Suddenly free from an agreed-upon gag order, Newsweek has unleashed a ton of information about former GOP vice presidential pick Sarah Palin now that the campaign is over, including her alleged inability to understand that Africa is a continent, not a country.
“There was great concern in the McCain campaign that Sarah Palin lacked the degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, and a heartbeat away from the presidency,” said Fox’s Carl Cameron, citing Newsweek.
“We’re told by folks that she didn’t know what countries were in NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement — that being Canada, the US, and Mexico. We’re told she didn’t understand that Africa was a continent rather than a country just in itself … a whole host of questions that caused serious problems about her knowledgeability,” said Cameron.
“She got very angry at staff, thought that she was mishandled… was particularly angry about the way the Katie Couric interview went,” he continued.
Added Cameron: “She didn’t accept preparation for that interview when the aides say that that was part of the problem. And that there were times that she was hard to control emotionally. There’s talk of [throwing] temper tantrums [after reading] bad news clippings.”
Under Newsweek’s Special Election Project, Palin staffers were interviewed by the magazine’s reporters on condition that none of their reporting would be published until after Election Day.
The magazine reported Wednesday that Palin once greeted John McCain’s male campaign staffers wearing nothing but a towel.
At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to Palin’s room to brief her. After a minute, Palin came into the room with a towel wrapped around her body, and another on her wet hair, the magazine reported.
Palin told them to chat with her husband, Todd, “I’ll just be a minute,” she said.
Newsweek also revealed that Palin spent more on shopping sprees at high-end department stores than originally reported.
“While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy,” Newsweek reports. “One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family–clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.”
The report continues: “According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill.”
Palin also allegedly used “low-level staffers” to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards.
“One aide estimated that she spent ‘tens of thousands’ more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband,” Newsweek reported. “An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as ‘Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,’ and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.”
Watch Fox News’ Carl Cameron report on Sarah Palin not knowing Africa was a continent and other instances of ignorance: