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Sarah Palin finds Obama pretty 'cool,' never ordered the clothes and can't predict 2012

November 11, 2008 |  2:03 am

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin thinks president-elect Barack Obama is a pretty "cool" guy and she can work with him, especially on alternative energy and energy independence issues crucial to her state.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his vice presidential running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Obama phoned Palin during the recently concluded campaign and they had a pleasant conversation.

"He was cool, too," Palin told Greta Van Susteren as the governor prepared a Sunday meal in her lakefront kitchen. "He was, like, 'Good luck--but not that much luck.'"

Palin spoke at length openly in her Alaska gubernatorial office and her suburban home with Van Susteren  in the first of a two-part "On the Record" program (see video below) shown Monday on the Fox News Channel; Part II comes Tuesday night.

The "news" part of the interview is that the 44-year-old mother of five, who rallied the conservative base for the John McCain Republican ticket but not the hoped-for female crossover of Democratic women, did not rule out -- or in -- another national campaign come 2012 "or four years later."

"If there's an open door in '12 or four years later and if it's going to be something good for my family, my state, my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door. But I can't predict what's going to happen."

On the Republican defeat: "The American people spoke and it's the will of the voters that it was not our time and our message was not the message of change that the majority of voters wanted, so be it. Now, that chapter's closed. Now let me, let John McCain do all that we can along with our supporters to help unite the nation and progress under a new administration."

On her vetting: She was impressed with how much McCain knew about her when they first met. "They even knew my City Council votes back in '92."

On her campaign staff, some of whom have been leaking derogatory allegations about

her in recent days: It was strange to suddenly have to put her entire faith in people she'd never met but they were "very experienced, very sharp."

About allegedly not knowing Africa was a continent. Not true. Didn't happen. She'd long been familiar with the continent since, among other things, getting Alaskan investments out of Darfur. Same on allegedly not knowing that NAFTA includes Mexico and next-door Canada, which has considerable trade with Alaska.

On the media: Many of its members often seem eager to believe the worst about her without fully checking, taking at face value online assertions such as she was not the birth mother of Trig or that as mayor she tried to censor books that hadn't been published when she was mayor. And how much longer it seemed to take for the truth to catch up to the initial false reports.

On criticism of her: No problem. It comes with the political territory. Her family is used to it, too, from local and state politics. Well, wait, there was one moment in Philadelphia when her 14-year-old daughter Willow asked about protesters wearing T-shirts calling Palin a crude word for female genitalia.

On the clothes for her and her family: She never ordered any. Never asked for any. They were waiting when the family arrived at the Republican National Convention and belong to the Republican National Committee.

Palin said she's never set foot in a Nieman-Marcus or Saks, kept none of the purchases and prefers her own closet of clothes.

--Andrew Malcolm

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Photo credit: Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

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