Palin misquotes her Starbucks cup; Madeleine Albright explains the real quote to Palin

Now we know why Sarah Palin doesn’t read newspapers. She learns stuff from her Starbucks cup:

Palin regaled the cheering crowd with a story about how she was reading her Starbucks mocha cup yesterday, which featured a quotation from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

“Now she said it, I didn’t,” Palin said of Albright. “She said, ‘There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.’”

The crowd roared its approval, but according to several sources, Albright actually said, “there’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.”

If Sarah is going to make a big deal about quoting her Starbucks cup, she should at least get the quote right. In fact, as CBS notes, she got the quote wrong.

Madeleine Albright wasn’t amused. She wants Palin to know just how wrong she got it (no link, got it via email from Albright’s office):

“Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics. This is yet another example of McCain and Palin distorting the truth, and all the more reason to remember that this campaign is not about gender, it is about which candidate has an agenda that will improve the lives of all Americans, including women. The truth is, if you care about the status of women in our society and in our troubled economy, the best choice by far is Obama-Biden.”

Someone would type this up and put it on Palin’s next Starbucks mocha cup so she’ll be sure to see it. Not that it would matter. Palin will say anything, even if it’s patently false or blatantly wrong.


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