The True Face of Sarah Palin

The Prank: The "Fake Sarkozy"- Sarah Palin Telephone Conversation

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The True Face of Sarah Palin

The renowned Montreal pranksters Marc Antoine Audette and Sébastian Trudel, known as Les Justiciers Masqués (The “Masked Avengers”) got through by telephone to Governor Sarah Palin’s office on Saturday November 1st, calling from the office of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Palais de L’Elysée.  

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The “Masked Avengers” are known in Canada for making prank telephone calls to politicians and celebrities. 

Sarah Palin was taken in by the prank. She was convinced throughout the telephone conversation that she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. 

Marc Antoine Audette (impersonating President Sarkozy) discussed with Sarah Palin issues pertaining to her election campaign: 

” You know, I see you as a president one day too.” 

To which governor Palin responded: 

“Haha [Laugh], maybe in eight years.” 

Sarah Palin was totally unaware that it was a prank. 

When the fake President Sarkozy invited Palin to go hunting with him saying;

“I just love killing those animals. Take away a life, that is so fun.” 

Palin responded:

 ” Well, I think we could have a lot of fun together as we’re getting work done. We could kill two birds with one stone that way.”

The Fake Sarkozy then spoke of his friend the Prime Minister of Canada Steph Carse (who is a Canadian pop singer). 

Palin did not react. The name of the Canadian Prime Minister is Stephen Harper: 

FAKE SARKOZY: Some people said in the last days, and I thought that was mean, that you weren’t 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, Steph Carse. [Canada's Prime Minister is Stephen Harper] 

GOV. PALIN: Well, you know, he’s doing fine too, 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.

Flashback on Previous Pranks: Governor George W. Bush during the 2000 Election Campaign

It is worth noting, that a prank during the 2000 election campaign also targetted then Governor George W. Bush, who quite unwittingly, revealed that he too did not know the name of the Canadian Prime Minister.

Governor George W. Bush was interviewed by CBC’s Rick Mercer for a satirical TV show on Canadian Network Television. He was asked what he thought of Canadian Prime Minister’s Jean Poutine’s endorsement of Bush’s candidacy.

Canada’s Prime Minister in 2000 was Jean Chrétien, not Jean Poutine.

“Poutine” is a popular food in Quebec, consisting of French fries, gravy and cheese curd. (See image below)

Moreover, Poutine [Putin] is the name of then president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin (In French Vladimir Poutine). Currently Putin is Russia’s Prime Minister, not to be confused with Québec’s favorite fast food.   


Quebec’s Poutine: French fries, Gravy and Cheese Curd

“Jean Poutine”, Prime Minister of America’s “Northern Neighbor”  had endorsed Governor Bush’s candidacy. To which Bush responded: 

“I appreciate his strong statement [,...] he understands I believe in free trade,…

He [Canadian Prime Minister Jean Poutine] understands I want to make sure our relations with our most important neighbor to the north of us, the Canadians, is strong and we’ll work closely together.” (Click here for video)

(Note the similarity with Sarah Palin’s response to “Fake Sarkozy”).


Eventually upon becoming president of the United States, “W” got to meet “Jean Poutine”.
President G. W. Bush together with former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien


Bush also got to meet “Poutine”. Russia’s president    

Governor Bush: “This guy took over office. It appears this guy is going to bring stability”

Another interview with Governor Bush revealed his ignorance of  key foreign policy issues. In a 1999 TV interview with Andy Hiller, he was asked about Pakistani General Pervez Musharraf, who had come to power in a 1999 military coup. According to analysts, the change of regime and the installation of Musharraf as president of Pakistan had been supported by Washington.    

Below is an excerpt of this interview:

Bush: “The new Pakistani General, he’s just been elected – not elected, this guy took over office. It appears this guy is going to bring stability to the country and I think that’s good news for the sub- continent.”

Hiller: “And you can name him?”

Bush: “General. I can name the general.”

Hiller: “And it’s . . ?

Bush: “General.”

Hiller: “And the Prime Minister of India?”

Bush: “The new Prime Minister of India is – (pause) No.”

To which George W. Bush retorted with a question to Andy Hiller:

Bush: “Can you name the Foreign Minister of Mexico?”

Hiller: “No sir, but I would say to that, I’m not running for President.”  [emphasis added] 


Upon becoming president, George W Bush got to meet General Pervez Musharraf,
the man who was “elected” president of Pakistan in a 1999 US sponsor military coup.

Bush and Palin belong to the same generation of ignorant politicians who are not fit for office, who are mere figureheads, who can easily be manipulated into taking far-reaching decisions. 

Governor Palin: “You’ve been Pranked”

Then, Fake Sarkozy proceeds to raise the issue of Sarkozy’s wife Carla Bruni, and Sarkozy’s sex life.

Governor Palin remains unaware of the prank:

FAKE SARKOZY: You know my wife is a singer and a former hot top model. And she’s so hot in bed, she even wrote a song for you.

GOV. PALIN: Oh my goodness, I didn’t know that. 

FAKE SARKOZY: Yes, in French, it’s called “Du rouge à lèvres sur une cochonne” [Translation: Lipstick on a hot sexy woman] or if you prefer in English “Joe the Plumber it is Life, Joe the Plumber”. [emphasis added]


President Sarkozy with his wife Carla Bruni

The prank phone call to Governor Palin ended with the “Fake Sarkozy” referring to a controversial Hustler pornographic movie, produced by Larry Flynt featuring  “a Palin look-alike”. The movie is to be launched by Hustler Video.


Sarah Palin  and Larry Flynt, producer of  Hustler’s “Nailin’ Palin”
“The documentary they made on your life”

Fake Sarkozy refers to the porn movie as “a documentary” on Sarah Palin’s life: 

FAKE SARKOZY: I must say, Governor Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life – you know, Hustler’s “Nailin’ Palin”.

GOV. PALIN: Oh good, thank you.

FAKE SARKOZY: That was really edgy.

GOV. PALIN: Well good.

FAKE SARKOZY: I really loved you. And I must say something else so governor, you’ve been pranked by the Masked Avengers, we’re two comedians from Montreal. [emphasis added]

Political Implications

The Fake Sarkozy prank phone call with Governor Sarah Palin is entertaining, comical and hilarious. Some people may find it distasteful.

What is crucial, however, from our standpoint, is to analyze and understand its political significance?

What does it reveal regarding Governor Sarah Palin, Republican candidate to the Office of Vice President of the United States? 

What does it tell us about the US political system?  

What can one expect if Sarah Palin were to be elected Vice President?   

The prank reveals the true face of Governor Sarah Palin.

Palin’s conversation with Fake Sarkozy confirms that she is ignorant and incompetent to assume high office. 

Palin’s conversation with “Fake Sarkozy” also reveals the fake nature of US “democracy”. 

Candidates for high office are pre-selected by powerful interest groups operating from behind the scenes. They are not chosen for their integrity, knowledge or abilities, but for precisely the opposite reasons. 

Candidates to high office are expected to serve America’s economic and financial elites, including Wall Street, the oil conglomerates and the military contractors.

The underlying objective –which applies in the case of Sarah Palin—,  is to install politicians who are mere figureheads and who can be easily manipulated into making farreaching decisions, on behalf of the economic elites and against the public interest, on the war, the financial crisis, homeland security, etc. 

Listen to the Audio first and then carefully review the transcript.

Here is the complete transcript of the prank Fake Sarkozy call (CKOI Radio Montreal):

BETSY (STAFF PALIN’S OFFICE): This is Betsy.

PRANKSTER. AIDE OF PRESIDENT SARKOZY : Hello, Betsy.

BETSY (STAFF PALIN’S OFFICE): Hi

PRANKSTER (AIDE OF PRESIDENT SARKOZY): This is Frank l’Ouvrier [Translated: Frank the worker, a pun on Joe the Plumber] I’m with President Sarkozy, on the line for Governor Palin, I am with president Sarkozy, on the line for Governor Palin.   

BETSY (STAFF PALIN’S OFFICE): Yes, one second please. Can you hold on one second, please?

PRANKSTER (AIDE OF PRESIDENT SARKOZY): Yeah, no problem.

BETSY (STAFF PALIN’S OFFICE): Alright, thanks.

STAFF PALIN’S OFFICE: Hi, I’m gonna hand the phone over to her.

PRANKSTER: AIDE OF PRESIDENT SARKOZY: OK, thank you very much, I’m gonna put the president on the line

GOV. SARAH PALIN: This is Sarah.

PRANKSTER: AIDE OF PRESIDENT SARKOZY: Uh yeah, Gov. Palin?

GOV. PALIN: Hello.

PRANKSTER: AIDE OF PRESIDENT SARKOZY: Just hold on for President Sarkozy, one moment.

GOV. PALIN: Oh, it’s not him yet. I always do that.

FAKE SARKOZY (Marc Antoine Audette): Yes, hello, Gov. Palin.

GOV. PALIN: I’ll just have people hand it to me right when it’s him.

FAKE SARKOZY: Yes, hello, Mrs. Governor?

GOV. PALIN: Hello, this is Sarah. How are you?

FAKE SARKOZY: Fine, and you? This is Nicolas Sarkozy speaking. How are you?

GOV. PALIN:  Oh, so good, it’s so good to hear you. Thank you for calling us.

FAKE SARKOZY: Oh, it’s a pleasure.

GOV. PALIN: Thank you sir. We have such great respect for you, John McCain and I. We love you, and thank you for taking a few minutes to talk to me.

FAKE SARKOZY: I followed your campaigns very closely with my special American advisor, Johnny Halliday.

[Johnny Halliday is French. He is France's Legendary Number One Popstar, an icon in Europe] 

GOV. PALIN: Yes, good.


French pop-star Johnny Halliday with President Nicolas Sarkozy

FAKE SARKOZY: Excellent, are you confident?

GOV. PALIN: Very confident, and we’re thankful that polls are showing that the race is tightening. and…

FAKE SARKOZY: Well, I know very well that the campaign can be exhausting. How do you feel right now, my dear?

GOV. PALIN: 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 plough through the finish.

FAKE SARKOZY: You see, I got elected in France because I’m real, and you seem to be someone who’s real as well.

GOV. PALIN: Yes, yes, Nicolas we so appreciate this opportunity.

FAKE SARKOZY: You know, I see you as a president one day you too. 

GOV. PALIN: Haha [Laugh], maybe in eight years.

FAKE SARKOZY: Well, I hope for you, you know we have a lot on common because personally, one of my favorite activities is to hunt, too.

GOV. PALIN: Oh, very good, we should go hunting together.

FAKE SARKOZY: Exactly, we could go try hunting by helicopter like you did. I never did that. Like we say in France, like we say in French “on peux tuer des bébés phoques”. [Translation: We could kill some baby seals] 

GOV. PALIN: Well, I think we could have a lot of fun together as we’re getting work done. We could kill two birds with one stone that way.

FAKE SARKOZY: I just love killing those animals, mm mm, taking away life, that is so fun. I would really love to go as long as we don’t bring vice president Cheney, HaHa [Laugh]

GOV. PALIN: No, I’ll be a careful shot, yes.

FAKE SARKOZY: Yes, you know we have a lot in common because from my house I can see Belgium. That’s kind of less interesting than you.

GOV. PALIN: Well, see, we’re right next door to other countries that we all need to be working with, yes.

FAKE SARKOZY: Some people said in the last days, and I thought that was mean, that you weren’t 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, Steph Carse.

[Canada's Prime Minister is Stephen Harper, Steph Carse is a Canadian pop singer] 


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

GOV. PALIN: Well, he’s doing fine too, 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.

FAKE SARKOZY:  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, have you met him recently? Did he come to one of your rallies?

[Quebec's Premier, "Premier Ministre" is Jean Charest, Richard Z. Sirois is a Quebec Radio host] 


Quebec Premier. Premier Ministre Jean Charest

GOV. PALIN: I 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 here, and 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 with that beautiful family of yours.

FAKE SARKOZY: 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. HahHah [Laugh]

GOV. PALIN: Hah Hah. [Laugh] Well give her a big hug for me.

FAKE SARKOZY: You know my wife is a singer and a former hot top model. And she’s so hot in bed, she even wrote a song for you.

GOV. PALIN: Oh my goodness, I didn’t know that.

FAKE SARKOZY: Yes, in French, it’s called “Du rouge à lèvres sur une cochonne” [Translation: Lipstick on a hot sexy woman] or if you prefer in English “Joe the Plumber it is Life, Joe the Plumber”.

GOV. PALIN: Maybe she understands the some of the unfair criticism, but I bet you she’s such a hard worker too and she realizes you just plough through that criticism.

FAKE SARKOZY: I just want to be sure, I don’t quite understand the phenomenon Joe the Plumber, that’s not your husband, right?

GOV. PALIN: That’s not my husband, but he’s a normal American who just works hard and doesn’t want government to take his money.

FAKE SARKOZY: 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.

GOV. PALIN: Right, that’s what it’s all about, the middle class and government needing to work for them. You’re a very good example for us here.

FAKE SARKOZY: I seen a bit, but NBC, even Fox News wasn’t an ally, an ally, sorry about as much as usual.

GOV. PALIN: Yes, that’s what we’re up against.

FAKE SARKOZY: I must say, Gov. Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life – you know, Hustler’s “Nailin’ Palin”.

GOV. PALIN: Oh good, thank you.

FAKE SARKOZY: That was really edgy.

GOV. PALIN: Well good.

FAKE SARKOZY: I really loved you. And I must say something else so governor, you’ve been pranked by the Masked Avengers, we’re two comedians from Montreal.

GOV. PALIN: Oh, [sic] Have we been pranked . What radio station is this?

FAKE SARKOZY: This is for CKOI  in Montreal.

GOV. PALIN: In Montreal? tell me their radio station call letters.

FAKE SARKOZY: Hello? If one voice can change the world for Obama, one Viagra can change the world for McCain.

PALIN STAFF : I am, I’m sorry, I have to let you go, thank you.

FAKE SARKOZY: Yeah! Woohoo!

Thanks to Marc Antoine Audette and Sébastien Trudel, Les Justiciers Masqués, who in, a very real sense, have brought us Truth and Justice regarding the US presidential elections. 

They carefully researched their ”script”.  They have informed the American voter.  

Global Research, also based in Montreal, says Bravo!   

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