stay informed and to understand the world?
Sarah Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
Katy Couric: What, specifically?
Sarah Palin: Um … all of ‘em.
Glenn Beck: Who’s your favorite Founder?
Sarah Palin: Um … well … all of ‘em.
Wallberg: I’m delighted to have Sarah Palin with me tonight as my guest on “Book Blather.” Ms. Palin, as most of you know, is the titular author of …
Palin: Well, if I may interrupt you for just a minute here, if I may. I don’t think most Americans care whether a person is titular or not. Here in this great country of ours, God gave men and women the same wonderful freedom.
Wallberg: Yes, well, thanks for coming to discuss books, Ms. Palin.
Palin: Oh, it’s my pleasure. Because I love books. I even wrote a book because I love ’em so much. It’s called Going Rogue and you can buy it on your computer or in a book store or at WalMart or even some gas stations. That’s how much I love books and magazines. And newspapers, too, and uh-huh. Greetin’ cards. I think all Americans understand me when I say that we are a greetin’ card nation, because all of us do love to receive. In the mail. Y’know. Christmas and birthdays and such. Greetin’ cards.
Wallberg: Yes, getting a card is nice.
Palin: And it’s, I think, fundamental to the American way of life. Our freedom to send each other little poems on Christmas and Easter and. Oh, all kinds of occasions.
Wallberg: Well, let me ask you, since this is a program about books. What’s your favorite novel?
Palin: Um … all of ‘em.
Wallberg:Every novel ever written is your favorite?
Palin: Well, of course, I do like some better than others. But they’re all my favorite, really.
Wallberg: Can you name one novel that you like better than others?
Palin: Well, I’d rather not single out … of course I really enjoyed readin’ Going Rogue. Which I also wrote.
Wallberg: What about novels by some other authors, besides you?
Palin: Y’know, I also liked readin’ The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan, which I didn’t write, but I feel I coulda, because I agree with everything in it. And it’s about a great American who had lots of … um … wit. And wisdom, too. Somebody wrote it whose name I forget for the moment but it doesn’t matter because it’s mostly filled with stuff that Ronald Reagan said. So, really, it’s like he wrote it. And he was a great American who loved freedom only somebody else typed.
Wallberg: Those books you mentioned aren’t novels.
Palin: Oh, you want me to name a novel?
Wallberg: Here, I’ll help you. How about Huckleberry Finn? Or Moby Dick? Or The Sound and the Fury?
Palin: So you’re talkin’ about schoolbooks?
Wallberg: Well, any novel.
Palin: I’d have to say that one of the novels I like best is Goodnight Moon, because I tell it to Trig and Trapp and it helps put ’em to sleep. So it works, which is what good ol’ American know-how is all about. But I think stayin’ awake is OK, too, and many of the people I respect most, like George Washington and Ronald Reagan. They stayed awake when they could.
Wallberg: Let’s forget about novels, shall we?
Palin: To answer your question. I could never forget about novels because all of ‘em are my favorite. But you betcha.
Wallberg: Let’s move on then. How about Shakespeare’s plays? Did you ever read any of those?
Palin: Um … all of ‘em.
Wallberg: Even The Two Noble Kinsmen? Nobody reads that one.
Palin: You’re tryin’a confuse me, arencha? If it’s one of ‘em, I read it.
Wallberg: And do you have a favorite?
Palin: I’d have to say … um … all of ‘em.
Wallberg: Well, do you prefer the tragedies, or the comedies, or the histories?
Palin: Y’know, Larry, I prefer … um … all of ‘em. Because every freedom-lovin’ American has to deal with tragedy and comedy and history in their own life. In my own experiences, for instance, I’ve had to deal with tragedy, which was losin’ the election to Barack Obama. But I also like comedy, I Love Lucy and such. But I think we Americans can learn most, mostly, from the histories.
Wallberg: I take it you’ve read all of Shakespeare’s history plays?
Wallberg: And I suppose it might be too much to ask for you to name a favorite?
Palin: Oh, they’re all really good. Maybe I like the one about George Washington a little bit better than the others because he was a great Founder and a great American.
Wallberg: Is that the one where the main character says, “To be or not to be?”
Palin: You’re tryin’a to trick me, I think. So no. George Washington didn’t say that. He said, “I chopped down the cherry tree.” Maybe he said “I choppeth downeth the cherryeth tree-eth,” because that’s how people talked in Shakespeare’s day, y’know? But it still means the same thing in plain English or Shakespeare’s Latin or whatever. Which is chop, baby, chop. And that’s why most of your socialists and commies and atheist liberals find it hard to understand those Shakespeare books. Because they have good old-fashioned language and family values.
Wallberg: Do you have any other favorite Shakespearean quotes.
Palin: Well … um … all of ‘em. But maybe I also liked it a lot when George Washington said “God bless America.” Which I know God does, because we’re his favorite country.
Wallberg: I thought he loved all of ‘em.
Palin: Well, maybe he does. But the best places in the world are our small towns here in the U.S.A, where the people are hard-workin’ and patriotic. Like Wasilla and many others. So I’d have to say that God maybe likes us a little bit better than Russia or Afghanistan or Eye-Rack. Or even London and Asia and any of those other foreign countries. Because they don’t love freedom and God the way we do. And that’s why I wrote Going Rogue. To resonate with people who want to resonate with my great vision for America.
Wallberg: Could you share with our audience any final thought about books?
Palin: Gee, I have so many thoughts, I can’t really name a favorite. I like all of ‘em. Maybe, if I hadda pick one, I’d tell people to buy Going Rogue. Or, for any great American who loves freedom and doesn’t like to read, watch me on TV.
Wallberg: Why don’t you just remind the folks what network you’re on?
Palin: Um … all of ‘em. Aren’t I?