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Oliver Willis spots this gratuitous (and really, rather smarmy) lie, quoted from a meet-n-greet handshake between Sarah Palin and Israeli President Shimon Peres:

"I wanted to meet you for many years," Ms. Palin told Mr. Peres, according to an aide to the president. "The only flag at my office is an Israeli flag," she was quoted as saying, "and I want you to know and I want Israelis to know that I am a friend."

Gosh, she really lays it on thick, don't she?

Of course, the claim is ridiculous on its face. No one would believe for a second that the governor of an American state wouldn't have a U.S. flag and the flag of her state in her office. And, to no one's surprise, she absolutely does.

Why she would say she didn't is another matter. Confusion? Tongue-tied? Star-struck? Pathological liar? Deep need to glom on in any way possible to any connection with anybody important who might somehow wander into this political Black Widow's web?

There are any number of explanations. But none of the good ones can quite capture the desperation that motivates a lightweight like Palin to gush to the President of Israel about the tiny, five inch paper Israeli flag she has casually wedged into a crack in the windowpane of her office being "the only flag at my office."

This is dumber than telling people you've "visited" Ireland when your plane stopped there for refueling.

Next thing you know, she'll be telling people she invented the BlackBerry.

UPDATE: Yes, yes, yes! She could have meant the only foreign flag. We know that. No need to rub your hands raw over it.

Honestly, though, if you're making your debut on the world stage and you're given a chance to spend a few, precious moments with the President of Israel, do you really spend your time gushing about the freebie novelty flag from his country?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 09:00 AM PDT.

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