Sarah Palin agreed to go on the dread Fox News Channel to sell his book, book tours have a way of making superficial friends out of genuine past opponents.
Thus, we will be treated Monday to the sight of Oprah, arguably Obama's biggest celebrity booster, chatting up Sarah Palin, arguably America's most-argued over celebrity politician in recent years.
The subject, of course, is Palin's new book -- "Going Rogue: An American Life" -- which goes on sale Tuesday with 1.5 million copies in print so far.
Palin took Piper and Willow with her to Chicago for the interview, which was taped at Oprah's studio Wednesday, The Los Angeles Times reports.
It was also reported, the tour begins on Monday with her first appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, the day before her book will be released.
Then on Wednesday she starts touring the country like a rock star – but probably minus the guillotine that travels with Mr. Cooper during his shows.
At least during the opening leg of her seven-day, 13-city tour, she’s playing it safe – staying away from big cities and hanging out in mostly red country. Think conservative districts in Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, and a few other more right-leaning locations.
This is part of the plan, Palin explains on her Facebook page. “I’ve decided to stop in cities that are not usually included in a typical book tour,” she writes. “For instance, I’m looking forward to meeting our honorable men and women in uniform and their families at a Fort Bragg book signing, and to reconnecting with friends my family made last year on the campaign trail in different book signing venues.” The Christian Science Monitor reports.
The tour will take Palin to friendly territory, including Republican-rich West Michigan. Obama won Michigan by 14 percentage points, but McCain ran nearly even with Obama in Kent County.
Other stops for Palin include Roanoke, Va.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Sioux City, Iowa; Noblesville, Ind.; Washington, Pa. and Fort Bragg, N.C. Stops notable by their absence include major media markets such as New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.
"She wants to be unconventional. She is unconventional," said Tina Andreadis, publicist for HarperCollins, Palin's publisher. "She feels like this is where her fans are and Harper feels this is where she'll sell the most books." The Detroit News reports.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969