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Listen to the Palin/Sarkozy prank tape

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Originally published on on Mon, 11/03/2008 – 12:06pm

One of the responsibilities of a president and vice president is speaking to foreign leaders. One thing that would help is whether you can figure out if you are talking to that foreign leader.

As we found out, Sarah Palin still needs a few lessons. Gov. Palin got pranked by Marc Antoine Audette of CKOI, Montréal. She thought Audette was French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Oops.

transcript from Canadian Press

There were numerous clues. His American adviser was Johnny Hallyday, a French pop singer and sixties rock star who could be a dead ringer for Todd Palin.

Audette referred to the Prime Minister of Canada as “Stef Carse” (a singer) and the prime minister of Quebec as “Mr. Richard Z. Sirois,” (who is a Quebec radio host). The Prime Minister of Canada is Stephen Harper, a fact Palin should have known, and there is no prime minister of Quebec (the head of the province is Premier Jean Charest). He asks her whether the “Quebec prime minister” came to one of her rallies. If that existed, why would he come in the audience to a rally?

But the fun parts are in Francais. Audette discusses shooting animals from a helicopter, noting that “like we say in French, on peut tuer les bébés phoques aussi.” The English refers to killing baby seals, but the true punchline is that “phoques” is pronounced “f*ck.” Palin has to be able to hear that, yet it flies by.

Later, Audette as Sarkozy, refers to his wife, former supermodel Carla Bruni, as being “so hot in bed” and notes that Bruni wrote a song for her entitled, “Rouge aux levres sur un cochon.” The French title is “Lipstick on a Pig,” but he says the song is about Joe the Plumber. He refers to a similar vision of Joe the Plumber as Marcel with bread under his armpit.

There is so much in the 6 minutes or so of audio. He talks about an edgy documentary from Hustler called “Nailin’ Palin.” Either Palin is being extremely polite or doesn’t follow the exchange.

He asks that Dick Cheney not come along on the hunting trip, but Palin says “I’ll be a careful shot.” And she refers to “killing two birds with one stone.”

He ends with this thought: “If one voice can change the world for Obama, one Viagra can change the world for McCain.”

But words do not sum up the anguish and embarrassment of Gov. Palin. Maybe she’ll understand this when she actually talks to the real Nicolas Sarkozy. Someday.

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Written by democracysoup

November 3, 2008 at 12:06 pm

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