Yesterday, US Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was well and truly fooled by a prank call made by two comedians known as the Master Avengers from a radio station in Canada.
The call was purportedly from the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.
A friend sent me the transcript (below) but the recording is even funnier:
I would have thought that one of the first things Sarah Palin’s advisors would tell her not to ever do was to take calls purportedly from world leaders, without checking out their bona fides first, because these sorts of prank calls are often staged by radio station DJs and comedians during election periods.
But even if she wasn’t given such advice, you would think she would have figured something was not quite right when the fake Nicolas Sarkozy (who had a really 'over the top' fake French accent) started telling her how good Carla Bruni was in bed. Does she really think that the President of another country on his very first call to her is going to start telling her that his wife is good in bed!
But no, Joe Six-Pack’s pin-up girl fell for it hook, line and sinker.
Here is the transcript because if you don’t speak French you need to understand some of the translations to appreciate the full humour of this (thanks Fernand for sending this to me):
Ring ring . . .
Sarah Palin’s Assistant (SP Assist): This is Betsy.
Master Avengers (MA): Hello, Betsy. This is Frank l'ouvrier [Frank the worker], I'm with President Sarkozy, on the line for Governor Palin.
SP Assist: One second please, can you hold on one second please?
MA: No problem.
SP Assist: Hi, I'm going to hand the phone over to her.
MA: Okay thank you very much I'm going to put the president on the line.
SP Assist: Okay he's coming to the line.
Sarah Palin (SP): This is Sarah.
MA: Yeah, Governor Palin?
SP: Hellloooo . . .
MA: Just hold on for President Sarkozy, one moment.
SP [To someone in the room]: Oh, it's not him yet, I always do that. I'll just have people hand it to me right when it's them.
Fake Nicolas Sarkozy (FNS): Yes, hello, Governor Palin? Yes, hello, Mrs Governor?
SP: Hello this is Sarah, how are you?
FNS: Fine, and you, this is Nicolas Sarkozy speaking, how are you?
SP: Oh . . so good, it's so good to hear you. Thank you for calling us.
FNS: Oh, it's a pleasure.
SP: Thank you sir, we have such great respect for you, John McCain and I, we love you and thank you for spending a few minutes to talk to me.
FNS: I follow your campaigns closely with my special American Advisor Johnny Hallyday, you know?
SP: Yes! Good!
FNS: Excellent! Are you confident?
SP: Very confident and we're thankful that the polls are showing that the race is tightening and . . .
FNS: Well I know very well that the campaign can be exhausting. How do you feel right now my dear?
SP: Ah, I feel so good. I feel like we're in a marathon and at the very end of the marathon, you get your second wind and you plow to the finish . . .
FNS: You see, I got elected in France because I'm real and you seem to be someone who's real as well.
SP: Yes, yeah, Nicholas, we so appreciate this opportunity.
FNS: You know, I see you as a president, one day, you too.
SP: [Muahaaa...weird laugh], maybe in 8 years. Ha ha
FNS: Well, ah, I hope for you. You know we have a lot in common because personally one of my favorite activities is to hunt too.
SP: [Giggle] Oh very good, we should go hunting together.
FNS: Exactly! We could go try hunting by helicopter, like you did, I never did that.
FNS: Like we say in France, "on pourrait tuer des bébés phoques aussi" [Translation: “We could also kill some baby seals”]
SP: [Giggle] Well I think we could have a lot of fun together as we're getting work done, we can kill two birds with one stone that way.
FNS: I just love killing those animals. Mm, mm. Take away a life, that is so fun!
FNS: I'd really love to go as long as we don't bring your Vice-President Cheney, ha ha ha.
SP: No, I'll be a careful shot, yes.
FNS: Yes, you know we have a lot in common also except that from my house I can see Belgium. That's kind of less interesting than you.
SP: Well, see, we're right next door to other countries that we all need to be working with, yes.
FNS: Some people said in the last days, and I thought that was mean, that you were not experienced enough in foreign relations, and you know, that's completely false, that's the thing I said to my great friend, the Prime Minister of Canada, Stef Carse [Stephen Harper is actually the PM].
SP: Well, he's doing fine, too, and yeah when you come into a position underestimated, it gives you an opportunity to prove the pundits and the critics wrong. You work that much harder.
FNS: I, I was wondering because you are also next to him, one of my good friends, also, the Prime Minister of Quebec, Mr Richard Z. Sirois [a famous Quebec radio host], have you met him recently? Did he come to one of your rallies?
SP: Uh, haven't seen him at one of the rallies, but it's been great working with the Canadian officials in my role as governor; we have a great cooperative effort there as we work on all of our resource development projects. You know I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally and your beautiful wife, oh my goodness, you've added a lot of energy to your country, even, with that beautiful family of yours.
FNS: Thank you very much. You know my wife, Carla, would love to meet you. You know even though she was a bit jealous that I was supposed to speak to you today. [Ha ha ha ha]
SP: [Ha ha ha ha] Well give her a big hug from me.
FNS: You know my wife is a popular singer and a former top model and she's so hot in bed. She even wrote a song for you.
SP: Oh my goodness! I didn't know that.
FNS: Yes, in French, it's called Du rouge à lèvres sur une cochonne [Translate: “Lipstick on a smutty girl” (some say this translates to “lipstick on a sow”)] or if you prefer in English, Joe the Plumber, [sings] It's his life, Joe the Plumber . . ."
SP: Maybe she understands some of the unfair criticism but I bet you she is such a hard worker, too, and she realizes you just plow through that criticism like . . .
FNS: I just want to be sure, I don't quite understand the phenomenon "Joe the Plumber," that's not your husband, right?
SP: That's not my husband but he's a normal American who just works hard and doesn't want government to take his money.
FNS: Yes, yes, I understand, we have the equivalent of Joe the Plumber in France, it's called, "Marcel, the guy with bread under his armpit, oui."
SP: Right. That's what it's all about, is the middle class, and government needing to work for them. You're a very good example for us here.
FNS: I seen a bit about NBC even Fox News wasn't an ally, an ally, sorry, about as much as usual.
SP: Yeah that's what we're up against.
FNS: I must say, Governor Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life, you know, Hustler's "Nailin Palin" [a porn film featuring a Sarah Palin lookalike]
SP: Oh, good, thank you. Yes.
FNS: That was really edgy.
SP: [Laughs] Well good.
FNS: I really love you. And I must say something, so, Governor, you've been pranked.
By the Master Avengers. We're two comedians from Montreal.
SP: Oohhh have we been pranked? And what radio station is this? [tries to force herself to sound nice but you can tell she's cranky]
FNS: This is for CKOI in Montreal.
SP: In Montreal? Tell me the radio station call letters
[SP leaves phone, continuous griping in background, sounds like, "For chrissakes . . . that was ??? Just a radio station prank . . . chrissakes . . . "]
MA: Hello? If one voice can change the world for Obama, one Viagra can change the world for McCain.
[Man's voice in background: “Hang up, hang up”]
SP Assist: Hi, I'm sorry, I have to let you go. Thank you.
Of course, since yesterday there have been thousands of comments posted on the Internet – most ridiculing Palin for how easily she was sucked in.
But one comment on a Huffington Post story about the prank struck a more serious note. It said:
“Do you really want a VP who gets pranked that easy? Come on, just imagine those guys were from an Israeli radio station telling her that Iran just bombed Tel Aviv. Sarah Palin would believe it and push the red button.”