That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
In a series of interviews spread across the major networks, Sarah Palin sought to recast her resignation as a humble act designed to save the state of Alaska millions of legal fees from ongoing investigations. “Politically, if I die, I die, so be it,” she said in a white T-shirt and waders as she and her family took a break from a fishing trip in remote Dillingham. But she’s certainly not riding off into Alaska’s sunset, which is just about nonexistent this time of year, anyway. The imagery undoubtedly was designed to dispel any notion of “diva-ness” — she even used the “d” word in an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell — but Palin also signaled a willingness to consider any offers. Presumably, that includes TV and radio gigs. She told CNN that “all offers are on the table.”She made one big gaffe being pounced upon this morning, saying that one benefit of being president is that a “department of law” would protect her.
The AG Race: While national attention focuses on the California governor’s race, there’s also a brewing battle for state attorney general. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, seeking the Democratic nomination, raised money from entertainment-types and other L.A. politicos last week at an event at the home of Laura Wasserman, with co-hosts Laura Wasser and Lauren Sanchez-Whitesell (or the LW trio). In the primary, Harris faces competion from a crowded field, including former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly, Torrance assemblyman Ted Liu and, possibly, former L.A. city attorney Rocky Delgadillo. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times’ Tina Daunt spotlighted Harris’ efforts to get a jump start on entertainment industry support, which also included a luncheon hosted by Sherry Lansing and a cocktail party hosted by Brett Ratner, Eric Dane and Brent Bolthouse, among others.
Photo: Alex Berliner. Wasser, Wasserman, Harris and Sanchez-Whitesell.
Remembering Jackson: On a trip to Haiti, Bill Clinton recalled Michael Jackson’s life by noting his help raising money at a 2002 fund-raiser for the Democratic party.
In Moscow, President Obama reflected on the King of Pop, comparing the reaction to his death to that of Elvis and Sinatra. But he predicted that the public will once again focus on issues like nuclear proliferation.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt he was one of the greatest entertainers of our generation, perhaps any generation. I think like Elvis, like Sinatra, like the Beatles, he became a core part of our culture,” the president said.